Infinix Note 5 – 2 Months On

The Infinix Note 5 two months after. What are the pros and cons of this device? Is it worth it as claimed by all the marketing stunts by Infinix or is it really a good smartphone.

The Note 5

The Infinix Note 5 I dare say, is one of the best device Infinix has released to date. It combines a slew of balances between design, specifications and software. It’s like a well-made sandwich that has just the right amount of content to make you want more.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the device when using it is how smooth and almost seamless your day-to-day usage of the device is. And this is thankfully due to the pure Android One software that the device comes with and oh boy does this thing feel and look good. Google has polished the android one software so much so that it feels and works great and is simple to use.

When you start up the phone for the first time you’re presented with a bare bones minimal app tray that contain just essential google apps; which is a good thing. This means you don’t try to figure out how to delete the bloatware apps that normally come with the proprietary launchers from the manufacturers. You decide what you want to install on your device. In fact, Google states:

When high quality hardware meets Google’s intuitive software, you get a remarkable phone experience. Android One is easy to use and comes with only the essential apps, not to mention free unlimited photo storage

Android One phones have the latest AI-powered innovations from Google built in. That means they can auto-adjust to your needs and help get things done more easily throughout your day

This is pretty much true. It easy getting things done on the Note 5, it’s also very easy allowing your device to assist you in setting up reminders, recognizing unknown objects using the built in AI camera and lots more.

Feature and Specifications

The Infinix Note 5 comes with a 6 Inch Full HD+ 18:9 Aspect ratio display, a 4500mah battery, a 12MP rear facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a 16MP low light selfie camera that also features an f/2.0 aperture. The hardware specs and build quality of this phone are good but mind you it gets quite slippery sometimes, so it wouldn’t be a bad Idea to slap on a protective case to add protection and grip. Although this will in turn cover the beauty of the device. You can’t have it all I guess.

Infinix claims the battery on this device should last you 3 days of use but in my tests, it lasted me about two days of moderate to heavy use, although this may be true for people who use their phones casually.

Takes me approximately 2.5 hours to charge this battery from 0 – 100%. Which is not too bad considering the size.

The Screen

The 6-inch Full HD screen on this device looks great. Googles software shines on this screen. It sorts of immerses you with its brightness and saturated colors. Although this isn’t an AMOLED panel it’s color representations are great and viewing angle are on point.

So, for movie lovers and those of you who like to watch videos on your device, this is one screen you’d be pleased with.

Performance

Performance on this device is average but again, thanks to the android one software, things run smoothly and mostly without hiccups. The device pairs a Helio P23 Octa-Core processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB Internal Storage expandable to 256GB via micro SD card. It also comes with an ARM MALI G71 MP2 GPU clocked at 700MHz. This is quite enough to run several mid to high end games smoothly. Although you’ll be met with challenges if you try to play Graphic heavy games like PUBG and Grand Theft Auto.

The device also supports dual 4G modes which is a new trend with 2018 Chinese manufactured smartphones. This is a plus.

The speakers on the Note are average with the sound output crackling when you raise the volume too high.

Verdict

So, what are the cons of this device you may ask, since it seems like everything I’ve said to this point are mostly positives. Well here are some things I most certainly do not like.

  1. The phone is very slippery. Especially if you’ve got slippery palms and live in a humid country
  2. Cameras are Meh. They do not take great photos. I mean I’ve tried almost every setting I know but could not get any stunning photo. In fact, the cameras are so uninspiring that I decided not to include a camera review as part of this video. It scores a 7 out of 10 on the Meh meter.
  3. The phone is made of plastic. I know this is an individual preference, but glass or metal just feels much better
  4. Wi-Fi connectivity signal isn’t very strong. So, this device has low wi-fi reach. I mean when I put on my wi-fi in the room and head to my sitting room it gets just one bar, meanwhile my Samsung and Xiaomi Mi 8 get full bars.

Conclusion

Looking at all the negatives on this device, these are thing you can live with and should not be a deal breaker for you. Again, the software on this device is great and performs quite well and is something I wish everyone could experience. In conclusion, this is a great device to own. Going for just N61,300 which translates to about $190, it is worth the price.

As for ratings I’ll give it;

  • 1.8 out of 5 for Camera
  • 5 out of 5 for Software
  • 4.5 out of 5 for Battery
  • 4 out of 5 for design
  • 4.5 out of 5 for communication
  • 4.2 out of 5 for Performance

So this device has an overall score of 24 out of 30 which translates to 70%

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