For starters, the Galaxy Note 5 falls quite nicely into that ''incremental upgrade'' category that Samsung seems to have been tagged with ever since the Galaxy S4. Sure, it has a faster processor and more RAM, but its specs sheet seems a little too similar to the Galaxy S6 – a six-month old phone – for most people's tastes. So you're not missing out on too much specs-wise.
Then there's the lack of a curved display. I've already written about my disappointment that we won't see a Galaxy Note 5 Edge, but its absence on the Note 5 is doubly disappointing. Not only does it mean the Note 5 has none of the nice Edge software features, it also means we probably won't see a Galaxy Note Edge 2 either. So the Note 5 doesn't have that going for it either.
Then there's the design. I actually really liked the Note 4 design. I thought it was a step in the right direction but sadly it looks like it was a one-off, at least for a Note. The Galaxy S6 still looks a little too iPhoney for me, and those new iOS-like icons on the Note 5 make it seem even more so.
On the software side, if you're worried about the Note 4 not getting the new Air Command options like customizable shortcuts then there's no reason not to believe they won't be delivered to the Note 4 via a software update. Even the new S Pen feels an awful lot like the old one.
Unless you really want that funky ejector mechanism or slightly slimmer bezels there simply isn't that much that feels all that new about the Note 5. In fact, the Note 4 has features many people wish the Note 5 has. Most important of all, the Note 5 has dispensed with microSD expansion and a microSD card slot.
The Galaxy Note 4 will also receive a hefty price cut now that its successor is out. So there really is no better time to buy a Note 4 than right now. You'll get a great device that looks good and has two of the best Samsung features that have now been removed in the Note 5.
Plus, the Note 4 will likely get the same software as the Note 5 via an update and the difference in specs isn't really all that great. Because the Note 5 is basically just a Galaxy S6 with an S Pen, the usual year's difference in specs has shrunk to five months: the duration between the launch of the Note 4 and the S6.
If you're not sold on QHD displays, like the option of a spare battery, keep all your music or photos on an SD card or don't particularly love the new Note 5 design, then the Note 4 is a great option. It's certainly the last Samsung phone to have both a removable battery and microSD card slot and the price is about to be very nice indeed.
What do you think of the Note 5? Are you more impressed by the Note 4?