If you’re looking for an affordable Samsung Galaxy Note device to replace your deceased Galaxy Note 7, the closest affordable option would be the Galaxy Note 5. And since you’ve spent all that dough on the Note 7, it makes more sense to go for a used or refurbished model.
But maybe you shouldn’t consider the Note 5. Instead, take a look at the Note 4 that precedes it. Yes, it may be slightly more outdated in terms of performance, but not enough to be such a bother.
In fact, the Note 4 is arguably the better option overall. Unlike its successor, it boasts microSD support of up to 256GB as well as a removable battery. Between the two, many would argue that the latter is of even greater importance.
Why? Because you can choose to fit in a 10,000mAh battery rather than stick to its default 3,220mAh unit. And while the Note 5 may have the upper hand with wireless charging, the Note 4 stands toe-to-toe in terms of also having quick charge capabilities.
Granted, the Note 5 will soon move up to Android 7.0 Nougat while the Note 4 remains stuck with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow; but that becomes irrelevant when custom ROMs are taken into account. Let’s not even talk about Android 7.0 – anyone could flash Android 7.1.1 into the Note 4 if they wanted to.
Apart from that, the Note 5 isn’t much of an improvement over the Note 4 in the display and build department. Both are constructed using Gorilla Glass 4 and sport Quad HD Super AMOLED screens. The only advantage the Note 5 has, besides being 5g lighter, is a better screen-to-body ratio.
A refurbished 32GB Note 5 currently costs between about $330 to $450 on Amazon, and if you want more space you would have to allocate a bigger budget for the 64GB or 128GB models.
Save yourself at least $100 by going for the Note 4 which would afford you more storage space without breaking the bank. If you want more assurance, Samsung’s own refurbished Note 4 units are going for $350 with the added benefit of an official one-year warranty.