I've seen outcry over the lack of an SD card slot and removable battery which is extremely justified but these don't bother me personally. I never removed or replaced my battery even though the battery life is terrible and it charges so slow. I don't really download music anymore as I mainly use online radio, and all my pictures are always backed up to Google Photos. However the possibility of a lack of an IR blaster is what will stop me from getting the Note 5. This was a big reason why I got the S4 that I currently own in the first place and it's been a very functional feature for me for past two years. Why would Samsung just get rid of it? If this is true then I'll be getting the Note 4. It apparently has a better bettery life and I'm too attached to Samsung to venture elsewhere.