Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Synonymous with big screens, premium hardware and the S Pen, Samsung’s intuitive stylus, the Galaxy Note series is one of the Korean tech giant’s bestselling smartphone series to date. Ever since the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in fall 2013, tech enthusiasts have been speculating how Samsung will top the Note 3. The wait is finally over as Samsung officially revealed the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at the IFA 2014.

Rating

Pros
  • Great Design
  • Excellent screen
Cons
  • UI could be improved
  • Not massively different
How Much Does It Cost?

$600 (off-contract)

When Is It Available?

October 2014

Operating System:

Android KitKat

Improved Design

The faux-leather back panel of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 provoked some controversy. Though many loved the unique back panel, others complained that it did not do the premium cellphone justice as it made the device feel tacky. As a result, Samsung have made a number of improvements to the design of their latest Note cellphone. To begin with, the Note 4 features a softer faux-leather backplane which is less shiny. Not only does this give the handset a more premium feel but it also prevents it from slipping out of your hand. The phone is also encircled by an aluminum band which makes it sturdier and more luxurious.

Samsung have decided to keep the Note 4’s screen size the same as its predecessors at 5.7 inches. However, they have given the quality of the display a considerable upgrade as now it features 2K resolution and adaptive brightness technology which automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen depending on the environment.

The iconic S Pen has also received a notable upgrade as it is now more sensitive and can perform more functions such as annotating photographs immediately after they have been taken.

Faster Hardware

Beneath its stunning exterior, the Note 4 is powered by a Snapdragon 805 2.7GHz quad-core processor which is supported by a very generous 3GB RAM. The Note 4 features a respectable 3220mAh battery and Samsung’s new Ultra Power Saving technology, allowing you to get more than a full day’s use out of the cellphone.

Camera Upgrade

Recognizing that most consumers use their smartphone as their primary camera, Samsung have fitted the Note 4 with a state-of-the-art cellphone camera which is sure to set it apart from its primary competitors. On the front there is a 3.7MP camera and on the back there is a 16MP one. While many were hoping for a 20MP primary camera, the Note 4’s 16MP one does not disappoint as it features optical image stabilization technology and real-time HDR.