Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review
Samsung’s one most anticipated flagship device for next year has finally arrived. Creative and productive people has always chosen Galaxy Note series over any other phablets available in the market; not to mention the S-pen has the biggest influence for that. To make the most out of the device; Samsung has released two Note devices this year. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge – both devices are actually twins; only the screen differs. The Note Edge is actually a Note 4 with a curved display on the right edge. However, since Galaxy Note 4 is the basic device; we are going to review this one.
Holding the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for the first time; we had to notice how the pixels are dripping all over the screen. And the colors are just like the real ones you see through your own eyes – naturally. The display size is intact, still 5.7 inches. We had talked about the display on our previous rumor articles why Samsung ‘might’ keep the display size unchanged and seems like they had the exact same thoughts in mind. However, the 2K display resolution packs more than 515 pixels per inch in the display. Apple’s retina standard denotes around 326 ppi, what are you going to call this display then? Keep thinking.
The display kind of resembles the LG G3 display which is smaller by 0.2 inches resulting in a higher pixel density count; but the bigger display size in Galaxy Note 4 compensates for the ppi. Samsung has always been loyal to their Super AMOLED display and no exception to the Galaxy Note 4. The true black display shows the black color just as it is supposed to – all credit goes to the AMOLED technology which can completely turn off pixels to show black.
We had been also been informed that the Note 4 display is able to adjust its color temperature according to the ambient light, just like the new Galaxy Tab S out there.
Metallic body has doubled as the meaning for premium smartphone body for a long time now. Samsung has always used posh plastic to building their smartphones which felt quite pricey, but not much premium as the Apple devices did. Not anymore of that sigh, now you get to celebrate the premium feel that Samsung has included in their Note 4. Samsung introduced a new style of faux-leather battery cover when they launched the Note 3; that leathery back isn’t eliminated though. Metal on the edges of the phone and more costly leather on the back – overall, the new makeovers applied on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are totally worth the money you have to pay.
The predecessor was elegant enough but this one feels more elegant. Maybe not like the HTC One M8 which feels heavier and sturdier but this is a totally different phone!
The design trend follows the footstep of the predecessor Galaxy Note 3. If you look closely, you might find resemblance with the new premium Galaxy Alpha as well like we did. However, there have been few visual modifications to make the handset look even better. The frontal 2.5D glass and rear faux-leather cover deserves special mention.
What basically is a 2.5D glass? It’s a glass panel designed by Samsung, the design is sort of beveled and creates an illusion of everything on the display is floating slightly above the panel.
For people with different mindsets out there, Samsung releases this smartphone in four color options. Pick one among the frosted white, charcoal black, bronze gold or blossom pink that suits you best!
Well even before reaching this part every single reader knows that Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is undoubtedly one performance giant. However, you probably have not expected two Galaxy Note smartphones to show up with different displays. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes in two variants powered by two different processors. One variant uses the Samsung-made Exynos 5433 Octa-core processor clocked at 1.9 GHz and the quad core version runs on 1.3 GHz. This variant running Exynos is preferably for the Indian market, we aren’t sure though. However, the other variant runs on a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.7 GHz. No wonder, people desires for the Snapdragon running Note 4 more.
If you are under an LTE coverage area then you would want better LTE reception. The Note 4 that runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon is your best pick then; because it runs on Category 6 LTE against Exynos variant’s Category 4.
Memory and Storage
Since the phone doesn’t provide 64 bit architecture yet, we can’t have higher amount of RAM yet. The RAM on both the variant is 3 GB. The massive on board storage lets you store 32 GB of data and additionally the memory card slot allows up to 128 GB of external memory.
Better image stabilization features accompanied by larger 16 megapixel camera sensor – what could be a better camera combination! The front camera gets improvement as well; it now captures photos in 3.7 megapixels and features an option named Wide Selfie. Just hit the option and capture selfies with your whole group without having to leave anyone out of the frame. The features basically stitches two or three photos together to make it one selfie; saves your time to mess with Photoshop. For better lighting and framing options the front camera lens now sports a bigger aperture of f/1.9.
The pressure sensitivity level is now bumped up to 2048 from Note 3’s 1024. This improvement allows the users to use the S-pen as a mouse. Just hover the pen over the icons on the home-screen to play with the features. The Air Command menu still exists with few added features. On the S-note app, make your handwriting interesting with extended range of pen styles.
The price of the Galaxy Note 4 variants hasn’t been announced yet. Also there’s the Galaxy Note Edge which affects the pricing factor of the Note 4. Considering everything in mind, we expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 would cost a figure around $850 – $900.