Galaxy Note 4

 

DISCLAIMER

The following unit has been sent by Verizon Wireless.

 

There is no argument that some people want a phone with a screen bigger than 5 inches. With over $50 million in sales, the Galaxy Note series supports the thought of a having a hybrid tablet in your pocket, now commonly referred to as a “phablet”.

Late last year, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 4, a phone that throws a heavy amount of jabs in the right places. It’s an exemplary fabrication of power and responsiveness. From its large, rich AMOLED display to it’s rapid, accurate camera the Note 4 is a phone worth considering if you’re looking for a new phone, regardless if you’re an Android or iOS user.

I’m comfortable with having an LG G3. I’m really comfortable with having an iPhone 6. But before I received the Galaxy Note 4, I was skeptical on how comfortable I would feel with this phone and its unfamiliar form factor. I haven’t had the best relationship I could desire with Samsung’s mobile products. They’re usually packed with an undesirable amount of gimmicks and lackluster hardware. It’s a heavy punch I’ve received from the Galaxy S5, but the Note 4 softens that blow. Moreover, the Galaxy S6 completely eliminates the notion, but I’ll reserve compliments for my Galaxy S6 review.

The Note 4 is a well polished device that I found comfortable to use and place in my slim-fit pants. It has a trim of aluminium on its sides, which is beautifully illuminated by certain angles. The stylus, named the S Pen, is cohesively embedded within the phone to the point where you can forget that its even there. But when you do use the S Pen, and you will, the phone animates itself with a delightful, subtle vibration and ornamented by a command menu on the screen that allows you to use the S Pen for a number of things. You’re able to leave notes on your screen, easily take screenshots, illustrate perfect Snapchats, among other features that I didn’t find myself using too frequently. Nonetheless, the S Pen enhances your experience with the Note 4, yet doesn’t interfere with your usage if you prefer to not utilise it. I found it extremely useful to substitute greasy fingerprints.

During my time with the Galaxy Note 4, Google’s latest version of Android, nicknamed Lollipop, wasn’t released yet, so I can only offer a limited, accurate experience of the software, which unsurprisingly wasn’t the best flavour you could have in an Android device. Look, Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface isn’t bad, but it isn’t great. Being honest, it teeters around being good. There’s a lot of apps I had to uninstall, which was the same story I had with the Galaxy S5, but after that, my experience with the software wasn’t that bad.

Correspondingly, after seeing Lollipop on the Galaxy S6, it seems to be a different story, so I’m going to hold judgement until I can reunite with a Lollipop powered Note 4.

When it comes to an intuitive, predictable, accurate imaging experience I first think of the iPhone 6. Before using the Note 4, I was worried about the camera, as I usually am with Android devices. Megapixels are a shameful judgement of image quality on cameras that Android manufacturers allude towards. There are phones with 41-megapixels that aren’t fast, and there are phones with 8-megapixels that put 13-megapixels to shame. Yet, even though it has 16-megapixels, the Note 4 suppresses my worries for the inaccurate image quality commonly found in Android devices.

The Note 4’s camera is crazy good. Yes, the Note 4’s camera is crazy good. But it’s not only good, it’s accurate. Testing it against a considerable selection of phones (HTC One M8, Nokia Lumia 1020, and iPhone 6) the Note 4 put both the One M8 and Lumia 1020 to shame.


Camera Samples

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When in HDR mode, it holistically balances between highlights and shadows the manner an iPhone would. The Note 4 features optical image stabilisation, allowing you to capture sharply focused images in low-light environments. In conclusion towards the camera, its hard to take a bad image with the phone. Knowing that both the Galaxy S6 and Note 4 share the same sensor makes me hopeful in using the Galaxy S6. Although it’s worth noting that both phones have different lenses.

It would be careless to have a screen that doesn’t support the Note’s stunning camera. Thankfully, the Note 4’s vibrant, rich screen offers a sensible photographic experience. The Note 4’s quad HD AMOLED screen renders colours in a sharp, beautiful, rich manner, leaving it to be respectively compared to the iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S6, and LG G3. 

When it comes to battery life, the Note 4 munches battery like a vegetarian eats chicken. Never did I worry about the battery life, except for one time. And even then, the phone fully charged itself from 20% in no more than an hour. An hour. If you’re in Bermuda for two days, the Note can still be functional under its Ultra Power Saving Mode which enables a monochrome, dim screen.

So, what did Samsung do with the Galaxy Note 4? They considered the fact that this phone needs to be comfortable, powerful, and relatively beautiful. Three things millions of people look for in a phone. Three things that garnered millions in sales for Samsung. Three things that make this the best Android phablet your Zimbabwean money can buy.