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Galaxy Note 4 Review - Price, Specs, Features, Battery Life

Updated on September 9, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is bigger, better and more innovative; it seems to be the best product in the Note series, till date. Discussed below are the finer points of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Design

There is not much difference between the dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Note 3, although the height on the Note 4 looks a little bit shaved off. It also feels a lot lighter. It weighs 176g and measures 153.5 X 78.6 X 8.5mm. When you hold the Note 4 in your hands, the finish feels more premium. A metal rim surrounds the device and protects the chassis.

The Note 4 has additional features which were seen on the S5. The heart rate monitor present on the back is the most visible feature. It may however be noted that the back has a faux leather feel to it, which may not be liked by some users.

The Note 4 comes with minor tweaks, reduced bloatware and good software updates, the best of which is the enhanced version of the snap mode. Now, instead of snapping 2 different services at the bottom and top of the display, users can resize an app just like a widget. For example, it is possible to shrink the camera function and access the rest of the phone with a quick diagonal swish from the top right of the display on the camera app. Another novel feature is improved performance of the 3 microphones which can be used for voice recording. They can be used to concentrate on just one voice and fade out the rest.

Screen

The screen size on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the same as the Note 3, i.e., a 5.7 inch screen. However, the quality of output has become better.It has a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, Quad HD Super AMOLED screen that allows 500 ppi. Such a high quality screen comes with adaptive display that offers optimum viewing irrespective of the place that you are in as well as display which changes as per the light of the region being seen on screen.

When a UHD video shot using the phone is viewed on the device, then you will vividly see all the colors and every minute detail. The experience is simply stunning! Playback is seamless and there are no rough edges when zooming.

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes loaded with a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and an onboard LTE. Similar to the S5, it runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS integrated with Samsung's TouchWiz interface. Users can browse the internet with no lag and zip through its many apps.

The Note 4 comes with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and up to 64GB expandable micro SD storage.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with 16 MP camera as opposed to the 13 MP camera on the Note 3. The f-stop has a clock speed of f1.9, meaning that 60 percent more light is allowed by the camera when taking photos. The camera also has spatial awareness-of 120 degrees.

Due to increasing popularity of the ‘Selfie,’ the front camera on the Note 4 comes with a panorama mode, wherein a photo can be joined together by taking pictures from a pan of scene. This option is available only in the portrait mode. Additionally, as users often find it difficult to get the thumb around to the front of the device, the heart rate monitor at the back can also be alternatively used to click the picture.

A combination of the S-Pen, the camera and the new feature called Snap Note allows users to capture the image of a whiteboard or a piece of paper and then change what’s in it. Users can increase the size of the image in the paper, delete text and change colors, etc.

S Pen

The stylus renamed as the S-Pen made a comeback after the launch of the Note range of smartphones. It did not make a mark with the other Note versions, but the S-Pen is definitely a must have with the Note 4.

The S-Pen comes with 2 great options, i.e., the highlighter and fountain pen. The latter can be used just as a fountain pen is used on paper. It comes with additional sensitivity, which allows users to sign their signatures to the ‘T,’ as well as write in their own handwriting. The S-Pen has a button on the side and when clicked like a mouse, the pen goes into a Smart Select mode. Users can then highlight entire passages on websites, or text, as well as clip out some parts of a website and paste it somewhere else.

Battery

The 3200mAH battery comes with better charging times. The many power saving options, including the ultra power-saving mode, can give the device nearly 24 hours of battery time with just 10 percent battery charge.

Pricing

In the US, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be available off-contract for about $600 and around $300 on-contract; around $1000 in Australia, and about £600 or £650 in the UK. In the US, the Note 4 will be available with Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and US Cellular, while O2 will be the first “Note 4” network in the UK.

Samsung commenced the sale of Note 4 first in Germany, selling them at a price of 699 Euro.

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