Despite initial speculation that the Samsung’s original Galaxy Note phablet would not catch on, Samsung recently released the fourth generation Galaxy Note 4.

The Note 4 brings bigger productivity and power. Although the screen dimensions are the same as that of the Note 3, i.e. 5.7 inches, Samsung has given it a massive resolution boost.


The Note 4’s chassis is surrounded by a metal rim that acts as a shield. The leather effect finish adds a more premium feel to its removable plastic cover, while stilling providing good grip. Despite its size, key buttons are easily reachable. Out of all of Samsung’s Note handsets, the Note 4 has the most accomplished and premium feel and look.

Key Features

— 5.7-inch display: Like only a handful of smartphones, the Note 4 boasts a QHD screen with a pixel density of 515ppi and a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. This means that it is sharper than even full HD screens, and since it is a Super AMOLED display, so it provides vibrant colors, making for an outstanding viewing experience.

— S Pen: Samsung has pushed accuracy and sensitivity up a notch with the Note 4’s S Pen, which enhances writing experience. With the Note 4, even the smallest words will be legible, and it will be possible to make instantaneous strokes. The Air Command menu can also be accessed by clicking the button on the S Pen’s shaft.

— Interface & Performance: The Note 4 has Android 4.4.4, the latest interation of the OS, pre-installed into it. Apparently, in the future the operating system may get upgraded to Android Lollipop.

— Apart from launching the camera app, emergency calls can also be dialed directly from the lockscreen too. Information like date, time, steps taken during the day, and the weather is also displayed by it.

— Latest Blinkfeed headlines are also easily accessible by swiping the home screen left to right and the top of the screen is home to a selection of quick links. Select pre-installed app windows can even be shrunk down, so they can be reached easily one-handed.

— Battery Life: A 3220mAh battery powers the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. If the battery ever runs out of charge and a plug socket is not nearby, it can be easily swapped out. The Note 4 will easily last an entire day on just one charge, with anywhere between 20% and 30% power left by the end of the day, with moderate or even heavy use.

— Camera: The Galaxy Note 4 is equipped with a 16MP lens with auto focus and dual-LED flash. It also has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) that combats camera shake, so better pictures can be taken in lower light since exposure time is automatically extended. The camera app can be fired up directly from the lock screen.

The Note 4 actually has one of the mobile cameras ever. Even in brighter conditions, a massive amount of detail is captured by it. Color production and HDR performance is excellent, and up close, some top-notch macro photos can be snapped. The camera also does quite well in low light, and some decent images can be captured.


With the Galaxy Note 4, it should be obvious that Samsung is still a leader in the world of phablets. The Note 4 has a fantastic screen with pin sharp display. Overall, it is packed with more power than before and its splendid camera makes it a great smartphone. For those planning to grab the Note 3, the Galaxy Note 4 is a better upgrade.

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