Galaxy Note 4by Samsung

  • Galaxy Note 4
  • Galaxy Note 4
  • Galaxy Note 4
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
87%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The screen on the Note 4 can't be beat. Big, bright, vivid, and clear. What more can you ask for?
  • The S Pen improvements are welcomed for those who want to push multitasking boundaries on a mobile device.
  • The cameras focus quickly and take clear pictures on a consistent basis.

CONS

  • Samsung is known for its overbearing UI on top of Android, and the Note 4 is no exception.
  • A cheap, plastic build is still present despite Samsung's efforts to add a touch of metal.
  • Multitasking features can slow down the device and introduce sluggishness when opening apps.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a massive 5.7-inch quad-HD display that offers bright, vivid colors. Equipped with a stylus that Samsung calls the S Pen and multitasking features such as the ability to run apps in a split-screen mode, the Note 4 is geared toward individuals who need a smartphone to get work done. On the back you'll find a 16 MP camera, complete with optical image stabilization, while the front camera offers Selfie and Wide Selfie modes.
NameGalaxy Note 4Nexus 6PMoto X Pure EditionV10Lumia 950 XL
ManufacturerSamsungGoogleMotorolaLGMicrosoft
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List Price$685$500$399$599$649
90%

Video watching is where it really impresses, though. Whites are exceptionally white, blacks are gorgeously deep, and bigger is generally bet…

Video watching is where it really impresses, though. Whites are exceptionally white, blacks are gorgeously deep, and bigger is generally better when it comes to viewing pleasure.

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90%

That said, the new Note has an even bigger screen and I can still hold the device without hand fatigue (in which my hand gets tired after ho…

That said, the new Note has an even bigger screen and I can still hold the device without hand fatigue (in which my hand gets tired after holding the phone for a while) or accidentally dropping it.

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As someone who enjoys the physical act of writing, I love the Note 4's stylus skills. However, if the act of putting digital pen to paper ba…

As someone who enjoys the physical act of writing, I love the Note 4's stylus skills. However, if the act of putting digital pen to paper baffles you, skip this handset in favor of other big-screen phones that potentially cost less and perform core tasks just as well

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Samsung has tried to make the removable plastic cover feel more premium by giving it a leather effect finish, but there's still no fooling y…

Samsung has tried to make the removable plastic cover feel more premium by giving it a leather effect finish, but there's still no fooling your hand with that unmistakable texture.

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86%

It’s an excellent phone inside and out, the first Note that combines design, power, and performance in one package. Samsung knows how to tak…

It’s an excellent phone inside and out, the first Note that combines design, power, and performance in one package. Samsung knows how to take advantage of a large screen — even more so than Apple — and with a pen and some software tweaks and a ridiculous number of pixels, it does just that.

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80%

I've always found Samsung's S Pen more of a novelty than a truly useful tool. That changes with the Note 4.

I've always found Samsung's S Pen more of a novelty than a truly useful tool. That changes with the Note 4.

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The S-Pen was particularly great. And, look, I’m a stylus skeptic, but the Note 4 has me semi-convinced.

The S-Pen was particularly great. And, look, I’m a stylus skeptic, but the Note 4 has me semi-convinced.

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Samsung has always focused on the power of the Note and its additional screen size as a gateway to getting more done, and with the changes t…

Samsung has always focused on the power of the Note and its additional screen size as a gateway to getting more done, and with the changes this year it's one step closer to realizing that goal.

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The Note 4 still lacks that all-important mobile essential: an intuitive, cleanly designed user interface.

The Note 4 still lacks that all-important mobile essential: an intuitive, cleanly designed user interface.

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Yeah, the Note 4 is a big phone, but it's worth noting that it's really not that much bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus.

Yeah, the Note 4 is a big phone, but it's worth noting that it's really not that much bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus.

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So far in 2014, we've only got the Galaxy Note 4. Samsung may be the originator of the phablet, but with this new model, it isn't doing much…

So far in 2014, we've only got the Galaxy Note 4. Samsung may be the originator of the phablet, but with this new model, it isn't doing much to push the product category forward.

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With the Note 4, I'm left a bit annoyed by the same multitasking slowness and hiccups that I found on the S5, too.

With the Note 4, I'm left a bit annoyed by the same multitasking slowness and hiccups that I found on the S5, too.

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Positive Reviews
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Great, big, beautiful phone.
Ok, so my next purchase will probably be an updated version, but this is the second smartphone I've bought from the Samsung family, and I am so pleased with it! The stylus doesn't get a whole lot of use, and it's a little difficult to sync my music library with my iTunes account. Other than that, I'm continually impressed with it! Great photos. Good built-in audio. LOVE the size (a lot of phones feel tiny and breakable to me, but this one doesn't).

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