Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – the latest one in the Note series is a much-awaited phone from Samsung. Some strikingly new features and specifications have been added to it, to make the Note 4 better in performance, regal in appeal and different from the ones that are available in the segment of Android smartphones. Samsung – the brand itself speaks of the insurmountable quality, however, let’s take a look at its features and specifications to get a better knowledge of the same.

Externals: Design and Display

Externals: Design and Display

Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s highlight is the display. In fact, a whopping 2X increase in the pixel density has made the display quite attractive from its competitors. The 5.7-inch screen has a screen resolution of 1440X2560 with 516-pixel density. The viewing angles are so set that a perfectly shaped edge object can be viewed from the screen. AMOLED screen does a wonderful task of giving a warm tone to the pictures when exposed to sunlight; however, there is still scope for improvement in this area. The display has been covered by screen guard atop the Gorilla Glass 3 case offering a crystal clear display with a glossy finish.

Externals: Design and Display

The design of this phablet is also amazing. With the size 153.5X78.6X8.5 mm, this contains one of the biggest screens in the Note series. It weighs approximately 176 grams. Though the weight is a little higher for the phablets, the sturdier look is worth covering it up. At a first glance, one can get confused with the Note 3 model; however, there is a striking difference between the two. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a metallic brim with chaffered corners that give it an elegant look. In fact, this is first in the Note series that has a metallic brim in its design. The back panel has a finish of faux leather which gives a look of plastic. In the front side, below the display, keys for Task Switcher, Home and back buttons are provided that give the dual flexibility of touch and button feature.

Internals: Hardware and Software

A striking unique feature of the hardware is the processor. 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 powers this model which speaks of its impeccable high performance. Samsung in the past has always an Exynos variation of processors and hence this difference may point out the fact that Samsung is looking for its invasion in the 4G segment. In addition, it supports 3 GB Ram and 32 GB internal storage. The flexibility of expandable memory upto 128 MB with the help of microSD card paves the path for additional storage area. This is one of the best features of the phone along with the Stylus S Pen. Buttons are provided on the brim for on/off option and volume controller. The hardware makes Samsung Galaxy Note a bit unique but what leverages its marketing value is the software. Android is the platform and though the model was built with the KitKat Version, there is an option of upgrading it to the latest Lolipop version. The TouchWiz can be seen at its brilliance in this model.

Externals: Design and Display

All the more, multitasking and opening two windows have been made much more user-friendly in this version. Floating icons are one of the major breakthroughs which can be seen only in this model. The stylus is the next highlight of Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Though the concept of the stylus is not new, its usage has been very nicely fabricated in this model. A lot of information can also be copied from web pages with the help of stylus pen. This inevitably is the highlight of the phone. With the help of stylus, photocopied notes can also be converted into editable texts. Another unique feature of the software is that it can capture the details such as name, email address and photo easily from a hard copy version. Though this capturing feature is amazing, some difficulties in capturing bulk data such as address have been encountered. Nevertheless, in the smartphone segment, the feature itself is quite awesome. Fingerprint sensors are provided on the front pane, which is similar to that used in Galaxy S5 model. Heart rate can also be monitored with the help of sensors that are provided at the backside of the phone. The software supports the hardware perfectly well.

Camera and Connectivity

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 sees an up gradation in the camera from its predecessor. It has a 16 MP, 5312X 2988 pixel rear camera which is 3 megapixels more than its previous version. All the more, the front camera has been upgraded to 3.7 megapixels with an enhanced selfie mode. Apart from the pixel up-gradation, other features of the camera are same as that of Galaxy Note 3 like autofocus, LED flash, dual shot, HDR, panorama, geo-tagging and touch focus. The optical image stabilization feature has been advanced to ensure that perfectly sharp images can be captured. Video recording at 2160 pixels at 30 fps makes recording on the smartphone a very high-quality feature. In addition, 16 M colours help to capture sharp colours in their perfect tones. Camera can be rated as one of the best in the Android smartphone segment.

Externals: Design and Display

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has all the basic connectivity features such as Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth v4.1 and GPS. Additional features like the dual band and direct hotspot are also included. These have been in the legacy of Samsung smartphones and hence there is no surprise here.


Undoubtedly, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one of the best smartphones in the market. The display, stylus, additional software feature and powerful processor are some points which are worthy of admiration. In fact, if one has a thing for stylus, guess this is the best phone in the market for them.


  • 7 inch Super AMOLED capacitive screen
  • 7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB in-built storage, expansion slot supporting micro SD cards up to 128 GB
  • MP primary camera with LED flash
  • 7VGA front camera
  • 2G/ 3G network support
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC and Infrared
  • 3220 mAh battery
  • Android version 4.4.4(KitKat) upgradable to V5.0.1( Lolipop)

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