Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review
The most refined Note experience to-date?
If the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 can build on the success and enhance the features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which we absolutely loved, then the Note 4 is about to set a new standard of excellence.
I find out if this is the most refined Note experience to-date in our Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 lets you know straight away that it is a quality smartphone as the premium metal frame and its fluid curvature touch your skin. Perfectly balanced, the soft-textured rear cover, which imitates natural leather, has the ergonomics that we hoped for and provides superior grip for one-handed use.
The Galaxy Note 4 boasts a superbly large 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440 resolution) Super AMOLED display that is safely tucked away behind Corning Gorilla Glass, which as its name suggests is nearly unbreakable!
The display simply oozes quality and richness by producing deeper contrast than we have seen before across wider viewing angles that allow you to share the experience should you wish to. The response times of the display exceed a millionth of a second so this really is the device to own for streaming media or playing games.
The audio package is also on another level and combines multiple microphones with an improved speaker for excellent noise cancellation in loud environments. There is also a built-in voice recorder which can capture and tag voices in 8 different directions. Under playback these can then be isolated to pick out a single voice in a group conversation.
Inside there is a 2.7 GHz Quad-core processor with 3GB RAM, which is immensely powerful when compared to other flagship devices of late. There is a very healthy 32GB internal memory included and this can be expanded upon with a 64GB Micro SD card should you wish to keep all of your photos and videos local and away from the Cloud!
The final elements of the build are finished off with dimensions that measure 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm whilst at 176 grams the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is impressively light for a device of its size.
Phone Set Up
Once you unpack your frosted white, charcoal black, bronze gold or blossom pink Samsung Galaxy Note 4 you will undoubtedly want to set it up.
The first thing to tackle is security and Samsung have included an enhanced fingerprint scanner for redefined security and the world’s first UV sensor in a mobile device.
After this it is simply time to explore a portfolio of Samsung apps that are backed up by the Android v4.4 operating system.
The Android OS delivers the typical Google services such as Search, YouTube and Google Maps for use with the GPS.
After exploring the menu with its glorious transitional effects it is time to visit Google Play and download all of your favourite apps.
The user experience has once again been improved upon and this time around the Note 4 delivers a multi window feature that enables easier multi-tasking. You can access your apps in a choice of ways which include full, split or in pop-up screens.
It is also great fun to be able to use a single intuitive swipe to change the size and positioning of apps on the screen, which of course will allow you to bring your favourite apps into focus.
The next big feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is its S Pen, which previous Note owners will attest to not being able to live without.
The S Pen has been enhanced to serve as the primary tool for everyday use and a more authentic pen experience has been developed. The S Pen on the Note 4 will have you convinced that you are writing on paper with a fountain pen as you enjoy writing with natural brush effects.
More user friendly Air Command functionality also stands out when the Note 4 is compared to the Note 3. Action Memo, Screen Write and Image Clip are included and complimented with the popular Smart Select function that allows you to collect and piece together content from different places and then share the resulting work with ease.
There are countless other features to explore and the most prominent of these include S Health 3.5 with heart rate monitoring, a new Dynamic Lock Screen and 4G internet connectivity.
Camera & Video
The camera and video package on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is simply designed to wow you and bring professional results to the amateur photographer.
Even the complete novice can pick up and use the 16 megapixel rear-facing camera. There is no need to worry about about capturing the perfect result as the Smart Optical Image Stabiliser automatically counter balances camera shake and even extends exposure time when photographing under dark conditions.
There is a portfolio of tools available though for those who do love to tinker with their imagery and these include HDR rich tone, auto and selective focus, beauty face, virtual tour shot and dual camera mode.
The secondary 3.7 megapixel forward-facing camera will help you capture the perfect selfie or conduct video calls. A default 90-degree shooting angle handles most situations but if you wish to capture a group selfie then you can widen this up to 120 degrees.
Video hasn’t been forgotten and you can record in 2160p at 30 frames per second or alternatively in 1080p at 60fps for a better result when the action is high or there are fast moving objects in the shot.
The battery capacity at 3220mAh is one of the largest that we have seen, clearly beating those offered on the LG G3 or even Samsung’s own Galaxy S5.
One of the most welcome updates is the fast charging feature that will allow you to rapidly recharge the Note 4 when time is short.
If you know that a charging point isn’t going to be available any time soon then the Ultra Power Saving Mode will allow you to shut down unnecessary features working in the background to ensure you stay connected for calls and texts.
Written by: Michael Brown