Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Prices & Plans

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Features

  • 5.7 inch display
  • Android
  • 16MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory
  • 78.5mm wide
  • 153.4mm high
  • 8.1mm thick
  • 3GB RAM
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Average Score

88/100

The Note 4 is a great phone, with an amazing screen and awesome camera, but it is not great value for money.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs

Display

Type HD Super AMOLED
Screen Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Screen Size 5.7 inch (14.5 cm)
Touch Screen Yes

Camera

Resolution 16 megapixels
Front Facing 4 megapixels
3D Resolution -
Flash Type LED
Video Camera 3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps)

Music and Video

Music Player Yes
Video Player Yes
Video Calls Yes
FM Radio No
Audio Formats MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC
Video Formats H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8

Physical

Form Factor Slate
Width 78.5 mm
Height 153.4 mm
Thickness 8.1 mm
Weight 176.1 grams
Accelerometer Yes
Gyro Yes

General

GPS Yes
Battery (2G Talk) Not available
Battery (Standby) Not available
App Store Google Play
Processor Type 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor
Operating System Android 4.4.4 (Kitkat)
Release Date October 2014

Connectivity

Main Connectivity 4G LTE
Maximum Data Speed 150 Mbps
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2X2 MIMO)
USB microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3)
Bluetooth Yes
NextG Capable No
Telstra Blue Tick No
Networks GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data Networks HSPA+850/900/1900/2100 MHz; LTE 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz (LTE Cat. 4, LTE Cat. 6)

Memory

RAM 3GB
Internal 32GB
Expandable Up to 128GB

Messaging

Push Email Yes
Text Messages (SMS) Yes
Picture Messages (MMS) Yes

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Reviews

Positive

WhistleOut Review

"The Note 4 is a great phone, with an amazing screen and awesome camera, but it is not great value for money."

Joseph Hanlon (WhistleOut)
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100/100

"The phablet will be able to handle pretty much anything. Most of that power goes to waste most of the time, but the new processor is also very power efficient. It lasts a solid two days on a charge even with heavy use, including push email all day, hundreds of notifications and three hours of browsi..."

TheGuardian.com
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V.Positive

"The metal wraps around an absolutely gorgeous QHD display that has all of the characteristics you want — high brightness, crisp imagery and punchy colors — out of a phone today. Underneath the display you have industry-leading specs that can handle anything you want without a hiccup."

Androidcentral.com
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90/100

"...despite its large size, Samsung has nailed the one-handed experience better than the competition. There's certainly a benefit to drawing from years of experience in this category: What began as an oddity three years ago has now evolved into a powerful tool at the top of its class."

Engadget.com
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90/100

"Heavy users can make their way into the night, even when streaming a few television episdes and podcasts during the day. Moderate users should find themselves into the next day before having to hit the charger, and light users have absolutely nothing to worry about. If you'd really like to make the ..."

IGN (au.ign.com)
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90/100

"The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will thrill anyone who loves a fast phone with a large screen, but it's best for compulsive scribblers willing to pay a lot for its winning stylus."

CNET.com
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V.Positive

"I have spoken with people on both standard and HD calls and both are crisp and clear. HD calling, where supported, is just amazing and I’m always thrilled to have conversations with people on the same network as me."

Forbes.com
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90/100

"My biggest gripe with the last three generations of S-Pens is that the stylus felt stiff and offered no tactile feedback whatsoever, but this year’s Note S-Pen offers a similar drag to what you might experience while writing a note on a piece of actual paper. It makes it easier to write notes and do..."

PCWorld.com
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V.Positive

"The front-facing camera also has a new wide-angle selfie mode, which sweeps across like a panorama to capture you and your entire host of pouting comrades without cutting anyone off. Useful if you like that kind of thing."

Stuff.tv
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86/100

"Photos are crisp and clean and accurate; the Note 4’s dynamic range doesn’t quite match the iPhone 6’s, but I rarely took a shot I didn’t like."

TheVerge.com
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Positive

"The huge display on the Note 4 enables a fantastic multitasking experience where apps can be used side by side or dragged around and resized like they can on a desktop platform. Things like text and images can also be dragged back and forth between apps quickly and easily."

Positive

"...the fingerprint scanner is noticeably improved when compared to what we first saw with the Galaxy S5, and the experience associated with the fingerprint scanner is noticeably less painful when it comes to partial matches and similar behavior. I still think that the fingerprint scanner should be m..."

AnandTech.com
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Positive

"...its pictures have a tendency to wind up a little oversaturated and a little heavy on the contrast, but still fine—damn good even—for a mobile phone camera. At least so long as the lights are on; like the S5, the Note 4 doesn't do too well under low light conditions."

Gizmodo.com
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Average Score

(13 Reviews)

88/100
 

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review

4/5

Pros: Cons:
  • 5.5-inch screen looks amazing
  • Camera is fast and takes great photos
  • Fast charging works well
  • Stylus is still a nice touch
  • Expensive
  • Screen design has a poor impact on battery life
  • Like all Samsung phones, the Note is packed with gimmicky software

Design

When Samsung first unveiled the Note 4 a lot was made about its use of stainless steel in the handset design — a huge departure from the cheap-feeling plastic handsets Samsung has released over the past few years. Here now, with the Note 4 in my hands, I’m not entirely sure what all the fuss was about. The Note 4 is still primarily a plastic phone, albeit one with a metal trim.

Not that I mind this so much. I happen to like the look and feel of a number of plastic phones; the soft-touch plastic on a Moto X and Nexus 5, for example. I’m less enthusiastic about the faux-leather plastic on the back on the Note 3 and, now, Note 4, but not enough for it to sway my opinion.

In fact, the best way to describe the look and feel of the Note 4 is to point you to last year’s Note 3: there really isn’t too much different. The buttons and switches are in the same locations, the stylus is holstered in the same place on the bottom of the phone. There may be big changes for Note fans this year, but they are not in its aesthetic.

Still, the Note 4 is pleasantly lightweight, for a phone of its size, and not as big as other phablets — including Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. It feels sturdy and assuredly put together.

Screen

The big difference between the Note 3 and the Note 4 is in the most important part of any modern phone — the touchscreen. Samsung keeps the 5.7-inch screen size the same but manages to nearly double the number of pixels in the display panel. The Quad HD resolution screen (1440 x 2560 pixels) packs in 515 pixels per inch of screen, making it one of the sharpest displays in market.

It looks fantastic too, with crisp edges to onscreen elements, brilliant colours and great viewing angles. This is one amazing smartphone screen.

But, it does come with a number of drawbacks. A sharper screen always means a heavier toll on battery life. We’ve seen manufacturers play an interesting balance game between increasing screen resolutions, bigger batteries and the never-ending quest for slimmer, lighter devices. Samsung opts for the sharper screen and slimmer phone, so it is battery life which takes the hit.

This will be a sour pill for many phone users, and if you’d prefer a lower spec phone with several days of battery life, then the Note 4 isn’t for you.

We also question what we, as users, gain from a screen with this many pixels. Side-by-side with the Note 3, and its Full HD screen (1080 x 1920 pixels) it is hard to spot the advantage. Web pages are as easy to read, games and videos looks as good, and it certainly doesn’t help with everyday tasks, like emails and text messages. At the end of the day, it is this screen which means that the Note 4 is one of the most expensive phones in market, and it doesn’t seem to justify its existence.


Camera

While we might feel there are too many pixels in the screen, we think Samsung has pretty much nailed the camera — pixels and all. The 16-megapixel sensor in the Note 4 is fast as lightning, and with a shortcut to the camera on the lock screen, it takes mere seconds to jump in and start shooting.

The photos we’ve taken are all pretty great — even those taken on dreary, wintery looking afternoons. Gradients of colour look smooth, and the level of detail we’ve seen in our shots is astounding.

Performance and battery

One area where we cannot fault Samsung is in the Note 4’s everyday performance. Even with the full weight of the TouchWiz software leaning on these processors, the Note 4 feels as fast and smooth as any phone on the market.

Which processor powers your Note will depend on which part of the world you are living in and the network requirements in your region, but it will either be a quad-core Qualcomm chip or an octa-core Samsung Exynos chipset. Our review unit makes use of the quad-core processor and it is blindingly fast.

The Note 4 isn’t best and baddest which it comes to battery life though. As we mentioned earlier, the Quad HD resolution screen takes a huge toll on its huge 3220mAh capacity battery. While you’ll comfortably get through a day-plus between charges, we can’t help but wonder whether a more power-efficient Note 4 would mean a better device overall — even if that meant reducing the pixel count.

The Adaptive Fast Charger in the box suggest Samsung was aware battery life would not be the Note’s strongest suit. This wall charger looks exactly like every other Samsung charger, but it is capable of speeding up the time it takes to recharge your phone significantly. From zero to 100, we noticed it took the fast charger about 90-minutes to rejuice the Note 4 — a significant feat for a phone with a battery this size.

Overall

Samsung’s Note 4 demands you know what you want in a phone more than any other device this year. It’s high price and trade-offs in battery life mean you really have to want a super dense screen resolution, a stylus, a fingerprint scanner, etc, because you are paying for all of these extras in performance and out of pocket.

The Note is easily recognisable as one of the year’s best made phones, but it is hard not to compare it unfavorably to slightly smaller, simpler and much cheaper smartphones. It is still the other smartphone that comes with a stylus — an excellent stylus at that — but if you can’t imagine using the stylus regularly, should you pay for one? Even then, are you better off saving a bunch of money and buying the Note 3 instead?

If money is no object, especially if you plan on buying a subsidized phone on contract, then these are matters you needn’t mull over for too long. We just can’t help feeling that while the Note 4 is a great phone, it is not great value.

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