The Galaxy Note 4 has been one of the best Samsung phones ever, but since we’re so close to the launch of the Note 5, is it still worth it? So to decide wheter it is still worth buying I’m going to check its absolute value and its capabilities compared to the present state of art in the smartphone world. Let’s begin with a quick recap of the specs. The Note 4 sports a 5.7″ Super AMOLED Quad HD display, at an insane 515 pixels-per-inch resolution.
All of those pixels are pushed by its Snapdragon 805 and its 3 Gigs of RAM. The expandable storage allows for a real use of its 16 Megapixels rear-facing shooter, capable of 4K video in 30p, Full HD in 60p and 120p Slow Motion in 720 HD. To keep you going with all of that all day long you have the pretty big 3220 mAh battery, quick-charging, and of course the standard connectivity package from WiFi to LTE to Bluetooth 4.1. To be honest, that spec-sheet is a pretty solid presentation by itself, but what about actual everyday usage? Well, the Note 4 has been my daily driver in the last few months, and I can guarantee you that my experience as been nothing less than fantastic. Awesome screen quality, great battery life, great camera, solid connectivity and overall really enjoyable experience. To be honest, I still don’t dig the Touchwiz interface, which no matter how hard you try keeps popping up, but you can hide it pretty well if you want to. Something I still don’t like is the multitasking, which still feels unexplainably sluggish. Again, other than that, really really solid experience.
For more thoughts on the whole software experience, you can check our full review in the links right below that like button. As for the hardware and design, the phone definitely looks and feels solid in the hand, thanks to the metal band around the sides, which is light-years ahead of the fake metal on the Note 3. I did expect it to be really durable, and it was: I’ve used it consistently since I got it, and it has no aging signs whatsoever, it really held up well, and I dig it. The removable back cover has also turned out to be useful for some quick battery switches, but you could also easily buy a third-party back cover and change its look whenever you want.
Finally, the glass on front also held up perfectly, zero scratches, still perfect as day one, so yeah, totally a durable phone and I would recommend it even to the less careful users out there, maybe accompanied by a solid case. So when it comes to the phone itself, I still hold the same opinion I had when I first reviewed it: ridiculously good hardware, somewhat limited by a not-so-great software. However, all of that considered, it does not imply that you can’t find something better, so what about the competition? Right now, there are quite a few phones that can compete in the same range as the Note 4: the first that come to mind are the iPhone 6 Plus, the LG G4, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the newly announced OnePlus Two and Moto X Style. And if you compare it side by side with each one of these, you’ll have a bad time in proclaiming a winner. Some will have a slightly better camera, some will have a smaller footprint, or maybe a marginally faster processor, but that’s it: marginal improvements. At the present state of art, you won’t find a phone that you take a look at and you say Wow, that is much better than the Note 4. And I think that will still hold true when the Note 5 comes out. So at the end of the day, is the Galaxy Note 4 still worth it? In my opinion, absolutely yes. It still has top-notch specs, it still holds up really well to the latest flagships, and with the Note 5 release its price will only go down, making it even a better buy than it already is.
My favorite features on the brand new Galaxy Note 4 as it has a beautiful display, it has a 5.7″ display but it is a QHD display. This is something we talked about in our rumors a lot. It looks absolutely beautiful. It’s an AMOLED panel so you can definitely tell that the saturation is a bit over done. I personally don’t mind and I love when the colors are vibrant. Obviously we’ll see TouchWiz on here along with 3GB of RAM, a 3,220mAH battery and same specifications. I mean this guy is a powerhouse and it really boosting up the screen quality, and just resolution. And I’m just in absolute love with it.
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