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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review | Design, Performance, Camera, Display And Software

Samsung Galaxy Note 4:

Samsung wanted a breakthrough on their smartphone series, especially after the not-so-wild launch of Samsung Galaxy S5. However, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was good enough provide them with that much required break, but the price of 58,300 INR might have turned that off. The hardware quality and the S-Pen experience is really great on this device and if you are willing to spend the amount on a smartphone, then Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the apt choice for. Let us dig deep into the details of Samsung Galaxy S5 step by step.

Design:

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is taller, thicker and narrower than its predecessor. Hence, it clearly states that Samsung did not focus on making it further compact or slim, which every other smartphone OEM tries to do. However, this change has not been reflected in the ease of holding this device. Personally, I try to avoid any device with more than the screen size of 5 Inches. This is the reason I am not a huge fan of Note series by Samsung, but it was hard to find any difference while holding Note 3 and Note 4.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review | Design, Performance, Camera, Display And Software

Design

The hard button at the center of the lower front panel, is little bigger in size, mainly because this time Samsung has added a fingerprint sensor under the button. The position of this button has been lifted by a small distance (as compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 3) making it easier for a user to reach out to it.

Once you open the panel, you will see the slots for Micro SD card and micro SIM Slots, along with a Battery of 3220 mAh. The 3.5 mm headphones jack, along with IR sensor are placed at the top, whereas micro-USB slot is placed at the bottom edge (in the middle, as always) and S-Pen is placed at one of the corner. Samsung has used aluminum on its edges and sides, whereas the rest of the back panel is plastic (something which has been same throughout the Note series).

Performance

Note series, has always been one of the most premium series for Samsung and hence, performance has never been an issues with these devices. With the combination of Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (Krait 450 Quad Core Processor operating at 2.7 GHz), 600 MHz Adreno 420 GPU and 3GB of RAM, it assures that you will not face any kind of lag and all the animations will be as smooth as possible.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review | Design, Performance, Camera, Display And Software

Performance

However, it is noted that UI lags tend to show up after a month of usage, especially when we have good number of applications because it gets tougher for the smartphone to keep caching it on RAM memory. The device responds very quickly while switching between the games and any other applications in the initial days.

There has not been much improvement in the figures of the battery as compared to its predecessor, but somehow the battery backup time has increased a lot. It will provide you a backup of 13 hours, when you are continuously watching videos on the device. Under limited usage, it will definitely last throughout the day. So, battery is not a problem at all on Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Camera:

Samsung has worked more on the secondary camera of 3.7 MP, which has fixed aperture of f/1.9, indicating a better low-light performance. Apart from this, Samsung has also increased the amount of space that a selfie camera can click at a time. This has not been done by increasing the wide angle of the lens, but by introducing panorama for the secondary camera, which stiches three shots together and puts more area into one image.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review | Design, Performance, Camera, Display And Software

Camera

However, if you still insist on getting a better quality of image, then you can switch to rear-selfie mode. Using this mode, you can turn the primary camera at your side and once your face is detected it will vibrate the heart sensors attached below the camera, indicating you to click the image.

The Primary camera of the device has been made better with a 16 MP resolution and with the same aperture of f/2.2. Apart from the Zoom series by Samsung, this is the first time that optical image stabilization has been introduced in any other smartphone. Few of the geeky parameters like White Balance, ISO and exposure can also be controlled while snapping an image with this camera.

Display and Software:

We have already seen a Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) display on Samsung Galaxy S5. This time they stiffed the same number of pixels over a larger screen size of 5.7 Inches, which means that you will observe a display with the pixel density of 515 pixels per inches. This figure is a huge jump over its predecessor with 386 pixels per inches. On the larger display devices, like phablets or tablets, it is really hard to achieve such a high pixel density because of their larger display size.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review | Design, Performance, Camera, Display And Software

Display

However, you will not notice a huge difference in the display because it gets harder for our eyes to differentiate in the pixel density when the figures are already so high. This Super AMOLED Display makes sure that you get a nice view at all the angles, even when this device is being viewed under the direct impact of sunlight.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 also uses the revised version of UI on Android 4.4.2 which was released with Samsung Galaxy S5. Many useless options like reading mode, smart pause, smart rotation or smart scroll have been removed for the UI. Now, you can use Camera view finder into multi-window mode so that you could see what is coming in your way while you are walking and testing at the same time. Apart from all these, you will have inbuilt applications to check your blood oxygen saturation levels, heart rates and ultraviolet levels, though they are obviously not as accurate as the medical equipment used in hospitals.

Final Verdict:

Like any other Note series flagship device, this one is also really good in terms of the features a smartphone can hold. Starting from Display to performance, camera and design; Samsung has given its best to provide the users with the best experience they could ever have with a smartphone. A major point, where this phablet sets itself different from any other phablets is usage of S-Pen, which increases the productivity of a user to a huge extent.

Keeping all these factors in mind, 58,300 INR is a huge amount to pay for this device and hence we would recommend you to wait for few months, till the prices falls down.

Spec Table:

Name Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Quad Core Processor @ 2.7 GHz
GPU 600 MHz Mali 420
RAM 3GB
Internal Memory 16GB
Primary Camera 16MP
Secondary Camera 3.7MP
Battery 3220 mAh
Price 58,300 INR

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