Welcome to the 2015 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review. Finally we managed to post our review on the Galaxy Note 4 because we thought we’d already done one! After a very long tenure with the Sony Xperia Z1 Ultra it was clear to us that a phone with a large screen is the way of future. Maybe not as big as the on on the Z Ultra but more the screen size on the Galaxy Note 4 and that is exactly we bought one. The Galaxy Note 4 is not a cheap phone with a RRP price of around $900. However with the high price also means it has top specification – and indeed it has arguably the best specification of any mobile phone on the planet – at the time of this post.
In terms of construction the Galaxy Note 4 is very well made. The chiseled metal surround and glossy screen make you want to touch it. The rear is a rubberised plastic finish which happens to removable and is the point of the Note 4. The real panel fits perfectly although uses a material unlike any we’ve collectively touch before which is a first. Overall the conservative design looks good and feels very good thanks to the extra weight and worthy of the prices tag. The design is business class rather than pop candy as per the iphone6 Plus for example.
In terms of hardware the Galaxy Note 4 is equipped with all the latest tech hardware you can possibly dream of in 2015. Very few so called reputable websites point out this simple fact. It is the most advanced mobile phone on the planet – even next to the new Samsung Galaxy S6! We can’t say much more. So if your shopping based on specifications alone then you do not need to read any more reviews because the Galaxy Note 4 has everything and yes it is future proofed for the next 2 years… For example the QHD screen has more pixels than your regular LCD computer and the first 4K video camera resolution can’t be fully appreciated on 99% of displays on sale to date. Other features which literally hammer the tech advantage over the other phones is the inclusion of the Heart rate, UV, oxygen etc sensors and the multi-purpose infrared remote control. The Note 4 is in a specification class on its own for the moment.
The live widgets which are the key feature of any Android based phone works well on the large screen. Note that despite the larger screen the text has not been proportionally reduced like on the Sony Ultra Z hence everything is nice and readable. The S pen feature is a great idea for workers, it is faster than any keypad even with swipe activated. The heart rate monitor, UV oxygen sensor on the back of the Note 4 for health trackers are great additions including the strangely hyped non-activty reminders. No other large screen mobile phone has the lot like the Note 4.
To conclude, if you want a mobile phone or smart phone with the lot in a still easy to handle size, the ultimate burger so to speak of mobile phones – the Galaxy Note 4 for the time being is THE model to get. It can do everything you could possibly want in a mobile phone in 2015. There is literally nothing else in the class to compare it against.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Quad-band GSM – All
Tri-band 3G – All
Tri-band 4G – All
- L153.6 x W78.6 x D8.5 mm
- Weight 176 grams
2560 x 1440 QHD AMOLED
2nd forward facing video call camera 3.7MP
- Video Camera
4K UHD 30FPS main video camera
Quad core 2.7 Ghz
Separate Andreno 330 Graphics CPU
Up to 32 Gig for user
Up to 128 Gig micro-SD expansion
A-GPS, Compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Proximity, Ambient Light, Humidity, Temperature
UV, Heart rate, Barometer, RGB, NFC, Fingerprint
Ring tones: MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
Google Play store
Free Google Navigator (requires data plan)
MS-Word, Excel and Powerpoint, PDF, ZIP compatible
SMS, MMS, IM, Email
Speaker Phone/Hands free
Li-Po 3220 mAh battery
Up to 370 hours Standby
Up to 17 hours Talk Time
- Price history
Approx $980 AUD April 2015 (Outright)