Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review


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.

In terms of use the Galaxy Note can be really easy or really complex. Apart from being fast left in default setup the Note 4 works as good as any other phone, if you haven’t setup a new phone in awhile then it is just as easy as a Windows phone or iPhone. However you can really customise your experience on the Note 4 to any level you want to which makes this a key selling point. Lots of standard Apps on the phone including our favourite infrared remote control program now called Smart Remote that makes it the easiest universal remote control we’ve ever used. No need for weird bluetooth settings or wi-fi etc.. to get your phone to control things through the proven method infrared. The ability to add a microSD card is fantastic.

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
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM – All
    Tri-band 3G – All
    Tri-band 4G – All
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L153.6 x W78.6 x D8.5 mm
  • Weight 176 grams
  • Display
    5.7 inch
    2560 x 1440 QHD AMOLED
  • Camera
    16MP auto-focus
    LED Flash
    2nd forward facing video call camera 3.7MP
  • Video Camera
    4K UHD 30FPS main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V4
  • CPU
    Quad core 2.7 Ghz
    Separate Andreno 330 Graphics CPU
  • Memory
    3Gig RAM
    Up to 32 Gig for user
    Up to 128 Gig micro-SD expansion
  • Features
    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)