We’ve seen a lot of big phones this year, to the point where a new small device has become increasingly rare. Even Apple, once vocal opposition of the big phone trend, is seeing record returns with the bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. So is something like the Galaxy Note 4, once the standard by which all other large devices were measured, still the big phone to get? With more competition than ever, Samsung’s prized pony might no longer be a sure thing.
For spec hounds, the Galaxy Note 4 is definitely among the elite. You have a 2.7GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 5.7-inch QHD display (515 ppi), 16-megapixel camera and a 3220mAh battery. There’s also Android 4.4 with TouchWiz on top, 32GB of expandable storage, Samsung’s now familiar heart rate sensor, Bluetooth 4.1 and a beautiful design that resembles the company’s Galaxy Alpha, which is one of the more stunning handsets we’ve seen from Samsung.
Like years before, the Galaxy Note 4 is focusing much of its muscle on productivity software designed around the S Pen, which are the device’s bread and butter. A Galaxy Note 4 without an S Pen is like Luke Skywalker without a light saber; it’s just not as good. For one, Multi-Window has been revamped, allowing users to easily resize windows for a more desktop-like experience. And on the camera side, Samsung is promising better low-light performance thanks to optical image stabilization and “super-fast” focusing.
Samsung was apparently so flustered by the early success of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that it pushed up the release of its Galaxy Note 4. Is that an indication Samsung is feeling the pressure of its rivals, or is it simply eager to get the device in consumer hands? We love the Note, and are regularly impressed by its combination of power and software (when it’s not getting in the way). But the competition has clearly caught up in the big phone market.
The Galaxy Note 4 couldn’t be hitting at a better time for Samsung, especially with devices like the Moto X (2014), LG G3, HTC One (M8), iPhone 6 Plus and OnePlus One all on the market. We’re also still waiting on the Nexus 6, which is already shaping up to be one of the best handsets of the year (according to the rumors).
We’ll be deep in Galaxy Note 4 coverage over the coming days and weeks, so keep it here for all the latest videos, in-depth looks and comparisons. Is this the device you’ve ben waiting for all year? Let us know what you want to see in the comments down below.