Samsung Galaxy Note 4: A True Blue Powerhouse Phablet
Samsung finally gives a good - no, excellent - answer to the much-hyped launch of the new iPhones. If September marked the launch of the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus, October is definitely the time for the South Korean tech giant to shine. Samsung added a new unit to its line of Galaxy phones - and this time, it's the phablet powerhouse that is the Note 4. The phone had its official launch in the Philippines on October 25.
As far as CNET is concerned, the Note 4 is the best Android tablet around at the moment. And CNET is not alone on this one, as other review sites like TechRadar gives the new phone positive reviews and a rating of 4.5 out of 5. Some even ask why the phone didn't garner as much hype as the iPhones.
So, what's up with the Note 3's successor? Top-notch features, that's what.
Its Computing Power is Remarkable
A quick look at what's under the Note 4's hood and you'll see that its computing power rivals all high-end phones to date. It boasts a 2.7 GHz quad-core Krait 450 CPU on top of its chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. Add its 3GB RAM to the mix and you know the phone can handle resource-heavy games. Storage is a non-issue, too, as it has 32GB internal storage plus a card slot that can handle micro SD cards of up to 64GB.
The display is also impressive, with a resolution of 1440x2560 at 515 ppi pixel density. Samsung's trademark Super AMOLED is also present in the Note 4, which gives its colors an extra punch of vibrancy. Compared with the Z3, iPhone 6, and G3, the display on the Note 4 is brighter and crisper.
Camera-wise, the Note 4 is no slacker. It has a 16 MP rear camera with OIS, flash, and autofocus. The front camera is quite remarkable, too, with a wide-angle 3.7 MP sensor. With that said, the phone's a great choice for selfies (it can take pictures at 120 angle, for crying out loud); although the Internet is better off without these vain selfies at the gym and the bathroom. Of course, its camera still pales in comparison with the Lumia sensors, but it does the job well.
Its Battery Life Rules
One great selling point of the new unit is its impressive battery life. The Note 4's battery - a 3220 mAh Li-Ion battery - is a little larger than what the Nexus 6 and the LG G3 have. This goes with the energy-efficient performance of the phone, so it's truly a great choice for resource-heavy users. Plus, if ever the phone's nearly out of juice, Samsung has two different power saving features that work wonders when you don't have your powerbank.
It's also worth mentioning that the Note 4's battery is removable, unlike most of its rivals in the same category. If we are to caption Samsung's move with the Note 4, it would be something along the lines of "Suck that, Apple."
Its Key Features Rock
But what make the Note 4 special is its key features that are unique to its own line. There is the classic S Pen stylus, which has been noticeably improved for this unit. The accuracy and sensitivity are far better than in the Note 3, plus its precision is amazing. The Smart Select features also justify the existence of the stylus - and really, it's a sin to buy this phone if you wouldn't use the stylus.
The Note 4 features fingerprint scanning technology as well, a move Samsung got from Apple. Its use is still a little limited, but it's a step toward the right direction. The same critique goes to the S Health and the heart rate monitor present on the phablet. Although these health-related features are helpful, their functions remain better for smartwatches like the Gear S.
Honestly, the Galaxy Note 4 is a great choice when you want a high-performance top-end phone-slash-tablet. Of course, the phone still has its drawbacks, but those become negligible when compared to its high points. But as far as the phablet market goes, Samsung hits all the right notes with the Note 4, as it takes the phablet experience to a whole new level with its top-notch tech specs and features.