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TechRadar Verdict

Samsung has packed in more than power, an fifty-fifty better display and a great camera making the Note 4 for an excellent smartphone. It’ll exist as well big for some and the South Pen is withal questionable, simply overlook this and you’ll be happy.


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    Fantastic display

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    Polish, powerful performance

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    Strong camera


  • Too large for some

  • Expensive

  • Southward Pen still questionable

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is an older Android phone that remains valued for its durable, plastic design – the best Annotation smartphone to accept this faux leather look to information technology vs the Note 5 that went with an all-glass wait. If you can find it used, it’southward a lot cheaper than it was when it first launched, and won’t explode on you like the Note 7 did last year. Here were our original thoughts on the Note four and its S Pen features.

Some said it would never catch on, simply over four years on from the original Galaxy Notation phablet the quaternary generation device – the Samsung Galaxy Notation four – launched.

The Milky way Note’south big screen and S Pen stylus are certainly non for everyone. The Samsung Milky way S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge offer a more mainstream (and updated) smartphone setup, while the Note 4 brings together big power, a large screen and big productivity – even if information technology is a little long in the tooth at present.

If y’all’re after a top-terminate smartphone which won’t break your palm, pocket or handbag then you lot’re probably in the incorrect place – this isn’t fifty-fifty the best Annotation handset anymore – but the Milky way Note four still has a lot to offer.

Yous tin at present selection it up for under £400, $400 (effectually AU$500) if y’all don’t desire to be tied downwardly to a contract. That makes it decidedly cheaper than the Note five, Note 7, S7 and S7 Edge.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

The Galaxy Note 4 – rex of the phablets?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is upward against the likes of the Nexus 6, LG Thousand Flex 2, Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and the steeply priced iPhone 6 Plus.

It’s likewise no longer the newest flagship in Samsung’s fleet with the introduction of the Galaxy Notation v, while the Milky way S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge provide the most cutting edge tech and an improved design.

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Different the previous three iterations Samsung hasn’t deemed it necessary to increase the screen size of the Note iv, so it sticks with the same dimensions of the Galaxy Note 3. It’southward not the same screen though, as Samsung has given the Galaxy Note four a hefty resolution boost – but more on that on the next page.

When information technology comes to design Samsung has definitely listened about its latest line-up feeling plasticky in the mitt and has decided to give the Note 4 more than of a premium finish.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

The metal frame runs round the exterior

There’s a metal rim surrounding the handset, shielding the rest of the chassis like a velvet rope protecting celebs from real people in a club.

It sports exactly the aforementioned shape, mode and rounded corners as the Galaxy Alpha, simply on a bigger scale and thanks to the increased size the plastic rear is more noticeable here than it is on the Alpha.

Samsung has tried to make the removable plastic cover feel more premium by giving information technology a leather effect finish, just there’s nonetheless no fooling your hand with that unmistakable texture.

It’s not on the aforementioned level of design as the Milky way S6 and S6 Edge which ditch plastic altogether, and then if y’all really don’t like this cheaper material then consider these ii instead. The new Note 5 has taken the design a stride further by mirroring the all metal and drinking glass stylings of the Milky way S6. If you lot’re looking for the virtually premium phablet and then head over to the newer Note in the series.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

Still all plastic on the back.

A plus side to this though is the plastic rear does provide good grip – vital when yous’ve got such a large handset in your manus and even though the Galaxy Note 4 is a touch wider than the all metal iPhone half-dozen Plus, I found the Samsung is easier to concur.

Fifty-fifty though the 6 Plus has a smaller, 5.v-inch brandish, it’s actually taller than the Note 4 – something else the Samsung has over its Apple tree rival as information technology makes the phone more than balanced in the hand.

Add together to that the placement of the power/lock fundamental on the right of the Galaxy Note 4 and you discover that even for a big phone the key buttons are still easy enough to reach (if your palms are on the larger side).

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

It does have a lovely screen.

The Samsung Galaxy Annotation 4 measures 153.v x 78.half-dozen x 8.5mm, near the same as its predecessor and smaller in width and depth than the Galaxy Notation 2, which is impressive considering this is the starting time of the Annotation series to sport a metal frame.

I’ve also been using the five.v-inch OnePlus One recently and there’south really non a lot to choose betwixt the 2 in terms of size.

It’s prophylactic to say then, if you’re already accepted to the larger league of smartphones then the Galaxy Annotation four volition feel right at dwelling house in your palm.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

There’s a fingerprint scanner hidden here

I actually like the way the Milky way Notation 4 feels in the hand and having used the Note three on a number of occasions, it definitely feels different and refined enough – plus it’south light also, just a touch over the weight of the Note iii at 176g.

Samsung’s tried and tested physical home key still resides at the bottom of the screen, providing a location for the Korean firm to stuff in its fingerprint scanner, and that’s flanked by 2 touch on keys.

To the left of the home button is the Multi-tasking key, while on the right you lot get Back. Both Back and Multi-tasking are completely hidden when not illuminated by the backlights, providing a make clean finish to the front of the Galaxy Note iv.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

The Note 4 can be tricky to use one-handed

Some shuffling of the Note iv in the hand is required to get your fingers in the right position to reach these during one handed employ, and you lot’ll need to be conscientious not to drop it.

Round the back yous’ll find a 16MP camera, LED flash and the heart rate monitor which also features on the Milky way S5, S5 Mini and Milky way Alpha.

In the bottom corner you’ll also discover the end of the S Pen stylus hiding inside the body of the Galaxy Note 4, while behind the removable rear comprehend there’s a microSIM port, microSD slot and a sizable 3220mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

You’ll find a 16MP camera on the back

This, then, was the Note handset with the most premium and accomplished await and feel to date. Samsung is finally providing the build quality its top-end devices take been yearning for and it’south since gone fifty-fifty further towards premium perfection with the Galaxy Note 5.

Samsung has managed to go along the dimensions manageable – it’s certainly a lot easier to hold than the 6-inch Lumia 1520 and Ascend Mate 7 – and while the iPhone 6 Plus may look sleeker, the Galaxy Note four boasts a bigger, better screen and very similar dimensions.

John joined TechRadar over a decade ago every bit Staff Writer for Phones, and over the years has built up a vast knowledge of the tech industry. He’southward interviewed CEOs from some of the earth’s biggest tech firms, visited their HQs and has appeared on live TV and radio, including Heaven News, BBC News, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, LBC and BBC Radio four. Originally specializing in phones, tablets and wearables, John is now TechRadar’s resident automotive skillful, reviewing the latest and greatest EVs and PHEVs on the market. John also looks after the day-to-twenty-four hour period running of the site.