SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 4
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is among the newer devices from Samsung that finally embraces a new design language that includes the use of metal for a more premium look. Its rear cover has also undergone a slight redesign from the Note 3, doing away with the faux leather and fake stitching along the rims, but retaining the soft-textured feel. This removes the tackiness associated with its predecessor, giving the Note 4 a more professional appearance.
Still, the Note 4 hasn’t escaped user scrutiny with reports of gaps between the screen and metal frame large enough to fit in a business card. A thorough check on our own unit revealed some gaps too. However, Android Central has reported that a Samsung spokesperson mentioning that the gap issue will not impact the functionality or quality of the Note 4. In fact, the European manual actually makes mention of it as a manufacturing feature and that vibration and friction between parts over time can cause them to widen slightly.
Now, the Note 4 is the first Samsung smartphone with a Quad-HD display to enter our market (the 5.1-inch QHD Galaxy S5 LTE-A wasn’t sold locally). Confirming what we’ve seen of the LG G3 and Oppo Find 7, pixel density is so packed today, that it’s hard to discern the differences in sharpness. However, there is an obvious improvement to viewing experience with the return of 2.5D glass last used in the Galaxy S III. The Note 4 also features Adaptive Display to optimize the screen for different scenarios. Overall, the 5.7inch QHD Super AMOLED display on the Note 4 offers top-notch visuals with vivid colors, good color contrast and excellent viewing angles.
Samsung has also made a significant improvement to the imaging capability of the Note 4. It is the first Samsung smartphone to feature optical image stabilization (dubbed Smart OIS) with a new 16-megapixel rear camera sensor with f/2.4 aperture and LED flash. If you take a lot of selfies, you would be glad to know that the Note 4 has one of the better equipped frontfacing cameras too; you get
AT A GLANCE
OS Android 4.4.4 KitKat / TouchWiz
Display 5.7-inch Super AMOLED (2,560 x 1,440 pixels)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz
Image quality taken is really good. There are hardly any image artifacts in the darker areas and details are sharp; color reproduction is good too.