Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 [Gallery]

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As usual with European events, PhoneDog sent me over to IFA in Berlin to cover the Samsung event earlier this afternoon. (Quick thanks to Evan for holding down the fort in the mean time, much appreciated).

At an iconic Tempodrom venue in Berlin today, Samsung unveiled its latest lineup of innovative and exciting products. They included the Note 4, Note Edge, Gear S and Gear VR. And while the latter three of that bunch all have their eye-catching features and revolutionary tech, it was the Note 4 that really stood out to me as being the device everyone should be talking about.

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Gone is the flimsy plastic chassis, replaced by a sturdy and polished metal frame. It has a really great-feeling soft textured coating on the back, the heart rate sensor and fingerprint sensor stolen from the S5, a brand new S-Pen and a front facing camera capable of taking extreme wide-angled, panoramic selfies. The S-Pen is more sensitive than ever, and has been designed to feel more natural. The 16MP snapper on the back has OIS and can take great low light shots. Its 3,220mAh battery might only be a little more than the Note 3, but its power management means you should get 7.5% more battery life, despite the Quad HD display.  Oh, and it’s equipped with Cat 6 LTE and a monstrous 2.7GHz Quad-Core processor…

Granted, there’s only so much you can learn from picking up a phone at a bustling press event. But I was left impressed by Samsung. And that doesn’t happen very often. Ignoring the gimmicky Edge, Gear S and VR, focusing solely on the 5.7-inch Note 4, I can’t help but feel Sammy knocked this one out of the park. There’s no part of the Note 4 that I don’t prefer over the Note 3. It feels better in hand, it’s more powerful. It looks like someone cared a little more about the way it looked and felt, and that display is incredible. Color vibrancy, sharpness, contrast and viewing angles show that LG’s G3 display of the same resolution really isn’t all that.

If you’re a Note fan, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. It’s the Note, the way it always should have been. And it’s coming to T-Mobile soon.

 

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  • bydavidrosen

    If it was only waterproof it would be PERFECT :-( it’ll still be my next phone though

    • tylerderk

      Buy a waterproof case and your good.

      • bydavidrosen

        They’re just too damn bulky. If there was one that was like a normal case sure. I’m not gonna take it in a pool or anything I just want to not be terrified that it will be ruined if I pick it up after getting out of the shower or if a drink spilled near it.

        • MadJoe

          I keep my Note 3 in a ZipLock bag.

        • bydavidrosen

          Nice. I duct tape my DSLR camera to my Note 3 so I can take better photos.

        • Bklynman

          Buy Otter box case,it is not bulky at all,it is not water proof, but water resistant, it will take a splash or 2,but don’t dunk like a donut, you will be ok.

        • Great Lion

          Lifeproof cases aren’t Bulky

        • rockymountainhigh

          All cases are bulky. Yes, they protect your phone, but I’d prefer if they would have made it waterproof, and not have to have a case at all.

      • Doble-A

        I personally do not like or use cases for my phones. I just add insurance. I’m currently using a Samsung GS5 and it feels sweet to know my phone can handle a splash or two of water. My two ¢.

  • Prod1702

    hopefully it has the 700A Mhz or I wont be buying it.

    • taron19119

      I asked Des on Twitter if the note 4 and note EDGE has/will have 700mz bands 12 and he responded the full SPECT list and release date coming soon

      • Prod1702

        sounds like something they would say. I work for T-Mo as a RSA and posted the question on our own community page we have for Staff. I am sure I will get the same answer.

    • twicetheprice

      It doesn’t have 700 bands, if this is to be believed: http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note_4-6434.php

      • Toasted_Cracker

        That’s not for a carrier specific version. If you went just by that, it wouldn’t even work with Verizons LTE network.

  • Oliver Jackson

    WIN!!!Definitely buying in February along with the Gear S.But I’m keeping a eye on that Note Edge though.

  • Clippers FANactic

    Is this confirmed 700 mhz Band 12 compatible???

    • JamesG

      It is

      • Toasted_Cracker

        Source?

    • B-Mobile

      all i really care about, Band 12 and i’m in

  • tirtawn

    One thing missing:
    USB3.

    Note3 is using USB3 but this Note4 is back using USB2. *Sigh*, I thought finally this Note4 would be perfect.

    • MadJoe

      The reason Samsung gave for the regression was that the tiny amount of people actually using the USB3.0 for it’s faster speeds (the only difference between 2.0 and 3.0 that matters) wasn’t worth the added space the connector took up inside the device (customer feedback was that the connector was too large and many actually thought it was proprietary which upset them). They get just as quick charging with the USB2.0 port (actually faster, but only with the original Samsung charger and cord). I was disappointed that they didn’t bump it to 64bit. I would rather they stuck with the 1080p resolution (but making the enhancements they did with the S5 screen, that thing is beautiful) and went 64bit instead. Oh well, I’ll probably still get a Note 4 even though I hate the home button. Seriously, Samsung needs to ditch that thing!

      • $!CK

        Are you serious I absolutely love the fact that Samsung keeps the home button on thier devices.

        • MadJoe

          I constantly have to pull my phone out of my pocket to turn the screen off because of that stupid button turning it on. When I was rooted, and had disabled that, it wasn’t a problem, but now that I updated to 4.4.2 and lost root, I’m back to having the problem. But not only that, it’s hideous and doesn’t sit snug in the hole (at least mine doesn’t, so it’s always cocked to one side or the other)

  • HothTron

    I’m throwing my Note 3 at the screen but nothing his happening!!

  • jbrizzy

    I wonder if tmobile is getting the pink one? Tmobile hasn’t had a pink phone in years now. Ironic

    • Uje

      Even if Tmobile doesn’t offer a pink variant, you can always get a pink flip case :D a white note 4 and a pink flip case is more attractive :D

      • jbrizzy

        It is but I want a colored phone for once, I currently have the white G2 and Im tired of white phones, was waiting on the g3 in red or purple but its taking too long

    • awatt

      It would only be ironic if the phone came in Magenta since that’s T-Mobiles trademarked color.

  • JBLmobileG1

    Anyone know it it offers IR? One thing I like about my Note 3 is that I can use it as a remote controller for many things. Great, if say the kids, decide to misplace the TV remote. Not a big deal breaker for me but it is a nice feature to have.

    • Uje

      I am sure IR must be included, considering samsung has been offering it in all their devices.

  • VegasSmitty777

    Not 64bit, I’ll pass.

    • robert

      Actually isn’t the snapdragon 805 64 bit?

      • skittle

        No.This is 32-bit ARMv7 architecture. It’s going to be 64-bit ARMv8 archtechture in the next round of Snapdragon high end.

        • robert

          Ah I see. Till next year then!

  • Wil S Sipla

    They didn’t knock sh%t out of the park. Shows how much you don’t know. No 4gb and no 128gb??? Backtracking from USB 3 to 2???? Are you F&%^ing kidding me?? What a gimmicky piece of shi%$ cop out. Samsung ruined a device that was supposed to revolutionary and awesome and they royally fuc%ed it up. Samsung doesn’t deserve to be a top phone contender. Way to disappoint a loyal Samsung and loyal Note user.

    • Dragonkal8000

      What do you need 4 GB for? Adding 1 GB more ram doesn’t really sound “revolutionary” if you ask me

      • Wil S Sipla

        I didn’t ask you. So thank you. Who are you to question my needs?

        • Dragonkal8000

          What were you even asking in the first place lol. Just stating the obvious. You forgot the mention a 64 bit processor as well since you can’t take full advantage of more than 3.3 GB with a 32 bit processor.

        • Wil S Sipla

          I was just venting my anger and you are absolutely correct I did forget to mention the 64bit processor.

        • metalspy8

          im with you buddy. i was expecting more. All other sites keep mentioning 4gb of ram!!!!!WTF)()( and water proof or water resistant which ever,, would of been awesome..i guess the galaxy s6 will be what i wish the note 4 was… im still getting it though,,lol

        • biff

          youre so ghey, sipla

  • superg05

    if cam is still there he can check in service mode what bands it can run thats assuming they have a tmobile model on hand

  • Benjamin Santos

    This will be my first note phone great build quality finally it seems great display seeing as Samsung is finally doing great things with AMOLED because I love my galaxy s3 but the pink hues on one half of the screen was terrible. But I’m super excited for this.

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  • JacodaFox

    I was really hoping to read something that wouldn’t incline me to trade in my Note 3 and get a Note 4 but I don’t know now.