Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best At Being Big

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big

While Apple has only just released its first huge phone, Samsung's gargantuan Note is already on its fourth iteration. In a lot of ways, it's the big phone that started this runaway screen-size race. But even though it's facing an ever-growing army of up-sized competitors, the Note 4 is the only giant phone that gets it right.

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What Is It?

Specifications
  • Processor: Octa-core chipset including quad-core 1.3GHz and quad-core 1.9GHz processors
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Screen: 5.7-inch 2560x1440 Super AMOLED
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 3.7-megapixel front-facing
  • Connectivity: Category 4 LTE/4G, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi

A 5.7-inch Android phone with a stunning QHD, 518ppi Super AMOLED screen. The stylus-equipped flagship "phablet" that made big phones a thing. Samsung's best phone yet.

The Galaxy Note has always been on the bleeding edge of really big, freaking giant, OMG-sized phones, but now the rest of the world is finally starting to catch up. Apple's got a honker, and so does Nokia. LG's flagship is a biggun, and HTC and Motorola are slowly sliding up the scale. But the Note 4 is the only huge phone out there that really embraces its gargantuan size in any meaningful way. It's got a stylus! And split-screen multitasking! And now it even does windows!

It's not just a size thing either. The Note 4 has a positively insane screen. The best on any smartphone, according to the experts. Throw in the Note line's historically great battery life and the Note 4's unique ability to moonlight as an Oculus-approved VR headset, and the Note 4 has a hell of a lot of things going for it. All apologies to the Galaxy S5, but the Note looks more and more like Samsung's true flagship.

Design

Mostly unchanged from the Galaxy Note 3, except in a few small ways that make it so much better. First off, this sucker is suave. Gone are the shiny, metallic-coloured, ribbed plastic edges of the Note 3, replaced by shiny, chamfered edges that are actually made of metal. And while the Note 4 is still clinging to that now-characteristic Samsung pleather back, at least there's no faux-stitching around the edges. The Note 3 always gave me the impression that it was trying to seem more premium than it was. The Note 4 is just plain old premium. It's the first Samsung phone that I'm not embarrassed to hold up next to an iPhone or a HTC One. This is a phone that has its dress clothes on. It looks sharp.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big

Those new chamfered edges aren't just for show though. They make the damned thing easier to hold. The angles let the massive phone comfortably lock into a nice solid grip, like holding a giant iPhone 5S. It's lovely. When I squeeze down on it, it feels like it's getting more secure instead of feeling like it's at risk of popping out of my hand. That's a kind of security I can never get from phones with more rounded edges, like the iPhone 6 Plus, previous versions of the Note, or even comparatively smaller phones like the 5.2-inch Moto X 2014.

Yeah, the Note 4 is a big phone, but it's worth noting that it's really not that much bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus. The Note 4 as a pretty minimal bezel, which means that even though the Note 4 has a bigger screen than the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, the phone's essentially the same size. It's only two millimetres wider, two millimetres thicker, and actually four millimetres shorter than the 6 Plus. And even with those extra few millimeters, its design helps it manage to feel smaller.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big

That said, the Note 4 is still bad at plenty of things that big phones are bad at. I found typing with a single hand to be possible but precarious, especially when my thumb had to reach anything in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, which made my (lack of) grip feel downright dangerous. Swiping down the notification menu with a thumb and then trying to do anything at the bottom of the screen requires obnoxious and dangerous grasp-adjusting.

That big body ain't for nothing; it holds the Note 4's screen incredible screen. Bar none the best I have seen, and by a huge margin. That 2560 x 1440 Quad HD Super AMOLED display jumps out in a way that's immediately stunning. It's almost impossibly crisp, with colours that pop like crazy. Bringing the phone up from sleep to a mostly yellow background is like taking that first step outside on a sunny day — every time you turn it on. It's a screen that will make people stop, stare, and ask delightfully ego-boosting questions.

Of course the Note still has its characteristic built-in stylus, which will give you pin-point accuracy when you give up and just use two hands. Unfortunately, the stylus missed out on the design update the rest of the Note 4 got, which is to say it's very plasticy, complete with metallic-looking plastic covering its eraser end. Pulling out that stylus really brings the rest of the Note 4's new digs into stark relief.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big

Using It

The Note 4 is a bright and beautiful speedster. It's one of the first phones out of the gate to run Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 805 processor, and the power is evident. The Note 4 ran everything I could throw at it like a creamy, buttery dream. I played some Dead Trigger 2, Hoplite, Threes, all your standard games, and all performed great — not to mention everyday stuff like swiping between homescreens and navigating the app drawer.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big

Considering that the Note 4 not only has a bonkers QHD screen full of pixels to push but is also saddled with a layer of TouchWiz — which has a tradition of bogging down Samsung handsets (like the Note 3 and the S5) right out of the gate — that performance is a relief. Who knows what the next version of TouchWiz could do… but for now the Note 4 is fantastically speedy.

Speaking of that QHD screen, it looks great virtually all the time. The one exception is outside in bright sunlight, where it felt like I just couldn't crank the brightness up quite high enough. But indoors, the max brightness seemed almost blinding. At some point the wow factor fades to the background, and not everything I threw up on the display was able to make use of all those pixels; finding wallpaper that was high-res enough to look nice and that would also scale correctly was a challenge. On the other hand, apps and webpages always looked at least good if not mind-blowing. And oh gosh does text look great:

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big

But even with that crazy high-res screen, the Note 4 has solid battery life. The Note 4 has a "mere" 3,200 mAh battery, no larger than the Note 3, but I've yet to have it die on me before the day is out. One day, after pulling the Note off the charger at 8 AM, I must have played like three hours of Hoplite over the course of day (Ugh, that game is so good) and I was still going strong with 15 per cent charge by the time 1 AM rolled along. Worst case, I hit the 20 per cent mark around 10 PM, the monochrome power-saving mode kicked in, and I cruised on well into the night in black and white.

Thanks to the Note 4's rapid charging (which is a useful if not wholly unique feature) I was also able to pop up to a respectable 45 precent battery with a half-hour charge. Well within "I am just going to loiter at this Starbucks for a little while" territory, and sure to come in handy.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big

Software

A lot of people hate the cruft that Samsung crams into its phones. I have always been one of them (I think I still am.) But TouchWiz — the interface Samsung layers over the top of Android — has come a long way. It was less offensive than ever on the Galaxy S5, but this is a watershed moment, because for the first time TouchWiz is more of an asset than a liability.

Samsung's skin has always given the over-sized Note its own special superpowers. Split-screen apps have been a feature of the Note line for ages — good for watching a YouTube video on the top of your screen while doing literally anything that is not "reading comments on a YouTube video" on the bottom, or for looking at your email and your calendar at the same time.

This time, TouchWiz takes it even further. Select apps (all the Samsung and Google apps plus a few randoms like Facebook, in my experience), can be shrunk into windows, or into little Chat Head-like icons, and moved around the screen. The new Note isn't just a big phone; it's a tiny, Android-powered computer.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big

On the one hand, this sort of functionality seems like a no-brainer if you've ever used an actual computer, but it's unheard of on a phone. And for good reason! It'd be impossible to pull off even on a large (by pocket standards) 5.7 inch display if not for two other things: A high-resolution panel that lets you read even small text clearly, and a stylus to help you click on tiny things with precision. It's a task the Note 4 is uniquely suited to, and it pulls it off well.

At first it seemed gimmicky. Why would you need multiple windows on a phone? Well, you don't need them, but they're occasionally great. After a few hours tooling around with the Note, I figured out how handy it was to keep a minimized camera window on screen while playing Hoplite, so I could capture quick, cute cat pictures and Snapchat them to my girlfriend. Later on, I used a minimized Gmail on top of Google Maps to double-check the room number of a business meeting without ever blocking my on-screen route. Neither of these things would be impossible by just switching between apps or opening things in splitscreen, but they were better with windows.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big

The options aren't quite limitless though. I failed when I tried to make a minimised Slack window float over a game of Threes (I was just testing, I swear!) because Slack just wouldn't shrink down. Other big players like Twitter and Spotify refuse as well. For now, anyhow.

And while you can open as many windows as you want — Samsung told me there's no practical limit to how many — the Note 4 started choking under the weight of about five. Also when I tried to open more, for shits and giggles, I just plain ran out of room to manage them all.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big

If you stick to a more modest two or even three, you can also drag and drop text and pictures from one window to another this way. I did it once or twice, but I ran into the limitations pretty quick. Plenty of Google apps — like Hangouts — don't want to accept images this way. So if you want to take advantage of that, you'll have to relegate yourself mostly to Samsung apps, at least at launch. And who wants to do that?

But maybe the biggest strength of Samsung's software this time around is what it doesn't do: It doesn't shoot the phone in the foot. TouchWiz has always made Note phones better with splitscreen and stylus support, but traditionally it's done more to make them worse with performance-stunting bloat, and ugly menu upon ugly menu. TouchWiz on the Note 3 made me give up and move back to a Nexus before I could appreciate any of its benefits. But now that TouchWiz didn't scare me off on the first date, I was able to stick around long enough to grow fond of its charms.

Camera

The Note 4's camera is, for the most part, the same 16MP shooter you'll find in the Galaxy S5 when it comes to image quality. That is to say that its pictures have a tendency to wind up a little oversaturated and a little heavy on the contrast, but still fine — damn good even — for a mobile phone camera. At least so long as the lights are on; like the S5, the Note 4 doesn't do too well under low light conditions. You can read a bit more about how the sensor in the S5 holds up to the competition in our big smartphone camera roundup, which helps put the Note 4 into context.

And here are a few sample shots from the actual Note 4:

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big

The new things that the Note 4 brings to the table are two-fold. First, that 16MP rear-facing shooter is now equipped with Optical Image Stabilisation. That isn't new or unique tech, of course — the iPhone 6 Plus also has OIS as an improvement over the iPhone 6's camera. But it's handy to have; most of my shots came out pretty clear. Way clearer than the shoddy Nexus 5 photography I've grown accustomed to.

There's are a few (fairly gimmicky) features on the front-facing side as well. The Note 4's front-facer is a respectable 3.7 megapixels, complete with a wide-angle selfie mode that lets you take panoramas. It's a feature that seems both over the top and suspiciously foreshadowed by that Samsung selfie stunt from the Oscars. Expect to see that horse trotted out again. On top of that, the Note 4's otherwise pretty useless heart sensor can be used a trigger to take selfies with the rear-facing shooter. Or you can engage a setting that will autofire when it detects a face. Nothing utterly revolutionary or totally unique, but features that are handy for the vain.

Like

The Note 4 is a handsome phone. After years of plastic blobs, Samsung has hit its design stride. We saw the potential of this new look in the Galaxy Alpha, but its guts just couldn't follow through. But the Note 4 can. It's a great and great-looking phone.

TouchWiz is not only less horrible than ever, but it has some cool tricks that make toting around a giant 5.7-inch screen actually make sense. Windowed apps are a fun little trick that's also handy, and combined with the Note 4's high-res screen and stylus, the make for an experience that, while not perfect, is way more interesting and useful than just making screens bigger and leaving it at that.

For a phone with an enormous QHD display, the Note 4 gets impressive battery life. Especially considering it's still packing the Note 3's 3,200 mAh battery. Not to mention the power saving modes that the Note's Super AMOLED display enables (like monochrome mode) make it pretty trivial to squeeze a lot of extra life out of just a few per cent if it comes down to that.

No Like

The Note 4's single back-mounted speaker kind of sucks. It's loud, and has a clever little rib on its grill that keeps it from being muffled by a table, but it's sound quality is tinny and just all around bad. It's no way to listen to music.

TouchWiz is better than it's ever been, and on the Note 4 in particular, I think it's crossed over into being more useful than it is a pain in the arse. It's still not great though. I mean just look at this expanded settings menu. This is still too much stuff.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big

And while the Note 4 is running great now at launch, all that skin slathered on top is a liability for performance later on if future versions of Android — or more likely, future versions of TouchWiz — start gobbling up more processing power.

The camera won't work if your battery is low. My kitten was doing something particularly cute, but since my battery was at three per cent, I couldn't take a picture and I got this instead.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: The Best at Being Big

Some of the features the Note 4 has picked up from the Galaxy S5 aren't good for much of anything. The heart-rate monitor doesn't offer any real practical value besides being a trigger for selfies, and the fingerprint reader is so finicky as to be basically useless. In a world where the iPhone's TouchID seamlessly integrates fingerprint reading into a button-press you're already used to making, slowly dragging your finger over a sensor (often to have the reading ultimately fail) feels stone-age.

Should You Buy It?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Price: $949

Like
  • Beautiful screen.
  • Excellent battery life.
  • Great hardware and software.
Don't Like
  • Expensive.
  • Poor speaker.
  • Fitness features don't make sense.

Do you want a big phone? If so, you should get this big phone because it is the best big phone.

Windowed multitasking, split screen options, and drag and drop stylus features turn the Note 4 into a device that actually has a reason to be as big as it is.

Where giant phones like the OnePlus One, Nokia 1520, iPhone 6 Plus, and presumably the 5.9-inch Nexus 6 are just bigger versions of their smaller predecessors, the Note 4 actually offers something more.

And even if you never use any of that, the Note 4 is good-looking, easy to hold, has an amazing screen and battery life, and runs like a dream.

It's a best-in-class big phone even without the extras.

The god-awful TouchWiz skin and poor design used to be the dealbreakers, but they're not anymore. And without those handicaps, the Note 4 is free to be truly great.


Comments

    if you have had issues holding these in the past, it sounds more user related rather than design related.

    im worried about the new non plastic bezel. ive dropped my note 2 numerous times on concrete, and the fact that the plastic flexed and caused it to pop apart into 3 pieces im sure has saved me from needing a new screen.

    as for the lacking speaker quality, if its the same or slightly better than the note 2, then its not gonna be bad at all. my note two kicks the crap out of iphone 5 speakers and HTC One M8.

      They really just cant make everyone happy,
      -"Samsung is just cheap plastic"
      -*Samsung makes metal phone*
      -"I want plastic cause it was better"
      *facepalm*

        I wa snever on the platic hating band wagon. Most of the hate came from apple users anyway. I just understand why they used plastic and ive seen many a dropped iphone with cracked screens which have a metal edge

      Hands are oldschool. Why not a 30cm^3 helium container with voice recog controlled (or face following) fans that are only used sparingly due to light weight. Solar panels might even be overkill. Would a pico projector on smoke or opaque vapour be overkill? I see Google has the patent on projecting images on multi-coloured backgrounds. Man, i need a job.

      Last edited 05/11/14 4:08 am

    Other phablets are just big screen phones. That galaxy notes are true productivity tools. They win hands down.

      I completely agree, the stylus comes in very handy for remote desktop to Windows machines.

    Telstra pre-orders when

      +1 still waiting...... there is a Note 4 website if you type in on google, Telstra Note 4, however the site just comes up blank.....

        It goes to a 404 page now.

          Local stores may be taking notice of interest from customers, but I don't believe they are actually taking preorders.

        http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/mobiles-on-a-plan/samsung-galaxy-note-4/

    If you think the device is too expensive, just give a three month longer wait and you will find sources of the note 4 being sold at $200 to $300 cheaper. That would be a very great time for purchase.

    For the iPhone, you cannot get a new flagship much cheaper in about three month time after release.

      You statement is partially untrue. The Note 3 was still selling for around $800 (around $150 less), a year after release and only just recently dropped to about $650 within the last month due to the announcement of the Note 4.

        You can now get a note 3 for about $450 through Kogan, I know you might argue OS stock, but they now give an aus warranty and actually bundled 2 chargers in with mine so you got the OS samsung charger with an adapter and a Kogan branded one.

        Last edited 20/10/14 4:20 pm

          It is note 3 NEO (which is cheaper and lower specs version phone) not NOTE 3 .

        There were many sources that you could use to get a note 3 at around $600 to $700 at 3 months after it was released. They are not physically sold at that price in Australian stores, but they do exist for you find out.

        For phone, one year warrant is more than enough for a number of users.

      that's so true, but there is a good side on this though, if you decide to sell your old phone, it 'kinda' hold the value, I sold my iphone4s when 5s (2years old) was released for the 64GB, I still got $500 for it. :D

      I bought Nexus 4 in between 4s and 5s, for $320 and only managed to sold it for $170 after a year old

        so you lost about $300 over 2 years on your iPhone 4s and $150 over 1 year on your Nexus 4?

        In fairness though as much as the nexus range are awesome phones you will find samsung to be similar to apple when it comes to resale. Nexus aren't as much of a household name.

          Wrong. Let me tell you a more realistic resale numbers:

          You buy a new iPhone for around $800 and sell it after a year. If the condition is very good, you would be able to sell it for around $550. A one year old last generation new iPhone will still sell at $700 first hand (store/online).

          You buy a new Samsung/HTC or any android flagship for around $700 and sell it after a year. If the condition is very good, you would be able sell it for around $350. A one year old last generation new Android flagship will sell at $400~$500 first hand (store/online).

          You have to admit that the iPhone has a better resale value. But at the same time the Android flagship can be obtained at a very good price very soon after it release. Do you know you can buy a LG G3 16G mode for less than $500 now? While a bigger and bulky but same screen sized iPhone 6+ 16G will remain it $999 price tag for at least 6 to 9 month.

            Yeah you're dead right there, all I know is to buy 2 phones outright for my partner and myself on the last upgrade I was able to get 2 S4's for $850 delivered and sold my Nexus's for $310 all up so the phones worked out $270 each. Also these were 2 year old nexus's.

            So based on Apple prices I would need sell a 2 year old apple for $599 to upgrade to the new one, even if I wait 6 months as their prices don't come down.

        you were very lucky, I sold iPhone 5 for only $350 on gumtree..(originally put it for $420)..was alright condition and just minor dents...in 18 mnths time and originally paid $800 for it..waste of money.

          how many GB? mine was 64GB. a lot of 16GB ones were sold so cheap because so many of them. Usually the high capacity one is quite rare

    Samsung are getting there, but they really need to give it front facing stereo speakers and redesign touchwiz to not look so tacky and bloated.

    I also don't understand why they bother implementing half baked features like the old school swipe fingerprint sensor and the heart rate monitor that only works when you're sitting still.

    I'll probably get flamed for even considering it, but I'm weighing up the pros and cons of an iPhone 6 Plus vs the Note 4 at the moment. I have an iPhone 5 now and have invested quite a bit in iOS apps. Obviously the Note 4 kills the iPhone for productivity, multitasking and all the usual benefits of Android, but even at only 8mp the camera quality of the iPhone 6 is damn good. Probably still the best of the lot at autofocus-speed, consistency and overall quality.

    I'm also worried about Touchwiz (I wont use 50% of the gimmicky features Samsung throws in) and the fact that Android updates take forever to get rolled out as a result. I guess it's way to early to know when the Note 4 will get Lollipop?

      I say that if you're used to iphone and you're invested in the ecosystem then you should get the 6 plus if you want a bigger phone. Why bother with the new Note?

        A huge part of me agrees, but I go through this anguish every two years (the "should I switch to Android?" anguish). I've got a Nexus 7 2013 which I love and I don't use a Mac, meaning I lose out a lot on the iOS/Mac integration, so it seems logical to abandon the iPhone for Android at some point. The ecosystem investment and being used to iOS is a big factor though (as is the iPhone camera which I really love) so it's a tough choice!

        Last edited 20/10/14 3:21 pm

          If the camera bothers you then rest assure the Note will dominate. The amount of times friends would comment on the quality of my Note 3's camera is crazy, when most of them bought iPhone 5s's (For a much higher price, mind you!). If you are worried about losing games you have purchased then I guess you will be with iPhone for the rest of your days, but the money saved from getting a Note 4 should easily cover your investment. The Note 4 is a much better device is all possible ways, whereas the new iPhones are simply just new iPhones. A lot of people only need to know that the new iPhone is out before they dish out all their money on it. Are you one of those people?

            A lot of people only need to know that the new iPhone is out before they dish out all their money on it. Are you one of those people?

            Obviously not or I would 1. Not be on the internet researching my arse off about which phone to get and 2. Already have rushed out and bought the latest iPhone :)

            If the camera bothers you then rest assure the Note will dominate

            I appreciate the advice, but the photo comparisons and reviews I have looked at suggest it's not actually that clear cut. Sure the Note has twice the megapixels so it clearly wins out on fine detail, but it's pixels are smaller, so it's at the cost of a lot of extra noise in low light situations, a more limited dynamic range, and an autofocus and shutter speed that aren't as fast as the iPhone (meaning more blurry pics if you don't take your time to line up a shot). I also really like the 240fps slo-mo on the iPhone 6, so the two cameras both have their pros and cons. The iPhone camera's greatest strength is consistency.

      I have 0 evidence to back my belief but I will wager the note 4 gets lollipop within 90 days. A touchwiz version of Android 5.0 was bouncing around a good while back that showed Samsung had already made big progress on the OS update and lollipop adds some hardware compatibility to refine the experience with the Gear S and Gear VR. Since the Gear VR is going on sale around December 2, Samsung will want Android 5.0 on the Note 4 as close to that date as possible. I'd look for it before Christmas. I got my note 4 pre-order a few days ago and this phone is phenomenal. Had the note 1,2, and 3 as well. Highly recommend it.

      To insomniac.
      I say dive into the android world. Best feature that is rarely stated..... you get a refund from any paid apps after a trial run. You save lots of money that way unlike with Apple, what you buy is what you buy and if you don't like it, too bad, we keep your money.

        Thanks @pepee63,

        That's a good point about money back for apps on Android. I hadn't given that any thought when weighing up pros and cons, but it's definitely worth keeping in mind.

        I've moved on from considering the Galaxy Note 4 now. Ultimately I decided that I wouldn't get enough use out of the S-Pen features and that Touchwiz and S-everything would give me the shits. I've now almost decided on the massive Nexus 6 instead. The camera probably isn't the greatest (going by MotoX shots) but you can't have everything. I'll probably buy a dedicated point n' shoot next year to make up for it :)

    Funny- when the Note 1 came out it was seen a freakish weird thing that nobody would ever want or need, with a bizarre stylus that no tech journalist could understand... Now the Note line is the leader of the whole current genre of smartphones.

    If the Note 4 ages as well as my Note 2 has it might be a good replacement phone, when it gets a bit cheaper. I've been really happy with my Note 2, it's still a great phone that functions extremely well. It's the longest lasting smartphone I've had so far- in that it still works just as fast as ever and handles everything I want it to with ease, so much so that I'm not seriously thinking about a replacement for a while yet.

      ozoneocean
      I had the first note and everyone laughed how big it was. It only had a 5.3 inch screen and by today's standards it's only average. Great phone though and the note 4 looks excellent. I'd buy it but due to my job, I'm always in the car so my logical choice would be the moto x and it's hands free features.

    What I hate about Samsung is not giving the touchwiz update to their older phones, I have an S4 with the updated 2.3GHz CPU and still don't get the latest software even though my phone is well capable of running it. If Apple did that it would be Wizgate or something similarly lame.

    i really think devices of this size are not really practical as a phone, I still shake my head and have a chuckle when I see someone trying to be cool while holding these massive things to their head. I really think they should be seen as tablets with a phone capacity! I think oversized phones are a fad and a lot "not all" will realise they are not a practical everyday device.

      Seeing a larger phone as a way to impress someone else is the viewpoint of someone who seems to have a size insecurity issue. A larger phone (aka phablet) is useful for browsing, texting, taking photos, enterprise use, etc.

      When the first Note came out, I was in the minority of people who thought of using it for all those things; not once did I ever think to impress someone by putting a large phone by my ear! Rather, most of the managers in my office were iPhone users - come Note 2 and they all switched to the Note 2. I am now on Note 3 and about to get the Note 4.

      From day one, Samsung's features such as the Notification shade were baked into the device. Even their standard keyboard with the numbers pre-positioned along the top row outshines other keyboards which require the user to enter another function key, in order to access numbers.

      By the way - Samsung sold over 10 million units in just 2 months from last December's figures. That's a hell of a lot of bandwagon users seeking the approval of a mental midget such as yourself. Enjoy your tiny phone.

      To Mongi
      Due to people using their phones for surfing the web more and more, I don't see that it will be a fad but that being said, once folding screen phones are released, then people can have the best of both worlds. Small in the pocket but folds out to a small tablet. Samsung has hinted that it will be releasing its first folding phone within a year or two.
      I use my phone for everything that I use to do with my computer and tablet. Hardly ever touch them anymore. It's just so handy to grab your phone and look up what you want. I have the G2 with the 5.2 inch screen and I'm always thinking that I could do with some more screen real estate. People are making more texts and emails on their phone than phone calls so it makes sense to have a larger screen.

    I always thought that the plastic back was for the removable battery, I mean I can only imagine if it was a removable aluminium back, the scratches and damage it would get by taking it off and on all the time (not to mention the cost of replacing one).

    I am thinking of buying outright and getting the N910U model which uses the Exynos chipset, rumour has it that it is a 64 bit but only runs at 32 bit, maybe down the track Samsung could change this in an update. Cheapest I have seen it is $900 for the N910U

      I picked up this mobile from Yatango Shopping a few weeks ago!

        How did you find Yatango? I was looking at them but read some bad reviews. No issues with delivery?

        Also, any issues with the N910U on Australian networks?

          I didn't have any issues with them, and I am using the mobile on Telstra 4G with no issues.

    Wait 4 to 6 months, then buy it, prices will go down to low 700 or high $600

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