GALAXY NOTE 4 REMAINS THE BEST CHOICE

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The family notes was initially synonymous with phablet. But now that this definition is cleared, the Note family has acquired another connotation. Now Galaxy Note is synonymous of productivity and quality.

Package

The cardboard box of Notes 4 contains the power supply 2A, a USB-microUSB cable, the in-ear headphones and all its adapters.

Construction and ergonomics

Aesthetically Galaxy Note 4 is not a revolution in the phablet Samsung family. The line remains recognizable and unchanged and the back is in imitation leather (it is still plastic). Especially in white color we tested the back has little convinced us, but it is still a rather subjective factor. The profile for the first time in metal. Instead of this, however, the central part was painted plastic.

Frontally, always speaking of design, it’s nice glass that becomes more rounded on the outside, however, effect just mentioned and not particularly eye-catching. We reassure everyone was afraid of “cracks” on the outer frame. None of this is present and indeed, the assembly remains a very strong point of this device. The step forward from last year is important, but there is still significant room for improvement.

Hardware

Notes is often synonymous with hardware innovation. This year there is a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor 2.7 GHz cores. Coupled we also have the new Adreno 420 graphics processor and RAM is always 3GB. Connectivity then reaches amazing peaks of this Note 4: LTE up to 300 Mbps (faster on paper of each competitor), Wi-Fi dual-band, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, video out via microUSB MHL, Miracast connectivity, and even MirrorLink for GLONASS satellites.

The speaker has been moved to the back, certainly less functional than 3 notes, but still has a good volume and good sound quality (comparable to S5). We can not forget the S Pen, now even more sensitive and, on the back, the usual function key.

The internal memory is less than 32 GB and is expandable using a microSD. Compared to Notes 3 also we gain two new S5 already seen: the heart rate sensor and fingerprint reader. The first has been enhanced with new features, including the oxygen in the blood reader, the reader of the stress level and the UV level player. The second will allow you to protect your data, unlock the smartphone and make payments through PayPal. Just as to S5, the reading accuracy is optimal, but the gesture to use it is not practical and is not achievable with a single hand. Missing the FM radio.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera has a 16 megapixel camera with LED flash, but it is not ISOCELL, as of S5. The shooting interface is very similar  and other shooting functions have also been removed, relegating almost all to download optional. The quality of the shots has definitely affected us positively, giving us pretty much at every opportunity-rich shots of details, color fidelity and highly “reusable”. The videos are adjustable even in 4K (but in this case you lose the optical image stabilization). The gallery is also worthy of Samsung software suite, making it very smooth on every occasion, even with synchronization with active cloud services. Inside there is a great recognition function of the scenes and a great Studio software, to apply cool effects. Among the shortcomings we highlight the continuing absence of HDR and the inability to record video in slow motion with audio and then edit them.

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Display

The screen is an incredible QHD (ie 2560 x 1440 pixels) 5.7-inch. The size is not increased compared to Notes 3, but is instead increased the resolution, making it impossible to distinguish in pixels, not only in normal distance, but also approaching the display. If you are wondering the real utility of a screen resolution so high, you’re in good company, but since the color fidelity, brightness and autonomy (as we shall see later) will not be affected, we can only appreciate this update. Automatic brightness works well and we experienced a feature which clears the screen and raises the brightness when the display is exposed to direct sunlight. The result is that the screen is always perfectly visible.

Software

The software is updated to the 4.4.4 KitKat version of Android and already enjoys a multitasker tabbed reminiscent of Android 5.0 Lollipop. List each software feature of this phone is impossible but we have a major reorganization. Also rationalized the multiwindows functionality, reducing the need to open the side panel (which loses the tab) and allowing you to reduce the window to open application with a wave and do the same even with the app open in multitasking.
There is S Finder for the global search and the menu Quick Connect, as this is still the booster download, advanced energy saving, the lock mode (not to be disturbed at certain times), and the private mode to share “sensitive content “from the rest of the phone. S Health has a greater number of functions and S Voice can also be activated from off screen.
By accessing the GALAXY APPS (the Samsung store for the app) you can download free software like Office Hancome, SketchBook and Soundcamp. The first is probably the best management software of Office documents at the present time on Android, the second is an excellent app to draw and the third is a DAW for musicians who also supports low latency USB audio and MIDI tools.