Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Good The 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a brilliant high-resolution screen and takes excellent outdoor shots on its 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. Using the stylus is more convenient, and the battery charges very quickly.

The Bad Low light and indoor shots aren't as good as they should be.

The Bottom Line The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a 2014 phone that's past its prime. Opt for the Note 5 or Galaxy S7 instead.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.7 Overall

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Late 2016 update

In January 2014, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 4, delivering an incremental upgrade to its popular, super-sized, stylus-equipped smartphone. It was an all-around great phone, with a vibrant display, high-quality 16-megapixel camera and a robust processor. Since then, the company has brought out two new generations of the Galaxy Note -- the Note 5, a solid, reliable successor to the Note 4 -- and the Note 7, which has been an unmitigated disaster, given its propensity to overheat and, in some cases, catch fire. (Samsung skipped the "Note 6" nomenclature.)

After a botched recall and some very negative publicity, in September Samsung stopped production of the Galaxy Note 7. The company earlier had asked carriers around the world to suspend sales of the phone. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has gone further, saying, "Consumers should power down and stop using all Galaxy Note 7s."

Our advice: Don't buy a Galaxy Note 7, even if you can still find one. And if you already own one, you should immediately turn it off and exchange it for a phone that isn't a Note 7. All US cellular carriers and Best Buy (among others) will exchange your Note 7 for phones of equal value on the same network. Similar schemes apply in the UK and Australia.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Samsung
  • Service Provider not specified
  • Diagonal Size 5.7 in
  • Weight 176 g
  • Sensors Accelerometer, proximity sensor, barometer, magnetometer, gyro sensor, hall sensor, gesture, RGB sensor, heart rate, UV sensor
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features (PB) Action Memo, Adaptive Fast Charging, Multi Window, Noise Cancellation Technology, Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, S Beam, Screen Write, Smart Select, Ultra Power Saving Mode, infrared remote control, multitasking, Android Beam, Download booster, Drag and Drop mode, Dual Camera function, Dynamic Lock Screen, Image Clip, MIMO technology, MirrorLink support
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