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Samsung Galaxy Note Reviews: Galaxy Note 4 with a Stunning Display, Galaxy Note 5 with Outstanding Cameras but No microSD Card Slot

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Samsung’s phablets are regarded as the best large screened smartphones on the planet. More specifically, its Galaxy Note devices are considered as the best phablets of all time. If you are looking to buy the phablets of the Korean company, this article can be very helpful for you, as it provides two Samsung Galaxy Note reviews simultaneously. Take a look at them.

Samsung Galaxy Note Reviews - Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note Reviews: Galaxy Note 4


With a view to eliminating the plasticky feeling, Samsung decides to build the Galaxy Note 4 with a metal finish, which makes it look incredibly smart. A metal rim has been used to shield the chassis. By using the leather finish, Samsung plans to make the removable plastic cover feel more premium. It feels really pleasant to grab on the hand.

Display and S Pen

The 5.7-inch AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 4 has a 5.7-inch display boasting QHD resolution and 515 ppi pixel density. It is sharper than the full-HD display of the iPhone 6 Plus. It provides eye popping color. Its viewing angles are very impressive. As a result, it has been praised by all the Samsung Galaxy Note reviews. The S Pen has been developed with a view to making it more responsive and accurate. As a result, it provides the user with an enhanced writing experience.


The 16-MP rear camera can take great photos. The color reproduction and white balance are perfect. It excels in daylight. Even in low light, it performs decently. The 3.7-MP secondary camera can also take decent selfies.

Hardware and Performance

Being a two year old device, the Galaxy Note 4 comes with an older hardware, including the Snapdragon 805 processor and Adreno 420 GPU. However, it can still run the hottest games and apps of 2016 with a pretty decent pace and graphics. Its 3 GB RAM eliminates all the possibilities of the lagging issues. In the Geekbench 3 test, it scores 2925 points, leaving the iPhone 6 Plus slightly behind, which scores 2884 points. It also has an expandable 32 GB internal storage for allowing you to keep plenty of stuffs. For all these reasons, it has been praised by all the Samsung Galaxy Note reviews.

Sensors and Fitness

The Galaxy Note 4 features the fingerprint sensor for secured user authentication. You just need to swipe your finger over the pad for making the device recognizing your fingerprint. It also features the heart rate sensors, which provides extremely accurate reading. The S-Health app has everything to make you fit. It can track your run, weight, sleep, even food intake.


The 3220 mAh battery can last more than a day comfortably if you use the device moderately. Most of the time, you will find that 20%-30% charge is still remaining at the end of the day.

The Verdict

The Galaxy Note 4 is no longer the flagship phablet of Samsung. But its stunning display and great hardware can compete with any top-class phablet in the world. If you cannot stretch your budget for the current generation Galaxy Note 5, it is definitely the right option for you.

Samsung Galaxy Note Reviews - Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note Reviews: Galaxy Note 5


The leather plastic back has been replaced with a glass sheet infused into a metal frame. It looks good. But the problem is the less traction, making it challenging to grab. However, this issue can be solved by using a high-quality case.


The Galaxy Note 5 retains the same 5.7-inch AMOLED display of its predecessor. Its resolution and pixel density remain unchanged. However, in terms of readability in direct sunlight, it performs much better than the display of Galaxy Note 4. For this reason, it receives admiration from all the Samsung Galaxy Note reviews.


Being equipped with the Sony IMX240 sensor, the 16-MP primary camera can take even more stunning photos than its predecessor. The captured images look sharper. The color looks brighter. Its 5-MP secondary camera comes with a 120-degree field view. As a result, it performs brilliantly in taking group selfies. For these reasons, both of the cameras get outstanding feedback from all the Samsung Galaxy Note reviews.

Hardware and Performance

Being packed with the Exynos 7420 chipset, Mali-T760MP8 GPU and 4 GB RAM, the Galaxy Note 5 has been able to score 5124 points in the Geekbench 3 test. It clearly shows its ability to perform outstandingly while running all the latest games and apps. However, the device doesn’t feature any microSD card slot for space expansion, which has infuriated a large number of users.

Sensors and Samsung Pay

Similar to the predecessor, the Galaxy Note 5 comes with the fingerprint sensor, which has been improved significantly. You no longer need to swipe your finger. It works just like the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner. Its heart rate sensor has become more accurate. It also comes with a new feature, called Samsung Pay, through which you can perform online transaction.


The capacity of the battery has been downgraded from 3220 mAh to 3000 mAh battery to make the device slimmer. However, it can still last more than a day like its predecessor. Thanks to the hardware and software optimization.

The Verdict

Despite not having the microSD card slot, the Galaxy Note 5 is one of the best devices on the market. Thanks to the advanced hardware, camera and display. However, if you really emphasize on the expandability of store, we recommend you to wait for the upcoming Galaxy Note 7, which is strongly expected to feature the microSD card slot.

This is the end of our Samsung Galaxy Note reviews. Keep in touch with us to get more reviews on the devices of the Korean tech giant.