10-01-2015 10:20 PM
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  1. driftwork's Avatar
    Hello Folks,

    I've been running a Samsung Galaxy S3 for several years and its time to upgrade.

    I need:

    A larger phone (compared with the S3)
    Something faster
    Better Camera
    SD Card Slot
    Remove-able battery

    I can upgrade with phones available from my carrier provider.
    I live in Taiwan and Note 4's are starting to be removed from availability.

    I've checked out the Note 5 and I simply cannot reconcile the lack of SD card and no removable battery.

    * The only possible reason I could accept no SD card and non-removable battery would be if the new Nexus 5 (due out in the next few days) had a camera that was comparable to the Note 4. It seems to me that pure-stock-Android evens out the lack of SD and removable battery.

    I really need to conclude this purchase in the next week.

    Do you folks think its too late to get a Note 4?

    Is it too 'long in the tooth' to last the next couple of years given the way smart phone technology is going?

    Thanks in advance
    09-26-2015 11:52 PM
  2. svtcobra's Avatar
    I updated to the Note 4 from the S3 last November. Best choice I ever made, and still is! NO note 5 for me! I want the SD card and removable battery, period! You won't regret it.

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    09-27-2015 01:12 AM
  3. Tsepz_GP's Avatar
    Go for it.
    I rate the Note 4 is still the best allround Android around.

    It has a more powerful GPU than the LG G4, has a CPU that runs cooler than the 810 phones, has one of the best Cameras in 2015, has a strong metal frame, has MicroSD slot, great battery life with larger and replaceable battery unlike the new Samsungs, and you can get the Note5s screen off Memo feature now in the 4.

    Lets not forget the quirky features like IR Blaster.

    With the Android 5.1.1 update the Note 4 is also running just as fast as the Note5 and S6 Edge+ and will get Android 6.0

    The Note 4 despite 3GB RAM, is also less aggressive than the 4GB RAM Note5 at killing apps that are running.

    Overall, still one of the best if not the best.

    Sent from my GALAXY Note 4 via Tapatalk
    09-27-2015 06:46 AM
  4. bat0nas's Avatar
    How do you know that Note 4 will get Android 6? :-P

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    09-27-2015 10:44 AM
  5. Tsepz_GP's Avatar
    How do you know that Note 4 will get Android 6? :-P

    Sent from my SM-N910C using Tapatalk
    The Android update policy.

    Sent from my GALAXY Note 4 via Tapatalk
    09-27-2015 11:07 AM
  6. lawful12's Avatar
    How do you get the Note 5 screen off memo?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    09-27-2015 01:48 PM
  7. sprint85's Avatar
    How do you get the Note 5 screen off memo?

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    Yeah what he said!

    Posted via the Android Central App
    09-27-2015 03:52 PM
  8. muzzy996's Avatar
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/gala...-memo-t3196790



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    09-27-2015 05:16 PM
  9. sdmf's Avatar
    Wow. People just may have saved people hundreds of dollars. Good work. (it works)
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    09-27-2015 10:38 PM
  10. srsgonu's Avatar
    I suggest note edge. It's best of both Spen and edge. Once you use this, you can't go back to regular note. I hope Samsung releases a phone with this combination next year.

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    09-28-2015 11:05 AM
  11. Tsepz_GP's Avatar
    I suggest note edge. It's best of both Spen and edge. Once you use this, you can't go back to regular note. I hope Samsung releases a phone with this combination next year.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    The problem with the Note Edge is the smaller battery (3000mAh vs. 3220mAh in Note 4), also if you are a lefty the Note Edge can be cumbersome as its Edge is very curved and goes further than the newer ones.

    If the Note Edge had kept the 3220mAh battery and was easier to handle than it currently is I would have said hands down go for it.



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    09-28-2015 11:13 AM
  12. srsgonu's Avatar
    I am 5.7" and pretty comfortable with handling note edge. Edge on this make launching apps, looking at info (stocks, news etc) much faster and easier (Even we can configure multitasking panel on the edge instead of hitting the capacitive button on left). People around me always wow'ed with its functionality (and no more multiple home screens). May be 220mah will not make world of difference from note and hope that difference will close in with 6.0, but I still get pretty decent battery life. Agree with you that it is more comfortable to right handers though.

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    09-28-2015 11:31 AM
  13. Tsepz_GP's Avatar
    I am 5.7" and pretty comfortable with handling note edge. Edge on this make launching apps, looking at info (stocks, news etc) much faster and easier (Even we can configure multitasking panel on the edge instead of hitting the capacitive button on left). People around me always wow'ed with its functionality (and no more multiple home screens). May be 220mah will not make world of difference from note and hope that difference will close in with 6.0, but I still get pretty decent battery life. Agree with you that it is more comfortable to right handers though.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Your opinion outweighs mine as I only handled the Note Edge briefly, whereas you've owned it for a while, so maybe one does get used it.

    Either way, both fantastic devices. Note Edge may one day be a collector's item as its far more unique than the Note 4, so thats something to also consider.

    Sent from my GALAXY Note 4 via Tapatalk
    09-28-2015 12:18 PM
  14. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    Hello Folks,

    I've been running a Samsung Galaxy S3 for several years and its time to upgrade.

    I need:

    A larger phone (compared with the S3)
    Something faster
    Better Camera
    SD Card Slot
    Remove-able battery

    I can upgrade with phones available from my carrier provider.
    I live in Taiwan and Note 4's are starting to be removed from availability.

    I've checked out the Note 5 and I simply cannot reconcile the lack of SD card and no removable battery.

    * The only possible reason I could accept no SD card and non-removable battery would be if the new Nexus 5 (due out in the next few days) had a camera that was comparable to the Note 4. It seems to me that pure-stock-Android evens out the lack of SD and removable battery.

    I really need to conclude this purchase in the next week.

    Do you folks think its too late to get a Note 4?

    Is it too 'long in the tooth' to last the next couple of years given the way smart phone technology is going?

    Thanks in advance
    The Note 4 is in no way outdated. It's still a great phone. The Snapdragon 805 is still a powerhouse and the camera and screen can still compete with almost any other phone on the market. You won't regret the Note 4. Even the Note 3 is still a good phone (The Snapdragon 800 is still a decent processor).
    nahoku and Tatt2014 like this.
    09-28-2015 04:43 PM
  15. dmateo's Avatar
    I just got an N4 in June... love it..

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    09-28-2015 10:24 PM
  16. mayconvert's Avatar
    The Note 5 is Not a flop. Fastest phone on the market. ( Slaughters note 4 in benchmarks)
    Best phone i have ever owned.
    don't need slow SD card, never, ever, ever, ever saw a single person have a spare battery ON them when they needed it.
    quick charge gives HOURS of battery life [Removed by Moderator].
    Side sync. cloud > slow SD.

    Soooooo many people are missing out on the Best Note Ever because of old school thinking. just like people who complain about computers not having CD drives.

    i wouldn't buy a note 4 unless its half the price it was at release. resale value is already down to $250- $300 on craigslist etc
    09-28-2015 11:42 PM
  17. srsgonu's Avatar
    The Note 5 is Not a flop. Fastest phone on the market. ( Slaughters note 4 in benchmarks)
    Best phone i have ever owned.
    don't need slow SD card, never, ever, ever, ever saw a single person have a spare battery ON them when they needed it.
    quick charge gives HOURS of battery life [Removed by Moderator].
    Side sync. cloud > slow SD.

    Soooooo many people are missing out on the Best Note Ever because of old school thinking. just like people who complain about computers not having CD drives.

    i wouldn't buy a note 4 unless its half the price it was at release. resale value is already down to $250- $300 on craigslist etc
    May be your are right. But isn't the speed more related to software optimization rather hardware?. If it is the case 6.0 should make note 4 as good as note 5 if not better.

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    09-29-2015 12:18 AM
  18. rahul.sharma's Avatar
    How did you get 5.1.1? My ATT N4 still says 5.0.1

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    09-29-2015 10:24 AM
  19. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    How did you get 5.1.1? My ATT N4 still says 5.0.1

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Your carrier probably hasn't released it yet.
    Is that a Nokia Lumia 920 in your avatar? The similarities are there.
    09-29-2015 04:56 PM
  20. bat0nas's Avatar
    Kick rocks bro... I had a note 5 for 2 weeks and sent it back. And yes... I carry a spare battery. I've had one for every single one of my note phones.

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    Why don't you carry external battery instead? Why bother with all case removals, phone restarts each time tou need juice?

    Yes I have Note4. But really not because it has removable battery.

    Sent from my SM-N910C using Tapatalk
    09-30-2015 12:34 AM
  21. Weballures Technologies's Avatar
    Note 4 is best,i have been using it at least 6 to 7 months.Still i don't have a single problem.You should go for it.
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    09-30-2015 12:43 AM
  22. mayconvert's Avatar
    The Note 4 IS a good phone, I owned it, but before 5.x.x it lagged like a dog. ( everyone says that was fixed in the 5 update)
    so I got rid of mine after a couple of weeks. I wasn't waiting a year for the lag to get fixed.
    I am just saying. The Note is 5 IS awesome too.

    I own(ed) both. Note 5 is way faster. at everything, in RL usage.
    09-30-2015 01:04 AM
  23. driftwork's Avatar
    Thanks to everyone for the excellent replies.

    I ended up buying the Note 4 yesterday and I'm already glad I did.

    No buyers remorse whatsoever.

    Really nice build quality.

    One on the reasons I wanted a Note series phone was so it could help me study Chinese.

    Most folks who study Chinese characters use a program called PLECO (not shilling) that uses timed-recognition software to help you develop flashcards. A phone like the Note 4 is really perfect for this because of its size. It also has the S-Pen which will be great for practising stroke-order when writing characters.

    Pleco has been optimized for the Note 4 and it's S-Pen which is one of the reasons I wanted it.

    A very small niche, but having a phone like the Note 4 is a good choice for learning Chinese.

    Thanks again for all of your help.
    09-30-2015 06:25 AM
  24. nahoku's Avatar
    Thanks to everyone for the excellent replies.

    I ended up buying the Note 4 yesterday and I'm already glad I did.

    No buyers remorse whatsoever.

    Really nice build quality.

    One on the reasons I wanted a Note series phone was so it could help me study Chinese.

    Most folks who study Chinese characters use a program called PLECO (not shilling) that uses timed-recognition software to help you develop flashcards. A phone like the Note 4 is really perfect for this because of its size. It also has the S-Pen which will be great for practising stroke-order when writing characters.

    Pleco has been optimized for the Note 4 and it's S-Pen which is one of the reasons I wanted it.

    A very small niche, but having a phone like the Note 4 is a good choice for learning Chinese.

    Thanks again for all of your help.
    Well, considering your thread got torn apart, I'm glad you're happy with your phone! The Note 4 is a really good phone. It should last a good long while. Which OS version did it come with?
    09-30-2015 06:53 AM
  25. Tsepz_GP's Avatar
    The Note 4 IS a good phone, I owned it, but before 5.x.x it lagged like a dog. ( everyone says that was fixed in the 5 update)
    so I got rid of mine after a couple of weeks. I wasn't waiting a year for the lag to get fixed.
    I am just saying. The Note is 5 IS awesome too.

    I own(ed) both. Note 5 is way faster. at everything, in RL usage.
    Having used a S6 Edge+ next to my 5.1.1 Note 4, the speed difference isn't much, so I couldn't be bothered.

    On the other hand, the Note5 is missing hardware that was key in the Note line.

    I am glad you are enjoying yours, but I know I would be far from happy with it.

    Cheers!

    Sent from my GALAXY Note 4 via Tapatalk
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    09-30-2015 10:19 AM
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