12-08-2015 12:38 AM
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  1. Sammuel1973's Avatar
    I got the note 4 - did a nice little trade deal for it. I love it. So far I haven't been disappointed at all. It keeps up with everything I was doing on the note 5. I haven't used the camera too much yet so will see how that goes. Nice phone

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    Congrats. Does yours come with 5.1.1 out of the box? And what carrier? I had a Note 5, reverted to my Note 4. Then bought a Note 5 again to use Samsung Pay, only to find out my bank has yet to participate. Now I go back and forth between these 2 phones, and honestly, being tethered to a charger with my Note 5 is really a hassle, and I even have the quick wireless charger, ha.
    11-28-2015 06:43 AM
  2. amyf27's Avatar
    I got it used. The person I got it from had it for only 1 to 2 months. It's like brand new and has the 5.1.1. I can't use the Android Pay yet because my bank doesn't support it grr.

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    11-28-2015 09:18 AM
  3. amyf27's Avatar
    When I had the note 5 I didn't feel like it needed tethered but I did keep a cord handy just in case.

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    11-28-2015 09:22 AM
  4. cardboard60's Avatar
    Does the note 4 not have a wider screen and a IR reader ?
    That would be enough to make me want the Note 4.
    11-28-2015 10:52 AM
  5. amyf27's Avatar
    The 4 is a bit wider than the 5

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    11-28-2015 04:24 PM
  6. Allenhardiman's Avatar
    Note 4 is a no brainer. Note 5,
    Smaller battery
    No sd card slot
    No removable battery.
    An easy decision.

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    I had the note 4 and have to disagree with some of these after 2 months with the note 5. The battery is almost the same as the note 4 if not better (it's definitely better in standby time). The exynos 7420 and ddr4 ram is definitely taking a huge effect on battery life. The battery lasts all day so I never find the time to miss the replaceable battery.

    And sd card slows your phone down

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    11-28-2015 09:30 PM
  7. Tahoe916's Avatar
    I had the note 4 and have to disagree with some of these after 2 months with the note 5. The battery is almost the same as the note 4 if not better (it's definitely better in standby time). The exynos 7420 and ddr4 ram is definitely taking a huge effect on battery life. The battery lasts all day so I never find the time to miss the replaceable battery.

    And sd card slows your phone down

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    Same here. I switched from Note 4 to Note 5 a few weeks ago and my battery life is about 10-15% better. I went with the 64GB model which more than meets my needs. I've had SD card problems off and on with phones so I'm happy to be rid of it. On rare occasions I had carried and used a spare battery but switching to a quick charge 2.0 portable battery charger is not a big deal for me and overall I'm very glad I made the switch. I also got tired of waiting for T-Mobile to make the 5.1.1 update available. The previous update made the phone worse with several ongoing issues, the worst being the GPS being practically useless and required me to buy a dedicated GPS for my vehicle. The Note 4 is still a great phone and maybe a better choice for some, especially if you can get the 5.1.1 version, but not a no brainer decision.
    11-29-2015 02:02 AM
  8. Sammuel1973's Avatar
    Same here. I switched from Note 4 to Note 5 a few weeks ago and my battery life is about 10-15% better. I went with the 64GB model which more than meets my needs. I've had SD card problems off and on with phones so I'm happy to be rid of it. On rare occasions I had carried and used a spare battery but switching to a quick charge 2.0 portable battery charger is not a big deal for me and overall I'm very glad I made the switch. I also got tired of waiting for T-Mobile to make the 5.1.1 update available. The previous update made the phone worse with several ongoing issues, the worst being the GPS being practically useless and required me to buy a dedicated GPS for my vehicle. The Note 4 is still a great phone and maybe a better choice for some, especially if you can get the 5.1.1 version, but not a no brainer decision.
    I agree with you...the 5.1.1 Note 4 out of the box seems to be better overall than the ones released a year ago. Regarding the Note 5's battery life seems to be better may be because it has a newer battery cuz it's a much newer phone. When I popped in a new battery for my Note 4, it's battery life is the same if not a bit better than my Note 5, same carrier, apps, usage, etc.

    Regarding Note 4 users with a spare battery, but rarely used it...I understand...but once they use it the way I and some others use it interchangeably in the day, they would understand the beauty of never needing to be tethered or recharged their phone in the day. To me, would you want 16+ hours/day of ongoing battery life with a spare battery or 8 hours with the hassle of recharging it?
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    11-29-2015 10:37 AM
  9. robonik's Avatar
    I had the note 4 and have to disagree with some of these after 2 months with the note 5. The battery is almost the same as the note 4 if not better (it's definitely better in standby time). The exynos 7420 and ddr4 ram is definitely taking a huge effect on battery life. The battery lasts all day so I never find the time to miss the replaceable battery.

    And sd card slows your phone down

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    Exactly, right on the button. It's great to hear from the voice of experience, someone who has owned both and is discerning and honest enough to report the realities of these two great phones.

    No doubt about the SD card slowing down the phone, that is the primary reason Samsung eliminated it from the Note 5. Also, by eliminating it and the related circuitry they were able to trim down the Note 5 into a slimmer, sleeker and more elegant form factor.

    With the Dash Micro mini SD card reader I have 128GB extra storage capacity whenever I need it on my Note 5 in a tiny form factor that works just as well as the internal SD card on my Galaxy S5.

    Plus I can fast charge my battery if need be with a portable power bank which contains the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology. Funny thing is that in the first two months with the Note 5 I haven't needed a battery fill-up during the day yet.

    I have to admit I was one of the hard sell customers on the Note 5 not having the SD card and interchangeable battery. After living with it for two months I and using it for my long work schedule in my own business, I have found that I was worried for nothing. I have barely tapped 10% of the internal 64GB storage and haven't run lower than 40% of battery yet.

    Had I gone with the Note 4 to retain the interchangeable battery and the SD card I would have missed out on the all of the advancements contained in the Note 5 for absolutely no reason.
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    11-29-2015 12:45 PM
  10. 786chatur's Avatar
    Its on you... compare both first then do what fits accordingly

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    11-29-2015 03:15 PM
  11. Tahoe916's Avatar
    I agree with you...the 5.1.1 Note 4 out of the box seems to be better overall than the ones released a year ago. Regarding the Note 5's battery life seems to be better may be because it has a newer battery cuz it's a much newer phone. When I popped in a new battery for my Note 4, it's battery life is the same if not a bit better than my Note 5, same carrier, apps, usage, etc.

    Regarding Note 4 users with a spare battery, but rarely used it...I understand...but once they use it the way I and some others use it interchangeably in the day, they would understand the beauty of never needing to be tethered or recharged their phone in the day. To me, would you want 16+ hours/day of ongoing battery life with a spare battery or 8 hours with the hassle of recharging it?
    I guess it depends on how heavy of a phone user you are. My Note 5 lasts 15+ hours but I'm a casual user and have some heavy power optimization in place. I don't think it's the newer battery, rather the hardware more efficient and probably 5.1.1 is helping. I had already been using a replacement battery on my Note 4 due to age of the original one. See Galaxy Note5 battery life benchmark: Outperforms the Note 4 despite smaller battery. Still, I was pretty peeved that the Note 5 didn't have a replaceable battery, if T-Mobile had sent out the 5.1.1 update sooner, I may have stuck with the Note 4. It's much less bulky to carry an extra battery in my pocket than a portable charger, that's for sure.
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    11-29-2015 03:28 PM
  12. Sammuel1973's Avatar
    Exactly, right on the button. It's great to hear from the voice of experience, someone who has owned both and is discerning and honest enough to report the realities of these two great phones.
    Well, my real world experience is perhaps comparing apples to apples since I am using the Note 4 and 5 concurrently, same usage pattern, apps, carrier, signal strength, etc. While my Note 5 is optimized better than my Note 4, the battery life is not that much better, honestly. And certainly not enough to offset the benefit of the swappable battery feature of the Note 4. The Note 5 though is pretty to hold and look at, naked.
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    11-29-2015 04:00 PM
  13. grunt0300's Avatar
    OK, you can love whatever phone you want, but when did the sd card slow down a phone? Where was it written that the primary reason that Samsung dropped the sd card, was because it slowed down the phone? Love your phone, but don't run down another phone with bs. That smells of insecurity and buyers remorse. Samsung wanted to make the Note 5 thinner and lighter, plus they probably wanted their customers to use the "cloud".
    11-29-2015 04:30 PM
  14. Jay Sacks's Avatar
    I have my Note 4 for six months and love everything about it. After using my son's Note 5 I am convinced that I have the right phone. For sure I would not trade my 6 month old Note4 for a new Note 5.
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    11-29-2015 08:45 PM
  15. grunt0300's Avatar
    I have my Note 4 for six months and love everything about it. After using my son's Note 5 I am convinced that I have the right phone. For sure I would not trade my 6 month old Note4 for a new Note 5.

    I agree with you 100%. IMHO, right now, a Note 4 is a better phone than a Note 5.
    11-29-2015 09:33 PM
  16. min_is_3's Avatar
    I was thinking about upgrading to note 5 but having a removable battery, sdcard, IR blaster (I can't tell you how handy this thing is in not only controlling all my tv and sound equipment at home but also all the projectors at my church that i can control from my phone using the Smart Remote app) and the build quality not being all glass are huge factors for me to stay with the note 4. It's still plenty powerful and i wish i had the Samsung Pay with MST feature but all the other cons of the note 5 makes me satisfied with my note 4.

    Sent from my Galaxy Note 4
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    12-01-2015 10:59 AM
  17. cardboard60's Avatar
    I'd wait for a new phone to come out.
    I'm pretty sure they will bring the IR blaster back.
    As much as you use it I don't think you will be happy without it.
    Dont know what Samsung was thinking when they took it out.
    Guess they was looking for more room in the phone.
    They need to just make the phone bigger.
    12-02-2015 09:06 AM
  18. KOOLWATER's Avatar
    What do you guys like about the Note 4? I may get the Note 4 in place of the Note 5. There doesn't seem to be that much difference spec wise between them. Thoughts?

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    Yeah, the differences are small. That's why I may wait on the Note 6 or the S7edgeplus. The Note 5 and the Note 4 looks EXACTLY alike when in cases. In an Otterbox you can't tell the difference! When everyone keeps mistaking your Note 5 for a 4, you will feel like you wasted an upgrade...

    The only thing I think the note 5 has over the 4 is the fingerprint scanner is better. The other "upgrades" are too insignificant to compare. The Note 4 is more of an upgrade in my opinion... SD card, removable battery, etc..
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    12-02-2015 12:55 PM
  19. magichoward's Avatar
    I often use my note 4 for presentations via projector hdmi can I do this on note 5 my initial research is no

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    12-08-2015 12:38 AM
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