View Poll Results: How did your Note 4 die? (Super slow, un-usable, or not working)

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  • It's still alive and working.

    17 94.44%
  • Most recent software update killed it, it's un-usable and extremely slow.

    0 0%
  • Physical damage.

    0 0%
  • Other (state below)

    1 5.56%
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04-27-2018 01:18 PM
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  1. Makad's Avatar
    I had two Note 4s, the first one lasted about a year before it wouldn't hold a charge. It would charge and then it would drain in minutes. My Warranty company sent me another and in about a year it did the same thing. They didn't have a replacement for it so they refunded me the full amount I paid for the note 4. I used the refund money to buy a note 7, and we know what happened with that.
    11-23-2017 10:03 PM
  2. bootlooped's Avatar
    I'm on my second Note 4 from T-mobile.

    I had previous one 4-5 months. It was unsteady from the beginning. Bootlooped sometimes. After getting a new battery from Frye's (unidentifiable brand), it was OK for a while. Occasionally very slow. Then burst of bootlooping, freezing, overheating.

    Replacement phone OK so far with same off brand battery.
    11-25-2017 11:57 AM
  3. dragonspirit1185's Avatar
    I bought an Anker battery off of Amazon and I don't have the issue anymore and I called T-Mobile and told them that I had to buy a non OEM battery and they credited me the money that I spent on the battery to my bill.
    huntnyc and Laura Knotek like this.
    12-04-2017 01:56 PM
  4. nahoku's Avatar
    I bought an Anker battery off of Amazon and I don't have the issue anymore and I called T-Mobile and told them that I had to buy a non OEM battery and they credited me the money that I spent on the battery to my bill.
    Glad you got it going. Very nice of TMO to take care of you like that!
    12-05-2017 02:40 PM
  5. natehoy's Avatar
    Still have my original Note 4 and it's still going strong. Right now it's at home relegated to streaming duty, but I may swap it and my S7 Edge out and see how it does out and about now that I've changed phone plans.
    12-08-2017 08:03 AM
  6. datum9's Avatar
    The stock battery is awful. ZeroLemon makes nice stuff. Their 10,000 mAh battery.
    12-09-2017 10:18 PM
  7. dlcpa's Avatar
    Constant crashing is never good for a phone... or computers for that matter!
    I have my Note 4 for 3 years. It generally doesn't lag. It went to Samsung because the screen died and they did a complimentary repair, very classy and decent of Samsung.

    They didn't want to fix it at first because they couldn't read the sticker on the inside of the phone that has the IMEI address. I have no idea why they couldn't read it or i removed it because it was blank but I was able to get verification that it was my phone and what the IMEI address was through AT&T and I had to send it back to them and then they fixed it and it's really running really well.

    I keep having to replace batteries and I'm getting them from Anker and Anker has really been great about it as they replace them for free when they belly in the middle so that you can spin the battery around on a flat surface.

    I have 4 batteries so I rotate them. However, as nohoku said continual crashes aren't great for the phone, what about continual battery pulls?

    Back to the batteries bellying, sometimes it is hard to close the back plate. As I said before Samsung didn't want to fix my phone without the ticket on the inside being readible, especially when the screen is dead. Then I realized when seeing the smudged IMEI #on the ticket inside the other day, i reakized what was happening because of the bellying battery, it would rub out the printing. It was also causing reboots because the battery itself got bigger because it bellied, it lost direct contact with the inside contact points and rebooted.

    So why is this happening? I have the phone on really bright and that really kills battery life and makes the phone hotter and often times I don't even realize it but location devices is on and that really makes the phone hot. So I think those two factors are causing batteries to belly and maybe even in the case of the Note 7, where there is no place to expand to, explode.

    Other than the battery issue, I don't see any reason why I would want to spend $1,000 to get a Note 8 that will give me what more than I have from the Note 4? Plus I need a new case and the tax and screen protector which I hear is $50. I just don't see the point. Samsung is,offering $400 off on your prior phone but they stopped it at the Note 5. I might have considered it with that discount but even so I'm talking about $600 plus I'm giving up my backup phone that's got to be worth $100 and then I need new stuff so that's another $75 so I'm still almost $800 and I'm not sure that it's worth it for a little bit better camera.

    There is no substantial lag time on the Note 4 and I'm running 6.0.1 so what else am I going to gain for that much money?

    Then I would also need $200 insurance because my Note 4 would be gone and all I have left is the Note 2.

    For now I'm sticking with the Note 4.
    12-11-2017 02:18 PM
  8. jlczl's Avatar
    I have my Note 4 for 3 years. It generally doesn't lag. It went to Samsung because the screen died and they did a complimentary repair, very classy and decent of Samsung.

    They didn't want to fix it at first because they couldn't read the sticker on the inside of the phone that has the IMEI address. I have no idea why they couldn't read it or i removed it because it was blank but I was able to get verification that it was my phone and what the IMEI address was through AT&T and I had to send it back to them and then they fixed it and it's really running really well.

    I keep having to replace batteries and I'm getting them from Anker and Anker has really been great about it as they replace them for free when they belly in the middle so that you can spin the battery around on a flat surface.

    I have 4 batteries so I rotate them. However, as nohoku said continual crashes aren't great for the phone, what about continual battery pulls?

    Back to the batteries bellying, sometimes it is hard to close the back plate. As I said before Samsung didn't want to fix my phone without the ticket on the inside being readible, especially when the screen is dead. Then I realized when seeing the smudged IMEI #on the ticket inside the other day, i reakized what was happening because of the bellying battery, it would rub out the printing. It was also causing reboots because the battery itself got bigger because it bellied, it lost direct contact with the inside contact points and rebooted.

    So why is this happening? I have the phone on really bright and that really kills battery life and makes the phone hotter and often times I don't even realize it but location devices is on and that really makes the phone hot. So I think those two factors are causing batteries to belly and maybe even in the case of the Note 7, where there is no place to expand to, explode.

    Other than the battery issue, I don't see any reason why I would want to spend $1,000 to get a Note 8 that will give me what more than I have from the Note 4? Plus I need a new case and the tax and screen protector which I hear is $50. I just don't see the point. Samsung is,offering $400 off on your prior phone but they stopped it at the Note 5. I might have considered it with that discount but even so I'm talking about $600 plus I'm giving up my backup phone that's got to be worth $100 and then I need new stuff so that's another $75 so I'm still almost $800 and I'm not sure that it's worth it for a little bit better camera.

    There is no substantial lag time on the Note 4 and I'm running 6.0.1 so what else am I going to gain for that much money?

    Then I would also need $200 insurance because my Note 4 would be gone and all I have left is the Note 2.

    For now I'm sticking with the Note 4.
    I here ya on wanting to stick to the Note 4. I wish they re-released it with updated internals but left the design identical (as well as leaving it as developer friendly as the early Note 4 firmware releases). The Note 4 was the best of it’s time and possibly ever, right behind the HTC HD2.
    12-12-2017 07:20 AM
  9. catberryday's Avatar
    My Note 4 made it 2 years and 9 months. The August AT&T security update sent into a bootloop. AT&T wouldn't help restore it just wanted me to purchase a new phone. Instead I switched to Verizon.
    12-12-2017 08:20 PM
  10. nahoku's Avatar
    I have 4 batteries so I rotate them. However, as nohoku said continual crashes aren't great for the phone, what about continual battery pulls?
    Battery pulls? Typically, a "battery pull" is a term used when something goes wrong with the phone and the only way to recover/reset the phone is to pull the battery out without turning the phone off. Is this what you're doing? If you're just turning off the phone, replacing the battery with your spare, and then turning the phone back on, then it's no problem. People, myself included, have been swapping spare batteries into phones for a long time. I once had 6 spares I rotated constantly and my Note 4 still works pristine after almost 3 years.

    So why is this happening? I have the phone on really bright and that really kills battery life and makes the phone hotter and often times I don't even realize it but location devices is on and that really makes the phone hot.
    You answered your own question and listed the biggest battery eaters. Turn down the brightness unless there's some insane reason you need it up that high, and turn off gps when you're not using it. Besides screen and gps, bad charging could also cause the batteries to swell. There are many fake OEM chargers and external charging beds that don't regulate as well as they need to and thus can damage batteries. I can only guess you're not charging your spares in the phone?
    12-14-2017 03:21 AM
  11. dlcpa's Avatar
    Battery pulls? Typically, a "battery pull" is a term used when something goes wrong with the phone and the only way to recover/reset the phone is to pull the battery out without turning the phone off. Is this what you're doing?

    I can only guess you're not charging your spares in the phone?
    Yes, I just pull the battery without shutting it down. It made sense until now and I have seen junk files on PCS that kept going down without a proper clothes. Is there any utilities that go through the files to see if there are files without proper end of file marks.

    I think charging in the phone actually causes more swelling than charging in a charger. I never seem to pick up a battery that was charging the charger where it's swelled and whenever I have discovered batteries that swelled they came out of a phone.
    12-14-2017 03:13 PM
  12. nahoku's Avatar
    Yes, I just pull the battery without shutting it down.
    I'm an engineer, and while I can't say for sure that just yanking the battery will damage your phone, I also can't say I would recommend it. I would think a "proper" shutdown should be done first by turning off the phone before replacing the battery. It's like on PCs... you shouldn't just yank the power cord to shut down the computer. The proper sequencing of closing down tasks and processes before shut down should occur so the OS doesn't corrupt. I would think on a phone, it also needs to properly shut down processes to protect the OS. Turn off the phone first before replacing the battery.

    I have seen junk files on PCS that kept going down without a proper clothes. Is there any utilities that go through the files to see if there are files without proper end of file marks.
    I'm not quite sure I understand what you're asking here.

    I think charging in the phone actually causes more swelling than charging in a charger. I never seem to pick up a battery that was charging the charger where it's swelled and whenever I have discovered batteries that swelled they came out of a phone.
    Just because you don't "see" an external charger doing damage during charging doesn't mean nothing might be happening. Two of my batteries that swelled were charged externally as I rarely charged in the phone at the time they failed. I did charge in the phone when I didn't have one of my spares, so I really have no idea when/what caused the damage. Batteries fail after time, and that's something I accept will happen... that's why I love phones that have replaceable batteries like our Note 4's.
    huntnyc likes this.
    12-15-2017 01:15 AM
  13. Kirstein Gourlay's Avatar
    My husband's Note 4 just died. Went into a reboot loop following an update a couple of days ago. He changed batteries and factory reset, cleared the cache. Nothing helped. Will work plugged in but not on battery. Just bought him a first gen pixel off Ebay. It should arrive by Wednesday.
    02-12-2018 07:10 AM
  14. agaskew's Avatar
    Arrived July 2015, still going strong. I replaced the battery with an Anker one from Amazon as the original was dying a bit quickly.

    Note 4 is rooted and currently running Android 7.1.2 (LineageOS) I got an S8 a year ago but TBH I prefer the Note 4 with its near- Stock Android install, its so slick. Sometimes the S8 stutters. One day LineageOS for the S8 will appear and I expect it could absolutely fly.
    02-16-2018 09:06 AM
  15. TechNut79's Avatar
    Still working, albeit slower at times and the 🔋 is terrible. Will move to something newer when 💰 allows.
    02-16-2018 08:42 PM
  16. steelrain82's Avatar
    Mine still works, for now. It is currently casting device at home. I definitely need new batteries but don't know where to get them. I use a pixel (regular) as my daily for the last year, but I always find myself playing with my N4. I really wish Samsung would re-release this phone.
    02-18-2018 12:39 AM
  17. agaskew's Avatar
    Mine still works, for now. It is currently casting device at home. I definitely need new batteries but don't know where to get them. I use a pixel (regular) as my daily for the last year, but I always find myself playing with my N4. I really wish Samsung would re-release this phone.
    Amazon is easiest, there are plenty.
    02-19-2018 05:26 AM
  18. natehoy's Avatar
    Mine still works, for now. It is currently casting device at home. I definitely need new batteries but don't know where to get them. I use a pixel (regular) as my daily for the last year, but I always find myself playing with my N4. I really wish Samsung would re-release this phone.
    I've had consistently good luck with Anker replacement batteries. They are relatively inexpensive and I can't tell any difference between them and real OEM batteries (and in my experience a great many "OEM" batteries, aren't really...)
    02-21-2018 03:40 PM
  19. Bishop_99's Avatar
    I received my Note 4 on 10/13/14, T-Mobile version and it is still going strong. Last year I had to replace the couple of OEM batteries with an Anker battery because they both caused to the phone to shut off at 20% and 10%. After that, the phone hasn't had any issues.

    I honestly never noticed it slowing down after Lollipop or with the Marshmallow update, no burn in either. I enjoy having the option of having a removable battery too much and I can't see the worth of spending $1,000 on a new phone while my Note 4 is still going on. I still view this one as a greatly built phone and I actually like the design and more options of the Note 4 over the new design of most current smart phones.
    huntnyc likes this.
    02-21-2018 04:53 PM
  20. daehttub01's Avatar
    I have 2 stock GN4's still going strong after all these years. They just needed new batteries and the periodic factory resets to clean them up. I had 2 GN2's die on me though due to the dreaded Motherboard failures. Anker IMHO is the best vendor for batteries and accessories. I think everybody sources from the same cheap Chinese suppliers. The difference is that Anker has higher quality standards and will replace defective devices with a minimum of fuss. They are a wee bit more expensive than the no name brands out there but you get what you pay for. Over the years I have had a couple of dud Anker batteries but they immediately shipped out replacements. Another huge consideration is that I have never had an Anker battery swell up on me. I will never buy a no name battery again as swollen Lithium ion batteries are essentially little bombs... Since I always keep a stack of extra batteries with me it has never been a problem. I will really hate going to a newer nonreplaceable battery Galaxy Note X when I am finally forced to.
    02-22-2018 01:22 PM
  21. optimummind's Avatar
    I've had my pink N910C for almost 3 years now & it's still going strong. I've had one battery replacement so far (Anker one).

    I used stock ROM until about 2 months ago until I flashed the phone with the Lineage OS 14.1. It's not perfect (flaky SMS issues) but it's stable & good enough to be my daily driver ROM. The N910C, though, is not my primary phone - my 955U1 is.
    agaskew likes this.
    02-24-2018 10:25 PM
  22. qtrxist's Avatar
    Got mine Dec 2014. It was passed on family members 3x then came back to me. It was freshly reset yesterday. I'd say it never skipped on any app that I use which mostly are pretty basic.
    New battery Yontex, it is holding up pretty good. IR blaster, replaceable battery.. Wishing it will come back (highly doubtful).
    I wish for the IR blaster though (Note 9), water proof vs replaceable batt, meeeh, I charge batt every day, to be near water and getting it wet?
    But we can't get them all can we.
    huntnyc likes this.
    03-03-2018 06:06 PM
  23. flyingkytez's Avatar
    My Note 4 made it 2 years and 9 months. The August AT&T security update sent into a bootloop. AT&T wouldn't help restore it just wanted me to purchase a new phone. Instead I switched to Verizon.
    This was what I was trying to talk about.. how on Earth can an update bootloop a phone? Doesn't make sense.. most people get the EMMC error.
    04-22-2018 06:47 PM
  24. Kirstein Gourlay's Avatar
    This was what I was trying to talk about.. how on Earth can an update bootloop a phone? Doesn't make sense.. most people get the EMMC error.
    Ours went into bootloop as well after an update. Bought an OG Pixel XL to replace it
    04-22-2018 10:19 PM
  25. datum9's Avatar
    I had two Note 4s, the first one lasted about a year before it wouldn't hold a charge. It would charge and then it would drain in minutes. My Warranty company sent me another and in about a year it did the same thing. They didn't have a replacement for it so they refunded me the full amount I paid for the note 4. I used the refund money to buy a note 7, and we know what happened with that.

    Technically, your Note 4 did not die. The battery did. I have gotten two Note 4 and both times they battery was completely worthless. One got 2 hours and the other 4. The battery was undersized for this phone even when new. After 2 years, Li-ion batteries go dead.

    Upgrading the OEM battery in Note is standard operating procedure.

    The phones are old. The batteries are old. Even NIB. 4 year old batteries are so completely at the end of their lifespan.
    04-23-2018 10:30 AM
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