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GSOgymrat

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I had Android phones prior to 2010 when I switched to Windows Phone. I broke my Lumia 1520, which I loved, and decided because of lack of apps it was time to either switch back to Android or try iPhone for the first time. I got the iPhone 6 Plus, even though I've never been an Apple fan, because The Verge, Cnet, and other reviewers said the iPhone 6 is the best, all my iPhone owning friends assured me that I'll just love it, "you can't go wrong with Apple," etc . I have been living with the iPhone 6 Plus for a month trying to learn to love it but, for a variety of reasons, I don't even really like it. So I have been researching and going back and forth between Nexus 6 and Note 4 and decided Note 4 would be the better choice. Then I watched the video below. At 14:30 the phone starts really lagging and he comments "this happens all the time, not every day, but all the time." That is exactly the type of phone experience I don't want. The iPhone 6 Plus, despite its many shortcomings, has never in the past month lagged or had a single app crash. My question is this: do you experience this type of lag or any other glitches? In the comments section of the video some say the guy's phone must be broken and that is why I am appealing to other Note 4 users-- is this lag typical or the exception? I'm not trying to troll, I just have a very low tolerance for glitches like in the video. Other people may not be bothered by the occasional lag or glitch and may feel the many features of the Note 4, which I consider the most advanced phone on the planet, are worth a little hiccup here and there. I don't want to drop $800 on the Note 4, sell my iPhone, experience this kind of lag, return the Note 4 and have to buy a Nexus 6 or go back to Windows Phone.

(You have to click on the "YouTube" button to watch the video. Go to 14:30.)

http://youtu.be/qdYuj2NSZZ0?t=14m30s
 

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The real question is, do you want all the extra features that the Note has over the Nexus? The Nexus is bone stock Android. You won't get an S Pen, you won't get multi-window, pop up windows, Samsung's superior camera, etc. If you don't care about or want any of the extra features, then the Nexus might be the way to go. If you want the extra computer-like features of the Note 4, you're going to get a little more lag than you would on stock Android. The phone is processing a lot more. It's not terrible lag, but every once in a while you might get a millisecond hiccup while swiping or opening an app. It all comes down to what you want your phone to do.
 

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Well I'm fortunate to have both the SM-910f (Snapdragon) & SM-910c (Exynos).

Both are so so fast and I'm yet to have any hiccups, prior to root the recents menu had a noticeable delay but now its instant. Tbh even with the slight delay if that were to bother you then just stick with the 6 plus.

But I'm having a great note experience & not one here can guarantee that you won't receive a duff unit. But the majority of users are extremely happy.

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Well every person's experience will vary on any device. The majority of people on this forum are happy with their note4 and most of them will probably say they do not experience this kid of lag. I personally have not experienced any lag and I do multitask as well but maybe not to the extent of Flossy Carter in the video. The situation in the video is not something that happens all the time. I am enjoying mine a lot and have no issues with it, even with Touchwiz on this one. Actually TW on this device is pretty smooth compared to other Samsung devices.
 

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i agree with duncan1982, mine is solid but im also of the opinion if you have to ask, its probably not for you. good luck
 

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Every device pushing the upper limits of its performance ceiling is going to have hiccups...even the iPhone, especially the 6+. 2k is going to show that in the snapdragon 805 in either the Nexus 6, Note 4 or Droid Turbo....2k is an insane resolution and these Chips can handle it 90% of the time. I said all that so I can say this:

Spend less time looking for a perfect device, and come go terms that any device you choose will perform admirably 95% of the time (at the high end anyway), and then focus on the features and experience you really want out if a phone. Consider not only the OS, but apps you('ve wanted to try if you're coming from the windows platform), size and feel of the device itself (which likely warrants a trip to best buy), and then the things that you can't just do without on a phone.. The answer for you will be clear in no time if you focus in what you really want and need rather than chasing some holy grail of performance.

Me? I use my phone 99% of the time for work. I don't have loads of time to dedicate to themes and customization (mostly because I don't believe in "tricking out your phone" to be anything other than a clever marketing ploy). I need to be able to get to email, and I have some specific requirements around HTML tags in my email. I use my phone (and tablet) to take notes, and I don't want to worry about plugging my phone in all day long...so the answer for me was simple...Note 4.

Nexus offers a more vanilla Android experience, but its pretty plain Jane in terms of features (the two big Ines being SD card support and removable battery), its certainly built for the enthusiast....so if you live to tear through forums, flash Roms and kernals, go for absolute "phone for you," via waging an unholy crusade into the depths of phone customization...the Nexus 6 is for you.

iPhone just is what it is, and it won't and can't be anything else. If that's what you want out of a phone and nothing else matters except a steady state, very smooth if not pretty basic experience. You just can't go wrong with an iPhone.

Things to consider, decisions to make...remember...its your phone...don't buy something for someone else for their reasons, but your phone for you!

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Posted by my Note 4, or Nexus 9...****, maybe by a Note 2014 ed. or hell...maybe it was this Nexus 4 or 5...oh, snap...there's Nexus 7. okay, I need to clean...
 

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Seriously, mine has never lagged like I have heard stories of...I have gone back and forth between iPhone and Galaxy line ... always, always, came back to the galaxy line. Never could even like the iPhone. That being said, I got the Note for VERY specific reasons...the S-Pen, which I use ALL the time, multiple windows, great video playback and streaming, great battery life, lots of customization options, amazing camera, removable battery...should I stop there because I can keep going! It's really based on your needs/wants, not what reviews or even forum posts you read. Compare the two, list out the pros and cons of each and base your decision on that! Good luck
 

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The real question is, do you want all the extra features that the Note has over the Nexus? The Nexus is bone stock Android. You won't get an S Pen, you won't get multi-window, pop up windows, Samsung's superior camera, etc. If you don't care about or want any of the extra features, then the Nexus might be the way to go. If you want the extra computer-like features of the Note 4, you're going to get a little more lag than you would on stock Android. The phone is processing a lot more. It's not terrible lag, but every once in a while you might get a millisecond hiccup while swiping or opening an app. It all comes down to what you want your phone to do.

The things I like most about the Note 4 are the AMOLED display, camera, audio jack sound quality, expandable memory, IR blaster, fingerprint scanner, wireless charging and form factor (I Iike the textured back). I don't think I would use the S pen or multiple windows very often. I'm not looking for the promise of a perfect phone and I can tolerate a little lag here and there but the "all the time" comment sets off red flags. I also realize I'm being overly cautious because I already made a bad phone decision and don't want to make another one.
 

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The things I like most about the Note 4 are the AMOLED display, camera, audio jack sound quality, expandable memory, IR blaster, fingerprint scanner, wireless charging and form factor (I Iike the textured back). I don't think I would use the S pen or multiple windows very often. I'm not looking for the promise of a perfect phone and I can tolerate a little lag here and there but the "all the time" comment sets off red flags. I also realize I'm being overly cautious because I already made a bad phone decision and don't want to make another one.

Do you not get a 14 trial period? If so use that to see how it fits.

This is about all anyone can provide is their experience & yours may be different because of various factors/details that perhaps you haven't disclosed.

Its you call, some really insightful replies and i like all that have commented thus far.

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I watched the video at 14:30. I've never experienced anything close to that. I don't think I've ever experienced anything that I consider to be lag. I don't use multi-window, though.
 

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I have experienced some lag here and there. Just a heads up for future reference, The Verge will always say Apple has the best smartphone no matter what else is out there.
I'd take occasional lag on a Note 4 all day long over an iPhone but that's just me.
 

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This is a very good thread. I'm looking at the Note 4 or the Nexus 6 here soon. My biggest issue? The dang security measures on the phone that prevent me from really feeling how ergonomic it is in the hand. The good news is I held both the Note 4 and the iPhone 6+, and the size didn't bother me one bit.

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I've not experienced any lag so far. What you also have to know is that there's no real multitasking with the nexus 6 and it lacks some of the other note features which might make it snappier than the note . But believe me the speed gain of a nexus to the note 4 is really minimal compared to the features gain.
Depending on your need, some of these features may be gimmicky but there's always something for everybody.

Am satisfied with this phone.

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The things I like most about the Note 4 are the AMOLED display, camera, audio jack sound quality, expandable memory, IR blaster, fingerprint scanner, wireless charging and form factor (I Iike the textured back). I don't think I would use the S pen or multiple windows very often. I'm not looking for the promise of a perfect phone and I can tolerate a little lag here and there but the "all the time" comment sets off red flags. I also realize I'm being overly cautious because I already made a bad phone decision and don't want to make another one.
I wouldn't worry about lag, honestly. It's basically non existent to 99% of users. Based on this post, I would recommend the Note 4.
 

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I recently shifted from ios to android for note 4 mulit tasking cabalities. It lacks little here and there, its sololy due to the touch wiz ... the phone itself is a beast...... it can just outdo what ever you throw on it... it is a true phablet.... the multitasking features it has got are with no other phablet. I really appreaciate the efforts of samsung for that.... Now if u say there is no lag in iphone 6 + then i say u havent used it for sure... most of the apps are not optimised for ip6+, and just try to open whatsapp and scrowl down, and try to use swiftkey keyboard... you will see the lag.... it all depends how optimized the apps for the device rather than device itself....
Thanks

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Oh my! That videos crazy! It took 3-4 seconds to open apps in dual window. Lol! I have never had that happen. I open the bank, calculator and or calendar all the time...at least daily and I'm here to tell you that is a crock! And I run GPS and Bluetooth and God knows What else 24/7. I never turned off the bloatwear So my ram is over 1.7 - 2.4 constantly. I actually worry about this.

When I was up for new contract with ATT I scoured the internet to see which one of the goodies I wanted. Some said LG G3, or Moto X, iPhone 6/+ and Yes Note 4. I can tell you there are websites that definitely favor one over the other. You shouldn't trust any of us.

What I did. My daughters got the LG G3...I picked it up and played with it.
. Nice My son-n-law has the Moto X. I played with it and asked him What he thought...meh... it's Nice but...OK. I have friends with the 6 and 6 +. For some reason their screens are So dim. I asked. Battery is horrible if you leave screen on full. OK...Cool. Went to ATT store and looked at the Note. The screen is insane! It looked So much better then all the rest. Mind you...I held them all except for the Nexus...it hadn't released yet. I pulled out the pen and Fletch...the manager... help me do a few things like screen write and smart select. I fell in Love.

I found my phone, but I still wanted to see reviews. I went online to ATT, T-Mobile, Verizon and I think sprint and looked at all the reviews. The biggest thing I found in the hundred of reviews I looked at was the solid, beautiful build. I already knew the screen was great, but the solid beautiful build stuck in my mind. IPhones 6+ were bending and the big knock on Note 3 was poor build quality.. So that was a big upgrade.

You know, I got my Note 4 based off my research...the worst you can do is look at the phones your friends have. I Feel great about my purchase and I know you will too...No matter What you decide.

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Now if u say there is no lag in iphone 6 + then i say u havent used it for sure... most of the apps are not optimised for ip6+, and just try to open whatsapp and scrowl down, and try to use swiftkey keyboard... you will see the lag.... it all depends how optimized the apps for the device rather than device itself....

Honestly I haven't noticed any significant lag, certainly nothing like in the video. I gave up on the swipe keyboard because it doesn't work properly in certain apps. The iPhone keyboard is really basic and I'm kind of surprised it has not been improved, particularly given the 6 Plus screen size.

What I did. My daughters got the LG G3...I picked it up and played with it.
. Nice My son-n-law has the Moto X. I played with it and asked him What he thought...meh... it's Nice but...OK. I have friends with the 6 and 6 +. For some reason their screens are So dim. I asked. Battery is horrible if you leave screen on full. OK...Cool. Went to ATT store and looked at the Note. The screen is insane! It looked So much better then all the rest. Mind you...I held them all except for the Nexus...it hadn't released yet. I pulled out the pen and Fletch...the manager... help me do a few things like screen write and smart select. I fell in Love.

I was initially interested in the LG G3 until I saw it in the store next to the Note 4. The Note 4 screen is really impressive.
 

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I get lag on my new laptop! Sometimes I will have lag on my Note 4 but nothing I can see as a serious problem. I am not an apple fan. I prefer Samsung and Android. You need to choose what suits your needs. Nothing is perfect but the Note series gives so many features and benefits.... Leaves the others behind in the dust.

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I have used both iPhone 6 + and currently on Note 4, iPhone 6+ is slow compared to Note 4, Apple is clever with their animation so you don't notice much lag .

Note 4 out of the box will lag here and there but once you disable S voice, bloatware apps, this thing fly, i am heavy user and yet to see the lag like i had on my S5 .
Go for Note 4, you won't be disappointed, Touchwiz is much optimized now on N4 but you can always install Nova .
 

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The Note 4...like the majority of Samsung smartphones will, occasionally , have stutters and small pauses even though the Note 4 is fast. It's a fact. However, it was not a problem for myself as I've been a heavy android user since around 2009 and was used to it. I experience it usually scrolling within specific apps. (the bloatware of Samsung and my carrier (ATT) is beyond ridiculous.

My Note 4 recently got a small scratch on the screen, which made me mad, so I've recently switched to the iPhone 6+ and am really enjoying it (super smooth coming from Samsung phones) and thus far seems to fit in well with how I use my devices. Interoperability w/my iMac's and wife's iPhone is obviously great)

Sidenote: regarding your looking at the LG G3..I used that phone for 3+ month VERY heavily before the Note4 and the physical size w/5.5 of the LG G3 is awesome. However, I found the Note4 to have a much better display for myself and I'd recommend the Note 4 if you are moving to a large screen android.
 

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