JOHANNESBURG: SAMSUNG launched its Galaxy Note 4, arguably the most anticipated “phablet” of 2014, to global acclaim towards the end of the past year.
In South Africa, the smartphone, was launched amid pomp and fanfare at a glittering event held at the Cape Town International Airport. Celebrities, industry experts, media and Samsung leadership from the entire continent attended the glitzy occasion.
When a call came through, while I was in my humble Johannesburg surroundings far from the Mother City glitz, that I had been selected among the media professionals to “test-drive” the gadget, I immediately jumped at the opportunity.
It was, after all the most anticipated phablet of the year. In addition, I had reviewed its predecessor, the Note 3, a year earlier.
After weeks previewing the Note 4, I came to the confident conclusion the gadget was worth the anticipation, glitz, pomp and fanfare that heralded its introduction that serene Cape Town evening.
The Galaxy Note, which weighs 176grammes, measures 153,5 x 78,6 x 8,5 mm, making it slightly thicker than the Note 3. It boasts a thin and sleek metal band on the edges while the corners are curved stylishly. A textured faux leather back gives the smartphone and executive look and comfortable feel.
The micro-SIM device also comes with a 5.7 inch Super AMOLED displays screen which supports quad High Definition resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels.
The 16 Megapixel primary camera, as well as a 3,7 MP secondary one, which is handy for group selfies, produce amazing photos.
Ironically, both this and the Note 3 review coincided with popular Soweto Derby featuring the two biggest football sides in the country-Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. The photos, big on clarity, are proof of the amazing atmosphere abound the FNB Stadium that December afternoon.
The Note 4’s stylus, or S-Pen, is advanced from its predecessors, with a new software feature called the Smart Select which allows the user to copy some parts of any website and store it online to view or read later. While the phone works perfectly without the S-Pen, one has to point out that the stylus can be quite addictive.
The Note 4 runs the latest Android operating system, 4.4.4, popularly known at KitKat, then the most advanced version of the system. Makes surfing the internet, among other tasks an enviable experience. It comes pre-loaded with popular social networking applications such as Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook.
The gadget takes a microSD of up to 128 GB while internal memory is a huge 32 GB. It has 3 GB RAM, all handy for storing tons of files or processing.
There is no denying the advent of smartphones and subsequent applications has seen battery life a key factor in a consumer’s choice of a phone. The Note 4 is powered Li-Ion 3220 mAh battery enabling talk time of up to 20 hours (3G) and music play of 82 hours. It takes about 100 minutes to fully charge the Note 4, 40 minutes faster than the Note 3.
Except the lack of enhanced resistance to liquids and dust, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is worth the rave reviews and the spectacle and trumpet blast that heralded its launch into the market. Now for the rumoured Note.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY