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4 Ways the Note 4 Let Us Down

Just becauses it's good, doesn’t mean it can’t be made better

Michael Cruickshank
4 Ways the Note 4 Let Us Down© 2017 Samsung

The hotly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was released to much fanfare yesterday at the company’s IFA Unpacked Episode 2 press event. While it is by all accounts a very well built phone, with such a high profile release, our expectations for the device often exceed what is possible. Check out our list below of 4 ways in which we were let down by Samsung’s new Note 4:

1. Curved screen is not standard

Before the release of the Galaxy Note 4 yesterday, many expected that the new phone would feature a unique curved, edgeless display. It turns out that they were only partially correct. Rather than integrating this feature into the Note 4, Samsung instead chose to build a separate Note model, the Note Edge, with this kind of unique screen. This is a let down for many, as this unique model will only be available in limited release, and is expected to be significantly more expensive.

Image: © 2014 Samsung

2. Lower than expected camera MP count

With photography becoming more and more one of the most important functions of a smartphone, many believed Samsung was going to increase the megapixel count on its Galaxy Note 4 to a large 20MP sensor. This would follow moves by competitors such as Nokia and LG who have both included cameras which can take very high resolution photos. Sadly, while the Note’s camera was improved, it was only increased a mere 3 MP from 13MP to 16MP.

Image: © 2014 Samsung

3. Negligible battery increase

Consistently consumer polls and market research has proven that battery life is the number one feature which customers look for in new phones. With this in mind, it seems strange that Samsung would chose to only increase its Galaxy Note battery size from 3200mAh to 3220mAh. While Samsung claims to have made improvements to the overall efficiency of their device, it is nonetheless true that new hardware, and an improved screen, will still draw more power than previous iterations of the device.

Image: © 2014 Flickr - Paul Hudson

4. Not waterproof

Given that the trend in the smartphone industry is towards increasing waterproofing and IP (ingress protection) ratings, it was no surprise that the Galaxy S5, released earlier this year was made to be waterproof. What is surprising, and a little disappointing, is that the company’s new Note 4 did not follow this trend. With competitors such as the Xperia Z2 forging ahead with full waterproofing, this could turn out to be an unwise omission by Samsung, which may end up hurting sales.

Image: © 2014 Sony

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