When Samsung rejuvinated the Galaxy Note series with Note 4 and Note 4 Edge last, the South Korean tech giant not only gave people two new devices but also made it difficult for them to choose over.
With so many similar hardware specs, design elements and software features between the two, it can be tough to understand which model is right for an individual.
The Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Edge are the same so you're going to get a 2.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor or Exynos 5433 octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM in both.
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Like the Galaxy S5, the two new Galaxy Note variants have a fingerprint scanner, IR blaster and heart rate monitor. They also have on-board 11ac Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth GPS, Bluetooth 4.1, MHL 3.0, a UV sensor and 4G LTE Cat 6.
Heading to the store, having narrowed it down to one of the two leading Note from Samsung, which one should you buy? We're going to break it down and help you choose between the Note 4 and Note Edge. Here's the comparison review for you.
Well, this is the only feature where both of them differ from each other. Basically, Note Edge has got a curved side on the right panel, where as Note 4 carries its looks from the predecessor.
Despite that additional feature, the Edge is actually thinner and lighter than the Note 4 - at 8.3 mm and 174 g against 8.5 mm and 176 g. At the same time, the Galaxy Note Edge is a little wider than its sibling but isn't as tall. Samsung has finally changed its strategy and is providing its users with leather finish back panels which gives a premium feel.
Another, big different between the two new Galaxy Note smartphones is the screen. While the Galaxy Note 4 has a traditional touchscreen, the Galaxy Note Edge's display curves round one side of the device. Samsung calls it the 'edge screen' and it has the ability to show different content to the main part of the display. It can show the user various different things from the time, to app icons, to notifications to buttons while using an app in landscape mode. Besides the Edge screen, the displays on the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge are almost the same. The Note 4 still has a 5.7in screen size and it's only marginally smaller on the Note Edge at 5.6in.
Both of these smartphones have a microSD card slot which can take up to 128GB cards but they are different when it comes to internal storage. The Galaxy Note 4 is only available in a 32GB edition but the Galaxy Note Edge adds a 64GB capacity. The Note 4 might be a 32GB phone but when a users has set up the device he/she will find only 29.3GB available as system usage, because Sasmungs UI and pre-installed apps do take 3GB which is a lot compared to Motorola's Moto X 2nd Gen.
Another small difference is two alternative battery sizes. The Galaxy Note 4 has a larger capacity at 3200 mAh while the Galaxy Note Edge has a 3000 mAh capacity. We can't help but feel with the Edge screen, as the Edge will offer a comparatively lesser battery life to Note 4. Samsung is still sticking on to its tradition of removable battery, as both devices have been built with removable batteries. After using the Galaxy Note 4 for a day, 20% of its juice was still left to work with. So we can say Samsung has improved its battery life and hence we look forward for such improvements in battery in other Samsung devices too.
Speaking on the processors, both devices have the same processing units but there were not so satisfying when it comes to performance. To start off with we can say while playing Asphalt 8: Airborne we could see a case of lagging in case of low battery but besides that every other app had a remarkable performance in speed and system.
Every app takes about 2 seconds top to open which clearly says that the Snapdragon 805 is clearly performing upto its marks. But once you have occupied 20GB of internal space of the device, you'll definately find some glitches an lags, when it comes to functionalities of the phone.
Each has a 16 MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation and the ability to record video in 4K quality. At the front for all those selfies and snapchats is a 3.7 MP camera which can record 1080p video. Other than the camera specs we also saw that the clarity of these pictures, they were mind blowing!!
Even after extensive Zoom, the pictures did not pixalete and we could witness crystal clear photography. So in the camera department too, we can say Samsung has shown a lot of improvemnets through its Note 4 and Note 4 Edge. The night shots also came out to be really nice.
Being Galaxy Note devices, both the Note 4 and Note Edge come with the Samsung S Pen stylus and the accompanying software such as Air Command. Once the S Pen has been pulled out the Air Command panel gets activated, giving its users a series of options. Along with the S Pen we can see the S health app which has been installed on both devices. Beside the flash on the back of both the devices, a sensor has been installed to monitor the heart rate of a user. If you wish to save money then it can tell you your blood pressure too.
Both of them come shipped with Android 4.4.4 KitKat and the TouchWiz interface. Of course, the Note 4 doesn't have any software or settings for the edge screen, though. Samsung promises to bring Android lollipop update soon for both devices on Q1 of 2015. Though the look is the same on the UI, Samsung has made some interior inchanges. If you look at settings preview you can see the changes as the company has made.
The Galaxy Note 4 is a premium high-end smartphone so it's no surprise to see it with a price tag of Rs. 54,624. With its unique display technology, you'll have to pay an extra Rs. 7,000 for the Galaxy Note Edge. Even though bothe these devices are high end phablets, we think Samsung has over priced them but that is because of the tough competition Samsung has been facing for sometime from tech giants like Apple, Motorola, Xiaomi, Huawei etc.
Both the smartphones from Samsung are available on all retail outlets and e-commerce websites like Flipkart, Amazon.in, ebay etc.
The Galaxy Note 4 offers more choice with black, white, gold and pink while the Galaxy Note Edge is only available in black or white.
On the whole, GizBot gives the Samsung Note Series 3.7/5. Everything seems to be remarkably stunning on the Note 4 and on Note 4 Edge, but Samsung needs to work on its lag issues. With due time we hope Samsung will take care of it but other than that its is a postive sign for the company by bringing change and innovation into its devices. Hopefully their sales shall increase and help the company get back in the competition.
So if you're a workoholic, go for Note 4 it will be the best device to compliment your busy schedules, and if you wish to work with style, Note Edge is for you.