The future looked so bright for the Samsung Galaxy Note series when the Note 4 was released in 2014. Not only was it not riddled with reliability issues, Samsung didn’t compromise on anything – it had all the features users wanted in a flagship, and a little more.
While the Galaxy Note 5 and Note 7 (bless its soul) are by no means disappointing releases, they were missing some really crucial features.
Most fans could live with not having the IR blaster functionality, but not having a removable battery is still considered a cardinal sin in their eyes.
Thankfully, that was the only feature missing on the Note 7. Those who opted for the Note 5 had to settle for the absence of expandable storage as well. But for the Note 4, none of these were problems – they were all there.
And if anyone is so inclined to nitpick, then they could argue that the Note 4 sported thicker bezels and a heftier build, which doesn’t feel as nice in the palm of one’s hand compared to its successors. Besides that, it doesn’t have the nifty curved edge display of the Note 7.
But what’s the point of a cute screen when you can’t remove and keep its temperamental battery separate to prevent it from blowing up? Because the Note 7 had 3,500mAh worth of fireworks soldered in place, it became incredibly difficult to curtail the safety risks it posed.
First And Last
Unfortunately, the fiasco has done nothing to convince Samsung that it needs to re-introduce a feature that would make everyone happy because that’s not how greed works. Just ask Google, or anyone who owns the Nexus 6.
Now the Nexus 6 is pretty much the polar opposite of the Galaxy Note 4. Besides being noticeably larger, it doesn’t sport a stylus or offer expandable storage; and of course, it doesn’t have a removable battery.
What makes it so special is purely its build and design. It never wants for fans, and it’s actually one of the most beloved Nexus phones, behind only the Nexus 5 and 6P. But rather than build on its remarkable 6.0-inch design, Google decided to concede to the latest trend at the time and downsize for the Nexus 6P.
As such, like its closest rival from Samsung, the Nexus 6 is the only one of its kind – first and last. At least fans of the Note 4 have cheaper options in the form of the Note 3 or Note 2.