The phablet may come from the same generation of flagships as the Google Nexus 6, but unlike its larger rival the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is unable to receive Android 7.0 Nougat. Since it started out with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, its ceiling is Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
But anyone who puts in a little effort to do some extra homework would find that that’s not the end of the line. Nougat and future software updates from the Android ecosystem await Galaxy Note 4 users via custom unofficial ROMs.
And a lot of these ROMs allow the device to enjoy the special Screen-Off Memo that’s exclusive to Galaxy Note devices when they move up to Nougat. Nevertheless, if you’re unfamiliar with manually flashing custom ROMs, it’s not that hard to get into.
If you don’t have the device and are considering one as a backup or as your next budget daily driver, you cannot go wrong with the Galaxy Note 4, unless you’re not comfortable with its 5.7-inch size which could feel too large and intrusive to many.
But it’s that kind of size that would make most use of a stylus. Plus forking out $200 for a phone of its caliber seems like a massive bargain, if you’re willing to settle for a refurbished model. Look around on Amazon and there are a number of such deals available.
Essentially, the Galaxy Note 4 runs on the Snapdragon 805 and is juiced up by 3,220mAh worth of battery which is apparently able to last it longer on a single charge compared to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, at least based on battery tests from Phone Arena.