Samsung Hasn’t Done Better Than Galaxy Note 4

Ever since the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was terminated last year, the Galaxy Note 4 had rise up to become the most preferred device for phablet fans. Also, the Galaxy Note 5 wasn’t so great, in terms of performance.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 may be more than two-years-old now, but it looks like the demand for the phablet hasn’t stopped. Could it be that the Note 4 is the best of all Samsung devices?

Well, usually when a smartphone is in the midst of development, there are many features that would receive the ax. This is often due to budget or time constraints. But, the Note 4 was different as this device practically did everything.

What’s Everything?

The Note 4 came with the quickest processor, for that time, a stunning QHD display as well as an excellent camera. The manufacturer’s decision to mate the quad-core Snapdragon 805 with GHz with 3GB RAM made the Note 4 one of the most potent devices around.

Aside that, it had wireless and quick-charging functionality. It also came equipped with the fingerprint scanner, which is the current hype, and a heart-rate monitor.

All these are typically features that you would see on a premium Android device. On top of that, it also came with the S Pen, which is the stylus that takes the Galaxy Note Series way higher than a regular tablet.

The Note 4 appeared to be the last major Samsung device to come with expandable storage as well as a removable battery unit, which are a favorite among fans.

Wait, There’s More!

As if that wasn’t enough to make it look like an amazing device, it appeared that the iPhone 6, which was launched about the same time as the Note 4, couldn’t compete with this Android device.

It’s pretty evident that Samsung had placed their best efforts into the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and as a result, here’s a device that has managed to win hearts even after these many years in the market. Ever since the Note 4, Samsung hasn’t managed to impress fans with its offerings.

93 thoughts on “Samsung Hasn’t Done Better Than Galaxy Note 4

  • You are completely correct. Note 4 also has the IR blaster making it a useful universal remote, not one tied only to wifi enabled smart tv’s.

    • That (IR) is one reason why my phone is a Note 4 edge.
      The other reasons are the stylus, removable battery, expandable storage and the smart case. ‘Love the QHD amoled screen. My gorilla glass is still scratch-free without any protector other than the smart case that replaces the back cover as well.s

      • I haven’t used a case that covers the screen and my glass is still scratch free. It’s definitely a great product.

    • So true! Microsd, Infrared TV, Ant+, Replaceable Battery, Note Pen for cut & paste text you cannot hard-press. High pixel count camera, QHD screen with big screen fast processor and 3GB all at a fraction of the cost.

      Note 7 was excellent, except for Samsung service for double recall and losing $$200+ non-refunded extras. Now people are griping on washer recall.

      One more reason to wait before buying the next brand new Samsung!

    • With note 4 my experience was terrible ..infact I came across few more people with same issue ..the motherboard is dead after a year and the company refuses to take responsibility and instead charge us as good as getting a new phone …Samsung is a total failure very disappoinťed

      • Same here! 13 months old and mt phone crashed and I was told thry had no idea what was wrong with it. I had to pay off the $400 balance AND buy another $800 phone…I went with LG V20!

        • My Note 4 s great until I put Marshmallow on it then it ran hot & the battery drained rapidly. I now have a V20 also. I love it, hope it doesn’t have QC issues..

  • Still using my Note 4. Won’t purchase another Samsung device as long as they keep drinking the Steve Jobs kool-aid for non-user-replaceable batteries.

    • Yes… I am taking exactly the same position. Samsung has shown that it doesn’t have any vision beyond technical smarts…. it’s choice to deliberately ape the iPhone cosmetically is glaring.

      Your reap what you sow…. you misread your users, you lose them.

  • I couldn’t agree more. In addition to the features you mentioned it also has an IR blaster which I use daily. The OS update to Android 6.0.1 brought the latest Air Command along with many other features. It has great battery life which I recently made even better by purchasing a new battery. I use the older original battery as a spare and usually go a couple of days without having to use the charger!
    There’s no doubt in my mind that this is the best smartphone that Samsung has made to date. When you consider all of it’s features, I think it’s still one of the best smartphones on the market today regardless of manufacturer. And if Samsung follows Apple and removes the audio jack, it will only add insult to injury. I may be sticking with this phone for some time to come.

    • Where did you buy a new battery? How much? And what problems did it solve? My note 4 keeps shutting down and getting locked in a cycle of rebooting itself, don’t want to buy a new phone 🙁

      • I got one from Amazon for 14.00. It increased my daily use by a couple hours. It is a MPJ 3220ma.

        • You need a new Battery 🔋, just Google note 4 Battery, price varying from place to place, I paid 23, problem solved,

      • Call your provider and tell them to send you same phone but refurbished. I had same issue…I refuse to upgrade. Because my phone is payed off.

        • Same here. Luckily I had insurance… had to pay deductible. The problem started after I left it in the sun and baked something inside… my fault I think. I think these phones are quite fragile in that regard.

        • I replaced with a Samsung battery, I wanted to get it from an official source and now my Note 4 is back to itself. So glad there’s no more of that rebooting going on.

      • Amazon, I’ve got. ~7800mAh and 10,000mAh batteries off there and love them. Great support too, have a little issue, contact the seller and they almost always send you a brand new unit. I got 4 Anker regular replacement batteries and 2 chargers due to a tiny issue, so double. Powerbear has sent me 4 of 5 batteries. and I forget the manufacturer of the 10Ah battery but they sent me a 2nd one due to a little NFC issue. I told them the problem and they fixed it with brand new units. The extended 7800mAh battery is basically 2 in 1 and the 10,000 is 3 in 1. Get crazy battery life with updated roms along with apps and features from s7 edge, note7 and more like google pixel.

        Makes the phone thicker but I’m not a phone glam queen so I don’t care. Actually prefer the extra weight, feels better in my hand and the ability to change in days after a ton of use is so worth it. Won’t buy a phone without the ability to extend both battery and storage as those two things are always so limiting. Who can deal with a 32gb phone ifnthry have google music and a 64gb isntoo small as your collection grows or you have Spotify as well. If you take a ton of photos and videos no external storage is just stupid if you record at 4k

      • I replaced my battery w/a Anker model # AK-A6090031 for $17.00 from Amazon. GREAT replacement. Don’t waste your time with a Samsung battery…9 out of 10 times it’s a knockoff for more $$$ Anker makes great Batts with great warranty and customer service. Note 4 is brand new again!

      • Yes most certainly that is he issue had it wit a friends we were thinking it can’t be battery how can a battery cause boot loops. If u put the charger on and then try turn phone on it will most probably turn on u can try that to see. Where abouts are u amazon have got a notr 4 battery by Anker on for a very good price around 8 quid with prime or 11 without it if u in UK don’t buy the fake batteries off ebay sold as genuine but if you do then just get the cheapest almost 95percent are all the fake and same vs original they last around half the usage.

      • Batteries can be purchased from
        Battery buyer.com. They can supply batteries for any cellphone out there.

      • U can buy aftermarket batteries from walmart.com and radioshack. I bought mine from Walmart and it should be here today or tomorrow. It cost a little over $20….like $24.

      • I had the same problem like you, but I sorted by cleaning the cache buy going into storage then touch internal storage, waited a few seconds the scroll down to cached data to it, then delete, this will clear data for all apps, mine not reboot since last April…

      • I got my replacement battery (a Duracell) from Batteries Plus Bulbs. It was about $45 I think. Phone is working like new now, before it was starting to operate a little funny. A little expensive, but definitely worth it!

      • I just went thru the same thing…buy a new battery. Make sure it is a OEM /Genuine Samsung battery and NOT a generic version. I paid around 10 or 12 bucks on ebay.

      • Might I suggest a custom ROM? Aside from that, Best Buy is where I purchased my spare battery for a little over $40. It includes a “charger” that safely houses the battery and takes a micro USB to supply charging power. It also features an LED that will change from red to green once your battery is sufficiently charged. Quite a nice accessory that I would suggest searching for in Best Buy’s “Closeout” section on their website where I’m sure it can be found for a song. Highly recommended purchase, good luck!

      • New battery won’t help. I tried it. Mine did the same thing and ATT put on their machine and said they had no idea what was wrong or what the codes that came up were. It was only 13 mos old and I had to pay off contract of $400 AND buy a new phone! I went with LG V20!

  • I can agree.
    I would have got the note 5 / 7.. but the lack of sd card in the note 5 or ir port on both was a show stopper.
    The note 4 had it all…
    My note 4 is still running smoothly…
    Android 6.0.1 rooted with xposed and busybox and all the bells and whistles…
    I don’t expect we’ll see android 7 nugat on the note 4 …
    Now if only apple could make a phablet with a pen inside… 😉

  • I still have my trusty Note 4 and the camera and screen are both amazing. The Note 5 and Note 7 were incremental updates but the Note 4 was the best phone purchase I have ever made

  • Yes! That is why I keep buying them. Almost a dozen for family and friends.
    1 replaceable battery
    2 beautiful flat screen
    3 removable storage, added 128gig to mine
    4 beautiful 16mp camera OIS
    5 heart sensors and Spen
    Just make a modern version of this phone, unlocked for all and dual SIM.

  • We have both the note 3 and the note 4 and love them! I’ve had my note 3 for 3 yrs and my other note 3 finally died so we went to note 4. Wouldn’t change he a thing!

  • I Love my mote 4, I’ve had it for 2 years. However the performance has declined in the last two months and it reboots constantly if the battery goes below 40%. I’m retiring my note 4 for the LGV20, seems to be the only good phone available right now.

    • I’ve had the exact same issue! Vodafone says it’s a software issue and all the new recent updates have been trying to fix this but it’s not working very well :(.

    • Just buy a new battery. I was having the same problems. The new battery solved everything. Like new now.

    • Mine did the same thing. It would die at 40% then go into a loop restarting over and over again. I thought it was done and so I got an S7 Edge. Someone asked if I replaced the battery first. Well what do you know…. Replacing the battery solved it. Returned the S7 Edge immediately.

      • Hi
        I have exactly same issue of shutting down at40℅ and restarting..I tried Samsung battery .It did the same thing.samsung tech says to change the motherboard. Somany of you say the battery is the issue..Is it fixed once for all.

    • AT&T pushed out done bad updates and mine did the reboot thing. What I have done to fix most of this.
      1. Clear cache
      2. Keep system updating, some fixing has been done
      3. Carefully remove apps I am no longer using. Or remove, clear cache and reinstall
      4. Move all apps and app data to removable storage, have the system more free space
      5 twice in 5 years I have had a phone acting weird and replaced the battery, it is amazing what a flaky batter will do to phone behavior. Do the others first.
      Good luck. If the note 7 had a removable battery they could at least send a smaller one to have user replace

      • Make sure the battery you replace is of the same serial number for optimal battery and phone performance and longevity.

    • A new battery will fix that problem.
      I bought a battery and external battery charger from Samsung, directly. With the new battery, it runs all the way down to 5%.

  • I too love my Note 4. Have been using it for two years.Recently though, it has started to heat up occasionally,;even when I am not charging it. Also, while on roaming mode, it failed to detect the tower, when the same sim card worked fine with a much lower version Samsung phone, which carry for emergencies.

  • Its true, i had a note 3, then 4, then 7. Had to return my 7. There wasn’t anything to replace it with from any brand that could compete. The note 5 was a joke to a true note fan. I decided to get s7 and wait for the note 8. Miss my note 7 features every day. It was like living in the future for a few weeks. 🙁

    • Since opening up our internet marketing business, I’m able to hold several conference calls, and take a quick note or two, but since downloading the App Zoom now I can have two-way conference calls with my Note 4.

  • I replaced the battery…I had the S7 edge…sold it on Amazon and kept the N4.
    By far the best ever. Just like everyone else

  • I am a big fan of the note 4 . I even enjoy a lot the gear vr.
    Powerful device
    Flat 4k display
    Replaceble battery
    Expandable memory
    This is what i would like to see on the note 8 . Basicaly just the same recepie samsung used on the note 4 . Then i will upgrade my note 4

  • Al above comments are what I’ve been saying to friends for the last year I’ve had my note 4
    A friend actually queried me buying a phone that’s already been out for a year

    There’s NOTHING out there that compares to it so why change
    Best phone by far

  • It’s really good to hear that my tech frugality has paid off. I didn’t even know how many features were dropped with the 5/7, I’d just practice a model upgrade skip tactic. Had really high hopes for the 7, very disappointing to see it fail. Samsung, I hope, has learned a valuable lesson.

  • If your note 4 keeps boot looping / turning off etc, it could be the main board. I am a Samsung engineer and also own a note 4 which had this problem. I swapped the battery, reflashed the firmware and it turned out that due to my extensive use of the phone, the processor was overheating. I would assume that the heat sync tape had failed or that the processor flux may have cracked similar to a rrod issue on the Xbox 360. If it’s still it warranty, just go to your local Samsung repair centre and get it fixed or look for your national Samsung helpline. Here in the UK, we collect your device from your house, inspect, repair and send you it back.
    Battery warranty is only 1 year, the device gets 2.

  • I own a note 4 and haven’t given it up for all the reasons mentioned here. The later models don’t do anything the 4 couldn’t. Besides, a new model every year is too much capitalism…

  • On my second Note 4. A refurbished off Amazon. Cracked the screen on my first one, was close to upgrade time, but there isn’t anything out there I like, so I searched for an as close to new or new Note 4. I’ll run it til Samsung offers something to replace the note series or someone else in the Android world brings something better to the table.

  • I stood outside before the store open so I could be the 1st in town with my SGN4E when they were released. Also was 1st to get a Note7, which I loved. But back to my SGN4E as it beats any other phone still at the store, plus all the stuff it does. I’m on the road a lot, battery is important but so is playing games and watching videos. This phone gives best of both worlds and along with Samsung Game Mode you can set apps for lower or higher performance. Saw how much price went up on Note 4 Edge after the N7 disaster, amazing how many people want a 2 yr old phone.

  • I still have my NOTE 4 and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Unless Samsung can give me the same type of features plus some on a better phone. I will stay with this phone until it’s no longer being good to me. Until then, I will keep hugging my Note 4. 🙂

  • Best phone/ tablet s/pen internet maps camera replace able battery memory card
    +more a happy customer did like the look of note 7 shame ? Exploding battery

    • I saw that, too. Worried for a second that I might have missed something. I seem to remember seeing an aftermarket item made by Qi that would facilitate wireless charging but never heard of it coming in a stock Note 4. It appears the author may have taken a liberty by including that feature in his article.

  • I would have to agree. Even though I own an S5, it’s basically a baby note 4. The biggest issue I’ve had with it was needing to change the battery which was around $10. That’s why when I upgrade its going to be to the Note 4. Removable back, SD card expansion, OIS camera, 3gb of ram, 32gb of internal storage, long lasting battery and not to mention if your a fanatic about android and love root and roms, there’s tons out there.

  • I nearly got rid of my Note 4 twice – once for a Google Pixel XL, and the second time (more recently) for a discounted Moto X Force.

    THANKFULLY – I came to my senses and cancelled the order both times. The Note 4 is such a rewarding phone to own and use. The biggest problem is putting it down to get some work done during the daytime! ☺

  • I purchased a Note 4 late 2015. I loved it from the start. Metal frame, SD card slot, IR blaster, and removable battery. Bought a new battery and the portable charger from ebay. Seems to be authentic Samsung,get about 1.5 days usage. I did have the funky freezing & rebooting, figured it was due for the Android 5.0-6.0 update and works GREAT now. My next phone will have to have some of the same Note 4 features: removable battery, SD card and a really good camera. I hope Samsung is listening, because LG hears the demand loud and clear.

  • I went through four note 4’s due to speaker issues. I could hear others but they could not hear me. The note 5 with its horrible memory was a real letdown and of course the 7 was a disgrace. Holding out that maybe the 8 will be the winner. I do agree the 4 to me is the best of them all but the expensive speaker issue is not acceptable on phones that were well maintained.Samsung needs to do better.

  • The only problem with the Note4 is that with the wireless (Qi) charging back, it no longer fits into my Otterbox case.

  • Agree 1000%!
    I got my Note 4 awhile back and it’s still the best phone I’ve ever owned. Perfect sized screen, I love the S pen and there is so much more. Expandable memory, removable battery are just a few things that newer phones gladly cut out for some reason or another.

  • I love my Note 4 also. I purchased a double Anker battery pack with a wall charger from Amazon, and it works great. It freezes maybe once a month, but comes back to life after a few minutes. I upgraded to the Note 7, and started back using my Note 4 after the recall. I prefer a removable battery. I hope it comes back in the Note 8. We will see.

  • I’ve bought a used Note 4 last year for 200 pounds and I’ve sold it a few days ago for 240 pounds. That’s the best deal I’ve ever done with mobiles.

    • I’ll let you in on a little secret if you can keep it between us; my Note 4 thoroughly, totally and completely supports all kinds of 4G (LTE)

  • Have a note 4 and love it. If Samsung wants to compete again, make a note with removable battery and SD slot. They can still make another version without, but the aforementioned would dominate sales. All of my family moved to apple when they took away the above.

  • The note 5 lacked IR & SD but was a better phone. Note4 is 32bit trying to be 64.I had 4.5&7 & if you get a SD drive its better than having to pull the battery & cover to get to SD slot & acheap gear 2 off eBay gives you ip67 & the IR that everyone misses so badly. The exy in the n5 works smoother & faster plus I found it to be better on battery than the 4 even though its smaller as its more efficient. 2 little additions that make a note 5 as good as a note 7 almost & neither are too pricey things to add. Wireless fast charge is a great feature too. Note 4 was good & note 5 did lose a few things but it was still a better phone than the n4. Maybe a Korean 64bit note 4 LTE s with the exy inside would be better but not your average note 4 that.& almost impossible to find. The 5 had pros&cons. The pros outweighed the negatives in my usage.

  • I have been looking for an upgrade as my Note 4 is two years old but I can’t find anything better. I am keeping it as long as possible. As for the rebooting, the others are right. Change the battery.

  • My N910U is the King. Going to buy Snapdragon version too, I would be proud to have 2 Note4 (I bought note4 edge,and then sold it immediately, I hate edge)

  • Amen and same here on all counts. Note 4 is the most superior device ever made. Mine also recently began rebooting. I have 3 batteries and an external charger I got on eBay for $5. I haven’t had to charge my note 4 in over a year, however the rebooting may mean it’s time to let go of it.

  • 100% correct, about to buy another for a backup as I need the s pen and hate not having non removable battery.

  • Make sure the battery you replace is of the same serial number for optimal battery and phone performance and longevity. I bought a replacement battery (different serial #) charged only to 72% and powers off at 32%.

    • I know that when I installed my custom ROM, I had to let the phone “calibrate” to the amount of charge left in my battery at the time. Can you see where I’m going with this? A quick Google search will likely return a step by step that will have you at 100% in no time. XDA.com is also an invaluable resource for all things Android and its where I personally would begin my search.

  • I like my Samsung Note 4 but the company sure is not living up to its rebate promises about the phone March and it’s been over nine months now and I still haven’t received my rebate even even after I’ve called them five or six times I just get the same old runaround

  • The Note 4 is my favorite phone ever! As noted by othets, I too enjoy the ability to utilize an sd card, the sPen, replaceable battery, the camera, and the great screen display! I’m the only non-apple user in my family for these reasons. I hope Samsung gets back on track and listens to its loyal customers.

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