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The Galaxy Note 4 is the best large phone on the market. It's a device you'll be proud to whip out in public, thanks to its elegant design, robust build, beautiful screen, impressive battery life and solid camera. It also excels from a productivity standpoint, offering seamless multitasking and stylus functionality that's as smooth as I've ever seen on a smartphone. And despite its large size, Samsung has nailed the one-handed experience better than the competition. There's certainly a benefit to drawing from years of experience in this category: What began as an oddity three years ago has now evolved into a powerful tool at the top of its class.

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Critic reviews

8.7
10 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    9.6
  • Battery life
    9.2
  • Camera
    8.8
  • Ease of use
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    9.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.1
  • Media support
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.7

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User reviews

9.2
16 reviews
9.0
Engadget Oct 15, 2014

Not only is the Note 4 the best Samsung smartphone I've ever used, but it's also the best large-screen phone on the market -- even better than the iPhone 6 Plus.

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9.0
CNET Oct 15, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will thrill anyone who loves a fast phone with a large screen, but it's best for compulsive scribblers willing to pay a lot for its winning stylus.

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9.0
Gizmodo Oct 15, 2014

The god-awful TouchWiz skin and poor design used to be the dealbreakers, but they're not anymore. And without those handicaps, the Note 4 is free to be truly great.

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9.0
The Wall Street Journal Oct 15, 2014

It may not meet my high aesthetic standards, software-wise, but multitasking on that big, beautiful display makes the Note feel more productive and powerful than any other phablet out there.

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9.0
PC Mag Oct 15, 2014

With a premium facelift and an eye-popping 5.7-inch Quad HD display, the Galaxy Note 4 continues Samsung's reign of phablet dominance.

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8.0
AnandTech Oct 15, 2014

The Galaxy Note 4 remains one of the best phablets on the market, but whether it's the best for a given user is a matter of priorities and personal preference rather than any absolutes.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Oct 15, 2014

The Galaxy Note 4 is a superior phablet with an ultra-sharp display, faster camera, improved multitasking and a pen you'll actually want to use.

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8.0
Wired Oct 15, 2014

While we’re still mystified by some of Samsung’s software decisions the hardware and overall experience are flagship-worthy.

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9.0
Android Central Oct 15, 2014

The Note 4 is the best device Samsung has ever made relative to what's available from others in its respective launch year — the one big question is whether or not you think you can handle the size of this phone. If you can, you'll be rewarded with one hell of a device.

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9.0
whacko whacko

This is without a doubt the best phone I have ever owned. I recently upgraded from a Galaxy S3 and the difference is night and day. The GS3 was a good phone, but the Note 4 is blazing fast, without a hint of lag or UI stutter. It nearly triples the battery life of the GS3 and the screen is so...

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astate11 astate11

Coming from S3 and S4 purchased the s5 a week ago took it back and got the Note 4 this phone is pretty awesome it has so many hidden features!! I have no complaints I love it!! The videos are pretty amazing as well.

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10
duggerdean duggerdean

The build quality is finally what it should be for a top end phone. I mainly bought this for the battery life and screen size/quality, but I have been pleasantly surprised by the build quality with the new metal frame and the camera. Due to the size of the phone, I prefer the new flat edges...

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9.0
SteveC915 SteveC915

For a little perspective, this phone was an upgrade from the Galaxy S3 for T-Mobile. Essentially if you've owned a Galaxy line phone then you'll feel right at home with this device. The plus side is you get tweaks and upgrades all around. I'll go down the line of the options that I rated. For...

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9.0
jdurocher jdurocher

I upgraded from a Galaxy S4 four weeks ago to the Note 4. Holy bejeezus I was not expecting to fall so hard for this baby. I was reluctant to choose the Note over the larger size but it's turned out to be a complete non-issue. The speed of this device, the clarity of the camera, the battery life,...

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9.0
shmi shmi

My first Phablet. The size took some getting used to but Samsung has made the max of the real estate. Personalization is easy. Love the wider selfie ability. The phone is fast and allows for multitasking. Also it comes with 32GB but has a slot for a microSD

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10
Dataminer49er Dataminer49er

I've had the Note 4 for a week now so can say what works and what doesn't. I'll break it into pros cons and mehs, but the bottom line is I'm very happy with what I can do on this phone. My work colleges are really jealous. I'd rate it a 93 for the features I really want and need in a...

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9.0
Motilac Motilac

I am a former owner of a Note 3, and based on that I wanted a Note 4. I was stunned at the new look and build quality of the Note 4. Everywhere you look on the phone, there is detail and attention. Right down to the chamfered edges on the ear speaker, home button, and LED Flash/Heart Rate...

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10
TechJ TechJ

The best phone I ever touch software will surprise you. lots of hidden features that you never hear of in a phone. It's like you are carrying your computer in the palm of your hand. The speed of the phone is the best I've seen out of all samsung phones doesn't get slow down. The Quad HD is...

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9.0
techgeek48 techgeek48

I've had my Note 4 for about two weeks now and I'm in love with it. It's got amazing features and runs faster than lightning seems like!!

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9.0
Charlie33 Charlie33

I love everything about this phone but the UI. I'm running the Google Now Launcher, so I don't have to look at Touchwiz. You can wake it up with a wave or an Ok Google, just like the Moto X. Best phone I've ever owned and I traded in my One M8 for it. Job well done by Samsung and the first time...

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7.0
FRITZR FRITZR

My Galaxy Note 4 sucks because in less than 6 days the lens protecting the beautiful 16 megapixel camera has shattered. Now it's worthless as a camera which is one of the top 3 reasons I bought this phone. $89 to fix $100 insurance copay. Why bother. Right. Not waterproof, no usb3 like the...

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