A week later than Samsung had originally planned, the new Galaxy Note 4 has today officially landed on UK shores. As far as we're concerned, the 5.7-inch behemoth is the best big-screen phone you can get your hands on at the moment, with a gorgeous, pixel-dense display and all the power you can manage. And thanks to various software tricks, it's not much of a chore to use one-handed, despite its beastly dimensions. Phablet fans waiting on the newest Note from the pioneer of the super-sized handset now have that all-important decision ahead: to buy or not to buy? Well, join us below as we investigate where you can get one, and how much of a dent the many options are going to make on your bank account.
|Cheapest contract (with upfront)||£15 (£460)||£38 (£99)||£13 (£610)||£31.50 on 3G (£199)||£25 on EE (£200)||£25 on EE (£240)|
|Cheapest contract (no upfront)||--||£49||£43||£48.50 on 3G||£43.50 on Voda 4G||£46 on EE|
As a new addition to the Galaxy Note series is a high-profile affair, all four major carriers have the handset on offer. And by the way, if you're after the flashy gold model on contract, you can only pick one up through Carphone Warehouse currently.
Most MVNOs aren't rushing to add the Note 4 to their handset repertoire, but true to form, giffgaff's on the case. It'll provide you with one of Samsung's latest for £24.15 per month with a £50 upfront payment, or for £599 on pay-as-you-go. Tesco Mobile also has the Note 4 on offer from today, with contracts starting at £43 per month, no upfront payment necessary.
As is usually the case when hunting for an unlocked model, you'll want to steer clear of the manufacturer. Samsung's asking £629 for a new Note 4, with stock not expected online until next week, though we imagine you'll be able to walk into a physical Samsung store and grab one today. Tesco and Amazon will both sell you the handset for a cheaper total of £600, as will Expansys when stock turns up, while GSM Nation knocks a pound off that figure. The best deals to be found currently are at Clove and Unlocked Mobiles, which'll both hook you up for £575 just as soon as they're stocked up.