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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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90 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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Pros
  • Gorgeous design with high-end materials
  • Nice display
  • Best camera in a Galaxy smartphone
  • Powerful performance
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Isn't waterproof
  • Loudspeaker still needs work
90 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

90
 

User Reviews

80
AndyCr15
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
hailstormknight
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
PublicImageLTD
Had the LG G4 three months ago, I ditched it for the Note 4.Best move ever.Changed...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
 
90
Engadget
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.
 
90
CNET
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.
 
90
Gizmodo
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.
 
90
The Verge
The Note 4 is the first Samsung phone I’ve ever truly enjoyed using.
 
90
The Wall Street Journal
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.
 
80
AnandTech
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.
 
90
Android Central
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.
 
80
Laptop Magazine
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.
 
90
PC Mag
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.
 
80
Wired
While we’re still mystified by some of Samsung’s software decisions the hardware and overall experience are flagship-worthy.

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