Samsung galaxy note 5 vs note 4: phablet face

lưu ý on Note: Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 5 vs cảnh báo 4.

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The cảnh báo 5 has arrived, and while Samsung seems khổng lồ want to lớn push the Galaxy S6 Edge+ instead as its killer Android king, the new chú ý is still a corker.

But how much better is it than the classic Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

We’ve sầu been using the two phones side by side to see what progress Samsung has made in a year & whether it’s really worth the tăng cấp.

As well as observations from just using these phones, we’ll be looking a bit deeper with specific camera và battery tests too.

cảnh báo 5 vs Note 4: Design

A lot has changed in a year. The Galaxy cảnh báo 4 arrived at an awkward time, as Samsung was transitioning from its nasty plastic-fantastic kiến thiết to lớn the glass & metal seen in the cảnh báo 5.

The Note 4 has a leathery textured plastic baông chồng and real metal sides, where the chú ý 5 is made of Gorilla Glass 4 and aluminium alloy. The dodgy look và slightly cheap feel of the cảnh báo 4’s textured plastic is gone.

A more expensive feel is the result.

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That’s not the most important change, though. You get used khổng lồ either after a few days. What matters more is that the Note 5 is also significantly narrower and a bit thinner, making it a good khuyến mãi easier lớn handle. It much less of a stretch for your hand.

The Note 5 is 76.1milimet wide, 7.6mm thick. The cảnh báo 4 is 78.6mm wide, 8.3mm thiông xã. It makes a difference, as does the new rear style.

Rather than having a flat baông chồng, the Note 5’s rear curves around at the sides, much lượt thích the S6 Edge+ does on its front. This softens out the feel of the phone, making the difference in thickness seem even greater than it actually is.

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Both phone have sầu fingerprint scanners, which sit under the central trang chính button. However, the Note 5’s is significantly better. Where the old lưu ý 4 has a scanner that needs lớn be swiped, the newer version reacts lớn a finger just resting on it. It’s much better in general use, feeling much more reliable.

chú ý 5 vs Note 4: Screen

As the king of screens, you might expect Samsung khổng lồ have sầu made loads of progress since the lưu ý 4. However the chất lượng of these screens is roughly similar in most areas: both are awesome.

They’re both 5.7 inches across, have sầu a QHD resolution and use Super AMOLED panels. With the right display setting you get great colour accuracy, và terrific contrast.

Colour performance is a bit better in the new phone, but what’s most obvious is that the cảnh báo 5 offers much greater peak brightness. You won’t need khổng lồ get cthua lớn top brightness in most situations, but in very tricky bright outdoors situations the newer phone is stronger.

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DisplayMate’s tests back-up our findings too.

“The Galaxy cảnh báo 5 is the Best performing điện thoại display that we have ever tested. It takes over from the Galaxy cảnh báo 4, which was the previous record holder for thiết bị di động display performance,” it says. That sums it up nicely.

chú ý 5 vs lưu ý 4: S Pen

The S Pen is one of the most important features of the cảnh báo series, but the tech behind the stylus hasn’t changed too much this year. That’s no huge surprise, when the lưu ý 4 already offers the pressure sense fidelity of a dedicated Wacom graphics tablet.

Wacom makes the digitiser tech for the chú ý series, & both phones have sầu 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and neither stylus needs its own power source.

What’s different? The lưu ý 5 stylus has a clicker on the kết thúc. It doesn’t vì anything, but does give sầu you a nice cliông xã as you take the pen in & out of the phone.

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The software looks a little different too, but the functions are roughly the same. You use Air Commvà lớn access pen-led features, and they include S lưu ý và Action Memo. These let you scribble away on the screen, and convert your scribbles to characters, or gmail them lớn yourself as an image.

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lưu ý 5 vs chú ý 4: Connections

Not every part of the lưu ý 5 is an tăng cấp over the lưu ý 4. The older phone has an IR transmitter, the new one does not.

Few people seem khổng lồ have sầu noticed, but an IR blaster is a neat extra. It lets a phone act lượt thích a universal remote. Your Note 4 can control your TV, và so on. The chú ý 5 can’t.

Most of the other connections are the same, though. It’s a high-over buffet. You get Wi-Fi up to lớn the ac standard, Công nghệ Bluetooth (4.2 in the lưu ý 5), Wi-Fi Direct, microUSB 2.0 and NFC.

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lưu ý 5 vs lưu ý 4: Storage

Just as the lưu ý 4 has the IR blaster missing from the lưu ý 5, it has a microSD memory card slot, which the Note 5 lacks. This is down khổng lồ a change in Samsung’s tactics. By making memory non-expandable, it makes the high-storage versions of its phones more attractive.

The chú ý 5 comes in 32GB & 64GB versions, while the lưu ý 4 has 32GB. You can get 128GB microSD cards for around £50, or 64GB ones for about £20.

lưu ý 5 vs Note 4: Software

Like all Samsung Android phones, the Note 5 and chú ý 4 use the TouchWiz custom UI. And these days, both phones run Android Lollipop. The chú ý 4 launched with Android KitKat, but has since been given the tăng cấp.

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There are some significant-isn differences between the versions of TouchWiz, but ultimately these phones look & feel somewhat similar. They have sầu separate apps thực đơn và trang chủ screen areas, và the apps menu borrows its background from the homescreen, making everything appear quite simple.

Both also have sầu Briefing, the Flipboard-powered trang chủ screen news feed that lives just khổng lồ the left of your left-most home screen. You can turn it off if you don’t like it.

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The differences? The tiện ích thực đơn customisation is different in the chú ý 4, using an top-cấp độ Edit button rather than a more involved menu. The Air Command stylus thực đơn also looks different, taking up the whole screen in the chú ý 4 where it appears lượt thích a small overlay in the Note 4.

lưu ý 5 vs cảnh báo 4: CPU & Performance

Some elements of the cảnh báo 5 haven’t been radically altered. However, the CPU has.

The Note 4 has a Snapdragon 805 processor, while the lưu ý 5 has left the Qualcomm bandwagon to start up with Samsung’s own Exynos CPUs.

The Snaprồng 805 is a quad-core processor where the Exynos 7420 has eight cores, but more cores doesn’t necessarily make for better performance. While the cloông chồng speed of the Note 4 is a lot higher at 2.7GHz lớn the chú ý 5’s 2.1GHz, the cores of the cảnh báo 5 are newer. Its performance cores are Cortex-A57 units, where the 805 uses older Krait 450 ones.

The architecture in general is newer too. The Exynos 7420 is a super-efficient 14nm chipset, where the SnapLong 805 is a 20n chipphối. This tells you the kích thước of the chipset’s transistors, và it’s a case of ‘the smaller, the better’.

The GPU is newer in the lưu ý 5 too.

Geekbench tells us roughly the performance difference. All guns blazing the lưu ý 5 scores around 5200 points in Geekbench 3, dropping down to 4100-ish when you enable power saving. The chú ý 4 scores in the 3835 area, a significant drop from the quite amazing (for mid-late-2015) performance of the Note 5.

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For the most part, though, both phones are very fast. And the chú ý 4 isn’t all that much slower than the Snaprồng 810 CPU competition (lượt thích the HTC One M9).

chú ý 5 vs chú ý 4: RAM

The lưu ý series often has more RAM than almost any phone out there. The cảnh báo 5 has 4GB of the stuff, & it’s snappy DDR4 too. Being that bit older, it’s no surprise the lưu ý 4 has 3GB RAM, but it is still a lot for phone even today.

We had believed the chú ý 4 uses DDR3 RAM, but its performance is very similar lớn that of the chú ý 5. According khổng lồ the A1 SD RAM benchmark, both RAM sets are able lớn juggle data at up khổng lồ around 7000MB/s. Judging by our recent comparative sầu tests, this seems very high for phone DDR3.

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cảnh báo 5 vs cảnh báo 4: Camera

At a glance, the chú ý 5 and lưu ý 4 cameras seem quite similar. Both have sầu 16-megapx sensors, both have optical image stabilisation. However, there are some very important differences.

First, the lens of the cảnh báo 5 is a lot faster, at f/1.9 lớn the cảnh báo 4’s pedestrian f/2.2.

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The newer phone is also much faster khổng lồ shoot, with quicker shot-to-shot speeds và more reliable focusing. Samsung appears to lớn have really levelled-up its processing too.

Where the chú ý 4 can often smear out fine texture detail, mistaking it for noise, the lưu ý 5 tends to lớn retain it. Low-light noise handling is also much better in the newer phone.

While they seem similar in specs, there are some worthwhile improvements that make the Note 5 a significantly better camera.

Note 5 HDR

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lưu ý 5 Auto lớn HDR

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Note 5 Night
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Note 5 vs Note 4: Battery life

One worry of the cảnh báo 5 when it arrived was that it has a 3000mAh battery where the Note 4 has a 3300mAh one. However, efficiency savings across the board mean the Note 5 lasts just as long, and even longer in some situations.

One of these is đoạn phim playbachồng. Where the lưu ý 4 lasts for 13 hours playing a 720p MP4 video, the Note 5 hangs on for more than 15 hours. It’s a very impressive performance.

In general use you’ll get around a day & a half’s use out of a charge with either, making these phones good for power users. The benefit of the lưu ý 4 is that you get access to lớn the battery, và can carry around a spare. The lưu ý 5’s battery is locked in.

So why is the Note 5 more efficient? The 14nm CPU is significantly more capable and the screen is less of a drain.

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lưu ý 5 vs Note 4: Speaker

These phones haven’t gone in for the front-loaded speaker hijinx of phones like the Điện thoại HTC One M9. The Note 4 has one on its back, the chú ý 5 one on its bottom edge, in iPhone-like fashion.

While not class-leading, the lưu ý 5’s speaker is a bit better than the lưu ý 4’s. It has a bit more mid-range oomph, getting rid of some of the residual thin-ness of the older Model.

Verdict

Is the Note 5 a better phone than the chú ý 4? Yes it is. Screen & camera tech have both been tweaked, the build quality is a league above and the CPU is both more powerful và more efficient.

It’s a next-gen phone and no mistake.

However, if you find a red-hot khuyễn mãi giảm giá for the cảnh báo 4, it’s by no means a bad buy. By including microSD support and an IR transmitter, you could easily argue the older phone is a more versatile truyền thông media device, and one that’s a bit more nerd-friendly.

The problem with chú ý phones, though, is that they never seem to lớn become all that cheap. The bộ combo of being genuinely great & genuinely different from most other phones means they don’t depreciate in quite the same way. Have money to lớn burn? We’d still opt for the lưu ý 5, mostly for the accessibility of its shaved-down frame and the bonus speed of its camera shooting.