Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was one of the best smartphone launched by the company at that time. With all new phablet, Samsung changed the landscape for the smartphone users. The big screen, S pen, and more prominent display, everyone was amazed by this innovation. However, all the surprise was only for six months until the company dropped upgraded models in the different lineup. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge were launched six months after Samsung Galaxy Note 4 by the company. Then after one year, the company upgraded the Note line up with Samsung Galaxy Note 5. The new model was an enhanced version with more compact design and improved hardware support. But, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 still hold some of the unique features and advantages that make it is pretty hard to select between Note 4 and Note 5. Here we will compare both Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to the better choice.
Before we started with the comparison table the smartphones containing few essential details you should know about both of them.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 came with much new design improvement in the Samsung world. The company decided to give it an entirely plastic body instead of a blend of two different material. The well-finished plastic back makes it look premium where the cameras is placed at the center alongside horizontally lied LED light. Besides, the chrome look of the phone comes with faux leather at the back and metal corners that makes it more comfortable in hands. The phone is big but the higher screen to body ratio takes care of it, and the phablet slips comfortably into the hands while operating. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 measures 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm and weighs 176g that makes a little bit heavy. The phone corners are well shaped, and the side buttons are placed correctly on both the sides including power and volume rocker key.
Now, talking about Samsung Galaxy Note 5 it came with a number of modifications. For the staters it is light, compact and much premium looking Galaxy Note launched till then. The upgrade is all made up of metal at the back and front is covered by the glass. The measures of Note were taken down to 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, where the thickness experienced almost 1mm reduction. Besides, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 weighs 171g which is also a small cut down from the company. The corners of the phone are more curved with better finishing to make it more comfortable while holding.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is good in design and build, but this is only until you get Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in your hand. The upgrade version is much more attractive than its predecessor. The other noticeable change is with the S pen as in Note 5 you don't need to pull it out unlike Note 4. The S pen automatically gets out whenever you need it in the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. If we look closely, the company has made very tiny changes in Note 5 compared to Note 4. However, we still had to admit that these small tweaks turned the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 into a more comfortable device in the form of Note 5.
I have already mentioned that both Note 4 and Note 5 have a 5.7-inch display for the users. Starting with Note 4, it has QHD display having 515 PPI that is surprisingly attractive and bright. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 display is sharp with contrast that looks perfect and offers various viewing angles. The bright screen with vibrant colors pretty amazing that only a few smartphones were offering at that time. On the other side, Note 5 owns the same 5.7-inch QHD display instead of an upgrade to UHD or 4K. But somehow the display looks better than Note 4’s, and the brightness is even better. The answer to this question is the 518 PPI in the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 display. Samsung has increased the pixel per inch in the upgraded Note model. The strategic move from the help in significantly enhancing the model without making a significant change. In Spite of having sharper display, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has shrunken TouchWiz font and icons compared to its predecessor.
Now, coming to the processing unit of the phone, Note 4 owns an impressive set up in this category. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with a Qualcomm APQ8084 Snapdragon 805 Exynos 5433 chipset for the processing power.The chipset of the Galaxy Note 4 is coupled with Octa-core (4x1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.9 GHz Cortex-A57). The processing unit of the smartphone is backed up by a 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that is upgradable up to 256GB. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 owns an Exynos 7420, an octa-core (2.1GHz Quad + 1.5GHz Quad), 64-bit processing unit. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes with the support of 4GB RAM accompanied by the internal storage of 32/64256GB RAM. As we can see clearly that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a more powerful setup against the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Undoubtedly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 performs better and faster than its previous iteration. However, when we tested both the smartphones we found that the difference in performance isn't’ significant on considering the improvements. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 takes you faster to the home page after pressing the home button and also launches the app faster than Note 4. But, once the app is cached in the memory, Note 4 will launch the app at the same time as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
The switching between the apps is much more smooth in the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comparing Note 4 with the faster response of the launched app. We have also tested the games on both the smartphone. The heavy games were faster and more efficient on Note 5 than Note 4. Where the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 sometimes crashes or delivered lag while playing, the gaming experience was uninterruptedly great on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Initially, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was landed with a stability issue and performance problems that were later on sorted by the company.
Overall the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is only marginally faster and better than Galaxy Note that is disappointing. Considering the improvement and significant upgrades the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 isn't that much impressive.
Now, we came to the topic that most of the smartphone users want to know about since the beginning. The camera performance makes a very influential role in the success of a smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 owns a powerful 16MP snapper at the back that comes with OIS, autofocus, LED flash, and 2160p video-recording at 30 fps.
Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 doesn't have any change in the rear camera that remains at the same count in megapixels. However, the front camera has experienced a difference where it has been upgraded from 3.7 MP to 5MP.
Although Samsung has added some software updates to the Note 5 camera that puts it above Note 4. While taking the snaps from both the smartphones have noticed many differences. The updated software makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 launch camera app faster than Note 4 and it also smooth while focusing on the objects which result in amazing images. Among all the images that we snapped from both the phones, we found out that Note 5 camera is superior to Note 4 camera. Although both phones capture high-quality photos, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 captures more close to real one. The contrast, clarity, focused objects and color texture is much better in Note 5. However, if you are a more into photography like me then, only you can tell the difference instantly.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 runs on a 3,220 mAh battery that is removable and offers an excellent lifespan to the phone. Besides the battery also supports the quick charging that can be charged up to 50% within 30 minutes. Moreover, the Note 4 battery also comes with the support for wireless charging. However, it requires separate back cover for that. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery that is non-removable, yes the battery is short by 220 mAh. It is surprising that the company has reduced the battery power, even when the phone uses the QHD display that sips significantly heavy battery juice. On the bright side Note 5 supports quick wireless charging that is not supported by Note 4.
The reduction battery definitely affects the phone’s performance. With upgraded hardware support, the phone requires more power to stay awake for long.
When the Galaxy Note 4 was launched by Samsung, only a few manufacturers were offering devices with up to date OS. The Note 4 was launched with Android 4.4.4 Kitkat and upgradable up to Android 6.1, marshmallow. Once you receive the Android Marshmallow on your Note 4, you can experience the true power of the phone. Samsung has made such a strong smartphone that shows it optimum performance even with the highest supportable Android version. On the other hand Galaxy Note 5 was launched with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and upgradable up to 7.1 Nougat. With the support to higher Android version Note 5 offers much better performance compared to Note 4. Besides, the updated feature of Android helped the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to explore more features that are unable in Note 4.
However, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 sometimes struggle with Android 7.1 which results in lagging or phone getting frozen for a while.
The Galaxy Note 4 is available at $150 -$200 depending upon the region and seller. Besides, the phone was launched in 2014, and currently, the company is preparing to launch Galaxy Note 9, so it won't be a surprise if you have a hard time finding the phone. On the contrast Galaxy Note 5 isn't that hard to find, and it will cost you somewhere around $300-$350 for 32GB and $450 for 64GB.
Before we move to any conclusion about this comparison, let's have a look back at all the parameters that we have discussed. Here is the table with the details and points to assist in making a decision for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs. Galaxy Note 5.
|Galaxy Note 4||Galaxy Note 5|
Now, with the table, we can see the most of the point are in Note 5 favors that
outrun its predecessor. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes with a more sleeker and refined design, the sharper display wrong with upgraded hardware support. However, it lacks a micro SD card, the display is almost the same, and the battery comes with lesser power. All these things are pretty big concern for a smartphone owners, besides the price difference also plays a major role. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 doesn't even offer that much hike in the performance either. So, the decision depends upon your preference, if you want a slightly improved version and ready to pay extra dollars for it then Note 5 is all good. On the other hand, if you want to stay in budget still want a powerful handset then you can go with Galaxy Note 4.
Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.Follow