So if there is one thing I learned over this passed week, it's the term phablet. Like most, I googled it and discovered it's definition: 'a class of mobile device designed to straddle both smartphone and tablet technology'. All I have to go on is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and I feel it's the phabbest phablet by far - it's in a league of it's own.
Features I Love!
By way of completing the #MissionSamsung Blogger Challenge challenge I will address some of the features of the phone that I cannot get enough of. First things first, something I have already touched on, the seamless multitasking.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes fully equipped with the will to please and accommodate you in anyway it can. It's multi-window feature allows for seamless multitasking between multiple applications that can be opened in either full-screen view, split-screen view or pop-up screens.
Lightning Quick Battery Charge & Ultra Power Saving Mode
A special feature for the folk who are continually on the go and in a hurry to get from place to place, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has got you covered. Aside from coming with a 2 amp charger, the Note 4 also has a "fast charge" feature on the phone which when enabled charges the Note 4 from 0 to 50% in half an hour.
If you can't squeeze a charge in, the Note 4 also has "Ultra Power Saving Mode". This is a handy feature for me. It basically switches your display to black and white and defaults your phone to some of its most basic feature: calls, messaging, internet and whatsapp. There is also the option of an additional two apps that you can add to this "active" list - as can be expected mine was set on Facebook and Twitter for the duration of the mission. As I am writing this my battery power is sitting on 63% and with Ultra Power Saving Mode enabled, the standby time of the phablet is 9.6 days.
Galaxy Note 4 is the first mobile phone with a built-in UV (ultraviolet radiation) sensor. It’s part of the S Health system, and is designed to warn users if they’re getting too much sun by measuring the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.
There are five UV index levels: Low, Moderate, High, Very High and Extreme, and users will be presented with different precautions based on the level of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. The UV sensor is activated when you hold the phone at some degree angle while under the sun.
How many microphones?
The Note 4 boasts three microphones which can interpret sound from 8 different directions. Strutting a brand new Voice Recording app, the phablet offers 4 different recording scenarios: Normal, Interview, Meeting and Voice Memo mode. Each scenario is specifically designed to obtain the best possible audio input quality. You can also select the direction from which you want the recording to focus giving you the absolute best quality sound recording you can get with a phone.
The S Pen
Something of great significance is the improved sensitivity of the S Pen which allows for a smoother fluidity and more natural and accurate handwriting. Noteably different to the Galaxy Note 3's styllus is the new Smart Select feature which lets you choose contents from any application, screen, and text which also let's you share these selected snippets across various platforms. I have never used a phone with a styllus feature and I have to say that my most favourite passed time this week has been doodling up a storm. I have not stopped!
That camera (my favourite) - and - that display!
So much can be said of the incredible display the Galaxy Note 4 has to offer. It offers a 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display with quad HD resolution. If you're in the print or graphic design industry you may also appreciate the whopping 515dpi display which is clearer, more accurate in terms of colour and a better display than most smart phones, phablets and tablets.
Paired with a new and improved rear camera, your pictures (and videos) are exquisite from shutter release through to print. The camera resolution has been bumped up from it's predecessor's 13MP to a juicy 16MP which is ahead of most point and shoot digital cameras.
The aperture (lens opening) is a lovely F1.9 meaning it let's in a massive 60% more light than the Note 3. If you're a photographer you would appreciate the nice wide aperture more than anything else this camera has to offer... It means performance in low light is incredible, and it makes being creative with an on phone camera easier. The Selective Focus function in camera plays with depth of field which is made possible by this wide aperture.
Along with the 'Selective Focus' mode, the rear camera also has Panorama mode, Virtual Tour, Surround shot and Rear Selfie mode with the option of downloading a few extra modes. If you flip over to the front facing camera, some great improvements can be noted as well. The front facing camera has a resolution of 3.7MP and for the narcissist in all of us, another selfie mode, as well as the wide-angle selfie mode allowing you to photograph large groups, including yourself in the frame, with ease.
I may have touched on a few of the features of this phone a bit more in-depth than most would have bothered but it's all for the simple fact that I don't want you to miss out on hearing all about the phone, my experience using the phone and of course why I think people should consider it an option if they're due for an upgrade soon. I value my photographs and since this is a photography blog the camera on this phone is it's highest accolade for me.
I am often broached with the topic of a good point and shoot to buy and I think I am of the mindset now that my answer will be something along these lines, "are you thinking of getting a new phone too, there's this awesome phablet I know of that has a superb camera that competes easily with most point and shoot cameras"...
There are other tremendous features and I just can't get enough of the versatility you have in the way of multi-tasking and organising your life in general. I am sad to see the little gadget head back to Samsung & Epic Communications Headquarters as I feel it would be much better appreciated in my hands. I promise I will take good care of it guys!
The mission has been a blast and I am happy to report that my next upgrade will definitely be the Galaxy Note 4 if I don't already own it!
Candice Christie Photography
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