Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3: first look
Despite the favorable results with the Note 4, it still bears the foundational design principles we’ve come to expect from the Note line. Sure, the addition of a metal trim in combination with a slimmer size is both nice, but in the greater scheme of things, we wouldn’t necessarily classify its design to be any more daring.
Looking at the specs alone reveals the supreme advantage of the Galaxy Note 4. Indeed, the two displays share a couple of commonalities – like their 5.7-inch sizes and the fact that they employ Super AMOLED technology. However, the dramatically improved QHD (1440 x 2560) resolution of the Note 4 produces significantly sharper details than that of the 1080p (1080 x 1920) resolution of the Note 3’s display. From a normal viewing distance, however, it’s really tough to gauge the Note 4’s superiority in this particular area. As we look closer, though, it becomes blatantly clear that there’s no shred of any pixilation seen with the naked eye with the Note 4’s screen.
That alone sets the Note 4 apart from its predecessor, which isn’t all that surprising considering that quad-HD resolution is the new standard going forward with today’s high-end smartphones. Although it’s tough to distinguish at first, we’re able to make out the slightly more potent brightness out of the Note 4 – while their over-saturated color reproductions continue to give them that showroom wow factor.
Interface and Functionality
It’s funny looking at the two respective software experiences, since we imagine a greater degree of change to the look and presentation of TouchWiz on the newer Galaxy Note 4. Sadly, though, there’s not a whole lot of that to the NEW TouchWiz experience – aside from a few new software features. Visually, it’s nearly identical to the outdated, cartoony look of TouchWiz past, which doesn’t say a whole lot when looking at the competition – more so towards last year’s Note 3.
If we’re to look past the superficial stuff, we begin to uncover the Note 4’s new software features, which give it a leg up over the Note 3. Specifically, various swipe gestures have been employed that enables us to access certain functions – like quickly checking out the time/date, running the camera app, or bringing us to the last thing we were doing on the phone. In addition, the S-Pen’s increased functionality gives the productivity conscious user even more control.
Processor and Memory
Yes, being the successive smartphone has its advantages – such as the case here with the Note 4’s newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset, which naturally is more prized than the Note 3’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. On the surface, however, there are barely marginal differences with their overall performances, as we’re greeted with smooth performances loading up a page in its web browser, navigating across the homescreen, and launching other apps.
Thankfully, Samsung is very cognizant about our storage needs, seeing that these two behemoths offer us a spacious 32GB of internal storage – complemented further by their available microSD card slots.
As with everything we’ve seen thus far, the Note 4 is able to better its predecessor with its larger 16-megapixel rear camera – a modest upgrade to the Note 3’s still formidable sized 13-megapixel camera. Who knows exactly how the higher count camera can contribute to having better results, but Samsung is kind enough to also throw in optical image stabilization, which helps to keep things steady when taking photos and videos. Don’t count out the Note 3’s prowess in this specific area, since it proves to us time-after-time that it’s still one capable thing when it comes to snapping photos and videos, but we’re eager to see the improvements made to the Note 4’s camera.
We know that some people are itching to grab their hands on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4, since it’s one rich smartphone from head-to-toe. However, for those folks out there currently calling the Note 3 as their daily drivers, they’re surely in a predicament with the inevitable release of the Note 4. The question that’ll nag them is whether it’s logical for them to ditch their Note 3, and just jump right in with the Note 4. Undoubtedly, we wouldn’t be too shocked by the idea, since anything newer will usually draw in people, but it’s going to be a hard fought battle because the Note 3 is still one noteworthy smartphone in the space – more so when we think about the phablet category.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
9. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1195; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
It has both fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor. But with Android wear it may not matter anymore.
3. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 134; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)
Think the Edge will come to Verizon?
4. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 134; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)
Kind of odd they didn't include a finger scanner. Not something that's really important to be, but something others might want to see. Maybe it's on the back, though. Not sure.
15. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3056; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The fingerprint scanner is in the home button like the S5.
5. engineer-1701d (Posts: 936; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
note 4 is a fail due to speaker on the back not the bottom or the front.
6. hellonerds (Posts: 226; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
Yeah, looks like I will be sticking with my note 3 till note 5.. dont like rear back speakers. .
7. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1882; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Why no hands on, with the note edge? That's the interesting one
8. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 828; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
"Another noteworthy thing to mention is the slightly slimmer size of the Note 4, which is achieved thanks in part to Sammy shaving off more of the bezel around the Note 4’s display."
What? It has a bigger bezel than the Note 3 as is evident on the pics...
11. gigaraga (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Staring at the picture of Note 4 and Note 4 together and drooling over it...
12. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 426; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
Aww. The top and bottom bezels are a little bit increased by some mm and the rear speaker grill is a no-no. I prefer the current Note's bottom speaker grill. I'll just wait for the Note 5 or 6 then.
13. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
The problem : GN3 is much more attractive with the price tag.
Yeah, that's the REAL problem all Android OEMs are facing.