It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No not Christmas, the few months before when the latest mobile releases land. One such device that has whetted the appetite just before we have our stockings filled is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
It’s the latest in the line of devices that have fuelled the phablet phenomenon, and has the gaming world in particular more than a little excited.
And it’s no wonder; the spec is pretty special on Samsung’s latest offering.
Released in October, a few weeks following the iPhone 6, and has already sold 4.5 million units globally, with that figure set to rapidly rise as the build up to Christmas begins. But what is so special about it?
Well, of course there’s the screen size to start. With a 5.7-inch display it’s one of the biggest on the market, and ideal for games which may force you to be extremely active on the touchscreen. For example the likes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, requires lots of action as you work your way through the game, making it much more suited to the bigger display.
Although it’s upped its game when it comes to less graphically demanding titles too. Puzzle and casino games, which generally use bright and inviting visuals, where the Candy Crush game and the Platinum Play mobile app are magnified by the rather eye-popping 515ppi pixel density, creating a magnificent vessel to play almost any game. If for some reason your device does not support Google Play, a APK download will have you gaming in no time.
Samsung have a considerable share of the phablet market, in fact almost 75% just two years ago, and still owning well over half despite the release of the iPhone 6 Plus and improved Sony Xperia models, but its all-round package certainly gives it that 75% edge over its competitors.
The device, which runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat, packs a 2.7GHz quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM, making for the smoothest of gameplay on any title, as well as the refined TouchWiz interface which has improved considerably since the Note 3 makes it incredibly easy not only to game, but use on a day-to-day basis as a whole.
And then there’s the battery life. Unlike Apple’s devices which are notoriously short-lived when it comes to battery life, the Note 4’s 3200mAh battery is well-suited to session gamers, and can last all day no trouble. Despite this, there are plenty of ways to save battery with both power saving and ultra-power saving mode and a fast charge cable that will recover around 50% battery life in just half an hour.
Which rounds off a very good, very capable, and very popular gaming smartphone. For anyone looking for a new phone this Christmas, that enjoys anything from action, to sports, to casino games it’s certainly the device for you.