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The Best Smartphones Out Right Now (That Aren’t an iPhone)


Samsung Galaxy Note 4

You’ve heard the buzz. You’ve seen the commercials. Maybe you’ve even seen some of their tongue-in-cheek social media stunts. The hype is real, and critics love the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet.

With a 5.7″ screen, there’s plenty of real estate to multitask—the Galaxy Note lets you run two apps side-by-side (much like “snapping” a window to half of the screen in Windows). And while other competitors (such as Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus) offer a 1920 x 1080 resolution, the Galaxy Note 4 ups that figure to 2560 x 1440, giving it a pixel density of 518 ppi.

Though the phablet’s large size may discourage users with smaller hands, it is easy to use with one hand holding the device and another using touch (or the stylus pen) to interact with the device. Additionally, it does come with a “one-handed” mode, but the Galaxy Note 4 is still best used with both hands.

As you might expect from a flagship device, the Galaxy Note 4 packs in some impressive hardware. A 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and 3 GB of RAM ensure that you can handle resource-intensive apps with ease, even in multi-window mode. In benchmark tests, it outperformed both the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy S 5 (mentioned earlier in this article) in terms of speed.

The camera in the Galaxy Note 4 has received a major performance improvement over the previous model. In well-lit environments, the phone can now focus, shoot, and be ready to take another photo in as little as half a second. This, combined with its 16 MP resolution and optical image stabilization, put it at least on par with, if not better than the camera found in the iPhone 6 Plus.

Many claim that the Galaxy Note 4 is the best phone on the market, period. It’s easy to see why. With its rich feature set and high-end performance, the only question is whether you want a phablet or something smaller. If the size doesn’t deter you, the Note 4 would be a wise choice.


  • Best-in-class processor
  • 2560 x 1440 screen
  • Multi-window mode
  • Stylus


  • Size (depending on preference)
  • Price

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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