Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – After The Buzz, episode 44 (Video)

Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review.

Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity.

For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not many people revisit the device to see how it feels a few months later, because everyone’s already focused on the next big deal coming down the pipe.

So let’s do something about that. Let’s see how we feel about devices when they’re not shiny and new anymore. This is After The Buzz.

Let’s get this out of the way up front: the Note 4 is still the best phablet you can buy in terms of sheer feature load. No one else in this size class has the S Pen stylus, or the Wacom digitizer that supports it. No one else has a display this vibrant and pixel-packed. No one else in this form factor has an Android camera this solid. And few others can match the fit and finish, with chamfered aluminum/magnesium meeting a faux-leather backside that pops off to reveal more expandability than you can find most other places.

But the world hasn’t stood still in the nine months since the Note 4 launched, so it obviously doesn’t feel as fresh or fancy as it used to. Samsung’s shift to glass-and-metal curvaceousness with the Galaxy S6 family put the Galaxy Note 4 in a different cosmetic class overnight, and the slimming down of the new software makes the Note’s older TouchWiz version almost painful by comparison. More capable cameras have found their way to market, and Samsung is no longer the only big player in the oversized smartphone space. So should you still consider picking up one of these suckers this summer? The latest After The Buzz is here with the answer in our Galaxy Note 4 review 2015, so jump on down to the embedded episode below – and if you’d like to compare and contrast our current feelings with our first impressions from October of 2014, our original Galaxy Note 4 review is also embedded below for your convenience. Enjoy!

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review 2015: After The Buzz 44

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review (Fall 2014)

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Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA. Read more about Michael Fisher!