Having been the original user and owner of the Samsung Galaxy Note1 (pictured on the left), I was rather excited to get my hands on the Galaxy Note 4. Holding a Note once again in my hands is a walk down memory lane. I remember when I first carried the Note1 at a time when every cell phone manufacturer was boasting about a smaller screen, people thought I was insane to carry such a large phone. My standard quip was “Oh you are still old-skool where you make phone calls…us new gen don’t make calls – we write, we text, we blog, we mail, we message”.
When I hold two devices side by side, I can see just how much Samsung has developed over the years and just how powerful the mobile devices have become. I must add that the Note 1 is stull fully functional today even after all these many years…
My original Note 1, was a 1.4 GHz dual core device that ran Android Gingerbread with a then impressive 8 megapixel camera, 5.3 inch WXGA HD screen and weighed 178g. Its most impressive feature beyond its size, was the s-Pen which was then a risky move considering that the stylus mobile phones like iMate didn’t do so well and died out.
However, Samsung bucked the trends and continued to produced better and better Notes.
The Samsung GALAXY Note 2 had a 5.5 inch HD screen, Android Jelly Bean, a 1.6 GHz quad core processor and an improved battery life. By the time the Note 2 entered South Africa, market share for the phablet shot up from 0.6% in 2011 to a forecasted 22.2% in 2014. Samsung’s GALAXY Note series has consistently innovated to drive market demand and globally, the Note 2, with its improved screen size and smartphone features, sold five million units in two months after launch, paving the way for the next step in smart creativity – the Samsung GALAXY Note 3.
There was no stopping the Note train now.
The GALAXY Note 3 sold five million units in just one month and weighed a mere 168g. The full HD screen was an impressive 5.7 inches, the camera boasted 13 megapixels and the processor was 2.3 GHz quad core. The GALAXY Note 3 saw the arrival of the Air Command feature, whereby one can execute five major functions through intuitive taps and movements of the S Pen, as well as access to Action Memo, Scrapbook and Screen Write.
The GALAXY Note 4 recently launched with a 5.7 inch Quad HD screen, 16 megapixel camera, Android KitKat, a 2.7 GHz quad core processor and an impressive battery life.
Fast forward to 2014 and here is an overview of my first impressions of the Samsung Note 4: