No need to rush an upgrade
Right now there’s a frenzy over the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. If you visit a Samsung store in the malls you’ll see people crowding the display stations playing around with Samsung’s newest flagship. In fact during our conversation with several sales associates of Samsung at their store in Megamall, they all mentioned that they’ve never seen so much excitement from their customers.
However not everyone should really upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge. While it’s sleek, sezzy, and oozing with appeal, it will still boil down to the over-all user experience. Based on our reviews we can confidently say that last year’s flagships are still very competitive, and in some ways even superior.
Take for example the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. If you love the Note 4 we absolutely don’t see any reason to jump on the bandwagon to get the Galaxy S6 or the S6 Edge. Here are our top 3 reasons why you should stick it out.
The S6/S6 Edge Felt Small
When we first got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress, our first reaction to it was that we thought it was kinda… small. This is probably since we’ve been using phablet-sized devices for years now. Coming from the Galaxy Note 4 (5.7-inch Display), the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge (5.1-inch Display) just left us wanting.
As you all know, the display is one of the most important things in a mobile device. The size of the screen that you need depends on your usage habits. If you’re accustomed already to phablets like us, wherein the phone is more of a media and entertainment machine just as much as it is a communications device, the bigger display is critical. If you haven’t been using the Note 4 much for media consumption and gaming though then the S6/S6 Edge might be a good option since it’s so much lighter and easier to hold.
The Note 4 Will Eventually Get the Latest TouchWiz Software
Another reason to stick to your Note 4 is that you will get Android Lollipop TouchWiz on your device later on. It’s not exclusive to just the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge. We can also hope for more improvements on the S-Pen experience and usability.
The Note 4 Has Fast Charging and an Interchangeable Battery/micro SD Card
And last, but definitely not the least, you can still slap on a microSD card on the Note 4 for all of your videos and movies. You can also change out the battery if you’re running out of juice. Heck if you don’t want to, the Note 4 also has fast charging (but not as fast as the Galaxy S6 though this is to be confirmed in our review).
So there you have it folks. If you’re a Note 4 user it’s likely that you have the smartphone habits and needs of a phablet user. This means you put a premium on bigger displays because you use it as a media consumption device just as much as for communications. That said you can probably skip the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge and go straight for the Note 5 later this year when it becomes unveiled at IFA in September.
To end this post here’s the first hands-on video of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 when it came out last year by our Editor-at-Large, John Nieves.