One of the questions we get asked a lot is if it’s a good idea for a Galaxy Note 4 user to “upgrade” to the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge. The answer is a little more complicated than a simple “yes” or “no”. It will depend on your usage habits and screen size preference.
If you’re a true blue phablet fan you’re better off sticking it out to your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and just waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Chances are Samsung will incorporate the most successful features of the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge to the new Galaxy Note. We identified 5 of the best things that Sammy can pass on to the Note 5 and we’ve listed them down below.
1. Fingerprint Lock/Unlock that actually works well
When Samsung first implemented the Fingerprint Lock/Unlock, it was terrible. It’s the same experience with the Galaxy Note 4: it’s so tedious to actually get the d*mn thing to work properly. You have to slide down your finger and cover the whole home button. Chances are you’ll end up doing it 2-3 times before you get it to work.
This all changed with how they did it with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge. It works more like Apple’s TouchID where you just put your finger on the home button. No additional gestures or movements to make it work. They should definitely pass this on to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5!
2. More Efficient Touchwiz Android Lollipop 5.0.2
The Galaxy Note 4 has already received the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop Touchwiz update but we can definitely say that the Android 5.0.2 running on the Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge is so much smoother and seamless. There’s no need anymore to use a third party launcher since Touchwiz runs extremely well on the latest software.
3. Stunning Display that just POPS
The display on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is already one of the best in the industry. Heck if it weren’t for the display on the Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge the Galaxy S6 series uses a new generation of AMOLED displays that delivers better luminance/brightness and power efficiency) we would call it the best display available right now. The good news is the best can still get better and this is exactly what we saw with the ridiculously good screen of the Galaxy S6 Edge.
4. Wireless Charging out of the box
This has always pissed us off with Samsung. Why do we have to buy a back cover just to get wireless charging when almost all other smartphones that have it make it built-in to the device? The idea of forking out like Php2,000-Php3,000 to buy a wireless charging capable case or back cover is crazy. This is exactly the case with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which we hope will change with the Galaxy Note 5.
5. A better camera for low light
This is arguably one of the most noticeable features of the Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge — the improved camera. The S6 series uses the SONY IMX240 camera sensor with a maximum aperture size of f/1.9 (for your reference the Galaxy S5 had f/2.2). This camera was made to take better shots in low-light conditions and they did this by improving the quality of the shots taken with higher ISO.
And that’s a wrap! Those are the 5 immediate things that we want from the Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge passed on to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5. There’s no official release or announcement date yet for Samsung’s new phablet but we’re expecting it to happen again later this year around September/October during IFA in Berlin, Germany. So if you’re a phablet kind of person, bunker down and hold on to your Galaxy Note 4 and wait for the Galaxy Note 5.