On September 2nd Samsung acknowledged issues with the battery inside the Note 7 handsets. There were several reports of faulty batteries going around where the phone (or the battery) exploded. Samsung said it had found a problem with the battery in some of the phones and was halting sales in 10 countries, including South Korea and the U.S.  Samsung said phones in China don’t appear to be affected because it used another battery supplier but was unclear if models sold in China would be recalled. All sales outlet for the Note 7 have followed suit and halted sales, pulled the device form their sites, and offer exchanges. I hear Sprint is offering up similar devices for customers to use during the recall process. To give you a better picture of the situation here is a video to checkout.

Imagine this happening to you while the phone is in your pocket?
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A Galaxy Note 7 owner in South Korea, who asked that he not be identified, told CNN Money he was awoken in the middle of the night when he “smelled something burning.” His phone had melted and he used his older model Samsung, Galaxy Note 2, to take photos that he posted online. (source: CNN)  A south Korean news agency Yonhap had reported five claims around the world of Note 7s catching fire while charging while unverified photos posted on social media showed charred devices.

There have been 35  reported cases of this happening and Samsung has jumped in quickly and announced a full recall of the the Note 7 phablet. Samsung has stated that they will replace all of the phones that were already purchased and they have already setup an exchange program. The exchange program goes as follows.
United States customers have 2 options

  • Exchange a Note 7 for a new, fixed Note 7
  • Exchange a Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 Edge and replacement of any Note 7 specific accessories with a refund on the price difference between devices.

Samsung mentioned that the Note 7 for Note 7 exchange could start next week but nothing so far as to when the Note 7 for S7 Edge will start. ALSO, Samsung is giving Note 7 buyer a $25 gift card or credit off of their phone bill for  their troubles. Of course this only applies if you are swapping out phones with another Samsung Note or S line of phones.

The program will be implemented in conjunction with your carrier so visit your carrier to get the ball rolling.

The Note 7 Recall is definitely a huge blow to Samsung. All you Apple fans can start talking your junk now to no real avail since Samsung is obviously not going anywhere.  Samsung’s response to the problem is not what Apple has done in the past which chalking issues up to software related problems. If you think that is an error feel free to comment. (Just throwing that out there…lol) Samsung stock as dipped to a 2-week low (reuters) while the Apple iPhone 7 is expected to be announced next week in San Francisco. So Samsung needs to get moving or they stand to lose money by the iPhone 7 eating into the market. The cellphone business being one that still locks people in for a period of time.

So if you waited to buy the Note 7 or were warming up to it… You will have to wait. Although I have been hearing that September 30th may be a day you may be able to buy your new, cool, fixed Note 7. As the issue just seems to be a battery issue. Changing batteries and/or battery carrier would fix things just nicely. I can imagine the process being accepting all the bad phones and just changing the battery. Although I will say people have been finding issues with the phone. Mentioning that the phone lags and very fast battery drainage. This mainly though came from T-mobile customers. I have not seen all of the complaints has of yet but these were the ones that stood out.  Oh carriers are waiving their restocking fee…  ooooh. (sarcasm) I cannot  forget also customers still get to keep their free year of Netlflix.

UPDATE:

I have heard from a source close to Samsung that the phones will be available for exchange starting next week. Samsung will not be doing it directly so this process will happen at the carrier level.

Sept 6, 2016

Note 7 related hotel fire…

Another Note 7 has been reported as exploding. The owner was an Australian man in a hotel no doubt. The explosion caused about $1400 in damages in the hotel room. The man was apparently on a business trip when his room almost went up in flames.

“My brand new Note7 exploded this morning while I was still asleep, it was plugged in and charging,” he said. “Phone completely fried, I can’t eject the SIM tray to retrieved [sic] my SIM or the SD card. I was using original charger and cable if you are wondering. Charred the hotel room bed sheet and the carpet when I whacked it down to the floor, burnt one of my finger [sic] while doing that too. “[Samsung] told me this is the first case in Australia,” he added. “I have gone to Samsung store and they gave me a loan device, and have been promised that they will take care of the hotel damages bill.” (Numerous sources. Just google it.)

Though still insure of this story which originated on Reddit where the man posted the story.

Possible House Fire Caused by Note 7

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FAA Plans to Ban the Note 7

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a ban on the Note 7. So passenger will not be able to take their Note 7 device on planes. Now the FAA is still thinking about it. The Transportation Security Administration and US Airlines are talking about it also. If these all decide to label the Note 7 as a hazardous product, passengers will be, I repeat, prohibited from carrying a Note 7 on board of upcoming flights. The actual details are still confusing which means they have no clue yet what they wanna do. Since Samsung has not made an official recall of the phone they feel the need to take some action. If you are yet still confused. Yes Samsung has recalled the Note 7 but they have not taken the official steps which is getting the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission involved. It just sounds like a lot of time wasted going through red tape and paperwork to me. So Samsung has initiated their own recall. But the official way to do it apparently makes sure no one else can still sell the possibly defective Note 7s still out there.


Sept 12, 2016

6 Year Old Boy from Brooklyn Burned by a Note 7

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Sept 15, 2016

Signs of ‘Safe’ Note 7s

New Galaxy Note 7 phones will have boxes with a giant S mark on them to show you have the “safe” phone. Which is an indication to help ease the public’s concerns about having to get another phone with a defective battery. We all know how the insurance replacements go. You pay money for your replacement normally to quite often get a refurbish unit. Anyone that is not new to the cellphone game knows this. To add there may be another indication of ‘hitting the safe spot’ is the battery indicator which supposedly will have a green fill instead of the default white. This detail though I would not trust 100% cause this can be easily changed or mimicked so if you buy your Note 7 online be careful. (–source zdnet.com & pocketnow.com)

President of Samsung US Apologizes

Sept 19th is the day to start looking for safe Note 7s while the 21st is the latest.

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PhoneArena.com setup a poll…

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UPDATE:

The Note 7 had several reoccurring fire incidence so Samsung went through official channels & started the recall. Now Samsung you could tell was trying to avoid this to preserve the Note 7’s ability to sell but they had no choice due to the reoccurring events. Samsung has made several attempts at getting these phones out of people’s hands, the replacement program being its main effort. Note 7s in the US are restricted from charging past 60 percent and receive a pop-up notification about the recall every time the screen is turned on. In Canada, Note 7s are about to have all wireless networking disabled so they won’t even be able to make a phone call.

Months later and a large part of the public still wants a Note 7. There are numerous reviews of the Note 7 that despite the battery fire issues deem the Note 7 the better phone among current options available. This being the case, other phones have been released by other manufacturers while consumers look for some equivalent option. Some make claim the LG V20 being equal without pen features. A true Note user knows better as the S-Pen just adds so much more to the device.

Note 7 owners basically just did not want to give up their phones. Samsung says that 93 percent of US-sold Note 7 units have now been returned, which means there are about 133,000 phones still out there. 

So what now?

Samsung will now render the remaining Galaxy Note 7s in the US useless and inoperable with an update for the recalled smartphone. Anyone getting any Apple thoughts in the brain? (This though is intentional where Apple just messed up.)  On Dec 9th Samsung confirmed that it plans to release an update on December 19th that will be distributed across all major carriers within 30 days. So what’s happening is this update will disable charging of the phones all together which will eventually render all updated phones useless.

Now this sounds good an all but I can literally think of a way around this which I will not mention here in this blog but anyone that is familiar with jailbreaking & rooting will already know what I mean.

If you must break down & give up the ghost. Note 7 owners still rocking the cool phone can still return your phones or exchange them for other Samsung devices.

If there is anymore updates I will keep you posted… Keep checking.

Here goes another battle of Samsung verses Apple were so much seems to reside on how much a person likes the phone as opposed to whether or not the phone is actually better. The phone industry battle still mainly involves Samsung and Apple.SammyApple You do have other companies who throw there bombs in like LG and Huawei. Companies like Huawei and Blu have made a dent into this battle as far as sales go mainly because they have offering phones with some pretty good specs for less money and less money spent is always enticing. A good number of consumers do not want to spend a lot of money on a phone to then have to spend a lot monthly to keep that phone on. At the end of the day you buying that flagship phone is still better than buying the cheaper copies. Main reason is longevity and yes a new version comes out every year and yet I am still right. Why? I will give you an example. The Note 3 is years old now. We are about to see a Note 6 soon and the Note 3 is still a great phone. I have seen Note 3 phones with Note 5 software on them giving these phones new life for the owner that wants to wait to upgrade and let’s face it, it is not always beneficial to upgrade every year (i.e. Note 5 removal of the SDCard) but a worthwhile upgrade also depends on where you are coming from.
Now we have the Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. the Apple iPhone 6s. The first thing that comes to mind is the “s” in the iPhone 6s which to me just tells me that is but a minor change from the 6 at first glance but come to find out the 6s is just what the 6 should have been from the start (gotta know to read between the lines). So first let us start with what is different with the 6s vs the 6.

Screen: Same screen but with 3D Touch
Design: .2 mm thicker, 14g heavier, another color option of Rose Gold, and 7000 anodized aluminum as opposed to 6300. So the design is worse actually but for a worthwhile reason if anyone remembers the “bend-gate” scandal of the iPhone 6.

Performance: Apple A9 64bit dual core 1.84GHz (CPU), PowerVR GT7600 (GPU), 2GB RAM. What this means is the 6s has a newer CPU and GPU which is faster and the phone has more memory than 1GB (finally an iphone with more than 1GB) More memory translates into more you can do at once and more webpages opened. Oh also any review you read about the Apple CPU do not be impressed by how much more percent the CPU is faster cause all that matters is how that CPU can handle the Operating System period.

Camera: 4MP higher camera with all the same features while adding 4K video and 5MP front camera instead of the 1.2 the 6 had. Oh and they added a Live Photo feature.

Battery: It is a smaller battery than the 6 but supposedly the newer iOS in the 6s is more power efficient.

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So now that you know the differences between the iPhone 6 vs the 6s (it is relevant…..trust me as I will go into more info on that later) let’s get into business. I am not going to go into a long review of these phones but instead show you a spec comparison and then explain it.

iPhone 6s

OS : iOS 9

Dimensions : 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches (138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm)

Weight : 143g

Display

Size : 4.7 inches

Resolution : 750×1334 pixels

Pixel Density : 326 ppi

Type : IPS LCD

Features : Light & Proximity Sensor, 3D Touch, Scratch resistant glass, Oleophobic coating

Camera

Flash : Dual LED

12 MP

Aperture : F2.2

Camcorder : 3840×2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (120 fps), 1280×720 (720p HD) (240 fps)

Front-facing camera : 5MP

Hardware

System Chip : Apple A9 APL0898

Processor : Dual-core 1840MHZ (1.84GHZ), 64bit

Graphics Processor : PowerVR GT7600

Memory : 2048MB (2GB)

Storage expansion :

Battery

Capacity : 1715 mAh

User replaceable : no

Wireless Charging :

MSRP : $849

Galaxy S7

OS : Android 6.0

Dimensions : 5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches (142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm)

Weight : 152g

Display

Size : 5.1 inches

Resolution : 1440×2560 pixels

Pixel Density: 576 ppi

Type : Super AMOLED

Features : Light & Proximity Sensor

Camera

Flash : LED

12 MP

Aperture : F1.7

Camcorder : 3840×2160 (4K)

Front-facing camera : 5MP

Hardware

System Chip : Exynos 8 Octa 8890 / Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820

Processor : Octa-core, 2300 MHz (2.3GHZ), Exynos M1 and ARM Cortex-A53 , 64-bit / Quad-core with a
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo

Graphics Processor : Mali-T880 MP12 / Adreno 530

Memory : 4096MB (4GB)

Storage expansion : microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 200 GB

Battery

Capacity : 3000 mAh

User replaceable : no

Wireless Charging : Optional

MSRP : $650 – $795 (Edge version costs $100 more)

What does this all translates to?
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Screen:
The Galaxy S7 screen is better by far with more pixels resulting in a much better look. Quite frankly nothing beats out a Samsung AMOLED display. The Iphone has 3D Touch an all which sounds cool if you use it. 3DTouch is a feature that allows the screen detect pressure which you can use to preview emails and websites. Let us not forget the Edge version of this cool display with its curve edge which adds more features to the phone.
OLED technology is the future where future phone can be flexible and foldable. These displays are lighter, thinner, faster in response time, have more vibrant colors, better viewing angles, high color accuracy, and like you see in the new line of Samsung phones an always-on display mode.
Performance:
The S7 is the winner here while both perform great with their respective operating systems. The S7 no matter which variant you get whether the Exnyos or Snapdragon (US versions) you are still getting more cores for your buck along with more memory. Double the amount of memory (think like your home PC or laptop) translates into faster performance and more multitasking. You can basically do more with 4GB and you can with 2GB. More open apps and more opened webpages. Now some will say the Apple is better here and I ask…. Based on what test? These 2 phones are very different while using different operating systems and frankly there is no true way to compare them performance-wise. If there was some way to test these phone on equal grounds while using the same OS then maybe as performance depends greatly on software. So when you see performance benchmarking reviews take them with a grain of salt cause what matters is if it runs good for what you use that phone for.
Software:
Which OS being better depends largely on what you like and want. Which one actually being better won’t matter to most if not all people. iOS and Android are both great but here we run into that age old battle of windows verses Mac OS, though not same per say but definitely is the same battle based on the same pros and cons. Apple’s closed management of iOS makes it better as far as upgrades are concerned as long as your device can run it which Apple also dictates. Android is more open by far with an app store that offers a lot more at the price of zero. Updates take longer and if you are a techy person you can do a lot more with your phone by installing customized versions of android on your phone by going to certain sites like xda-developers. This option is what can largely increase the life of your phone as I have mentioned latter in my reference to the Note 3. Not to mention those movie apps people find like Showbox or Moviebox.
Camera:
The camera is something you have to test out no matter what the specs are and a lot of reviews are stating the S7 camera is better. We use our phone to take selfies and capture those special moments which are usually in low light environments. Samsung has focused on this and the S7 has proven to be better in low light. I have seen a lot of mixed reviews, of course, but most of them praise the S7 on its low light performance. Even an Apple fan site, iMore, says the S7 won in their comparison of the cameras. Anyone reading this can look this up and you will find these camera shootouts going on, on websites. Other sites to check are Yahoo and CNET.
Battery:
The S7 has a bigger battery but at the same time needs it and still has not beaten Apple yet on battery life.
Overall I would have to say the S7 is better. I have chosen to not get into the design cause both phones are beautiful phones and no one can knock the Samsung phone for not having the metal, premium design. Samsung screens have been the best since the Epic 4G in 2010. Note that this was not the first phone to use OLED technology. Nokia has that win with the N85 but after that Samsung did make the i7110. Back then though these were not what you see today and they performed rather bad in direct sunlight. Anyways the S7 having more memory is a definite win here and to add the new Marshmallow Android OS along with a more robust processor but…..
The Apple iPhone 6s is already halfway through its lifecycle and there are rumors already on the iPhone 7. These rumor go as follows:
  • Removal of the headphone jack
  • Faster LTE modem made by Intel instead of Qualcomm
  • Wraparound screen using OLED technology (I doubt this very much. Maybe later down the road in like 2018 or something as Apple is always behind.)
  • Copying of some S7 specs like the dual-lens camera.
  • A new chassis that allows radio signals through it or just redesigning the antenna lines. (Hmmm great for signal increases but bad if you one of those people that are into the effects these signals can cause on people.)

So if you have an upgrade up and are looking to upgrade you probably should wait till around September/October time to see what this new iPhone 7 will be then decide what to upgrade to then. Oh will add that the Note 6 will also be a choice then too as I hear Samsung will be bringing back the SDCard. When it comes to the Note series of phones even if you do not use the S-Pen they are great phones and from what I hear the Note 6 may sport 6GB of memory, 4000mAh battery, and the same water and dust resistant features as the Galaxy S7. Yeah another feature the S7 has. Check out this video.

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If you want to read more on the S7 you can checkout the S7 rumors post.

Note 5 TouchWiz UISamsung Galaxy S7 is set to bring a new version of Touchwiz along with it and a recent report suggests that Google is working with Samsung to improve its Android-based distribution. This is some very interesting news as the South Korean giant will be focusing on the user experience on its upcoming flagship device.

 

Some argue that Touchwiz is a fantastic modification to Samsung devices and the recent switch to Android 6.0 Marshmallow on some Samsung devices showed a significant improvement in user experience and whatnot. Google has long aimed to improve its operating system but instead of offering Samsung some opposition, the tech company decided to help it instead. Touchwiz is going to be a lot more optimized on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and it’s going to be a lot more user-friendly. This makes a lot of sense when you think about Samsung’s main competitor, Apple, which is known for its user-friendly UI. Samsung wants to replicate that behavior and make its user interface superior. It remains to be seen if they will succeed based on what fans think.

Samsung Galaxy S7 To Be Here Soon

If you’ll check recent reports you’ll notice that the Samsung Galaxy S7’s release date is a very hot topic. The device is predicted to arrive somewhere in March or earlier, and this is a pretty optimistic prediction. Initially we thought that the device would be here in January but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The reason why the Samsung Galaxy S7 is going to be here earlier this year is because the tech company made the switch to Agile development which shortens development time by up to a month or two.

Do you think Samsung will succeed in making a better experience with the next version of Touchwiz?

 

Source: Samsung Galaxy S7: Google Helping Samsung to Improve Touchwiz





Samsung’s Phablet line of phones just keeps on pushing the edge going from strong contenders to even stronger. Despite the Note 5 not having a few features (and Samsung taking too many cues from Apple. Just saying.) it still has that large screen and plenty of features to take advantage of it.  The Note 5 is a nice looking phone. I had to check it  out and found it at an AT&T store before launch and I did love the way it looked. It is hands down one of the best looking and will cost you a pretty (ugly) penny too. The Note 5’s aesthetics though come with a price of there own. It is a bit fragile and I had to be extra careful to keep the phone from slipping out of my hand. Don’t get me wrong it is not too bad but coming from a different phone (Also a Note series phone) I felt I had to grip it tighter even though it had a lower footprint in my hand then my current phone at the time. So you will need protection for what  is still a beast of a phone. The cases listed here are in no order or importance or whichever is better so here goes…


Ringke Fusion Crystal Case

Ringke Fusion Note 5

I just happen to like this case and I keep seeing it mentioned in forums by people. The case is a hard slim case that shows off the Note 5 by also being transparent. The case is scratch resistant but nothing big is really talked about this part. You will see some stuff on the case eventually over time. There are TPU plugs that protects the ports from debris and this thing comes with a screen protector. Two for one baby…


Spigen Slim Armor Case


Spigen Slim Armor Note 5



I have this case for my Galaxy Note 4 and this case is just fine for me and it looks good. I bought it in a blue color and Spigen has continued onto the Note 5. The case has a kickstand and two layers. One layer being a rubber-type layer which is great for protection. Its TPU core helps to increase grip around the edges. The shell is smooth (polycarbonate) looks great while is a bit slippery though but still feels good in the hand. The buttons sit flush with the case which does take some getting used to. I noticed it takes a lil bit more strength to press the buttons too. (That is how the case is on my Note 4) Oh I will add in that the kickstand you should take care when using it. The kickstand is more stable while the phone is in the case so if you decide to try to pull it out while the phone is not in the case and find it either hard to do or whatever you notice….its better with the phone inside. I used the kickstand from time to time but I make sure I am careful with it. The Slim Armor Case for the Note 5 comes in gunmetal, metal slate, violet, and gold.



Spigen Slim Armor in Violet

Now the case was hard to find in this color. I could only find it on Spigen’s UK site. The case is available on other sites. You may just have to go looking for it. In the meantime I have included some sites. (Updated as of 3/5/2018)





OBLIQ Slim Fit Hard Case

The OBLIQ Case is another option if you do not want fatten that Note 5 too much. This case (also polycarbonate) snaps on your phone allowing easier access to the ports, side buttons, and whatever else. The case has an airbrushed finish, looks great, and is easy to grip.


Obliq Bumper Case-Note 5

SUPCASE Heavy Duty Case and Holster

Supcase HD Combo Note 5

This next case is one we all have seen some version of on different phones. Kind of remeniscent of an Otterbox but without the Otterbox price tag. So if you want that level of protection for your phone but do not wanna spend alot this case is an option. The Supcase has a built-in screen protector for that guard against scratches and the polycarbonate shell. TPU increases its grip while handling impact quite well. It has that rugged Hummer style to it and it has a few colors even for that rugged ride-or-die female.


Caseology Wavelength Series


Caseology Wavelength Case Note 5



The next case, the Caseology Wavelength at first glance I would say it must have some grip. This is a nice case also which adds a bit more to the look of your device while at the same time offering protection. Okay this case does have a polycarbonate frame and the matching TPU that covers most of the phone which also supplies the grip. The buttons are raised and the camera/ports are open. The colors it comes in are navy blue, mint, pink, and black.

Pelican ProGear Voyager Case

Pelican Pink Voyager Case & Holster Note5

This Pelican case made its way in recently for a case that is military grade. Like alot of cases it is built from a shock-absorbing layer with a polycarbonate shell but… with extra rubber on the outside where you will need it most. This case comes with a screen protector and the space from the edge to the screen is rather spacey for what I am used to. The usual button covers and cut-outs for all the ports and stuff along with a holster that can be used as a kickstand. This case though seems harder to find. I found a pink one floating around and the black one I think is an AT&T exclusive offering. So you will have to hit up the AT&T site to find that one.


Honorable Mention for Outdoors


I added this in because I did wonder what was around for say policeman or security guards. Most cases aren’t really great for running with and when I run with my phone I find myself having to hold the phone in order to keep it from jumping out of my pocket. (Cargo pockets are out cause as you run the phone will literally start banging on your knee. Unless you wear tight pants………………)


OneTigris MOLLE Tactical Smartphone Pouch for iPhone6 iPhone6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4, Blackberry 8300, HTC One Max

This pouch is designed to hold a smartphone with a larger screen. The ONETIGRIS site says it fits the iPhone 6 Plus perfectly. The site also says that with an Otterbox Defender case the phone would fit so tightly. The iphone 6 plus is very much the same size so grab you a slim case with a screen protector and rock this pouch to keep you phone around while on duty. The pouch is made of rugged 1000D nylon with a padding interior and strengthen buckle. The pouch allows for attaching to the MOLLE-compatible backpacks and vests that ONETIGRIS makes. Horizontal and verticalically worn on a belt and can be installed into webbing.


OneTigris MOLLE Tactical Smartphone Pouch

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In 2014 Apple agreed to purchase Beats known for the popular Beats headphones, speakers, and audio software for $3 billion. The deal actually consists of a purchase price of about $2.6 and the rest will vest over time. Source So now here we are with not very long to wait to give Apple Music a try. The streaming service will cost $10/month and will be available on Macs, iOS, and Windows PCs on June 30th….even if you do not use Apple. Apple Music will also be available on both Apple TV and Android this fall. So what happened to all the issues Apple and Google have/had/have? Apple will put out an app with their branding on Google? It is no big deal because when it comes to money by-gones can be by-gones really quick. So in this case if Apple wants to compete with other services like Spotify they need to jump on the bandwagon. Whatever right? For more details you can click here.




 

 

 

 

[ntcyoutube id=”NE3AzfWaQQw”]In 2011 at IFA Samsung announced the Galaxy Note. While some if not most media outlets questioned the device due to its 5.3 inch screen (which most considered extremely large for a phone), but the Note did quite well. It was received positively due to its stylus, the screen proving useful, and the speed of its 1.4ghz dual-core processor.  Proving to be a success Samsung announced that the Note had sold 1 million units in 2 months. Two months later Samsung made a version of the Note with LTE support. Six months after that the Note sold 10 millions units worldwide.

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In 2012 at IFA Samsung displayed the Note 2. The Note 2 was an improvement to the Note in the hardware area sporting a quad-core processor and a larger 5.5 inch screen. Samsung revised the stylus to be more sensitive to pressure (1024 levels of pressure sensitivity) for a more precise feel. Samsung like to make the lines of devices similar in look and the Note 2’s design was based on the Galaxy S3. The Note 2 has other new features like pen gestures, split-screen multitasking, other features that the S3 came out with, and Air View which allows previews of content to be displayed by hovering the pen above the screen.

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The Note series opened the doors for artists in mind which spawned apps for the graphic artists like PS Touch (Photoshop Touch) and SketchBook which Samsung had included. Next came the Note 3 in 2013 showing off a more “premium” design with a plastic leather backing, more stylus pen functionality, and a 5.7 inch 1080p screen. The new “premium” design was something to cater to  the world due companies coming out with devices with (I guess) better design chassis. Phones like the iphone 5 and the  HTC One. People liked the HTC Once due to it metal (premium) body. I thought the phone was okay personally. The stereo speakers only sounded great if  the phone was tilted landscape. Then again I had already joined the cult of the Note and any phone without the S-pen would just not do for me but I can still be objective…lol.

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Samsung in 2014 came out with a ‘lower’ version of the Note 3 and called it the Note 3 Neo. It had  the S-pen, a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD 720p screen , 8MP camera, 16GB storage, 2GB of RAM and all of the Note 3’s software features. The Note 3 Neo was made really different in that it sported the Samsung Exynos Hexa 5260 (6-core) processor. The processor in actuality was made up of a quad-core 1.3ghz Cortex A7 CPU and a dual-core 1.7ghz Cortex A15 CPU as well as support for HMP and a Mali-T624 GPU. GPU people refers to graphics.

Now we have the Note 4 which was announced at IFA on Sept 3rd, 2014. This 4th generation Note comes with some new features, yessir. I cannot really review the phone as I have not seen it yet but it seems to be getting some good reviews thus far. The Note 3 comes with the same size screen as the Note 3 but instead with better quality. The screen now has Quad HD Super AMOLED technology giving it a 2560×1440 resolution (about 500+ pixels per inch). Again the “premium” design was used but with a metal rim around the phone. The Note 4 comes with some of features of the Galaxy S5, of course, like the heartrate monitor on the  back (which can also be used to take pictures). Now HTC and Apple have heightened the consumers’ expectations of what a phone should feel like and so now a flagship phone has to have metal (oooooooh….). How about this, try dropping your iphone a few times and see how well those scrapes show up on your cool phone.

The S-Pen on the Note 4 has also been improved with more sensitivity. (double the amount making it 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity). Supposedly this makes it feel more like writing with a real pen. I don’t know really but I will update with I get my hands on one. As far as gestures and UI stuff I have seen mentioned about a floating  thing going on much like the Facebook Chat that Facebook has now shoved down people’s throats.

The Camera has  gone from 13MP to 16MP and is not only a better camera in this point but it now clocks in at f1.9 (for all you photographers out there), which allows the camera to take in 60% more light making for better quality images. Also baked in is optical image stabilization. If you don’t know what that is here is something to help you understand: An optical image stabilizer, often abbreviated OIS, IS, or OS, is a mechanism used in a still camera or video camera that stabilizes the recorded image by varying the optical path to the sensor. This technology is implemented in the lens itself, or by moving the sensor as the final element in the optical path. The key element of all optical stabilization systems is that they stabilize the image projected on the sensor before the sensor converts the image into digital information.

All of the regular promises of improvements are included like battery life but it is too soon to tell how that panes out but let’s not forget the Note 4 will also come in another version, the Galaxy Note Edge. Those of you who want a Note 4 may want to wait for this bad boy to come out then spend that dough as this phone has a curved screen on the right side that can be used for notifications and other things. I will just let you watch the videos cause you just need to see it. Dude I like this one. If I try to upgrade it will be to the Note Edge definitely. I’m saying it is still the same phone. Maybe a lil smaller and the resolution would have to change a bit to allow for the curved part of the screen but technically the same phone. Enjoy the videos…

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If you need to know the differences. Watch this video…

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