Now 2016 is in full swing, we hoped the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 would be in the UK by now but it looks like we're skipping straight to the upcoming Note 7 instead. If you want a Note 5, you won't be able to purchase it from one of the main networks and will likely have to get it shipped in from the US. That means if you want a phablet with an S Pen you're restricted to the older Galaxy Note 4. But it's hard not to love Samsung's amazing Note 4. This is, after all, a device that no-one thought would ever work but now four generations in the phone is selling brilliantly and it has invented a new category of mobile phones. We'd hoped the Galaxy Note 5 would come to the UK, but the specs on this phone are just as good and it proves quite a bit cheaper than Samsung's new Galaxy S6 Edge+ phablet.
The Galaxy Note 4 adds bundles of amazing features that makes this handset a legitimate flagship. There's a removable battery and a microSD card, both of which have now vanished from the Galaxy S range.
Even more important though is the stunning camera on the Note 4. If you're using your phone for photography then you won't be disappointed by what you get out of the Note. The S-Pen enables you to write notes and translate them from handwriting to text and while it's a niche feature, it can be very handy.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review highlights
The screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is fantastic. The QHD resolution ensures absolutely everything is pin sharp and the Super AMOLED tech makes colours really pop.
Your eyes alone will thank you for picking up the Galaxy Note 4, and those of you who love gaming and watching movies on your phone it's perfect.
We must also mention the camera, as the Galaxy Note 4 is capable of taking some really excellent snaps.
There's plenty of power packed in too, giving you a slick, fluid interface and the improved design with the metal frame makes the Galaxy Note 4 feel like the premium phone its price tag suggests.
It isn't as stunning to look at or hold as the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple still wins the style war, but at least the Note 4 has a decent level of grip.
Get over the size and the price (which has reduced now) of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and there's little to dislike about this dominating phablet.
There will be a large number of people who won't be able to get past the size and price of the Galaxy Note 4 - it is big, and it is expensive (although it has dropped slightly in price) - but that's not a huge issue for this handset.
It knows its market, and Samsung provides devices in a number of tiers to satisfy almost anyone.
The S Pen has come on leaps and bounds since its introduction with the original Galaxy Note, and while the precision has increased substantially on the Galaxy Note 4 it still feels a little, well, pointless.
We found ourselves using it very rarely. Unless you like sketching on your smartphone, or for some reason think it's quicker to hand write notes than tap them out (it's not, btw), then it provides little attraction.
Samsung still has a way to go with its fingerprint scanner as it's nowhere near as good as Apple's Touch ID or even Huawei's offering, and you'll likely find yourself turning it off after a while.
Samsung has packed in more power, an even better display and a great camera making the Galaxy Note 4 an excellent smartphone. It may no longer be the best phablet around, but if your budget won't stretch to the Note 5 then this won't let you down.
If you're already rocking the Galaxy Note 3 there's not a huge point in upgrading, unless you really want the screen and chassis bump, but if you're rocking an older phablet or considering picking one up the Galaxy Note 4 should on your list.
It'll be too big for some, while the true usefulness of the S Pen is still questionable, but overlook these things and you'll be more than happy with the now-cheaper Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
First reviewed: October 2014