10 Best phablets in the World Today

Our hands might not be getting any bigger but our phones certainly are. As flagships like the LG G4 and OnePlus One creep up to 5.5 inches phablets are starting to resemble small tablets, arguably filling the roles of both a smartphone and a slate.

If you think that one device is better than two, or just have really big hands, then there is a growing selection of phones to suit and these are the ten best.

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10. Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Windows Phone on the big screen

OS: Windows Phone 8.1 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 8GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

If you’re looking for a low cost, big screened, easy to use smartphone then you’re in the right place. The Microsoft (not Nokia) Lumia 640 XL checks all three boxes.

The Windows Phone interface is intuitive, and while it may not have the app selection of iOS or Android, at this price you can’t really complain and there’s a decent spec sheet to back it up.

What’s more, pick up the Lumia 640 XL now and you’ll be guaranteed an upgrade to Windows 10 when it starts rolling out – making this handset pretty future proof.

9. HTC Desire 820

A mid-range smartphone with a big screen

OS: Android 4.4 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | Memory: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 2600mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP

In the battle of the big phones there are a few players that are trying to make their mark and a 64-bit processor and 8MP front facing camera helps the HTC Desire 820 gain some ground.

The design also has to be applauded. It might be made out of a polycarbonate chassis, but the two tone shell is attractive and feels very well made.

The 720p display isn’t the sharpest, but considering the price it can almost be forgiven as you’re getting a lot of real estate for your money.

8. Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Water and dust proof, the massive Z Ultra is ready for action

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 3050mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP

At 6.4 inches the Z Ultra is monstrous in size and that’s a blessing and a curse. It’s a true tablet replacement, as it’s not all that much smaller than a 7-inch slate, but that of course makes it wildly impractical as a phone.

Still, if you really want an all-in-one device this will do it and size aside there’s a lot going for it. The Xperia Z Ultra has a premium build with a glass back and it’s super slim at just 6.5mm thick, so it looks good, especially compared to most other phablets.

It’s water and dust resistant, has a powerful 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and its screen makes it a great portable movie player too. You’re going to be giving the battery a workout, so it’s a good thing that its 3050mAh juice pack is up to the challenge.

7. LG G Flex 2

The only bendable phablet around

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 2/3GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 2.1MP

Okay so the LG G Flex 2 isn’t exactly cheap, which is part of the reason why it isn’t as high up the list as you may think, but it certainly has a couple of neat party tricks.

First up, as the name suggests, it’s a flexible smartphone – you can actually bend the banana shaped handset slightly without snapping it in two. Then there’s the self healing rear coating which gets rid of minor bumps and scuffs as if by magic.

Its battery life may not be stellar, and it can get rather toasty if you really hammer it, but you can be sure you’ll be the talk of the pub when you whip it out your pocket.

6. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

It may not be top of the pile anymore, but it still packs a punch

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 16/32/64GB | Battery: 3200mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 2MP

The faux-leather rear of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is divisive at best, but with a powerful 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM it’s a high performing handset, while its 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display is sharp and impressive.

It’s also on the small side, at least as far as phablets go, which makes it easier to hold than some competing devices, while the inclusion of a stylus makes it a joy to use.

Add in an impressive battery life and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 really is a phone that has it all. Great as a phone, even better for media and productivity, high powered and it keeps on going all day.

5. Huawei Ascend Mate 7

The phablet from China, with love

OS: Android 4.4 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 2/3GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 4100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Along with Oppo, Huawei is another relatively unknown name that’s creeped into the list, but the Ascend Mate 7 is worthy of attention.

With a big 6.0-inch 1080p screen, an attractive aluminium casing, good battery life, an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and even a fingerprint scanner there’s a lot to like here. A 13MP snapper and a microSD card slot don’t hurt either.

The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 isn’t quite the most powerful phone around (though it’s not far off) and there are handsets with sharper screens, but it doesn’t feel lacking, so if you don’t mind skipping past the brand names you can save yourself some money and still get a top flight phablet experience by picking up one of these.

4. Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

A cool side screen with extra functionality

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.6-inch | Resolution: 1600 x 2560 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 3.7MP

With its curved screen it would be easy to write the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge off as a gimmick, but that would be a mistake. While the edge is hardly an essential feature it does add some handy skills to the phone, such as the ability to exile video controls to the edge so they’re always visible without obstructing the display.

Those minor features aside the Galaxy Note Edge is also almost as impressive a handset as the Note 4, with heaps of power, a super-sharp QHD screen and an S Pen stylus, so you can write by hand and even sketch on your phone.

A slightly smaller battery and marginally worse performance are the only things holding it back from the Galaxy Note 4 and the number one spot.

3. Google Nexus 6

Pure Google and pure Android on the big screen

OS: Android 5.1 | Screen size: 5.96-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3220mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 2MP

The Nexus 6 is Google’s first phablet and it’s a real winner, with an enormous 5.96-inch QHD screen, a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM.

Of course it also benefits from being a stock Android device and first in line for new OS updates and even its camera- traditionally a weak point on Nexus devices, is capable of taking some pretty stunning snaps.

Add to that extra features like Qi and turbo charging and it’s clear that this is a real flagship device with no cut corners. If there’s a downside to all this it’s that it’s not the budget bargain that many Nexus phones are, but it’s hard to argue that it’s not worth every penny.

2. iPhone 6 Plus

Apple does supersize, and does it well

OS: iOS 8 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 16/64/128GB | Battery: 2915mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Can a phone with a 5.5-inch screen really be considered a phablet? Maybe not in Android land, but for Apple this is big, really big.

The iPhone 6 Plus has a sharp 1080 x 1920 display and specs that punch well above their weight, with its optical image stabilisation-equipped 8MP snapper capable of some of the best photos you can take on a smartphone and its dual-core processor somehow delivering impossibly slick performance.

Being an Apple device it also has a sumptuous design and build, with a slim metal shell leaving it as the best looking phablet on the planet. While its Touch ID fingerprint scanner is a nice bonus and for the time being it’s the only iOS phablet available.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

King of the phablets

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3220mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 3.7MP

Samsung was one of the first companies to jump on the phablet train and its most recent one, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, is not only one of Samsung’s best phones but the best phablet money can buy.

Its super sharp, bright and vibrant but still fairly pocketable 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED display is perhaps the star of the show. Or maybe that honour should go to its ridiculously slick performance, supported by a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM. Then again its 16MP camera complete with optical image stabilisation is also highly impressive.

We haven’t even touched on its metal frame or its innovative and useful S Pen, let alone its fingerprint scanner, but it should be clear by now that we’re huge fans of Samsung’s latest phablet. It’s big (but not too big), powerful, stylish and feature packed. If you’ve got the money and want a big-screen phone this is unquestionably the one to go for.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Update

If you’re using a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, its Lollipop update (Android 5.0.1) is now available in Malaysia. This is specifically for the SM-N910C version that runs on Exynos.

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The update is more than a GB in size, so you would need to download this patiently over WiFi. Before installation, it would require at least 3GB of free space and be sure to backup your files just in case if anything goes wrong. If you haven’t received any update notification, you can check manually under Settings > About Phone > Software updates.

Head after the break for the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0.1 walk through demo.

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Is LG working on a G4 Note Tablet

The LG G4 may not be the only device LG has planned for a 2015 release. At a press conference during MWC 2015, LG’s CEO of mobile business, Cho Jun-ho stated that there is another device on the way for the second half of 2015. This device will be placed at a higher status than the LG G4. Could this possibly mean that LG is preparing a Samsung Galaxy Note V competitor.

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According to Korea Herald, the Korean company is prepping a G Note Line up. The trademark was recently bought in their home company, meaning the phone could be released soon. To fuel this rumor even more, a mysterious LG device swung through the FCC recently codenamed LS770. This device has a 5.8″ display, which is a bit bigger than the one that can be found on the LG G3. This is definitely foreseeable as an LG G4 Note.

At least LG isn’t an armature when it comes to the phablet territory. The G Pro series was the companies phablet device before it was canned with the G Pro 2. It was meant to go after the Note series from Samsung but didn’t do any good. Now, the company is reentering the phablet market to go after the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

ZeroLemon Samsung Galaxy Note 4 10000mah Extended Battery Unboxing, Setup, and First Look

I finally got my hands on the “Zerolemon Samsung Galaxy Note 4 10000mah Extended Battery + NFC + Rugged Black Zero Shock Hybrid Protection Case – World’s Highest Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Capacity Battery with World’s Only Universal Form Fitting Case (Compatible with S Beam and Google Wallet)” and made a video of how it looks, fits, how to put it on, and etc. :)

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ZeroLemon Samsung Galaxy Note 4 10000mah Extended Battery Unboxing, Setup, and First Look

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Buying a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, S5, Tab S or Any Samsung 4K TV – Get A Free Year Of Netflix And Milk Music Premium

In the market for a new high-end Samsung gadget? Then you’re also eligible for some free streaming video and music. In the latest round of Samsung perks, the manufacturer is giving away a year of free access to both Netflix and the premium version of its own Milk Music service. You can get in on the new deal by purchasing a new Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Tab S tablet (in any size or capacity, including carrier versions), or a Samsung 4K television.

The promotion is a valuable one: access to Netflix alone is $7.99 a month, and the premium upgrade for Milk Music is $3.99 a month, so a free year of both is a $144 value. Netflix will be what people are more interested in here, since it’s accessible on practically any connected device these days, from phones and tablets to standard web browsers to smart TVs and set-top boxes. The premium version of Milk adds offline listening, unlimited radio skips, DJ commentary, and a sleep timer on top of the Samsung-exclusive music service.

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After poking around the redemption page a bit (and trying to get credit for some review devices), it looks like most current Samsung owners are out of luck. You can only redeem the offer with your serial number if you purchased your phone, tablet, or TV after January 4th, 2015. The promotion is also almost certainly exclusive to the United States. On the plus side, it looks like current Netflix subscribers can get free credit courtesy of Samsung.

The promotion will last until Jan. 17. and is just for the first 115,000 people to take advantage of the offer. They will have to go to the SamsungPromotions.com site after they purchase their qualifying smartphone or tablet to register their claim and then, if accepted, they can get their credit for 12 months of service on Netflix, which is normally worth $107.88. The good news is that the credit can be used for both new and existing Netflix accounts.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 The best Android phablet rules with a pen

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s S-Pen — the narrow stylus tucked handily inside Samsung’s surprisingly successful, giant 5.7-inch Galaxy Note phone — stands out in a crowd. No other popular phone comes with a stylus, and this one makes the most of its mouselike properties, and an ability to write and draw on the screen. Every day, I’ve used it instinctively to jot a list or note, and to keep the screen clean from finger smudges.

The Note 4’s specs also earn outstanding marks across the board, including its eye-poppingly vibrant display and a mostly-excellent 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. Rapid LTE data speeds and a robust processor join a host of other specs and features that easily make the metal-rimmed, Android-powered Note 4 easily equal to other top-rated handsets — and often better. The phone’s drawbacks, though present, are minor and few.

As someone who enjoys the physical act of writing, I love the Note 4’s stylus skills. However, if the act of putting digital pen to paper baffles you, skip this handset in favor of other big-screen phones that potentially cost less and perform core tasks just as well. This year’s Galaxy Note makes only incremental improvements over last year’s runaway Note 3, and if you don’t use the S-Pen heavily, the Note “phablet” costs too much compared to competing large-screen phones like the LG G3.

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The Note 4 sells for $300 on-contract and $600 off-contract in the US; £600 or £650 in the UK; and AU$940 in Australia. Scroll to the end for price comparisons.

Design and build: Metal over plastic
Achieving the zenith of premium design has long eluded Samsung, whose polycarbonate handsets are usually attractive if not drool-worthy. Earlier this year, Samsung broke the all-plastic mold with its metal-rimmed Galaxy Alpha, a move repeated on the Note 4. Silver accents around the rim and buttons look sharp on both the white and black versions we saw; they should class up the gold and pink tones as well.

So how does it all look? Very good, and a lot better than pretty much every other Samsung phone you can buy, except perhaps for the Alpha. The backing is slightly more textured (and thankfully free of last year’s cheesy, chintzy faux stitching). The straight sides are comfortable to grasp and easy to hold onto. You can easily find physical buttons with your fingertips.

Despite the improvements, though, the Note 4 still falls short of the LG G3 and HTC One M8’s luxe metal contouring and finishes, and the Sony Xperia Z3’s modern edges. Metal also structures the iPhone 6 Plus, which maintains a more seamless build quality than the Note 4 (although you can’t remove the iPhone’s backplate.)

Size and portability
There’s big and then there’s big, and the definition seems to swell by the day. You’ll find the Note 4’s exact dimensions and weight in the chart below, but what I think you really want to know is what it’s like to hold and carry around, especially compared to other supersize phones.

Size-wise, it’s a hair taller and thicker than the Note 3 and almost identical to the iPhone 6 Plus. The LG G3 feels much more compact by comparison, even though its screen size is just 0.2-inch smaller.

As a relatively short person with smaller hands, the Note 4 technically squeezes into my back pocket, though it looks comical sticking out of it. The same scenario goes for its palm-stretching effects: I find one-handed use pretty much pointless and almost impossible, even with Samsung’s software modes turned on. However, several CNET editors with larger mitts and pockets didn’t have much trouble with the Note 4’s size, commenting on how nice it feels to grip.

Ultra HD display
Although it’s got the same 5.7-inch display as last year’s model, the Note 4 has jumped in display resolution, from 1080p HD up to a 2,650 x 1,440p quad HD AMOLED display. Its pixel density of 515 ppi soars over the Note 3’s 386 ppi and the iPhone 6 Plus’ density of 401 ppi (but is less pixel-packed than the slightly smaller LG G3’s at 538 ppi).

These are big, impressive numbers on a big, impressive display that is undoubtedly clear and sharp. I spent a lot of time scrutinizing the Note 4’s presentation of many HD images, Web sites, and even 4K video against the iPhone 6 Plus and LG G3, all of them with brightness cranked to the max. I also threw in the Note 3 for good measure. Apart from predictable differences in color temperature and tone between the LCD iPhone and G3 versus the AMOLED Notes, differences in lettering and image quality were minor, if visible at all.

I will say, though, that the G3 looks noticeably dimmer at full brightness than the rest, and that the Note 4 exhibited smooth color gradients and strong contrast. It was perhaps just ever so slightly better than the rest, but not nearly enough to warrant a rowdy debate. Even when viewing 4K video, hawk-eyed CNET editors and photographers gathered around the phones could only tell slight differences in the amount of detail on display.

Other external features
If you’re familiar with Samsung’s Galaxy S5, you pretty much know what you’re getting with the Note 4. A physical home button and two capacitive soft keys rest below the screen, each with a secondary function when you press them down. The power/lock button decorates the right spine, with the volume rocker on the left. A rapid-charging port at the bottom edge balances out the 3.5 millimeter headset jack and IR blaster up top.

Below the camera lens, an LED flash module combines with the heart-rate sensor that is rapidly becoming another Samsung hallmark. The back cover pulls off to access the battery and microSD card slot, which you can fill with an up-to-64GB card (but not the 128GB you see on some other phones). The S-Pen holster bores into the back as well.

One thing you won’t notice is a rubber gasket surrounding the internal parts to help keep them free of water, unlike on the Galaxy S5. This isn’t a deal-breaker by any means, though some folks find that “waterproof” phones (also like the Xperia Z3) are a little more convenient for their hydrophilic lives.

Music plays nice and loud out of the speakers, though its certainly passable audio quality is a little tinny and thin, not quite the rich, rounded audio of the HTC One M8, for example. Behind the scenes, the Note 4 supports Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC.

OS and apps
Android 4.4 KitKat is practically a given on this phone, as is Samsung’s custom TouchWiz layer. If anything, Samsung seems to have scaled back from the Galaxy S5 rather than piling more on top like it usually does.

My Magazine, the newsfeed that lives to the let of your home screen, has morphed into Flipboard (which powered it anyway). The Toolbox feature that was introduced with the S5 is also gone. I also enjoyed color-coding app folders on the home screen, which is another relatively tiny Note 4 omission. Google Search’s always-listening ear is off by default, but you can turn it on in the app’s settings menu under “Voice.”

Otherwise, you’ll find a slew of ways to customize things from motion control to the notification panel. Blocking mode and private mode are present, and those who find the UI a little too frenetic can switch to a simpler Easy mode. As a security measure, the biometrically-minded can set up the fingerprint scanner as well (though its time-saving property is dubious).

Large phones like this one often come with settings to turn on one-handed operations. New in the Note 4 is a persistent panel hosting icons for your home-button functions, plus one to shrink down the application window for theoretically better one-handed use. You can expand or hide it on any screen, and of course, customize the icons.

Features that would help me use the phone one-handed are some I’d like to like, but in order for it to work, you have to be able to comfortably grip the phone and navigate with a thumb, something I had problems with while grabbing a pole on the bus and giving blood, both activities that really test these claims by taking an arm out of commission. Also, though it’s meant to be temporary, shrinking the app window defeats the purpose of having such a large display in the first place.

Just two more notes on apps before we move on. You may notice a few tiny changes to S Health. In the US at least, S Health gets a new optional “coach” you can use that’s sourced by healthcare provider Cigna. In addition to checking your heart-rate, the app can also monitor your blood-oxygen level (SpO2).

You might also notice fewer bundled Samsung apps in general, like the Kid’s Mode that came pre-installed in the S5. These haven’t disappeared, they’re just packaged into Galaxy Apps and include partner apps (many that comes with deals) like Dropbox and Kindle for Samsung. Any other bloatware you find on your phone is most likely courtesy of your carrier.

Multitasking and more
The Note 4 still supports a split-screen mode that lets you resize two app windows from a list of supported programs. You can now launch it several ways, including from the Recents tab, and can also create smaller pop-up windows to drag around the screen.

Even more, you can shrink the size of a popup to float it around the screen as a persistent bubble — a lot like a chathead in the Facebook Messenger lexicon, or like the Toolbox bubble found in the Galaxy S5.

This year’s Note adds the ability to select text (as in a website) and multiple Gallery images by clicking the S-Pen button and dragging. Further, you can pull these items from select apps to others when in multi-window or popup mode. I was able to drag images from the gallery to the Messaging app, for instance, but not into Facebook or Gmail, two places where the shortcut would make a huge difference.

One 2014 addition I did glom onto is the sticky Post-It style of the Note 4’s Action Memo. Now, after writing a note, you can also pin it to the home screen as a visual reminder. Here’s another beneficial change: being able to share and annotate photos after hovering over them in the gallery.

As with all the phone’s multitasking efforts, I’m not sold on the overall efficacy of all these time-saving conveniences; I’m not convinced they all work.

Writing with the new S-Pen
It may look like a little plastic toy, but the roughly 4-inch plastic S-Pen stylus is the crux of what makes the Note series what it is. The Note 4’s square-sided S-Pen is almost the exact same design and dimension as the Note 3’s, only a touch shorter.

What’s different is the tech within the wand, which makes the Note 4’s S-Pen a smoother, more responsive writer than last year’s model. To test it, I wrote the same sentence several times with both S-Pens, first on the Note 3 and then on the Note 4. Text handwritten with the Note 4’s S-Pen consistently came out heavier and darker than with the Note 3’s pen, even at different ink thicknesses. This is because the new S-Pen has more than 2,000 levels of sensitivity versus 1,000 levels on last year’s model.

As before, you can select from a number of writing implements and colors, building your favorite combinations into presets to use on different backgrounds and templates. A calligraphy tip is the newest addition to the bunch, imparting dramatic edges and smoothing out my otherwise inelegant penmanship into something readable and semi-stylized.

The S-Pen is great for navigation when you use it more like an extension of your finger and mouse — and that also helps keep the screen clean from grime. I find it easier to use when I’m stationary rather than mobile.

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Cameras and video
Bottom line: the Note 4’s 16-megapixel takes some great photos. You probably won’t actively notice its best new feature, optical image stabilization. Instead, you’ll notice that flowers swaying gently in the breeze look well-defined despite the motion, and that your jittery espresso hands might not muck up as many shots. Colors can be a little oversaturated, but the end result is a collection of images, especially taken outdoors, that I’d want to share and possibly print.

As I said, that assessment applies most to photos taken with ample natural light. Like a lot of other phone cameras, the Note 4’s indoor and low light shots often processed with less detail and sometimes with a quality I can only describe as a mask over the scene — and this is after taking the time to set up a photo on a stationary object. Low-light shots also tend to kick in Samsung’s automatic night mode, which often asks you to hold still for several seconds while it processes the image. Most rival phones aren’t that demanding.

The front-facing 3.7-megapixel took nice self-portraits, though beware of the automatic Beauty Face mode that artificially sheds years from your age. You can dial that up or down depending on your tastes. A new wide-angle selfie mode takes a three-part panorama, though it takes a lot more time and effort to get right than is worth it. Better is the rear-cam selfie mode you launch from the main camera. A series of beeps (or vibrations) tell you you’re on track, and then automatically takes the photo. The image quality is infinitely better and the scene much more natural.

Samsung has really pulled back on default camera modes. The HDR toggle remains on the screen, while selective focus and panorama are still tucked into Modes by default. You can click Manage Modes to surface more, like dual camera and action shot modes, and you’ll also be able to download more from the camera app.

Video capture is excellent and is one area where optical image stabilization makes a difference. Videos capture in 1080p HD by default (with a 16:9 aspect ratio), but can go up to Ultra HD 3,840 x 2,160-pixel resolution for 4K video. These will be gargantuan files. If you’re into saving space or need to shoot in lower-resolution, 720p HD and VGA are other options.

Both the camera and video recorder let you adjust exposure values and metering, ISO and white balance, and both HDR and grid lines. Slow motion and fast motion return as tools for more adventurous producers.

Stick around for a more detailed camera-versus-camera shootout. In the meantime, enjoy these photos below. Click to enlarge to full resolution.

Best Android Phones

Which is the best Android smartphone to buy? Now that the HTC, Samsung, Sony and LG have outed their best wares, we pick out the top Android mobiles of 2014 to look out for.

The “big four” high-end Android smartphones – the HTC One M8, the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Sony Xperia Z3 and the LG G3 – are now all here and have recently been joined by a plethora of other great handsets of all shapes and sizes, from the mini Sony Xperia Z3 Compact to the maxi Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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So, if you’re ready to see which we’ve picked out as the best, follow the links below. Alternatively, read on to find out a bit more about Android.

Best Big Android Phone | Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Best Google Experience Phone | Nexus 5
Best Small Android Phone | Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Best Cheap Android Phone | Moto G 2014 Edition
Best Android Phone for Battery Life | Sony Xperia Z3
Best Android Phone for Watching Video | LG G3
Best Big Brand Alternative | OnePlus One
Best Android Phone Camera | Samsung Galaxy S5
Best Android Phone Overall | HTC One M8
Best Android Phone for Selfies | HTC Desire EYE

The main benefit of choosing an Android phone is, of course, choice. Choice of manufacturers, prices, shapes, sizes and more.
As such, our list of the Best Android Phones includes some cheaper models like the Moto G, smaller models like the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and even bigger ones like the One Plus One.

If you are happy to spend big on a monthly contract or buy a high-end Android smartphone outright, then you’ve plenty of options and you‘ll get the hardware that pushes the operating system to its limits. Think lightning-fast quad-core processors, huge HD touchscreens and the kind of cameras that’ll allow you to finally ditch the compact. Some of these handsets are even waterproof now.

At the other end of the spectrum, you can save yourself several hundred pounds and still get a great Android phone – one that is often a more pocket-friendly size, has all the core features you’ll need and still runs nice and quick. Crucially though, it will let you play games, watch YouTube videos, check Facebook, browse the web and access the full wealth of apps available on the Google Play store. If getting the absolute cheapest phone you can is your main priority then also check out our pick of the Best Cheap Mobile Phones.

The Android operating system has been praised for letting you truly customise your phone. It has for some time though lacked the polished, good looks of Apple’s iOS. Google has upped its game recently, though, and in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the more recent Android 4.4 KitKat and the freshly released Android 5.0 Lollipop, we have the cleanest and most user-friendly version of the operating system since it was first released back in 2008.

If you really don’t fancy owning an iPhone 5S or a Windows Phone 8 handset , then maybe it’s time to go down the Google avenue. Hunting out the top rated high-end and mid-range handsets, we’ve selected the 10 best Android phones to buy right now.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now official, and we’re bringing you every little tidbit of information, as only Android Central can.

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Be sure to check out our Here, now, are the complete and official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs:

Network

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps)

Processor

2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor
1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor

Display

5.7 inch (143.9mm) Quad HD Super AMOLED (2560 x 1440)

Operating system

Android 4.4.4 KitKat

Cameras

Rear Facing: 16 megapixel autofocus camera with smart OIS
Front Facing: 3.7 megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture
Rear Facing Camera : HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Rear-cam Selfie, Beauty face, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot & More, Dual Camera
Front Facing Camera: Selfie, Wide Selfie

Video

Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8
Recording & Playback: up to UHD

Audio

Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support

S Pen features

Air Command (Action Memo, Smart Select, Image Clip, Screen Write), S Note, Snap Note, Direct Pen Input

Additional features

Multi Window, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Voice Recorder (Normal Mode, Interview Mode, Meeting Mode, Voice Memo)
Download booster, S Health 3.5, Dynamic Lock Screen, Briefing

Google Mobile

ServicesChrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube

Connectivity

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) MIMO PCIe
GPS / GLONASS / Baidu
NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.1 (BLE, ANT+)
IR LED (Remote Control), USB2.0, MHL 3.0

Sensor

Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB,IR-LED
Proximity, Barometer, Hall Sensor, Finger Scanner, UV, Heart Rate Monitoring, SpO2 (Dependent on market)

Memory

32 GB Internal memory + micro SD slot (up to 64GB)
3GB RAM

Dimensions

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm, 176g

Battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 3,220mAh, Fast Charging (Adaptive Fast Charging & QC2.0)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, news and features

The all-new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has now been officially unveiled, but what does the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 actually bring?

Well there’s no change to the size of the screen, which still comes in at the whopping 5.7 inches that we have come to know and love, but Samsung has made some significant changes to that killer feature.

That 5.7-incher is now a Quad HD Super AMOLED (2,560 x 1,440 resolution) technology that stretches to 500 pixels per inch.

You can check out our hands on: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review for our first impressions of just what has changed in this latest generation.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date and price

The Galaxy note was announced at IFA 2014 on September 3. Samsung had sent invites for an event advising people to ‘Note the date’, which was a bit of a give away, and so it proved.

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We’re still waiting to hear an exact release date for the phone in territories around the world, but it looks very likely that it will launch in September, if not trickling into the start of October.

There’s been very little said about the price yet, but a listing on Indonesian site erafone puts it at IDR 9,499,000 (or roughly £490 / $810 / AU$870) which seems believable, especially since those conversions don’t include local taxes. Better start saving.

An amazing screen – again

First up, screen size. The original Note came with a 5.3-incher, the Note 2 showed up with a 5.5-inch display and the Note 3 pushed things to 5.7 inches.

Going by this logic the Galaxy Note 4 should have come with a 5.9-inch display, which would see it match the HTC One Max and LG G Pro 2, while still falling short of the 6.4-inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

But actually Samsung showed admirable restraint, keeping the Note 4 to the 5.7 inches of its predecessor, but throwing a boat-load more quality into its killer feature.

The screen now boasts Quad HD Super AMOLED (2,560 x 1,440 resolution) technology that stretches to 500 pixels per inch.

Plus, Samsung is throwing in what it is calling an adaptive display – one that changes depending on the light of the place you are viewing the screen – and on paper you have the optimum viewing no matter what situation you are in.

It even decided to get fancy and launch a variant of the phone called the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, which has a curved display that folds around the spine of the phone. Sadly this didn’t make it to the main device, but it’s a good test to see if there’s desire for such innovation.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 power and storage

The Galaxy Note 4 bring with it a pretty impressive 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, which certainly won’t be struggling to keep things moving despite the screen.

Also worthy of, ahem, note, is the 3GB RAM that the phone is running – there are still plenty of people with PCs that don’t have that kind of memory.

The internal memory of the Galaxy Note 4 is a not insignificant 64GB, which should mean you don’t have to choose between your collection of Jean Claude van Damme movies and your lovingly put-together eclectic music.

Of course, there’s a microSD slot too, with the ability to add 128GB more if you’re thinking of downloading the internet for a day.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 To Feature UV Sensor

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s upcoming Galaxy Note 4 smartphone may feature a UV sensor that has the capability to track ultraviolet rays every 500 milliseconds. The feature was designed to improve outdoor visibility of the Super AMOLED display. It could also be used to warn users of the sun’s heat.

Exciting new specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Galaxy Note 4 tablet could come in 22 different versions, including SM-N9106V, SM-N9106W, SM-N9108V, and SM-N9108V. The list does not go into specified details. It is also suggested that the upcoming Note will come in either 16GB or 32GB internal storage. The latter version in the United States will be exclusively available through Verizon Communications Inc. , AT&T Inc. , Sprint Corporation , and T-Mobile US Inc.

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The information regarding Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is vague and leaves many questions unanswered. Only time will tell if this rumor is actually true. The UV sensor rumor is not the only current rumor that is currently in circulation. Just mere days ago, BGR shared the alleged specs of the upcoming smartphone in a post. There were two versions of this model, including the SM-N910C and SM-N910S, found in the AnTuTu Benchmark database. These versions are the Exynos and Qualcomm versions.

Galaxy Note 4 with Flexible screen limited to niche market

As expected, these versions will come with different system-on-chips. These versions will vary depending on the region the devices are sold in. Both new versions are expected to feature a high-resolution 2K display, 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 3.68-megapixel front facing camera, and 3GB of RAM. Other reports indicate that Samsung will release two flexible screen and regular screen models. However, it is important to point out that Samsung could be planning to limit the flexible screen version to a niche market. This could mean that the company is using the limited niche market to test out customer reception and that it hopes to eventually make the product available in more markets.