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Samsung Note 3 Vs Samsung Note 4, Time To Upgrade?

Should you upgrade From The Samsung Note 3 To The Samsung Note 4?

Samsung Note 3 Vs Samsung Note 4, Time To Upgrade?

SAMSUNG-- It’s that time of the year again when the top of it’s class smartphone is coming out with an upgrade and you question on whether or not you are going to pay the price in making that happen. The Samsung Note 3 was an incredible device and known as a beast in the specs department, the question remains to be seen if the Samsung Note 4 will be a noticeable difference in which you should cough up the cash? Let’s take a look at a few categories in the specs department and see if we can’t come up with a conclusion.


Starting off with the screens the first thing we notice is the screen size is the exact same with both models, and this is going to be a good thing. At 5.7 inches, anything more would probably push the boundaries fully into the tablet world and be impracticable as a phone. The Samsung Note 4 will however have a far better resolution coming in with a Quad HD 2560x1440 compared to the Samsung Note 3’s full-HD 1920x1080. The pixel density is also noticeably better with the newer device, wit the two being compared at 515ppi(Note 4) Vs 386ppi(Note 3).

Battery Life

One of the more popular categories is always going to be the battery life, and to be honest there isn't much of a difference in life expectancy. The Note 3 has a 3200mAH whereas the Note 4 has an increased size that is just 3220mAH. The biggest difference will probably be that the charging time has been reduced, but the life expectancy is about the same since the newer Note 4 has more pixels and a better resolution to power.

Samsung Note 4


The Samsung Note 3 is powered by a single flash 13MP rear facing camera and a front facing 2MP camera. The Samsung Note 4 has an improved rear facing camera that is dual flash and rocking a 16MP camera. The front facing camera has also been improved to a whopping 3.7MP camera and a new wide angle lens for “we-fies”(?).


The guts of the device is where it all matters, we know the camera is slightly better(tests will confirm that), the battery life is about the same and the screen is better. The new Samsung Note 4 comes with a 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 chip, the standard 3GB of RAM and upgraded Adreno 420 graphics. The Samsung Note 3 has a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, also the 3GB of RAM and the slightly lower Adreno 330 graphics.

Samsung Note 3

Build Quality

The Samsung Note 3 measures in at 151.2x79.2x8.3mm and also weighs 168g, then the  Samsung Note 4 measures in at 153.5x78.6x8.5mm and weights 176g. They both have the S Pen included, although the new Samsung Note 4's has been redesigned to function a little more smoothly.



The Samsung Note 4 is in no doubt a better device in every category, but is it really worth it to upgrade from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 if you already have one? Well in short No and Yes, if you are someone that roots their devices then the SAmsung Note 3 should be able to last you another year or two. Now if you are wanting to drop the money now and you don't root your devices while also not looking to upgrade your device in the near future, then you may want to consider it.

In personally rooting all my devices, I plan on keeping the Samsung Note 3 for another year at least, who knows, Samsung may release a better model just after the holidays.


Jonathan Parkinson:
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