As new smartphones hit the market part of me wants to go out and get them all while part of me wants to take my current devices and hide in a corner. My love of technology, though, has me seeking out the latest and figuring out how they fit into my lifestyle and ways they can improve upon my current device. As part of the Verizon Lifestyle Blogger group I recently received a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It’s a smartphone, but also referred to as a phablet (phone + tablet = phablet) because of its size and capabilities.
I’ve used the Samsung Galaxy S4, so I’m familiar with the Galaxy family. I’m also much more familiar with the Android OS than when I first got the S4, which was my introduction to Android. Since the S4, I’ve had an LG G2, a Droid Ultra, a Kyocera Brigadier, and the Windows Lumia Icon. I also have an iPhone 6+.
Like many, the excitement about the Galaxy Note 4 is due to its many great productivity features. There are hundreds of sites that will give you the basic tech specs, so I don’t think I need to go over them with you. But why would a busy woman like you want a Samsung Galaxy Note 4? These are my three favorites, that I don’t have with most of my other phones.
Fingerprint Security – there has been a lot of talk lately about using fingerprint recognition on the lock screen. The Note 4 offers this option, although it does take a few steps to set it up and you may not find it on your own. Here’s how: Settings –> Lock screen –> Screen lock –> Fingerprint. Once you’re here, you’ll train the device to recognize your fingerprint and setup a backup PIN. Then, you can use the biometrics to access the device as well as pay using Paypal or take care of other functions within apps that use this feature.
Use With Gloves – this may be important to a lot of people. Here in Arizona I rarely wear gloves. But when I travel to colder places, take BabyGirl ice skating, or go to outdoor events using my phone becomes a hassle. Not any more! You don’t need special gloves, although Samsung suggests leather gloves. Here’s how: Pull down the Quick Settings –> Touch Sensitivity. You’ll likely need to press a little harder than usual and may not have the precision you normally have, but you’ll be able to use your phone. Important note: you will not want to leave this setting enabled if you put your phone in your pocket or in your purse where it touches fabric. Doing so may activate 911 and create an awkward situation.
Take Notes with the S-Pen – there are so many sites that have every tip and trick to using the S-Pen for maximum productivity. For me, the most important thing about the S-Pen is its precision. I know you can use your finger to write on other devices. With the S-Pen though it’s very precise. Also, you can use the S-Pen to annotate other things. So if you’ve taken a photo of notes from a class, you can then add your own notes right over the photo. Sometimes it’s faster the write than it is to type. Also, it’s a great way to sign your actual signature if you need to. This version of the Smart Pen is much more fluid and sensitive there isn’t much of a learning curve to use it.
These are just 3 great features you’ll find to customize how YOU use your phone. You can easily turn this into your “new you” device with some great wellness apps, or maybe download some fun stargazing apps for you and the kids. It’s a versatile phablet that can take you from busy mom to business owner or even chill-out mode!
Once you get your Note 4, don’t stress over transferring everything from your current device. My friend Robyn has you covered on how to transfer your old smartphone to the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with Samsung Smart Switch. If you’re thinking you’d like to use it with some bluetooth headphones, try the Plantronics Backbeat Fit.
Disclosure: I was provided a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at no charge. I am a member of the Verizon Insider team and share information about technology. This review was not required or edited by a third-party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”