Carriers around the world are currently taking Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders ahead of the Galaxy Note 4 release date. The unlocked version of the device is also now available to U.S. buyers. However, we’re here to tell you that there are some good reasons why you shouldn’t buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 right now.
Samsung’s all new Galaxy Note 4 is an impressive smartphone and one that comes loaded with high-powered specs including a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, a brand new 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, a new S Pen stylus, Android 4.4.4 KitKat software that’s backed by TouchWiz, and a brand new design that comes with both plastic and metal materials.
The Galaxy Note 4 is set to replace the Galaxy Note 3 in several regions starting this month including the United States, India, United Kingdom, and several other places around the globe. In the U.S., carriers are currently taking Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders ahead of a Galaxy Note 4 release date set for October 17th. That’s just one of the ways consumers in the U.S. can buy the Galaxy Note 4 ahead of its upcoming release.
Retailers like Amazon and Expansys are also offering the Galaxy Note 4 to U.S. buyers ahead of the Galaxy Note 4 release date. These are unlocked versions of the Galaxy Note 4 and they should arrive ahead of the device’s October 17th release date. While these offers might be tempting to some of you, there some reasons why you should consider holding off on taking a Galaxy Note 4 pre-order or buying the Galaxy Note 4 ahead of time.
Here’s why you shouldn’t buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 right now.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Price
If you haven’t heard, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is available, right now, in the United States. Carriers are taking pre-orders and Amazon and Expansys are both selling it unlocked ahead of it street date. None of these options are in your best interest right now and we’re going to tell you why.
First, these unlocked devices come with extremely expensive price tags. Both are charging $850 for the unlocked model. That’s almost a grand and it’s $30 more than the unlocked price from AT&T. AT&T’s price, for the record, is also outrageous, especially when you consider the fact that other premier Android devices like the LG G3 are much cheaper.
Speaking of carriers like AT&T, the Galaxy Note 4, if pre-ordered right now, will run you about $299 on-contract or anywhere between $699 and $826 off-contract in the U.S. Those are the prices at carriers and they’re the prices at top retailers like Amazon. If you know a thing or two about Android phones, you’d know that these prices will almost certainly drop in the next few weeks.
Flagship Android smartphones always start out at $199-$299 on-contract before dropping in price in the days, weeks and months after release. The LG G3, one of the year’s best, saw its price slashed just a few days after its arrival this summer. We’re fairly certain that the Galaxy Note 4 is going to get the same treatment given the competition and given that we’re just weeks away from Black Friday and the holidays.
Point is, there is absolutely no reason to pay full price for this phone. Not at a carrier, not at Expansys and not at Amazon. Not with a release right around the corner and not with this kind of potential for deals.
A Galaxy Note 4 price drop isn’t the only reason to hold off.
If You Haven’t Gone Hands-on
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a unique smartphone as it comes with a massive display and an S Pen stylus. These aren’t going to be for everyone. We know plenty of Galaxy Note users that bought the device and rarely, if ever, used the S Pen. We also know several Galaxy Note users who wound up hating the device’s overall size, a product of the massive display.
This is not a smartphone that you can order blindly. You absolutely must go hands-on with the Galaxy Note 4 before buying it. You need to ensure that it’s the right size and you need to ensure that the S Pen is going to be worth the price of admission. You simply can’t do either of these things from behind a computer screen.
And herein lies the problem. Most of you can’t go hands on. Some Best Buy stores appear to have the Galaxy Note 4 on display right now though most retailers and carriers have the Galaxy Note 4 either en route or in the back. Wait until you can go hands-on before buying this phone. Loyal Galaxy Note users are the exception though we still recommend going hands on, especially since the Galaxy Note series has seen increased competition this year.
Psst, some of that competition is a whole lot cheaper.
If You Haven’t Done Your Research
Do not make an impulse buy here. I repeat, do not buy this smartphone on a whim. If you haven’t researched the competition (LG G3, iPhone 6 Plus, etc), you haven’t narrowed down your data plan to a final choice, if you haven’t researched data plans, if you haven’t researched your local cellular networks, do not buy this phone right now.
We’ve heard from a few frustrated iPhone 6 Plus buyers who are considering the Galaxy Note 4 because Apple’s device is still hard to find. That’s the wrong attitude to take. Use the delay as an excuse to go hands on with the iPhone 6 Plus, and Galaxy Note 4, before you buy.
There is no reason to buy this phone right now if you haven’t put in the time. It’s not going anywhere, any time soon.
Nexus 6 Release Close
Finally, the Nexus 6 release looks close. Rumors suggest that this year’s Nexus will be a collaboration between Google and Motorola. The device is expected to feature comparable specs including a 5.9-inch display that puts it in Samsung Galaxy Note 4 territory. (Minus the S Pen, of course.)
With an announcement rumored for next week, the Nexus 6 is just another reason why it would be unwise to order or put in a Galaxy Note 4 pre-order right now. Nexus devices are almost always amongst the best smartphones on the market and given that it’s coming with a massive display, you’d be smart to hold off on a Galaxy Note 4 purchase right now.
Now, keep in mind, we’ve been hands on with the Galaxy Note 4 and we think it’s a solid device. We’re not saying don’t buy the Galaxy Note 4, we’re saying don’t buy the Galaxy Note 4 right now. There’s a huge difference.