Galaxy Note 5 vs. Galaxy Note 4: 10 Key Differences
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Galaxy Note 5 vs. Galaxy Note 4: 10 Key Differences



S Pen

S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 both come with an S Pen stylus that allows you to write, draw and do an assortment of other thngs on the screen. The two S Pen's aren't created equal though and the Galaxy Note 5 S Pen comes with some improvements. 

Samsung likes to bring new software features to older devices but there's no guarantee that the Galaxy Note 4's S Pen will benefit from the Galaxy Note 5's software.

First, the design features a click-out S Pen. Push it in and the S Pen pops out. On the Galaxy Note 4, you need to pry it out using a fingernail. That can sometimes be a pain. The Galaxy Note 5 S Pen also feels a lot more like a real pen. 

There are software changes as well. The Galaxy Note 5 comes with the ability to add shortcuts to the Air Command feature. Air Command is one of the S Pen's central features and it provides access to key applications. Stock and third-party.

One of our favorite features on the Galaxy Note 5 is the ability to draw on the screen when it's turned off. If you need to scribble a quick note and you don't want to both unlocking your phone, you can now write it down from the standby screen. 



  1. Howard

    08/25/2015 at 8:30 pm

    Adam, Very nice article. I will happily stay with my Note 4 on KitKat. Very happy now.

  2. john nld

    08/26/2015 at 7:56 pm

    10 key differences:

    1.Stylus in wrong way does not break phone.
    2.Micro SD support to 200Gb
    3.removable back, to fit LED flip cover.
    4.IR blaster
    5.Removable back to access internals.
    6.Removable battery.
    7.None slippy
    8. Not a finger print magnet.
    9. Back will not smash like glass back.
    10.Note 4 is cheaper.
    11.Note 4 has a larger battery.
    12.Interchangeable back cover.

    I love my Note4, dislike a sealed glass limited storage overpriced smart phone…..

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