Why You Should Buy A Samsung Galaxy Note 4 & Gear S Smartwatch

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Yes, this is obviously not the usual type of posts we do on this blog, and it’s clearly a Samsung sponsored post; however, I’m evidently a Samsung fanboy way before they even engaged us to do this post, judging from my: NX210 camera, GALAXY S5 LTE  and GALAXY Note 8.0 tablet, all funded by the bank of Seth.

I switched over to Samsung about a half a year ago from my iPhone and it wasn’t easy at the start with all the more technical functions, but Apple products were obviously simplified for users and also limited its capabilities and customization. Correction: you can customize functions in an iPhone if you either paid or jailbreak it, which really didn’t sit well with my fickle aesthetic needs. I mean, you had to go through the 12 Labours of Hercules just to set a new ringtone on the iPhone, which is way more difficult than it should be.

Admittedly, Samsung devices are more complex to master because there are a lot more functions. In this post, I’m going to present some of the simpler and nifty reasons why you should be using the Samsung GALAXY Note 4 4G+ phablet (yes its somewhere between a phone and tablet), as well as the Gear S smart watch.

6 Reasons to Buy The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 4G+

1. 5.7” Quad HD SUPER AMOLED Display

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Be it watching videos or just appreciating pictures, enjoy an immersive viewing experience with brilliant colours and super sharp details with the GALAXY Note 4 4G+’s Quad HD SUPER AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display. It’s in essence an advanced display technology that promises sharper pixels with less lag at 4x the resolution of HD.

2. Take better photos with the Smart OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)

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Taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 4

I eat at various restaurants casually or on assignment , and I don’t always have my digital camera with me. Sometimes you just need to capture that beautiful fish memory and with the technology of smartphones, you’ll never miss another shot.

The Samsung GALAXY Note 4 4G+ though, has an additional camera feature extremely useful for photo-taking – the Smart OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). Even in dim lighting like many restaurants, the GALAXY Note 4 4G+’s OIS will automatically reduce graininess and blur by extending the exposure time and compensates with its software too. The result is a sharper image that has been one of the better low-lighting phone shots I’ve taken. Especially useful for food photos, this is a key advantage over many other smartphone choices.

3. Create customized notes anytime with the Photo Note

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Analog image on the left converted to Digital on the right

One special function of the GALAXY Note 4 4G+’s Photo Note is the ability to convert analog images taken with the camera, into digital images. After that, you can quickly change the colour, shape and size of the converted objects as well as add in your own notes and drawings with the S Pen – then send it as one image. I use this to take tasting notes easily without a pen or paper while referencing the topic, allowing for high design customisation beyond what a paper notepad can do.

4. Never miss out a friend photos with the Wide Selfie


I’m not a huge selfie-advocate, but imagine the amount of food you can capture in one of these wide-selfie shots! With the front camera Wide Selfie mode, just pan the camera from a fixed point (like a panorama shot), and it will create a composite wide shot. The sharpness isn’t as good though as the front camera specs aren’t anything to shout about, but its still pretty fun to use as a gratifying photo moment with friends.

5. Never have a low phone battery issue again


The overall battery usage capacity on a Samsung GALAXY Note 4 4G+ is from my experience, roughly the same as the iPhone 6 plus, but there is one huge advantage: Fast Charging Cable. The GALAXY Note 4 4G+ can charge approximately 50% of its battery in approximately 30 minutes with this cable, ensuring you get enough juice fast when there is a power point available.

No power socket in sight? Guess what, the battery on the GALAXY Note 4 4G+ can be changed manually unlike the iPhone. Just carry a spare battery around and you get instant power. If you really have no alternate means left, the GALAXY Note 4 4G+ has a Ultra Power Saving Mode to really squeeze out whatever battery life is left with the bare essential phone functions.  It will extend your remaining 10% battery life with up to 36 hours’ worth of standby time. With all these built-in functions, you never have to worry about running out of phone battery again with a Samsung GALAXY Note 4 4G+.

6. Super fast surfing on the go

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The Samsung GALAXY Note 4 4G+ is not just on 4G technology, it’s on 4G+. This means the GALAXY Note 4 4G+ is using LTE Cat 6 connectivity (up to 300Mbps) which is about 2 times the speed of normal LTE Cat 4, resulting in faster browsing and downloading speeds. Youtube videos stream faster, while instagram loads faster too. Guess which LTE the iPhone 6 is on? Boom, we have a winner.

The Samsung GALAXY Note 4 4G+ retails at SGD $1,088 (without contract) and is available in Frost White, Charcoal Black, Blossom Pink and Bronze Gold.

4 Reasons to Buy the Samsung Gear S

1. Always stay connected

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By syncing via bluetooth with your phone, the Gear S lets you receive phone calls, messages and app notifications on your Gear S simultaneously. You will never miss a phone call again when your wrist is the one ringing, rather than the bulky phone you buried in your handbag (especially the ladies). Although you are not able to use whatsapp, you can still text message with the on-screen keyboard provided you don’t have chubby fingers like mine, as well as use voice commands to make phone calls.

The Gear S even has its own SIM card slot, so if you get a dual SIM with the same number, you can technically leave your phone behind, although only the basic functions like calling and messaging will be available. For the social media addict, the Gear S will always keep you updated instantly on whose new selfie you need to like.

2. Accurately measure your fitness

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The Gear S will never fail you as a fitness companion with its built-in smart sensors and GPS system. Track your physical activities easily with the heart rate monitor that’s always connected and a pedometer to measure your steps taken. The GPS when used in combination with fitness apps like the S Health or Nike+ will also accurately report the route and distance traveled, which very astutely lets me know that if I ever had to run for my life, I would probably die.

You no longer have to hold your phone while running, or strap on a provocative chest heart monitor – The Samsung Gear S can perform all these functions and sits effortlessly on your wrist.

3. Add and customize new apps

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Upgrade and access over 1,000 optimised apps to enhance your experience with the Gear App ecosystem. Download new Gear apps through your phone which will then sync to the Gear S. There are pretty useful addons like a compass app and even a find my car app in case you forgot where you parked, or somehow ended up in the jungle when walking to a 7-11 store.

4.  Stylish gorgeous design

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And finally, the last reason why you should get the Gear S over other smart watches is simply because its aesthetically better looking. The curved screen not only makes for a comfortable fit, but also looks sleek and elegant – I mean, you’ll probably need to find a stick as well to beat off all the new admirers you attract once you put on this stunning timepiece.

The IP67 Samsung  Gear S is ergonomically designed for use when exercising and sweating, and you might look like a mess, but your wrist will look fabulous.

The Samsung Gear S retails for SGD $498 (without contract) and is available in Blue Black, and White.


Other Goodies

The Samsung GALAXY Note 4 4G_ also comes with free, long-term subscriptions and premium services in the form of the GALAXY gifts, including over $900 worth of free/discounted content and services.

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The GALAXY Life is a loyalty reward app with specially curated privileges, celebrity tips and relevant editorial content. Get special shopping deals and other lifestyle tips in this app, exclusive for Samsung users.

Find out more information at: www.samsung.com/sg/galaxynote4

*This post was brought to you by Samsung Singapore