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|Samsung Galaxy Note 4|
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In continuation of my partnership with Verizon Wireless of the Philadelphia Tri-State Region, I've spent some time testing another mobile device that operates on their 4G LTE network (known as the "fastest and most reliable in the U.S.") to determine how the right device could improve my blogging endeavors.
This review is a little different than my previous reviews (see here and here and here and here) since I tested the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 during the third trimester of my pregnancy, as well as my transition into motherhood. As you might expect, the majority of the photos I took with the phone weren't related to food at all. The truth is, the device helped capture some of the most memorable moments of my life and I have a sentimental attachment to it.
In today's blog post, I'm going to share my thoughts about the Galaxy Note 4, as well as some of the photos I took (and subsequently posted on Instagram). Keep reading to see what I had to say!
|Samsung Galaxy Note 4|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 4|
While I loved the slim body of the Galaxy Note 4 (it's only 0.33" thick), I found that, at 6.04 inches in length, the phone was too big to sit comfortably in my hand, and, at 6.21 ounces in weight, it was noticeably heavier than the previous devices I've tested.
|Samsung Galaxy Note 4|
With that said, I was truly impressed by the phone's 5.7" Quad HD Super AMOLED® display. Images were crisp and clear and the colors just popped off the screen. The drool-worthy photos on my favorite food blogs made me want to read post after post, which all loaded quickly thanks to the 4G LTE network.
Reading all of those posts had me thinking about dishes I wanted to try, recipes I wanted to develop for Taste As You Go, and restaurants I wanted to visit some day down the road. To keep everything straight, I tried to use the Galaxy Note 4's S Pen to make lists quickly rather than relying on the on-screen keyboard, but I found the pen frustrating.
It took several tries for the device to translate my handwriting to text, despite my having some of the most legible handwriting ever, and using the S Pen wound up being the slower way to go. Too bad, too. I would have gotten so much more done on the go had the S Pen and I figured out a way to get along.
But what about the camera?
The camera app is easily accessible from the lock screen, so I was able to open it with a single swipe of my finger, thus making it easier to take photos more quickly. The phone has a 16MP rear camera with built-in Optical Image Stabilization, as well as a wide-angle, 3.7MP front-facing camera that's ideal for selfies.
I had much more fun taking photos with the Galaxy Note 4 than some of the other devices I've reviewed. But I have to wonder whether the subject matter had something to do with that more so than the phone. ;-)
At any rate, here are some of my favorite photos:
Stephen and I had such a relaxing day today. We slept in, had a late brunch, worked on our #baby registry, got pampered with massages at the @chocolate_spa, and had a satisfying steak dinner. Now we're back in our cottage with the gas fireplace roaring, Ghostbusters playing on the TV, and some light #reading material. Later on the agenda? Ice cream in bed. Getting away for our #babymoon this weekend was SUCH a good idea! <3 #29weeks #29weekspregnant #babybump #mommytobe #travel (Maternity top by @gap)
Monty is desperately trying to find a lap to sleep on so he can warm up from his frigid trip outside this morning. Unfortunately, Dad is at work and all Mom can offer is this insufficient spot next to the #babybump. #33weeks #33weekspregnant #dachshunds #dachshundsofinstagram #puppylove #firstchildsyndrome #buffalocheck [Dog jacket via @target | #Maternity sweater via @oldnavy]
I went to graduate school in #Cleveland (ten years ago!) and had the pleasure of living in Lakewood, not too far from #MalleysChocolates. So when Stephen said he was heading out there for a business trip, I suggested that he stop at their store to pick up a box of #chocolate to bring home to his loving wife. Not only did he deliver, but he also encouraged me to open the box and start enjoying the #candy even though I haven't finished the box of Valentine's Day candy he gave me last week. He told me to embrace my #pregnancy and to stop thinking so much about the food I'm eating since it'll all be over in 6 short weeks. 😉 #besthusbandever #34weeks #34weekspregnant #thirdtrimester #babybump #CLE #instaeats #instafood #instayum #goodeats #sweettooth [Maternity sweater via @oldnavy]
I'm less than five weeks away from my due date, but I already know that I'm going to miss my morning #coffee dates with the #baby, when it's just me and him/her. If I could push pause on life right now, then I would. #35weeks #35weekspregnant #mommytobe #momtobe #shotofcoffee #blackandwhite #babybump
Spending some quality time with Monty before heading out for lunch with the girls. #35weeks #35weekspregnant #babybump #bumpstyle #gap #gapstyle #oldnavy #oldnavystyle #dachshunds #dachshundsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #petstagram #sunday #weekends #polkadots #dressnormal [Non-maternity dress via @gap | Tank and denim jacket via @oldnavy]
One day after my surprise baby shower (and three weeks before my due date), @scrittler and I welcomed our precious #babygirl, Caroline Patricia, to the world on 3.9.15. With her full head of hair and dimples that resemble mine, Stephen and I are absolutely smitten. 👪🍼😍💕 #newborn #baby #newmom #love #family #sweetcaroline #preterm #infant #motherhood #motherslove
I know I've been flooding my Instagram feed with #baby photos lately, but I honestly can't help myself. With any luck, though, I'll be back to sharing food photos again soon. Until then... Those eyes! That hair! Those cheeks! 😍 #babygirl #newborn #motherhood #motherslove #parenthood #infant #sweetcaroline
When I was pregnant, so many people told me to "enjoy ____ now because you won't be able to enjoy it after you have the baby." To them I want to say, "Having a baby doesn't have to mean the end of something. It means making some adjustments. You don't have to let go of everything that you did before the baby if you're willing to make some accommodations." #baby #breakfast #brunch #coffee #diningout #eastonpa #family #food #foodpics #foodstagram #igeaston #iglehighvalley #instaeats #instafood #instayum #lehighvalley #love #motherhood #newborn #newmom #newparents #pancakes #parenthood #postpartum #quesadillas #saturday #shotofcoffee #weekends
Happy Due Date, Caroline! Mama and Daddy weren't exactly finished preparing for your arrival when we welcomed you into the world three weeks and one day ahead of schedule, but we are unbelievably grateful for all the extra time we've had with you. XO #3weeksold #baby #babyclothes #babyfashion #babygirl #babystyle #duedate #family #infant #love #motherhood #motherslove #newborn #newmom #parenthood #polkadots #sweetcaroline [Bouncer via @fisherprice | Onesie and pants via @carters] cc: @scrittler
Do you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4? What do you think about it? What feature(s) would you change if you could?
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