It is impos­si­ble not to rec­og­nize the Sam­sung pavil­ion in the huge num­ber of IFA elec­tron­ics exhi­bi­tion stands. Tra­di­tion­al­ly, Kore­ans occu­py one of the largest halls for hold­ing their events — here you can test sam­ples, and per­form artists, and var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions. Basi­cal­ly, I was ready for this. But I didn’t pre­pare for the fact that right dur­ing the shoot­ing of the video, some­one could come up and grab a brand new gad­get or just turn their fifth point into the lens and flick­er in the frame.

In the end, I man­aged to push every­one with my shoul­ders with the words “Sor­ry, guys, I’m shoot­ing video” and I still felt some inter­est­ing new prod­ucts from Sam­sung — the Galaxy Note 4 tablet phone and the Gear S stand­alone smart watch.


I’ll try to explain right away why there is no infor­ma­tion about a strange smart­phone in my report from the Sam­sung booth Galaxy Edge and a vir­tu­al real­i­ty hel­met Galaxy VR. It’s all about the huge excite­ment around the new prod­ucts of the Kore­an com­pa­ny, thanks to which there were from three to sev­en peo­ple around almost every test sam­ple. In order to some­how orga­nize this uncon­trolled flow, a closed pavil­ion was orga­nized with the main nov­el­ty Sam­sung Galaxy Note 4, where I had to stand in line for about 40 min­utes. Now clos­er to the point.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4


This is Galaxy Note 4, the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of the world’s most pop­u­lar tablet phone, that is, a smart­phone with the largest pos­si­ble screen. At first glance, out­ward­ly, it prac­ti­cal­ly does not dif­fer from last year’s mod­el. But some­thing is wrong, some­thing has changed a lot. As soon as you take it in your hands, every­thing becomes imme­di­ate­ly clear. Yes, it’s met­al!


This year alone, the requests of a huge num­ber of Galaxy smart­phone users were heard in Seoul, and just two months ago, sales of the first Galaxy Alpha smart­phone with a met­al frame around the screen start­ed. The same trick was used on the Galaxy Note 4 — the square frame became metal­lic and shaped a bit like the Dra­co cas­es for the iPhone 5/5s. The col­ors have also changed — now there is black (exact­ly like Space Gray), white, gold and pink.


The rest of the case has remained the same – the back cov­er is still made of plas­tic, dec­o­rat­ed to look like leather, and the huge screen is cov­ered with tem­pered glass Goril­la Glass 3. The smart­phone has become stricter and, per­haps, even more pre­mi­um due to the met­al frame, but unpre­pared for such dimen­sions the user will have to get used to it. Actu­al­ly, as is the case with the iPhone 6 Plus. By the way, pay atten­tion to the new “black” frame col­or of the Galaxy Note 4. I don’t under­stand why it wasn’t called Space Gray.


Now let’s move on to the sec­ond sig­nif­i­cant change in the new prod­uct. This is a Quad HD screen with a res­o­lu­tion 2560 by 1440 dotsmade with Super AMOLED tech­nol­o­gy. Is this an advan­tage over oth­er smart­phones with the same screen size? In my per­son­al expe­ri­ence with the LG G3, I will say that this is more of a mar­ket­ing ploy than real­ly some­thing use­ful for the user. Wow, my 40-inch Sony TV that I bought this spring has a screen res­o­lu­tion of 1920x1080. That is, the­o­ret­i­cal­ly, the res­o­lu­tion of a 5.7‑inch dis­play can be increased up to 4K, but does this make sense? Hard­ly.


I did­n’t man­age to go through the Galaxy Note 4’s soft­ware inno­va­tions nor­mal­ly, but I test­ed both new cam­eras. They def­i­nite­ly got bet­ter, espe­cial­ly for the front cam­era. Direct­ly below the screen is a 3.7‑megapixel cam­era with f/1.9 aper­ture that can take panoram­ic self­ies. It’s scary to imag­ine what will hap­pen to my Insta­gram feed now.


We have great­ly expand­ed the func­tions that the S Pen can per­form, which, as before, is placed in the hole at the bot­tom of the smart­phone. True, a minute before I want­ed to take the sty­lus in my hands, which was near­by in a spe­cial glass, some­one very over­weight leaned on it with his whole body and broke it. The booth employ­ees looked around in bewil­der­ment and… put the pieces of the S Pen back into the cup. What hap­pens to such sty­lus­es in every­day life is still unclear. They say it’s con­ve­nient.


Sam­sung Galaxy Note 4 I liked more than last year’s tablet phone from Kore­ans and, I think, this is the most impor­tant thing. He became out­ward­ly more seri­ous and pre­sentable, smarter and got improved pieces of iron. Let’s com­pare it soon with the iPhone 6 Plus and then we’ll talk in more detail.

Samsung Galaxy Gear S


In the pur­suit of human tech­nol­o­gy that is need­ed in every­day life, I once again stum­bled upon exclu­sive­ly geeky gad­gets. Meet these stand­alone smart­watch­es Sam­sung Galaxy Gear Swhich can work with­out an Android smart­phone thanks to the built-in slot for a SIM card for­mat Micro SIM and wire­less mod­ules.


With the design, the Kore­an Jony Ive didn’t both­er much and sim­ply reduced the Sam­sung Galaxy smart­phone, curved it quite strong­ly in the shape of a hand and attached a wide strap at the back. This whole design does not look like a watch, in fact, and it per­forms the same func­tions as a smart­phone. Knows how to call, poi­son mes­sages, use social net­works and more.


True, the func­tion­al­i­ty com­pared to con­ven­tion­al smart watch­es of the same divi­sion is not as wide due to the oper­at­ing sys­tem on which the Gear S runs. This is a mod­i­fied Tizen, which now frankly resem­bles Android, but does not have a huge num­ber of devel­op­ers of the young Android plat­form wear.


Screen Sam­sung Galaxy Gear S — 2 inch­es with a res­o­lu­tion of 320 x 480. Of the fea­tures — a built-in heart rate sen­sor, which is now no sur­prise. By the way, there are no cam­eras. It remains only to under­stand the ways of using these unusu­al smart­watch­es. It is impor­tant to remem­ber that this is a stand­alone gad­get that may not be paired with a smart­phone. If you have a cou­ple of options, share them in the com­ments.


From all pre­sent­ed, it will be inter­est­ing to look at the fur­ther devel­op­ment of the Galaxy Note line and what will hap­pen to the fourth gen­er­a­tion, which will now have a hard time due to the iPhone 6 Plus. Already in the next month or two, both smart­phones will be on hand, then we will com­pare them. And now I have to run fur­ther, ahead of the stand of Sony and Huawei.

Oth­er mate­ri­als on IFA 2014:

— Vis­it­ing Philips
— Vis­it­ing Par­al­lels
— Impres­sions of Philips TVs
— Sae­co smart cof­fee mak­er that is iPad friend­ly
— Toshi­ba. Ideas run out