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By now most people have had a Samsung Galaxy Note cell phone or at least know of it. The note series is one of Samsung’s flagship phones and arguably one of the best android cell phones on the market. Even if you were unaware of the phone in the past, due to recent events in the last quarter of last year more and more people are aware of the note series due to Samsung’s galaxy note 7’s batteries catching fire.

As graphic designers we try to find tools to speed up the design process and capture inspiration in everyday life. There are many tools such as a pencil, sketch book, camera and voice recorder. The Samsung Galaxy Note series is all this in one and it is the very reason I will make the claim “The Samsung Note Series, A Graphic Designers Phone!”. Now throughout the post you might find me referencing the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 because this is the model I owned and used but I will try to talk universally about all since for the most part the media features are similar.


The Samsung Galaxy Note Series has been pushing the screen size since it first debuted which was an impressive 5.3″ and in the graphic design world the bigger the resolution the better, it’s all in the details! Now I personally owned the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the screen was a 5.7″ which was more then enough to capture the detail in media.

Samsung Galaxy Note Series Side By Side

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 sported one of the best performing smartphone display of it’s time (2014) with Samsung’s Super Amoled Technology which provided vibrant vivid colors that jump out at the viewer and makes for a crisp clear viewing experience. If that wasn’t enough to provide a fantastic picture, Samsung also provides QHD resolution (1440 x 2560 pixles) and adaptive display which sees the screen change suit due to environmental light.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Adaptive Display

Now on to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s biggest asset the S pen which Samsung has fine tuned the sensitivity and accuracy giving the user a more precise writing experience. I had the Note 4 for a little over a year and I was extremely impressed with the capability of the S pen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 S Pen Display

While using the S pen I notice the writing was instantaneously which kept the flow of my writing pretty similar to writing on traditional paper and all my writing on screen was legible at any size which made it easy to write notes for future use.

The S pen also made it easier then my finger to select and move elements on the screen. When you click the single button on the pen it brings up the S pen commands menu which allows the user to Smart Select, image clipping and Screen Write.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 S pen

The Note 4 has a 16mp dual-led flash camera with auto and touch to focus. The camera has Optical Image Stabilization which helps with camera shake and allows you to take better graphic design inspiration images at lower light. There are plenty of mode options for taking better photos such as Rear-cam Selfie, Selective Focus and Panorama.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a Qualcomm Snapdrangon 805, 2.7 GHx quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32 gb of internal memory. Now the specs get a little better on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 but it does come with it’s draw backs and we will take about that later. The Note 5 sports a Exynos 7420 octa-core 64 bit 2.1Ghz quad plus 1.5 Ghz quad, 4GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of internal storage.


Samsung Galaxy Note a graphic designers phone, what a claim? By now you might be asking yourself or maybe you already agree with the claim that the Samsung Galaxy Note series is a graphic designer’s phone but let’s dive in anyway.

Screen Resolution

There are just a couple reason why I believe the Galaxy note series is a graphic designers phone and one of which is the amazing screen. In the graphic design world it’s all in the details and the Super Amoled screen with QHD resolution makes it easier to see the fine detail. As designers we know more pixels means more details, the Note series always pushes the envelope when it comes to resolution and the Note 4 offers a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixles while the Note 5 offers the same so not much difference there but both phones show a clear crisp image.


Well there is nothing worse then trying to run some of your graphic design software on a machine that can’t handle it, it makes it difficult to get the desire end result and it becomes time consuming. For example I am currently working on a Youtube channel, I use Premiere Pro for editing video and my laptop’s processor seems to not be powerful enough so while editing video it’s choppy which makes it difficult to get cuts where I need them. The Samsung Galaxy note 4 and Note 5’s processor as well as RAM are powerful enough to handle the top mobile graphic design apps such as photoshop express, infinite design, sketchbook pro, photoshop touch and much much more. All apps run smooth on both phones thanks to the snap dragon processor, 3GB in the Note 4 and 4GB in the Note 5.


If you have read my post “TOGETHER WE WILL IMPROVE OUR LOGO DESIGN” you would have learned that research is important when it comes to the design field and there is inspiration all around us. What’s more important is to have a tool to document that inspiration whether it’s a pen and paper or better yet a good camera. While having a High-end camera is probably your best bet it isn’t always necessary now a days and that’s where mobile devices equipped with camera come in handy. The Samsung Galaxy note 4 has a 16MP camera,video at 2160p at 30 fps and 1080p at 60fps. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is about the same, both takes amazing high quality stills and video for documenting inspiration or for use in future projects.


Internal storage may not be the most important reason the Samsung Galaxy note series is a graphic designer’s phone but it surely is important when it comes to design in general. As designers we fill up space like no bodies business witj inspiration we find in the real world, asset files, design files and other files vital to the design process so space is important. The Note 4 comes with 32GB of internal space which if that isn’t enough it is expandable with an SD card and this is more then enough space for all our design media. Now as for the Note 5 is comes with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage but it doesn’t allow for expandable memory via SD which is one of the things I feel is a drawback and why I never upgraded.


I have save the best for last and the number one reason I feel the Samsung Note Series is a graphic designer’s phone, THE S PEN! Capturing images or saving media can be somewhat difficult on a mobile device and frustrating as well. As a designer I have tried to always have a tool such as sketch pad, pencil and camera to capture design inspiration on the go but the S Pen takes it to a new level.  The S Pen is capable of not only writing and drawing on the Samsung Galaxy Note but it can also selected any part of the screen. There has been many of times I have found inspirational design, selected with the S Pen, wrote a note on that selected picture and saved it for later reference. As far as I am concerned this is a really big asset when it comes to graphic design and documenting project research. The S pen makes using mobile graphic design apps such as Photoshop Touch easier then using your finger and drawing with it is pretty accurate thanks to the pressure sensitivity.


The Samsung Galaxy Note Series has all the necessary inner workings of a high end mobile graphic design tool with a Super Amoled capactive screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pictures, High end Qualcoom Snapdragon 8 processor, Andren 420 GPU, 3GB RAM in Note 4 or 4GB RAM in the Note 5 and 32GB internal storage in the 4 or up to 64GB in the 5. The Note series has enough power to run some of the best graphic design programs and complete some of the most used graphic design techniques on the go. The S Pen alone makes the Note series a graphic designers phone simply because it make capturing elements on the screen well simple and drawing on the screen with it is pretty accurate.

Now we might be left with the question if I’m looking to get a new or used cell phone made just for graphic designers should I get a Note 4 or 5 and in my opinion I would go for the Samsung Galaxy note 4. Now I know you might be thinking why go with the older model and I have my reasons behind it. Both phones have similar specs with little tweaks but the note 5 has drawbacks. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 doesn’t allow the user to replace the battery which may not be a issues for some but for me it is and the biggest drawback in my opinion is there is no option for expandable storage, WHY SAMSUNG, WHY! If these aren’t an issue for you then go with the Note 5 but if your like me an this is a deal breaker for you and your ready to purchase a new phone ready to take on your everyday mobile design takes check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. If your note in a rush and can look past Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 battery issues then wait to August of this year when the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 apparently will hit the market.

February 11, 2017 Salvatore Jenkins Jr. Uncategorized 10 Comments


  1. Anh Nguyen

    February 13, 2017

    Hey Salvatore,

    Thanks for sharing about Samsung Note, I remember when this series first came around, I was very excited. It has great functions and I think the first phone to come with a personified stylus. It’s been updated to a much better quality in the past few years, although it’s not my phone of choice since I’m not a big fan of the Android OS, it’s a great phone for designers for sure with so many integrated features that allows creativity.

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      February 16, 2017

      I see we are on different sides of the fence, I am not a huge fan of IOS! However I am glad to see you agree the Samsung Note series has many features that allow for creativity and this is why I believe it to be a Graphic Designer’s phone!

  2. Venessa

    February 13, 2017


    I currently have the Samsung Galaxy J7 and I have no problems with it whatsoever but after reading this article, i feel like i NEED a Samsung Galaxy Note! I’m a Graphic Designer at a community college and when I see other’s work I feel discouraged and wonder why I chose this major. I even have family members asking me to make logos for them. After reading your article, I’ve come to realize all the features the Note has to offer. It won’t necessarily improve my work but it will be a huge help when I have to work on the go. What’s your favorite feature about the Samsung Note?

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      February 16, 2017

      Don’t get discouraged it takes time and practice. Graphic design is one of those skills you never stop learning or perfecting. My favorite feature of the Samsung note is the S-pen and being able to capture specific sections of the display, so instead of capturing the whole screen the note allows your to capture a part of the screen with the S-pen!

      Keep with the design and if your have any questions or need an opinion please don’t hesitate to ask!

      • Venessa

        February 24, 2017

        Thanks for the pep talk, i needed it lol. I’m really contemplating on buying the Samsung Note; it’s probably the best thing put there. I can show you my portfolio if you don’t mind reviewing it.

        • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

          February 27, 2017

          I would be more then happy to view your portfolio… Nothing I enjoy more then seeing the work of a fellow designer and I’m sure we can both help each other with bettering our design skills. After all the whole point of, is to learn from each other!

          Just contact me through one of the social medias of your choice or through email which can be found on the contact pagee ( send me a link to your portfolio).

  3. Vincent

    February 16, 2017

    I am using a Note 4 myself, and I love this phone, After reading your post, it seems I underutilize it. What I like about this phone is that it has Samsung app that is critical to me. It is a health app that measures pulse rate and-and spo2 level. It came into good use when my mother got a fever and had some breathing problem. I measured her spo2 level (oxygen level) is very much below the average level. I take emergency action to send for the ambulance. The medics were impressed with the app. I also check the calibration with an actual machine that measures spo2 and it accurate enough.

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      February 18, 2017

      I’m glad to see the phone helped in a medical emergency situation and that the phone goes beyond the graphic and media functions. I personally never used the health app but I have heard it works great and your experience backs up the claims. It is a great phone with amazing capabilities. It has plenty of useful functions and I miss it. The only reason I upgraded was well because I had an upgrade for about 4 years and it was time. My original intentions was to upgrade to a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 but as I said in the post and as most of us are aware it had the unfortunate battery issues. I can’t wait to see what the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has to offer… I want to go back to a Samsung Note so bad that I am going to sell my current LG v20 and then paid the difference for the full price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The S-pen alone is worth the money!

  4. Derek Marshall

    March 7, 2017

    Hi there buddy,

    I would say that it is only a phone for graphic designers but for photographers also due to the powerful processes and sufficient engine inside the phone to handle photo editing software and make adjustments to photos pretty much on the go!

    Pretty much a fab phone all round!

    • Salvatore Jenkins Jr. author

      March 7, 2017

      I agree it is a mobile media power house! Being a Graphic Designer I tend to blend graphic design and photography as one. I have edited many of photos on the go with my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the S pen made it possible as well as painless!

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