SAMSUNG NOTE SERIES,A GRAPHIC DESIGNER’S PHONE!
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.
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE FEATURES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
REASONS SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE IS A GRAPHIC DESIGNERS PHONE
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.
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.
POWER UNDER THE HOOD
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.