Galaxy Note 4 review: Samsung’s pen-equipped flagship sports new aluminum construction

Gigaom

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 comes out this Friday. It’s the fourth generation of the phone that first defined the “phablet” — the trend of phones with big screens that seems to have eaten the smartphone market.

But it’s not just screen size that defines the Galaxy Note, it’s also the S Pen: A stylus and software combo that is now more mature than those offered by any other mobile device maker. I’ve been using the Note 4 for the past week, and it’s a very nice phone, easily one of the most polished and powerful available. But now that almost all smartphones have caught up to the big screen, does the Note have enough to stand out anymore?

Hardware: The new aluminum construction is great

Let’s face it: The Galaxy Note 4 is large. It’s about the same size as its predecessor, which means it’s a little over 6…

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