The one downfall to having the biggest and brightest screen on the market is that it takes a lot of energy to power and illuminate the darn thing. The 3220 mAh battery sounds humongous, but that’s the same size as the Note 3 and it’s got a lot more pixels to push. Based on my limited testing the Galaxy Note 4 gets comparable battery life to its predecessor. It’s doesn’t seem better, it doesn’t seem worse, it seems on par- but Samsung has sweetened the pot to improve the overall battery experience dramatically.
My favorite new feature? Fast charging.
According to Samsung, new battery and charging technology leveraged in the Note 4 allows for a “Fast Charging” feature when using the proper connection. With a completely dead phone and 0% battery life, they claimed you could plug it in with Fast Charging and reach 50% battery in 30 minutes. Fast Charing, where have you been all my life?
Interestingly enough, it didn’t take long before I was put in this exact position: a last minute ticket opportunity for the Orioles Playoff game came up and after purchasing a ticket, I had only 30 minutes to leave my house. And the Galaxy Note 4 was at 0% … alright, Fast Charging, let’s see what you got.
Adaptive fast charging requires an AFC or Quick Charge 2.0 compatible charger to work and supports Samsung Fast Charge charging and Qualcomm’s Quick Charge solution. Fear not: as long as you don’t buy your Note 4 on the black market, a compatible fast charger will come in the box.
Power Saving Modes
Once again following suit ofthe Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Note 4 has two specific features to help you conserve battery life: Power Saving Mode and Ultra Power Saving Mode: don’t underestimate their capabilities.
Power Saving mode will immediately shut off access to all non-essential connectivity tools like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and background services while allowing you to customize how severe the restrictions go. You should consider using Power Saving Mode regularly whenever you know you won’t be using your phone for an extended period of time. Ultra power saving mode is the Macho Man Randy Savage of power saving modes: it’s extreme. Once you’re in this bad boy you can only do the most basic of things. On the upside, though, your battery could last days in this mode. Definitely handy for extenuating circumstances.
Lastly, make sure you’ve quick access to the most important battery intensive settings and toggle them off manually when you’re not using them. Samsung’s custom notification and settings drawer is one of the best in the business, so use it wisely. Keep your Wi-Fi, Location, Bluetooth, NFC, and all that jazz off when not in use. It will go a long way.