Are you are asking yourself if you should you update your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to Android 5.0.1? Hopefully this will help you decide.
In order to help all of you, I took the plunge and updated my Note 4 from Android KitKat to Lollipop almost three weeks ago. Was it a huge mistake? No, but there are some issues that I want to share with you.
There are some issues
The phone is not as responsive as it was on 4.4.4
Switching from applications to home or application to application does take longer
The screen doesn’t seem as responsive to the touch
Most applications take longer to load
The is a pause when selecting a phone number to call before the phone starts dialing the number
More often than before, the phone will become unresponsive for a few seconds
Certain applications, especially Words with Friends crashes more often than before.
This might be unrelated but the Kindle application takes a very long time to load a book
I was one of the lucky people who wasn’t plagued with issues like many others were when they did the update. I heard of many people complaining of issues related to battery usage, the phone getting hot and unresponsive screens after the update. If you are having any of these problems, I found some good information at The Droid Guy on how to troubleshoot and fix some of these problems.
The biggest Issue with Lollipop on T-Mobile
One major problem that I found, since the update, is that my 4G/LTE signal is not as good as it was before the update. There are many locations that are only working on Edge or 4G when the phone was on LTE in the same locations. This could be specific to T-Mobile so your mileage may vary depending upon which carrier you use.
Some useful stuff but nothing that I must have
I wish I could say that there were some new features that made me want the Lollipop update but I can’t really say there are any compelling reasons to do it.
The one feature that is useful to me is the lock screen notifications but I would give those up for the faster performance that I had with KitKat.
Another nice feature is the way calls the phone notifies you of a call. When a call would come in before, it would take you out of whatever you doing and bring up the screen to answer the phone. Now, when the phone rings, it shows a little notification at the top of the screen that allows you to answer it or ignore it without taking you out of the application that you were using.
Other than the two reasons above, I cannot really say that there is any reason to update at this point. I know that Google says there are many reasons to upgrade but I would wait a little longer to update the Note 4 on T-Mobile if you can.
Should you update or not?
I would have been fine with KitKat going forward and if I could go back, I wouldn’t have updated my phone.
Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know if you upgraded and if you had any issues after you did it.