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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review: the best and worst of smartphones

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This is the best and most disastrous smartphone Samsung has built in 20 years. The chances of you owning this device, the latest of one of the most successful smartphone series on the market, is limited because Samsung recalled it then stopped production of it after there were reports of the battery pack exploding. Nevertheless, I had a chance to test the 5.66-inch phablet and discovered that, critical battery flaw aside, the Note 7 is an incredible handset. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 7


  • Best camera on the market
  • Unmatched design
  • High display quality
  • USB Type-C
  • Large internal storage capacity
  • S-Pen
  • Game Tool software
  • IP68 certification


  • Its battery explodes
  • Performance
  • Mono audio
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date and price

The Galaxy Note 7 was officially presented by Samsung on August 22 and the first units went on sale soon after. The Note 7 would be sold in black, gold and silver for around $849 (depending on the carrier) for 64 GB of internal storage space.

Galaxy Note 7 Total Recall

Due to problems with the device battery causing some units to explode when charged, Samsung started the biggest recall the company has seen in the past 20 years.

The recall has been conducted to protect consumersSamsung was putting lives at risk and could have been on the verge of receiving a huge number of lawsuits. Below are the developments in the story.

Production of the Note 7 has been permanently halted.
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In the Note 7 box: headphones, USB Type-C cable, microUSB 2.0 adapter, a USB connector and adapter for fast charging and, of course, the S-Pen stylus. / © NextPit

October 13: Samsung's flagship may have been one of the best phones ever made, but it was also one of the most dangerous, which is why it's finally been permanently withdrawn from sale. If you own one, Samsung is urging you to return the device for a different model or refund, and for customers in the US, is providing incentives of up to $100 in store credit.

October 11: The Galaxy Note 7 is dead. After months of recalls and re-recalls Samsung is finally throwing in the towel. The Galaxy Note 7 is being taken off the market.

Earlier today, Samsung sent out a press release telling retailers and carriers to quit selling the Note 7. This comes as the controversy continues for the South Korean smartphone giant. Yesterday, AndroidPIT reported the replacements for the Note 7 are also starting on fire.

The press release was posted on Samsung's website and asks owners of Note 7s to "power down and stop using the device and take advantage of the remedies available". The 'remedy' depends on who you bought the device through. Check out our guide on how to return your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for all the details.

October 10: Samsung suspended production of the Galaxy Note 7 until further notice. This is due to replacement models of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 starting on fire. The story was originally broke by Yonhap News Agency from South Korea.

Samsung decided to halt production in cooperation with safety regulators from South Korea, the United States and China according to a Yonhap source. The Samsung official said: "This measure includes a Samsung plant in Vietnam that is responsible for global shipments (of the Galaxy Note 7)".

Five new cases of Note 7s catching on fire were reported by various US news sources. Following this development, T-Mobile stopped selling the device. If you bought one through them you are entitled to a $25 in-store credit of offset any cost incurred by the recall.

October 7: Carriers are taking action to ensure their customers don't blame them for Samsung's problems with the Note 7. T-Mobile lets its customers replace their Note 7s within 14 days of purchase. Now Sprint is allowing customers to exchange their Note 7s for any other device in the store.

Recode said a Sprint representative claimed "If a Sprint customer with a replacement Note 7 has any concerns regarding their device, we will exchange it for any other device at any Sprint retail store during the investigation window".

We don't yet have any word on what the other major carriers will offer but we'll let you know as soon as there's more information.

September 29: The Galaxy Note 7 is still causing problems for Samsung. The exchange program was supposed to end in October but now there are several reports of replacement devices overheating in the United States. Samsung is aware of this and released the following statement:

"There have been a few reports about the battery charging levels and we would like to reassure everyone that the issue does not pose a safety concern". The company added that "In normal conditions, all smartphones may experience temperature fluctuations."

We'll keep you updated as we learn more.

September 26: According to the Wall Street Journal, the replacement Note 7s are overheating and losing battery power even while they're being charged. A Samsung spokesperson said the incidents are "isolated" and "completely unrelated to batteries". About half of American replacement phones were already sent out.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 design and build quality

The Galaxy Note 7 design is inspired by the Galaxy S7 Edge with some small optimizations. The result is a symmetrical design and it's undoubtedly one of the nicest smartphones I've ever had in my hands. 

The symmetry of Note 7 can be seen on the sides. The metal frame has been tuned perfectly, curved to reach the display and to roll around to the back. At a glance, it might seem like an insignificant difference, but the change is felt when you have the device in hand. When you hold the new Galaxy Note, compared to the S7 Edge, the impression is that this is not a 5.7-inch device. It's easy to hold in one hand.

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The back of the Galaxy Note 7 features Gorilla Glass 5. / © NextPit

When comparing this model to its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 5, we see even more changes, notably the curved screen and the fact that the Note 7 has more angular corners than the Note 5.

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The Note 7 design is based on the S7 Edge. / © NextPit

At the front of Note 7, we have the iris scanner at the top of the screen and the start button, which also acts a fingerprint scanner, at the bottom.

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On the left side of the Note 7 are the volume buttons. / © NextPit

On the bottom of the device to is the 3.5 mm minijack, stylus holder and the USB Type-C battery connector. This handset is almost as thick as the Galaxy S7 edge. To give you an idea of its size compared to the competition, the dimensions of the new iPhone 7 Plus are 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm, with a 5.5-inch screen, the Note 7 dimensions are 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm.

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The Galaxy Note 7 offers the possibility of memory expansion via microSD card. / © NextPit

IP68 certification

The Galaxy Note 7 also offers the IP68 certification for resistance to water and dust, which extends to the S Pen. Thus, there are no longer any worries about accidentally dropping the stylus in water. This feature is extremely good for when you want to use the device with wet hands.

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Wetting the S-Pen is not a problem. / © NextPit

The S-Pen

The S-Pen has also undergone improvements. The tip of it is thinner than before, which makes the experience of writing and drawing more fluid. Further, pressing the button on its side for a few seconds turns it into an eraser, meaning you can edit notes you've created without needing to activate this function on the phone itself.

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The Note 7 design is elegant. / © NextPit

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 display

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 display uses Super AMOLED technology and comes in QHD (2566 x 1440) resolution. What makes it unique compared to other models in the series is its dual-edge design. 

It has vivid colors, deep blacks and super sharp images, everything we should expect from a Super AMOLED display from Samsung. Among the main screen features of the Note 7 is support for HDR10, a blue light filter to reduce eye-strain and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

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The Super AMOLED screen Note 7 is super bright. / © NextPit

HDR10 Support

The main novelty of the Galaxy Note 7 screen is that it's ready to play videos and games in HDR. In theory, this function allows the display to reproduce colors and contrast in a more realistic way. The HDR10 feature of the Note 7 screen offers, as the name implies, a wider range of color.

The chance to produce a greater range of color reduces the likelihood of images losing quality when being shown on the Note 7 display. Below you can see a sample image which reveals the more harmonious distribution of gray on a 10-bit display.

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The difference between 8-bit and 10-bit standard in a gray gradient. / © CreativeCloudUser

Blue filter

Night mode is something that Android users have wanted for some time and it's here on the Galaxy Note 7. Manufacturers like Asus and Apple house this feature on their smartphones and Android 7.0 Nougat offers this feature natively. Considering that the Galaxy Note 7 is pitched as a productivity tool, Samsung puts the blue light filter front and center in its notifications.

When enabled, this feature reduces the blue light emitted by the display as the day goes on which can help you to sleep better (it's the blue-light that keeps us awake).

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Note 7 with its blue filter activated. / © NextPit

Gorilla Glass 5

Corning, the manufacturer of Gorilla Glass, claims that, based on its tests, this material is almost twice as resistant to falls as its predecessor: protected against 80 percent of drops from a height of up to 1.60 meters.

The Galaxy Note 7 I tested wasn't subject to such a drop test, so I can't attest to the durability of it, however, during the time I was with the unit, I did not notice any scratches and never used any protection. What's more, the device was often loose in my backpack or in my pocket.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 special features

Iris scanner

One of the most exciting features of the Galaxy Note 7 is the iris scanner. This scans your eyes to unlock the phone and it's fast but it's not as functional as the fingerprint reader of this smartphone.

The great advantage of using the iris scanner is safety. Each person has a unique iris pattern which remains unchanged throughout a person's life, making it a great way to identify someone.

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The iris scanner is one of the main novelties of Note 7. / © NextPit

USB Type-C

The Galaxy Note 7 comes with support for USB 3.1 Type-C, which enables the unit to charge faster and transfer data quicker than its predecessors. This standard isn't widespread, so remember to take the cable and adapter everywhere.

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Samsung changed the standard USB port of the Note 7 to Type-C. / © NextPit

S-Pen stylus

The Air Command menu goes hand-in-hand with the S Pen. This is the central software hub where you will access S-Pen specific features. Firstly, there is now a magnifying glass to enlarge content and you can use the S Pen to translate words and phrases.

This feature also integrates with the Note 7 camera, meaning it can be used to translate signs, menus or instructions.

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The Air Command menu. / © NextPit

The most entertaining feature, however, is the ability to create GIFs from your videos or YouTube. Just highlight a sequence with the S Pen to convert it into a GIF.

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Editing content with the S Pen has severely improved. / © NextPit

If you removed the S Pen with the screen off, you can also quickly write notes during a meeting or jot down an idea. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 software

The Galaxy Note 7 interface has been adapted from TouchWiz and is called Grace UX. In a direct comparison with TouchWiz on the S7, I can say that Grace is more mature and subtle.

The device leaves the factory running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and, although Samsung has not yet officially confirmed when the device will receive the update to Android 7.0 Nougat, T-Mobile says that it will receive the newest version of Google's operating system.

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Despite the changes in style, Grace UX has kept much of what we know about TouchWiz. / © NextPit

With the change in Note 7's UI, some features became hard to find. During my tests, the "Smart Lock" menu repeatedly evaded me – I had to locate it using the search icon in the settings. Quick tip: use Smart Lock in conjunction with the biometric sensors (fingerprint or iris scanner) of Galaxy Note 7 to make your experience even better; you can make it so that you don't need to unlock the screen when at home or at work.

Secure Box

If you want to protect your files from prying eyes, Samsung implemented a feature called Secure Box on the Note 7 that you can take advantage of. In it, you can store everything you want to keep private and the access it only by using a biometric sensor.

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Use your fingerprint to access your private data. / © NextPit

Game Launcher

Game Launcher, a software feature for games Samsung introduced on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, is also present on the Note 7. This feature automatically adds your games to a specific folder and creates a floating button called the 'Game Tool' which can be used within these games. 

Using the Game Tool, you can record footage and share this with other users and disable the capacitive keys during play.

Edge screen

The 'Screen Edge' feature from the S6 Edge and S7 Edge is present in the Galaxy Note 7, allowing users to swipe to the right or left of the screen to access a list of services. This feature offers the user a shortcut to up to five favorite contacts and favorite websites.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 performance

The Galaxy Note 7 was announced with two processor variants, one with Snapdragon 820, the other with the Exynos 8890. The unit we tested made use of the Exynos and comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 256 GB via microSD card.

During my time with the Note 7, one thing was clear, the device does not deliver the performance you would expect from the tech specs mentioned. Samsung should have followed in the footsteps of OnePlus and added 6 GB of RAM to the new Galaxy Note.

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Benchmarks: On the left, the result of AnTuTu; right, the result of GeekBench. / © NextPit

Don't get me wrong, the performance of Galaxy Note 7 is satisfactory, but an update to the Grace UI could transform the experience with this device into something very impressive. During a game of Nova 3, the system choked sometimes, the opposite of what happened when I played the same game on the OnePlus 3. 

In the Note 7 benchmark tests, I noticed virtually the same scores achieved in S7 Galaxy Edge but many of the devices that have been tested here at AndroidPIT that come wth a Snapdragon 820 show equivalent or better performance than the Exynos 8890.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 audio

The Galaxy Note 7 isn't the best smartphone in terms of sound quality. Like the Galaxy S7 Edge, using the Note 7 to play Spotify at home or indoors isn't a problem at 75 volume, but above that, depending on the style of music, the audio loses clarity.

This can be frustrating, especially because Samsung invested a lot in this device for productivity and entertainment. An HDR display should have been supported by stereo speakers. Another problem is the position of the speaker, which can easily be covered by a hand. 

The feeling I have is that Samsung improved the gaming experience by offering the floating Game Tools button and then forgot that audio is one of the most relevant parts of a game.

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The speaker of the Galaxy Note 7 is almost the same as the Galaxy S7 Edge. / © NextPit

However, when using the device with earphones, things change. Just like the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung brings a native software audio equalizer, which can be used to optimize the sound regardless of the app, Don't expect miracles, the audio can be improved by using this feature, but the change isn't really significant from one configuration to another.

The Galaxy Note 7 comes with headphones but you won't be blown away by them.

Making calls

The device speaker for calls is really good and the microphone captures the voice while leaving ambient noise behind. The call reception is clear no matter which side of the conversation you're on. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 camera

The Note 7 has the same camera as the Galaxy S7 Edge, meaning it has one of the best cameras on the market. The main camera comes with a 12-megapixel resolution and f / 1.7 aperture and Dual Pixel technology. It's an impressive combination, capturing sharp images with great contrast.

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The Note 7 camera sensor is virtually flat on the rear of the device. / © NextPit

The Note 7 also shows small improvements in the camera app. You can quickly switch the front and rear cameras, and access the settings menu and filters with a quick tap. You can also double-tap on the physical home button to quickly launch the device camera.

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The camera interface is really easy to use. / © NextPit

The camera of the Galaxy Note 7 is one of the best I've ever tested. The optical image stabilizer is accurate, the autofocus is super fast and there are few photos which don't look good in one tap. 

The color representation is super accurate, images are crisp and provide excellent detail. The dynamic range is also very good.

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The front camera comes in at 5 MP resolution and also has an f / 1.7 aperture. The front camera software features modes for corrections and you can highlight certain parts of the face in selfies or group photos.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery

We have evaluated the Note 7 battery based on our experience with the original review unit i.e. the model that has now been recalled. We will update this analysis when we receive the new and improved Galaxy Note 7 sometime in the future.

The Galaxy Note 7 has a 3,500 mAh battery which means 100 mAh less than the Galaxy S7 Edge. However, it is a step forward for the series, as the Note 5 came with 3,000 mAh battery. During my tests, the device displayed battery life as you would expect for a smartphone with such power.

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In our tests, the Galaxy Note 7 battery was strong. / © NextPit

The Galaxy Note 7 battery behaved very well. I used the device connected to Wi-Fi most of the time, watched videos and played at least two games per day. In addition, I used Chrome to access the internet and applications such as Messenger, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Netflix, Spotify and use the screen with automatic brightness activated.

Power saving mode

The new Samsung device comes with two power-saving modes: Normal and Maximum. The first limits the use of mobile data in the background, reduces processor speed and decreases the screen resolution.

The second is much more aggressive and dramatically reduces what is possible with your phone. Furthermore, Samsung optimized energy consumption during games in order to save energy. When you start the Game Launcher app, for example, you have the option to save battery during games.

Fast Charging

The Galaxy Note 7 brings fast charging technology and also wireless charging technology. When I charged the device from 0 percent, it took only 80 minutes to reach 80 percent.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 technical specifications

Final verdict

The Galaxy Note 7 has a great design, display and camera. What's more, the software is good and the battery can last all day. Despite the high price, the Galaxy Note 7 would be a complete package if it wasn't for the battery problems.

The iPhone 7 Plus, announced last week, is a major competitor of the Note 7 and will in all likelihood be available before Samsung puts the Note 7 back on store shelves. Looking from this angle, the South Korean manufacturer will no doubt have to reduce the price of the new Note to quash further losses – and that's good for consumers.

Design and build quality 10
Screen 10
Software 7
Performance 7
Camera 10
Battery (the ones that don't explode) 8
Connectivity 10
Price 7

The Galaxy Note 7 is one of the best, if not the best, smartphone that I've ever tested and I'm considering it as my next phone. The exploding battery situation might be terrible for Samsung, but if it resolves the issue and drops the Note 7 price, it could make the Note 7 an even more attractive purchase option when it reappears.

What are your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Let us know in the comments. 

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Camila Rinaldi

Camila Rinaldi
Head of Editorial

With over a decade of experience in tech product reviews, I’ve recently embraced the world of wearables and developed a passion for digital health innovations. While I am now deeply immersed in the Apple ecosystem, my enthusiasm for Android still burns strong. Formerly editor-in-chief at AndroidPIT and Canaltech in Brazil, I now share my insights with the US audience at nextpit. Beyond tech, I cherish my vinyl collection and believe exploring local cuisine is the best way to discover new places. Join me as I explore the fusion of technology and culture in our everyday lives.

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  • 1
    Amul Franchise Aug 1, 2020 Link to comment

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    Andrew Burgin Oct 7, 2016 Link to comment

    When i first saw the Note 7 as was really impressed by the looks of this phone,but this Battery Saga as really helped me save a lot of money,and the pressure on Samsung will not be good for them but will be very good for Galaxy phone users,as Samsung must now produce there next Premium phones the S8 Edge models to really Stand out and offer the Best function offers,is the Note 7 not just the battery problem or switching to usb type c port

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    Misha Oct 1, 2016 Link to comment

    Good review, but this? "UPDATE: Replacement Note 7s are now overheating" <---- This is just plain irresponsible...

    The most telling aspect of the exploding Note 7 fiasco was not that Samsung had some defects, but rather that the news media - including this site - overhyped the story beyond anything remotely reasonable. No fact checking, no scrutiny, nothing. Everyone simply passed along whatever rumor, regardless of the truth, as soon as they got wind of it - much like unthinking grades schoolers.

    This is certainly no excuse for Samsung's quality concerns, but has anyone read how many of the Note 7 "explosions" turned out to be bogus? Anyone care? How about nearly a third as reported by those who bothered to investigate the facts? I guess there is something sobering about having to fill out a police report or other legal documents and sign your name that dissuades some gold diggers looking to make a quick buck.

    Sad to say, but in the 24X7 society we live in, with every news outlet (so-called) competing for eyeballs and ears, no one bothers to do much serious investigative journalism. And with Google and Apple coming out with phones after the Note 7 release date, you can bet the farm many were incented to keep the Note 7 saga alive regardless of the truth. Then again, competitors aren't known to attempt to tilt the news/press coverage against their competitors, are they? Nah...

    Now the new Note 7 replacement batteries are overheating and rapidly dying? Just where is the evidence, beyond the mindless repetition of rumors? If the websites and news outlets hyping this story were held to the same standards as Samsung, they would have all been shut down long ago.


  • 3
    Thanuj Sep 30, 2016 Link to comment

    Samsung galaxy Note 7 is the bomb😂😂😂

  • Burcet 6
    Burcet Sep 27, 2016 Link to comment

    Love the camera samples. It definitely has better camera than the iPhone 7/7 Plus.

  • Sergio L. 12
    Sergio L. Sep 27, 2016 Link to comment

    It's easy to kick dead big dogs and poisonous snakes.


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    Andrew Burgin Sep 27, 2016 Link to comment

    Samsung as to take the Full blame for not checking out the batteries fully before they were put inside the Note 7,wish we got the Full truth from Samsung what really happened then people will have more trust in buying a Samsung phone, Samsung should not have removed the removable battery option on there Note series phones, but just trying to gain iPhone users to there Galaxy phones as now cost Samsung a bad reputation and loads of money and really glad this Note 7 problem as occured, as this might at last make them bring back one of there best selling option on its premium phones not just its budget ones, just sending out a new replacement battery for the Note 7 would have solved a bit of the problem and less money lost

    Tochukwu osakwe

    • Adam Pond 1
      Adam Pond Sep 29, 2016 Link to comment

      Samsung had to go to a Non-removable battery to gain the IP68 waterproofing certification - no way to waterproof a phone with a removable back cover :(

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        Deactivated Account Sep 30, 2016 Link to comment

        The S5 was IP68 waterproof certified with a removable back cover and removable battery. Samsung went with the non removable battery to compete with Apple, and for planed obsolescence. To force you to buy new phones sooner than you might otherwise. A move which with the latest phone that has backfired big time.

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    Zipa Sep 26, 2016 Link to comment

    Great review

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    itprolonden Sep 26, 2016 Link to comment

    IT is NOT a competitor to the iPhone 7. We who buy the Note series find that very offensive!! They're not the same thing!

    Tochukwu osakwenightflyer2131Dimitar Berberu

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      Deactivated Account Sep 27, 2016 Link to comment

      It's not a competitor for the I Phone? What planet did you say you are from?

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        Tochukwu osakwe Oct 9, 2016 Link to comment

        Its not...the note has no competition..LG stylo ttied but failed. Iphone has never been a competition to the note series

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    steve Sep 26, 2016 Link to comment

    Still don't like the thought of samsung burning a hole in my pocket and they cost to much.

    • 28
      itprolonden Sep 26, 2016 Link to comment

      It might not be the best choice for you if so.

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      nightflyer2131 Sep 29, 2016 Link to comment

      Ok u have the iPhone 7 and It looks the same as the last few models yes a few up grades but still paying the same price do u get tht so which one are u going to buy now for that kind of cash hmmmmmmm !

  • hashmi viralofworld 2
    hashmi viralofworld Sep 15, 2016 Link to comment

    I think overall Samsung galaxy note 7 is much better than iPhone 6.

    Tochukwu osakwe

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      Tochukwu osakwe Oct 9, 2016 Link to comment

      It arguments there

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    Tom green Sep 14, 2016 Link to comment

    The Note 7 is by far the best phone on the market. I've had all the Notes except 2..
    I do not agree with Your performance opinion since it is estimated at 30% faster than my Note 5 which is very fast.
    I agree the speakers are marginal which is a trade off for water resistance.
    Get real on exploding phone. iphones had a major fire issue and one 35 cases out of 2.5 million 7s sold. Not a case for hysteria.

    nightflyer2131Dimitar BerberuitprolondenDeactivated Account

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    the monk Sep 14, 2016 Link to comment

    Android pit writes The the best reviews and u guys have a most beautiful website with wonderful pictures, pls keep up the good work.

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    Paolo Sep 14, 2016 Link to comment

    Thank you for having the balls to write this. Though I would probably still buy a Non Nuke Note for one simple reason. It still has objectively, THE best camera in an Android phone, period. Nexus can't touch it, Oneplus can't touch it. HTC 10 was good, but this was better hands down. Shame their impotence lead to this, it's like what Volkswagen did with Dieselgate. Now everyone thinks owning a truck or SUV is better for the environment than a Jetta in the same vein that everyone will think of a Samsung as a Nuke when the iPhone or the Google Pixel(s) will be the perfect, faultless device (Be real, that's why everyone's buying the iPhone. They think it's flawless.)

    Dimitar Berberu

  • Mohammad Shafiq 1
    Mohammad Shafiq Sep 14, 2016 Link to comment

    How to turn off the "near the ear" automatic turning off the screen as I want the screen to be active during putting the phone on my ear during a call

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      Moussa Sep 27, 2016 Link to comment

      If the screen is on during, your face will be pressing the wrong buttons on the screen.

      Tochukwu osakwe

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    Deactivated Account Sep 13, 2016 Link to comment

    I love the note series of phones, fortunately I already have the best of the line up the Note 4. Other than processor speed nothing beats it for form and functionality. I do not like all glass phones. They are just to easy to damage, and to expensive to repair. Yes they look great but I do not buy a phone just for looks. I am often away from power sources thus require a removable battery. It is much easier to carry a spare battery than a brick (AKA power bank).

    Deactivated Accountnightflyer2131Dimitar BerberuGreg1100hotspring21

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      hotspring21 Sep 14, 2016 Link to comment

      Yes I also think Note 4 is the best phablet for power users ever produced by Samsung. Removable battery is the king for road warriors, and power bank which dangle dongle from phone and needs to be babysit just does not cut it. For people who want fashionable phone, Note 7 might be better, but Note 7 is no longer a power users's phone. Aside from unibody design and waterproofing, most other improvements in Note 7 vs Note 4 is not ground shaking - there has been incremental improvements in screen brightness, camera quality, and SOC, but Note 4 still works perfectly fine for users who need high productivity tool. Glass back and non-removable battery is major con which I cannot overlook, so I am going to stick to Note 4 (or move to some other Android phablet) until Samsung decides to come out with bonafide successor for Note 4!

      Dimitar BerberuDeactivated Account

      • Paolo 17
        Paolo Sep 16, 2016 Link to comment

        Nah, Note 3 is the best. 2K quad HD is beyond overkill, you're not using your phone under a microscope, pixels are INVISIBLE for average use at average distance with average eyesight. The Note 3 is faster in places than Note 4 in my experience.

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        itprolonden Sep 27, 2016 Link to comment

        You'll be waiting a long time. Apparently you're in an insignificant minority as told by sales.

    • 28
      itprolonden Sep 26, 2016 Link to comment

      You're definitely welcome to your opinion.

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      nightflyer2131 Sep 29, 2016 Link to comment

      Yes yes like it comment but note7 is so so beautiful sweet and love it to death !

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    tungsten tungsten Sep 13, 2016 Link to comment

    profit from the experience if uou guys wait it will come back and most likely "hopefully" at a great price :) purchase your note 7 stuff like cases etc at agreat price and enjoy a great phone

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      itprolonden Sep 27, 2016 Link to comment

      It might go down a little but I wouldn't expect any more of than usual. Samsung isn't going to dilute its brand. As it is, people feel entitled to freebies.

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    Dazzler Sep 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Blue light filter is interesting, wonder if I'll get this on my S7 Edge when they update the software?

    • 303tk4 5
      303tk4 Sep 14, 2016 Link to comment

      No warries mate you'll find dozens of blue-light filter apps already out there.

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    Jonathan Mogale Sep 12, 2016 Link to comment

    Once you buy a Galaxy Note smart phone you can't go back.

    nightflyer2131Dimitar BerberuitprolondenBojan M.

    • hotspring21 12
      hotspring21 Sep 14, 2016 Link to comment

      Well, only reason for me is the S-pen. I use S-pen a lot, and unfortuantely on Note line has S-pen. I don't understand why no other company produces phablet with a good stylus?

      Dimitar Berberu

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        itprolonden Sep 26, 2016 Link to comment

        I would think the patents.

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        Deactivated Account Sep 27, 2016 Link to comment

        You would be thinking wrong. There are tablets with pen options. Other company's have had them and dropped them from their line up in the phone or phablet market. The fact is not that many people use them or want them. I rarely use mine on my Note 4 and then only for some games.

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        itprolonden Sep 27, 2016 Link to comment

        There is a big difference between a normal stylus and the s pen though. Samsung did an excellent job with it along with the screen size

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    Andrew Burgin Aug 20, 2016 Link to comment

    Why? Couldn't Samsung have waited till the Snapdragon 821 was ready to make more efficient than the S7 edge, then the smaller battery could have had better Batterylife, the pricing of the Note 7 might make the S7 edge more popular

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      itprolonden Sep 1, 2016 Link to comment

      The Note 7 caters to a different set of people than the S7e

      Bojan M.

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    Deactivated Account Aug 18, 2016 Link to comment

    All I can say is it seems samsung made a huge mess of releasing the note 7. How do you release a device then realize you don't have enough stock to supply in demand. They should have estimated this might happen. It looks bad in my opinion that they have now made promises and can't deliver and extended in some countries their pre-order dates.

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      itprolonden Sep 27, 2016 Link to comment

      Ask Apple. It's called creating demand. Basic economics

  • Bernice Hewitt 7
    Bernice Hewitt Aug 4, 2016 Link to comment

    Not an attractive upgrade for the S7/S7 Edge users.

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      Alex Simpson Aug 9, 2016 Link to comment

      why should you upgrade when you just bought a brand new phone with highend specs

      itprolondenArpit Saini

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        nightflyer2131 Sep 3, 2016 Link to comment

        U mean down grade tht that sucks I would rather keep this one untill they role out the new one shit

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      itprolonden Sep 1, 2016 Link to comment

      Those who would buy the Note 7 generally wouldn't buy the S7e.

      Dimitar BerberuBojan M.nightflyer2131

  • Greg1100 24
    Greg1100 Aug 2, 2016 Link to comment

    Not for me this time. Can't see what all this iris stuff is all about- just shaving milliseconds off unlock time. Battery has minimal increase in size, etc. Otherwise a S7 Edge with S pen.
    As Note 4 is contracted until Feb next year, I will see what the S8 turns up with.

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      Deactivated Account Aug 2, 2016 Link to comment

      I think the iris scanner will be slower than the finger print scanner. It would only be useful if you had to have gloves on. Just a gimmick at this stage to many restriction for it to work properly.

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      • Josh 5
        Josh Aug 3, 2016 Link to comment

        Well I wouldnt call a gimmick, as its supposed to be more secure than the fingerprint scanner. But yea those restrictions could actually kill it as it would be unusable for some. I really hope they fix that with the next generation, if there will be one.

        Dimitar Berberu

      • Anthony Dalton 3
        Anthony Dalton Aug 3, 2016 Link to comment

        Its a joke imho... who really thinks that my phone is at risk with its fingerprint sensor (that I love using) is definitely overvalueing his own status.. seriously

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        itprolonden Sep 1, 2016 Link to comment

        You just remember that when Apple comes out with it. Samsung has released the api's for it to banks.

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        nightflyer2131 Sep 3, 2016 Link to comment

        When it cold out side and all u have to do is push a button and use the iris scan I will see the difference it makes when u don't have take off ur gloves.but it's another feature u can use when ur on the move trust me

        Bojan M.

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      itprolonden Sep 1, 2016 Link to comment

      Nope, the S Pen makes all the difference. The S7e doesn't have the software for it and that is what makes it different. It's made to be productive.

      Dimitar BerberuBojan M.

    • Bojan M. 23
      Bojan M. Sep 12, 2016 Link to comment

      I don't know about others, but I want new features, as many as possible. Whether I will use them is up to me of course, but I want options.

      About iris scanner specifically, it's more secure, it's fast when you get used to it and definitely prefer it over fingerprint scanner.


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      itprolonden Sep 27, 2016 Link to comment

      Just ask someone with gloves on.

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    Abrar Aug 2, 2016 Link to comment

    Disappointed me in battery section. Battery should be at least 4000 mah or above. I will consider A9 pro for bigger battery and screen also. But I use sometime S pen that's why I am confused which is more suitable for me.

    Scott Adam Gordon

    • Josh 5
      Josh Aug 3, 2016 Link to comment

      Hm I think the battery should be ok, not great, considering what this thing is offering. What exactly are u using the most with the S pen? Just wondering, I used the Note 4 for a while and never really used it, so just asking :)

      • 28
        itprolonden Sep 27, 2016 Link to comment

        The S Pen is the differentiator. The Note series is for productivity.

    • 7
      Ralf Fensch Aug 3, 2016 Link to comment

      Wawawa. Get a tissue

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      itprolonden Sep 1, 2016 Link to comment

      What's so hard about the decision. In your statement you said you want the S Pen.

      Bojan M.

  • 1
    yarzar Aug 2, 2016 Link to comment

    What about Daydream support?

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      ljhaye Aug 2, 2016 Link to comment

      You have gear VR, Daydream is a google initiative NOT Samsung's. Remember they are partnered with Oculus. This is why Google is creating more Android hardware because as Samsung uses different OS's for VR, wearables, and smart home they realize that the other android OEM's CANNOT compete with either Apple or Samsung in hardware. Potentially making these Google initiatives non starters.

      JoshScott Adam Gordon

      • ThomasD 7
        ThomasD Aug 3, 2016 Link to comment

        It just sucks that everyone is doing its own stuff... makes it so much more confusing for the customer, just look at the mobile payment systems, its a complete mess!

        nightflyer2131Deactivated Account

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        ljhaye Aug 3, 2016 Link to comment

        Everybody wants to control their own ecosystem as that's where the money and influence lies. I don't fault them but it can be a little overwhelming to the consumer. In the end you're going to have only two hardware platforms i.e. Apple vs Samsung. Two software platforms in Apple vs Google. Only Apple presents a single cohesive strategy for an ecosystem as opposed to a platform.

        We are seeing it in the poor adoption rates of Andrioid wear. Where many Android OEM's have quietly abandoned the platform due to fiscal losses ( Sony, LG, etc). The Daydream initiative was developed to encourage other Android OEM's to keep up with Samsung's spec pace as the Gear VR with Oculus allows Facebook to leapfrog Google in this nascent space and is an end around to Google pushing Android on VR. By partnering with the only well recognized and best selling OEM [Samsung] Facebook is able to push its vision of VR to a large affluent base of Android consumers vs Google. Google is scared as the other major Android OEM's only sell a fraction of the high end phones that Samsung does and they are even more hard pressed to sell accessories equivalent to the Gear VR.

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        itprolonden Sep 1, 2016 Link to comment

        Not really. You have three main ones. Apple, Android and Samsung.

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    Deactivated Account Aug 2, 2016 Link to comment

    Just a slightly beefed up Note 5 with a couple of gimmicks. I will Keep my Note 4 until Samsung wakes up and gives it a removable battery. Of all the Samsung line up, the note series needs the removable battery the most.

    Moni Mihailovnightflyer2131Scott Adam Gordon

    • ThomasD 7
      ThomasD Aug 3, 2016 Link to comment

      Yeah I agree, its not really game changing. I also loved my Note4, was a really nice and solid phone.

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      Moni Mihailov Aug 6, 2016 Link to comment

      S5 here. Patiently waiting for the S8, S9...S1000 which has removable battery along all other awesome features. Why not FM Radio too :p (although I know it'll never happen, sadly ). S7 & Note 7 are devices I'd buy immediately if they had that xD hope Sammy would see this soon.......

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    • 28
      itprolonden Sep 1, 2016 Link to comment

      Better get a few spare Note 4 devices then.

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      itprolonden Sep 29, 2016 Link to comment

      Good luck

  • Josh 5
    Josh Aug 2, 2016 Link to comment

    Well as expected quite a beast! Cant wait to get my hands on it, already loved the S7 Edge and now with an even bigger screen. Those new S-Pen features look fantastic!

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    Deactivated Account Aug 2, 2016 Link to comment

    "If you were hoping to see the Note 7 come running Android 7.0 Nougat, you will sadly be disappointed: it leaves the factory with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. When it will be making the jump, Samsung could not say."

    We all know that Samsung devices will receive Android Nougat in 2032.

    WakfuDeactivated AccountMoni Mihailovnightflyer2131GrimJimCrowleyScott Adam GordonDeactivated Account

    • ThomasD 7
      ThomasD Aug 3, 2016 Link to comment

      haha are you sure about 2032? Seems quite early :D

      WakfuDeactivated AccountMoni MihailovDeactivated Account

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      itprolonden Sep 1, 2016 Link to comment

      Hmmm. Nougat wasn't even released when this came out. What a stupid comment!

      WakfuAn DroidBojan M.

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