Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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The first Note series wasn’t successful compared to the S series of Samsung but it has come a long way and now can be compared or even be better than its S series brother. Now, that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been released and is available for purchase it is widely known that it is the best phone that ever made by Samsung. We have read a lot of reviews of the phone but we choose the best one from Engadget.com and we have it down below.

First they started with the Pros and Cons of the Phone:

Pros

  • Comfortable and well-designed
  • Top-tier performance
  • Gorgeous, curved display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Top-notch camera
  • TouchWiz has been cleaned up

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Iris scanner doesn’t work well with eyeglasses
  • S Pen still won’t win over naysayers
  • Updated S Pen feels flimsier

They took what’s wrong from the S7 and S7 edge series and corrected it on the Galaxy Note 7. Smart.

Summary

Based on its Pros the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is really a great phone. All of its component is really great: The screen is really good, the camera is outstanding as well as the battery. We can say here is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the best phone that samsung ever made.

More of the review from engadget.com down below:

Hardware

Consider its curves. Samsung built the Note 7 with a symmetrically curved front and back; that is, the metal-and-glass body is curved the same way on both sides. As a result, there’s more of an edge for your thumb to rest on, so your hand is less likely to accidentally tap something on-screen. I couldn’t count the number of times that happened to me with the S7 Edge, and it eventually got so annoying that I gave up on the phone entirely. Here’s hoping Samsung applies this knowledge to next year’s Edge. The added benefit is that these curves make the Note 7 really, really nice to hold. This symmetry of design coupled with the phone’s light weight and lack of bezels around its 5.7-inch screen mean this is easily the nicest Galaxy Note to actually carry around and use. It’s a big phone that doesn’t feel like one.

Don’t get confused as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is more like the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and not like the old Note version the Galaxy Note 5. It is a cool idea by Samsung that they listened to critics about the S7 and S7 Edge and took it into consideration and made the Galaxy Note 7.

More from engadget.com down below.

The S pen

The Note 7’s partner, the S Pen, has also benefited from some thoughtful little changes. It now has a smaller, 0.7mm nib — the same size as a typical ballpoint pen — for more natural writing. You can’t stick the S Pen into its slot backward, either, because Samsung really didn’t need another year’s worth of embarrassment. On the flip side, though, this year’s S Pen is slightly slimmer than the last one, which makes it just a little less comfortable to grip. Samsung couldn’t please everyone.

The USB Type & Storage

Samsung also opted for a USB Type-C port for power and data transfer instead of the micro-USB seen on the S7. It was only a matter of time before Samsung made the switch, but I’m just a little surprised the company didn’t wait until next year. And then there’s the storage situation: The Note 7 ships with 64GB of storage, up from 32GB on both US versions of the Galaxy S7. It’s a welcome move, but maybe not a surprising one, because the Note series phones were always billed as more premium devices

The 64GB of storage that Samsung changed from 32GB is really amazing and can help a lot of people who takes a lot of videos and photos.

Iris Scanner

The Phone also comes with an iris scanner up top and can be really helpful to unlock it. It does the unlocking really quick but keep in mind if you are using glasses or contact lenses it may take a while or even won’t work at all.

More from engadget.com down below:

The Processor, Ram and Camera

Now, about those similarities (S7 & S7 Edge). There are, uh, a lot of them. Most notable is the silicon, running the show, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU. All three phones also share the same 12-megapixel, DualPixel camera setups — that’s just as well, because that particular sensor is arguably at the front of the Android smartphone-camera pack. (The 5-megapixel front-facing camera is the same too, but that’s way less interesting.)

There’s also a spot for a microSD card in the SIM tray, just like with the S7 line, and the phone is also IP68-rated waterproof, a first for the Note line. Meanwhile, I wish Samsung could have transplanted the 3,600mAh battery from the S7 Edge into the Note 7, but it seems Samsung could only fit a 3,500mAh cell into the Note 7’s curved body. Thankfully, the difference in longevity is minimal (as you’ll see later on).

The 3 phones are really similar to each other. The Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and the Note 7 are pretty similar but the latter is just the upgraded version and boy they upgraded it right!

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More from engadget.com down below

Display and Sound

Display

The Note 7 sports a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display running at 2,560 x 1,440 (or Quad HD, or 2K, or whatever you want to call it). And wouldn’t you know it, this screen is just fantastic, replete with great viewing angles and the vivid, sumptuous colors that Samsung’s AMOLED panels are known for.(If the default color temperature is a little lurid, you can always change display modes in the settings menu.)

The screen’s bigger size means its pixel density (518 pixels per inch) is lower than those of the S7 and S7’s displays, but really, the difference is nigh-impossible to pick out; text and photos are rendered with excellent crispness. It’s a summertime champ, too: With the brightness cranked to max, I had no trouble sifting through tweets and agonizing over potential Instagram filters under the sweltering August sun. If all of this sounds familiar, well, sorry. Samsung’s screens are typically first-rate, but the Note 7’s is especially pleasant (particularly because the weird pulsating effect I noticed on last year’s Note 5 is nowhere in sight).

The display of the phone is amazing and really big but will fit really well with your hand. Can be great on watching videos or gaming.

Sound

The quality of the Note’s speaker setup lags behind that of the display. There’s a single grille etched into the phone’s bottom between the Type-C port and the S Pen’s hiding place, and it’s capable of churning out loud (if somewhat lifeless) audio. Things get better when you plug in a pair of headphones, at least: Samsung’s high-quality audio upscaler adds just a little more oomph to your tracks, with options for simulated surround sound, tube amp effects and concert-hall reverb. I didn’t really love these effects when they first showed up on the S7s, but they grew on me — spacey, vocal-centric songs can benefit a lot from that faux surround sound, for example. Still, if you hated these effects the first time around, don’t expect to change your mind.

With lots of options and effects on the sound that can enhance the quality of music the phone can be used as the device for party with a help of course of a really loud speakers.

Software

The Note 7 ships with Android 6.0.1 onboard — that means you’ve got those new permissions controls, Now on Tap’s handy info cards and all the other core Marshmallow features we’ve been enjoying for nearly a year now. More interesting is how Samsung’s approach to TouchWiz continues to evolve: What used to be a bloated, obnoxious punchline of an interface gradually became bearable, and then eventually pretty nice. Lots of us (including yours truly) will always prefer stock Android, but Samsung has spent the past few years cleaning up its act, and that’s worthy of some praise.

S Pen Advantages

the Note 7 is so well put together and pleasant to use that it’s sometimes easy to forget there’s a stylus hidden inside. This year’s S Pen doesn’t look dramatically different from the Note 5’s but the changes are there if you look closely enough. As mentioned earlier, the nib is smaller for more fluid writing and sketching, and the S Pen’s body is ever so slightly narrower and lighter.

Still, the Note 7’s S Pen still has few clear advantages. For one, it’s water-resistant, just like the phone itself. Because the entire package is IP68-rated, you can actually write things on the Note 7’s screen while underwater, though I’m not sure when anyone would ever actually need to. (Getting phone numbers at the beach? Who knows.) Speaking of the screen, the Note 7’s can now recognize up to 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, or double what the Note 5 was capable of. It’s one of those differences that’s only really noticeable when you have the two devices side by side: Light strokes that didn’t register on the Note 5’s display showed up just fine on the Note 7, making it a better choice for artsy types who value precision. If all you’re going to do is dash off notes and reminders, though, you probably won’t notice the change much.

Samsung is all too aware that the S Pen isn’t for everyone, so it cooked up a few new Air Command features to make its stylus more versatile. My eyes are pretty terrible, so it was neat being able to magnify anything on the screen up to 300 percent when pinching-to-zoom wasn’t an option. Cool? Sure. Consistently useful? Eh.

If you aren’t a fan of the SPen before you can give it a try on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as there are plenty of new features it holds.

Camera

Both of the Note 7’s cameras are identical to the ones in the S7 and S7 Edge, and are therefore really damned good. The photos I shot over the course of a week were almost uniformly well-exposed, with lots of detail (they really pop on this AMOLED screen) and vibrant, accurate colors. It’s damned fast at focusing too, thanks to the camera’s DualPixel setup. If you’ll pardon the extremely unscientific explanation, every 1.4 µm pixel on that 12-megapixel sensor is split into two photodiodes that are used to gauge the distance between the camera and the subject. Since every single pixel is used for these focus calculations, the Note 7 is superfast at locking onto whatever’s in front of it, even when the subject is a finicky, adorable toddler celebrating her second birthday.

It goes without saying that smartphone cameras tend to suck in the dark, but the Note 7 fares well thanks to the size of the pixels on its sensor. There’s surprisingly little noise, even in shots taken outside at night, and the always-there exposure controls help reduce the influence of extra light that could otherwise soften a shot’s sharpness. In short, the Note 7 is a very impressive all-around shooter, ranking alongside the S7 and S7 Edge as one of Android-powered cameras to beat. Meanwhile, the 5-megapixel camera up front takes respectable selfies with enough verve to please all the but the most terminally vain. I just wish Samsung had bumped up the resolution a bit this time around.

The camera on the phone can be compared to a dslr quality as some experts say it. Here are some sample of the photos down below grabbed from engadget.com

Performance and Battery Life

The Note 7 performs almost exactly like the S7 and S7 Edge, which in turn behave much like the rest of this year’s flagship smartphone heap. That means this year’s Note is a smooth operator thanks to the quad-core Snapdragon 820 and 4GB of RAM. I spent my week multitasking lots, playing games like Hearthstone, Asphalt 8, Republique and generally doing my best to make the 7 stutter or slow down. I succeeded, but only rarely and never for long. If you’re concerned about whether the Note 7 can stand up to your hellacious routines, don’t be: This thing brings the heat (sometimes literally, but never to the point of discomfort).

Then again, were you expecting anything else? Qualcomm’s near-monopoly on the mobile-chip business has led to a détente where one high-end device more or less performs the same as any other. That makes it hard to write about these things over and over, but it’s still a win for everyone reading this — there’s almost no such thing as a bad choice, at least as far as performance is concerned.

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7 HTC 10 SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 EDGE SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 5
AndEBench Pro 13,601 16,673 13,030 14,152
Vellamo 3.0 4,589 4,876 4,152 4,104
3DMark IS Unlimited 29,697 26,747 26,666 26,981
GFXBench 3.0 1080p Manhattan Offscreen (fps) 47 48 47 47
CF-Bench 49,256 49,891 46,290 36,488

Battery Life

Because their internals are the same, differentiating factors like battery life are more important than ever. Now, the Note 7 might not have the biggest battery in Samsung’s lineup — that distinction goes to the S7 Edge — but it’s still one of the best day-to-day performers I’ve used in some time. When it came to our standard rundown test (looping a high-def video at 50 brightness), the Note 7 lasted just over 14 hours. That’s about a half hour less than the S7 Edge, just a few minutes more than last year’s Note 5, and on par with the Moto Z Force. Not the type to watch the video until your eyes bleed? That’s fine: I routinely got two full days of consistent, mixed use out of the Note 7. With the help of Android Marshmallow’s Doze feature, my runtime stretched closer to three days with more sporadic use, though your mileage may vary.

Pricing

The phone retails for $898.99, this may sound expensive but I know it is all worth it and will surely enjoy using the phone.

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Verdict

Looking at how far the note series have come, I can say that it is better than the S7 and S7 edge as of the moment. If you have an extra $898.99 in your wallet don’t hesitate to buy the phone and will surely be worth it. The Note 7 is the best phone that samsung ever created it may be pricey but we can say it’s the best Android Phone ever created!

Source: [Engadget.com]

 

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Edson Tan is a freelance writer who writes for mobiwoz and other technology websites. He is a graphic designer, virtual assistant and a self proclaimed traveler. He also loves to play basketball and watch GoT. Loves the lakers a lot.