The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is finally here, I remember when the first Samsung Galaxy Note was released five years ago. Samsung has come a long way since then, the quality of the phones in the Galaxy Note line has been improving with the release of each phone.
The Galaxy Note line was based on the Galaxy S line, and Samsung has a history of pushing the envelope and producing some of the best phones that we have ever seen.
When the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge was released earlier this year many smartphone enthusiasts claimed that this was the best smartphone that has ever been made.
How does the Galaxy S7 Edge match up against the Galaxy Note 7? They both have their pros and cons and by the end of this review, you will be able to determine which one of these phones will be more appropriate for you.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Hardware:
With the release of every Samsung phone, Samsung makes some minor improvements in the design of the phone.
The Galaxy Note 7 has more things in common with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge than its predecessor the Galaxy Note 5. Samsung took the best features from their most recent handsets and enhanced it to create the Galaxy Note 7.
The chassis of the Note 7 is made of glass and metal and it has a sleek curvature from the front to the back of the phone. The Galaxy Note 7 has a 5.7-inch display screen, that’s a bigger screen than the Galaxy S7 Edge.
However, the curvature of the phone makes the Galaxy Note 7 a bit more comfortable to hold regardless of the difference in size. The Galaxy Note 7 is a big phone that fits comfortably in your hand.
The Note 7 comes with a USB Type-C port for power and data transfer, unlike the micro-USB port which the Galaxy S7 Edge possesses.
The Galaxy Note 7 has 64GB of internal storage which is twice the amount of storage than the Galaxy S7 Edge and the Galaxy Note 5.
The Galaxy Note 7’s S Pen has also been improved from that of its predecessors. The nib of the new S Pen is a bit smaller it’s 0.7mm, that’s the same size as the average ballpoint pen.
This will ultimately provide a better writing experience for the user. The new S Pen is also a bit thinner than the previous one.
One of the new features is the iris scanner, it is located above the display screen this was meant to be used as a hands-free method of authentication to unlock the phone. To unlock the phone using this feature you must line up your eyes with the iris scanner.
If it’s done correctly the phone will be unlocked in a fraction of a second. This feature works better for some people than it will for others, it worked just fine for me. However, if you wear contact lenses the iris scanner may take a bit longer to unlock the phone.
If you wear glasses that makes it even more difficult for the iris scanner to work correctly, it would be better to take off the glasses before using the iris scanner. I know this is a bit inconvenient but Samsung can’t please everyone.
The Galaxy Note 7 comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, an Adreno 530 GPU, and 4GB of RAM.
The primary camera is a 12-megapixel camera with Dual Pixel technology, and the selfie camera is a 5-megapixel camera. The Galaxy Note 7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge have the same cameras.
The Galaxy Note 7 is IP68-rated waterproof, this is the first waterproof phone in the Galaxy Note line.
The phone has a 3,500mAh battery which is slightly smaller than the 3,600mAh battery in the Galaxy S7 Edge.
I’m not sure why Samsung did this but I would have expected the Note 7 to have a more powerful battery than the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Display Screen:
The Note 7 has a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display screen and a Quad HD which has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.
This screen is great because it provides a wide array of vibrant colors, and the picture quality never gets distorted when viewing the screen from different angles.
The pixel density is lower than that of the display screen in the Galaxy S7, however, it’s almost impossible to notice the difference in the picture quality.
The Galaxy Note 7 adopted the always-on display mode feature from the Galaxy S7’s, Samsung has also added some new design options.
There’s one new image and three new designs for the persistent clock, there is also a blue light filter mode which was implemented to reduce eye strain.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Software:
In the Galaxy Note 7, the TouchWiz menus have been redesigned and the phone comes with the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system.
Even though the Galaxy Note 7 barely missed the Android 7.0 Nougat it already has some of its features such as the clear all button on the recent menu, movable quick settings, and the split screen app. Samsung’s smartphones have had these features for years.
The user interface is attractive and more efficient than that of its predecessors. There’s no bloatware, however, there’s still some Samsung software that comes pre-loaded but the amount has been drastically reduced.
The user interface is easy to navigate and there’s a new feature which will allow you to move the apps by placing them into a temporary dock at the top of the screen and adding them to your home screen panes.
Samsung has taken a few things that Google has done and they have tried to improve it for this phone.
There’s now a blue light filter on the Note 7 and the keyboard is resizable and more customizable than Google’s keyboard but I think Google’s keyboard is better at making predictions.
The stylus pen (S Pen) on the Note 7 has been slightly modified from its predecessor, the S Pen is lighter and slightly thinner and the nib is smaller as I stated earlier.
I feel as though I’m able to write more efficiently with this S Pen, however, it doesn’t feel as sturdy as the pen before.
The Note 7’s S Pen is water resistant and you can write on the display screen while the phone is underwater. The Note 7 has the ability to recognize up to 4,096 different levels of pressure sensitivity that’s double the capacity of the Note 5.
If you’re an artist or someone who enjoys drawing you may find the Note 7 more appealing than any other smartphone.
When drawing if you make light strokes on the Note 5 sometimes it may not be recognized, however, the Note 7 will recognize those strokes.
There’s a feature in the Note 5 that I really like which the Note 7 has retained. If you remove the S Pen while the display is off this will trigger a dark interface for screen-off memos.
When the dark interface appears you will have the ability to write a note or draw something and pin it to the always-on display for easy access later on during the day.
Because there’s no authentication process required to use this feature anyone who gets access to the phone will be able to use the S Pen and write things on the display screen.
Samsung has added a few new Air Command features to the S Pen, you now have the ability to magnify whatever is on the screen up to 300 percent this is a great new feature for people who have less than perfect vision.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Camera:
As I stated earlier the Galaxy S7 Edge and the Galaxy Note 7 have the same cameras. The cameras in the Note 7 is one of the main characteristics of this phone that makes it stand out from the competition.
The cameras on the note 7 take extremely great photos with vibrant colors and lots of detail, with very little effort.
The DualPixel technology in the camera makes it easy for the camera to focus. The 12-megapixel primary camera has a 1.4 µm pixel which is divided into two photodiodes which are used to accurately determine the distance between the object being photographed and the camera.
The phase detection auto-focus feature is extremely fast at focusing and locking onto whatever is in front of it.
The Galaxy Note 7 takes pictures in the dark with very little noise this is a result of the always-there exposure controls which helps to reduce any extra light that may distort the quality of the photo.
The secondary camera is a 5-megapixel camera which takes great selfies for people who enjoy doing so.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Performance And Battery:
The Note 7 shares many characteristics of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge which makes them perform in a similar manner.
The Note 7 performs very well when multitasking whether you’re doing something on social media, sending emails/text messages, watching videos, or playing video games the Quad-Core Snapdragon 820 processor and the 4GB of RAM will be able to handle it.
This phone rarely lags and when it does it only occurs for a short period of time.
The phone has a 3,500mAh non-removable battery which will last a little over 2 days with moderate use. The battery life on the Galaxy S7 edge is slightly longer than that of the Note 7, the difference is minuscule.
My Final Thought:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a top-notch premium smartphone that has a nice look and feel to it with great features and functionalities which perform very well.
However, the Note 7 costs $789.99 U.S. dollars on eBay which makes it one of the most expensive smartphones that have ever been made.
The Galaxy Note 7 is a great phone that will appeal to many smartphone enthusiasts. However, if you don’t plan on using the S Pen I wouldn’t recommend buying it because it’s so expensive, you may be better off buying the Galaxy S7 Edge instead.
Please let me know your thoughts about the Note 7 in the comment section below.
- Performs well.
- Great camera.
- Great battery life.
- Very expensive.
- Iris scanner does not work well with glasses.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was recalled last year because there were quite a few reports about the phone exploding.