Thinking about getting yourself the brand new offering from Samsung? Let us help you decide whether or not the new Note 7 is worth you hard earned cash.
|· Great build quality
· Top specs for 2016
· Improved S Pen experience
· IP68 water resistance
· Expandable storage is back
· Great camera
· Iris Scanner
|· Low speaker
· Mediocre battery life
· Slippery in hand
· Battery defect (Catches Fire)
Chipset: Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890
GPU: Mali T880 MP12
Memory: 4GB Ram, 64GB storage, MicroSD up to 256GB
Sim: Single Nano Sim or Dual Sim Nano
Resolution: 1440 X 2560 pixels (~518ppi)
Display Type: Super AMOLED
Glass: Corning Gorilla glass 5
O/S: Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable to (Android 7.0 Nougat)
Camera: 12MP rear, f 1/7, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED Flash
5MP front, f 1/7, Auto HDR
Battery: 3500 mAh
- Iris Scanner
- IP68 rating certified dust and water resistance over 1.4m depth and 30min
- Fingerprint sensor
- Fast and wireless charging
- USB Type-C port
- Dual Edge screen
- S Pen
- Secure folders
The Samsung S7 was holding the title for the best screen on a mobile device so far and here comes the Note 7. With its 5.7’ Quad HD Super AMOLED display, you would be hard pressed to get a better display. As is the norm with AMOLED displays, blacks are deep, colors are punchy and vibrant.
There are a few new tricks to the display Samsung has built in. First is the inclusion Mobile HDR (High Dynamic Range) and it is the first device to have this feature. Mobile HDR takes your viewing experience to a new level of contrast, brightness, and detail.
You will need video content to take advantage of this, but Amazon has a Prime instant video channel and hopefully more HDR content will be made available to utilize this amazing feature.
The next feature is the “Blue Light Filter”. It is basically an evening/night time feature that reduces the strain on our eyes. The harsh blue light from electronic devices makes it harder to get a good night’s rest.
So this feature allows you to shift the color tone from colder blues to warmer yellows. You are also able to change the resolution from Quad HD to as low as 720p in case you need to save battery power.
The screen also gets very bright up to 800nits. Since we live in the Caribbean where we have a lot of sunny days, outside viewing is critical. The Note 7 does a great job at being visible outside. Also included, is the always on display.
Due to the individual pixel makeup of AMOLED screens, the device is able to light up in specific pixels to display information without turning on the entire screen.
Good for showing things like your calendar, clock and notifications.
The camera package in the Note 7 is the same package from the S7. The S7 has been one of the top performers for camera quality and Samsung didn’t feel the need to change that. They have added some shortcuts in the software like swiping between modes in the viewfinder.
You can still double-click on the home button to launch the app. Auto HDR, Optical image stabilization are present and help take a great pic. The camera is consistent, good day time shots and due to the dual pixel technology, it takes a pretty good picture in low light situations.
You are also able to record in 4K video resolution.
Packed into the Note 7 is a 3500mAh battery, which to is noted is smaller than the S7 which has a 3600mAh battery. The device takes about one hour to charge when hooked up to a rapid charger and should get you through the day comfortably.
The battery has also been under some heavy scrutiny as it has been catching fire in quite a bit of situation. At this point, service providers like AT&T, Verizon have suspended all Note 7 sales and Samsung has halted production at the time of this review.
There was an earlier recall, to fix the battery issues but the replacement devices issued by Samsung have been catching fire as well. Hopefully, this is something that Samsung can get under control as this has become a stain on the Galaxy Note line.
The Galaxy Note 7 currently retails at $850USD. It is definitely one of the pricier devices on the market, but with everything and the kitchen sink packed into this device, the price is probably justifiable.
With a number of features packed into this device (Mobile HDR, S-Pen, Blue light filter, Camera quality, USB Type C, Quad HD, Iris Scanner, Fingerprint Sensor, etc.) the Note 7 can be argued to be one of the best phones of all time.
If Samsung can however right the wrongs with the battery and get this phone back on the shelves, this may be the device for you. It has a bit of something for everybody to enjoy.
A couple years ago, a phone at this size may have steered a lot of people away from it but in 2016, 5.7’ has almost become the norm for most phones.
So who is this for you ask? The business man/woman, students, gamers, and photographers. Samsung has once again created a well-rounded device.