Samsung started off September just right or did they? Before I dive into the review, my Note7 has had no issues of getting hot and there has been no battery explosions. However, Samsung have been in touch regarding the recall but I would really advise you not to let this issue put you off the phone. Yes, it’s an extremely bad problem but it’ll be sorted in no time. So, onto the smartphone.
The Galaxy Note7 was released on 2nd of September but I woke up at the early hours of the 16th of August to pre-order it, which you can read about here. After watching the Samsung Unpacked event, it was something I just had to do; I’ve also always been a big fan of the Samsung Note devices. So, two weeks later the Note7 had arrived.
The Note7 came in a rather big box, which contained the Samsung Galaxy Note7 itself, a Gear VR and an accessories case. The latter was a special gift from Samsung and the Gear VR was given to the first 1000 people to pre-order. Sweet.
The Note7 box contained the following:
Design and Display
You’re going to think of the Samsung Galaxy Edge 7 when you look at the Note7 because the design is identical. However, this is the first Samsung smartphone to only have a dual-curved-edge screen, with no other options available. So, it seems Samsung are ditching the flat screens for curved ones, so expect future Samsung’s to have it too. The phone feels very comfortable with its metal frame and Gorilla Glass 5 surface and not to forget to mention it is probably the best-looking smartphone.
I’ve never really been a fan of large smartphones, as you may be aware from my other blogs, but going bigger is what I wanted to do. Despite this, I was slightly nervous about the 5.7” display of the Note7 but actually it’s perfectly fine. It can be used comfortably, though with two hands. Some features can easily be used one-handed so don’t let the size of it put you off. The Note7’s Quad-HD (resolution: 2560 X 1440, 518ppi ) SuperAMOLED display is the best I have ever encountered in a smartphone. Satisfying is an understatement; it really is amazing. The quality is sharp and crystal clear. This really pushes the experience of using the phone to the top level, whether you’re watching a video, making notes or drawing. It really is fantastic and the larger display really does add to that too.
A smartphone can look good but it’s what on the inside that really matters. The Note7 does not disappoint. It has the following tech specs:
If those numbers aren’t impressive, then what is?
Great specs and features require a great battery and the Note7 is powered by one that is 3,500mAh and non-removable too. Some people will be disappointed by this fact but this is the way forward now; I wouldn’t expect removable batteries at all in the coming future.
In the week that I’ve had it, the battery has been very good. As an example, I charged it fully around 10pm on Wednesday 31st and on Friday 2nd September at 1pm the battery level indicator was showing 23%. So, it can easily last a day and a half comfortably. You can push it to two days, depending on how it’s used but I would expect it to still last most of a day if you really utilised it.
Samsung ditched microUSB for USB Type-C
From the images above and list of contents inside the Note7 box, you will have been surprised to see USB Type-C. This is a new standard and Samsung have implemented it in the Note7; the first Samsung smartphone to get it. But don’t fret because they kindly provided some adaptors in the box, so you can still use your old accessories, whether it’s a standard USB or microUSB. Awesome.
Power Saving to extend the Note7’s battery life
As with Samsung’s previous smartphones, fast charging is supported. However, the really cool part is ‘Power Saving’. With this feature (found in Quick Settings), you can extend your battery life. You can choose MID or MAX. These will give you additional hours of power.
MID – This will limit brightness to 90% max, change resolution to Full HD (as opposed to Quad HD) and prevent background data usage.
MAX – This will limit brightness to 80% max, change screen resolution to HD as well as prevent background data usage.
You can of course customise either of these, if you wanted to. To give you a quick example, at 27%, switching on MID would give me 15 h 59 m and switching MAX on would give me 36 h 47 m.
I was always impressed with the Samsung Galaxy S7’s camera so it was only expected that I’d feel the same about the Note7’s camera too. Especially since it has the same camera capabilities as the S7 and S7 Edge. See the spoiler for some photos taken with it.
The front selfie camera has 5 Megapixels with f/1.7, whilst the rear has a dual pixel 12MP camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and the same f/1.7 aperture. Picture quality is, no doubt, amazing and the same goes for videos too. The Note7 supports 4K video recording and playing back videos has some fancy features.
Smart hidden sliders on video playback
Videos on the Note7 now have two smart hidden sliders on either side, when playing back videos. Press down on the right and slide up / down to adjust the volume or do the same on the left hand side to adjust the brightness. Necessary? Not really. Cool? Oh yes.
This is, without a doubt, the coolest feature on the Samsung Galaxy Note7. Gone are the days where you’d type in your password for every visit you make to websites you’re signed up to. The Note7 allows you to sign in using your eyes. You are looking at the phone anyway, so why not right? Unlock the device with your eyes too, because you can. It’s certainly got an aspect to laziness to it (technology does that) but it’s convenient and secure too. I’m sure this feature will make its way into other smartphones in the coming future but, for now, let’s applaud Samsung for this brilliant feature. It works wonders.
A Note7 would not be a Note device without Samsung’s S-Pen. For some, it’s just a stylus but on the Note7 it is much more.
You can use it to:
I was very excited when the Note7 was revealed. So excited that I had to get up in the early hours to pre-order it (I’m not a morning person at all, this was an exception). Pre-orders began at 6am and my order was placed and confirmed by 6.03am. On the day of delivery, I could not contain my excitement. When I was unboxing, I was even more excited and fell in love with it the moment I saw it. That’s when I first said to myself “oh a 5.7” smartphone isn’t actually that big” and after using it, I’m happy with it. Bigger screens really do make all the difference.
It’s performance, design, build, features and overall quality is superb. I honestly believe this is the best smartphone to date. It is almost like the bigger version of the S7 Edge, only better. I think the S-Pen and the Iris scanner make it the best.
Yes, it is a very expensive smartphone, but it’s a great all-rounder. Let’s put it this way, if you bought it, you would not be disappointed.
I hope you guys found this a good read and if you have any questions with regards to the Note7, please feel free to ask me.
Thanks for reading
Sadia writes app reviews, smartphone reviews, tech tips & tutorials at XALIRATE
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