Samsung Galaxy Note7: Hands-on
On the other day someone asked me like hey I know you probably get this a lot but what’s the best phone out there right now just the top dog just recommend one and I just said Galaxy S7. You know I usually have a top phone that I can just recommend to everyone. Nexus isn’t for everyone. Specs aren’t for everyone but you know Galaxy S7 edge. Great screen great camera great battery life. It’s fast some fun features mixed in there Carol. So yeah I recommend that.
But now Galaxy Note7 has just been announced and it’s coming out on August 19th and as we expected note seven is not super different from the Galaxy S7 edge we already have in fact you could probably call it like a GalaxyS7 edge plus and from the first impression, this is everything that was already great about the Galaxy S seven and then even better. So that’s a good thing.
Now first of all just to get out the way what happened to the Note 6. I don’t really know but with the edge, this is technically the seventh note plus it just kind of lines up better with the Galaxy S seven. So this phone takes all that’s great about the Galaxy S7 edge and adds all that’s great about the notes series. So from a seven edge have your great specs you have the Snapdragon 820, 4gigabytes of RAM but no 6gigabytes but whatever you basically have your gold standard here at this point and you get your dual edge display but adjusted a bit. Basically they move the apex of the curve a little bit closer to the edges so there’s more flat glass at the front and just a small curve on the sides but that subtle curve really pushes the side bezel to almost nothing as you can see like this is something we were dreaming about five years ago and now we have this basically nearly bezel with phone on the sides and they curve the glass on the back the same way to.
So the phone is symmetrical and shape in the hand and it feels really good. It’s all these premium material still as well. The glass with the metal rails all somewhere a little bit smaller than the last note but also a little bit bigger than the S seven edge but yet overall very familiar.
You also get the same exact camera from the Galaxy S7 the twelve-megapixel F1.7 shooter with optical image stabilisation and super-quick autofocus that’s also good. I’m not even mad that it’s not a new camera. This one is already extremely good at both photos and videos and it might already be the best low light shooter in any smartphone.
So I’ll take that and then you get the expandable SD card storage up to 256 gigabytes. That’s also from the Galaxy S7 and it’s also now fully IP68 waterproof like the Galaxy S seven and even the stylus is waterproof too so no need to worry about dropping in water or even using it in the rain or anything like that now from the note line, of course, you bring in the bigger size so the bigger display. It’s now your 5.7inch Quad HD Samsung super AMOLED display and from first impressions. It’s super lit and you get the larger battery, as well as a 3500mAH battery in this bigger phone.
It wouldn’t be a Note without all the added S Pen features so of course, the S pen has improved, again this year. Like I said it’s also waterproof and now it’s even more sensitive and has a couple new features my favorite just from the time I played around with it is the Giff capture which literally just lets you screen capture any portion of your screen quickly and save it immediately as a gif give it super convenient and it might be the most underrated feature that nobody’s talking about. I haven’t always been a big stylus guy honestly I usually try to give it a chance at first but then gradually use it less and less but when they add convenience features like this it makes me want to get another shot. Also, I almost tried to stuck the S Pen in reverse. Just to see if it would get stuck again. But now I’m going to let someone else try that.
Anyway, so you have this Frankenstein combination of the two best phones Samsung makes and also a couple of features on top fast wireless charging is still here and it works with this sort of a modem on like accessory where you snap on a battery back on the back of the phone and it wireless charger so it doesn’t even need any pins. Another thing is they finally switched over to U.S.B. type C. So, this is the first U.S.B. type C Phone Samsung has ever made still has fast charging might be a sign of them starting to shift over all their flagship to U.S.B. type C in the future.
And even tossed in iris scanning as a security feature now believe me I was definitely skeptical about this like want to set it on stage but they let us try it and it seemed pretty damn cool so you hold your phone up about a foot from your face. Maybe a little less and you just look at the phone to unlock it. It takes a couple seconds to set up and then it seemed like each unlocked got a little bit quicker one after the next like it was learning my eyes better after a while those unlocking almost as fast as the already really good fingerprint sensor. So it can seem like a gimmick at first but it’s good to know at least it’s a good gimmick it’s not a crappy trash feature it actually works pretty well they have an entirely separate I.R. sensor on the front of the phone for this. So it’s not using the front facing camera and senses infrared it can work at night. It can work through sunglasses and apparently it can’t be tricked with a picture of you.
Apparently, I’m definitely gonna try that, though. So overall the Galaxy Note7 looks like it has a lot going for it. I think the stealthy black version might be my next phone honestly looking at it. Of course, there’s also the new blue one with the both sides looks pretty cool and then there’re the silver and gold phones naturally as well but there’s something about a stealthy all black phone that draws me the software experience is turned up a bit again as you would expect. And obviously, it’s not like their skins going anywhere. They’ve been consistent with this Samsung bright white and colorful us over the past couple years but it’s you know it’s better than it used to be. I don’t know I guess I’m a fan so far from the first impression.
So definitely stay tuned for the full review so we can figure out if this guy is worth the premium price tag. And that’s basically been it that’s the first impression. Thanks for reading guys. Now catching the next one picks.
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