The first Samsung Galaxy Note was released in 2011. Back then, this 5.3-inch phone was a monster, especially when the largest handset in the market was standing at about 4.5 inches.
Through the years, Samsung has seen competition in what has become to known as phablets take a different turn. As a result, the company went further to increase the size of the Galaxy Note handsets and now we have 5.7 inches of display on the newest Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It gets even better as the new monster comes with IP68 certification, meaning it can play in the water without any worries of damages.
Despite its big and beautiful nature, the Galaxy Note 7 has a price tag that will definitely scare off many. Standing at $850 on the cheap, the Note 7 is one of the most expensive phones Samsung has ever sold. But does the price tag really match what is on offer?
Design and hardware
With such a huge screen, Samsung went for an unimaginable design, although there are some similarities with other Galaxy models. Still, you’ll notice that the Galaxy Note 7 has a dual-edge design that helps curve the phone into your hand when holding. This wrap makes the 5.7-inch display screen sink into your hand comfortably without even realizing the enormous size of the gadget. It is hard to notice the bezels and the phone is quite slim at 7.9mm.
As for the display quality, you get a Super AMOLE Quad HD panel that packs a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a pixel density of 518ppi. This panel supports HDR content, meaning you can watch movies with deepest blacks and brightest whites possible. Some will argue that there is no enough HDR content to justify the inclusion of this feature, however, Samsung is aware that things will not be the same in the not-so-distant future.
The glass back and the display panel of the Galaxy Note 7 are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 technology, which should be an improvement over last year’s Gorilla Glass 4. But according to a recent revelation, the latter seems to be a better option than the former, something Corning has been quick to dispute. As for the color variants, this time, there is a new blue and gold tint, alongside the usual black and silver options.
Samsung did everything possible to come out with the best design possible for the Galaxy Note 7, this time with no sacrifices like last year where the microSD card went missing. Given the huge price, the rest of the specs sheet is also great, with the likes of Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8890, 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage on board. You also get a decent 3500mAh battery unit, which can be fast charged through wired and wireless connections.
Other than the new design, the S-Pen on the Galaxy Note 7 is something else. The tip is much narrower and more sensitive when compared to the Note 5. Some may rarely need the S-Pen, but for those who know the exact value of this feature, you will for sure enjoy this phablet. You can easily hover the S-Pen on a video playing on your phone and in the process create a GIF for sharing with friends on different platforms. It gets even better as hovering the same S-Pen over a given word or phrase will immediately translate the same into a language of your choice. It is also possible to magnify an area on your screen without touching it. These are just some of the new additions to the S-Pen, but it still does the usual, including note-taking and drawing. All these can be done when under water since both the Galaxy Note 7 and the S-Pen are IP68 certified.
The S-Pen has been unique to the Galaxy Note series ever since, however, this year’s model has something else – an iris scanner. With this feature, you might never use the fingerprint scanner once you set it up. All you need is to stare into the scanner and that’s it. This shouldn’t be strange as you have always stared at your phone when using it – it’s no different, only that you have to lift your eyes slightly since the sensor is located above the display.
For those with glasses, the scanner can still detect the eye behind the lenses, but not all scans will be successful. This means you might at some point be required to remove your glasses in order to get a perfect scan of your eye. Being the first time for this technology, it is definitely far from being perfect. For instance, it can be inconveniencing to use it when walking outside on a sunny day due to the bright light and distractions caused by moving. In fact, you might be forced to stop a little bit to scan your eye before going on, which is kind of stupid.
Will you buy the Galaxy Note 7?