Samsung Galaxy Note7 review: Thinking Big

16 August 2016
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  • AnonD-293308
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  • 17 Aug 2016

Upgrade every year to a new Note, this year is no different.

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    • AnonD-367917
    • H3G
    • 17 Aug 2016

    Anonymous, 17 Aug 2016Worse battery life for talk time than Note 5. Are you kiddi... moreINgress protected speaker setup might require 'more power' to get to the same volume,..or might be louder on this phone... if things were volume matched....(the note7 was twice as loud on the volume measurements),.. this phone would outperform the Note5 for 'call duration' very likely...

    To be fair 24hours of talktime would be enough to satisfy my needs, give or take (take actually sixteen hours from that number), between charge cycles in a heavy use scenario.
    Real world usage is what matters...
    People who extensively use their phones for calls should be on headsets or bluetooth, both of which would return this phone to better runtimes, with calls, than the Note5 (assuming good reception).
    Too Cool ay!

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      • DKDude
      • 4Jh
      • 17 Aug 2016

      Can you test the audio of the Snapdragon model? Your audio test seems to only reference the Eyonx model.

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        • Anonymous
        • npX
        • 17 Aug 2016

        AnonD-568377, 16 Aug 2016It is a matter of time Samsung gets surpassed by the Chines... moreWhy do you think its not a phablet anymore??

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          • Anonymous
          • npX
          • 17 Aug 2016

          Worse battery life for talk time than Note 5. Are you kidding me? 28 hour Note 5 , 23 hour Note 7 = FAIL

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            • Anonymous
            • 7tu
            • 16 Aug 2016

            Boiz, 16 Aug 2016Actualy i just book note 7 for my entire family , but after... moreDon worry,note 7 i think battery life will be ok,if not other people will complain about it already,and don compare note 5 to note 7,note 5 battery capacity isnt even close to note 7,so note 7 will be more power saving,if not,u can also resort to the screen res downgrade power saving mode

              kakouille, 16 Aug 2016note 7 best display http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_Note... moreAll things considered, probably yes, but look at the chart again, Note 5 (and S6 Edge+) is still being mentioned under "Excellent Accuracy", where Note 7 is mentioned under "Very Good Accuracy". I don't like it!

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                • AnonD-546038
                • ncI
                • 16 Aug 2016

                The price is toooooooo damn high....kills it!

                Unless you desperately need the S Pen...if not, move on.

                  ithehappy, 16 Aug 2016Okay, all fine, but I don't understand the Display part! Wh... morenote 7 best display
                  http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_Note7_ShootOut_1.htm

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                    • AnonD-491313
                    • ppS
                    • 16 Aug 2016

                    AnonD-531500, 16 Aug 2016Honor V8 has same specs and cost £370 .. http://www... moreOh no it doesnt. The Mali T880MP4 should be about 70% weaker than the T880MP12, the Exynos 8890 has some of the best cpu performance in single-thread and multi-thread applications on the Android World and well, the storage and ram on the Note 7 should still be made on a lower litography scheme and have higher power efficiency/read, writes and access performance. All that if combined with a Nexus phone would literally be a high-end laptop :p. Also the display is like the distance from North America to Antarctica in terms of superior quality. But, i guess whoever wants Touchwiz and really slow update and android iteration release, will be pleased with the speed for some time (Samsung phones get slower with time x-x, forcing ya to buy the next)!

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                      • AnonD-568377
                      • 3Ah
                      • 16 Aug 2016

                      Bang-for-buck, 16 Aug 2016Considering price & specs ZTE Axon 7 is the best choiceAll thinds considered (price, especially),the ZTE looks pretty good news,next to an ageing concept.My bet is on the Note though mainly to ,ZTE could up its game by launching with Cyanogen Mod rather than its own software.

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                        • AnonD-280781
                        • JFm
                        • 16 Aug 2016

                        AnonD-497816, 16 Aug 2016Note 7 is Legend of the Samsung phone was able to make an e... morefor samsung fans

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                          • 16 Aug 2016

                          Honor V8 has same specs and cost £370 ..
                          http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=8061&idPhone2=8082

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                            • AnonD-568377
                            • 3Ah
                            • 16 Aug 2016

                            It is a matter of time Samsung gets surpassed by the Chinese firms.This phone is not a real phablet anymore,nor a business tool.Time will prove I am right.

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                              • HJV
                              • 16 Aug 2016

                              this is the most complete phone yet. respect for samsung it maybe be better with 4000mah and stereo sound (saved for 2017 maybe)
                              i will wait till the price drop to 400€ (after 1year)

                                Okay, all fine, but I don't understand the Display part! Why on earth would Samsung make the Basic mode more saturated? The point of Basic mode is to have natural colours, I just don't understand why the results are worse than S7 or Note 5!

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                                  • 16 Aug 2016

                                  The wait is finally over and we have the Galaxy Note 7's review! Yayyy! Thanks gsmarena! M gonna read it now :D You guys really work hard! All the best!

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                                    • 3Jb
                                    • 16 Aug 2016

                                    Anonymous, 16 Aug 2016Can iris scanner work when the phone is in the water?lol

                                      Always-on is a serious battery drainer...

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                                        • 16 Aug 2016

                                        Anonymous, 16 Aug 2016Can iris scanner work when the phone is in the water?In what world does it matter if the Iris Scanner is able to scan your eyes underwater? I am surprise you would ask.