Pedro-TheNeighbor, 10 Aug 2016I had extensive research on the iPad Pro. Unless you would need the Pencil, as in for drawing/... moreIt is cool for palm rejection.
(Having a hand on the screen whilst drawing)
If you already have an Air, get the Paper/53 'carpenters pencil' (perhaps).
Their own software supports some of the best use of multihand input,.. eg drawing with their pencil and using a finger to 'smudge'.
Haven't found any free software (or trial) for the apple pencil that can match it.
I haven't tried out the new Note 7 digitiser (4096 levels pressure sensitivity) and the half width nib (from previous generations) (facts supplied for 'other readers'),.. but I can most definately vouch for the Apple Pencil.
Angled pencil 'shading' and the 240hz sampling,does make it feel pretty darn close to the real thing. (About a dollar from any newsagency; actual paper and a pencil!)
The Pencil critisisms I would leverage is no 'off' switch. Heck make reversing the cap end turn the smegging thing off. Version 2 will iron out difficulties no doubt. Yes it can fast charge off the lightning port and we are up and running, but who wants to leave batteries in a fully discharged state.
Won't affect tabletop users, but carrying around in the bag will wake the pencil and it will be flat.
absolut-allen, 10 Aug 2016Smartphones are not even close to laptops, Not even the i3 laptops. Keep dreaming buddy. Yeah right. agree on that!
Shahzad Adil, 09 Aug 2016Which one is batter processor exynos 8890 or snapdragon 820 plz reply me on shahzadadil50@gmai... moreFor games; the snapdragon might have the stronger graphics card... if games that pushed the video chip fully (not the lionshare, most games being written for market masses and high adoption generally support and are optimised for 'older' video chipsets) were what you were playing, they might have a slighly higher framerate. Nothing game breaking, no graphical effect differences.
In fact my experience of adreno video drivers is the inverse,.. some effects missing,.. an example being baldurs gate had missing water textures on adreno chipsets (on some platforms).
I have no experience with mali drivers (video chipset on the exynos devices), but I would, hands down, want the exynos chipset in my Samsung phone.
It is their own custom built processor that is likley to have the most software optimisations for, eg loading a multicore processor effectively.
Actual real world usage seems to confirm this, people quoting longer battery runtimes on the Exynos variants.
For me Exynos 'for the win', simply for the better audio hardware (through the headphone jack), but I do use high end headphones, run lossless audio files, and have an A class hifi (not to be confused with a class A amplifier), and consider high end audio 'my hobby'.
Most enthusiasts into audio would run an outboard DAC, maybe even a power amplifier, certainly select specific software for music playback...
I like the idea of a 'good enough' one box setup.
For which samsung phones generally are not considered the pinnacle of sound.
Adapt sound is a software trick they have that helps calibrate a set of headphones to 'flat responce' based on your actual hearing. Nifty in the least as a makeshift 'hearing test'.
Be careful with it though; sometimes adapt sound screws up and won't let a user rerun the calibration more than twice. (Has caught me out numerous times when buying new headphones and not being able to recalibrate)
Part of why I am keen for a new software update (lollipop) on my older Note Edge. That generally lets me rerun the tests, and the calibrations for my Roland studio monitors and Sony Mdr1s is 'incorrect' for my go to Bowers & Wilkins P7s I presently use as my portable headphones.
Anyhow, long story short, go exynos chipset if you can, unless you want the phone for VR
whitedragon, 10 Aug 2016Definately for home use,.. go the ipad.
The pencil support (for the 'pro' models) is insane... moreI had extensive research on the iPad Pro. Unless you would need the Pencil, as in for drawing/painting digitally, the iPad Air 2 is sufficient.
Pro artists consider the Pencil to out do Wacom tablet versatility and responsiveness. The tilt input simply can't be replicated as good as the Pencil's. I'm considering getting the iPad Pro just for the Pencil's capabilities.
Does anyone know when preordered Notes will be released? Why hype with preorder and make people wait a month?
whitedragon, 10 Aug 2016And to confirm/acknowledge.. Your Data use is high! In my country, your wifes' data use ... moreYes. My wife's plan is 9 GB monthly, but only uses some 2 GB. I on the other hand, consumer even up to 80 GB monthly.
Anonymous, 09 Aug 2016Which one? Ipad pro 9.7 or galaxy note 7 for home.. I need one of them for noting watching vid... moreDefinately for home use,.. go the ipad.
The pencil support (for the 'pro' models) is insane.
With samsung note, not every app developer will write for it.
The ipad has so many apps with full pencil support, and the speakers, and larger screen real estate will meet your needs.
I basically retired my Note Edge when I got my ipad (with pencil).
True the Note could do many things, but, as an example... writing on the screen on the Note was a tiny experience.. you wouldn't write a document for example,.. generally to write you have to rewrite over the same space on the screen,.. once you start using an Apple pencil on a tablet device (with 10hours of screen on time), they don't compare.
But this answer is specific for your needs; at home.
My Note is everywhere with me.
Children play guild of dungeoneering on my phone that is with us everywhere.
(I have bought it twice, for both platforms, and Artrage for both platforms)(technically I think Samsung gave me Artrage with the Note)
Software for the iPad will allow everything from CAD to 4k video editing (no joke).
Only time I have seen it pause was on Picasa (I think that is the name; it was applying some art effects to photos- the same sort of processes that make laptops and desktops think, so fair really)
Just know that the ipad won't fit in your pocket ;-)
Pedro-TheNeighbor, 10 Aug 2016I'd like to mention that I made these charts of my battery use as a way to predict and know wh... moreAnd to confirm/acknowledge..
Your Data use is high!
In my country, your wifes' data use would be a 'high end' carrier plan generally 7-10Gb per month. Your plan would cost twice as much as hers(if it even existed) and be a quarter the cost of the phone hardware (per month, on contract). Minimum.
Best plan my carrier offers (and they are the most expensive/premium) is around 25Gb per month.
Some prepaid offers, now legendary, offer (near) unlimited, but they will not run on 4G (fair enough).
On 4G I could run up a million australian dollars phone bill in one month (equivalent to buying 3-4 houses).
sajibe, 09 Aug 2016Same question every year
why the ram is not Xgb
why non removable battery
why no fm radio
... moreI know right!?//
Brand X can make a cup of coffee in the morning.
And hug you to sleep at night....
True missing an IR blaster from an earlier Note(even though I never used it once on my Note Edge...), that phone will now be retired to lounge room remote status.
Pretty cool as lounge room remotes go as it can be my chrome cast interface, Presto program selector, and a nice big backlit screen (OLED so blacks don't illuminate), and I can IMDB whatever I am watching to find out about actors etc, and if Imhave to scribble down a note, or entertain the children with an art program... all bases covered.
Having wanted a water resistant phone that also has the wacom digitiser/stylus, I am pretty happy with Samsungs latest release.
(If not because it means they have no further reason to hold my Note Edge back from getting Lollipop -Yes I spray this everywhere- caveat emptor)
whitedragon, 10 Aug 2016Awesome post. (Newsworthy) Don't get why readers here never +1 useful stuff (I do, but thats... moreI'd like to mention that I made these charts of my battery use as a way to predict and know what to expect. These are not the same usage statistics compared to the average user. My wife for example is a typical user who only consumes a daily average of .62GB of data, and only gets to use 21% from her network data service. I on the other hand average daily 1.97GB on data.
absolut-allen, 10 Aug 2016Smartphones are not even close to laptops, Not even the i3 laptops. Keep dreaming buddy. Allen, I agree with your statement. I'm just saying smartphones are very handy. I work with architectural drawings using Revit, 3DS Max, and full Photoshop on a laptop. But I'd like my most used device with power for all-day power with no worries. Peace.
IT Manager, 10 Aug 2016True that, especially for those people who have really bad handwriting. I love to write ever s... moreI'm taking advantage of the carrier's "free" phone on a higher plan. I need extensive data. My planned budget cash for buying the (eventually disappointing) Note.5 went to me spending it for the wife's S7 Edge. Ironically, they are giving out free clear back base and the wireless 3100mAh power backpack. Hehe, I want the more effective 8500mAh Zerolemon battery extension out in 3 to 4 month's time.
I made some comparisons between the Note 3's S Pen and Note7's - it's actually the pen hardware that's responsible for the controlling of line values. I tested both the S Pens on both phones. Bottom line is, the Note7 S Pen is easier to handle with the slightest pressure can make darker lines, with rarely loss of continuous light lines. the Note 3's S Pen needs more pressure for darker lines. It's even worse with the Note 1's S Pen as it has the lowest level of pressure sensitivity. In conclusion, I just buy the Note7's spare S Pen ($20+) for better performance on my Note 3. I mean the pen tip's .07mm from 1.6mm also make a big difference. I can see the point for accuracy on what I'm marking for my drawings.
Now that the S Pen's magic has worn off a bit, I'm looking forward to the excellent fast-focusing camera that I can expect and even with better UI from the S7 Edge.
absolut-allen, 10 Aug 2016Smartphones are not even close to laptops, Not even the i3 laptops. Keep dreaming buddy. A lot of consumers don't need high power computing.
Not everyone applies photoshop filters to raw files. Not everyone is into video editing...
A lot of people want facebook, emails, to type a letter, and the sort of stuff that a first generation netbook could achieve.
For these tasks modern phones, with their efficient operating systems are 'more than enough'.
What you have said isn't wrong, but nor is it correct for 7 billion plus differing usage scenarios....
At officeworks, nearly a decade ago, selling laptops to students: the most important metric was enough minimum memory, and good build quality (reliable, as warranty doesn't get back a ten thousand word essay).
The amount of users who would buy a laptop without even touching its' keyboard was silly.
I actually made my customers type on the keyboard to make sure it fit their needs.
Someone on facebook might not need a great keyboard; students generally WOULD be typing... everyone has different computing needs... and even then; most any computer was powerful enough (for AVERAGE users).
Modern phones?; power to burn.
Literally, depending on SAR level or chipset/cooling! ;-)
iJack, 08 Aug 2016You will wait foreverSo funny. Well then I have to buy 4GB version. I am from India. It lunch in 11 August. But if Samsung lunch 6gb version then I will be disappointed.
IT Manager, 10 Aug 2016True that, especially for those people who have really bad handwriting. I love to write ever s... moreA lot of the 'free bonuses' are for preorders, with them not being included after the 18th Aug (certainly with a few carriers in my country).
It could be like the free vr headset deals with past Samsungs, that are given well beyond the advertised 'offer date'... but we don't truly know.
VR headsets were likely a clearing of stock (they had white innards that are highly reflective, rectified with newer models), or for boosting 'adoption rate statistics'. (Windows 10 I am looking at you)
The 256gb micro sd is great value (who wouldn't want 310gb usable storage? ) as is the fit watch offer....
Perhaps interest free isn't such a great offer if you lose $200 of accessories!?
Pedro-TheNeighbor, 10 Aug 2016I am currently still using my Note 3 with a Zerolemon 10,000mAh extended battery as I abuse/ex... moreAwesome post.
Don't get why readers here never +1 useful stuff (I do, but thats a rant if ever I could muster one... ;-))
Kudos to you (+1 as well cause some users sort by 'useful posts')
Pedro-TheNeighbor, 10 Aug 2016I am currently still using my Note 3 with a Zerolemon 10,000mAh extended battery as I abuse/ex... moreSmartphones are not even close to laptops, Not even the i3 laptops. Keep dreaming buddy.
GG1976, 10 Aug 2016Waiting for the endurance rating. Missing infrared port... It´s an excellent phone but ... moreOf course there's an awful LOT of cheaper options, but what is really your taste? The Note7's captive market are for those people who 1) really have the money and 2) will really use the S Pen. My question for you is this: Do you have the money and will you use the S Pen extensively? If not, then this phone is not for you. My previous phone is Nexus 5. It's a decent phone with decent specs for a quite decent price. However, it already broke when got soaked ONCE in the water. :( So I have decided to buy a waterproof phone instead. It's a bit pricey but I think it's worth it.
Pedro-TheNeighbor, 09 Aug 2016And some are tech junkies who don't even use the S Pen at all.True that, especially for those people who have really bad handwriting. I love to write ever since, so I really waited for the new Note series this year (I cannot wait for Note 8). I think I made a good decision buying this product. They also offer 0% interest for 12/24 months if you buy on Aug. 20-21, so it's really not a pain in the pocket.
whitedragon, 10 Aug 2016Not true for everyone; but here is another 'story'..
Bought an open box Nokia 920 over thre... moreI am currently still using my Note 3 with a Zerolemon 10,000mAh extended battery as I abuse/extensively use my smartphone. Smartphones are becoming as powerful as laptops, and have become as main internet terminals for almost everything - entertainment, work, communications, and status symbols for SOME people who think glass back and less features of the previous Galaxy Note was awesome (while carrying another phone to compensate).
Anyway, I have closely monitored my wife's S7 Edge (3600mAh) for a couple of months now, and I know what to expect with the battery usage for the Note7(3500mAh). Around between 5 to 7 hours SOT, and a 12 hours if continuous usage. You can see this from the 3 usage instances from 100 to 0% on the Excel: http://flic.kr/p/L18x9c
Of course you can save power with lower usage time, and it could last more than 18 hours with some 3 hours of SOT, data and wifi turned on when you need to.
That's without 2 Bluetooth devices connected, not over 2GB of daily data on LTE, and not on an 18-hour stretch - this is how I use my smartphone. Therefore I would need to really charge the Note7 half way. Luckily, Zerolemon will be making an 8500mAh integrated battery backpack to charge the Note with just a press of a button. No more wires. Who wouldn't want about 265% of power than stock battery (Note 3)? http://flic.kr/p/L18xn8
Out of the ZL 8500mAh battery, I can expect only 150% (5000mAh) charge (yeah, the whole DC/AC conversions would mean some power losses of 30%) than the indicated capacity.
At least the integrated battery pack will protect that glass back, but no resolve on the eventual degrading sealed battery till you get it replaced.