In all honesty I am disappointed with Samsung. I switched grim my LG G3 when the Note first came out. It was a great phone and I truly have to compliment the screen brightness and vivid colors and the battery life was very good/borderline great but left a lot to be desired.
I returned my Note 7 because I wasn't comfortable over the battery issue. I'm not sure I can trust any samsung battery for quite a while.
The sad part is I reactivated my LG G3 and I have to say for a two year old phone I expected it to feel like it was running extremely slow. It didn't I truly can't tell a noticeable difference between this two year old phone and the brand new Galaxy Note 7, also another sad fact is for a only slightly smaller screen it truly appears to be clearer and sharper. Samsung does crush it in terms of color and brightness though. The Battery life is the only other large improvement.
In terms of features the large features on the Note were very gimmicky. I never once used the curve screen window, never touched the iris scanner, only rarely used the S pen but I don't use it to draw. It was handy when I did use it though. I did use the fingerprint scanner but it was very finnicky and often didn't work right and I would end up typing in my password anyhow. Also autocorrect never worked like many other people have said.
All in all it was a very "good" phone. It was by no stretch what it should have been and especially what it was rumored to be initially. I have to say I'm truly disappointed that I didn't even notice a speed difference backtracking to a 2 year old phone. That says something about how horrible Samsung's UI system runs.
This comes from someone who loves Android and has pretty much always used Android. I have to say I'm extremely disappointed with Samsung on the new Note 7 and truly majority of what I said was not based on the battery issue. That's another subject but I guess they shouldn't cut corners.
Overall I truly wouldn't recommend the phone based solely on it's poor performance and gimmicky features. I'm going to hold on to my old LG G3 for now because I have no idea what else to get. Honestly the Note 7 was so bad performance wise it has nearly pushed me into considering Apple which I'm strongly against. I have never had an IPhone.
I hope this review helps someone decide what phone they want to or not want to get. I tried to make this review as absolutely brutally honest as I could. Thank you
Imperator Neubaticus, 24 Sep 2016Agreed. The stylus is the reason i got into the note series in the first place. Camera, displa... moreBattery life is pretty superb, with over 6 hours SOT on Wi-Fi, 5 hours SOT on LTE. Same SOT with S7 Edge.
Drawing with the enhanced active digitizer pen (S Pen) with 4096 levels of pressure is just pure pleasure. I'm coming from the Note 3's S Pen's 1024 levels of pressure.
The S Pen in action:
how can i find out my note 7's battery problem?
is there any way to know note 7's battery will be explode?
Savor , 23 Sep 2016Note7 is the smartphone to beat in 2016. Don't care if the recall hoopla got overblown by Appl... moreI don't see RAM management as a problem for the Note7. This thing just runs ok, without worrying about how much RAM is left every time.
Why bother with a zoom lens if it's just f/2.8 with no OIS?
Pedro-TheNeighbor, 23 Sep 2016The S Pen is what differentiates from the S series. People like us don't care so much for the ... moreAgreed. The stylus is the reason i got into the note series in the first place. Camera, display, and everything else comes second priority. Maybe except for battery life.
Savor , 23 Sep 2016The new Note7 replacements have a software update that made the UI faster, smoother, and impro... moreYes , I agree ! The lag is a bigger issue then explosion ! Explosion will be well prevented after the crisis Samsung has just went through ! But the lag is something that seems Samsung can never over come ! That's what really makes me reconsider of buying the note 7 ! I love the nice features it offeres , but none will be useful if the phone start lagging ! Let's hope Samsung can really gets it right soon ~.
Note7 is the smartphone to beat in 2016. Don't care if the recall hoopla got overblown by Apple shareholders who control the media to help sell more iPhone 7s. Note7 still excels from Apple fans' smear campaign.
The only advantage 7+ has is that killer feature of 2x optical zoom. But it loses in several photo and video recording comparisons. The audio quality is still in mono and the front cam is too close. Not wide angle to eliminate selfie sticks. The only area V20 seems to excel is audio. If you are paying over $700+, you might as well get the phone that is the best in more areas.
Both iPhone 7+ and V20 have consistently lost in those key areas. V20 lags behind in display and battery life. Only area Note7 might lose is during speed tests and RAM management. But software is easily correctable with updates and the Note7 replacements supposedly have a software update that improved the speed and smoothness of the early lag.
Snapdragon or Exynos, the Note7 is still the smartphone to beat in 2016. The S7 edge is a close 2nd. The rest are fighting for 3rd.
KHL, 18 Sep 2016well after all i believe that when Samsung fix the issue.... they shud sell the divice at a hi... moreThere is no excuse for Samsung phones to have the slowest commands response. Samsung Galaxy Tab s2 8.0 is well optimized and doesn't have any of these issues and yet all Samsung smartphone still have millisecond to a second delay in many commands (especially home botton)
unnonimous, 23 Sep 2016i`m not using fingerprints like ever...i`ve done a few bad things in my life and i`m so very a... moreif you afraid to use finger print scanner, why use the eye scanner. don't setup any of them.
stick to a very long alpha-numeric password.
the scanners are not a bad idea. its there for who wants to use them. its called having options. no one said the use of them was mandatory.
you know what is a bad idea....... storing data that could get you in trouble on an internet connected phone.
Equinox Hydroid, 23 Sep 2016in some regions note 7 will be back again for sales by the end of the year as in Europe by end... moreThe S Pen is what differentiates from the S series. People like us don't care so much for the S8. Same feelings I had for the S3, S4, S5, S6 and S7 - if it doesn't have an S Pen, it's really half of what you're paying for who are used to writing and drawing. Sure, it's a glimpse of what the next Galaxy Note would be, but nothing to be envious about, except when the the S7 came out and had more features than the Note.5.
The Note7 exchange program has a deadline, from October 1, up to December 31 for my region. Next Note will still be 10 months away.
in some regions note 7 will be back again for sales by the end of the year as in Europe by end of November!!! which means 2 months away from S8 release and in my country the replacement program didn't launch yet :( note 7 sales will be affected a lot as many persons will choose to wait for S8 on February 2017!!
Read on sammobile that note 7 sales will be 60 % only comparing to Note 5 last year! :(
Tika Laxmi, 20 Sep 2016Note 7 us good in features battery problem. It may exploud while charging. So, due to s... moreIve used SS for years, s5 now no issues, I think some of these people are using generic chargers, China or wherever. Use the charger that comes with the phone !!!!! if you can afford S7 well u can afford charger. Don't be using Cheap China extentions.
Pusht, 22 Sep 2016I agree damage has been done, dent n it's reputation confirmed! But I think This episode is an... morelol. hand granades. exactly. thats why i decided not to buy note 7. i wonder why this happened in first place as its serious as ppl can get hurt. il stay with note edge.
Savor , 23 Sep 2016The new Note7 replacements have a software update that made the UI faster, smoother, and impro... moreHopefully they'll do this for the international version too. Can't wait for october 1st. In the meantime, im holding off on the update that limits battery capacity to 60%. We don't have reports of exploding units in the country anyway.
The new Note7 replacements have a software update that made the UI faster, smoother, and improved battery life for the T-Mobile and Verizon (Snapdragon 820) versions. Go on Android Central forums to read about the improved software. The laggy UI is what concerned me more than explosions. Looks the Note7 is back and better than ever!
Bunyip22, 23 Sep 2016If you have an old note 7 you will be now limited to 60%..... HOWEVER....
Under battery >... moreI just checked this and its correct.
The 60% battery restriction can be lifted to 80% under Device maintenance > Battery > Advanced settings (top right).
Reboot will reset it to max 60%.
absolut-allen, 23 Sep 2016They need to improve TouchWiz. The phone is plenty capable but lacks because they don't optimi... moreVery true. Just some optimization and it will fly. For example Sony optimizes their software very well and it works very smooth with 3GB ram.
If you have an old note 7 you will be now limited to 60%..... HOWEVER....
Under battery > advanced settings you can disable this to allow max 80% charge... if you turn off your phone it will default back to max 60% charge.
PhoneVlog, 23 Sep 2016Samsung needs to improve S models Performance much. Please show as some blast of geekbench sco... moreThey need to improve TouchWiz. The phone is plenty capable but lacks because they don't optimize the software. It's been this way forever.