The TouchWiz Gallery has been touched up to bring more focus to Stories. Stories are shared, collaborative albums - that means your friends can add their own photos from the party or just a Story on a shared theme (e.g. sunsets).
For your friends without a Galaxy smartphone, Stories are shared over SMS with a link to SamsungCloud.com. A simple (and not very secure) verification is used - the person who receives a link has to type the last four digits of their phone number (not the sender's number). Anyway, from here people can download the Story, but not add to it.
Several image editing tools are available - from basic cropping, to collage making, to a more capable editor (which supports image correction, effects and drawing).
Using the S Pen, you can create short GIFs. You select a portion of the screen and hit record and the unfolding action on this particular area can be then turned into a GIF. The downside is that you can't record your interaction with the user interface so the feature is best suited for making GIFs out of videos or similar content, which would run on its own.
Google Play Music is the default player for your tunes on the Galaxy Note7. It can play your local files, as well as stream music from the cloud and it's backed by Samsung's extensive sound enhancements.
They include the SoundAlive tool, which has an intuitive interface for tuning the equalizer. Presets and two simple dials are available for basic users, a manual 7-band equalizer for more advanced users.
Adapt Sound is even simpler. It tunes the EQ to your hearing and your particular pair of headphones by playing multiple frequencies and asking how well you hear them. Smart Volume automatically adjusts the volume of tracks from multiple sources.
UHQ sound resolution enhancer is available as well for upscaling compressed audio. There are also features such as Surround sound emulation and Tube Amp Pro simulator.
If you truly miss Samsung's player, it's still available in the Galaxy Apps store (look for it under the For Galaxy tab).
There is no video player app pre-installed and the Gallery handles the videos by default. Like with the music player, you can grab the traditional TouchWiz app from the Galaxy Essentials collection in Galaxy Apps (the Video Editor is there too).
Anyway, the Gallery app is up to the task. It has full subtitle support with advanced features to modify their appearance. The app lets you play only the audio track of the video.
You can download third-party video players and they can tap into the system-wide Video Enhancer feature as well. We tried VLC, MX Player and BS Player and they were all recognized correctly. Even YouTube worked.
This feature tries to make up for the relative lack of HDR content and digi-magically enhances SD video to HDR (it does the same for audio as well). It touches up the contrast curve and color rendering to make the image pop.
We downloaded some HDR demo files to play through the gallery, but we didn't notice a difference between what we saw on the Note7 screen and on a S7 edge screen. Samsung says you can find HDR content on Amazon Video (but Netflix has some too).
Unsurprisingly, given Samsung’s track record in the area, the Galaxy Note7 delivered seriously impressive audio output. The phablet aced the first part of our test mixing very loud output with impeccable quality – nothing to frown at really.
Plugging in a pair of headphones caused next to no distortion – even the hike in stereo crosstalk was hard to notice without dedicated equipment. And just to one-up its predecessor this time volume didn’t drop at all here, for a flawless overall showing.
And here go the results.
|Test||Frequency response||Noise level||Dynamic range||THD||IMD + Noise||Stereo crosstalk|
|Samsung Galaxy Note7||+0.01, -0.04||-92.8||92.7||0.0029||0.0075||-92.9|
|Samsung Galaxy Note7 (headphones attached)||+0.04, -0.02||-92.4||92.4||0.0088||0.059||-81.2|
|Samsung Galaxy Note5||+0.04, -0.01||-93.6||93.5||0.0024||0.0076||-94.7|
|Samsung Galaxy Note5 (headphones attached)||+0.02, -0.05||-93.1||93.2||0.0023||0.030||-84.1|
You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.