Savor, 24 Sep 2016Best Smartphone
2010 - Apple iPhone 4
2011 - Apple iPhone 4s
2012 - Apple iPhone 5
2013 ... moreiPhone 4 had that antenna issue in 2010. I thought the S2 was more impressive. It had no LTE.
2011 was the first time I bothered getting a real smartphone - the Galaxy Note, because of the S Pen. It was the first to have split-screen functionality, has the biggest screen after the Dell Streak.
8 months later, the Note II, which I was able to produce better drawings because the S Pen had level of pressure sensitivity went up from 256 to 1024. I was able to produce this: http://flic.kr/p/e35qpJ
Another 12 months later, in late 2013, it was the Note 3, with the S Pen's same level of pressure sensitivity stuck at 1024. It had the infrared remote control function. It had LTE.
Note 4 in 2014 was impressive, a refinement, and the S Pen had 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. It wasn't enough to nudge me to get it.
Note.5 was a big disappointment with no memory expansion, 32 GB version was the only option in countries like mine. I was planning to get it, however the memory expansion was a big is big issue. Even taking out past features and putting glass at the back was counter-innovative.
Fast-forward Note7, this was what the Note.5 should have been at least, and I would have gotten it. The Note 3's slower focus was getting to me, especially trying to record my toddler son's moments. And the fact the S Pen's level of pressure sensitivity was quadruple from the Note 3's.
Note is a keeper. I'm getting my replacement by next week, and I would not have to keep worrying with the chance of 1 out of 42,000 chance of it exploding DURING charging.
Give it time. The Note7 will get more appreciated and beloved as time goes on while phones like the iPhone 7/7 Plus won't age as gracefully for having inferior design, display, battery life, and cameras to the bad misconception of the "exploding" Note7 which doesn't deserve its bad reputation.
As time goes by, Note7 will be appreciated. Apple fans can continue on their smear campaign. The smarter folks will realize in a few years the Note7 was always the better phone. Once the smoke clears, Note7 > iPhone 7 Plus. You know it is true but some people are in denial right now. Apple is rehashing the same resolution and design for years...
Note7 will age like fine wine. Every iPhone with incremental updates will age like spoiled milk while every future iOS update will slow it down. Apple does planned obsolescence better than Samsung.
2010 - Apple iPhone 4
2011 - Apple iPhone 4s
2012 - Apple iPhone 5
2013 - Samsung Galaxy Note 3
2014 - Samsung Galaxy Note 4
2015 - Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
2016 - Samsung Galaxy Note7
Android was not mature enough yet until the post-Ice Cream Sandwich era. Each year could be arguable but this is asking which phone aged the best and the one you can go back to and feel comfortable using now for 2016?
I remember HTC One M7 was a standout in early 2013. Issues galore with purple photos and battery life was average to awful. Took 3.5 hours to charge. Looking back, Note 3 was the all-around better phone besting Nexus 5 and LG G2 because it had microSD slot and removable battery. For longtime Note users, the Note 3 is still a personal favorite.
Samd thing happened in 2014. HTC One M8 and OnePlus One were standouts. S5 was maligned for bad design. The iPhone 6/6 Plus only had 1gb RAM. Why would anyone go back to an iPhone 6 when the Note 4 had 3gb, QHD, microSD slot, and the last Note with removable battery? At the end, Note 4 stood out ahead of its class besting the awful battery life from the LG G3.
Last year, you can make a case S6 edge stood out the best although its main Achilles was battery life. It changed the game for Samsung for better and for worse in design shedding its ugly design label. But Note5 losing both removable battery and microSD slot made it one of the worst Note entries ever.
This year, Note7 regains microSD slot. Gains dual edges from the S6 era and water-resistance from the S5 era.
Let's compare Note7 vs S7 edge.
Design - Push (look nearly alike)
Display - Note7 (slightly)
Camera - Note7 (slightly)
Battery Life - S7 edge (slightly)
Forget the recall. LG boot loops are far more common than exploding Note7s. The only advantage S7 edge has is GG4 doesn't scratch as easily and slightly better battery life. It is proven on this site Note7 has the slightly better camera than its S7 sibling. Not to mention all the S-Pen features. Samsung is a true OEM. The only brand that can build a phone completely in-house. Samsung builds skyscrapers and tanks. Don't underestimate that Samsung only makes phones and TVs. All these Chinese makers only offer phones cheaper because they copy others and save money on R&D. You can try to save money but you get what you pay. You want the best? You pay top dollar for it.
Don't waste your time on other alternative brands like I did because you hate Samsung. Only their software is an advantage but lose consistently in hardware to Samsungs. It is arguable that Samsung has usually made the best smartphone of the year during the past half decade with the best camera or all-around features and it is typically a Note phone. In 3-5 years from now, you will look back at 2016 and say Note7 was the best for its year. An iPhone 7 Plus, LG V20, Google Pixel XL, HTC 10, ZTE Axon 7, Xiaomi Mi 5, and OnePlus 3 are all fighting for 3rd place.
^ Samsung generally is best in class in all those or near the top.
Best of 2016
2. S7 edge
3. [insert your favorite non-Samsung flagship here]
AnonD-569849, 24 Sep 2016Please the V20 has 2X optical zoom and wide angel and a 3 types of focus and a 16 MP sensor an... morePlease check the review studio photos of the v20 in good and bad light... The GN7 thumps it.
Please check the V20 battery life... Very very poor.
Just checked the V20 review.
What do you know... The GN7 12MP thumps the V20 16MP in both good and low light studio photos... A certain 2 people are very quiet atm....
Oh... And LG has come up with another very poor battery life score. GN7 ftw.
Pedro-TheNeighbor, 24 Sep 2016The exploding is a no-issue anymore. Since you don't need the S Pen at all, and you think it'... moreThat's good for you. Personally I liked the large size and also the few times I used the S-pen it was handy but it didn't make or break the phone. As I implied it was handy but in no way a necessity. I liked the phone it was just unnecessary in many areas and very slow in my opinion. I'm glad you like your S-pen and I don't plan to get any Samsung phones in the near future.
Norel, 24 Sep 2016So far my Note 7 works awesome to date, I'm very satisfied with my Samsung Note 7.I never said it was a bad phone. It was very good in fact. But it was no where near what it should have been. I liked it too but it's sad when it doesn't even have a noticeable speed difference from my 2 year old G3. Regardless of options or the battery-gate
New, Safe Galaxy Note 7 Units Are Overheating While Charging The flagship Galaxy Note 7 could be the worst handset that Samsung designed, in terms of problems. After having serious issues with battery, which caused the device to catch fire while on charge, the new safe variant seems to have problems of its own.
Some customers in South Korea who have participated in the exchange program are now reporting that the new phone is overheating and losing battery power as it is being charged. Thankfully there are no reports of explosions, but if the phone is overheating, it is only a matter of time before something like that happens. We are still waiting to see if the issue affects only some phones or all new Galaxy Note 7 units.
There are so many people taking advantage on Galaxy Note7 battery problem. Bashing Galaxy Flagship phones. Saaaad.
AnonD-569849, 24 Sep 2016Please the V20 has 2X optical zoom and wide angel and a 3 types of focus and a 16 MP sensor an... moreIn real time conditions, the Note 7 beats the V20 by camera comparisons. :)
Note 7s is going to be released in India in 7th October.
So,can anyone predict/tell when Note 7s will start to sell in Pakistan?
Savor , 23 Sep 2016Note7 is the smartphone to beat in 2016. Don't care if the recall hoopla got overblown by Appl... morePlease the V20 has 2X optical zoom and wide angel and a 3 types of focus and a 16 MP sensor and a color spectrum sensor which will beat the note 7 when the real unit comes out and it has android 7.0 the first time you turn it on and it has a removable battery which you can repair for 15 JDs not 100 and a full metal body not a full glass also the note 7 is not scratch resistant it scratches the same level a plastic screen scratch at and the v20 is not a fingerprint magnet unlike the note 7 and the V20 has MIL-STD-810G certified which is as durable as the s7 active and the V20 has dual displays and the V20 has a wide angle front camera not as you said and the audio is so much better on the V20 and the V20 has quick charge 3.0 when the note 7 has 2.0 and the V20 comes with a B&O play headphones
AnonD-588898, 24 Sep 2016In all honesty I am disappointed with Samsung. I switched grim my LG G3 when the Note first ca... moreSo far my Note 7 works awesome to date, I'm very satisfied with my Samsung Note 7.
AnonD-588898, 24 Sep 2016In all honesty I am disappointed with Samsung. I switched grim my LG G3 when the Note first ca... moreThe exploding is a no-issue anymore. Since you don't need the S Pen at all, and you think it's part of the "gimmick" to lure buyers, then you're better off with the S7 Edge.
I love being you be able to sketch directly onto the screen since 2011. The Note smartphone series is small enough for pockets, and I could sketch anywhere, anytime.
The S Pen in action:
How is this phone compare to the Lenovo p2 ..? Check it out and the price.
It happened more than 1 month of submission, and they still have not specified on the page doporta LTE bands. Surely it will be assumed that they are exactly the same as the S7. Moreover it is a shame that exploit their batteries. something snapdragon chips are "dragon", the sd820 sd810 is the same crap for temperature. I happened greed failure of the explosive drums.