I tested the battery (wireless) backpack that came free with my pre-order of the Note7. It states 3100 mAh, however it only indicates that you can only transfer some 1700 mAh of power back to the Note7 - that's only slightly lower than half of the 3500 mAh battery. http://flic.kr/p/LsMdZA
So, starting at the 51% battery mark of the Note7, I turned it off and charged with a fully charged backpack charger. It took 2:20 hours to reach 100%, meaning it charged at a rate of 2:53 minutes per 1%. That's so slow, and also the fact that it will take even longer while the Note7 is in use! http://flic.kr/p/KyXT5H
Heat was at 37°C - checking after fully charging it. That felt warm. The charge session totally drained the backpack charger. Charging the backpack right now, and for 30 minutes, it has not surpass the first of four LED indicators. It will likely need to charge some two hours!
This cost some $85, puts on weight doubles the thickness. It is water and dust resistant, however it seems a bit pointless when it can just give barely half the charge for the Note7.
It becomes an extra weight onto the Note7 once you've discharged the stored juice, does NOT protect the entire front of the Note7 - I mean Samsung had all the opportunity to design it with a front bumper protector! The back is well protected from an accidental drop, but once it flips to the front of the Note7, and with the added weight, say goodbye to the smooth front glass!
My conclusion is - this battery backpack (although cool to think it gives power wirelessly) is not a suitable accessory for DAILY on-the-go topping up your power needs. You're better off powering your device with a powerbank while you have your device protected with a better case. Maybe it's a great emergency accessory to have, as a last resort thing for catastrophic scenarios (it is water-resistant).
I definitely can't wait for Zerolemon to start selling some 8500 external battery with integrated cases - something they've been since last year. I just wish they can bring back the front protection against heavy drops.
Samsung should seriously design something more robust, with more battery so it becomes more useful for DAILY use.
well, it is a simply matter of taste, if you like de note 7, get it, if not, go for something else, period, thats what these forums are for, so you can gather the pertinent info before buying any device
Pedro-TheNeighbor, 25 Aug 2016Yes, but snartphone "flagships" sell in the millions. I'd rather be using an Asus Zenfone of 1... moreIt's about price, luxury, style and performance. Doesn't that tell you something, that people who get the Note don't use the pen - so why do they buy it over the Edge? Because Samsung has marketed the Note as their ultimate high-end phone. People want it just for that.
Although I feel as if Samsung is catering more towards their S line as of late.
AnonD-430264, 25 Aug 2016I'd have to partly agree with that. Why are people driving quarter million dollar sports cars,... moreYes, but snartphone "flagships" sell in the millions. I'd rather be using an Asus Zenfone of 1/3 the price of flagship devices, if there is no active digitizer pen on a Galaxy Note.
Half of the people getting a Note don't use the pen.
Anonymous, 25 Aug 2016But not up to the fourth drop where Note 7 is already suffering lots of cracks and scratches e... moreYou clearly need to watch both videos.
The first drop was on the back. The GN5 had a spiderweb of cracks right across the back, the GN7 fewer cracks which were on the corners and up the edge.
Either way you put it to survive 50 face down drops is awesome.
The other video showed the GN7 surviving a 3m+ drop and remaining functional.
This testing shows the GN7 to survive drop tests a lot better than your GN5.
ps t cool, why do you post as anonymous?
AnonD-77443, 24 Aug 2016Depending on weather you drop on an edge, corner back, side etc you will always get different ... moreBut not up to the fourth drop where Note 7 is already suffering lots of cracks and scratches even in just second drop at normal calling height. While Note 5 remains intact with no scratch. Only up to the fourth drop are likely to happen with NORMAL use, fifth drop is close to impossible with normal user.
Nobody will drop his phone for FIVE times at that height as in the video.
Pedro-TheNeighbor, 24 Aug 2016Purchasing tech for prestige is silly. It's a tool, not jewelry. We tend to forget it's ultima... moreI'd have to partly agree with that. Why are people driving quarter million dollar sports cars, why buy a Rolex when all it does is show the time, why wear brand name clothes when you can buy clothes at a thrift store, why build a custom computer with a high-end flashy case (LED fans and lights), why buy a brushed aluminum stove when it does the same thing as a regular white stove?
I can go on and on. The point is; when you offer a flagship phone, it not only needs to look the part but also act the part. The Note is the Ferrari of the Samsung phones and it needs to play that role in technology and looks.
AnonD-77443, 25 Aug 2016PhoneBuff on youtube does the best drop tests. They are totally mechanical so the drops are al... moreUgh! Putting another 100% of glass for the rear is making the case markers and Samsung to have some extra earnings from repairs, or the lack of repairing the phone (just buy another).
Well, this is in part the people who don't like plastic... Now we're all putting plastic cases - the irony.
I wonder when this trend will end. News is that Apple is going back to glass sandwich design again. What a trend...
PhoneBuff on youtube does the best drop tests. They are totally mechanical so the drops are always identical. The link below compares the iPhone 6s to the GN7. The iphone died after 5 face drops... the GN7 was still going after 50 face drops. The S7 died after 1 face drop.
As far as drop test durability goes, the GN7 ranked 3rd of all the phones they have tested... iPhone 6S was 5th..... the GN5 was a distant 8th..... WELL DONE SAMSUNG :-)
Note 7 drop test is below.
Note 5 drop test is below.
Anonymous, 24 Aug 2016Yeah as I said I accidentally dropped my 64GB premium Note 5 without any case and it didn't br... moreRight... No protective case like the clear case you posted in your Flickr account when you bought it?
Take NOTE, the Note.5 in the video STOPPED working after the front face drop, while a Note7 still worked.
Parbinder Singh, 24 Aug 2016Note 7 users, is there any lag in opening Gallery App from camera or not, as in Note 4 it is s... moreMy gn4 had the same problem. It's gone in the gn7... Takes about 0.5 seconds to open. Personally I prefer google photos.
Anonymous, 24 Aug 2016Yeah as I said I accidentally dropped my 64GB premium Note 5 without any case and it didn't br... moreDepending on weather you drop on an edge, corner back, side etc you will always get different results.
The fact is that this test dropping from around 3m showed the iPhone and GN5 died and the GN7 still functioned normally... +1 GN7 (thanks to tc for telling us about this test)
Anonymous, 24 Aug 2016Very long ago...
There was a phone called Note...
Using it was a kind of symbol of prestige.... morePurchasing tech for prestige is silly. It's a tool, not jewelry. We tend to forget it's ultimately a mini computer, a communication terminal, an entertainment source, a powerful recording tool, and in the case of the Galaxy Note - an electronic notebook/sketchbook for thoughts, ideas, creativity.
I've demonstrated drawing processes, lectured how to use it for designing architecture, used it to earn for my projects.
Just demand coral blue n MEA region, no where, they will introbn last qtr, on premium. Just forget forgive sammy for hype,otherwise its nothing except luck on there side, anything will sell even fake, stagnacy has crept in.Wait just by nxt year get at 500$ definitely.
AnonD-550733, 24 Aug 2016I am not trying to insult any mobile or company.
But a guy said that Samsung is fooling peopl... moreOf course. Apple designs their software and hardware to work together. Samsung has to overlay their TouchWiz over an open source Linux kernel that's available to all android phones made by Google.
But then again; You can't do the multitasking on iPhone like you can on the Note. And you also can't customize your phone like your computer desktop on an iPhone, like you can do on a Note. So, faster app opening or tons of customization and multitasking?
Pedro-TheNeighbor, 24 Aug 2016The video showed Note.5 went dead. What's your point?Yeah as I said I accidentally dropped my 64GB premium Note 5 without any case and it didn't breaks nor suffer any scratch. Just proven no lie.
AnonD-569198, 24 Aug 2016You nailed it! The Note 7 rocks!good job paul......now this will be definitely a deal breaker :)
Very long ago...
There was a phone called Note...
Using it was a kind of symbol of prestige...
It was strongest and beutiest phone at the market.
Falling of that miracle phone began with Note 4, then streched S6 called Note 5.
S7 Edge with pen....
It is just another phone, nothing is special about it...
Iris scan so cool quick and easy to unlock the phone... normally I got bored after 2 days on every phone, I got note for 1 week still loving it.... 7 stars