Having had both an Exynos variant and a Snapdragon variant Note (several in fact), the Exynos variant is 'hands down' the winner.
The reason why people tout Apple iOS products is due to their syncronistic hardware and software marriage. Every aspect of the silicon is utilised, and the hardware punches "well above its' weight".
The same with Samsungs developed Exynos processors..
Being an inhouse design, they can make their software utilise the threads very well.
The nature of having an eight core processor means nothing if they are not loaded well.
When Android with Touchwiz/GraceUX runs on an Exynos processor you can be sure that it will run with less hiccups.
In fact the divide in the community between lagging Touchwiz, and other users swearing that it is a smooth experience would probably find correlation to the chipsets used.
My experience is the 'more powerful' snapdragon chipsets lead to 'lagging' and unresponsive front ends,.. where as the Exynos variants run much smoother.
Personally, being a fan of high end audio, and appreciating a nice set of headphones can get a person a long way towards a 'good stereo system',.. I try to find the best portable media players that I can...
The HDR capable screen (and oh my Lord it it!,.. it upscales and up colours even 'very average content' (if using the 'dynamic display profile') to brilliance.. even sub DVDquality stuff looks better than bluray... Pair this video brilliance with audio Nirvana and we have a multimedia tool better than any on the planet.
Exynos always had the better DAC (digital to analogue converters), which will not benefit bluetooth headphones, but will improve 'wired' headsets very nicely.
If you are not critically listening, maybe not so obvious.. but if we are 'critically comparing CPUs, stating Snapdragon is better', lets get 'realworld', and figure out what matters.
Subjective reality aside, Exynos delivers objectively better usage and 'sipping' of the battery(longer battery life).
Exynos is a win. even if the snapdragon chip this time around gets the same DAC unit as the HTC 10.. the Exynos unit gets the Lucky DAC co developed by Wolfson/Cirrus Logic (Cirrus now owning Wolfson I believe).
Anyhow, it is a flagship. Better phone you cannot find.
Some people have money and want to spend it.. this is the best money can buy presently.
Well done Samsung.
No snapdragon processor..They cut the main thing as they have used their own cheaper processor.
Still there is no match for snapdragon.mi prime or Moto G4 are far better than this crap.
Well i was playing with this phone in the store..OMG,,,, the back was scratched badly and screen had scratches too,nice phone very fast ,but for almost $900 ,no thank you ,battery endurance 90HR???For now i will stick with my note 4
AnonD-367917, 21 Aug 2016Screen WILL scratch. Definately get a screen protector.... I hit jb hifi today (sunday) ... morewhat the phase of your brain?! leave this crapp seller i have tab s but not get marshmallow i just angry for now several hours aho i saw the news but i think samsung want to releasemarshmallow when i vome back i knew the truth. if i wanna buy a phone or tablet i just will buy sony or htc never samsung again neveeeeeer.
AnonD-77443, 21 Aug 2016
The more I use the note 7 the more I like it.
The camera is simply amazing. I got great ... moreScreen WILL scratch.
Definately get a screen protector....
I hit jb hifi today (sunday) and got genuine samsung screen protectors (x2) and a tech 21 wallet case. The case is pretty awesome, and I am happy, but had I have had the forethought, I would be using a spigen case ordered direct or through ozgadgetguy...(both have free postage and excellent prices);
One spigen case is slimline with 'grips' for holding....
And this phone needs grips!
My wallet case is awesome, paid ~$50, has microfiber inside and military grade to 2m drop protection all whilst being super thin, and relatively light.
Keep my drivers license inside, hopefully use the phone as my credit card....(paywave stuff).
Anyhow, screen protector deals with scratches, case protects lens bump and offers much better screen guarding, even svelte cases that have raised edges to stop the screen contacting surfaces....
Picture quality is insane. Watching Mulan on presto couldn't believe the quality... (presto is pretty average quality, dependant on data levels too.).
Drove 1hr including through 'blackspots' for reception.
Vastly more power for aerials in this phone (as 'body SAR readings suggests),.. and I didn't lose picture/sound/quality whole trip.
Normally would have issues,.. quite a few valleys with blackspots on drive...
All my apps are saved onto the internal storage of any phone. I prefer it that way because if I move apps to the sd card, sometimes the app icon disappears when I do a reboot. The launcher still takes time to read where the app is. All my photos, music, and videos are stored on the sd card.
I tried looking carefully to all the other 2016 flagships out there. Everything from camera, battery life, design, and features.
HTC Marlin and Sailfish - Stock Android but boring. No theming. No sd slot and VR.
Apple iPhone 7/7 Plus - Ugly design. No sd slot and VR.
LG V20 and G5 - Ugly camera hump. VR is no good from LG.
HTC 10 - Bland design. No VR similar to Gear VR.
Xiaomi Mi 5 - Only 1080p. No sd slot and VR.
OnePlus 3 - No sd slot and VR.
ZTE Axon 7 - No VR.
Most Huaweis and many reasonably-priced Chinese phones are still only on 1080p or lacks VR. I know VR isn't for everyone but I want to experience it for enhanced media consumption like having a portable IMAX 3D theater.
People can whine about the GG5's prone to scratches. But after you weigh the pluses and minuses focusing on features you need, Note7 generally comes out on top for me. It checkmarks high internal storage, sd slot, and VR. One of those three is the main differentiator. Note7 checks all three. Any other flagship usually lacks one of them.
I don't even love Samsung, but there is no doubt in my objective mind that the Note7 is the best smartphone money I can buy for myself in 2016.
Julliard, 21 Aug 2016Whatever you say, it doesn't change the fact Gorilla Glass 4 is worst. GG4 more prone to crack... moreWe can just look at the many justifications of Note.5 users like him - don't need memory expansion, nor water-resistance, considers the camera as "downgrade" counting megapixels differences rather than aperture, nor the S Pen's 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, nor the iris scanner, nor the bigger battery.
We all know they want a Note7, and the scratch-prone of its screen is that last excuse they are looking for of NOT getting this more functional device.
But here we have it - Note7 being way better than the Note.5, especially having MEMORY EXPANSION.
Amazing spec, but 64gb for my dual Sim is simply not enough for my 300 apps & music. Hell to the engineers that invented the hybrid slot! So no dedicated slot for a SD card or no 128gb in Europe = no purchase until the next version or some other Chinese mobile
[deleted post]Whatever you say, it doesn't change the fact Gorilla Glass 4 is worst. GG4 more prone to cracking. I assumed you prefer the older generation gorilla glass then.
AnonD-574532, 21 Aug 2016The only thing i dont like about my note 7 is the plastic thing that covered the camera flash.... moreEbay sells these camera lens covers,or by a Sticker to protect the Back and they include a camera lens sticker,as i have one on the S7 Edge,as glass is a Finger magnet
I want to buy this phone plsss provide how is the battery backup and screen on time??????
how is the speaker quality o f this phone
Anonymous, 21 Aug 2016Because is useless and have distorted soundAgreed and nailed it!
PTN, 21 Aug 2016Samsung should put screen protection with the unit out of the box since the screen is downgrad... moreIt should have a screen protector attached with phone on both sides instead of putting it in box.
It has screen protectors in back and front but with specs like things.