If you’ve been examination a Olympics in a U.S., we have positively seen a inevitable ads for Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 phone. But these crushingly entire ads stress a phone’s stylus though mentioning dual of a primary attractions: a glorious shade and a extended confidence features.
Fast and fashionable
The Note7 measures 6.0 x 2.9 x 0.3 in. and weighs usually bashful of 6 oz. The glorious Super AMOLED screen, winding during a prolonged edges, is 5.7 inches erratic with QuadHD fortitude of 2560 x 1440 pixels.
(By a way, let’s usually call this a phone and retire a increasingly incomprehensible word “phablet.” Smartphones, utterly during a high end, have been removing bigger over a final year. The Note7 is not noticeably bigger than Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge and is indeed a bit smaller than a new OnePlus 3 or a Moto Z Force. We’re articulate about 0.1-in. differences in length and width.)
Though a phone’s edges are pleasingly rounded, a behind is totally prosaic — save for a medium camera strike — a requirement for wireless charging. The Note7’s corners are some-more squared off than a S7 Edge’s, and a surrounding frame that divides a front and behind of a phone is black on a Note7 and grey on a S7 Edge. Other than that, there is really tiny to physically heed a dual phones.
The phone is driven by a Snapdragon 820 quad core processor, has 4GB of RAM and comes with 64GB of storage, that we can enhance with a microSD card. There’s a fingerprint sensor on a phone’s chin that also acts as a Home symbol and an NFC chip. Radios embody Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.2; ANT+ (which is a tiny unusual; it’s a custom for wireless interoperability between devices); and GPS, Glonass and Beidou (the final dual are, respectively, a Russian and Chinese versions of GPS).
I used a AnTuTu Benchmark 6.2 to exam a phone’s performance: The Note7 scored 141459, behind a 149220 for a Moto Z Force, roughly homogeneous to a OnePlus 3 during 140208 and forward of a S7 Edge’s 134599 and a iPhone 6S’s 133781. In tangible use, a phone felt discerning and a shade speed did not drag, nor did a biometric authentication.
The battery is 3,500mAh and supports both Qi and AirFuel wireless charging; a phone uses USB-C for connected charging. (Fully wakeful of a transition from microUSB to USB-C, Samsung solemnly includes a tiny adapter that we will substantially lose.) Battery life, regulating a AnTuTu empty test, was about 5 hours. Recharging with Samsung’s wireless quick horse (which uses a Wireless Power Consortium’s Qi standard) took usually underneath 3 hours.
There is a headphone jack on a bottom left edge. The energy switch is on a right edge, volume buttons on a left, and a SIM/microSD drawer is during a top.
Samsung claims a same high turn of H2O insurgency for a Note7 as it does for a S7 phones, that is to contend IP68: H2O insurgency to 5 feet for 30 minutes. The shade is lonesome by Gorilla Glass 5, a newest and latest book of Corning’s tough shatter-resistant glass.
The Note7 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, though what a association has finished with a Settings menu is kind of interesting. Native Android organizes a phone’s unconstrained settings into categories like “Wireless and Networks,” “Phone,” “Personal” and “System.” The Note7 does divided with those categories though organizes a settings into 13 well-selected groups and a user manual. Furthermore, any of a settings submenus includes during a bottom a integrate of suggestions for what we might also have been looking for. It is well-thought-out, and is surprisingly effective in taming Android’s menus.
The S Pen
The signature underline of a Note7 is a S Pen stylus. The S Pen is on a tiny side — 4.25 x 0.2 in. with a symbol about median down on one side and another during a top. When not in use, a S Pen docks inside a phone; there’s a spring-loaded pier on a bottom right corner of a phone, and distinct with a Note5, it’s unfit to insert a coop backwards.
The phone recognizes when we mislay a S Pen and offers we several options. You can emanate records regulating a stylus — that is vigour supportive — as a brush or a pen, or as submit for singular scratch recognition. (This final is tough for me to test; my scratch frequently defies even a many worldly tellurian interpretation.) Hovering over a word will interpret it into English or several other languages. And — maybe neatest of all — we can remove editable content from any shade by selecting it with a coop in Smart Select.
Your unrestrained for a stylus will count on how we devise to use a phone. we never did master it entirely, nonetheless there were positively times when it we found it useful — for example, there’s a new underline that lets we jot brief records that would seem on a nap screen, where they’re tough to ignore. Others could use it to explain photos: take a design of something, pull indignant red circles to besiege a problem, or write “Fix this now!” and send it off in an email.
Samsung reps have pronounced that it will be probable to buy S Pens to reinstate ones that are lost. No cost was accessible during press time.
The screen, as we mentioned earlier, is terrific. The Note7 allows no fewer than 4 shade modes, that is 3 some-more than many phones. The default Adaptive Display environment adjusts a screen’s specs to accommodate many day-to-day activities, utterly useful in splendid light. Basic Screen mode is a environment to use for unchanging photography; AMOLED imitation mode is accurately calibrated for high-end photography like HDR mode photos and videos; and AMOLED cinema produces tone correctness on a standard with 4K movies.
In addition, a shade has a blue light filter for night viewing, since studies prove that a blue light in phone displays can meddle with sleep. (iOS has had this feature, too, in a final integrate of generations of iPhones.)
The eyes don’t utterly have it
The Note7 has a integrate of engaging confidence facilities that stop usually brief of being craving class: iris approval and Secure Folder.
Android users are used to settlement and PIN unlocking, as good as a some-more new fingerprint security. Some phones played with face recognition, though that incited out to be flattering unreliable. The Note7 is a initial phone to embody iris recognition.
It’s comparatively simple: Swipe adult from a close screen, indicate a face of a phone so that a camera aligns scrupulously with your eyes, and a phone unlocks. Although we can register several fingerprints, a Note7 lets we register usually one eye print.
Once you’re used to it, it’s quicker than it sounds. But we found that iris unlocking didn’t work good in low light, and eyeglasses seemed to upset it. In an talk with Computerworld, Chris Briglin, Samsung’s executive of craving mobile product marketing, concurred that eyeglasses presented a plea — scratched, high-diopter or on-going lenses can better a infrared light used to indicate irises. Still, Samsung positions this underline as being even some-more secure than fingerprints, and good matched for work applications where a user might be wearing gloves.
I’ll determine with a effect of a use case, though a tangible usability of iris unlocking still leaves a bit to be desired. Unlocking is immediate when a phone finally sees your eyes, that takes some practice. But we wasn’t means to possibly register my irises or transparent a phone with my eyeglasses on.
All else being equal, many people will substantially hang with one of a other 3 authentication styles. But don’t design iris approval to go away.
Also on a confidence menu is Secure Folder. Based on Samsung’s Knox technology, a Secure Folder is radically a entirely apart managed assign of your phone, stable by cue or biometrics. Previous phones have had a feature, though this is a initial time that Samsung is perplexing to move it to a front by putting an idol directly on your home shade and mentioning it during setup.
Secure Folder allows your phone to have dual apart personalities, with opposite email service, opposite contacts, opposite photos, opposite apps — all though a opposite phone number.
But if you’re an IT manager, keep in mind that Samsung draws a line between a “lockbox” of Secure Folder and a containerization of a managed device. Secure Folder, says Samsung’s Briglin, is designed so we can palm your phone to friends and keep them from observant things you’d rather they not see. IT departments that wish to control Samsung inclination can supplement Knox Workspace, a apart product that allows finish process management.
In fact, a phone with Knox Workspace, Briglin says, could have 3 containers: a categorical phone, a Secure Folder, and a enclosure underneath corporate control. A apart email from Samsung, however, pronounced that Secure Folder itself was over a strech of Workspace policies.
Advanced camera and other features
The glorious 12MP camera is a same as a one as in a S7 phone. It can take videos of adult to UHD (3840 x 2160) quality, and save stills in RAW format. Even a 5MP front camera can take videos of adult to QHD (2560 x 1440) quality. You can trigger a shiver by drumming a screen; arrangement it your palm; by observant “smile,” “cheese,” “capture,” or “shoot,” or “record video”; or drumming a volume control.
As other vendors seem to be slicing behind on imitation modes, Samsung continues to go all in. Modes embody panorama; resourceful focus; delayed motion; hyperlapse; a food mode; practical shot; video collage; live broadcast, that connects to YouTube Live Event, and Pro, that gives we primer control over all from ISO speed and metering to white change and autofocus mode.
Other engaging features: The Note7 also adds a same application to a right-hand winding corner of a shade as a S7 Edge uses. You can supplement panels to a phone’s corner that keep your calendar, a weather, browser bookmarks, news and contacts a appropriate away.
Samsung Pay works as approaching — that is to say, well. It’s activated by swiping adult from a bottom of a screen, sealed or unlocked. Remember that Samsung Pay can impersonate a label appropriate during a abating series of credit label terminals that aren’t prepared for contactless payments. Be advised, though: That underline has a bent to weird out unappreciative cashiers.
Where is a roof on smartphone prices? The Note7 — that comes in black onyx, blue coral or china titanium — costs $879 giveaway and transparent from ATT. At T-Mobile, it’s $850, and $20 for a SIM card; during Verizon; it’s $864; and during Sprint it’s $850. (All vendors have installment skeleton that bonus a phone though tie we to contracts.)
That’s a lot of money, though this is a lot of phone. The screen’s top-notch, a camera’s great, a battery goes a distance, a Secure Folder underline is useful, iris approval is flattering cold even if it’s not perfect, and a stylus is some-more than a gimmick.
Then again, a OnePlus 3 costs $399, a Moto Z Force is $720, and Samsung’s possess Galaxy S7 Edge hovers around $750 to $800.
If a things that make a Note7 good are critical to you, afterwards we might not have reached a violation indicate with pricing. But I’m disturbed that manufacturers are warming us adult for a $1,000 mark, that is a psychological separator that might be tough for buyers to cross.