Samsung Galaxy Note7 review: All the right moves, in all the right places

Posted:  August 29, 2016   By:    22 comments   


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Samsung Malaysia’s brand new Galaxy Note7 is an interesting flagship to look at. Many turned their nose up at it and were unhappy because they felt that Samsung didn’t “do more” with it.

I guess it’s not hard to see why when you look at the specifications. On paper, it’s got the same processor and RAM as the smaller Galaxy S7 edge. It didn’t pack 6GB of RAM, like many predicted, nor did it come with a more amazing camera or higher resolution screen.

It also looks rather similar with a similar build using similar materials fashioned in a similar way.

However, not going overboard with the new is exactly why I think Samsung did the right thing with their Galaxy Note7. It’s also exactly why I think it’s the best smartphone money can buy right now.


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22 Comments for Samsung Galaxy Note7 review: All the right moves, in all the right places

jerico

heard there are a lot of spoilt phones

WoW221

good review

    baliw

    I think is a so so review.
    I visit a local website so that I get a more local flavour in terms of review, like how it is compatible against YES 4G only network for example.
    Otherwise, it just didn't have the depth of those bigger boys like GSMArena, or neither are they daring enough to do scratch tests like others.
    Simply put, this review adds nothing to what I have already read else. It would have been still ok if Soyacincau is among the first. Better effort next time Rory. This is a flag ship for goodness sake. Gives it the attention it deserves. Iris scanner is one of the new features, just merely saying "I like it alot"?? No details?

Dinniy

I’ve been using Note 7 for a while and I would say this phone worths the money. I have the fast wireless charger and it charges a bit faster than normal charger.

    Chip

    Agree.

    When I read the preview, I thought the edge screen and iris scanner just another marketing gimmick. After using it for about 2 weeks now, it really grows on me. The edge is not as curvy as S7, but enough to give comfortable feeling when you holding it and more ergonomic, at the same time provide enough flat writing space. The iris scanner really helpful when your palm's sweaty or dirty when eating mom's spaghetti. But you got the pin no or pattern security as backup so that made the iris scanner kind of complimentary features. Hopefully the iris scanner can be integrated into android system, more secure for business user and faster than fingerprint.

    With the waterproof and dustproof features, now i can wash the phone whenever i feel like it's dirty. So more hygienic la, especially for those who use your phone when you poo-poo or required to be in sterile environment e.g. hospital, lab, around kids.

    I read some people got issue with frequent unwanted reboot of the phone, but i don't see the problem in my Note7….not yet at least. IMO, maybe it's because of the auto-reboot option included where you can set the reboot time of the phone to refresh its performance. Or maybe hardware issue, then you gotta wait until the official Note7 arrival and support here in Malaysia.

    The wireless charger is really helpful as stand and fast charger, I'm using it for like a docking station. The drawbacks, they only give you one. You gotta to have Type-C USB cable or converter for everything. Quite a hassle for me as I made my environment around the micro-USB, but I guess Type-C will be the in thing in years to come.

    How come you guys that writing the review don't have the wireless charger, big tech website leh?

    I would say it is worth the money especially when you preorder with discount, it made the phone just RM100 extra compared to S7 Edge, plus you get bunch of freebies. I'm not an android fag nor apple hater nor paid to write this, I just spend on what's working for me and share the info with others. I would not have gotten Note7 if my last phone didn't die on me last month.

    techsavy

    You mean normal charger as in normal charging or fast charging on the adapter? I think otherwise coz obviously the adapter cable charging is faster than wireless. Unless you are using another high output adapter to plug in to the wireless charger which is not recommended. You don wan a smoked note 7 xD

ojh

One question, wearing glasses works well with the iris scanner? or when you are inside a car where hands and eyes are moving abit?

    techsavy

    Doesnt work perfectly with glasses but it still works. I haven try in the car yet. You mustn't use your phone while driving mate! xD

    soyacincau

    You'll need to take off your glasses during the initial set up. From our experience, it works fine with our glasses on. We won't recommend using it while driving and it is best to keep your hands on the wheel after setting up your map navigation.

Kebuloque

Ntah… simple giler review..

takde in depth review pasal Iris Scanner.. waterproof's proof pic vids.. how about sound? better?
at least bagi la video demo pasal stylus tu ke.. celup air ke.. iris scan.. wireless charging ?

wat ever dude..

specimen

I don't get it why people still buy Samsung phones. Every year their phones start getting overwhelmed by lagfest all over.

Futhermore, they are laggy af and worth less than a dime after a year. All of this would be acceptable when it was priced cheaper. But when cheaper flagships start outperforming them, one has to wonder whether they are worth it. If I wanted to spend RM3k+ on a phone, I would expect it to be last for about 3 years. However, when your stupidly expensive phone starts skipping frames out of the box, you realize that all the money spent are now gone into the drain.

Mutusamy

just buy oneplus3, less worries and 80% as good

d_boy

I tried this phone as a dildo. Wish the vibration function would be stronger. Waterproof feature is good, phone doesn’t spoil as fast as the previous Note.

Also, S-Pen too thin. Not satisfying as dildo. Phone itself is okay but need to get used to the shape.

Overall okay.

Rombax

I have been using Note 2 for the past few years and am still using it now. Note 2 has been really reliable. I am thinking of getting a Note 7 but I missed the pre-order promotion. Based on your experience, will there be a similar or even better promotion during the launch day? Will appreciate your response. Thanks.

    Bino

    am not sure of better promotion upcoming, but you could pick the blue color as all the pre-orders didn't get that color.

Rombax

Just found this on the net.. should I wait until after a few batches of production so that I would get a better one?

http://www.sammobile.com/2016/08/31/galaxy-note-7-shipments-have-been-delayed-for-quality-testing/

WoW221

I think this post can be deleted since Samsung plans to stop selling, no one can buy after read the review.

    Baiju

    Better to revise it to say that the device is not fit to be sold. Ppl will then know why there's no review of Note 7…

Chip

Wah, the review still sit on top even the device already beaten to death? I guess Note7 now just the best phone anybody never had. Return my Note7 already.

RIP Note7. 2016-2016.