Galaxy Note 7 review: Bigger is now actually better

Note 7

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is the best large-sized phablet smartphone I’ve ever used, leapfrogging the iPhone 6s Plus’ industrial design in a number of impressive ways and making other large handsets like the Nexus 6P look like awkward hunks of stainless steel in the process.

The phone is fast, responsive, feels solid, and more importantly, in an era where almost all high-end Android devices perform admirably, the handset is incredibly sleek, borrowing design cues from the S7 Edge and perfecting that handset’s already superb design in almost every conceivable way.

Make no mistake: if you’ve been waiting to pick up a large Android smartphone, the Note 7 is the device of your dreams.

Tech specs

  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (will be upgraded to Android 7.0)
  • CPU: Quad-core 64-bit (2.15GHz dual + 1.6GHz dual) Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • 5.7-inch Dual-edge Super AMOLED display 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, 518ppi with curved-edge Gorilla Glass 5
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of internal storage, MicroSD expandable up to 256GB (we were told it should work up to 2TB)
  • Rear-facing 12 megapixel f/1.7 camera with OIS (optical image stabilization), shoots 4K videos
  • 5 megapixel front-facing camera
  • USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Water- and dust-proof (IP68 certified)
  • S Pen stylus
  • Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, HR
    Sensor, Iris Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
  • 3,500 mAh, fast charging, WPC and PMA wireless charging
  • 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm
  • Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, Black Onyx
  • 169 grams
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), MIMO (2×2) 620Mbps, NFC, Bluetooth v 4.2 LE, ANT+

iPhone fans, get jealous

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Without a doubt, the Note 7 is a joy to look at, especially the Blue Coral variant (the phone also comes in Black Oynx and Silver Titanium). What’s most interesting about the phone, however, is that it doesn’t actually feel as large as it is. This is due to its double edges, but also because its rear is more curved than the Note 5’s was, making the Note 7 easier to hold, even when compared to the slightly smaller 5.4-inch S7 Edge.

The Note 7 is arguably the best looking smartphone Samsung has ever released and is also hopefully an indication of the South Korean company’s design direction for the inevitable next entry in its more popular S series. So if you want to know if Samsung’s latest phablet is worth buying and money isn’t an issue for you — the Note 7 is pricey, even on a two year plan, coming in at $549 on-contract and $1049 outright — stop reading this review now and go buy the phone. To be fair, this high price tag puts the Note 7 in the same price territory as the rapidly aging iPhone 6s Plus, as well as other large Android devices like the Nexus 6P.

The Note 7’s combination of glass and metal, coupled with symmetrical sides and smooth, rounded corners, make it the best looking phone I’ve ever seen, though it’s worth noting that the handset’s glossy finish remains a fingerprint magnet. This means that, just like the S7 and S7 edge, the Note 7 is still very susceptible to scratches. In just my few days with the phone I’ve already noticed a number of hairline scrapes tracing the device’s rear (you can see the scuffs in the photo below if you look closely).

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The phone feels small despite its size because it’s actually more minuscule than almost any other phone in the phablet category, despite its large screen size. It’s 4.7mm shorter and 4mm thinner than the iPhone 6S Plus, and 3.9mm narrower than the Nexus 6P. Even when compared to last year’s Note 5 — Samsung skipped the Note 6 in an effort to make its branding more consistent — the Note 7 feels small. The phone also slips into my pocket much easier than any phablet I’ve used in the past.

While the Note 7 is some ways is just a larger S7, there are a few key design differences between both phones. The Note 6’s double-curved sides are less prominent than they are on the S7 Edge, resulting in a flatter curve that distorts the phone’s display less. I still, however, don’t find the edge very useful and rarely used its pull-out panel to launch applications. For me, the Edge featured in the S7 Edge and now the Note 7, is a unique look I’m fond of, rather than a feature with an actual practical purpose I use on a frequent basis.

S7 Edge in a Note body

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Specs-wise, the Note 7 is — you’re likely noticing a theme by now — essentially a larger S7 Edge with a few key difference. The Note 7 comes equipped with Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, IP68 water resistance, expandable storage (this is a feature the Note 5 sorely missed) and a similar capacity battery, with the Note 7 opting for a 3,500mAh power source.

It’s worth noting that unlike the S7 Edge, which utilized Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 processor in all markets but the U.S., the Canadian Note 7 variant comes equipped with a Snapdragon 820 processor. Depending on what benchmarks you believe, this is either a good thing or a bad thing. For most, the Snapdragon 820 will be more than sufficient enough for performing a wide variety of mobile tasks, including gaming, watching HD videos, multitasking and even just browsing the web.

Aside from that, the only notable spec difference between the devices is that the Note 7 starts with 64GB of internal storage compared to the 32GB present in the initial tier of the S series. The phone also utilizes USB Type-C, a first for Samsung, though the device comes with adapters allowing it to work with Micro USB chargers, a thoughtful addition other smartphone manufacturers should take note of.

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The handset also features the same bright and superb Super AMOLED display with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, as Samsung’s S series.

The Note 7 is also a substantial upgrade over the Note 5. The phone’s battery size is 17 percent larger than the power source present in the Note 5, though I found the battery life of both smartphones very similar, lasting about one day of moderate use. The Note 7, however, features quick charging, allowing, according to Samsung, for five to six hours of battery life after only 10 minutes of charging. In my testing, the phone quickly shot up from zero to about 25 to 30 percent in approximately 10 minutes of charging, which is not bad if you need a quick top-up.

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The phone also features the same superb 12 megapixel rear-facing shooter as the S7 series, resulting in what I still believe are some of the best photographs shot with a smartphone, especially under low light (check out a demonstration in my video review above). The phone’s camera is optically stabilized and features an f/1.7 aperture, allowing for extremely rapid focus and excellent low-light performance. The front shooter measures in at 5 megapixels.

Photography purists will claim that the reasons why Samsung’s flagships have surpassed the iPhone in terms of quality relates to processing that occurs after the photo is taken.

To me, however, as long as the phone takes better quality photographs, it doesn’t matter how it’s happening.

It’s worth noting that Samsung has cleaned up its proprietary camera app considerably with the Note 7, offering users a simpler interface. And yes, double clicking on the phone’s home button still launches the camera, though given I’m used to stock Android, I still find this shortcut a little jarring.

Iris scanner is secure and cool, but inconvenient

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To an extent, Samsung has always used its Note line to experiment with somewhat wacky new features before bringing them to its more popular S series of phones. In the case of the Note 7, that marquee feature is the handset’s often-discussed iris scanner.

After spending a fair amount of time testing the Note 7’s iris scanner, I’ve concluded that while authentication via iris is arguably more secure (Samsung, as well as a variety of security experts claim this is indeed true), the way the Note 7’s software currently handles the unlock process isn’t convienent.

Let’s break it down; the initial scanning process is simple enough, but in order to actually use the feature, you first need to wake the phone up by pressing its side key. For iris scanning to make sense in terms of unlocking the Note 7, it would need to only require the user to pick up the device and look at it. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case with the Note 7, resulting in scanning a fingerprint being a more efficient way of logging into the device in almost all cases.

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It is worth pointing out that if third-party web browsers take advantage of Samsung’s iris scanner authentication — right now only Samsung’s own web browser works with the iris scanner — the technology could make logging into websites easier, though given the technology is currently exclusive to the Note 7, it’s unlikely we’ll see many websites support the technology, at least for the time being. The scanner can be used to access Samsung’s new ‘Secure Folder,’ which I’ll be discussing later in this review.

The iris scanner is a fun party trick in the sense that you’re out with some friends and they say, “Hey, let me see that cool feature,” you show it to them once, they say, “cool” and you move on with your evening. After my first few hours with the Note 7, I found myself solely relying on the fingerprint sensor to log me into the device, which, as expected, arguably remains the most functional scanner around, even working when the device is wet or submerged in water (most of the time).

S Pen is back and still not for me

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I understand the appeal of the S Pen, I really do, but I realized shorty after the release of the Note 3 that it just isn’t for me. Given the tasks I perform on my smartphone on a daily basis, I have no interest in navigating the handset with a stylus. Perhaps if I spent my days pouring over spreadsheets, I would hold a different opinion, but that isn’t the case.

So while the new, waterproof and significantly more sensitive S Pen is impressive — the pen tip itself is narrower and has twice as many levels of pressure sensitivity, resulting in a more natural writing feel — I still find it little more than a novelty, though I acknowledge that for some users, the entire reason for the Note line’s existence is the stylus.

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Along with better stylus hardware comes interesting new software features, including the ability to magnify parts of the screen, a great feature for those who have difficulty reading small text, create gifs on the fly, split the screen and translate individual words written in other languages.

Samsung’s Notes app is also easier to navigate than before and consists of all the S Pen apps from the Note 5. Those artistically inclined will also enjoy the apps new colour blending mechanics as well.

Oh, and you also can’t insert the Note 7’s stylus backwards by accident.

Bloatware overload

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Unfortunately, Samsung’s Note 7 is still loaded with bloatware, particularly if you purchase the device through a Canadian carrier. Multiple apps come pre-installed and, as expected, can’t be removed.

The phone also comes with all of Samsung’s proprietary software. While it is possible to use Google’s suite of apps, something most people will probably do anyway, Samsung’s apps remain on the phone, taking up valuable storage space with duplicate apps

Overall, the latest version of Touchwiz is relatively unobtrusive, applying an unnecessary sheen of ‘Samsungness’ to Android that gives the OS a distinct look, but doesn’t fundamentally change Android in a significant way. I’m still confused by the backwards layout the Samsung’s phones continue to adopt, with the multitask button on the left and the go-back contextual input on the right, the opposite input language of most Android manufacturers.

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One lesser known feature I found incredibly useful is the consumer version of Samsung’s Knox, a new separate partition on the phone called Secure Folder.

In a sense, Secure Folder acts independently as its own phone, effectively allowing users to install and sign into apps twice, all from a password, pattern, iris or fingerprint protected folder. For someone like myself who uses both personal and business related social media accounts, this simple new feature is extremely useful.

Apple has a new benchmark to hit

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The Note 7 is a number of steps ahead of most Android manufacturers and even surpasses Apple’s build-quality and engineering prowess.

With the Note 7, Samsung has leveraged its numerous years of building large smartphones, dating all the way back to the clunky original note in 2011, resulting in a device that’s unrivalled in its refinement. The design crown is firmly fixed on Samsung now and it will be interesting to see how Apple responds with the inevitable iPhone 7 and subsequently the iPhone 8.

If you’ve been waiting for a phablet that finally makes sense and doesn’t force the user to compromise in order to have a ‘larger’ phone, the Note 7 is the device you’ve been waiting for.

Update 10/09/16: Recalled Note 7s are also reportedly experiencing overheating issues. Until Samsung is able to solve the Note 7s problems we can not recommend anyone purchase the device.

Update 09/02/16: Since the publication of this review, Samsung has issued a full recall of the Note 7. Until the recall is over and Samsung starts shipping Note 7s with this issue solved, I can’t recommend anyone purchase the smartphone.

Pros

  • Stunning (seriously, this is the best looking phone I’ve ever seen)
  • Powerful, solid and feels durable
  • Interesting S Pen software
  • Doesn’t feel as large as it is

Cons

  • Expensive (to be fair, its price is in-line with the iPhone 6s Plus)
  • Edges still feel pointless
  • Glass body is a fingerprint magnet

Comments

  • not you

    no its not you

  • Karl Dagenais

    “(insert photos)”. Come on. Mobilesyrup already wasn’t the best website, but for the last 6 months it’s been downright amateur.

    • Fixed 🙂 Our WordPress reverted the story to an earlier version before the photos were added.

  • Kven

    Any idea when Samsung Pay is arriving in Canada? Would have been nice to coincide with the Note release..

    • Igor Bonifacic

      It’s supposed to come to Canada this year. But with only a couple of months left in the year, the launch may slip to 2017.

    • We actually heard from Samsung awhile ago that it was coming in the “near future.” They’ve been silent about it lately though.

    • thereasoner

      Still over 4 months left so plenty of time to get it out yet.

    • Yup it’s possible, I just don’t see it happening.

    • thereasoner

      Why’s that? A hunch or do you have some inside information to share?

    • Mawhayden

      I bet Android Pay will come before Samsung Pay due to the fact that NFC use and implementation is much more mature and up to date. The Banks, who as you know is the ones that will make the final decision. Samsung can say all they want, but the banks will want to implement the newer technology of NFC using Android Pay/ApplePay rather than older technology of MST/Samsung Pay. Samsung Pay MST is a much easier sell in the US due to the fact that terminal upgrades are so much behind than the rest of the developed world. Thus, NFC is more future foreword than Samsung Pay

    • thereasoner

      I don’t think that matters as Samsung Pay uses both NFC and MST. That and both standards are making use of the secure token based system that the banks require.

      It could be that the addition of MST to Samsung Pay has slowed the testing I’m sure the banks are doing though but I think it has more to do with who approached the banks first. Apple had a headstart in that regard but I’m not sure whether the banks started testing Android Pay or Samsung Pay after that. They both have their extra complications that could slow things, that being MST for Samsung Pay and a very diverse group of devices from a bunch of different OEMs for Android Pay.

    • Mawhayden

      And that’s what I mean, if the banks had a choice of implementing Android Pay or Samsung Pay, they would choose Android Pay because it would include all Android platforms not just Samsung. The Banks are a bit lazy, why would they choose Samsung pay over Android Pay? From a business sense, which one would you chose knowing that Samsung also has NFC? In addition that the Canadian landscape is already set up for NFC unlike the mess in the US?

    • thereasoner

      I don’t think that they will “choose” either to be first and both will be available eventually.

      It may come down to which is harder to implement but I still think it’s most likely who got the banks to the table first imo.

    • Mawhayden

      I hope you are correct, tired of waiting either way….

    • thereasoner

      I’m indifferent. I have the excellent GS6 now and I’m also looking at possibly getting one of the new Nexus devices when they come out so I’ll be covered either way if that happens.

      That said, for me I only see mobile payments being used as a backup for those rare days that I forgot my wallet or my card is cracked and won’t work. That and I’m old school in my preference for using cash as well.

      Still, the tech is cool and I look forward to the day when all of my wallets content can be digitalized on my phone. Until then so long as I have to carry a wallet anyway, I’m going to use said wallet.

    • Pigs Can Fly

      4 isn’t a couple.

  • Igor Bonifacic

    I’ve always been curious about the button layout on Samsung phones. In the past, I assumed it had something to do with how Korean is read. I had assumed it was read right to left, like several other east Asian languages, but it turns out you read modern Korean left to right, top to bottom, like most western languages.

    • gommer strike

      If I had to guess, maybe they just felt that the “back” button on the right hand side is more convenient but that’s only a guess.

    • Mo Dabbas

      When android was still 4 buttons as the stock default (Nexus One, Nexus S) samsung was already on a three buttons style with the back on the right and options (menu) button on the left. With the first androids, back was left and menu button was beside it then home then search, so probably samsung did the three buttons location as they thought is more appropriate. I think after android adapted the 3 button layout samsung didn’t want to change what they already had. I don’t know the exact reason but maybe they don’t want to confuse their loyal customers or something.

    • Yea, it’s never made sense to me either.

    • T.J.

      For myself, with a bigger phone I prefer the back button to be on the right as I use that button more than the options button so when I am one-handing it, which I do with my right hand I can reach it more easily. I know not everyone uses their right hand though.

  • Techguru86

    The Nexus 6p is no slouch and very underrated, but software it will always be superior and far more affordable, but now the dollar hurts the most so it will probably shy a lot away

    • southerndinner

      Lol this phone will sell more on launch day than the 6P has total. Especially in Canada.

    • Techguru86

      Google and Huawei don’t advertise the device, so obviously

    • Mo Dabbas

      And many still don’t trust Huawei as a reliable brand when compared to samsung.

    • Sally Mae

      They got chips in their pones that’s a-spyin’ on EVERYTHIN’ you say an’ write, dude-brah.

    • The 6P is a dope phone and looks great (I actually still use one daily), but compared to the Note 7, is looks awkward and chunky.

  • southerndinner

    “iPhone fans, get jealous”

    I’m no fan of Apple products but holy. The BGRification off this website is going full blown.

    • Is it because you’re jealous 🙂

    • Captain Henry Morgan

      Patrick be ready to get insulted when someone here compares MS to BGR. BGR is the worst blog site when it comes to fanboyism.

    • gommer strike

      Mobilesyrup has been accused, and labelled in the past as “iMobileSyrup” due to how many times they’ve given iPhones glowing reviews.

      The userbase who frequents this site are a ton more android fans who don’t take kindly to that, so that little parting shot against iPhone fans isn’t meant to provoke. It’s meant in an offhand way, to say that the latest Note is packing more features(whether they come out useful or gimmicky remains to be seen, but they are still new features to the Note line all the same).

      BGR is also notorious for being very pro-Apple.

    • It looks like someone read my mind.

      Keep in mind, however, that this is just my review and not the opinion of MobileSyrup is a publication (this is always the case with every product we review).

    • Mawhayden

      I notice more and more that a select few of the Blog are always commenting. Just because of these few that take the time to comment may not actually reflect what is going on….the squeaky wheel always gets the oil….

    • Anton Bruckner

      BGR is pro-Apple to the core as evidenced by their excessive and often times stupid stories they conjure up about Apple to keep the interest going.
      MS on the other hand isn’t so much pro-Apple as that and the ones accusing them of such are not just Fandroids but also Rimtards.

    • thereasoner

      The comments section is also a cesspool on that site. Few people there you can have an actual conversation with.

    • Anton Bruckner

      It’s a cesspool because the stories are often one-sided and when you have that dynamic you’re going to get lots of trolling and flame wars.

    • Mo Dabbas

      “Few people there you can have an actual conversation with.” – Couldn’t agree more.

    • We’re working on making conversations on MobileSyrup more constructive 🙂 We have a full-time community manager now.

    • Omar

      I like how you’re getting more involved lately in the comments section yourselves, too. Seems like a Canadian thing to do lol. Won’t keep away all the trolls but will definitely make for some interesting conversation down the road.

    • That’s part of what MobileSyrup is all about moving forward. Community engagement is important to us!

    • southerndinner

      BGR is the worst site in the world.

    • southerndinner

      I don’t think Mobile Syrup is pro Apple by any means I just think their journalistic integrity is going into the toilet over the last few months. Since Bader left, it seems the people used to replace him would be better suited to Buzz Feed or HuffPo

    • Sorry to hear you feel that way. We’ve made minor changes to how the website operates since Daniel departed but in reality, not much has actually changed. In fact, we have a larger staff now and we’re producing roughly four times the amount of compelling, interesting features compared to what we used to do. The same can be said about the core content of our site, which as always, is news.

      Though one thing is for sure, we definitely like to have fun and play around with headlines and story topics, which is likely what you’re referring to in this comment. If you don’t like that content, just skip over it.

      MobileSyrup will always primarily be about Canadian focused mobile news and reviews.

    • southerndinner

      To be clear, the content of the actual review itself was perfectly fine. I should be more polite in my criticism – I think you do a great job of actual reviews and your review of the NES30 Pro for example was what helped solidify my decision to buy one.

      I just think hyperbole can be found elsewhere and it was an unnecessary headline. Genuinely sorry for being so cranky sounding in my criticism, I still enjoy this site and your reviews and I appreciate that you’re actually responding to criticism or feedback.

      I don’t apologize for judging you on the Bieber Instagram story though 🙂

    • MobileSyrup definitely isn’t a temporary stop for me. I’ve been covering tech for a number of years, mainly video games for Canada.com, then general tech for the National Post and I’ve also freelanced for a number of publications as well (including Playboy amusingly enough) before landing my dream job at MobileSyrup.

      We’re just shaking things up a bit and trying to a dose of humour to the mix. The Bieber story certainly isn’t for everyone, but it was really just us as a team trying to have a little fun on a relatively slow news day 🙂

      Also, I have no interest in politics lol.

    • Can’t Fix Stupid

      I agree. You get the feeling this is just a temporary stop on the way to a job on those sites. More interested in politics than tech.

    • Captain Henry Morgan

      Yes, they are very, very notorious and they are even defended by fanboys. It is so fun to tr0ll at those commenters because they get really upset!

    • thereasoner

      I don’t think that it’s much of a stretch to say that really. The iPhone is near the end of a 2 year cycle that typically has interest at a low point and reports are that this cycle will be extended to 3 years with a near identical phone coming that has little to stoke the interest level.

    • Sally Mae

      What in tarnation is this ‘ere BGR you folks is always a-talkin’ aboot…?

    • Captain Henry Morgan

      Sally.. we are just sharing how retarded BGR is!

  • thereasoner

    This phone has me thinking about a phablet sized device for the first time ever. It’s both the excellent features and power of the device that along with the narrow design allowed by the symmetrical curves that has peaked my interest. It’s really just a taller phone now as opposed to the “chunky” designs of the 6p or iPhone 6s+.

    • It’s seriously worth it. This is the best large sized phone, possibly even the best phone, I’ve ever used.

    • thereasoner

      Yeah, still not sure if I would get much use out of that sylus though but now I like it better than the S7 edge because of the much improved curved sides.

    • Ron Scott

      Stylus is a thing where even though I use it very little (I can’t draw lol), when I want it, it’s indispensable. Something I can’t go without since I owned a note 2. Signing documents with your fingers just doesn’t work very well, and printing/signing/scanning and sending is a huge pain.

    • thereasoner

      Sounds cool, what other uses have you discovered for it? I personally don’t have the need to sign documents myself.

    • Ron Scott

      There’s an app called map ruler that I use sometimes to plan runs or hikes. You can draw a route, and it’ll tell you the distance. I find the precision of the stylus necessary for it.
      Also, there’s an app called my script calculator that I use sometimes and also find to be brilliant.

    • Definitely. While the S Pen isn’t for me, I acknowledge how much some people like it.

    • downhilldude

      Probably should consider it. I was showing mine to a colleague who said, “it’s a really nice device, but I just can’t go for anything that big.” I put the Note 7 in his hand and he said, “I retract my remark… I’m getting one of these!”

      It feels so much smaller than the screen size would lead you to imagine.

    • That’s very cool to hear and the reaction I’ve been hearing from a lot of friends and family.

  • Mo Dabbas

    Always been a note fan, I’m only not satisfied that we are getting the SD820 in Canada. If you mention in the review that the battery life on the Note 7 is not that different than the Note 5 then we all know why. Because the S7 edge battery life is noticeably better than that of the note 5 (that’s from my personal experience, not only battery drain tests on websites).

    P.S: Good job for the thought put into the nail paint color. It matches the phone’s color (I don’t think it’s coincidental).

    • Aqua blue definitely isn’t my nail polish colour, so I wanted to make sure to point that out 🙂

  • mike m

    just got mine!!!

    • DubC

      I called my Telus store in Vancouver and they said none got shipped today – did you get yours directly from Samsung location?

    • We’ve been hearing reports of shipment delays all day today.

    • AlbertaRob

      Mine was waiting for me at the (very rural) post office before 9:00 AM on release day (the 18th). Tracking shows it was actually shipped on the 17th. Lovin’ it by the way!

    • What do you think of it so far?

  • Omar

    “Make no mistake: if you’ve been waiting to pick up a large Android smartphone, the Note 7 is the device of your dreams.” And it will continue to be the phone of my dreams because at over $1000 CAD outright I can only afford it in my dreams – after I take out a loan in said dream.

    • Definitely. Like I say in the review, there are definitely more affordable options out there that are almost as good.

    • Omar

      While I still think it’s overpriced, if I was going to blow that much on a phone, this would hands down be it. Well, until the Note 8 which at this pace will be $1500 CAD. I really hope flagship priced max out soon…

      How long do you think it’ll last in terms of being future-proof (spec wise)?

      One could use some twisted logic to say if it lasts you 3-4 years it would be equivalent to spending ~$300 on a new phone per year for the next 4 years, which would be a good price for a Note 7 lol.

    • I think it’s a great phone, but just like any modern handset, it’s going to age pretty rapidly. If you already own a Note 5, you probably don’t need to upgrade to the 7.

  • Aiden

    No bloatware on my factory unlocked Note 7 that I pre-ordered and picked up today from the Samsung store.

    Amazing phone and it feels much smaller in the hands than it looks because of the rounded edges of the screen and back.

    • You’ll unfortunately still end up with Samsung’s suite of bloatware apps.

    • southerndinner

      There aren’t nearly that many this time around it seems. Samsung Notes is much less bloaty than the Note 5’s billion different apps for a few purposes. I used Package Disabler Pro to only disable a few apps personally, primarily the apps from Microsoft and Facebook/Messenger/WhatsApp that have no business being preinstalled.

      It sure would be nice if we could choose to have those or not during bootup like Marshmallow apparently allows for but I haven’t seen in action yet.

    • Good tip! Disabler Pro is a great tool.

    • Sally Mae

      Samsung…bloatware? Shurely shome mishtake…*hic*

  • Tom

    Got my Note 7 yesterday and it is sweet! I also got a great deal from Rogers so I’m a happy camper.

    • lono 36

      What great deal from Rogers did you get?

    • Tom

      $309.00

  • BetelgeuseOrion

    “I understand the appeal of the S Pen, I really do”
    “I have no interest in navigating the handset with a stylus”
    “I still find it little more than a novelty”

    no you obviously dont have the first clue what to do with the s-pen, you do not navigate with a stylus, this isnt windows mobile pro,

    how about you go to samsung’s website, look up what the stylus is supposed to be use for, then you will realize how ridiculous your statement is.

    • 1. You can use the S Pen to navigate around the phone and I know many people that do this.
      2. Yes, I have no interest in the stylus.
      3. Yes, I find it little more than a novelty.

      I don’t think I really see your point? I get what the S Pen is used for and why people swear by it, but it isn’t for me. No amount of browsing Samsung’s website to look at features I’m already aware of is going to change that.

  • Harley Davis

    I feel bad for the iSheeple who are still holding on to a long lost ideal in the iPhone. A lot of them won’t even consider this device due to it’s heretic OS.

    • downhilldude

      Actually, I find most of them aren’t loyal to Apple at all. They’ve gotten stuck with iTunes, or iMessenger, or some app they can’t get on Android, and that’s the reason they haven’t changed already. I’d say that’s the majority of what I hear. Actual love for Apple? I don’t hear that.

  • Skippypaccino

    shots fired!! O’Rourke Fires at Apple…Wow!

    • Ha, I wouldn’t go that far, I just feel like the Note 7 is going to push the industry forward in terms of design, especially when it comes to Apple.

  • Aslam khan

    Yeah
    I like. ❤

  • Haseeb Khan

    It’s Just Missing An Ir Blaster, Front Facing Speakers, 4,000 MAH Battery & Larger Camera ( Megapixel Wise At Least 20+ ) IMHO. Still A Great Phone ( Note 4 User Btw ) Correct Me If I’m Wrong, Thanks!!!

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  • meister

    Can’t wait to grab one around Black Friday or Xmas season when it drops in price a little bit. My Note 4 is still doing it’s job pretty well but Samsung wouldn’t make their Gear VR backward compatible to it so I feel left out !!

  • nour

    Are galaxy against water
    Means if it came waterproof do not snatch

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