Galaxy Note 7 Review, The Emperor

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The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 7 may very well be the company’s swan song. And I mean that with regard to the latest Boom-Gate scandal concerning the respective flagship.

In case you don’t know what am I talking about, Samsung basically issued a recall for the Galaxy Note 7 due to a very serious issue with the battery which tends to burst into flames and even explode when charged.

The issue is due to a design flaw which makes the anode and the cathode of the battery to “touch themselves” in an impure manner (just kidding), provoking a short circuit. The idea is that if you have an “old” (it was just released unfortunately) Galaxy Note 7, you should return it as soon as possible and you’ll be rewarded with a brand new one in the shortest time plus a bunch of gifts and freebies.

Preamble aside, the Galaxy Note 7 makes for one Hell of a phablet, featuring that iconic stylus which is specific to Samsung’s Note line of smartphones. Another cool addition to the latest gen of Note is the fact that it comes wit IP 68 certification, meaning that it’s dust and water proof.

Basically, you can “write” your notes under water with this baby and even if that doesn’t sound like a plausible scenario, it’s pretty cool to have a smartphone that will resist at least accidental spills and toilet-drops (it happened to me twice this year).

Scribbling under-water aside, the new Galaxy Note 7 makes for a radical design change in the Korean giant Galaxy line of flagships, featuring a stunning dual curved design which makes the display to appear border-less along with making the phablet to look smaller than it actually is.

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Unlike the Note 5, the new Galaxy Note 7 is available world-wide and that’s great news for the fan-base, don’t you think? In terms of design and build quality, this baby is almost perfect, being outstandingly symmetrical, with both left and right sides being similarly (identically is the word) curved on the back and front.

Truth be told, the Galaxy Note 7 is maybe the best piece of high-end hardware ever, putting even Apple’s best in their corner. The phone is a tad thicker and taller than the Note 5, but you couldn’t tell just looking at it.

The Galaxy Note 7 feels pocketable despite is generous dimensions and both front and rear panels are protected by the latest gen of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, making for a metal and glass sandwich which looks and feels awesome.

The display of the Galaxy Note 7 benefits from special treatment this year, featuring a dual curved screen, a super AMOLED variety 5.7 inches wide and 1440p resolution. Also, the smartphone is among the few devices to support HDR video. Needless to say, the quality of the display is phenomenal, being maybe the best on the market today.

In the battery department, the Galaxy Note 7 comes with a sealed 3500 mAh power plant, offering an excellent 90 hours of endurance rating on the Exynos 8890 chipset version and 81 hours for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 flavor. Basically, if you want more battery life, the Exynos version is the way to go.

The Galaxy Note 7 excels in the photography department with its dual pixel technology and the 12 MP camera sensor, being more accurate and faster than anything on the market today.

There’s also optical image stabilization and all the bells and whistles you could wish for in a 2016 flagship from world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer. Also, the phablet shoots perfect 2160p videos at 30 FPS.

The Galaxy Note 7 runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 with Samsung’s own Touch Wiz User interface on top and needless to say, it’s lightning fast and smooth. As I already told you, there are 2 versions, an Exynos run Galaxy Note 7 and a Qualcomm Snapdragon powered variety. Both of them feature 4 GB of RAM and performance wise, they’re almost identical, give or take. Except for the autonomy difference, both SoCs will make any gamer happy.

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Bottom line, the Galaxy Note 7 is more than a face-lift in case that’s what you’ve been waiting for, making for a true beast of a phablet with an incredible design and top notch hardware. If you’ve got what it takes, money that is, the Galaxy Note 7 is any nerd’s wet dream, sans the BoomGate issue. I really hope the company will get over this problem easy and will continue to delight us with great pieces of hardware like the Note 7 in the future.

 

 

 

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