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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review

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Since the day the Galaxy Note 7 was released, Tim and I have each had one in hand, in pocket, next to us on a desk, or traveling by our side across the country, accompanying us through every move because this is one of those phones that offers so much, you have to dedicate every ounce of your mobile life to it to get the most out of it. In fact, for the two weeks we have been on the Note 7 full time, you still get the feeling that there is more to learn here.

Note phones have always been thought of as power user phones, though they are also becoming quite good as every-person phones, thanks to Samsung’s recent attempts at softening the software experience. Sure, Note devices still offer top tier specs and S Pens and multi-window fun and a big ass display, but they are also just really damn good phones, even if you don’t want to mess with all of that extra fluff. And I think that’s a lot of what Samsung is trying to do going forward, especially with the Note 7, is remind you that this isn’t just for power users any longer and can really be a great phone for anyone. Let’s talk more about that.

This is our Galaxy Note 7 review.

UPDATE: As you all now know, the Galaxy Note 7 has been officially killed off by Samsung because it kept exploding on customers in hand, on airplanes, and at night when they were sound asleep. That really sucks because this phone was awesome. Either way, we’ve leave this review up as a way to remember what was more than likely the best phone of 2016. RIP, little guy. 

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The Good


Outside of the fact that the Note 7 is a large phone, with its 5.7-inch QHD display, there is absolutely no denying that it is one of, if not the, best designed phones of all time. I know, that’s saying a lot! But when you look at the construction, with the curved glass flowing from front to metal sides to rear glass again, it’s truly something to get excited about.

Just look at this thing. That glass. That metal. This black version in particular. Mmmm.

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And then should you pick one up, you’ll fall even more in love and wish your old crusty phone felt even an ounce as good as this. You see, that glass and metal blending leads to a phone that is round on the sides, providing a soft feel both in the palm of your hand and as your fingers run along its surface or sides. Soft is, obviously, a weird way to describe a phone made with all of these solid materials, but it really does feel that way. There are no sharp points or rough patches that will ever turn you off.

Even the fingerprint reader seems to be more flush to the lower chin of the phone than previous Samsung devices. Not that the button on the S7 or S6 was an area of concern, but Samsung was able to make a home button and fingerprint reader that is never in your way, but is there when you go looking for it.

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Samsung is also delivering this phone in a stunning all-black version with matte black sides, a silver mirror machine, and an obnoxiously two-toned blue and rose gold thing that people seem excited about because it’s different. Different isn’t always classy, folks, so try and stay classy.

Overall, though, the Galaxy Note 7 design has taken phone design to an all new level, something I didn’t expect to see so soon after the incredible design that came with the S7 and S7 Edge. Should Samsung continue on this kind of streak, everyone else might as well just quit. I’m kidding, of course.


In recent years, as Samsung introduces a new phone, the new best mobile display on the planet comes with it. This whole battle to replace itself as number 1 started some years ago and hasn’t stopped here with the Galaxy Note 7.

The 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, with its dual edge accents, is once again a stunner. Colors are rich yet accurate, whites are white, and the blacks are deep black. Color reproduction is as clean as it gets, brightness levels are top notch, and the viewing angles are the best in the business, something you’ll see in the images below.

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Like in the camera department we are about to talk about, Samsung is only expanding its lead in the display department. With the Note 7, thanks to the dual edge setup, you get a phone that not only appears to be as edge-to-edge as you can get, it also feels incredibly smooth and fluid to the touch as the glass cascades over each edge, plus everything looks as if it’s floating. It’s a wonderful effect and is easily the best implementation of an edge display to date.

Now, the edge setup can be a bit of a nuisance at times, with Android’s slideout menus being finicky to grab on occasion. The closeness to the edge of the phone leads to plenty of accidental touches from the palm of your hand that you may not have wanted, as well. Honestly, I don’t know that I’ll ever love an edge display, but this is my favorite so far because it isn’t as drastic as previous versions.

On a related note, Always-on Display is back and better than ever because of a single change that should have been there from day 1. I’m talking about the fact that Always-on Display, which constantly shows you the time, date, and battery status of your Note 7, now also shows you notification icons for each notification sitting just beyond your lock screen. On the S7 and Edge, it only showed you missed call and text notifications, but this change now lets you stay fully in-tune to the status of your phone.

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I think I’m at the point now where it would be really tough to live without a Samsung phone because I don’t trust anyone else’s cameras. Sure, other smartphone makers are putting decent shooters in their phones that stomp all over phones from years past, but Samsung is just on another planet here. I hate to sound so overly positive and fanboyish about the cameras in Galaxy phones, because you always try to find flaws and hope that one company isn’t running away with the industry. Yet here is Samsung, doing just that in the smartphone camera department.

On the Note 7, Samsung is introducing a new camera UI that is still simple, but does now require swipe gestures to get to new areas. In the past, you always had buttons to press to get into effects or other camera modes. However, on the Note 7, you need to swipe in from the left (modes) or from the right (effects) to switch it up. That may take some getting used to for long-time Samsung fans.

Otherwise, the UI still includes all of the robust features you could ask for in a modern day smartphone camera. You can launch the camera quickly with a double tap on the home button, go into a full Pro mode, shoot panoramas, live broadcast your happenings, adjust resolution of your photos, shoot 4K video, record Motion Photos, and even voice control your selfies.

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As for the results, you know what to expect. This is a Samsung camera of the 12MP Dual Pixel variety and it is still the best in the business. To take great pictures, you just point and tap, point and tap, point and tap, just like you did on the S7. The camera here is insanely quick to launch, focus, and snap, leaving you little room for error. This is one of those cameras that can make bad photographers good.

The camera is excellent in good light, the best in low light, awesome with macros or landscapes or portraits, and an absolute pleasure to use each and every day. With a smartphone camera, you want one that can be relied on time and time again and that’s exactly what you get with the Note 7’s camera.

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To download the full resolution files, grab this file.


The Galaxy Note 7 packs quite the list of specifications. Let’s run down the list, shall we? The Note 7 features a 5.7″ Quad HD dual edge Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 quad-core (2.15GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Dual) 64-bit processor, 64GB of internal storage, microSD support up to 256GB, 12MP Dual Pixel rear-facing camera (f/1.7), 5MP front-facing camera (f/1.7), 3,500mAh built-in battery, Fast Charging via wired or wireless, Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11/a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, USB Type-C, NFC, fingerprint sensor, S-Pen, heartrate monitor, MST (Samsung Pay), IP68 water and dust resistance, and Android 6.0.1 “Marshmallow.” As for its eventual upgrade to Nougat, it will hopefully be here in just a few short months.

Considering these specifications, it’s no wonder why Samsung launched the device with a price tag of roughly $850. I mean, you get Samsung Pay, IP68 protection, an S-Pen, wireless charging, one of the best cameras ever put into a smartphone, expandable storage, and probably the best mobile display created yet. It’s a sick package, making the value very hard to argue against.

Water resistance

Like the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge before it, the Galaxy Note 7 is IP68 dust and water resistant. That means it’s sealed from dust, but then can also withstand a whole bunch of water (5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes). At an IP68 rating, you can shower with the Note 7, wash it off if it’s dirty, drop it in a toilet “accidentally,” spill beer over it at a bar, and even use it underwater to snap some pictures or jot down notes with the new S Pen. I’m not kidding, the S Pen is also water resistant and does indeed write when wet.

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It’s still somewhat shocking that Samsung is one of the few phone makers to take on this type of water resistance. Sure, they did it for a minute with the Galaxy S5, ditched the idea for the S6, and are now just coming back to it in 2016, but they are doing it well. The Note 7 also doesn’t feature flaps or port covers and still manages to carry that high IP68 rating.

While the phone isn’t shatterproof from drops like Motorola’s new phones are, or the S7 Active, I think I’d rather take this water resistance, since I have yet to really drop a phone to death. I’ve certainly spilled plenty of liquids on phones over the years, though.


The latest iteration of TouchWiz, with no doubt, is my favorite so far. In my eyes, Samsung has greatly reduced the feeling of being over encumbered by TouchWiz’s extensive list of features. In the Settings menu, at least on the T-Mobile variant and not the Verizon, all of the device’s different menus have been inputted into an easily navigable page. What used to be pages worth of settings options has been reduced to 13 different categories. And if finding what you need is still too difficult, the Search feature can find virtually any setting you might be looking for. Seriously, give the settings search button a try on the Galaxy Note 7 and tell me you are not impressed.

The overall software experience has been entirely enjoyable for me, not including the occasional performance hiccups I encounter. Should the device never lag or stutter, I’d be tempted to say this version of TouchWiz is nearly perfect. However, I have to hate on at least one aspect of it, right? If I was to speak ill of one thing, it’s Samsung’s placement of the Brightness shader in the notification pulldown. To access it, you must pull the notification shade completely down, then you will find it at the bottom of the tray. At least to me, this is the worst placement on any device ever. If Samsung reads this, then decides to change where the brightness is placed, I would be eternally grateful.

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On top of the basic usage of TouchWiz, Samsung has continued its excellent job at allowing owners to customize the appearance of the skin. Instead of being stuck with TouchWiz’s standard color, which is hardly ever attractive, owners can download different Themes. These themes range from free to a couple of dollars and let you customize everything from the stock icons to the settings menu. On the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung spiced it up a bit, now allowing owners to customize wallpapers, themes, and icons all from within the Samsung Themes menu. For me personally, I enjoy the look of “Material Dark,” which helps bring a sense of vanilla Android to the Galaxy Note 7. As a fan of Nexus devices, but someone who craves more features, it’s the perfect mix.

Something that is entirely different from past Galaxy Note devices, the Note 7 features an edged display, giving Samsung the opportunity to push its Edge Screen features. With this, users can enable the Edge Panels (quick access to contacts and apps), Edge Feeds (news, sports tickers, notifications), and Edge Lighting. Typically, these features were reserved for the Edge devices from Samsung, but now Galaxy Note owners can take advantage of them, too.

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Speaking solely on the Note 7’s stock Home launcher, it too has gotten much better. Be warned, though, Flipboard’s Briefing is still baked into it. Feel free to disable that immediately. On the upside, users can change up the screen grid to fit more or fewer icons on your home, depending on what look you like. Additionally, users can also customize “content scaling” through the device. Under the Display settings, you can select either Small or Large. With Large, less content will be shown, but objects will be more clear. On Small, you will see more objects (icons, text, larger FOV), but things may seem cluttered.

Let’s also not forget really useful features like the Blue Light Filter that can automatically ease strain on your eyes at night, one-handed operation modes, quick launching of the camera with a home button double tap, Settings suggestions should you get lost in menus, Always-on Display, Secure Folder for protecting specific items and requiring a password to view them, vibration intensity settings, Samsung Cloud (except on the Verizon version), and Samsung Pay.

Overall, I’d chalk TouchWiz up as a major win on this year’s Galaxy Note device, not something I always say.

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S Pen

I know that one of the major selling points for the Galaxy Note 7 is the S Pen, but it’s hard to categorize this little accessory into our good/bad/middle setup. Since Samsung is really the only smartphone maker to include a pen like this, and they continue to improve it each year, I think it’s safe to put it up here in the “good.” What I can add to that thought is that this S Pen is water resistant, just as the phone is, features a button that finally sits high enough that it’s easy to press, and can utilize all of the features you love about S Pens. You can still write on the lock screen in black and white, screenshot and then mark on anything, and take notes on the fly. But this year, you can also pin those lock screen notes to the Always-on Display, create animated GIFs from anything moving on the screen, and insert the accessory in backwards without it getting stuck.

Samsung really has something unique here with the S Pen and it does add to the overall unique, yet powerful experience of the Note series. Do I use the S Pen regularly? Not really, no. Do I fully appreciate the availability of it and the thoughtfulness that has gone into new features with each generation? Oh, for sure.


If one thing can be said about Samsung’s flagship devices, it’s that there is no shortage of where you can buy them. The Galaxy Note 7 is available across the globe, but more specifically, it’s available for purchase on every major carrier in the US (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.). You can also purchase the device through various online retailers. Available in Black, Silver, and Blue/Rose Gold, there certainly isn’t a lack of choice here, though the device’s price is going to be its own section later in this review, simply because there’s quite a bit to say regarding the subject.

USB Type-C, fast wired and wireless charging

The Galaxy Note 7 is the first phone from Samsung to utilize a USB Type-C port. We would have loved for Samsung to go this route earlier in the year with the S7 and S7 Edge, but that’s just not the card we were dealt. Either way, this phone does indeed have a Type-C port, includes a fast charger for it, Type-C adapter to be used on your old chargers, and is the port your life has always needed. For those not familiar, just know that a Type-C port is reversible and can accept a Type-C cable tip no matter which way you insert it, unlike your current microUSB port.

Along with the new Type-C port, Samsung made sure to once again include both fast wired and fast wireless charging for those who want no part of a cable. You might recall Google leaving out wireless charging in its Nexus phones last year because they had gone USB Type-C and thought that fast wired charging was all you needed. Well, Google, that’s a sound argument unless you include fast charging in all ways, like Samsung continues to do.

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As for the fast wired charging, the Note 7 is using Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 instead of the newer 3.0 standard. It’ll still get you hours of use after minutes of charging, but it’s not the latest and greatest spec. Why that is, we aren’t 100% sure, though it probably has to do with Qualcomm vs. Exynos variants and keeping them at similar charging speeds.


I don’t think anyone will have an issue with storage if they own a Galaxy Note 7. The base model includes 64GB internal storage, but Samsung is back again with another microSD card slot that hosts cards up to 256GB. Assuming you ordered one early enough, Samsung probably gave you one of those cards for free.

In China, Samsung is selling a 128GB model as well, just don’t expect that stateside any time soon.

We’ll talk more about pricing down below, but I do think Samsung should get knocked a little bit for not offering a 32GB version of the Note 7. We all know that these companies overcharge for storage, even as cheap as it is these days, and the choice to go 64GB and set the price at $850+ instead of at $750 or so for a 32GB version, probably made the phone out of reach for many. And remember, that 32GB internal is probably all the storage you need when you can slap in a big ol’ microSD card for your photos, music, and videos.


Battery life

After posting most of my (Kellen’s) reviews, a conversation in the comments almost always breaks out about the sh*tty battery life I’m getting. Because I don’t have 6 hours in a day to stare at my phone and instead only get near 3 hours of screen on time, you all assume I’m doing something wrong or the phone I’m reviewing is trash. Since Tim and I are co-reviewing the Note 7, you finally get to see the crazy differences in his use versus mine.

The first two sets of screenshots below are Tim’s and the final two are mine. As you can see, he was averaging around 15 hours of use and close to 5 hours of screen on time before he was in a critical battery state. For me, it was more like 3-4 hours of screen on time and anywhere from 10-15 hours of use.

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Why the big difference? Well, I’ve mentioned this a number of times, but I do happen to live in a Black Hole of Signal Death, especially on Verizon, which is the variant I’m reviewing here. Then again, this is almost always what my battery life looks like no matter the carrier. What’s the deal? I don’t know! For me, 3 hours of screen on time and 15 hours of usage is pretty solid. For you, that seems to be terrible. I don’t know how to explain why I get the results I get, but these are the results I get with almost every single phone.

As far as the Note 7 is concerned, I don’t think either Tim or I are overly impressed by the battery life this 3500mAh battery provides. Not that we are getting bad battery life on most days, it’s just that we are most certainly looking for a charger before we head off to bed. I can live with that on most days – the question is, can you?


Up in the software section, I mentioned that I run across the occasional hiccup in performance. I usually have this sort of experience on most Samsung phones, but for me, the Galaxy Note 7 has been more hiccupy than others. For example, the fingerprint reader is definitely not the fastest I have ever used (Nexus 6P and Galaxy S7 seem quicker to react), waking from sleep is sometimes slow, switching between apps or even launching an app can hang the device on a stall, and there’s a slight hesitation whenever I press on the home button from within an application.

All these little occurrences tend to build up until I need a complete reboot, which is about every three to four days for me. Now, rebooting my device to make it snappy again is not the worst thing in the world, but it leads me to believe that regardless of how insane our mobile CPUs become or how much RAM we use, TouchWiz will lag. This isn’t a huge dig at Samsung or TouchWiz, because I’ve made my thoughts on the skin rather clear (it’s very good this year), but overall performance can still improve. My hope is that the upcoming update to Android 7.0 will relieve a few of these stuttering issues.

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When pricing was revealed for the Galaxy Note 7, I felt compelled to write an opinion piece on why people shouldn’t go running for pitchforks and torches. Seriously, the $850 price was upsetting to people. We had readers write, “This is iPhone pricing!” and “$880+tax for a bigger S7 with a pen?!”

I continue to argue that the Galaxy Note 7 blows any iPhone away in terms of specs and features (which it does), and believe it or not, Samsung has earned the right to price its fanciest phone with a premium tag. I’m not here to argue that $850 is not expensive, but you certainly are getting quite the bang for your buck. If you still have yet to get one, you could even hold off a little longer and probably pick one up once they hit the mid-$700 price range. Like all technology, the price will eventually drop.

Here’s how the full retail and monthly pricing for each major US  carrier is currently stacking up. T-Mobile is selling the device for full retail at $849.99 ($69.99 down and $32.50 for 24 months), while AT&T has it at $880 ($29.34 per month for 30 months or $36.67 for 24 months). For Verizon, the full retail is $864 ($36 per month for 24 months), and Sprint is only offering a payment plan of $35.42 per month for 24 months. The cheapest for full retail is US Cellular at $786. You can also choose between 20, 24 or 30 monthly payments and pay as little as $27.80 per month.

The Not-so-Good

No Unicorn beer

I know, right? It doesn’t even brew Unicorn rainbow tear beer. Shame on you, Samsung.

Other Notes

  • Fingerprint reader: The fingerprint reader on the Note 7 works well, it’s just not the fastest. I haven’t had any problems with it reading my finger, but I also can’t help but notice the slowness from when I put my finger on it to when the phone is fully unlocked and ready for use. You may not see that slowness, since you don’t review phones for a living. I do, however, and would probably rank the speed of this reader below the OnePlus 3, HTC 10, and Galaxy S7.
  • Iris scanner: So yeah, we haven’t talked about this at all yet, but this phone has an iris scanner. Do we care? Not at all. The iris scanner on the Note 7 is a bit like the useless face unlock that Google tried to push years ago. I say that because it’s a pain to use, is slower to use than the fingerprint reader, and is filled with warnings during setup about it burning your eyeballs out. Why use this unless your ultra-secure job is requiring it? And even if your ultra-secure job is requiring it, you should probably steer clear if you want to not burn your eyeballs out.
  • Phone call quality: The Note 7 makes phone calls!  They sound good! Cool.



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The Verdict

You may have noticed that outside of a lack of Unicorn rainbow tear beer production, we couldn’t find anything wrong with the Galaxy Note 7. Is it the perfect phone? Not necessarily (Hello, recall!). It’s performance throughout a day isn’t the best, nor is the battery life. It’s also too expensive for many and may be too big as well.

With that said, there is so damn much to like here. Best camera in a phone? Check. Best design in a phone? Check. Best display in a phone? Check. Water resistance? Check. Fun little pen thingy to play with? Check. A greatly improved software experience? Check. Quick security updates? Check. Promise of a quick update to Nougat? Check. I could go on.

The bottom line is that the Galaxy Note 7 is the best phone you can buy right now, assuming you have the cash to buy one.

  • investor1990

    I mourn this phone now that Samsung has stopped producing it. A glimpse of the future reached a premature death.

  • Erick

    Every time a new Samsung phone comes out, someone invariably says that their software layer hasn’t been laggy since the S5, or somesuch.

    From XDA:
    “We have four units within our staff, and every one of our new Notes suffer clear performance issues, sometimes consistently and other times infrequently. The worst hiccups and stutters – or delays – happen only every now and then, but the phone itself is simply slower than its competitors at nearly every action. We have tested the application launch times, both hot and cold, of the Note 7 under the same conditions as our other devices and found it trailing behind not just other Snapdragon 820 phones like the OnePlus 3 and HTC 10, but also the year-old Nexus 6P running on Android’s latest preview. Considering that Samsung packs the cream of today’s processing power with its UFS 2.0 storage, LPDDR4 RAM and the Snapdragon 820, we can begin to entertain the notion that something went wrong with Samsung’s implementation”

  • Jimbo

    Did you do any real world testing against any other phones or claimed benchmarks or anything?
    “…its a great phone yet prone to get laggy…” ??? “…find it necessary to reboot my phone every 4 days…” ??? There was some other blathering about unicorn beer. Dude what the f**k are you talking about?
    You know when you write these articles people take it at face value that you’re educated journalists and mobile phone experts. A bit laggy?
    The guys at xda wrote an alarming article on the note 7. They say on paper it is hands down the most impressive phone to date yet when they benchmarked it against all the other top phones it time and time again came in last on speed and performance. They show graphs of all their data and findings.
    It’s a little disturbing to say the least. You guys should put down all the neato free gadgets you’re obviously given for a few hours and do some actual work and research. You wrote something I couldn’t believe:

    “…At least to me, this is the worst placement on any device ever.”

    You actually did a best ever or worst ever? Ambiguous absolutes are what 9 year olds say. They are really bad YouTube video titles. Not an experts description of a phones sliding dimmer in the pull down menu.

    OK that’s a wrap here for me. Who’s next? NEXT!

  • Selrahc Robert

    Maybe I got a good one or something but my battery life has been excellent. Just got this one today and it amazed me. Guaranteed it is light usage with just facebook and messenger running, about 1 hour and half internet and some minor app usage throughout the day, and wifi is turned on the whole time. This is on Verizon too. Now I don’t want to do the exchange if I got a fluke and a good one, haha

  • Marianmgardner4

    Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !mj121d:
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  • Samuel_B

    “Blue and Rose Gold?” My Note 7 is blue, very tastefully done, and it doesn’t have a trace of rose gold in it.

  • Trevor

    That’s pretty sad a phone this beastly is still stuttering. You’d think by now manufacturers could figure this crap out. My 6P does it too at times and it pisses me off there as well, so it’s not just TouchWiz (but it’s fun to blame it all on that anyway).

  • jmsbwmn

    What about the bug where using “OK Google” leads to the “no recently used apps” message? Surely you guys had to notice this.

  • LionStone

    Best camera in a phone? Unchecked.
    Best design in a phone? Unchecked.
    Best phone you can buy right now? Unchecked.

  • No adoptable storage = no deal.

  • Forever Great

    I picked one up using it to write this and the recall is disapointing along with whatever they’ve done with all these complicated settings for permissions. I do like it though, I’ll never understand the IPhone users, it’s like a 4 cylinder vs v12.

  • Marianmgardner

    Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !mj43d:
    On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
    ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash43TopWebGetPay$97Hour ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!mj43d:….,…..

  • Rimtu Kahn

    Samsung Galaxy Note 7 issues I’ve faced so far after 2 weeks of use…
    1) often unresponsive touchscreen, especially around the edges but sometimes in the middle parts as well, and also on the dedicated back and multitask
    2) inconsistent brightness on always-on display, can’t seemto change the brightness manilla, but sometimes its too bright definitely not night friendly and sometimes just right
    3) some doubts over gps, the built in weather app sometimes shows different city than the one I am in, and it changes back and forth between correct and incorrect cities
    4) a sudden burst of lag, e.g. typing in the keyboard and the letters wont be typed for a bit and then a burst of letters will get typed
    5) built in keyboard is horrendous, from responsiveness to typo correction (slow and error-prone) all are a big fail in my experience. Previous note i had was note 2, and that was one of the best default keyboard in smartphone. At least i can switch to the google keyboard to fix this.

    Anyways the above issues I’ve faced means I’m not getting the feeling of using an expensive flagship. Also the fact that Samsung have not used the latest available tech in some parts e.g. quickcharge not 3.0, processor not 821, storage not using UFS, gorilla glass not 5 etc. Etc. Means it’s flagship in name and price only.

    Yes it’s a very sexy looking phone, but feels very cheap due to the aforementioned issues which no reviewers are clearly pointing out yet.

    I’ve used Asus zenfone 2, sony xperia z ultra, z3, z5 premium, note 2, nexus 4, nexus 5, Motorola x Play, fire phone etc none of those phones had tge aforementioned issues (granted edge didn’t exist for those other devices).

    Anyways Samsung has quite a way to go to turn this device into a flagship and I’m not sure they will fix this device at all or just re-strategize for next iteration.

    • Jeff “BIG RED”

      Are you using a screen protector?

  • geocab

    I can’t get excited over how a phone looks because I have to buy a cover for it anyway. This bothers me, because I’d prefer to not have a case.

  • Destroythanet

    “I continue to argue that the Galaxy Note 7 blows any iPhone away in terms of specs and features (which it does), and believe it or not, Samsung has earned the right to price its fanciest phone with a premium tag.”

    Better specs are irrelevant if the iPhone is still faster. On the other hand, Note 7’s design blows away Apple’s boring, stale design, though.

  • Grayson

    Kellen, I think one reason you and others report such different screen on times is because you are reporting your screen on time when you still have 25% battery left, whereas most people either don’t report it until their phone has less than 5% left OR they extrapolate the number. For example, you reported 3 hours 15 minutes with 25% left, but I think most people would extrapolate that and say about 4 hours 20 minutes of screen on time if it had been run until empty.

  • Captain Insano

    They should have made it fire retardant as well. I love sammy but man they killed that momentum. But I want that gear s3 bad.

  • trevorsalienarms

    Oh lawdy. The 6P display looks really bad. Samsung clearly wasn’t handing over the good stuff on that one.

  • KleenDroid

    I wish Droid Life would do an article teaching it’s readers how to clear system cache.

    If they only charged all readers a nickel for every time someone wrote their phone slowed over time they could retire fat and happy.

    Actually I’m surprised they don’t write this article once a week and in big letters.

    • James_75

      You should build an app that does this for people daily… Call it the Samspeed app or something more clever…

  • My Verizon Note 5 (and thousands of other people) still can’t connect to a computer via USB. Each update has made this phone less and less useful. Still an unreported issue but googlin’ it will show a plethora of other unhappy users. I’d be careful of Samsung’s dedication to any device older than 6 months. I’m certainly not buying another Note.

    • btolley13

      maybe it’s time to upgrade to a note 7 once the explosion feature has been removed 😉

      • I think an exploding phone with a MicroSD card would be preferable to a Note 5 without the ability to remove files without using the internet.

    • trevorsalienarms

      Really? I’ve connected my VZW Note 5 to my desktop at home probably hundreds of times. Huh. Never even knew this was an issue.

      • James_75

        Same with my note 5 on att.. Never an issue

  • rakoskjc

    Well you cannot buy it currently soooo……

  • Beardr8

    Best lowlight camera? Ehh idk about that….

    • seattle tech

      Best extreme low light camera.

    • B!

      I’d post a great low light pic with my front facing camera to definitely prove you wrong but it’s 700+ KB & Disqus be trippin soooooo…..

      • Beardr8

        I’m not saying it has a bad lowlight camera lol. I think it just has the second best one after the Nexus 6p. In my personal use I just find it to produce photos that are clearer, have less noise and have a much better white balance in low light situations. I just don’t think this batch of Samsung phones does all that well with the white balance and noise of some low light shots. Just because you brighten an image enough to see doesn’t make it a good shot. Especially when you introduce a boatload of noise and then spit out a photo with that weird orangish tint. A lot of reviews on YouTube come up with the same results between the two in lowlight also but hey everyone is allowed to have their own opinion. I’m just giving you mine. Cheers

        • B!

          When I worked in wireless I would take every phone that we had a demo of & take low light pics with & without flash & natural light pics & show them to customers. It was a great selling tactic because that’s what a lot of people care about. I wish we could do the same on Disqus without the resolution being compromised so we can compare pics. That would’ve been cool.

  • CoolSilver

    Take this phone and make it into a Nexus/Pixel phone (no front home/back/recent buttons) and you’d have me trading up my Nexus 6

  • chris_johns

    ill buy an exploding version for $150…any takers?

  • reyalP

    This Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is Hot.

    • Patrick Bynum

      Samsung is red hot right now!!!

  • stanley

    If I was to pay $900 for a phone the damn thing better be perfect, not a laggy piece of crap! It’s just crazy how expensive phone are and no way would I pay it.

    • trevorsalienarms

      “laggy piece of crap” = I only buy Nexus/Pixel devices and/or I can’t afford it.

      • stanley

        No, it’s just I’m not that stupid to waste that kind of money on a laggy ass phone. I just have better things to spend my money on!

      • stanley

        No, I just have better things to spend my money on other than laggy over priced phones!

  • drcaveman

    Returned my as the Note 5 was substantially more stutter and Lag free and rarely got hot, My Note 7 tended to get incredibly hot doing even basic stuff even when it was not plugged in. Replaced the phone once, the second did the same stuff. Then I saw the recall, that was it called t-mobile and arranged a refund, back to my note 5. Going to give Samsung a month or two to get the kinks worked out.

  • yummy

    Batteries are hard

  • Don

    I would put, phone explodes and weak/brittle screen on the bad column.

  • CHRIS42060

    This review literally blew me away!

  • TheWenger

    That was a blast to read.

  • droidbeat

    HTC gets mocked over trivial stuff, but this exploding thing is poo-poo’d?

    • B!

      How are the countless just on here about how this review blew them away not mocking?

  • In my opinion, one of two things needs to happen in the mobile space going forward. Either:

    A. Samsung creates a fast and fluid device in terms of performance while also managing to improve battery life, or
    B. Apple adopts a better/more ergonomic design language and either significantly improves their LCD displays, or moves over to OLED panels.

    Once one of these two things happen, we’ll have a device worth heaping praise onto. Until then, it’s just more of the same. Samsung can continue to improve their hardware all they want, but you’ll always have the drawback of garbage performance and lackluster battery life until they decide to make any sort of effort to control their over-bloated and inefficient software. Apple can continue to improve iOS with more features, but until they improve their hardware design, you’ll always have the drawbacks of an unwieldy/uncomfortable design with a display that, in comparison, looks like trash.

    Until then, take your pick

  • “…personally, I enjoy the look of “Material Dark,” which helps bring a sense of vanilla Android to the Galaxy Note 7. As a fan of Nexus devices, but someone who craves more features, it’s the perfect mix…”

    So much this for me and the S7.

    • James_75

      How did you remap the buttons?

  • droidbeat

    Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, the play was fine.

  • seattle tech

    Why am I reading the note 7 review this far out? Oh it’s because droid life wrote it.
    The brightness slider location drives me nuts. I’m sure samsung will change it later on. If you use nova you can change swipe gesture to open it. But I love the new touchwiz that I find myself not using nova anymore. That is a big deal since I have used nova on all my phones the past few years.

    • B!

      I still use Nova. I used Holo for the longest but it killed my battery on my Razr Maxx. Tried to use it on my Note 7 but the damn app drawer didn’t show all my apps.

  • ChrisI

    The battery explodes.
    End of review.

  • ddevito

    This review, along with ALL other reviews, are pointless (no offense DL, I love you guys). But Samsung phones gunk up and slow down like F$%^ after a few months it isn’t funny. I see it myself – jank and lag everywhere. My wife’s family (9 of them) all have Galaxy phones ranging as far back as the S5 through the new S7 and ALL of them, I repeat ALL of them, have complained that their phones are slow. My father in law just came over last night to show me how slow his S7 is, he told me his S6 (who he just gave to my mother in law) was faster. It was jank city. He’s only had it for 2 months.

    We need to stop apologizing for Samsung just because their the most popular Android OEM and call them out for this.

    Droid-Life, please do another review for this phone in November and we’ll talk

    /rant over

    • ChrisI

      I wish we saw reviews for devices other than just the big names.

      • Ismail Akram

        Something like Axon 7? With one of the best sound, display and performance. Camera is average at best and priced at $400 or less

    • cbreeden24

      I’m running a Note 3 still and its not slow

    • seattle tech

      Since they sell tens of millions it can vary. The s7 s6 have all increased in speed as time as gone bye with new updates. Esp when the s6 moved to marshmallow.

    • Aaron Manning

      I recently bought one (Note 7) and it is awful! It is really glitchy and very slow and have only had it for about a week. I really wish we would have got my daughter a iPhone, I don’t know what I was thinking on trying to give android another shot. Besides the Note 7 blowing up after being being charged I would not recommend this phone to anyone for a 850$ price tag, Very over rated and not worth that kind of money.

      • Greyhame

        Because your Note 7 isn’t the greatest, all Android phones are terrible? Haha, noted.

        • ddevito

          Well, when Samsung and their flagships are front and center of the Android universe, that will happen.

      • mcdonsco

        I’ve had pretty much every major android flagship at one point or another over the last few years and I have yet to find one that doesn’t bog down after a while and/or start glitching if I’m moving to fast on it (I move SUPER fast on my phones when I’m trying to get a bunch of things done quickly).

        The Note7 hasn’t been any different. It’s one of the downsides to android in my opinion and that’s “in general”…Might be across the board with all smartphones(?) but i’ve never used an iPhone long enough to “push it hard” to know if its the case on those as well.

        I stick with it though as it’s far more capable and customizeable, but it’s resrouce management has ALWAYS been terrible.

        • B!

          I agree with you. I also think MM is janky as well. I’ve noticed the difference since my Note 4 finally got it in June. I thought it was the fact that my Note 4 was getting old AND the fact that it was a refurb but my Note 7 is a little slow at times as well. I use Nova so I’m not gonna blame it on TouchWiz but that affects it because it’s still running in the background then it’s MM AND TouchWiz, not just TouchWiz.

    • Can confirm. My unlocked US S7 is janky AF as I type this. One month after activation.

    • TheWenger

      My S6 is still just as fast as the day I got it.

      • Jesse Torres

        Me too, my s6 edge over a year old and no problem. And I’m rough on phones in terms of use. Only complaint I have is battery life. But no phone has good battery life for me lol.

        • Brandon Sobotta

          My moms S6 still seems to be going strong. No complaints from her.

    • NexusMan

      I must say my S7 is slower than when i got it…but that has been my case with EVERY Android phone I’ve owned. Not just Samsung, and Nexus included. I intend to do a factory reset soon and hopefully that helps.

      • KleenDroid

        Just clear system cache and reboot.

        Also check out Package Disabler Pro for Samsung phones. You will like it.

    • KleenDroid

      Be a good family member and do two things for all of them. And if you don’t, you are a horrible and useless 🙂

      1. Clear their system cache and reboot.

      2. Install Package Disabler Pro from the app store and let it auto disable all items that are bloat. It will disable over 100 items and is much easier than trying to figure it out on your own. This is specifically for Samsung phones.

      Now your family members will think you are of some use. 🙂

      • ddevito

        the hell with them, I told them to go nexus

        • KleenDroid


      • cincy-backpacker

        If this is really the fix why do these OEMs not bake this in by default as a routine maintenance?

    • michael arazan

      My friend was a samsung fan and has called it quits because of TW slow down after months of use from each device.

  • StinkinLinkin

    I’ve been traveling all week and keep checking my Droid-Life app to see when you would post the review for this phone. I have traveled all over Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma this week and my battery has been pretty sound. I love my Note 7, I learn something new about it everyday. I hope you do more tips/tricks videos. Honestly debating whether or not to send my phone in for the recall.

    • Brian

      Honestly, if Samsung is recalling these phones it is best just to follow. They’ll replace it for you and you can just go on about your day and not have to worry about impending complications down the road.

    • Bonedatt

      Better safe than sorry. Send it in

  • Just in time when no one can buy it due to the recall.

  • Matt

    Any noticeable scratches or dents?
    I’ll probably opt for a case

    • Aaron

      This thing is effectively all glass. No dents. Scratches and cracks, maybe…

      • pc jona

        except the band of alminum that goes around the entire phone, yea all glass.

        • Aaron

          OK, so what, maybe 90-95% glass? If you find a way to dent that 5-10% without cracking the rest let me know.

    • mikewilson1021

      Crack on the back glass on day 2. Some the back edge came in contact with something and it spider webbed across the back. It doesn’t effect the performance, but I have to hide it with a case now

    • seattle tech

      The corners of the note 7 are exposed glass. The corners and sides if dropped seem to crack easily

  • Captain Insano

    Should have used the same battery as the s7 active. Glad I kept my note 5.

  • Brad

    Come on Kellen, I cant be the only person who cares about audio performance can I? Not a word in the review about music sound quality out of the speaker or wired headphone performance. I know a care more about that than unicorn beer.

    • Godzilla

      The speaker is nothing like what was on my Pure edition, but it isnt horrible either. Headphone performance is really good, sounds amazing and you have a lot of custom controls.

    • Brad

      Might also mention the widespread complaints of poor scratch resistance for those that haven’t heard.

      • Jeff “BIG RED”

        Go to Verizon and get tempered glass. Only tempered glass that I’ve tried that works with a case. That’s if your worried of scratching. Yes I watched Jerry rig everything’s YouTube video.

    • Nolan Rader

      This is what is missing from every review. Nobody listens to music anymore?

    • Daniel Thomas

      If you care that much about audio, you shouldn’t be relying on the the phone’s DAC. Invest in a portable DAC like the AudioQuest Dragonfly and then the you don’t need to rely on the phone’s quality. An external DAC will always outperform an internal laptop or phone DAC.

      • AvalancheRyder

        Then why not skip the camera review too? Your logic would dictate that if someone’s cares enough about the camera to want to know how it performs, that they shouldn’t be using a smartphone camera.

        Bottom line, they should have reviewed the audio performance since that’s a primary function of the device for many people.

        • Brad

          Seriously, these are media consumption devices.

          • AvalancheRyder

            Exactly. And especially with other companies now prioritizing the audio quality, it’d be nice to know how other devices compare.

          • Daniel Thomas

            correct. They are consumption devices for low quality, compressed mP3 and streamed audio. All phones’ internal DACs are going to sound the same as there isn’t much that can be done to make the “quality” of the compressed files sound “better” other than an equalizer. If you really want to hear clarity and audio improvement you would need a DAC that is capable of playing lossless files and a source that plays those files. Any phone can play those files, however converting those through the built-in DAC at their native rate is not possible. Therefore to consume quality audio one would need an external DAC.

          • Brad

            Well that statement while long and thought out is not factually accurate. Phones like the LG V10 and the Axon 7 for example use higher quality built in DAC and amp combinations than most phones with positive results. The Note 5 was also highly regarded, so I’d like to know how the 7 compares.
            You’re obviously entitled to your opinion, but you’re not going to convince me that audio quality shouldn’t be touched on in a smart phone review.

          • Daniel Thomas

            The S7’s use the same DAC that is in snapdragon 820 chips. Yes there are phones that use 8020 and then adds an additional DAC chip in their phone (like LG and Axon) but the S7 uses the integrated DAC chip in the snapdragon 820. So it will sound just like all the other phones using the 820. The international exynos S7s use a good quality wolfson DAC chip in their phones and have superior quality.

            My point is that one does not have to worry about the built in DAC if they use a small, pocket size DAC like the DragonFly. You can use it on any phone you have (or upgrade to), and will produce BETTER audio. Also the DragonFly has an amp as well which will drive most headphones…..can’t say all phones do that.

        • Daniel Thomas

          Nope. My logic isn’t telling you to not use you phone as the source of your music. In fact I want you to use the phone to play the audio, however you should use a better quality DAC to decode and convert the audio. There are only a handful of phones that have a decent DAC, see the LG v20. Anyone that is serious in audio will tell you not to rely on an internal DAC, even in high end computers. Read up on this and then get back to me http://www.audiostream.com/content/audioquest-dragonfly-red-and-dragonfly-black#A38JurytQHyI2VFP.97

          The cameras on phones are way different then the DAC in phones. There are megapixels, focus, software and multiple other things that can be reviewed in the camera.

          The majority of phones give the consumers a crappy DAC that is good enough to play mp3, which can always fine tune the audio with an EQ to get it pleasing to your ears. However an entry level external DAC can do wonders for audio, especially lossless files, and can even enhance mp3s to a certain extent.

    • calculatorwatch

      Do you really want an audio review from someone who will just say “It’s good enough for me”? Nobody asks me to review a fine wine for them because that’s exactly what I would say. Until DL has an audiophile on their staff you’re probably better off looking elsewhere for that sort of opinion.

    • Matt

      I have the Note 7 and am an avid audiophile (B&W throughout the home). Device goes click click boom!

      But seriously, sounds great. But, as usual, the stock headphones are tinny and lack depth (well they are free). But plug in anything else or stream over bluetooth and I have really enjoyed the quality. Don’t forget to use the Advanced sound settings: Sounds>Sound Quality & Effects, to dial in for your device/headphones. Cheers.

      • Brad

        Thanks for that insight! More information makes for better informed decisions 🙂

    • Ismail Akram

      Totally agreed sound have no mentioned in review. Cuz that is one area Samsung is really weak in.

  • rebretz000

    I know phone design is subjective but I’m not a fan of the Note 7 design at all. I miss the curved back of the S3/Galaxy Nexus/Moto X that made it feel good in hand.
    Even though I’m not a fan of Samsung phones or TW I can acknowledge that the Notes screen seems to be the best ever produced, again subjective.
    Battery issue is being blown out of proportion. 35/2,500,000… .0014% of phones, that’s pretty good quality control just the one flaw is on the really bad side.

    • Godzilla

      Agreed. Part of me thinks i shouldnt even have to submit my phone. But whatever.

    • Bonedatt

      Would you rather they said 10,000 of 2.5m? I think the figure is higher than what they’re putting out there. This can play to Samsung’s advantage though. When people see how quick they reacted and the measures in place to resolve it, that would give them credibility. They’re not in denial like some fruity company usually is.

  • Defenestratus

    As for burning your eyeballs out – lol. I’ve had 6 argon laser PRP treatments of my retinas. Literally I’ve had my retinas seared like a steak by lasers to the tun of over 3000 times (individual laser shots). I’ve also had my left eye drained of its vitreous with a choppy-guillotine needle, had the veins all seared by a little laser, then the vitreous replaced by saline. Yeah, three needles in the same eyeball at the same time. Not fun. But hell, I can see – and tell the difference between a 1080 screen and a 1440p screen so hats off to my surgeon.

    Point is – IR light isn’t going to burn anything in your eye… lawyers wrote that.

  • Garrett Lee Reyman

    Seems like an odd day to post the review with the global recall and such.

    • Tyler Durden

      Recall doesn’t affect the performance of the phone so it’s about as good time as any other day.

      • Garrett Lee Reyman


    • Godzilla

      The review mentions the recall, therefore it is valid

      • Garrett Lee Reyman

        Ah. Good. I didn’t read the article at all yet lol.

  • The Doctor

    I’ve had the S7, S7 edge, and Note 7 and my favorite this year, by far, is the Note 7. The battery life in my Note 7 has been almost as good as the battery life in the S7 edge.

  • Christopher Robert

    Blowing the competition out of the water

    • Brian Himes

      In terms of the level of pricing yes.

    • Sirx

      Haha!!! Clever gir…umm, fella!

  • Defenestratus

    5.7″ IS NOT LARGE. It’s medium if not bare minimum size.


    • ILikeAndroid

      If you consider that bare minimum size, then you must’ve thought the S7 was a phone for ants.

  • Godzilla

    Funny, my battery life is borderline phenomenal. I got 6.5 hours of screen time after the phone was idle for a few hours. So if i would have started at 100 percent it might have been 7 hours. I love this phone, even the Frag grenade feature.

    • Just curious which carrier version you have?

      • Godzilla


      • mrc0mments

        What screen brightness do you leave it on? I and another person have an 6P and I get much better battery life at around 60% brightness then theirs set to 100%.

    • Selrahc Robert

      I have also gotten incredible battery life. This is one that shocked me so far. Facebook and messenger on, about 1 hour and a half of internet and then some minor usage from apps so not heavy use but this is incredible. over 20 hours later and still 57% battery. Screenshots to prove it because it shocked me, haha. Oh and this is on Verizon too with wifi on

  • Tyler Durden

    Yup, agree on battery and performance. Was horrible compared to the S7 Edge

  • Brian

    “I continue to argue that the Galaxy Note 7 blows any iPhone away in terms of specs… (which it does)…” Yet, in tests that measure these “specs” the (last years model) iPhone still spanks the Galaxy Note 7.

    • We don’t benchmark, so if that’s what you are referring to, it is what it is. iPhones always benchmark better than the competition. I know that the set of features (and specs) that you get here, absolutely destroy any iPhone in history.

      • Tyler Durden

        Wouldn’t be fair for Apple to go quad core/4GB and annihilate Android phones for the next 10 years.

      • Brian

        Specs (with Android) are extremely subjective and often don’t mean anything. I’ll give you that this phone definitely has more features, but I hate the babbling spec argument. So maybe it can “destroy” an iPhone in some weird, controlled battle but in real world usage, it’s not “destroying” anything. I have both an iPhone 6S Plus and a Nexus 6P and enjoy them both. At this point the Samsung apologists are just at full force. This is a premium priced phone that runs no better than an Android phone half its cost. You consistently compare anything you have to an iPhone simply because it has become a standard.

        • Tony G.

          You hit it right. In the last two years I bought three Androids and one iPhone. The 6S Plus is smoother and faster with ONLY 2GB of ram than any Android I’ve had. And I don’t need to restart it or clear the system cache to speed it up. Also, I get 6 to 7 hours of screen time on the iPhone. But I do miss the ways to customize as with Android. They both have good and bad points. Some people are really hung up on slamming Apple. Specs on paper are just that.

        • tnt

          I have a 6S and S7 and no matter how much I love my S7, it simply feels slow when I use it compared to the 6S. The 6S is running the public beta of iOS 10 as well – which has sped up animations with no hit in performance.

          I also still have my Nexus 5 which, while significantly less in certain departments, and not encrypted, feels as fast or faster than my S7 most days.

          That’s not to say the S7 is slow by any means. And if I only use it for a period I forget about it. But side by side, there is still some jank unfortunately (AT&T / Snapdragon).

      • New_Guy

        Much agreed

    • seattle tech

      Ios is simple and only has to support a few same devices. Android is much more robust and using java. Remember apple just a few allowed a custom keyboard. Even introducing that created instability

  • sc0rch3d

    This phone is hawt

  • Guest

    After reading XDA-Developers and the subsquent call out by a certain blog
    I think too much is going on with this device
    bloatware and software modifications(Verizon S-pay)
    No action memo (yet)
    Voluntary device recall

    • I don’t even know what action memo is. 🙁

      Honestly, all that stuff about performance is good reading material, but it’s also pretty overblown. Tim and I both notice that this isn’t the best performing phone ever, but it’s also not really that much of a dealbreaker. And yeah, it’ll get better with software updates, since it is a new version of TouchWiz.

      The recall stuff, well, that is pretty bad. But it’s a small percentage and Samsung is going to hand everyone another brand new phone.

      I wouldn’t worry about the drama. If you like Note phones, this is the best one yet.

      • ddevito

        Do another review in 2 months and we’ll see where how “not-so-bad” these little hiccups and jitters are. A phone with those specs should NOT have any issues, EVER.

        • Brian Himes

          Gotta Agree. What Samsung needs to do is halve the amount of features while keeping the ones that are primarily used. This is a long time problem with Samsung and its that their phones need have the horse power to cope will all the bloatware they have.

        • Brian

          This is exactly what I am saying. This phone looks extremely well made and has fantastic features. Its price would certainly be justifiable if it did not have these performance issues. I can’t fathom why people are STILL sticking up for this device and the lagfest that TouchWiz enables.
          This phone would easily be my daily driver if not for these issues, but they’re huge at $850.00

          • B!

            So get one after next week. I haven’t had any problems out of mine but if Sammy’s producing devices to take care of the current issues I’m gonna take advantage.

        • James_75

          My Note 5 never slowed down in the year I owned it…

    • seattle tech

      While optimizations should always be done. XDA’s owner has become biased against samsung because he wants more respect from them. Also Huawei has become a major supporter of XDA

  • Chris Bailey

    I am firmly aboard the HATE TOUCHWIZ train, but damn this thing is nice. Will be on the list when I start looking to upgrade from the 6P which has been getting a bit odd lately (battery life is cratering, other weird restarts,etc).

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Yea.. Battery life is sht since the official N update.

      • Was on my 5X all day yesterday and can confirm, battery life sucks. Also, so does WiFi connectivity.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Everywhere I read (well.. Reddit) people make it seem like it’s almost mandatory to reset a device after a major update to avoid battery issues…. I just can’t be bothered anymore.

          • I setup phones far too often and will not be doing that hah. Man, that is a crappy solution though. That’s bad software update management.

          • Chris Bailey

            I really don’t want to go through the hassle either. Kellen – by wifi connectivity do you mean getting no data but still showing connected to wifi? This happens to me constantly – lose internet connection, turn off wifi, turn wifi back on. It’s getting old.

          • B!

            I feel they same way because my phone is heavily customized, but resetting the device after an update works wonders.

        • seattle tech

          5x battery life can eat a D…

          • Ryan N

            A D battery? /s

    • Godzilla

      Just use google now launcher and touchwiz is virtually gone.

      • Leonard Wong

        Technically gone.

    • seattle tech

      The new touchwiz is great I like it better than nova , google now launcher (talk about basic) or stock (even 7.0).

  • David Imel

    Photos look nice. Not blown out like a lot of devices. True to life is how it should be.
    Ok, well technically there is a 35/2.5 million chance that it will blow out..

    • Brian

      From what has been discovered at least, right? Because there isn’t any chance this issue could reach out even further.

  • Chris Bailey

    This phone will self destruct in 3…2…1…

  • PewPewYoureDead

    An explosive review as always boys!

    • Lulululz

    • soccerburn55

      All you can say to that is… damn.

  • Leonard Wong

    Galaxy Note7 review had been conflicting. Some said it is the best smartphone this year while some complained about its lag and lacklustre speed when compared against other Snapdragon 820 smartphones. So I am in a dilemma whether to get it.
    Exploding issue are just a extreme small percentage and since a recall was done, this will not be an issue when the sales restart.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Just buy it and take it back if you don’t want it… I’ve bought every phone I wanted this year.. And sent back the ones i didn’t.

      • Leonard Wong

        Well not every country have such benefit

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          What country do you live in where you don’t have a return window?

          • Leonard Wong


    • PC_Tool

      If you want it and the features it has other devices do not are worth the $200 for ya, get it.

      At this point any speed comparisons on flagships are niggling at best, benchmark-obsessed whiners at worst. No user is likely to notice a difference between them. It’s about software experience and features now.

      Not sure if that helps at all, but there ya go.

      • 100% agree with this comment.

      • ddevito

        Right now, yeah sure – I’d agree with you. But all Android phones slow down over time, and Samsung phones are the WORST. My wife’s family has GS5’s, GS6’s and now 7s – and I will tell you that ALL of them (yes, ALL 9 of them) have complained that their phones are slow after a while. I use them myself and can confirm that they ALL run like crap – jank everywhere. Absolutely unacceptable in 2016, just absurd.

        • PC_Tool

          Sorry to hear that.

    • The performance is not the best, that’s for sure. I don’t believe the performance is bad enough to not recommend this phone, though. In all other areas, it excels above and beyond everyone else. But yeah, you’ll get a hiccup or three.

      • Godzilla

        They can clean it up with N

        • Leonard Wong

          And the update will arrive probably half year later

          • Godzilla

            Nah it’ll be around christmas. 2-3 months is what the note averages

        • Brian

          Yeah.. not going to happen.

    • hkklife

      It’s the best device out of 2016’s crop of middling, mediocre, and overall uninspired flagship devices. And that doesn’t look to change with the last of the 2016 heavy hitters to be released, the V20 and the new Nexii/Pixels.

      • PC_Tool

        Pixii 😉

    • Tyler Durden

      Get the S7 Edge, imo. Best phone so far and nothing tops it. Get all the same features/camera with no s pen but bigger battery and cheaper.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Okay fine I’ll read the review now.

  • Ryan N

    Now more than ever the DL cliche “:This is HOT” should be in the title.

    • Ryan N

      Missed opportunity guys…

      • David Imel

        Does it really get that hot? I mean yeah exploding and all but..

        • B!

          Mine doesn’t & it hasn’t.

    • Guest

      They save those for Icon packs

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    “Since the day the Galaxy Note 7 was released, Tim and I have each had one in hand” – #DroidLifeBallin

    • B!

      So since the day the Galaxy Note 7 was released, I had one in hand does that mean I’m Real Life ballin?

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    The official Recall Day Review!

  • Jared

    Warning: may explode.

    • sc0rch3d

      dam…couldn’t load the article fast enough to get in a clever comment 🙂

    • mrc0mments

      Warning: Contents Under Pressure