Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note7 review: The big-screen phone you want.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung is the king of big-screen smartphones. In fact, it’s not too much of a stretch to say that without the company’s original Galaxy Note, we wouldn’t have an iPhone 6s Plus.

So when it came time for Samsung to roll out its latest creation, the company decided to take back its big-screen crown. Which brings us to Samsung’s Galaxy Note7. A 5.7-inch beast of a handset, the Note7 features an elegant, if not original design; waterproof body; iris scanner and new stylus (a writing utensil to use with the phone).

But at $849, the Note7 isn’t exactly cheap. And yet, I can’t help but want one.

A familiar, but welcomed design

I’m not going to sugarcoat things: The Galaxy Note7 looks a lot like Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge. And I mean, a lot. Both phones have curved screens, they’ve both got glossy front and back panels and they both share the same basic overall design. Sure, the Note7 is bigger than the S7 Edge, but beyond that and the Note’s included stylus, they’re nearly twins.

That’s not exactly a bad thing, though. I happen to think both the Note7 and S7 Edge are genuinely attractive phones. And considering how much more modern the Note7’s curved edges look compared to the phone’s flat-screened predecessor, the Note5, I’ve got no complaints. Just know that if you were looking for something unique, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

In terms of size, Samsung managed to shrink the Note7’s footprint ever so slightly compared to the Note5, cutting its dimensions by a few hundredths of an inch. And despite how small of a change that might seem to be, it actually makes a difference when holding the phones.

The Note7 measures 6.0 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches, while the Note5 measured 6.0 x 3.0 x 0.30 inches. Like I said, it’s not a huge difference on paper, but the Note7 feels thinner and, importantly, more comfortable to hold with one hand.

Like Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the Note7 is also water resistant. You can dunk this thing in up to 5 feet of water for as long as 30 minutes, and it’ll keep working as if nothing happened. It’s nice to see Samsung expanding its waterproofing technology across its smartphone lines. Now if only some other companies would take note. I’m looking at you, Apple.

Big screen, big dreams

Samsung clearly loves the curved edge screen motif it’s got going on with its Galaxy S7 Edge and last year’s Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge+. Which is why the company decided to bring the feature to the Note7.

The Note’s 5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440 resolution screen uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED (active matrix of organic light-emitting diodes) technology, which produces gorgeous colors and inky blacks. This time around, Samsung has added HDR (high-dynamic range) technology.

HDR essentially improves color quality by increasing the display’s color gamut and contrast ration, meaning the screen can show brighter whites and more colors. The rub, though, is that in order to take advantage of the Note7’s HDR capabilities, you need HDR content, and there isn’t much of that available just yet. Netflix offers some HDR shows, but the vast majority of its content isn’t HDR-compatible.


By Daniel Howley.
Culled from Yahoo News.

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