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Is the Galaxy Note 7 worth the wait?

With all of the problems linked to the Galaxy Note 7’s battery, you probably think that, despite all of its positive features, this phone isn’t worth the hassle. This star phablet from Samsung is about to find its way onto the market and is rumored to be ready to explode. Here I’ll give you at least two major reasons to wait for the newest top of the line model from Samsung, according to me.

1. The Galaxy Note 7 is the Swiss army knife of smartphones

Two weeks ago, my colleague Benoit Pepicq wrote an article outlining why he doesn’t want to buy a Galaxy Note 7. He mentioned the “TouchWiz” interface as being more than he needed. Nevertheless, after publishing an article on my test run with the Galaxy Note7, I’m even more convinced that this model is something great. This slick-as-a-swiss army knife phone deserves your attention too.

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If the Note line followed the features of the Galaxy Note 4, coming with a removable battery, the company would have avoided some disorder.
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The Galaxy Note7 is a complete smartphone, and its only average feature is the audio quality of the speakers. The rest of the device’s specs are well above average. The interface software is also not the best available on the market, but it works great anyway. And, it’ll allegedly be getting a facelift with the next update too.

If you want a telephone for private use and or one for work or one for games or even one just for traveling, this is one of the best options on the market with a quick recharge-system and quick translation: the Galaxy Note7 is a one gadget catchall.

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The Note 7 serves both business people and adventurers. / © AndroidPIT

The S Pen accessory helps take quick notes without even disrupting the package, and its 1P68 certification proves that you can use it near water without any worries.

You’re paying now for the technology of the future

This device also brings together a lot of different technologies in order to make the user experience on Netflix, when playing games, when looking at images or social media apps compatible for the next two years. The device’s screen is the first one to offer HDR10 compatibility with a dynamic 10 bit range instead of the standard 8 bit range available on most smartphones currently on the market. With the Note7, you are paying today for new technology, including the much talked about iris scanner.

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The Note 7 camera is one of the best of the high-end smartphones. / © AndroidPIT

2. The price! After the storm comes the calm

The Galaxy Note smartphones come at a very accessible price, especially considering their technical capabilities and performances. This is the only model that doesn’t yet have a major rival seller (well, except Apple). Of course, the problems with the battery don’t exactly help the phone’s image, and have even led to more frustration than the iPhone 4’s Antennagate in 2010. It’s even worse when you think about the fact that the Note7 is Samsung’s major seller. And if we consider too that Apple has already started taking preorders for their new iPhone 7 Plus, the version even bigger than the iPhone 7, it’s a little concerning.

But for Samsung, who lost multiple billions in stocks and recall costs, the marketing efforts for the Galaxy Note7 on this scale are impressive. They’re even making a few special offers.

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Note 7: A complete smartphone with a large stain in its history. / © AndroidPIT

Paradoxically, if the Galaxy Note7 could have learned something from the features on the Note 4 (namely a longer battery life), their major issue would be taken care of.

What do you think about these reasons to buy the Galaxy Note7? Let us know in the comments!

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  • There would be just one reason for me to switch from my Note 4 to the Note 7: if I needed a faster phone. But I don't and the resolution of the screen is the same. My 128 gb Micro SD is still only half full - with many movies and I haven't explored all the features of the camera yet.
    The phone is my daily companion... so what reason would I have to spend a lot more money in order to get the Note 7? For any other reason but the speed and the S-pen there is none.
    Anyway: comparing the Note 7 with other phones should always go with the aspect of the Stylus. If you don't need the stylus then there is little reason to buy this phone. But if you use it like I do... there is no shadow of a doubt that this would be the best choice, given that there is no competition in this field.

  • rick 2 months ago Link to comment

    i would wait for the s8

  • Hardware software of the Note7 is much more superior to iPhone's flagship. Im glad to have switched from my iPhone 6 for several reasons:
    - flexibility. The ui I can change, the icon orders can be spaced to meaningfully show my wallpaper background and there's even screen savers and live widgets on any screen!
    - stylus. Finger can only do so much. Stylus allows for precision, artful creativity and keeping my fingers warm in the depths of winter.
    - immersive viewing. The Super amoled screen is best of breed and the edge display is virtually bezel-less allowing you to truly enjoy any home videos of loved ones or movies.
    - split screens. Apple still does not have true multitasking on their phones. Not very smart or productive.
    - water-resistance. When the note 7 came out, Apple had no water protection. Even after the iPhone 7 came out, it was still inferior to Samsung's Note7.

    Overall, this phone represents innovation and customer focus. Pushing the limits instead of trying to profit like a greedy corporation, which Apple has undoubtedly become (eg. Lightning ports with no free adapter and now elimination of a Jack for no real improvement in audio quality).

    The last and most important thing to me for sticking with my switch-over is Samsung's courage and focus on customer's satisfaction. If this happened to Apple (comparable past experiences were antennae-gate and bend-gate) they would've delayed, privately bitched about customer's moaning (read Jobs' biography) and either offer a crappy minimal cost solution (bumper frame for the antenna issue or just nothing in the case of bendgate) with no option to replace or refund.

    But Samsung did what was honourable and despite massive cost immediately offered a complete packaged solution. They didn't even quibbed about the return of pre-order bonuses of a VR gear, 256GB memory card or other freebies you may have gotten, and they're even letting those with loan handsets keep them if they're JM100 models in Australia.

    For that massive response, and so soon after the Note7's release, I give the South Korean company loads of qudos, knowing that they truly value their brand and customers' safety instead of the short-term greed of profit-taking.

  • Overall, this is a storm in a teapot. There will be no major impact for Samsung (other than couple of billion dollars of cost to provide replacement phones). No major impact for Apple either. Ifanboys have been running around yelling everyone is dumping Note 7 and buying iphone 7!! That is complete non-sense. First of all, Note 7 sales is not big enough to impact iphone sales (Afterall that's what all isheeps have been claiming inthe first place before battery debacle!). There has been mere 2.5 million Note 7 units sold since launch. Subtracting the units sold in China which is not under recall, it's less than that.
    Further more, Galaxy S7 edge is close enough to Note 7 in size and capability, so many people who don't really need s-pen can simply buy S7 Edge instead. Per Samsung, most of the people who bought Note 7 had decided NOT to get refund for Note 7, and instead decided another Samsung phone or get replacement. So no more than perhaps couple of hundred thousands people who previously bought Note 7 will be switching to other brands. Of the people who switch, only a fraction of these peole will buy iphone 7 plus (not iphone 7, which is not comparable to Note 7). Looking at Apple sales of iphone 7/7plus, per localytics, iphone 7 plus sales is running about 1/5 sale of iphone 7, which is even worse than last year when iphone 6s plus did better than that. Bottomline: there is NO samsung bump for Apple! Very few people who bought Note 7 will switch to other brands, and even fewer will buy iphone 7 plus. Apple's own sale of iphone 7 plus is doing less well than last year, so there is not even a detectable trickle of previous Note 7 users jumping ship to iphone 7 plus.

    • You know, that's actually a salient point. All Apple has is the iPhone and the Note is a subset of a subset of Android devices.

    • Like I pointed out in my comment: the iPhone doesn't have a stylus.... that's simple! I wonder why people bought this phone in the first place? Just because it has some better specs? And take the stylus for granted? It is to me THE most important feature of the phone. And only if there would be another cheaper brand coming with a similar stylus, I would change...

  • Vernon 2 months ago Link to comment

    I love my Note 7. Typing this comment on it now. Have been a Note user since the Note 2. Even have a 12.2 Note Pro Tab. With all the media hype going on right now, I'm still not swayed. My phone works fine with no issues and is highly regarded as the best phone ever made. The ONLY reason I'm participating in the recall is b/c of the mandatory s/w update I just got this morning that will limit all current N7s to 60% battery charge and display an annoying message on the screen that perpetually urges one to swap the phone out indefinitely. Not installing the update, but grudgingly swapping into a new Note 7 tomorrow (against my will).

    • I love this phone! I complied with the recall and my replacement came in yesterday. So far, so good. However, there was nothing wrong with my phone and it was easily the best handset I've had.....I have also been a Note user since the Note 2. Love the stylus and use it constantly for work.

  • All the Galaxy phone users want from Samsung is a honest statement what really caused the Note 7 battery saga to happen,Bloomberg said the other day that Samsung was to Blame for rushing out the Note 7 to early just because of the Apple iPhone 7 phones,Who batteries were really faulty was it Samsung Sdi ones or the other company ones,but still now honesty at All.will this make people now have any trust buying a Samsung phones and the Sales start to Drop for not being honest

    • Speak for yourself (if you even own a N7). 😒

    • You wrote this comment a day ago, but i read days ago that Samsung reported that the issue was found to be the microprocessor that is attached to Li-ion batteries governing the recharging and preventing overdrain and overcharging. If i remember, it's a third party responsible for the attachment process and the manufacturing error resulted in the anode and cathode on some pieces being placed too close. But, if you're like most people, you've stopped listening to the explanation already, it's more detailed than we like explanations to be. And maybe we will get something better publicized in a while, but i think it's a slightly difficult message to convey. I'm an enthusiast, so i come across more info than the average consumer.

    • I really don't care why but that they took care of it.

  • ABarton 2 months ago Link to comment

    I feel bad for anyone that is on the Sprint payment plan for the Note 7, there was a lady screaming at the CSR while I was in there because she was having to pay the 35 dollars for a month she only got to use it half the month.

  • Tom green 2 months ago Link to comment

    Love my Note 7! Best phone on the planet.

    • BruinGuy 2 months ago Link to comment

      I loved the N7 too. I replaced mine with the S7E because the N7 had a horrible lag at times. But that's often the case with a new phone and update fixes that. I'm thinking I'll return to the N7 sometime around Christmas.

  • Mark G. 2 months ago Link to comment

    A removable battery is not a issue for me, I suspect that Samsung knows that the vast majority of users will never remove the battery, if the battery fails you can return it under warranty.

    My old faithful Samsung Galaxy S3 still has its original battery which is still performing as it should (though it's now found a new career as a home Security cam).

    Yes a small minority of users would prefer full control of the battery, and will keep stamping their feet until samsung listens, alas I fear that you will never be pleased.
    I'd say ride the changes adapt and move on...

    Peace ✌

  • jimmy ng 2 months ago Link to comment

    you want removal battery back case cannot be water resistant that why samsung made it phone non removal battery it no choice so the phone must be whole phone seal up . if you dont want water resistant then the battery can be remove.

    • Elfyn 2 months ago Link to comment

      You forget the Galaxy S5. It is water resistant AND has a removable battery!

      • ABarton 2 months ago Link to comment

        While yes the s5 had the same resistance as the new iPhone ip 67. The screen can not be on under water, it's only 1 meter for 30 mins so it will only hold up for a quick dip or drop.

        www.samsung.com/us/support/answer/ANS00038505/

  • Jennifer 2 months ago Link to comment

    I think note 7 will come up the all of the coolest features which samsung wouldnt done before.It's android version allows you to enjoy all of the latest updated softwares and games.Eagerly waiting for the review of price worth decision of the Samsung company.

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