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Why I will never buy the Galaxy Note 7
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Samsung Hardware 5 min read 131 comments

Why I will never buy the Galaxy Note 7

Major flagships have been presented in recent months, yet Samsung stands alone under the spotlight. You’ve probably noticed that the new Galaxy Note 7 is the star of the moment. But you know what? I won’t be buying one.

Before you stop me in my tracks, I’d like to clarify one thing. The following argument is my personal opinion. Some AndroidPIT editors, mainly my colleague Pierre, probably disagree with me. That's a good thing because one strength of AndroidPIT is that our editorial team shares differing opinions on the same subjects.

Another thing I want to say – I’m not one of the Samsung ‘haters’. Sure, I don’t like everything it manufactures but, to be honest, there is no smartphone manufacturer that impresses me 100 percent of the time.

1. The price is nasty

We shouldn’t pretend here. The main reason why people would not buy a Galaxy Note 7 is the price. At a time when bargains abound, Samsung insists on offering smartphones at exorbitant prices. After all, the price of Apple's smartphones is also high yet people continue to buy them. This premium price loop just seems to work for some.

But it’s the law of supply and demand. Obviously if people are willing to pay such sums to buy the device, Samsung's shouldn’t stop them. The problem here (and elsewhere) is that manufacturers – and society at large – create/exploit our desires. Once a person becomes a customer, convinced that they must buy a particular phone, he or she will be ready to fork out cash, thinking that the end justifies the means. Samsung finds the right balance in order to keep these customers: find the maximum price that people are willing to pay without making them feel ripped off.

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The Note 7 stylus in action. © AndroidPIT

My point here is that I do not want to invest $850 in a smartphone. This is a hefty price and seems excessive to me. I feel that the standard today is that we feel compelled to buy anything that’s better or newer, with a focus more on desire than need. That said, everyone is free to buy whatever he or she wants.

Some of us just want to have fun buying a super smartphone, which brings us to the second point.

2. The Note 7 outperforms my needs

While reading the previous paragraphs, many of you probably thought that the design and specs of the Note 7 justify its price. In absolute terms, this is true. The device is excellent in many ways, and I must admit that grasping it is an experience worth trying. In terms of performance, it’s true that some points are open to criticism, as XDA’s Eric Hulse did in a recent article.

I absolutely do not question the technological offerings of the Note 7. What bothers me is that for many users this is superfluous. Maybe you heard of a GfK study which produced some interesting results about how much time smartphone users spend doing different things:

  • 22 percent dedicated to fun (videos, music, surf, games)
  • 22 percent dedicated to instant messaging
  • 22 percent dedicated to calls
  • 10 percent dedicated to social networks
  • 10 percent dedicated to emails

Of course, these figures are not 100 percent accurate, so it is possible that your usage might be a little different. That said, this shows one important thing: the daily business of many people does not involve extensive use of their phone’s capabilities. Of course, you need good hardware to run games, but is it necessary to have the best equipment if a less powerful (and cheaper) component does the job? It's a bit of a ‘buy a tank to kill a fly on the window’ situation.

This does not include the Galaxy Note but all flagships – paying for so much untapped performance is not something I'd do. In my case, I use my smartphone mainly for calling, listening to music, messaging and even some apps, so I have no big expectations of performance and, therefore, don't really need a flagship. But the Note 7 has unique features: a stylus and an iris scanner. This may be a good selling point but is not useful for my needs.

Also, I appreciate the larger display because it's nicer to use, but I'd stick to a maximum of 5.5 inches, making the Note 7 too big for me at 5.7 inches. That said, the Chinese love large screens (up to 6 inches in some devices) so it is not impossible to see more and more manufacturers offer increasingly large behemoths of 6 inches.

3. TouchWiz...

This is purely a matter of taste. In my case, I'm not a big fan of TouchWiz. That said, TouchWiz has evolved. Do you remember the Galaxy S5 and the garish blue color? At that time, TouchWiz had a hideous interface and a mix of colors that was totally chaotic.

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Love that turquoise blue and neon green combination... © ANDROIDPIT

Fortunately, things have changed and TouchWiz has been greatly improved. We could already see the difference with the S6 and the S7, and things have changed again with the Note 7. Graphically, it is prettier to look at. And on the Note 7, menus have been reworked.

The effort is there, but for me TouchWiz remains TouchWiz. Color associations are always strange (a white icon on a bright yellow background, all in slightly rounded form...). We always find preinstalled apps (which have also been reduced in number, thankfully). As for Android Nougat, do not expect to have it for a while...unless Samsung decides to provide updates more quickly, of course.

For all these reasons, I find the Galaxy Note 7 very interesting but not enough to tempt me to buy it. How about you – do you plan to buy it?

Readers' favorite comments

  • Discodan Aug 29, 2016

    Iphone 6s 128gb is $1000 + nobody complains. Note 7 $900+ much better phone and get more for the money then 6s and people are cry about the note's price. Smh

  • Aztecgod106 Aug 28, 2016

    Well, it's like they say..."No money, no honey" ... I'm tired of these reviews and frankly they are not informative. The NOTE 7 is a Beast of a phone. Haven't had issues, and while there are some things I don't like or care much about. This phone has brought nothing but joy to me. I use Nova Launcher and find there is nothing better. Plus, the battery life is great for me...22 plus hours is fine for me. I came off the NOTE 4, couldn't upgrade to the NOTE 5 for micro SD reason. We lost IR blaster but then again didn't really use it. The S-Pen is Fantastic to use and again, I find myself using it more and more. If you guys don't like it then get an S7.

  • Paolo Aug 29, 2016

    This article is hilarious. I just installed an all black theme for Note 7 from the GALAXY Store, and it looked absolutely amazing. There's another one that makes it look like a Google product, and it looks mighty fine as well. So already your whining on the turquoise and cartoon aesthetic is now invalid.

    Also, losing your marbles on the price, but folks are more than glad to accept the iPHONE pricing?

    Also, if it wasn't single-handedly for Samsung, multi window wouldn't even be a thing you'd take for granted with your Nexus 6P!!!

  • Aztecgod106 Aug 29, 2016

    I'm sorry you don't know how to use your Note 7. Samsung did a fantastic job with Battery optimization. You should try it instead of blasting this Awesome phone. If you don't really care for bright colors, you can always go for grey scale to give you even more battery life.

  • Karl Gephart Aug 28, 2016

    1) It depends on your carrier and your budget. At Sprint, I just paid sales tax and about $36/mo on a 2-year installment.
    2) It's a WORKHORSE that keeps you superbly organized and entertained. That's what you're paying for.
    3) If you don't like Samsung's Touchwiz, install Nova Launcher Prime or another launcher! It's very customizable and pretty light on resources.
    Now, a valid complaint would be the scratch resistance and fragility. Yes, there's Otterbox Defender (which I'm STILL waiting for), but if enough customers complained, the smartphone companies would have to comply.

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  • How many dollars you receive to give this nasty review not expected from androidpit this type of authores who can give such harsh review to a smartphone which is absolutely fabulous in all terms wheteryou talk about design ,performance anything and everythinh on this smartphone is above excellence i phone 7 arrives with nothing new instead of lacking headphone jack adm with stereo speakers which already many smartphone have no one complaines about it's price and when samsung comes with a phone withsuch perfromance and areasonable price these people .................


  • Geez, people are acting like the author insulted their sister's honor, it's like an Apple cult site. These are phones, THINGS, they're not worth the anger and bad feelings.


    • The Note series is very important to a lot of people, so I can understand why they take this topic very seriously. Personally, I also see the opposite side of the coin and know that there's more to the topic than personal phone tastes. Benoit has done a good and fair job of going through his own ideas on the Note 7 topic, and he's generated a (mostly) healthy debate around it.
      Notwithstanding the Note 7's exploding battery issues, this is a very good phone with one of the best designs I've seen so far. Samsung didn't get it right though, and they've now upset a lot of customers and created more problems than any of us expected. The plot thickens...


  • Pth, Benoit. Your article was, like.. a Logician comedy. The mathematic-type principles you used to make your point, did exactly the opposite. You actually proved yourself -wrong, and now have left yourself no other choice but to buy the Note7 for yourself -giggle. You say people desire newer+better (groundbreaking observation, btw), stating though, that, "some of us just want to have fun buying a super smartphone." What does that sentence even mean? If it means the superest of phones, then you’d have fun buying the Note 7. No? Plus, isn't the Note 7 is cheaper than the $1000+ Apple competitor? Plus again, with all the new plans, the price of the phone is near irrelevant. No? You say, (sic) "....the design and specs and technology of the Note7 absolutely justifies it's price...", your own words, sir. Doesn’t that cancel out the point you're trying to make, since the Note7 outperforms your needs for $150 less than it's opponent. And, it's opponent doesn't have a stylus -a main reason for buying the Note's. One last thing: You say a "larger display is nicer to use", but, to a max of 5.5, the 5.7 is too big for you. Is a .2 difference that intolerable (speaking of too big in your hand, of course.)? That .2 difference is = to the width of capital letter T in font size 14 Ariel. Geezy-weezy, Mr. Pepicq. You’re probably just sensitive. Smiles


  • I have been holding off making a comment but yea price is hefty no more than a iPhone. But yea it's packed with all I mean all the right bells and whistles, all the tech stuff out there is it not supposed to have all that a phone can. Wait if u want a phone just buy a simple phone but if you want to compete with the likes of Apple Hello u I have to bring it all. And my friends Samsung has just done tht that this is Samsung answer to why this phone is that is full of all I mean all the tech stuff . So im not hating on anyone but this is my feeling to wht those people like me want. If you don't like it ok but this is worth it price and all !


  • Fully agree with the writer. I will not buy any Samsung product anymore,because they have a super bad service and support. My last Samsung product was the Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Top hardware but never got an OS update . Super hardware for half the price you can get today from many other manufacturers. Then I don't care about regular OS updates.


  • OMG, manufacturers making what customers want and people buying them of their own free will!! It's just not fair that manufacturers who put money in to R&D and Marketing recoup their money!! It's just not fair!!! smh....Millennials.....


  • I agree the price is over the top. Sammy needs to get off the Apple pricing bandwagon because it will hurt sales. Shoot even at a 2 year contract offered by best buy the phone sells for $350.


  • All the Samsung galaxy phone has the same theam even wallpapers are same.
    They are only improve camera and screen quality. Can not think about unique and flexible software.


  • Would never buy a samsung smartphone if con Custom Rom is available for it, TouchWiz is awful!


    • Thts what i thought but this is different I like touch wiz on his phone it's pretty nice wht ever they did im good with it bearly had to do anything to make it look the way I want it's way better now.


  • The real problem is the money, If the price was set to $500 then there won't be any arguments. Everyone will like this phone


    • Just wait for the S8 Note to come out and then buy the S7 Note, thats what I do. I am waiting for the S8 before I buy the S7


      • I wanted to get the Note 4 or Note Edge when the Note 5 came out but everywhere stopped selling it!


      • Try buying it on eBay. Note 4 price:
        *$449 USD Brand New.
        *$264.99 USD New other (Carrier return, Display or Overstock, New Condition, Comes in Samsung box with OEM charger, battery).

        We are not allowed to publish links but look on eBay dude, I bought mine there as "new other" and I can't spot the difference to a Brand New, it's super cheap and it works amazing.


      • John Aug 31, 2016 Link to comment

        You're fortunate.....I own one.


      • I Are you in a concentration camp? I see Note 4 for sale on Amazon, ebay, etc. $350-400 dollars US...
        By the way, it's TOTALLY worth it. Word is it WILL be receiving NOUGAT. Already it is fabulous with marshmallow 6.1 Nougats' best feature is split screen multitasking windows. Note came with that, but a better implementation. You will enjoy all the stuff they stripped out for the 5 and seven series...


    • I wouldn't the galaxy note devices have way to much bloadware for my taste and are just to big. I currently have a 5.5 inch phone wich I like and hate at the same time. The big screen is nice but can be a pain in da ass to use cause I have small hands


    • Everyone does like this phone and are willin to pay for it. Plus the bundle thing is awesome, I got a tablet and Gear S2. If your argument is the price then the bundle justifies it..


    • It's no more expensive than the Note 5 was.


    • Pls this is worth it every penny this phone is full with all th bells and whistles I can want this is top of the line yea even with this first incident it's still way better than the iPhone not kidding.


  • I am the owner of note 5 and very happy with it, do not feel the need to upgrade it,except limited storage,but it supports OTG so no issue. no new offering in note7 with few exceptions. so buy a flagship one gen old and save money👍👍


    • Same here
      I will wait for the note 8, happy with my note 5


    • True, but if you are like most people and NEED EXTRA SPACE for movies, video you take... then one would consider the upgrade to it. I don't think me or any other person would want a USB OTG hanging while taking video or watching movies. I just use mines to transfer things to other devices like my tablet or computer. Good point though...😉


  • To me the phone is too expensive...or let me put it this way: I don't have enough money to buy it. It looks great, but I bought my Note 4 as a trade-in for less then 100 Dollars and I'm still very very happy with it....


  • Not even barely reading comments, but I agree and won't be caught dead with a Note 7. This new push for bootloader locking was supposed to be over....not just worded differently. Android is useless to me without being able to fully build my own kernel and ROM from source. I actually haven't owned any android phone and kept it stock / valid warranty for more then one day. Recently I had to try differently so instead of the
    newer nexus , I went for the note 5. I regret it ever since. Vanilla android is calling my name as soon as Google offers next Nexus device for sale PROJECTFI TIME!. Things like waiting an absurd amount of time for Samsung OTA update after Google releases , are horrifying. Never again


  • Paolo Aug 29, 2016 Link to comment

    This article is hilarious. I just installed an all black theme for Note 7 from the GALAXY Store, and it looked absolutely amazing. There's another one that makes it look like a Google product, and it looks mighty fine as well. So already your whining on the turquoise and cartoon aesthetic is now invalid.

    Also, losing your marbles on the price, but folks are more than glad to accept the iPHONE pricing?

    Also, if it wasn't single-handedly for Samsung, multi window wouldn't even be a thing you'd take for granted with your Nexus 6P!!!


  • what a guy :|cuz you dont like touchwiz that doesnt mean you can demolish a company . for example I dont like ios user interface but I dont demolish the company.


  • I like that the author knocks the colorscheme of TouchWiz on a Note 7 but the photograph is not a Note 7. The Note 7's TouchWiz doesn't look like that. Great journalistic integrity there.


  • Valid complaints but very personal ones. For me, I love it and I'm coming from (still keeping) a rooted Nexus 6P that I loaded Nougat on this weekend.

    The phones deliver TOTALLY different user experiences where the 6P gives you essentially a blank canvas to build your own experience and the Note gives you a fully featured experience with plenty of stuff you may not care for but some stuff you probably do.

    Vanilla android is a bit TOO vanilla with terrible camera and media editing software and some of the quality of life features that samsung include with their OS are just too good to pass up, even if it means dealing with other stuff I don't care for.

    Thankfully, debloating the OS is pretty easy, safe and straight forward, Nova launcher handles UI customization and for those of us on T-Mobile's jump program, the note 7 is only $35 per month and after 12 months, you trade it in for whatever the next new hot ticket happens to be.


  • After using the note 3 for what feels like forever, I am merely due for an upgrade. Yeah 8 hundy is pretty stiff. I guess my decision was more based on " I don't see a better option " . Either keep the 3 or wait for the 8. The reliability of the 3 paved the way in my purchasing mind to ante up for the 7 I guess. I WILL SAY THIS....THIS BATTERY BETTER BE AMAZEBALLS!!


    • It is...plus you get a Sexy Beast of a phone with it. I can go on for hours but we NOTE it's better in many ways and the POWER saving mode is AWESOME!!!


    • I agree with you! I have also been using my note3 since more than 3 years now.. It's still working fine.


    • Paolo Aug 29, 2016 Link to comment

      My Note 3 has been with me for a year and a half (I bought it pre owned,) and apart from the chipping of the paint everywhere and a crack on the battery door, it's been an absolute trooper! I've taken it to mountains, beaches, the mud, a storm and a heatwave, it runs well, sure the battery's shot because for about a year I made it into the apartment LTE hotspot, but it's served me well. I don't intend to replace it ever, just buy a new battery and a battery case and I'm good for the next ice age or something.


  • Chas L Aug 29, 2016 Link to comment

    Good morning, I'm a loyal Samsung customer and I use a Note Edge. I have no intentions of upgrading my equipment for the simple reasons of accessibility of my phone. If my phone freezes, which isn't common but occasionally happens I can remove my back battery cover, remove my battery and restart my phone. I also carry an extra battery on days away from charging and can simply change my battery if needed. I like the option to change my battery which Samsung has taken away from it's users.


    • I have the Extra Battery too from my previous NOTE 4 and also the SAMSUNG QUICK CHARGE 10,200 Mah Battery Pack. Guess what? The extra battery kit is not QUICK Charge. So I'm using the USB C adapter on my Pack. With 22plus hours on My NOTE 7, I can wait to get home and Charge while I sleep.


    • Holding down the power button and the volume down button for 7 seconds will reboot the Note 7 if it ever freezes. Is that so hard? I had a Note 5 for a year and it never froze, I'm looking forward to that success rate with the Note 7. But, really, 7 seconds isn't too long to wait to reboot.


  • I preordered mine which is supposed to arrive tomorrow along with a free gear vr which I wanted also, so that does lower the price by around £80 so buying this beautiful smartphone for £620.00 I feel fine with.


  • Too over priced 4k tv a lot better choice, was shown the Note 7 on Friday, and does look nice and squarer and slimmer than S7 edge, will wait until someone on ebay sells this phone at a reasonable price


  • Whoa, $850 for a Galaxy phone!? That's more than my Disney Signature AP ($849) w/parking lol. I'll make a comment to the lady below me, most people can't afford the phone that's why people get financed for 24 mos (i agree with the article).


  • Or maybe you are too poor to buy one. Note has always been a niche device. It doesn't ticks all the marks a normal user would require. Some of my friends dont even pull out their S pen for months but when they do need it. It's there in my small little section of your phone. Perfect for editing pics and jotting down notes.


  • Im glad you wont be buying one, stick with your iphone. Are you jelly cause samsung has surpassed apple ? And who cares about your opinion, who are you?!
    Nobody


    • Rideau Aug 29, 2016 Link to comment

      "The following argument is my personal opinion. SomeAndroidPIT editors, mainly my colleague Pierre, probably disagree with me. That's a good thing because one strength ofAndroidPIT is that our editorial team shares differing opinions on the same subjects."

      If you don't care about his opinion, stop reading the article.


    • OMG are you serious? 1st off you're very rude if you did not want his opinion ( which he states is what the whole article is based on ) you shouldn't have read it my second point " who are you?! Nobody
      Bio from article:
      Benoit is passionate about new technologies and everything related to computers. A big Android fan since 2011, he joined the AndroidPIT team to satisfy his passion and to share his knowledge on Android with readers.

      Maybe just don't bother to comment?


  • for most of guys the only best excuse not to buy note 7 is its a samsung phone.....lolz....too funny article


    • I mainly bought it because it was a Samsung Phone and it's displays far surpassed any other. FYI, SAMSUNG is making displays for most manufacturers even Apple. So yeah...Samsung all the way!!!!


  • When you buy Note 7 or even S7 the next thing you know, the next day there is Note 8 and S8 coming.


  • I use 2 cell nexus 6p 128g & nexus 6 over verizon carrier and i going to buy note 7 but when stop in verizon store the price is too expensive & my 2 nexus is better than note 7


  • If you have no use for for what features it has over the s7 edge then no don't spend the money. Pretty simple


  • I agree with a lot of your points. I had argument 1+2 in my head over and over until I decided to splash out and get the S7 Edge.

    Samsung are making phones that I would consider to be the best in the world. The edge design (love it or hate it) is unlike anything else available right now, once you experience it you can't go back to flat screen devices. The Gear VR takes it from being "just a phone" to being something your friends and family can look at in amazement, like it's magical.

    Flagship phones shouldn't be compared to other phones, they are more like designer items, and the logic behind buying designer items is usually different to the logic behind buying a non-designer product.


  • I totally agree that the price is ridiculously high but I bought my note 7 on a pre-order package that lowered the price to usd700 with loads of goodies like the wireless charger, power bank etc (in my country) Also I need the stylus for work purpose signing pdf files etc. Other than that I would not have gotten the note 7 tho it is gorgeously slick for a 5.7 inch gadget n the display and camera is brilliant. I carry 2 phones all the time so my other phone is a more sedate Huawei P9 hahaha. Cheers!


  • I have used this device a week now and coming from Nexus I was very skeptical.Im happy to say it's been mostly pleasant and only a few small things I dis like.Not perfect but none are.I use mine for Work n pleasure.It is always good to have more than not enough.Performance is fine and no real lag on this phone.After adjusting things my battery life is insane.Almost 7 hrs on screen time..It's all in what you want or need ..We are all different.


  • Tony T Aug 29, 2016 Link to comment

    One thing no one has brought up is the cost of the free sd card or health band. A Samsung 256gb card is $200 on Amazon. That makes the phone $200 less than whatever you paid for it and brings it in line with other high end phones. So as long as you get your free offer, it's not overly expensive.

    Moral of the story: Get your free stuff before the offer closes!

    BTW, I love my Note and use the S pen and the edge app extensively.


    • I agree, I got my S7 Edge with a free Gear VR so took $100 off the price in my head!! Although I wouldn't pay $200 for a memory card...


    • Tvc15 Aug 29, 2016 Link to comment

      ...unless you're Canadian :(
      If you're going to put out a NorthAmerican variant of the phone then both countries should be elgable for the sane promotion.


    • Free Tablet and watch here....yay!!! AT&T


  • You should definitely get the Note7 if you've never experienced a Samsung Note before and if you love writing with a "pen''. Personally, I don't think I'll be upgrading my Note 4 just to get the same experience.


  • Mark
    • Admin
    Aug 29, 2016 Link to comment

    No removable battery is the main reason I will not buy it. Why pay $850.00 for a phone that will only last 2 to 3 year or less depending on how you use it, is crazy. The Note 7 could last for years longer if not for the battery.


    • Here we go again...The battery in the recent Note series is far superior to any removable battery. It will hold a charge longer, it will charge faster and it will last more than a couple years.


      • Mark
        • Admin
        Sep 4, 2016 Link to comment

        Itprolonden- How is a non removable battery any better than a removable one? There is no difference except for the way they connect into the phone. They are the exact same battery tech. The only reason for a non removable battery is planed obsolescence so you are forced to buy a phone sooner, and now they can sell you a brick ( aka power bank) to keep it charged. Instead of having a much less expensive extra battery and being able to go 0% to 100% in a minute. The added bonus is you are always resetting your phone so it works better. I have 3 for my Note 4 one in the phone, one on standby, and one in the charger. I never have to plug my phone in.


  • The number one reason people shouldn't buy the phone is because... It's expensive?


  • Iphone 6s 128gb is $1000 + nobody complains. Note 7 $900+ much better phone and get more for the money then 6s and people are cry about the note's price. Smh


    • Exactly


    • Exactly! iPhones are so overpriced for what you get so to see reviews about the price of a phone that offers so much more is ludicrous!


      • No they really aren't. Go look at the price of a S7 and then go look at current resale value now. Do the same for an iPhone released at the same time, and you'll see why they're not "overpriced."

        I won't buy one myself because of reason 1. For the price of a Note 7 or iPhone (on a two year cycle), I'll be able to buy the bigger Nexus yearly. My little ole 5x has a more updated version of Android and at launch & I could have almost bought three of them to equal out a "flagship" Samsung phone. I'll be buying the beefier, more expensive Nexus this time and still come out way ahead. I'd rather have quicker updates and new phones every year for the same price as a Samsung phone. They're pretty and full of tech you'll never use (how many people actually used their eyeballs to scroll a page?) I'm hard on my phones and I don't need a flashy phone to impress anyone with. Yes the edge phones are elegant. Well they are until I drop them and break my phone. The elegance would be lost on my high impact case, tempered glass screen protecting, wearing phone.


      • The resale value seems to be higher because it's more to begin with. The actual resale value now days for an iPhone isn't what it used to be.


  • The note 7 is a hell of a phone. I have friends who bought it and was lucky enough to get my hands on it before I decided not to buy it. I have a note 4 and had a Galaxy S 3 before that but since then Samsung devices have been overloaded with so many features and preinstalled apps.. It's getting to be too much and I've been so eager to be rid of it that I installed CyanogenMod instead. This time around I'm going for the OnePlus 3. Same internal specs in a beautifully constructed device with near-stock Android for half the price? Yes, please!


  • Best Buy needed a $50 Security deposit, but immediately gave me a $50 BB cash card. For pre-release reward, I chose a Gear Fit2 smart watch for my wife, that communicates with my now gifted S4 with a cover that hangs up when closed. That Fit2 was worth $200, so the $800+ is relative. As of 8/28/2016 the Note7 unlocks with my fingerprint OR voice. I can say "Google send a text message to Jerry Smith that I will be 20 minutes late to lunch today". It does it all w/o touching the phone. On the opposite view, >all< other things on the phone are severly handicapped by ads. Samsung, like the former BlackBerry, appears to have sold their soul. MAY they suffer the same fate.


  • Oddly enough I am a big fan of IR blaster on my Note 4. The phone changes remotes depending on my location. Can change remotes from living room to bedroom, or even visiting my Mom. I am always misplacing the regular remotes and I would miss the IR blaster. The Note 7 is beautiful but despite the new gorilla glass 5 I would probably protect it with the same S-View case as my Note 4 making the net look the same. The performance on my Note 4, after the update to Android 6 is great. It is also my understanding that a battery starts to degrade after 2 to 3 hundred charging cycles. I have 3 of the removable batterys in my Note 4. Although I love new gadgets at this this time I do not see a reason to spend the money for the newer phone.


    • Samsung realize that people with Note 4 don't upgrade because it's everything that most people uses. The Note 4, I spent $15 changing the battery and runs great. The phone also has Android 6.0 and IR blaster is too important not to have and Samsung keeps removing features it use to support. Samsung is copying Apple too much, they would like to have Apple profits.


      • They are not going the Apple way but listening to customer needs. I loved the IR Blaster too and removable battery. Now with the NOTE 7, I really thought about what I would be losing and to tell you the truth...I don't miss it. If you lose controls alot, I understand. 😆


      • Samsung listens to the majority and the majority spoke.


      • If you think Samsung listens to their customers then you have better lay off the crack. It's not good for you and neither is licking Samsung's rectum. You god damn sicko.


  • I can't afford it.


  • Well, it's like they say..."No money, no honey" ... I'm tired of these reviews and frankly they are not informative. The NOTE 7 is a Beast of a phone. Haven't had issues, and while there are some things I don't like or care much about. This phone has brought nothing but joy to me. I use Nova Launcher and find there is nothing better. Plus, the battery life is great for me...22 plus hours is fine for me. I came off the NOTE 4, couldn't upgrade to the NOTE 5 for micro SD reason. We lost IR blaster but then again didn't really use it. The S-Pen is Fantastic to use and again, I find myself using it more and more. If you guys don't like it then get an S7.


    • I'm sorry but the note 7 screen on time average is 3 and a half to 4 hours. No premium phone should have such terrible battery life in 2016. Also it is an s7 edge plus with a pen. It suffers from lack of memory optimization. It should have come with a snapdragon 821 and 6gb of with the price as high as it is


      • What are you doing with your phone? I have 120 of the 300gb remaining with over a hundred apps and round of huge games, and I'm streaming for hours every day...And I get 14 hours minimum.


      • I'm sorry you don't know how to use your Note 7. Samsung did a fantastic job with Battery optimization. You should try it instead of blasting this Awesome phone. If you don't really care for bright colors, you can always go for grey scale to give you even more battery life.


      • My phone lasts much longer than that, also, it is so much more than "just" an S7 Edge with a stylus...


      • Have you set up the mid battery saver..I was getting average time..now,after tweeking things I get almost 2 days of hardcore use.Youtube,txt.surfing and calls..I came from Nexus so I'm use to adjusting things..this phone is the best Sammie has had and why I chose to try it..so far it's getting better everyday.its not the perfect phone but is there such a device.


      • That is bull, SOT is more like around 6 hours.


      • They should've just called it a Note 6 because it's not much ahead of Note 5 which will be both outdated in 2-3 month when the Nexus is out with the Snapdragon 821.


      • For you but not for others.


      • You are really an idiot.


    • More ass kiss.


  • Agree. But I am still waiting for a Note like, for specs and quality, but with a bigger battery instead of a pen that I'd use a couple of days.
    But that's just my opinion.


  • 1) It depends on your carrier and your budget. At Sprint, I just paid sales tax and about $36/mo on a 2-year installment.
    2) It's a WORKHORSE that keeps you superbly organized and entertained. That's what you're paying for.
    3) If you don't like Samsung's Touchwiz, install Nova Launcher Prime or another launcher! It's very customizable and pretty light on resources.
    Now, a valid complaint would be the scratch resistance and fragility. Yes, there's Otterbox Defender (which I'm STILL waiting for), but if enough customers complained, the smartphone companies would have to comply.


  • Hi Benoit, must say your experience sounds similar to mine. I had the Note 3 and Note 4, and it finally dawned on me that I was paying a lot of money for functionality I never used. They were simply over the top for what I actually wanted/needed to do. I also didn't realise what an aesthetic mess Touchwiz was until I bought my current Nexus 6P, which I love and which, for my needs, is the best phone I've ever had.


  • I like getting a device that's not like my last device when i upgrade. Samsung doesn't really change the experience enough for me . The note 4 had everything i wanted in a phone i lost alot upgrading to the note 5 and then upgrading to the note 7 it's nice but when the new wear off this phone won't be worth nothing like the previous phones. This note 7 is gonna be my last note . Samsung ui is getting pretty boring after years of using it . I might get the next nexus device and sell the note 7 . custom roms are going away as more companies are locking bootloaders and the fun i had flashing is long gone. I play with the note 4 every now and then to play around with custom roms but it's been downhill after that it's almost like there catering to apple fan base to get there customers. Most people use cases i don't know why people even complained about the built quality. With removable battery,ir blaster,sd card slot it was awesome, idk but the way there heading is not where i wanna go. I put it line this if you haven't had a samsung phone in awhile you will love the note 7 and if you had every version like me save your cash it will get old real fast.


    • For you, it got old. Just like this article, these are all opinions which is cool. We all have our tastes and preferences.

      But, in your case, you've had every note and liked it but this one is boring and headed to be like an iPhone?

      You sound like a person who never used a Note before. I'm not doubting you, but clarify what you mean. I don't understand.

      Could just be a case of phone boredom for you.

      I've primarily had notes but did try the Nexus 6P as I've never tried pure Android, but that thing went back within a couple weeks. I found myself having to download apps left and right to get the functions that come out of the box with the note.

      Don't get me wrong, I'm not ragging on you but the note 7 is best iteration yet in terms of features, s-pen ability, great TouchWiz balance while being waterproof...IMHO. ;)

      All that said, I'm a writer and graphic designer so jotting down ideas or sketching is phenomenal.

      My mom is 80 and has a note 5 and doesn't know what she'd do without it. It's easier for her to text using the pen. Plus she would have no idea to long press, save a photo, go to messages, find the photo and text it. She just smart selects and hits share. Tons of shorthands with everyday tasks.

      Of utility gets old for you, get a flip phone.

      Eh, I'm starting to ramble, but you get my point.


    • Then the Note series isn't for you. It's designed for working professionals.


    • " Most people use cases i don't know why people even complained about the built quality."
      Exactly. You can't see a pretty phone in a case. Nothing wrong with plastic backs- grippier and of course removable for battery change. You can't see finger marks on the plastic white back of my Note 4, but the S6 and S7 ranges look grotty with all those finger prints all over it. And now Note 7- slippery as a cake of soap in a hot tub.


  • Still, Note is Note <3 and Everyone will buy it.


  • I would add another main point: the stylus. A killer feature doesn't exist yet for this gimmick, and as such, it just adds bloatware and eats up space that would be better used for a bigger battery.
    Other than that, I agree 100% with your points (but after using a 5.5" I'd like to use a 5.7" or 6" for a change ^_^)


    • The note was designed to house the s pen. If you don't like it deal with


      • i have a note 3. waited for various reasons to upgrade but in actuality most people that bought a new device after note 3 downgraded their avility to connect. i have sprint as a carrier my note 3 will do data phone call text and email simultaneously all day long (no WIFI) NO PHONE SOLD TODAY BY SPRINT WILL DO THAT. why upgrade?


      • Cus along with a new phone comes Android 6.0 and all the apps that come with get upgraded. Your phone won't have them. I've had Note 2 Sprint, NOTE 3 and 4 AT&T.... Now the NOTE 7. I can't think of any phone I would change it for. Samsung makes the best displays. Their Camera looks way better than any...tested it with friends iPhone. Not that I care much about that but my pictures came out way better. Video is clear and my movies look even better. Samsung Smart View is great to use too.


      • Maybe it's time you changed carriers?js


      • No phone sold by Sprint will hold a connection period!


    • Maybe you should read up on what the "stylus" can do, there are a few "killer features". Glance, screen write, screen off write, magnify, translate... Plus it's very helpful while cruising the internet with the scrolling, hitting those little tiny "x's", even highlighting words to copy & paste....