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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review roundup: Here’s what experts have to say about Samsung’s latest flagship

It has been two weeks since the Galaxy Note 7 was officially unveiled, and experts and consumer tech media around the world have expressed their views on Samsung’s latest phablet. It will take another week or so till our review of the Galaxy Note 7 gets published since we received the device late. So, we thought we would let you know what others have to say about the Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung takes the spirit of the Note down to the Galaxy S line, and it’s a hit.

– AndroidCentral

The folks over at Android Central praised the Note 7’s beautiful hardware, industry-leading display, great camera, and unique S Pen features. However, they think that it’s still too big for some hands and that it’s very expensive. Read AndroidCentral’s Galaxy Note 7 review here.

The Galaxy Note7 performs well in benchmarks but the closer we get to real-world testing the more apparent it is that Samsung is not really doing well in real-world benchmarks which is concerning.

– AnandTech

Joshua Ho from AnandTech wasn’t impressed with the Galaxy Note 7. He pointed out in his review out that Samsung’s symmetrical design is not that symmetrical, and that its real-world performance isn’t as good as the iPhone 6s’ and the HTC 10’s. Moreover, he thinks that the HTC 10’s camera is better than the Galaxy Note 7’s except the speed. He doesn’t think that the Galaxy Note 7’s price is justified, at least not until the launch of the upcoming iPhone 7 and Nexus devices.

Industrial design and attention to physical detail continue to climb to ever-greater heights at Samsung. The Note7 is a precious, fine object in its own right.

– AndroidPolice

David Ruddock from Android Police has published some early review notes. According to him, the display on the Galaxy Note 7 is world-class, and its camera is very good. He found the battery life on the phablet surprisingly solid so far, but he thinks that performance on the Note 7 still feels a notch below the likes of the Moto Z and the Huawei P9.

The Galaxy Note 7 isn’t just the best Galaxy Note ever — it’s a strong contender as the best Android phone you can find right now.

– Engadget

Engadget’s Chris Velazco praised the phablet’s top-tier performance, gorgeous curved display, excellent battery life, and “one of the best mobile cameras out there“. The iris scanner didn’t work too well with his glasses on and he felt the new S Pen to be flimsier. Read Engadget’s Galaxy Note 7 review here.

The Galaxy Note 7 is the best no-compromise, big-screen phone you can buy if price is no object. All but the most devoted stylus lovers, however, will do just as well with the cheaper S7 models.

– CNET

CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt thinks that the Galaxy Note 7 is a beautiful, capable Android phone that showcases Samsung’s best in design, battery life, speed and features. However, she thinks that there are still minor problems writing with the S Pen stylus.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 is the best smartphone on the planet, period

– Mashable

Mashable’s review of the Galaxy Note 7 praised its big, bright display and long-lasting battery life. They think that it has the best in class camera and that its iris scanner is cool but gimmicky.

The Note 7 is a great phone. It’s in keeping with Samsung’s winning 2016 formula: Do more—in more places—with bigger screens, better cameras and more storage.

– Wall Street Journal

Joanna Stern praised the Galaxy Note 7’s S Pen in her review that has been published on Wall Street Journal. She also thought that the camera on Samsung’s latest phablet is better than the ones found on the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

We generally hesitate to call any one phone “the best,” and in this review we might have contemplated it.

– Android Authority

Android Authority’s Joshua Vergara praised the Note 7‘s symmetrical design, high-end display, IP68 certification, performance, S Pen, and camera. However, he thought that the loudspeaker could’ve been better and that features can be overwhelming.

The Note 7 promised much and delivers on most of those promises, but it’s not quite the perfect handset that many people expected or wished for.

– Forbes

Forbes’ by Ewan Spence wasn’t as impressed as others by the Galaxy Note 7. He thought the device performed well by users should base their buying decision on how much they plan to use the S Pen. He wasn’t impressed with the iris scanner on the Note 7.

We have no doubt that Samsung has a winner on its hands with the Galaxy Note7.

– GSMArena

The folks over at GSMArena were quite impressed with every aspect of the Galaxy Note 7 except the iris scanner. They felt that a user would feel awkward holding the device near their face for iris scanning.

The Galaxy Note 7 is an almost incomprehensibly versatile smartphone. It can do so much right out of the box!

– PhoneArena

PhoneArena’s Ray S was quite happy with the Galaxy Note 7’s flashy looks, superb hardware, extremely versatile software, and the S Pen. However, he says in his review that the Note 7’s iris scanner is unreliable and the functionality of its ‘edge screen’ is useless.

The Galaxy Note 7 combines so many superpowers—its camera, its display, its security features, its VR capabilities, its sleek and stylish looks—that it might be worth it.

– Wired.com

Wired.com’s Tim Moynihan was impressed with the Galaxy Note 7’s display, camera, security features, VR capabilities, and battery life so much so that he says, “At the very least, it [Galaxy Note 7] makes smartphones exciting again” in his review.

In short, the Note 7 is the best phone Samsung makes, and for a lot of people, the it’s the best Android phone you can buy.

– Gizmodo

Michael Nunez from Gizmodo reviewed the Galaxy Note 7 and came off impressed with it. He notes in his review that the Galaxy Note 7 has the best camera that he has ever used and that the “screen [is] freaking beautiful“. He thinks that the iris scanner on the Note 7 is crazy and that “it feels like the future.

So what do you think about the Galaxy Note 7? Are picking it up as your next smartphone? Do let us know in the comments section below. In the meantime, keep an eye out for our review of the Galaxy Note 7, which should be up in a week or so.

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Sarper94
Sarper94

Of course Anandtech won’t be impressed. Everyone knows they are iPhone fanboys.

vertcam9
vertcam9

That Forbes guy, has always been an iphone lover. Everytime i read an article from them about samsung its always on the negative side.

gtone339
gtone339

Overall review satisfactory results: positive!

India1
India1

Experts don’t buy Samsung Phones, we do.

And this is my opinion about it.

Great Phone, BUT Worst Note Device ever.

1.) No Action Memo, or Link to Action option in the Samsung Notes app.

2.) S Note downloaded from Galaxy App store is very buggy = Not Usable

3.) No Quick Connect option to share file to another Samsung Mobile.

4.) Speaker is below average.

5.) No MHL or HDMI out like in the Note 4

Not even saying the usual stuff like the IR Blaster or Removable battery.

Figure yourself.

iMember
iMember

Wow! Samsung already done that and they were losing money! If Samsung would’ve continue listening advices from people like you they would’ve gone bankrupt! but instead Samsung decided to stop ducking around and start innovating with products like Galaxy S6 Edge, S7 + S7 Edge, Note 7, Gear Fit, Gear S2,…and Icon X Galaxy TabPro S it’s best Tablet on the planet right now! the reason it doesn’t sell well and most people doesn’t even bother to mention the product it’s because Samsung listen to your advice and decided to stick with plastic and removable cr$&p! a product it’s like… Read more »

warlockba
warlockba

Well Samsung would have gone bankrupt, you’re right, because they were selling devices which were future proof, and useful (aside from the crappy updates from time to time), and you had no need to upgrade yearly (I still know people who use their Note 2 with a lot of dignity). The carriers encourage this too, by offering devices for almost nothing with fat contracts, just to keep the customers in their webs – that way, the decision of what a phone should do or not do, is done by people who just happen to upgrade at that moment – and… Read more »

iMember
iMember

Oh I thought you were one those people who likes carrying batteries 🙂 I’m all for future proof products myself in fact future proof products it’s part of innovation, ugly products on other hand are not! and plastic well..it depends if you’re concerned about the Galaxy Note 7 life cycle? don’t be! you will have a great experience during 5 to 7 years mostly because you have 3500 mah battery and unlike others cheap OLED competitors you will get a high quality OLED display, but if you want more future proof than u should wait, because Samsung its building a… Read more »

warlockba
warlockba

The battery is worn out in 1 year tops if you charge it once per day, 1.5 years at once every 2 days; 2 times per day and fast charging will kill it even faster. Worst case, a lithium battery ages – which leads to bloating. According to science (not some rumor sites) ~2-3 years is most you get of a lithium battery, if YOU DO NOT USE IT AT ALL. OLED is a nice idea, it allows Always On Displays, and in average cases less battery drain – however, it has burn-in, so you can rate it to ~2… Read more »

iMember
iMember

Thanks for the LiPo info I appreciate, again I’m all for the future products! we probably want the same thing the only difference is I want to wait until they do it right (like they did IP68 vs IP67) and you want it now! just because Samsung Galaxy Note 7 it’s the best smartphone in the market that doesn’t mean I want Samsung to stop innovating, they are so many features they need to add or fixit! if Samsung was planing to release an Active version of the Note 7 with a removable plastic back cover I don’t think that… Read more »

warlockba
warlockba

Do not get me wrong. It is not that I do not like the device. It really looks stunning – I held it today in my hands. For someone who did not have a Note until now, or use it only as a gimmick or for the bigger screen and pen for doodeling – the device is more than you can hope for. But it is not a true Note (that is what most people whine for, including me). And unfortunatelly it is really lacking a lot of features which I daily (or at least weekly) use – for me… Read more »

iMember
iMember

Lets hope Samsung does releases new devices this fall with Snapdragon 821 and 6 GB including a Note 7 Active, personally I don’t think Sp821 it’s future proof enough.. if you want more future proof speed! I think u should wait until next year for the 10-nm processor, we will probably also get with the Note 8 – 8 GB RAM LPDDR5 lol! and even more light OS I will be really impressed with Tesla if they would’ve release a $35000 car in early 2017, yes I totally agree! building a car it takes a lot more serious work than… Read more »

warlockba
warlockba

Just let me ask you one more thing. Would you buy a printer, on which’s box would say: – you cannot exchange the ink / toner cartridge, but it will definitively last more than 1 year (exchangeable battery), after that, you’re on your own – you could not print with it, only if you buy the PC which just came out (and maybe you don’t have yet), or you just can move data with it with an USB stick that works only with it and is more expensive? (lack of MHL) – you could only power it, if you go… Read more »

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

I love the way you put this. The Note7 is a great device, no doubt. But long term REAL Note users are left wondering what the big deal is with this iterative update. People who are new to the Note will love it because there’s no prior experience to compare it to. But buggy wifi and Bluetooth, a disappointing speaker, and other things you mention above are the real improvements we were hoping for.

I just don’t think WE matter as much as the tons of new people who are willing to spend a ton of money on this Note5s.

ImABigBoy
ImABigBoy

@N900MIXALOT: I’m a “REAL” Note user – a business user. I used Note 4, which was an excellent phone, and replaced it with a 950 XL because I thought it would be a better enterprise phone. Now I’m going back to Note 7 because I miss the pen so much (and need a couple very special apps we use at work). But I’m not going to use the always crappy S Note or Googles Office apps (I didn’t use it on my Note 4 either). I’m going to merge the Note 4 with the 950 XL and get a Samsung… Read more »

Alucard225
Alucard225

“Great Phone, BUT Worst Note Device ever.”. Ok, but what about the Note 5? it has the same shortcomings that you have marked, AND a smaller battery than the Note 4 and without micro SD Slot. But you find that the Note 7 is the worst ?? It’s pretty funny. In truth I think your desire to get off this phone is real, but it is not legitimate. You knowingly omit the qualities of this Note7. It does everything better than its predecessors. 1 and 2: This can be EASILY corrected by an update 3 : I don’t know, but… Read more »

India1
India1

The most distinguishing feature from the S7 Edge is the S Pen. And if they reduced the very capabilities of the S Pen features, then what is the point of having just another device with almost same screen size.

If we don’t protest today, tomorrow we with see even more crippled Note Device. Yesterday they have made the advanced features as extra downloads as “extension pack”… Today they have altogether replaced the S Note app with a very basic version ” Samsung Note” … If this trend continues this is certainly worrying.

abfaker
abfaker

Edge screen is amazing… to hell with flat screen. 4GB ram is ain’t good for note 7 i was expecting 6GB

iMember
iMember

You can get 6 GB version from China sometime in late August, for $900+ you will have fastest smartphone on the planet until Galaxy S8 comes out

viorelianasi
viorelianasi

Being an Edge, lost the interest for me. I’m happy with my flat S7. I wanted a big display and the S7 features but S7 Edge because of the curved screen was a stop-buy fir ne. If Samsung will stop manufacturing their flagships with flat variants, I need to leave their boath 🙁

NoahG123
NoahG123

What more can you even get now in regards to specs?

Roberto 77
Roberto 77

Six month old specs, gimmicky screen with a sky high price.

I seriously hope that samsung has another model planned with a flat screen and a less premium removable back for people that actually want to use their device for productivity.

Sadly I doubt it.

ekjl
ekjl

Boohoo, quit your whining and go find a cheaper phone while the rest of us enjoy Samsung’s premium flagships.

adinatsu
adinatsu

Finally someone said exactly truth
So one plus and these recently upcoming companies offer 6gb ram smartphones at low cost and people say samsung premium phones are waste of money .. really ??
Apple sells nonsense phone every year with illogical taglines and thats fine
They will buy that crap but when samsung do same people hate it why??
Also if samsung is really that bad its condition would have been like of sony or htc now but it is not..
Well enough said
Let me enjoy my s7 yu samsung hating losers

iMember
iMember

Agree, It’s funny how those haters keep comparing OP3 with Galaxy Note 7 while ignoring the fact that Galaxy S7 is starting around $600 and wipes the floor One Plus 3! OP3 (Smartphone- a Galaxy S3 clone) – Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (Smartphone/Tablet)!

Roberto 77
Roberto 77

Really? Paying a sky high price because ‘that’s what it is’ is the hallmark of a Veblen Good, something that is desirable because it is expensive, not because it is any good.

You clearly are interested in a note 7 because it is a status symbol. those with a more logical head will look elsewhere or hang back from upgrading our note 4’s until samsung produce a real note again.

Enjoy your shiny bauble.

Vibgyoar
Vibgyoar

Too true. I hope the Note is not just going to become the tick to the S-series’ tock, a sly way increase the upgrade cycle, with the stylus simply there to divert attention from the fact. I can’t see why Samsung can not explore the realms of bling and fancy through the S-series to capture that market whilst using the Note to push new ground on productivity and usability and fitness for purpose. I can see the attraction of the curved screen for those who like its visual appeal and wow factor, but it’s not a great productivity aid. Samsung… Read more »

Alucard225
Alucard225

What smartphone with better hardware now or in the coming months? Even the next LG V20 will surely have an S820 and 4Gb of Ram.At best it will S821 which is simply a S820 with a slightly higher frequency clock running. So you have a second battery which is constantly with you, is not it? Then buy a POWERBANK should not be a problem. In addition it allows you to charge your phone without having to turn it off, and more depending on the capacity, some will charge 3-5 times the phone before being empty. why have a removable back… Read more »

Roberto 77
Roberto 77

A powerbank is a bulky and inneficient way to top up a phone when your’re out. There is around a 30-40% loss from the multiple voltage conversions, it takes a 5000 mAh powerbank to charge a 3000 mAh phone, plus the bulk of the additional hardwear and cable, I cant just stick one in my other pocket without thinking about it like a battery. I’m dissapointed that samsung is no longer treating the note as a flagship, surely it would have been better to either realease it alongside the S7 if its going to have the same specs, or delay… Read more »