If you're like me, you've read countless reviews on the Galaxy Note 7 so far, which have been mostly positive. It's a great smartphone, one of the best in fact, but let's talk about what's new before we get a detailed look at the phone, and then my thoughts after a few days of using Samsung's latest and greatest smartphone.
Samsung has always been the king of displays, giving its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone a beautiful 5.7-inch dual curved Super AMOLED display with a native resolution of 2560x1440.
It's absolutely gorgeous to look at, with colors that truly pop and brightness levels that reach dizzying new heights. The dual curved display not only looks great to the eye, it feels great in your hands as the curves taper off of the display. And while it's curved, the Galaxy Note 7 display is still mostly flat.
The iris scanner on the Galaxy Note 7 is the first of its kind, as it's an alternative to the fingerprint, password, PIN, or pattern for authentication.
Simply scan your eyes and your Galaxy Note 7 unlocks. It's incredibly fast, too.
S Pen Improvements
One of the standout features of the Galaxy Note range of smartphones has always been the S Pen stylus, which Samsung has improved significantly on the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. The new S Pen can be used to quickly get notes down, draw pictures (or add to them), and navigate through the smartphone itself. The Galaxy Note 7 allows you to create GIFs from any video with a few taps, which is a nice touch.
The S Pen is now water resistant, at the same level as the Galaxy Note 7 itself - meaning you can make some notes to /r/ShowerThoughts, while in the shower. The pen tip itself is narrower and has twice as many levels of pressure sensitivity as the Note 5. You can't put the S Pen into the Galaxy Note 7 backward either, as it has a spring release.
Samsung also now lets you magnify parts of the screen with the S Pen, multi-task between apps, or instantly translate text through Google Translate. Pulling the S Pen out of the Galaxy Note 7 will result in the software popping up and offering you to take a note, screenshot, and you can even edit these apps for more personalization.
The Galaxy Note 7 is water resistant, which is ideal for accidental spills - and opens up the Galaxy Note 7 to being used in different places, like the beach, or on a kitchen bench without the worry of getting it wet and killing your expensive smartphone.
Samsung has upped the ante on the dust and water resistance with the Galaxy Note 7, with the company not only sealing all of the ports from the inside, but the upgraded S Pen is also water resistant. The Galaxy Note 7 can survive in 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes.
Samsung has improved the always-on display feature on the Galaxy Note 7, which now supports more calendar layouts, and includes support for all third-party app notifications. Instead of being a "here you go, it works - kinda" feature, it becomes a more ingrained part of the Galaxy Note 7 experience.
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