[Video] Hands On with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

During the Samsung Unpacked 2016, I had the chance to play with the newly announced Galaxy Note 7. As I expected, the build quality of the phone is top notch, in the same line as the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and even the Note 5. They also introduced a new color called Blue Coral which actually looks really cool but to reflective for my own taste. The whole phone was basically a fingerprint magnet to be honest.  My favorite color is definitely the Black Onyx.

It was only a matter of time for Samsung to add USB C to one of its “flagship” phones. Notice I used the quotation marks on flagship. The Note 7 doesn’t feel flagshippy this year. It really feels like an S7 Edge with an S Pen and Type C. And that’s not a bad thing.. It will come down to folks who are into having a stylus with their phones or upgrading their Galaxy Note every year.

The UI has been tweaked. It does look clean but in the background, you still have the usual Touchwiz. The phablet felt quick and smooth without any type of stutter. Oh. You can now unlock your phone using the Iris scanner using your eyes (A bit gimmicky imho). According to Samsung, you can use either the fingerprint reader or the Iris scanner to unlock the phone, meaning you don’t have to just pick one display-locking feature at a time.  Finally, the Note 7 is now water-resistant and is IP68 certified. Whether the S Pen is in or not, it will withstand water (up to 5 feet) and you can even play a game underwater (see video).

Check out our videos below and let us know what you think.

New Drop-Down Menu

 

Iris Scanner

 

IP68 Water Resistance Test

 

Zack has always been a fan of anything with the tag "Gadget" on it, he has had used almost every phone brand except for the Palm and owns a OnePlus One, Moto 360 and a Nexus 7. His favorite camera is the Olympus EM-1. He is a full-time father of two great boys and happily married to his wife. Did we mention the Zack loves Video games? Add him to you circles: Google+

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