Review Of Galaxy Note 7

The first time we saw a Galaxy Note was in 2011. And while it’s a bit embarrassing to admit now, we thought it was bloody ridiculous and Samsung was – well, crazy. After all, who needs a 5.3-inch phone?

Well more fool this writer because here we are, five years down the track. And not only does the Note now have an even bigger 5.7-inch screen (unchanged in size since 2014’s Note 4) but we all have massive phones. And we love them.

The Note has always been an interesting device. Originally pitched as being neither a tablet nor a phone, the Note’s key feature has always been the S Pen, which has been further refined with this release. The new Note 7 follows on from the Note 5. There’s no Note 6 because we now have a Galaxy S7, so it makes sense for the Note series to follow the same numbering so it doesn’t appear older than models that sit below it in the range. After all, the Note 7 is Samsung’s very best handset.

The main thing that strikes you about the Note 7 is the screen. The Note 7 is smaller than the iPhone 6S Plus in terms of footprint, yet has a screen that’s 0.2-inches larger. So much of the Note 7’s surface area is taken up by the display. It’s not that the bezels are non-existent, but they are super small. It’s also light – 169g (compared to the 192g of the iPhone 6S Plus). And it’s an Edge screen, too, making it super sleek. It feels fantastically smooth in the hand and it makes our current beau, the Nexus 6P, seem weirdly old-fashioned in comparison.

the sides are very clean and tidy, with the standard volume and on/off controls.

Of course, slipper handsets do mean they’re more likely to be dropped, and the Note 7 joins the Galaxy S7 in being infinitely droppable because of its Edge display. It is sooooo sleek and slippy and yes, we have dropped it (no harm done). The outer glass is the recently announced Gorilla Glass 5 from Corning.

Here’s the handset in both blue coral and black onyx (which we wish we could pronounce).