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1 month ago

Should you upgrade to the Galaxy Note 7 from the Galaxy S6 edge+? A comparison

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Galaxy Note 7 vs Galaxy S6 edge+

Turns out the Galaxy S6 edge+ has aged really well. Nevertheless, the march of smartphone progress continues, and twelve months on it's about to be replaced by the Note 7.

The Galaxy Note 7 is the successor to not only the Note 5, but also the S6 edge+. There's no Galaxy S7 edge+ this year, as the Note line incorporates the best of both 2015 models. So if you're rocking Samsung's last edgy phablet, is this new one worth the upgrade? Read on for our first impressions.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 now available for pre-order in the U.S.

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Galaxy Note 7

You can now pre-order Samsung's latest handset from the major U.S. mobile operators!

Itching to secure your Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Buyers in the United States can now pre-order the phone ahead of the Aug. 19 street date. The Note 7 is available to pre-order on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, with U.S. Cellular following on Aug. 4.

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1 month ago

OPPO F1s review: Great hardware, inexcusably old software

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OPPO's latest Android phone looks a lot like its last one. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Following the F1 and the F1 Plus, we now have the F1s from OPPO, completing the trilogy of photography-oriented phones. Where the F1 Plus was a noticeable leap ahead of the F1, the F1s' position is somewhere in the middle. On the face of it, it's hard to tell it apart from the F1 Plus.

Indeed, with both the F1s and Plus on my desk side by side, it's impossible to know which is which except if you're looking at specific things — not necessarily a bad thing, since the F1 Plus is a nice piece of hardware. The new F1s is a little larger, a little less powerful, and is making its debut in India for ₹17,999 ($270).

OPPO (the parent company of OnePlus) has suddenly become one of the world's top five smartphone vendors, so it's very much a company to follow. The F1s isn't particularly different from its predecessors, which means it has the same good and bad points that we've come across before.

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1 month ago

The Galaxy Note 7 can make GIFs out of just about anything

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GIF recorder

The Note 7 isn't a smartphone. It's an $800 GIF machine.

However you pronounce it, you can't avoid GIFs on the Internet. But as universal as they've become, making them is still hard — unless you own a Galaxy Note 7. Yes, buying a Note 7 will surely make your wallet significantly lighter, but at least you'll be able to turn just about anything into a GIF, ready to fire out at admiring followers on your social network of choice.

Note 7 GIF recorder

Getting there is simple — pull out the Note 7's S Pen, hit "Smart Select," then tap the "Animation." You'll then see a grid outline which you can align over the thing you want to record — for example, a YouTube video (DRM-protected videos won't work, we're told). Then tweak the recording quality if you like, and tap "record." Once you're done, stop recording and it's saved to your gallery. From there it can be trimmed further, even allowing you to cut out specific frames if needed.

Whether you need a $800+ smartphone to help you make GIFs on the go is debatable — as is whether you really need an S Pen for a feature like this. (Surely a finger would work just as well?)

But hey. GIFs!

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1 month ago

Check out our Galaxy Note 7 hands-on video!

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There's a lot more to this phone than just a Galaxy S7 edge with an S Pen.

The Galaxy Note 7 is a killer phone, and it's coming to many parts of the world in the next few weeks. To get you in the mood, here's our hands-on preview video for you to watch — anytime, anywhere.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hands-on preview

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hands-on preview

Can Samsung excite Note fans with a phone that's essentially a Galaxy S7 edge with an S Pen? Find out in our first look at the new Galaxy Note 7.

By all accounts, Samsung has a hit on its hands with the one-two punch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The same great phone platform, available in two different sizes to cover a wider potential audience. It's a proven strategy — in fact the past three Samsung launches have involved pairs of phones: one flat, one curved.

That's about to change. The Galaxy Note 7 is launching alone, unaccompanied by a stylus-free option — and we're also skipping the Note 6 and jumping straight to 7. There's a good reason for that: the Galaxy Note 7 shares the same core specs and functionality found today on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge — down to the individual components, camera and screen quality.

Once highly differentiated and in a tier of its own, it might seem like the Note is now just another Galaxy phone. (The 5.5-inch S7 edge surely has a lot to do with that.) But rest assured there are many important new additions in both hardware and software that help this Note shine in its own right. Read on to learn more, in our full hands-on preview.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 availability: When and where you'll be able to buy it!

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Galaxy Note 7

The latest Note handset will go on sale later this month in the United States, and early September in Europe.

Samsung has just dropped the first availability details for its new Galaxy Note 7, letting eager fans know when and where they'll be able to get their hands on the newly announced Note.

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1 month ago

Samsung admits it 'disappointed Note fans' by skipping Note 5 release in Europe

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Samsung Europe CMO acknowledges fan campaign to bring Note 7's predecessor to Europe.

With the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Europe, it's only natural that the company might address its predecessor's absence from that market. That subject was tackled head-on at the London Unpacked event today, where Samsung Europe CMO David Lowes admitted that the company had disappointed fans by skipping a European launch for the Galaxy Note 5, and instead offering the Galaxy S6 edge+ in European countries.

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1 month ago

Samsung to offer free Gear Fit 2 or 256GB microSD with Galaxy Note 7 purchases

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Samsung has announced that it will be offering a free Gear Fit 2 or 256GB microSD card with Galaxy Note 7 purchases for a limited time. In addition, the company will also offer $20 in rewards when using Samsung Pay for a qualifying purchase. These promotions are nothing new for Samsung, the company has been offering freebies like the Gear VR with most of its recent phone announcements.

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1 month ago

The Galaxy Note 7 is the first phone with Gorilla Glass 5

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Gorilla Glass 5 makes its debut on the Galaxy Note 7

Even better resistance to cracking from drops awaits you on the Note 7.

Just a few weeks after announcing the technology, Corning's latest Gorilla Glass 5 will make its retail debut on the brand new Galaxy Note 7. Gorilla Glass 5 takes all of the strength and clarity of the previous version and adds a major boost to the strength of the glass when it comes to breaking on impact from drops.

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1 month ago

The Galaxy Note 7 is waterproof with an IP68 rating

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The Galaxy Note 7 is waterproof with an IP68 rating

The Galaxy Note 7 won't be afraid of the water, and that's great for everyone.

The Galaxy Note 7 shares a common platform with the Galaxy S7 edge, and that means bringing over one of its best features: an IP68 water resistance rating. This is a first for the Note line, and it's a feature that you can't see but you're extremely happy to have when your phone faces unexpected contact with water.

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1 month ago

In pictures: Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Galaxy Note 7

Behold Samsung's latest stylus-toting handset, the Galaxy Note 7! We've got all the hands-on photos you could possibly want.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the pinnacle of Samsung's smartphone lineup for 2016, building upon the solid foundations of the Galaxy S7 with new S Pen features, iris-scanning security and USB Type-C. You'll want to check out our extensive preview for in-depth coverage.

But if you prefer to look at pretty pictures, we've also got you covered. Check down below for our full Galaxy Note 7 photo gallery!

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1 month ago

What you need to know about the Galaxy Note 7's iris scanner

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A brand new feature is immediately exciting, but we're tempering our expectations for daily use.

With all of the Note 7's similarities to the Galaxy S7 edge, one big feature that sets it apart is its much-rumored iris scanner — something that seems extremely sci-fi but in reality isn't all that complicated. In fact, we've seen phones for well over a year now use iris scanners, though they haven't exactly been the highest end or widely purchased models: phones like the Alcatel Idol 3, ZTE Grand S3 and Lumia 950/950XL, for example.

The Note 7's iris scanner uses two distinct pieces of hardware — a specialized camera, which is separate from the front-facing selfie camera, and an infrared light to the left of it. When the phone wants to recognize your irises (and yes, it prefers to see both eyes), the infrared light shines into your eyes and the camera reads the pattern of your irises. Because the light is infrared you don't perceive it when you're looking at it (like "laser" autofocus for cameras), and it also gives the camera a better ability to see your eyes in a variety of situations. The iris scanner is set up to work through glasses, as I saw demonstrated several times. This is one feature that's going to take days or weeks of use to see how it actually performs, but in quick testing it worked as advertised.

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1 month ago

The Galaxy Note 7's S Pen can't go in backwards

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At last, the saga is done for good.

After what turned out to be a large phenomenon of people putting their Note 5's S Pen in backwards, rendering some of its functions useless, Samsung has made the necessary adjustments to make sure the same doesn't happen with the Galaxy Note 7.

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1 month ago

Here are all four colors of the Galaxy Note 7

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7

What colors does the Galaxy Note 7 come in?

Since Samsung moved to its new metal-and-glass design with the Galaxy S6, the company has dome some really great work with colors. And while not every color has come to every area around the world, things are improving a bit with the launch of the Galaxy Note 7. There are four colors available of the new phone, and we're going to have access to three of them in the U.S. as well.

Here's a look at all four colors of the Galaxy Note 7, with a little bit of explanation behind how they look in the real world.

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