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This week, a huge milestone, a new Galaxy Note 7, and some Nougat nuggets.

The Android Central Podcast has reached a special milestone — 300 episodes! Thanks for joining us through the years!

This week, it's all about the Galaxy Note 7. Alex, Andrew, Jerry, and Daniel chat about Samsung's latest big phone, and how it stacks up to the competition.

And there's also a new Android version coming out soon — Nougat. But will its release look a bit different compared to previous years?

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Android Central 300: Galaxy Note 7 Special!


Congrats on this milestone! I'm happy to be around here for a few years now and hope that the excellent work and dedication stays for many more.

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I really like Phil, but I really really like how Alex seem to be much more focused on the technical aspects, and the pace is faster.

It's a matter of opinion of course, but I really like Alex' "no-bullshit" style.

I haven't been coming to the site as much since it has become pokemon central so I'm kind of out of the loop. Someone tell me what happened to Phil.

Phil got fired for not allowing enough Pokemon Go coverage on the site. They let slip on the last podcast that he is joining team Trump as a mobile communications expert.

Posted from my Nokia 3310

Waiting to get the International Exynos version beause the US unlocked s7/edge still haven't gotten any updates in the US. 

Have you bought any other international versions? Had any issues? Where's the best places to purchase them? I never bought an international version but may be considering. Thanks.

Posted via the Android Central App

Nice one guys. I started on ep 127. Love the show. Question. How many Samsung note 7's did you get for this promotion podcast? Just kidding. Lol. Well done on 300.

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I enjoyed imagining a bunch of nerds yelling at their screen while the crew mispronounced gif over and over.

Needs more video. Due to a crazy work schedule I haven't watched in a few months even though I keep up with all of the articles, but the note 7 podcast caught my attention. But when I saw that it was an audio only podcast I quickly lost interest. I find being able to see you guys a lot more personable and interesting. So I ask, please bring video back to the podcasts. That and the fact that Phil is like an hour down the road... #creepinabit

I hope you enjoy beating a dead horse while your cries fall of deaf ears... Wave to Hellen Keller for me.

Posted from my Galaxy S6

Phil already said a few articles back to quit whining and video won't be coming back... I agree, like video more than just audio.

This is meant to be less whining and more a request to the site from its readership. They can ignore if they want, but they did say that the reason for getting rid of video was because it didn't seem in demand. Those of us who prefer the video needs to speak up if we ever expect something to change.

Man I can't believe nobody else has commented on this yet, unless they're using different technology than the 950/xl a photo absolutely can not unlock the phone

Posted via the Android Central App

Yea all of the articles I read on the subject say the same thing, it can't be faked with a picture

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The Note 7 is what the Note 5 should have been. Anybody upgrading from the Note 4 to the Note 7 should be happy.

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I actually prefer my note 5, I played with the note 7 today for about half an hour at best buy.

Don't get me wrong, the phone is a great device in almost every way. The new s-pen features are nice, the battery boost is nice as is waterproofing. But I didn't notice much of a performance difference loading apps. I tried the screen two handed, and one handed and had no problems with accidentally touches which is great, but I also noticed a problem pulling down the notifications in landscape.

But at the end of the day only one thing mattered to me , when on a white webpage the sides of the screen look discolored due to the edge to me and when watching a video I found the additional reflections from the edges distracting. I just prefer my flat screen, if Samsung continues going all in on edge screens, my note will be my last Samsung for quite awhile.

For now I'll just keep using my note 5 , i don't need an upgrade yet , just a shame as I really love my note5 and everything else Samsung is doing software wise.

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It's just my personal preference, edge screens just aren't for me. Maybe the v20 will be cool or the new nexus devices, we'll see.

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I'm still using my Note 4 & still love it, but I'd really like to upgrade. Trying to justify that $850. I had my heart set on the gold color if I was gonna upgrade, but they say that's not coming to US? Anyone know if that's just for now (immediate release) or it won't be released in US @ all?

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They went with the old 820 SoC and just 4GB RAM ( plus those awful sounding speakers) for nearly 1000$ ?

NoN- Removeable battery, no IR Blaster, maybe not even an FM-Radio

Easy for LG to blow them away with the upcoming Flex 3 which is running the latest and greatest Snapdragon 823

Even the V20 will be running the 821

I can understand midrange devices about 400$ ( G5, Axon7, OP3) running this SoC but an 1000$ should have better specs

Your move, LG, blow 'em away

Posted via the Ferrari of Smartphones: LG Flex 2

Complains the 820 (the latest greatest SOC available at the moment) is old. Wants an IR blaster and FM radio ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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The 821 is just a slightly higher clocked 820, nothing special. Hard to put out a phone with a chip that isn't even out in bulk yet (823). 

LG won't blow anything away. Rumor is the V20 will be running the "old" 820 as well and 4gb of ram.

Yep. Those thinking the V20 is going to be the "spec" saviour are going to be sadly disappointed. People haven't gotten it yet. Phone jumping for specs just isn't going to happen every 6 months anymore. Try every 2 years.

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Anything below the 821 would be a disappointment.
It's faster PLUS less battery consumption , which is more important for me.

If i want an 820 powered device I would go for a cheap midrange 400$ device and not spending close to 1000 $ for the Note 7

Posted via the Ferrari of Smartphones: LG Flex 2

You're all wrong. Phil was fired for being too conservative. Don't worry, his mistake will be much more left wing, so it's fine.

Wild speculation though... Whatever Phil is working on presumably has something to do with New York, and perhaps the Mobile Nations brand as a whole, rather than AC. I'm expecting some kind of relaunch of the MoNa YouTube channel is involved. Anyway...

Alex did a great job hosting this week. Dope as ****.

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Outside of updates I have never gotten into they hype around Nexus phones. I have phones that have not been updated in years and they run just fine. I've always thought the Nexus phones were crippled in some form or fashion and have viewed them more as test bed phones for new OS releases.

Nexus are DEV devices where it's important to have latest software running testing your applications.

Other things (good display which is readable at direct sunlight etc) are not important, same goes for battery /battery life, speakers.

Build quality also not that important. Just look how the Nexus 6P brakes as a chocolate brick if bend slightly :D

As a consumer, you don't need the latest software and monthly security updates at all.

Posted via the Ferrari of Smartphones: LG Flex 2

Phil out as host and Alex in? Another foreigner taking one of "our" jobs! Trump was right, we need to build a wall!

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Great job samsung for not going spec hunting and perfecting the 820 chip which has been a beast in my gs7edge . The note 7 is in my opinion hands down the best phone of 2016 . The look and fill of the n7 is so comfortable . An the colors are spot on love the sliver and black

Posted via my note 5 are gs7 edge

I like how one of these guys says "only 4gb of ram" can't tell if your joking or not but 4gb is plenty

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It is enough, but I was looking forward to more.
I like the new refined touchwiz, but it still uses a ton of ram. My Note 5 boots with only 1.6gb after it all loads.

Samsung phones in particular would experience a multitasking boost if they had gone to 6gb of ram.
You can't really compare this to a more stock Android phone like the oneplus 3, completely different software.

That said the ram isn't a dealbreaker, but it would have been nice to see a jump to 6.

Jerry's doom and gloom security warnings are a little much but otherwise I enjoyed the podcast.