About the Samsung Galaxy Note 7
But I’ll share with you what I like or do not like about the phone, after about a week of use.
The above photo don’t really do justice to the phone. It was taken using the older sibling — Note 2. Probably the room lighting… OK, maybe it’s the person holding the camera… 😛
*waves hand across face* You did not notice that screen protector. 😉
I’d also like to point out in advance that I’m coming in as a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 user, with a fairly old Android version (KitKat 4.4), which means that some of the new features are actually from the OS itself.
WHAT I LIKE
- S-Pen. It’s a Note series. So, there will always be the S-Pen. It’s still wonderful. Though I noticed I’ve used less of it even on my Note 2, I think it’s still a good “tool” to have.
- Camera seems superb. Super fast to launch. So far, it’s good enough even on AUTO mode. But the dual-camera feature (taking photo with both back and front camera). I just wish we can move the front position of the image from the front camera. Top right is not always the best place for it. Also, seems the feature is broken. Front camera image does not seem to appear. But it’s a software bug that should get fixed soon.
- Calendar widget is still there. I like to be able to see a monthly planner. Sometimes we just want to be able to quickly see what we have for the month and plan from there.
- Iris (eye) sensor is good. It’s impressive and yes, you can use it to impress people. But the fingerprint sensor is amazingly fast as well. Most of the time, my phone is unlocked when I press on the HOME button.
- Wireless charging is something I can really get used to. I’m just glad it’s part of the pre-order bundle. Otherwise, I don’t think I’d have purchased the wireless charger separately.
- MicroSD support for even more storage! I love this…
- Water resistant feature. Though I have no plans to intentionally test it, still good to know my phone will survive accidental drop into the sink or something…
WHAT I DISLIKE
- That “curved” edge screen. Try as I might, I still think it is a gimmick. Watching full screen movie or webpage is such a pain. I’d prefer if Samsung stuck to flat screen but put a curved glass instead aka 2.5D glass. Even putting a screen protector will not be that painful.
- No INFINITE scrolling. Seriously?! I wish Samsung will allow users to enable this. It can be such a pain when one is at one end of the home screen and need to get to the other end.
- No volume control on power button. Used to be there. I do hope Samsung can add this back in. Some people do like to quickly toggle between different sound profiles without having to unlock phone, pull down notification and then change.
- No torch widget. There used to be a Torch widget we can place on HOME screen. Gone in the new User Interface. I guess I could pull down notification and use the quick access.
- No double tap to wake. Seriously!? This has got to be one of the best thing about some Android phones and I’m just surprised Samsung has not done this. With AMOLED screen, I would it’s very easy to “simulate” an OFF screen and not consume too much batter. There’s an alternative, though not as good as double-tap, which is the wave to wake function. But this one has got it’s limitations.
- The SETTINGS menu is so overwhelming. I still need time to figure out what goes where! But luckily, the SEARCH function is quite good.
- No LED customsation. Used to be that I can set what type of LED notification I want. I personally don’t need a light telling me the phone is being charged or it is fully charged.On my Note 2, I could go into such details. Sadly, can’t say the same with the Note 7.
- Packaging as Google Cardboard. Not really an original idea as this has been suggested many times by many others. Manufacturers should consider designing their box in such a way that it can them be used as Google Cardboard.
I will update again after a few more weeks of use… Or write another post. See how it goes. For now, I’m enjoying my new phone.