10 Smartphones That Match Well With Samsung's New Galaxy Note7

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-08-23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Smartphones That Match Well With Samsung's New Galaxy Note7
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    10 Smartphones That Match Well With Samsung's New Galaxy Note7

    Samsung's Galaxy Note7 is getting a lot of attention, thanks to its big screen and support of the S Pen stylus, among other features. But there are notable alternatives available. Here are 10 worth consideration.
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    The Samsung Galaxy Note5 Predecessor Is Still Available
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    The Samsung Galaxy Note5 Predecessor Is Still Available

    Samsung's Galaxy Note7 might be the latest and greatest phablet from the company, but that's not to say its predecessor, the Galaxy Note5, doesn't deserve some attention. The smartphone, which is still available, also works with the S Pen stylus and similarly comes with wireless charging. Users also will find a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5.7-inch quad-HD display and an octa-core processor featuring 2.1GHz clock speeds in one quad-core component and 1.5GHz in the other. Don't forget about the Galaxy Note5.
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    There's Apple's Big-Screen iPhone 6s Plus
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    There's Apple's Big-Screen iPhone 6s Plus

    Although it doesn't come with stylus support, the iPhone 6s Plus is among the most popular smartphones on the market. The device has a 5.5-inch screen and comes with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which allows users to unlock the handset, make purchases and more. The smartphone will soon be replaced by the iPhone 7 and is a bit expensive, with a starting price of $749, but if you are looking for a top-of-the-line model, check it out.
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    HTC 10 Is Well-Appointed, but Underappreciated
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    HTC 10 Is Well-Appointed, but Underappreciated

    HTC offers one of the most underappreciated Android smartphones on the market with the HTC 10. The device, which runs on Android 6.0, comes with a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and has a 5.2-inch quad-HD display with 564 pixels per inch. Under the hood, customers will find a massive battery that can last up to 27 hours of continuous talk time and a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor.
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    The G5 Is LG's Top-of-the-Line Model
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    The G5 Is LG's Top-of-the-Line Model

    Chief among the LG G5's appeal is its modular design, which lets users swap out a battery and enhance camera capabilities. The G5 also has a wide-angle rear-facing camera that can record 4K video and a fingerprint sensor for security. Like the HTC 10, it runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. It also comes with 32GB of onboard storage and support for additional storage, thanks to a microSD card port.
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    Huawei Offers the Mate 8
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    Huawei Offers the Mate 8

    Although Huawei hasn't yet made a major name for itself in North America and Europe, that soon could change. The Huawei Mate 8 is one of the most impressive smartphones in this roundup, delivering a massive 6-inch screen and octa-core processing power. Users also will find Android 6.0, a fingerprint sensor and a fast-charging feature that can fully charge its huge 4,000mAh battery in just 2.5 hours. The smartphone even includes a split-screen feature so users can be more productive.
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    Galaxy S7 Edge Also Sports a Curved Screen
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    Galaxy S7 Edge Also Sports a Curved Screen

    Samsung's Note5 isn't the only Samsung competitor to the Note7. The Galaxy S7 Edge comes with the same curved screen design as the Note7 but doesn't offer stylus functionality. That said, the S7 Edge still has a big, 5.5-inch screen and both water and dust resistance to protect it from damage. Like the Note7, the Galaxy S7 Edge supports Samsung's Smart Switch, which makes it easy to convert user content from one phone to another.
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    The OnePlus 3 Is an Affordable Handset
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    The OnePlus 3 Is an Affordable Handset

    OnePlus doesn't have the same brand-name appeal as some of the others in this market, but its OnePlus 3 is widely regarded as a fine smartphone. The device has a "Dash Charge" feature for adding a full day's worth of power in just 30 minutes. Owners will also find a metal unibody design and a 16-megapixel camera on the back for better pictures. On the power side, the OnePlus 3 is impressive, offering 6GB of RAM, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and the Adreno 530 GPU. The device also runs OnePlus' OxygenOS, an Android-based operating system.
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    Nexus 6P the Product of a Huawei-Google Collaboration
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    Nexus 6P the Product of a Huawei-Google Collaboration

    Customers who want the standard Android experience should consider the Huawei-developed Google Nexus 6P. The smartphone comes with a 5.7-inch screen and offers full access to all of Google's services, including its Chrome browser, Google Play app marketplace and Google Search. Users also will find the ability to capture 4K video and a fingerprint sensor to enhance security. Like many of the others in this roundup, the smartphone runs on Android 6.0 and has a USB Type-C port for fast charging.
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    Sony's Xperia XA Ultra Is All About Screen Size
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    Sony's Xperia XA Ultra Is All About Screen Size

    Sony's Xperia XA Ultra is downright huge, with a 6-inch full-HD screen. For capturing photos, the smartphone has a 21.5-megapixel hybrid autofocus camera, and users might enjoy the 16-megapixel front-facing sensor to accurately capture selfies in low light. The Ultra runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor and delivers up to two days of battery life.
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    Lenovo Moto Z Droid Is Only Sold Through Verizon
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    Lenovo Moto Z Droid Is Only Sold Through Verizon

    Motorola has bounced around over the years, but the company is now part of Lenovo, which has created the Moto Z Droid Force, another Android-based smartphone with a 5.5-inch quad-HD display and the ability to get 15 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. However, unlike most of the smartphones in this roundup, which are carrier-agnostic, the Moto Z Droid is only available on Verizon's wireless network.
 

Samsung's Galaxy Note7 is now available, offering customers worldwide the opportunity to manipulate the handset's big screen with the company's S Pen stylus. The Galaxy Note7 runs the latest version of Android and supports iris scanning for improved data security, and its curved screen enables users to access notifications on either edge. Simply put, the Galaxy Note7 is the latest impressive smartphone to hit the market. But it's by no means alone. The Galaxy Note7 might have some nice features and a fine design, but Apple's iPhone 6s Plus, the LG G5 and a number of competing devices that have been available for months are equally appealing. This eWEEK slide show will describe these smartphones in greater detail and explain why they have features and performance that might make them suitable alternatives to Samsung's latest handset. The Galaxy Note7 is a desirable smartphone and worthy of consideration for anyone shopping for a new handset. But it's also worth looking at the following devices before you decide what model is just right for you.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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