Galaxy Note 7 or Galaxy S7 Edge: Which Samsung Handset Is Best for You

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-08-03
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Galaxy Note 7 or Galaxy S7 Edge: Which Samsung Handset Is Best for You

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge in many ways. Here are some of the most interesting features of both.
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    S Pen Gets a Makeover on Galaxy Note 7
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    S Pen Gets a Makeover on Galaxy Note 7

    The Galaxy Note 7 uses a stylus known as the S Pen. At its official unveiling in New York City Aug. 2, Samsung said the new S Pen comes with a smaller tip to allow for greater precision when writing on the screen. Samsung also has improved its pressure accuracy and said the accessory has been waterproofed.
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    Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 7 Share Water Resistance
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    Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 7 Share Water Resistance

    Like the Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy S7 Edge is water- and dust-resistant. The device, in fact, comes with a rating of IP68, which means it can withstand heavy debris and water infiltration without much trouble. That's not to say the Galaxy S7 Edge should be used underwater for extended periods, but if it's dunked for a bit, don't worry—it should hold up just fine.
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    Galaxy Note 7 Includes an Iris Scanner for Your Security
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    Galaxy Note 7 Includes an Iris Scanner for Your Security

    As several earlier rumors have suggested, Samsung has bundled an iris scanner with the Galaxy Note 7. That means users will be able to scan their eyes to unlock the device, access apps, secure emails and much more. The iris scanner is a relatively new technology, but some believe it eventually could replace traditional fingerprint sensors.
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    Galaxy S7 Edge Currently Has Only a Fingerprint Sensor
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    Galaxy S7 Edge Currently Has Only a Fingerprint Sensor

    In addition to the iris scanner, the Galaxy Note 7 comes with a fingerprint sensor for use with Samsung Pay. On the Galaxy S7, users will find only a fingerprint sensor to unlock apps, use Samsung Pay and perform other tasks. While that might seem like a liability, it's important to note that iris scanners aren't yet proven, so a thumb scan might still be a user's best option.
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    Galaxy Note 7 Big Screen Makes Sense
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    Galaxy Note 7 Big Screen Makes Sense

    The Galaxy Note 7 comes with a screen featuring two curved edges. Those edges not only make the screen larger—it measures 5.7 inches diagonally—but they also add important features. With the dual edge, users can access notifications and contacts and see what's happening on their devices with a quick glance. It's a feature popularized in the Galaxy S7 Edge that could be equally effective in the Galaxy Note 7.
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    Galaxy S7 Edge Is Similar, but Slightly Smaller
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    Galaxy S7 Edge Is Similar, but Slightly Smaller

    The Galaxy S7 Edge has a nearly identical screen to the Note 7. The Edge's display has dual curves on either side where users can access notifications, email and other content. However, the Galaxy S7 Edge's screen measures 5.5 inches, making it slightly smaller than the one found in the Galaxy Note 7.
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    Galaxy Note 7 to Run Android Marshmallow to Start
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    Galaxy Note 7 to Run Android Marshmallow to Start

    Out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will launch with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. However, Samsung said it will offer Android 7.0 Nougat when that operating system launches at some point later this year. In a world where Android devices are not updated to new operating system versions nearly enough, that's nice to hear.
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    Galaxy S7 Edge Storage Is Expandable with MicroSD Card
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    Galaxy S7 Edge Storage Is Expandable with MicroSD Card

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will ship with 32GB of onboard storage, although actual available storage will be a bit less after the operating system is installed. While 32GB might not seem like much, Samsung noted the Galaxy S7 will feature support for a microSD card with up to 200GB of storage capacity.
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    Galaxy Note 7 Is a Carrier-Agnostic Device
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    Galaxy Note 7 Is a Carrier-Agnostic Device

    Samsung said Galaxy Note 7 will be available on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile networks when it launches Aug. 19. The vendor also said it expects to offer an unlocked version in the future, though it hasn't said exactly when that might happen. Pricing hasn't been fully announced as of this writing, though some companies including T-Mobile are offering specials with a purchase.
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    Galaxy S7 Edge Gets Solid Battery Life for All Uses
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    Galaxy S7 Edge Gets Solid Battery Life for All Uses

    Samsung has been quick to tout the appeal of the battery built into its Galaxy S7 Edge. The smartphone can last up to 15 hours when users are constantly browsing the internet on LTE and up to 66 hours when listening to music. It features a whopping 36 hours of talk time over 3G CDMA. While results may vary, those are impressive figures, nonetheless.
 

Samsung finally announced the Galaxy Note 7 Aug. 2 at its Unpacked Event in New York.  The Note 7 is Samsung's latest high-end smartphone to support a new version of its S Pen stylus. It comes with a curved screen like the Galaxy S7 Edge launched earlier this year and offers what could be an interesting new security feature—an iris scanner. Customers also will find Samsung's tweaked user interface for Android, a water-resistant design and fast wireless charging, as well as the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU built into the Galaxy S7 line. In fact, the Galaxy Note 7 is quite similar to the Galaxy S7 and especially the Galaxy S7 Edge with its curved edges, support for Samsung Pay and more. Buyers might decide it's a good alternative to the Galaxy S7 Edge. This eWEEK slide show will look at five key features in each of these Samsung models to help potential buyers find the model that works best for their needs after the Note 7 launches Aug. 19. Read on to learn more about some of the best features in the Note 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

 
 
 
 
 
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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