Undoubtedly, Against all odds, Samsung has made the most impressive smartphone ever created.
Feature for feature, the Note7 beats the iPhone 6S Plus and I don't see that changing with this year's new iPhones, which are expected to be perhaps more boring than previous years, especially when compared to what's been rumored about next year's 10th anniversary iPhones.
I really didn't think phones could get sexier than Samsung's own Galaxy S7 Edge until I saw the Note7 in person.
Samsung knocked the hardware out of the ballpark and into outer space with this phone. I feel very confident in saying the Note7 is the most beautiful smartphone ever created.
It's sleeker and more gorgeous than the iPhone 6S and if the rumors are true, it already looks hotter than the iPhone 7 by a wide margin.
The Note7 is barely larger than the S7 Edge and somehow has a larger 5.7-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) Super AMOLED screen, which looks unbelievably stunning. This is the best smartphone display available with the deepest black levels, the clearest colors and a brightness of 1,000 nits that puts the iPhone 6S Plus to shame.
The phone's beautiful screen is also capable of streaming HDR (High Dynamic Range) videos from Amazon Video. I didn't get to try any HDR videos since they weren't available during testing time, there will be 150 hours worth of HDR content including shows like The Man in the High Castle and movies like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the future.
Everything else about the phone is exactly what it should be. The buttons are placed well for finger reach, the camera hump on the back is as flat as the S7 and S7 Edge's, the antenna lines on the metal frame don't offend, the micro-drilled holes for the speaker are neatly aligned with the rest of the ports on the bottom and there's a headphone jack. The Note7 is also Samsung's first phone with the new reversible USB-C port.
The Note7 is the first phone with an iris scanner.
Samsung's fingerprint sensors are right up their in responsiveness with the iPhone's Touch ID sensor. The addition of an iris scanner and an IR sensor on the front of the phone, however, takes security to a whole new level.
The Secure Folder lets you lock all your private files and apps away with your iris.
Still, I like that it's there if you want the extra layer security and I really like how it can protect your private files and apps in the new Secure Folder. Everything you put in this separate partition of the phone is protected either by your iris, fingerprint or passcode.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM have been nothing but win for Android phones this year in the performance department.
The Note7 comes with 64GB of storage, but if you pre-order you get a free 256GB microSD card for a total of 320GB.
Keeping the Note7 going is a 3,500 milliamp-hour (mAh) non-removable battery, which takes up more than half the space inside of the phone. The S7 Edge has a slightly larger 3,600 mAh battery, but I still saw almost two days of usage.
5-megapixel selfie camera
The Note7 also has the same great cameras from the S7 and S7 Edge. The backside has a 12-megapixel f/1.7 aperture lens and the front has a 5-megapixel camera f/1.7 lens as well. They both perform exactly the same as the S7 duo so I won't go into lengths here. You can read my S7 Edge review for a more detailed breakdown of the cameras. TL;DR: They're super fast to autofocus, shoot and are the best cameras in low-light.
People have said for years that it's impossible for Android phone makers to replicate the iPhone's hardware and software synergy because they don't own the software. The closest thing to an iPhone has been Google's Nexus phones.