Hidden gems: 7 small, but great new Galaxy Note 7 features

Hidden gems: 7 small, but great new Galaxy Note 7 features
The Note 7 announcement is done and dusted, with all the major features getting a floodlight on them while Samsung's guys were on stage in New York. The phone is every good bit we expected it to be - waterproof, narrow and premium - and every bad bit, too, such as the steep-ish $850 price tag. 

Well, futureproofing comes at a price, and if you are new to the Note line, you might still find this one irresistible value for what it offers. Those Note 5 owners that are satisfied with their common "flat" screen might be tempted to take a wait and see approach, but it's not only big new features that emanate through the Note 7. 

There are plenty of little-known options, too, tucked beneath the load of info that has been pouring on us since yesterday. Check out some of those hidden gems below.


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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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21 Comments

1. avatar unregistered

I really want to see how good are the new battery saving features...

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

One of my major complaint about Samsung Flagships is screen resolution... Which is simply just an OVER-KILL for day to day usage and is extremely taxing on the system resources & of course the battery life... I'm glad that you now have the option to lower the resolution...! And I assume that it'll extend the battery life considerably...

15. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I came from a Note5 to an iPhone 6S Plus (QHD vs FHD) and I can wholeheartedly agree that QHD is pointless on even larger phones. Having the option to switch to FHD should be included in every QHD device. It's no wonder battery life has become a stagnant "maybe a whole day" out of most of the new devices, because they refuse to accept that QHD is pointless. To put this into perspective, my 27" monitor is QHD and I keep it only 2 feet away from my face, and I don't see individual pixels. Thats on a screen that's 21 inches larger than a phone screen. QHD on a phone is just for spec sheets and marketing. Real world use has no reason to use QHD on a phone.

2. Bondurant

Posts: 785; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Feature 1 & 2 are both in Huawei.

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

3rd party apps also can do those two features

3. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Omg what are thooooooooose??? BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!

4. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Nice job Sammy !!! + IP68 + Gorilla Glass 5. Take my money !

6. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Ohhh yeah!

11. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Please don't take my money (Hides the wallet behind)... But seriously, I just watched some Note 7 videos over at Youtube... TouchWiz is looking quite sleek now, honestly... I might... "MIGHT" consider an S6 if it the unlocked one drops to $500 Mark (Aussie Bucks, of course...). I definitely HATE bloatware, lag & poor battery life (Hence I'm currently using a Lumia & Nexus) but according to some people; Sammy Phones are coming pretty much bloat free now a days... I dunno, lad... It's about time for me to get a new Smartphone (Read "New-ish" cause I don't make money anymore...) and right now I'm considering an iPhone 6 (Yup, not even a "6S"...!) but the way OS is limited is pretty scary...! I'm a cheap guy, I download songs off of Youtube (No iTunes for me) and convert them into MP3 via a converter on my PC (Which also happens to be pirated...), I often download pirated apps on my Nexus and I don't think I can live with iPhone's no nonsense UI as I often install new launchers and stuff on my Nexus just to give it a new appearance... Besides, you can't transfer data to a non-iPhone device via Bluetooth which is certainly a bummer...! Maybe an iPhone, maybe a Nexus 5X, maybe a Galaxy S6... Or perhaps a Xiaomi Mi5...? Only time will tell... G'Day!

14. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

All my iOS LOVE aside; I'm not yet willing to give-up The FREEDOM OF ANDROID...!!! Customization on my Nexus is HALF the fun...!!! Not long ago, I installed iLauncher (Cough... Pirated... Cough...) on my "Nexy" just to see how iOS would feel like...!!! I don't think one can taste Google Now on an iPhone...! Anyhow, I quickly got bored... It was no-nonsense, extremely fluid (More than Google Now) but... Well, I guess everyone (including me) likes a little bit of nonsense, eh? Oh well...™ G'Day!™

18. mammary.moon

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

why not get an iPhone Se instead ? Lower the iPhone 6 price , iPhone 6S's performance and camera

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I am so curious as to why when an OEM would switch to a new connector, would not provide a "working" adapter to support backwards compatibility. Then no one said anything, until they went and paid for an adapter from said OEM, and it did even work. Being able to write on the display even in water is a nice touch. Don't know who would use a phone that way, but its a nice touch. For what phones cost on the top end, they should all be at least IP67 rated against dust and water. HDR streaming should be very nice too. In all it seems this Note is very well though out and includes some nice useful touches. Would be nice to see many of these tweaks on the next Galaxy S. The new power saving mode is a nice touch too. Very good idea. I have already been using game center to set the resolution of games for better performance and les stain on the CPU/GPU/battery; its nice now to have it effect the system on software level. I would assume, as long as an app can be scaled to any resolution, it shouldn't cause apps to crash or not load. I mean the worse I can see is, if a app defaults to the resolution at install, the worse I see is removing the app and installing it when you have the resolution set. But that is worse case scenario.

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I quote: "Being able to write on the display even in water is a nice touch. Don't know who would use a phone that way, but its a nice touch." I wish I had a Jacuzzi... BTW, what's your typing speed...? Mine is 65 W.P.M...!

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

15 days left.

12. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

15 days of agony.

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Build a time machine...

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes dude lol. Major agony.

10. Epicness1o1

Posts: 309; Member since: May 30, 2013

I just dont get one thing,Phonearena did a test where they lowered the resolution on the lg G3 and it did not help in the battery department..so how the hell did samsung make to do it?

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

http://www.phonearena.com/news/We-changed-the-LG-G3s-display-resolution-to-1080p---we-got-superb-performance-and-negligible-battery-life-increases_id65982 it say they get superb performance.. and note7 have more trick on top of reducing pixels, it can limit device performance.. which convert that superb performance to more juice

21. Epicness1o1

Posts: 309; Member since: May 30, 2013

yep,and the amoled screen is good to,each pixel has its own light source,while the lcd display is fully powered by one source and that is a strong point in the samsung story :D

17. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

so, if we want, can we change the resolution permanently to 1080P or 720P ?

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