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Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Fan Edition) Review

Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition

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An outstanding sensor with processing that works harder than it needs to

Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Fan Edition) Review

We are reunited with the same 12-megapixel camera that we have seen on last year’s, and this year’s Samsung flagships. Despite having the new Samsung Experience UI, and Bixby on board, the Note FE’s camera interface is not updated with added features like Bixby Vision, or the ability to apply an animal mask to people’s faces.

That does not detract from the reality, however, that the images captured by the Note FE are wonderful, as we have come to expect from Samsung. Post-processing seems to favor over-sharpening, but just as often as not, you have to zoom in to really see it.

In darker conditions, the F1.7 aperture lends a hand in bringing plenty of ambient light into the picture, a feature we praised in our review last year. Like any smartphone camera, even with OIS, things can get a little fuzzy, but for the masses (or the few, really), the Note FE takes pictures that rival any flagship, past or present.

The front-facing 5-megapixel camera does not break any new ground, it has a wide field of view, so selfies are no problem. Wanting to spare the readership of images dominated by my ugly mug, I took it upon myself to find some people to take “us-ies” instead, with a family visiting California’s Capitol, and a couple CHP officers making the rounds. Plus, it gave an excuse to also try a selfie stick. Even with very bright sunlight conditions creating sharp changes between shadows and light, the camera performed well.

Video


The camera brings much of that same photographic competence to video recording as well. The Note FE records 4K video at 30 frames-per-second. You can also record 2K video at 30 fps. FHD video can be recorded at 30 or 60 fps. Certain features like image stabilization, video effects, and tracking auto-focus are not available when recording in the higher resolution settings.

Multimedia

Ideal for consuming video content, speaker is weak sauce

Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Fan Edition) Review

The beautiful 5.7-inch AMOLED display makes the Note FE ideal when it comes to taking in video content. With support for HDR10, you can harness more enriching goodies as providers like Netflix expand their offerings.

The single bottom-mounted speaker is barely adequate, and in order to hear anything, you really need to hammer the volume rocker. The sounds are clear, and there is nothing in the way of distortion, but among the current crop of available devices, the Note FE’s speaker does not shine. On the flip side of that, audio through the 3.5mm headphone jack works just fine.

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posted on 25 Jul 2017, 08:51 2

1. jeroome86 (Posts: 2102; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Prepare to get ambush with that review.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 10:23

15. Flash (Posts: 1424; Member since: 19 May 2017)


The Fiery Edition Note 7.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 12:06 1

31. abubasim66 (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


The Fecal Edition Note 7

(Sorry. Couldn't resist. I only dislike this one because the stupid curved display.)

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 08:55

2. Lumbergh (Posts: 318; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


"Graphics performance can stutter sometimes"

So, the phone lags.

I don't care what any biased Samsung fanboy says, but this is unacceptable. This was mentioned in the S8+ review as well. Samsung must figure out a way to fix this issue. The FE is far too expensive to stutter when gaming. My 6P from 2 years ago doesn't do this, and it has a weaker chip.

Samsung - We want to love your devices, but real world performance must be improved.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 09:14 2

4. Medoogalaxy (Posts: 109; Member since: 25 May 2017)


Iphone 7 also lag :)

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 09:35 1

8. Lumbergh (Posts: 318; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


iPhone 7 doesn't have a lag issue. Also, let's not deflect.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 10:04 3

14. LilJokr (unregistered)


All phones lag at some point. My iPhone 7 does sometimes, but it's nothing major. But he's not really deflecting anything.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 10:24 1

16. Flash (Posts: 1424; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Every time you point out the lag issue, they deflect by swinging shots at Apple.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 11:07 1

20. Lumbergh (Posts: 318; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


I believe some PA posters are literally paid Samsung reps. I don't know how many times I must explain this simple concept.

All phones lag. Some phones have a greater degree of lag. Some phones have such a great degree of lag in which it's declared an issue.

If a review notices lag/stutter, there is most likely an issue as this observation has been tested in various scenarios. Multiple reputable sources mention gaming lag on many Galaxy reviews. This is an issue, not just the phone lagging in one occurrence.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 11:54 1

30. jacky899 (Posts: 44; Member since: 16 May 2017)


Samsung was caught in the past for paying people to write bad reviews of the HTC One and had to pay a fine. I don't doubt any second that these Samsung fans here are paid by Samsung.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 16:33

50. Lumbergh (Posts: 318; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


Yup, good point mate.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 19:40

58. greyarea (Posts: 263; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)


It continues to baffle me how much people rag on the site, writers, review scores, other commenters, yet come back regularly and comment at length. Seems to me the most likely reason is that they are paid to do so. Especially when they advocate for one company at length.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 20:23

59. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2976; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Great point.

But you really have to stop talking as if only one side of the blind fanboy nation are at fault, all these blind fanboys are equally annoying and stupid.

Question is, are you one?

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 10:49 1

19. redmd (Posts: 1367; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


No phone is perfect. IPhone 7plus lags and stutters at some point. Which is dissapointing for me as this site claims otherwise. The best reviews should be based on months use of the phone, not days or weeks.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 11:13 1

22. Lumbergh (Posts: 318; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


See post 20 lol

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 12:28 1

36. ph00ny (Posts: 1507; Member since: 26 May 2011)


It does lag. Let's not act like mobile devices do not lag

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 12:38 1

37. Lumbergh (Posts: 318; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


See post 20 lol

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 09:15 3

5. abdoualgeria (Posts: 750; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


Iphone 7 on ios 11 lags too

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 09:36 1

9. Lumbergh (Posts: 318; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


iPhone 7 doesn't have a lag issue.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 11:18 3

23. adi90 (Posts: 513; Member since: 21 Dec 2015)


If you have saved $1 for every time you have written 'lag' on phonearena.com, you would have saved more than a million dollar.

Is it some kind of kick for you to write lag and samsung in the same sentence every time?

Even if s8, note 7 lags as you say, they are still very good smartphones.

If an iphone user can live with retina display in 2017, a Samsung user can also live with occasional stutter.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 11:21 1

24. Lumbergh (Posts: 318; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


It's not occasional stutter. It's consistent stutter lol.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 11:25 2

26. adi90 (Posts: 513; Member since: 21 Dec 2015)


Yes. Just like iphone is consistently boring, samsung also consistently stutter.
Now go out and live your life.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 11:32 1

27. Lumbergh (Posts: 318; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


The iPhone is boring to me as well, which is why I don't use one in my device rotation. Doesn't change the fact I'd like Samsung to improve its lag/stutter situation.

We are both on a mobile tech blog right? Nothing about this suggests we aren't living our lives lol.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 16:20 3

48. adi90 (Posts: 513; Member since: 21 Dec 2015)


You are definitely living you life but you are too much obsessed about samsung's lag. Don't you get bored writing same point again and again?
Considering the fact you are nexus user, you shouldn't be worried about samsung's device so much.
If in the future samsung can fix its ' tremendously lagging devices' you can switch from nexus and buy a samsung device.

But writing same thing on phonearena.com every other day, will not help you or samsung or anyone.

That is why i said get some life and stop worrying about samsung's lag so much.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 18:54 1

54. Lumbergh (Posts: 318; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


I'm concerned so that I can return to Samsung smartphones. Nobody is stopping you from ignoring certain comments and moving along lol

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 11:43 1

29. Leo_MC (Posts: 2677; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Dude, objects - such as phones - are boring, go hang out with other human beings if you want to have fun.

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 09:43 2

12. kiko007 (Posts: 5385; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


iOS 11 is beta software...

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 09:19 1

6. sissy246 (Posts: 4022; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


6p can lag, so stop lying.
There is not a phone out there that may not lag once in awhile.

https://youtu.be/rQ9MB47tjVQ

https://youtu.be/8CYAEk3Jd6w

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 09:37 1

10. Lumbergh (Posts: 318; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


6P doesn't have a lag issue. All phones lag, all don't have consistent lag issues.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqn5VUnfCNw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvCdMz3lFpQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcrCDi7J7Uk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1aRxEkDI1g

posted on 25 Jul 2017, 11:22 3

25. adi90 (Posts: 513; Member since: 21 Dec 2015)


There is only one consistent thing in your mind and it is the consistent use of word 'lag' every time you see a samsung article on phonearena.com.

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