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Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Fan Edition) Review

Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition

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Call quality


Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Fan Edition) Review
Call quality with the Note FE is excellent. The device is not compatible with enhanced services like HD voice, but conversations were unhindered on both sides of the call. We also did not experience any failed call attempts. One interesting divergence from other unlocked devices that were designed to operate in the US, is in voicemail. The device had no trouble accepting settings for AT&T’s access point names, but pressing and holding the “1” key is not universal for accessing voicemail. On the Note FE, we had to call the voicemail access number instead, after which, the device and system knew what to do. It plays no bearing in the usability, but just an interesting departure from what we may perceive as common.

Battery Life


The other big change with the Galaxy Note FE over its predecessor is the battery. Gone is the ill-designed 3500mAh cell that caused a worldwide recall. In its place is a smaller, 8-point safety checked, 3200mAh power source. Battery life, like with any device, can be a mixed bag – your mileage will vary based on how much you use, and how you use the device. We used the Note FE heavily and got through a full day with no battery life anxiety.

Conclusion


Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Fan Edition) Review

Samsung’s Galaxy Note Fan Edition is the right smartphone at the wrong time. It is too bad it is ostensibly little more than an exercise in recycling, and barely a month before the world would be introduced to its successor for good measure. Were it not for the need to ensure a smooth rollout of the new Galaxy S8 and S8+, it is not inconceivable to think that Samsung would have enjoyed a positive reception of the Note FE earlier in the year and with a wider market release.

As a Korea-only model, and a steep price tag to import it, the Note FE is impossible to recommend to anyone on a practical basis. By itself, however, the Note FE has all the goods, premium build quality, lots of expandable storage, an outstanding camera, and a feature set befitting a Galaxy Note series. Indeed, the fresh UI and smaller battery make the Note FE a little more, and a little less than the Note 7. As of the time of this writing, sellers on eBay and Amazon were offering the Galaxy Note FE from $780 to over $920.

However, this device will feed the Note fanatics, and anyone that pursues the Note FE knows what they are getting for the money. For those who are not concerned with mere practicality, have the means, and desire, the Note FE is incredibly capable, and satisfying to use. That is quite a statement for last year’s goods.

Pros

  • Outstanding camera
  • Still a modern design
  • Excellent hardware
  • Plenty of expandable storage
  • S Pen works very well
  • Versatile software
  • Refreshed UI a marked improvement over last year

Cons

  • Some carry-over features like Edge screen are not very useful
  • Iris scanner is still a work in progress
  • Graphics performance can stutter sometimes
  • Limited availability
  • Stratospheric price to import to the US
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PhoneArena rating:
8.8Excellent
Display5.7 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (518 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera12 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2342 MHz, Kryo processor
4 GB RAM
Size6.04 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches
(153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm)
5.89 oz  (167 g)

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