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Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Fan Edition) Review

Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition

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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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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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