– [Michael] Samsung skipped a number when it named it's newest Note, so Mr.
Mobile skipped over to San Francisco to seewhat the big deal was.
What I found, was a familiar phone that did familiar thingsin unfamiliar places.
I'm Michael Fisher and I spent an hour with the new Galaxy Note Seven.
Here's what it is and what it isn't.
(upbeat tempo music) If you don't know what a Galaxy Note is, it's basically the reason your smartphone's been gettingbigger every year.
The original Galaxy Note wasso oversized for its time and so controversialfor including a stylus that it was almost a punchline when it launched five years ago.
That is, until it sold 10million units in under a year.
That spawned a family ofoversized, overpowered tablets.
An annual offering fromSamsung that outclassed basically everything else on the market.
For the most part, the Note Seven lives up to its fore bearers inthe specs department.
Much of what's packed into thebody here is top of the line.
Most crucially, Samsungaddressed one of the biggest criticisms of the Note Five by bringing back Micro SD support so you can expand the onboard64 gigs of storage.
Sadly, the battery still isn't removable, but it is 16% larger than last year's and Samsung says it can berecharged just as quickly.
Either a quick charge2.
0 through the USB-C or fast wireless charging Qi or PMA.
The new Note looks are also no surprise.
From a distance, youcould easily mistake it for its predecessor, that is, unless you get the soothing coral blueversion with gold accents, my favorite of the release color options.
What sets it apart when youget up close is symmetry.
Front and back, side to side, Samsung has made this the mostvisually balanced Note ever.
And on top of that, it added IP68 water and dust resistance.
Finally, we have a GalaxyNote that won't die if you get pushed into a pool with it.
That water resistance extendsto the new S Pen stylus too.
And bonus, it won't breakthe phone if you put it in backwards as happenedwith the early Note Fives.
Also, all the stylus related apps have mercifully been combined into a single, simpler hub called Samsung Notes.
And there are new fun tricks like hovering over texts to translate it and you can draw a box arounda video to make it a GIF.
You can still take noteson the lock screen just by popping out the penand now you can set them to persist until you discard them which might be usefulfor say, shopping lists.
The screen is pressuresensitive like always, with sensitivity now doublewhat it was on the Note Five and the display itself now curves just slightly over the edges.
That means you've got the Edge UX, custom panels for apps,contacts and widgets that you scroll through with the thumb.
It looks cool, but as withlast year's Edge Plus models, I still found it kind of awkwardto use on the Note Seven.
And for the VR heads out there, there's a revised gear VR,Virtual Reality Headset, with better mask padding,redone touch controls, and adapters so it will work with both USB Type C and Micro USB connectors.
So all of that's great,but I have to admit to feeling a dash of deja vu here.
The Note line used to stand out.
It was so obviously bigger and badder than any other smart phone.
But now, it looks somuch like the non-Notes that it doesn't feel quite as special.
Its spec sheet is essentiallyidentical to the Galaxy S7.
Even the accessories are variations on things we've seen before.
Though this waterproof wirelesspowerpack is pretty cool.
But you know what? I said many of the same things about the Galaxy S7 when it debuted.
That it was too similar to theS6 it was supposed to replace and I was dead wrong about the S7.
So much so that I recently called it the best Android phone you can buy right now.
And the Note Seven stands a good chance of accomplishing the same thing for those who want a bigger screen or a stylus or a phone that lets you scan in with your eyeball instead of your thumb.
Yeah, I buried the lead there so one last thing, the iris scanner.
Which I don't find terribly exciting.
Yeah, there are cool aspects to it.
There's a secure locker that lets you hide files behind an eye print, but you can do the same thingmuch faster with a fingerprint and there's also a fingerprintscanner here as usual.
Remember, I've been using a Lumia 950 for the past nine monthsand it's taught me that no matter well an iris scanner works, it's still pretty awkward on a phone.
My prediction is that I'll be signing in most often with my thumbwhen I review the Note Seven and despite my reserved tone, I'm actually lookingforward to it quite a bit.
Fun fact, I signed thelease for my current apartment using a NoteFive at a restaurant.
And I'm excited to seewhat else the king of tablets makes possible this year.
Whether you're a GalaxyGeek or a Note Neophyte, let me know what questions you want answered in my Note Seven review.
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Until next time, stay mobile my friends.