09-09-2016 02:56 PM
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  1. donm527#IM's Avatar
    I will say... around or before the Nexus 4... you had manufacturers doing their own thing with Android... HTC Sense, Touchwiz, etc... and there were pluses... and a lot of minuses... and each going their own direction with it with the good being good and the bad getting worse also adding in more and more of their bloat.

    I think the positive with Pure Android was you had a clean bloatless experience... showing what a clean running experience should be, the direction in Google wanted to go in and because it was such a win with users, the experiences you see now in HTC, Samsung, Motorola, etc... they are all more closer to stock Google experiences and influenced it than versions from back then.

    IMO, Touchwiz was terrible a few generations ago. What I see in the current series is much more appealing and this is the first time I have finally found a Samsung I am willing to buy.

    So Nexus/stock android has it's place. It may look boring but I believe it to be the gold standard that all the other manufacturers work from. Because of that I'll have a special like for Nexus because I wouldn't have bought my first Android from any of the other manufacturers with their UIs.

    My .02 cents lol.
    08-18-2016 12:51 PM
  2. Adranalyne's Avatar
    You're right. Google is behind Samsung and other OEMs when it comes to number of features. Its only catching up. But the word you used; pure android. It doesn't only mean that there is no skin over it or anything. Pure android shows the direction and innovation of Google and what they want android to become. Who knows there audience better is up for debate. But Google is aiming for coherent design language and usability. Through their apps and their OS. They're adding features slowly, yes, that isn't good for the consumer. But they still are.

    It takes a lot of expertise to innovate in design and usability keeping function as good as possible. And Google is doing that with every update.

    Samsung only adopts the functionality part of their innovation and ignores everything else; design, coherence throughout the UI, continuity and etc. These things are Google's main strengths.

    Anyways. This would be my last post in this thread. What I'm saying is a little complicated and useless to debate here. Most people don't care about the hard work Google is putting into. And i understand. Ive just used so many phones now that I've started to pick up stuff which a common user don't understand or doesn't need to understand.

    Peace.

    Looking at Samsung as if they ignore or diminish what Google is trying to do is just looking at it from the wrong perspective. Yes, stock Android has this cult-like following because "It's what Google intended" and "It's Android as it's meant to be". I've been a supporter of that from day one and am typing this on a 6P running the Nougat dev preview. Samsung has made a conscious choice to develop their own UI on top of Android because it sells and it allows them to bring forth new features otherwise not supported by stock/pure Android.

    I'll give you an example. This Note 7 comes with a flatter UI design, but from what I can tell, still appears to be just a little disjointed and not 100℅ the material design Google employs. However, it also comes with a battery saving mode that allows you to change the screen resolution that not only saves battery, but can positively affect performance, too. Considering the positives of something like that, do the minor design qualms really matter?

    Samsung has made a committed effort to clean up their UI and has made some large strides in that area. People who wouldn't touch an S or Note device because they thought TouchWiz was egregious have come around because the effort and commitment to improving those pain areas is there.

    I think this really boils down to people just not liking Samsung because it's too "mainstream" now like the iPhone is. It isn't the cool choice anymore so people still hate on it. I think that really doesn't give the credit to a company that is synonymous with Android now because it's the most successful line of phones by far on this platform.
    08-18-2016 01:05 PM
  3. Aquila's Avatar
    This was the first time Samsung released a phone that I wanted.
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    08-18-2016 01:08 PM
  4. LeoRex's Avatar
    If Samsung got back in bed with Google and made this a Nexus device, they could literally drop the mic for 2016, 2017 and 2018.
    Nah... the end result wouldn't really be anything different than something like the 6P. Huawei can build a phone just as good as Samsung can... but it's always been software for them (as it is with Samsung). A Sammy-made Nexus would be good, but nothing any better in comparison than what we have currently. Oh, it'd be the first phone since the GPE S4 that didn't have a broken OS though.
    08-19-2016 01:52 PM
  5. dhawalpateldp60's Avatar
    I have watched all the reviews & all i can say is note 7 is the best samsung device ever made. Wish i could buy it, its too expensive for me
    08-19-2016 02:06 PM
  6. archheretic's Avatar
    Hmm I'm very interested after reading all reviews. Bit torn whether I should buy now, so i have the best until the s8 is released, or whether I should wait. Was tempted to wait for nexus, but love my wireless charging and sd card too much. I'm on the s6 at the moment, and whilst I initially loved it, battery had turned to crap, and my gps is often stuck on searching. Hoping the note doesn't have these annoying issues that didn't show up in initial reviews.

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    08-20-2016 02:17 AM
  7. donm527's Avatar
    Really liked this review...
    08-20-2016 08:46 PM
  8. LeoRex's Avatar
    Hoping the note doesn't have these annoying issues that didn't show up in initial reviews.
    That'd be in the back of my mind... My wife has a S7 and it was great... At first... But recently, there have been a few maddening quirks that have popped up that have me looking to get her into a phone that won't drive her batty.
    08-20-2016 09:42 PM
  9. Preach2k's Avatar
    Samsung Galaxy Note 7 "Real Review"

    08-24-2016 11:33 AM
  10. donm527#IM's Avatar
    He reports getting a scratch on the front glass on his Note 7

    Samsung Galaxy Note 7 "Real Review"

    08-24-2016 11:52 AM
  11. akin_t's Avatar
    He reports getting a scratch on the front glass on his Note 7
    Well that's unfortunate, but every phone I've owned eventually (after 8 months or so) gets minor surface scratches.

    I really doubt there's a way to inoculate against that completely.

    I wish phone manufacturers would invest in protecting against minor scratches instead of shattering on drops.

    I've never once dropped my phone. Ever.
    08-24-2016 12:01 PM
  12. Preach2k's Avatar
    He reports getting a scratch on the front glass on his Note 7
    Yes! If you do not have a screen protector. I would get one. I always got one day one myself.
    08-24-2016 12:07 PM
  13. akin_t's Avatar
    Yes! If you do not have a screen protector. I would get one. I always got one day one myself.
    Man, I could never use a screen protector. Just feels weird on my fingers.
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    08-24-2016 12:19 PM
  14. donm527#IM's Avatar
    I've been pretty lucky in that the last 10 years with the few phones I've had from iPhone1, I don't believe I've ever gotten a scratch on a screen. Admittedly I usually put on a screen the moment I get it but many times after the first year I remove it since it's no longer new lol and I daily carry/pocket it and stays just a clear. Been lucky to have small drops but at most a nick on body.

    Manufacturers should ship all new phones with a clear shield from factory... protects it during shipping and let the owner decide to remove it if they want.

    Well that's unfortunate, but every phone I've owned eventually (after 8 months or so) gets minor surface scratches.

    I really doubt there's a way to inoculate against that completely.

    I wish phone manufacturers would invest in protecting against minor scratches instead of shattering on drops.

    I've never once dropped my phone. Ever.
    08-24-2016 12:36 PM
  15. donm527#IM's Avatar
    That's why after using tempered glass I would be reluctant going with the soft ones. If I get a Note 7 I'd probably get the same one Flossy used. I can live with it not going to the edges.

    Man, I could never use a screen protector. Just feels weird on my fingers.
    08-24-2016 12:38 PM
  16. Torm558's Avatar
    A One hour review? WOW
    08-24-2016 01:46 PM
  17. bhatech's Avatar
    Samsung Galaxy Note 7 "Real Review"

    He is the boss, talks like what it is no fanboy crap. All these people arguing should watch his video
    donm527#IM likes this.
    08-24-2016 01:49 PM
  18. donm527's Avatar
    09-04-2016 10:03 PM
  19. donm527's Avatar
    Recently discovered Erica Griffin's channel and like her videos and reviews. Like this review.

    09-09-2016 02:56 PM
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