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  1. Serkle K's Avatar
    I bought my phone out right and still got the promotional item choice (gear it 2 or sdcard) . I bought mine from best buy. The offer is through samsung. Afaik..it Doesn't matter to samsung as long as you buy it from an authorized retailer. Just make sure you buy it before the deal ends.

    If you have Verizon...be informed that Verizon's note7 has some different firmware than other note7...since you mentioned waiting for an unlocked version.
    I'm going to chalk it up to the misinformed... the Best Buy Mobile sales associates told me I wasn't eligible because I wasn't renewing my contract. Which in hind sight I guess I could have, but I was able to pay for it out right with Best Buy, so I did it that way anyway. I haven't been under an AT&T contract for at least the last 5 years, but I'd rather not have to be under any contract regardless. 256 would have been nice, but I have 32 &64 GB sd cards already. Maybe around the holidays I'll look to pick up a 256GB... the 128GBs are on the low now too, so we'll see.

    I am on AT&T and that's the carrier version I got. Very disappointed that I had to get the carrier retail box with it. It's not a critical difference, but IMO, it really cheapens the overall appeal of the device coming out of the blue & white box.
    08-28-2016 05:12 PM
  2. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    I'm going to chalk it up to the misinformed... the Best Buy Mobile sales associates told me I wasn't eligible because I wasn't renewing my contract. Which in hind sight I guess I could have, but I was able to pay for it out right with Best Buy, so I did it that way anyway. I haven't been under an AT&T contract for at least the last 5 years, but I'd rather not have to be under any contract regardless. 256 would have been nice, but I have 32 &64 GB sd cards already. Maybe around the holidays I'll look to pick up a 256GB... the 128GBs are on the low now too, so we'll see.

    I am on AT&T and that's the carrier version I got. Very disappointed that I had to get the carrier retail box with it. It's not a critical difference, but IMO, it really cheapens the overall appeal of the device coming out of the blue & white box.
    Well Best Buy was doing gifts there in the store also.

    Every Samsung flagship now gets gifts from Samsung now.
    08-28-2016 05:36 PM
  3. Strong_Genetics's Avatar
    I'm going to chalk it up to the misinformed... the Best Buy Mobile sales associates told me I wasn't eligible because I wasn't renewing my contract. Which in hind sight I guess I could have, but I was able to pay for it out right with Best Buy, so I did it that way anyway. I haven't been under an AT&T contract for at least the last 5 years, but I'd rather not have to be under any contract regardless. 256 would have been nice, but I have 32 &64 GB sd cards already. Maybe around the holidays I'll look to pick up a 256GB... the 128GBs are on the low now too, so we'll see.

    I am on AT&T and that's the carrier version I got. Very disappointed that I had to get the carrier retail box with it. It's not a critical difference, but IMO, it really cheapens the overall appeal of the device coming out of the blue & white box.
    They may not have wanted to give you one but i would press my luck if i were you and submit a redemption claim with Samsung and see if they will let you redeem https://promos.samsungpromotions.com/galaxyoffer
    08-28-2016 05:41 PM
  4. Serkle K's Avatar
    They may not have wanted to give you one but i would press my luck if i were you and submit a redemption claim with Samsung and see if they will let you redeem https://promos.samsungpromotions.com/galaxyoffer
    I am going to try my luck on this. Going to stop into a different Best Buy tomorrow after work, because they're actually closer than the one I purchased from. I called them, and asked to speak with a Samsung Rep, after some back and forth, I told them that I wasn't told about the promotion at all and I found out about it when I went to samsung's website. They said I had to bring everything back in (phone, box, receipt) with me, and they will look it over, and rescan it, that it was an oversight, and should be able to take care of me. Fingers crossed!
    08-28-2016 08:27 PM
  5. Morty2264's Avatar
    Good choice with the Note line! Samsung makes superb devices, and the Note series is no different. My mother has always used Samsung devices, so I've fiddled with them from time to time; and I must say, the experience is smooth and very good. Be prepared for awesome display and great features!

    As for what to look out for, I would say that customization is one major component of Android's OS. Everything from the icons on your screen to your lock pattern can be customized; and the app possibilities are endless! It can be a little overwhelming, but you can always delete launchers or apps and start fresh! Find what you like and what works best for you!

    Also, Samsung devices in particular have superb cameras; so I'd fiddle with your camera app and see what it's like! Happy Phone Weekend!
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    08-28-2016 08:41 PM
  6. Serkle K's Avatar
    Good choice with the Note line! Samsung makes superb devices, and the Note series is no different. My mother has always used Samsung devices, so I've fiddled with them from time to time; and I must say, the experience is smooth and very good. Be prepared for awesome display and great features!

    As for what to look out for, I would say that customization is one major component of Android's OS. Everything from the icons on your screen to your lock pattern can be customized; and the app possibilities are endless! It can be a little overwhelming, but you can always delete launchers or apps and start fresh! Find what you like and what works best for you!

    Also, Samsung devices in particular have superb cameras; so I'd fiddle with your camera app and see what it's like! Happy Phone Weekend!
    Thanks Morty!!
    So far, I have kept the stock launcher. I don't want to get too deep into customization with it just yet, in case I decide that it's just not what I need, and take it back. But I am very interested in finding and looking over these launcher apps... I am so unfamiliar with everything android at the moment. I am trying to figure out how to get comfortable with this device just for my day to day work purposes first, and then going to see what I can do to make it more fun after that. I have been snapping a few pictures here and there, and it is really amazing!
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    08-28-2016 08:47 PM
  7. Morty2264's Avatar
    Thanks Morty!!
    So far, I have kept the stock launcher. I don't want to get too deep into customization with it just yet, in case I decide that it's just not what I need, and take it back. But I am very interested in finding and looking over these launcher apps... I am so unfamiliar with everything android at the moment. I am trying to figure out how to get comfortable with this device just for my day to day work purposes first, and then going to see what I can do to make it more fun after that. I have been snapping a few pictures here and there, and it is really amazing!
    I definitely get what you're saying - keeping things at stock now and then customizing later is a great way to go! If you don't want to commit to the change of a launcher just yet, you can always download a theme that you like from the Google Play app store (it only changes the look of your icons and wallpapers; and you can still change your wallpaper and take the theme off if you so choose). Also, I believe Samsung has built-in font selection, so you can tweak the fonts around and see what you like! My G3 came with fonts and I loved switching, but I ended up downloading a font; and it actually truly does change the style of your phone.

    Glad to hear that you are liking the camera! Enjoy!
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    08-28-2016 08:57 PM
  8. sydneycooper1979's Avatar
    Welcome to Android and to Android Central! We are glad you are here! What color did you pick?
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    08-28-2016 09:04 PM
  9. Serkle K's Avatar
    Welcome to Android and to Android Central! We are glad you are here! What color did you pick?
    Thank you! I opted for the Black. I could have went with the Blue, but I like the look of the endless black screen on my cell phones. And the black frame on this device gives it a very stealthy and sleek appearance, to me. I did like the blue too, and even had the opportunity to go with the blue, but the black falls more into my liking. If they had a red, or different shade of blue, I might have gone for one of those instead.
    08-28-2016 09:18 PM
  10. sydneycooper1979's Avatar
    My husband has the black and I have the blue. The black is so sharp looking. That's a great choice! I do love my blue though lol. We're happy to help if you need anything else!
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    08-28-2016 09:39 PM
  11. KupKrazy's Avatar
    I bought my phone out right and still got the promotional item choice (gear it 2 or sdcard) . I bought mine from best buy. The offer is through samsung. Afaik..it Doesn't matter to samsung as long as you buy it from an authorized retailer. Just make sure you buy it before the deal ends.
    The offer is through Samsung, but for Best Buy, the store is handling the promo items and BB actually states that in order to get the promotion, you need to purchase and activate the phone through them. I noticed, however, if you did it online - the system let you get the promo items even if you buy it full price without activation (which is how I did it). Did you do it online or in-store? I think in-store they might be more stringent with that requirement.

    I think it's dumb for BB to require you to have it activated through them to get the promo items.
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    08-28-2016 10:57 PM
  12. guinnkevinr's Avatar
    Oh if you have a Samsung Smart TV you can also connect the phone and mirror the screen to your TV.
    I love this feature. Works well with my TV.
    08-29-2016 12:36 AM
  13. m3lover1's Avatar
    Oh if you have a Samsung Smart TV you can also connect the phone and mirror the screen to your TV.
    What's cool is you can also cast whatever is showing on your Samsung TV back to your phone. I was watching directv on my TV, and was able to send it to my note and watch it there. Not sure why one would want to do that, but its possible!
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    08-29-2016 01:25 AM
  14. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    Oh the camera seems to be really good. I was looking through the Note 7 pictures thread and I was surprised how good some of those pictures are.
    08-29-2016 08:17 AM
  15. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    Thanks Morty!!
    So far, I have kept the stock launcher. I don't want to get too deep into customization with it just yet, in case I decide that it's just not what I need, and take it back. But I am very interested in finding and looking over these launcher apps... I am so unfamiliar with everything android at the moment. I am trying to figure out how to get comfortable with this device just for my day to day work purposes first, and then going to see what I can do to make it more fun after that. I have been snapping a few pictures here and there, and it is really amazing!
    I guess I'm going to go stock and I hate that.. I'm so used to Nova launcher now. I'm guessing to make use of the edge I need to stay stock. The funny thing, I've always stayed stock and didn't mind it. For years launchers would always lag for me. The last couple of years I've been using Nova with no lag.. I'm so sold on Nova.

    If Samsung would just let us use our own icons and change them all like Nova does, I would be happy.

    ETA: I just found out that Nova supports the edge panels.. I'll be going back to Nova!
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    08-29-2016 08:20 AM
  16. DX9's Avatar
    What's cool is you can also cast whatever is showing on your Samsung TV back to your phone. I was watching directv on my TV, and was able to send it to my note and watch it there. Not sure why one would want to do that, but its possible!
    Thanks I'll have to try that tonight when I get home
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    08-29-2016 08:21 AM
  17. Carlo Villa's Avatar
    Thank you for this!

    Another noob question...

    Can you have a clean home screen? I know on iOS and BB10, this is a native option, to keep one screen clean of any icons or widgets. I've noticed on the android devices that I've had a chance to see, that it's all full with widgets and icons and the Google search box.

    I personally really like to have the one screen to show of the beauty of the screen with different wallpapers.
    Of course, you can keep it free of any apps.
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    08-29-2016 08:23 AM
  18. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    On the home screen, I like mine clean too. Now I do keep a click widget at the top, but that's it. I'm one that hates icons on the home screen. I'm the same way on my computer. Not a a single icon on the desktop.
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    08-29-2016 08:34 AM
  19. Gayle Lynn's Avatar
    First did you consider the new BB DTEK50?

    https://forums.crackberry.com/showthread.php?t=1083614

    Android + BlackBerry without the high cost of top end most expensive phone.

    Ios is probably easy to use and small iPhone 6SE to get feet wet, but new models coming in next month.

    Blackberry PRIV year old and offer a physical kb too. And runs Android.
    08-29-2016 08:49 AM
  20. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    I think the OP was probably pretty interested in the Note 7 to begin with.
    08-29-2016 08:51 AM
  21. Gayle Lynn's Avatar
    SO was. Not sure just throwing idea & options.
    08-29-2016 09:06 AM
  22. Serkle K's Avatar
    The offer is through Samsung, but for Best Buy, the store is handling the promo items and BB actually states that in order to get the promotion, you need to purchase and activate the phone through them. I noticed, however, if you did it online - the system let you get the promo items even if you buy it full price without activation (which is how I did it). Did you do it online or in-store? I think in-store they might be more stringent with that requirement.

    I think it's dumb for BB to require you to have it activated through them to get the promo items.
    You're right, but I am going to try my luck anyway. I took a few screen shots of the samsung website with the "fine print" so hopefully it works in my favor.
    08-29-2016 09:40 AM
  23. Serkle K's Avatar
    First did you consider the new BB DTEK50?

    https://forums.crackberry.com/showthread.php?t=1083614

    Android + BlackBerry without the high cost of top end most expensive phone.

    Ios is probably easy to use and small iPhone 6SE to get feet wet, but new models coming in next month.

    Blackberry PRIV year old and offer a physical kb too. And runs Android.
    Thanks for the input Gayle Lynn... I was considering the Priv over the DTEK50. One thing I absolutely miss the most, even on my Passport, was the BB VKB. Although, even with stock TW, I see that in the BBM app, Swipe is present, so I am trying to get used to using that, but I still think the flick was faster and more comfortable than trying to stretch your thumb back and forth quickly. I am not too fond of iOS, so an iPhone was further down on my list.
    08-29-2016 09:44 AM
  24. msm0511's Avatar
    Thanks for the input Gayle Lynn... I was considering the Priv over the DTEK50. One thing I absolutely miss the most, even on my Passport, was the BB VKB. Although, even with stock TW, I see that in the BBM app, Swipe is present, so I am trying to get used to using that, but I still think the flick was faster and more comfortable than trying to stretch your thumb back and forth quickly. I am not too fond of iOS, so an iPhone was further down on my list.
    Doesn't the BB Hub+ app come with the BB keyboard?
    08-29-2016 02:40 PM
  25. Serkle K's Avatar
    Doesn't the BB Hub+ app come with the BB keyboard?
    It does not at the moment. From what I've found, Swift is at the core of the BB VKB on Android, and it is not an officially available app at this time. Most likely due to licensing by swift. I have found that there seems to be swift like actions on the native Samsung keyboard, though.
    08-29-2016 02:51 PM
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