Curvy Samsung Galaxy Note 7 takes giant-screen Android phones to the next level

What do you get when you take the curved-screen Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and add a stylus? The Galaxy Note 7, which Samsung unveiled August 2 in New York.

That's right, Samsung jumped right from last year's Note 5 to the Note 7, skipping the Note 6 entirely. And that's a little weird, but easy enough to wrap your brain around because the Note 7's molded screens, 12-megapixel camera, expandable storage and water-resistant coating bring it closer to this year's S7 series than to last year's Note. Since the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are two of the year's best phones, with excellent cameras and battery life, that's not a bad pedigree.

From what I've seen so far, the Note 7 should fall in line as a terrific, high-powered device whose stylus tricks take the Note to the next level. On paper, it corrects the Note 5's biggest shortfalls, though we'll need to fully test the phone to confirm this. And if you already bought an S7 or S7 Edge, don't worry — there aren't enough changes to leave you behind on your phone's core features.

Here's what the Note 7 has that the Note 5 doesn't:

Curved screens (sharper, less sloping than the S7 Edge)
USB-C charger port (Samsung's first phone to adopt the new standard)
Iris scanner to unlock the phone with your eyes
Gorilla Glass 5 screen (the first phone with Corning's new screen tech)
More sensitive, accurate S Pen stylus
Water-resistant phone body and S Pen
MicroSD card slot (like the S7 phones)
Larger battery (3,500 mAh versus Note 5's 3,000 mAh)
Better low-light camera
New S Pen tricks, like magnification and GIF-making
Stylus won't get stuck if you jam it in backwards
Coral Blue color choice (it's great)
And here's how the Note 7 compares to the S7 Edge, Motorola Moto Z, iPhone 6S and OnePlus 3.

So — if the S7 Edge and Note 7 are almost hardware twins, who is the Note 7 for? Power users. Samsung targets people who want the phone with the most goods, and the Note's gliding stylus and extra writing, drawing and navigation tools give it all the things.

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