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Samsung Galaxy Note7: An excellent phone for the high-price market

Dan Rosenbaum | Aug. 17, 2016
Samsung's new addition to its Galaxy line of phones has a superb display, well-thought-out design and strong security features.

That's a lot of money, but this is a lot of phone. The screen's top-notch, the camera's great, the battery goes the distance, the Secure Folder feature is useful, iris recognition is pretty cool even if it's not perfect, and the stylus is more than a gimmick.

Then again, the OnePlus 3 costs $399, the Moto Z Force is $720, and Samsung's own Galaxy S7 Edge hovers around $750 to $800.

If the things that make the Note7 great are important to you, then you may not have reached the breaking point with pricing. But I'm worried that manufacturers are warming us up for the $1,000 mark, which is a psychological barrier that may be tough for buyers to cross.

At a Glance

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 

Price: $879 (AT&T); $850 (T-Mobile); $864 (Verizon Wireless); $850 (Sprint).

Pros: Great display and camera; waterproof and shock resistent; improved S Pen stylus; security features include iris recognition and Secure Folder; well-designed case; good battery life

Cons: Secure Folder not an enterprise product; iris recognition still a work in progress; expensive even for its class

 

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