The bottom line: Our quick verdict on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Even if you don't have much use for the stylus, this is still Samsung's best phone yet.

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Note: On September 2nd, 2016, Samsung issued a global recall for the Galaxy Note 7 following several dozen reports of exploding batteries. Then, on October 10th, the company permanently discontinued the device after reports that replacement units were also exploding. Though this review is still live on Engadget's site for posterity's sake, we have elected to remove the original score. Needless to say too, even if the Note 7 were still being sold we would no longer be able to recommend it.

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Pros

  • Comfortable and well-designed
  • Top-tier performance
  • Gorgeous, curved display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Top-notch camera
  • TouchWiz has been cleaned up

Cons

  • Recalled and later discontinued due to exploding batteries
  • Expensive
  • Iris scanner doesn't work well with eyeglasses
  • S Pen still won't win over naysayers
  • Updated S Pen feels flimsier
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