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August 20, 2016

Corning responds to that worrying Galaxy Note 7 scratch test Video

You’ve likely seen the video: Zack from JerryRigEverything performing his now-familiar durability test on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Surprisingly, he appears to leave visible scratches on the device’s Gorilla Glass 5 with a metal pick that rates a 3 on Mohs scale of hardness – “only one step above plastic,” as Zack notes in the video. A new glass from Corning that appears to scratch much more easily than its predecessor is admittedly hot news, but as is often the case, the “scandal” may have gotten blown a little out of proportion. Samsung Galaxy Note7 Teardown – iFixitSee also: Galaxy Note 7 teardown reveals another not-easy-to-fix Samsung [...]

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August 20, 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Reviews Show Apple Has Work To Do

Samsung Galaxy Note 7. (Credit: Samsung)

More than ever, Apple has its work cut out for it with next two iterations of the iPhone. That’s the message some Galaxy Note 7 reviews are sending.

A quick canvassing of reviews this week yielded more than a few unflattering hardware comparisons with the iPhone 6/6s/6s Plus. Of course, Apple could quickly rectify this with iPhone 7 due to be revealed in the coming weeks. But some of the critiques highlight a growing hardware gap that could extend beyond the iPhone 7.

AMOLED beckons: Let’s start with the Wall Street Journal. After [...]

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August 19, 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 enters the atmosphere

The wait is over for those looking to buy what a CNET reviewer dubbed the “sexiest large-screen phone ever.”

The new 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is officially available starting Friday in 10 countries and territories, including the US, Canada, Australia and South Korea. In the US, all four major carriers plus regional operator US Cellular will carry the Note 7 in stores in three colors: blue coral, silver titanium and black onyx. It’s also available in the US from retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon, Target and Sam’s Club.

CNET reviewer Jessica Dolcourt gave high marks to the oversized water- and [...]

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August 15, 2016

With Galaxy Note 7, Is Samsung Getting Too Far Ahead Of Apple?

Time for the iPhone faithful to panic?

“The Galaxy Note 7 is miles ahead of the iPhone.” That recent headline at tech site TechnoBuffalo may strike some as clickbait. (It’s not.) Rather, it’s a gadget-savvy writer – Todd Haselton — simply expressing his chagrin at the widening technological gap between Samsung and Apple AAPL +0.21%.

“Samsung’s device is already leaps and bounds ahead of what we’re expecting from the iPhone 7…and there’s currently no indication Apple has anything that scratches the surface of what the Galaxy Note 7 can do,” Haselton wrote. He cites goodies like the curvy 5.7-inch Quad HD screen, iris scanner that [...]

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