What’s good: Despite warnings about using the new iris scanner while wearing glasses or contacts lenses — like I do — the new unlocking method is fast and works fine with both. Coloured contacts or sunglasses or anything that blocks the retina is an issue. It is an excellent addition, but it’s not perfect. The S Pen stylus continues to get better. For instance, now the always-on lock screen automatically turn into a notepad when you pull out the stylus, so you take notes on it without unlocking the phone, making it perfect for quick notes and reminders. As well, there is an easy and fun GIF creation tool.The Note 7’s screen is best in class and is still a big reason people will buy this phone. The camera is also very good. I am not a big fan of the company’s dual edge screen, but it is hard not to be impressed with how the design of this phone makes it feel smaller than it is. The company wanted to make it easier to use with one hand, and it has succeeded.
What’s bad: The iris scanner does not work well in really bright sunny conditions. As well, when it can’t read your eyes, it asks you to widely open them, so my family has made fun of me for the weird looks I give my phone when it’s not working well. The battery is a little smaller than the last model. The GIF making software is clunky. The side launcher now features special apps that you can pay for, although I found little that seemed worth shelling out for.