Galaxy Note7 vs. ZTE Axon 7: Can a $400 smartphone compete?

by birtanpublished on October 3, 2020

To smartphones that provide great specs and features the ZTE axon 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Kenny $400 device compete with Samsung's eight hundred and fifty dollar flagship watch and find out starting with the design samsung really delivered with the galaxy note 7 a curved glass encasing on the front and back panel making this a very comfortable hold especially since it gives the phone a symmetrical shape this is definitely one of Samsung's gray's designs on a smart phone it's still a fingerprint magnet a bit slippery and tends to scratch up easily on the back ZTE on the other hand went with an all

Aluminum unibody rounded edges and curved back making this a premium and durable device it's a bit smaller thicker and heavier than the note 7 but still comfortable with both devices including very tactile and easily recognizable buttons placement and capacitive keys are where these devices differ you notice Evan place the clickers a bit too high so I often found myself having to reposition my hand and the recent and bad keys are still swapped it might not be an issue if you've been using a Samsung device for a while now but for someone who was

Switching from the traditional navbar it'll take some time to get used to button placement on the axon is perfect but the capacitive buttons on the front are just dots and they don't light up pressing these touch keys at night is a struggle especially since they're so tiny and smashed together overall I think it's a pretty big design flaw the fingerprint sensors on both devices are decent but I do believe the note 7 is a bit faster and recognizes your finger a bit better plus you can unlock the phone with your eyes so I guess that's pretty cool

Moving on to the displays both devices are quad HD but there's no competition when it comes to the galaxy note 7 it's a Super AMOLED panel being a bit bigger at 5.7 inches brighter and has stepped up to Gorilla Glass 5 I'm a big fan of the curved edges making this phone look somewhat bezel is everytime I swipe left or right it looks as if everything is spilling off the screen still don't underestimate the axon 7 although it is smaller at 5.5 inches colours do get bright and punchy with great viewing angles and you definitely won't have a problem using this outside plus with

That Gorilla Glass 4 curving down to the Sham / – lumen um I really have to hand it to ZTE for giving us this amazing display at such a great price point still the Galaxy Note 7s panel is the winner here but not long shot turning to the battery both devices have similar but decent battery life letting you easily get through an entire day without a single charge the note 7 has 3000 500 milliamp hours while the axon 7 has 3000 250 the galaxy obviously has a bigger capacity but 4 to 5 hours of screen on time is what I usually experienced on a normal usage on

Both devices this is probably because of the bigger screen and the overpacked solver features but I do enjoy the power management on the note 7 a bit more sure the manager on the excellent 7 works well but the power saving modes on the galaxy note 7 do a lot more to extend the last bit of juice it changes the screen resolution all the way down to 720p limits the device performance and usable apps and applies a dark theme to turn off a lot of pixels in other words both smartphones provides similar battery results but the galaxy note 7 can extend the battery life like no

Other if you're not about that power saving life you want the word because the USB type-c and quick charge comes with the pair the accident 7 does charge a bit faster with quick charge 3.0 but the note 7 provides wireless fast charge and quick charge 2.0 which is still pretty fast so it really comes down to which is more desirable charging wirelessly or charging slightly faster performance is solid but the axon 7 does feel a bit faster when navigating the UI even though the two are rocking a Snapdragon 820 chip and 4 gigabytes of RAM it seems to me that Samsung is

Growling the CPU to increase power efficiency but not to the point where it stutters or feels sluggish when it comes to gaming both devices nailed it the Adreno 530 GPU made heavy 3d games on all these pixels a smooth and lag free experience the note does come with volcans api for more vivid graphics but there are only a few games that actually implement it and most people won't be able to catch the difference anyways just know that these two are champs in the gaming world speaking of entertainment when you're watching videos or playing games on the Exxon 7

You can't go wrong with those dual stereo front-facing speakers it's not going to be louder or clearer than the downward facing grill on the note 7 but it is nice to have those speakers facing you when you're watching you some narcos if you like listening to music with your headphones that I actually prefer the axon 7 once again because the built-in audio processing feature called doubly Atmos provides a surround sound experience and the hi-fi 32 bit audio chips that makes listening to music a small improvement on quality when compared to

The 24-bit audio port on the note 7 software wise the galaxy note 7 is rocking TouchWiz but with a whole new look owning the grey sea wax the lock screen settings launcher and quick settings panel look completely different but I actually like it everything looks concise flatter and more appealing you also get some new features such as a blue light filter to protect your eyes from looking at a bright display in darker situations some intense power saving modes and iris scanner to unlock your phone with your eyeballs a secure folder to lock sensitive information and

Sampson cloud to backup and restore user data you still can't forget about that stylus although it is physically improved from last year's model and there are some new software features I still mostly use it for simple tasks I can hit tiny tap targets much more easily when compared to using my thumb scroll up and down without even swiping into the display and even screen grabbing specific parts instead of shooting the entire panel if the s-pen wasn't there I wouldn't think too much of it because it's not a necessity but it's a nice addition maybe

Every UI is a different story there aren't as many features but the ones that are provided are someone useful you get gesture and motion controls power management options and the ability to have a different wallpaper on the lockscreen every time the device is Woking still it definitely has its issues such as having to tap on the Bell every time you want to see your notifications in the lockscreen me pop a floating nav bar which is laggy do not start mode hidden away in the system settings and not having the option of removing specific tiles from the

Quicksands panel so even though I can work with the UI there are still some problems a ZTE has to fix first as far as software updates go both companies claim that these devices will be getting Android nougat but it's hard to say when they will get it and who will get it first so what UI is better it really comes down to opinion but I believe TouchWiz is more mature and even though there are some gimmicky features that I wouldn't use in real world situations the overall UI is bug free and there's so much more you can do on TouchWiz especially on the Galaxy Note

Line when it comes to camera quality Samsung devices never fail to impress the note 7 has a 12 megapixel rear sensor wide f1 points have an aperture lens a micron pixel of 1.4 to a pixel autofocus optical image stabilization LED flash in up to 4 video recording the accident seven on the other hand has a 20 megapixel sensor wide F 1.8 aperture lens face detection autofocus dual LED flash no optical image stabilization and up to 4k video recording so on paper these specs are very similar and the x17 puts up a pretty good fight if we take a look at

The pictures both took some solid shots in bright situations the note 7 brought a lot of contrast saturation and sharpening resulting in some bright punchy colors while the axon 7 gave me some rich details any bit of sharpening and oversaturating for a more natural look in low-light scenarios the galaxy note 7 did much better showing the entire area pretty well and not showing too much grain on the x1 7 colors look soft and over-processed with a lot of noise to top it off other camera features that the galaxy note 7 wins out on our optical image stabilization

Faster autofocus macro performance and better noise reduction don't get me wrong the actors have it has a decent camera but the galaxy note 7 has an even better camera over all other things worth mentioning are that the Galaxy Note 7 is IP 68 certified meaning it's water-resistant while the axon 7 is not both devices support all US major carriers with the excellence have been having the option of buying it unlocked but it does fall short on Sprint's Network and that can barely get an LTE connection on Verizon both have NFC 64 gigabytes of internal storage any

MicroSD card slot but no option for adoptable storage in the end the galaxy note 7 does come out on top but not by a longshot and it is going to cost you for an extra 450 dollars you're getting a great design bigger and curved display water resistance one more way to unlock the phone aka the iris scanner more software features a better camera and an S Pen what the excellence never brings to you is a lot of pixels the same battery life a better sound experience a slightly faster UI a decent shooter for bry situations and a very competitive price tag I've said it before but I'll

Say it again the note 7 is probably way too expensive for the common consumer but if you have the money then by all means go for it the axon 7 is much more suitable for someone who is looking for a great phone at a fair price so that's my comparison of the galaxy note 7 and the axon 7 let me know in the comments which device you prefer make sure to check out and reproduce calm for your latest in green use on android thank you all for watching I will catch you guys in the next one

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