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Samsung product overview

By David Ryan for America's Backbone Weekly

Samsung is a world leader when it comes to electronics. Their smartphones, tablets watches have been at the front of the pack in the tech industry for years. This feature investigates their latest products to determine how they can help your business.

Smartphones

Galaxy Note 7: Samsung's most recently launched phone is currently under a global recall over concerns about faulty batteries. 2.5 million units were put under recall in early September. Despite this setback, the Note 7 is looking like a really impressive phone. It's waterproof, has a stunning 5.7-inch HD screen and includes the S Pen, which has been upgraded from the Note 5 version so that it can now be used to create GIFS. The device includes iris scanning technology for added security, which allows you to unlock your phone and certain apps with increased personalization. Technically speaking, the standard model of the Note 7 boasts 64GB of storage (expanded to 256GB with microSD card), a 12MP camera, 4GB of RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors. Whether you need it for teleconferencing, watching video or accessing cloud platforms, the Note 7 should have you covered. The price runs from $800-$900 retail, depending on the carrier.

Galaxy S7: Released last February, the S7 has been a performance staple for Samsung. It has a 5.1-inch HD display, and you can choose between 32GB or 64GB of storage which can be expanded to 256GB with the purchase of a microSD card. It provides 4GB of RAM and runs on the same 820 Snapdragon processor as the Note 7. It's a first rate phone that can run sophisticated apps and includes a 12MP camera that rivals anything on the market. It can run you between $500-$700 retail depending on specs and the carrier.

Galaxy S7 Edge: The Edge is a slight step up from the S7. It has the same specs but has a slightly bigger screen at 5.5 inches, better battery life and has edge panels, which give you quick, one-handed access to your favorite apps and shortcuts. It costs $700-$800 retail.


Verdict: all three are great phones. The Note 7 costs significantly more, but could be worth it if you find the idea of a writing stylus useful, or if the gorgeous, 5.7-inch display is easier to work with. As noted earlier, it's currently unavailable due to a recall, but should be back on the market soon. The Galaxy S7 Edge has a lovely screen and the edge panels can make life easier if you like to operate the phone with one hand. But for overall cost-effectiveness, the Galaxy S7 is probably the best bet. It has great specs, can run the same apps as the other phones, and may save you a couple hundred dollars per unit.

Tablets

Galaxy Tab S2: The Galaxy Tab S2 is a lovely business machine. It allows you to run up to 5 apps simultaneously using a split screen feature or through draggable pop-up windows, all on a 9.7-inch screen with 2048x1536 resolution. It features a multi-user mode for up to 8 profiles, making it useful around the office. It's light and it's fast, boasting a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM. It holds 16GB of memory which is expandable to 128GB via a microSD card. For security it has a fingerprint scanner. It's a great tool for computing on the go. If you're looking for a tablet to take to meetings or conferences, this could be it. It retails for around $400.

Smartwatches

Gear S3: Samsung has just announced the release of its latest smartwatch line, the Gear S3. There are two versions: the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier. Both watches measure 49x45x12.9mm and run on the Tizen operating system, which is compatible with Android 4.4 and up. Both watches are Bluetooth and WiFi capable, and the Gear 3 Frontier is 3G/LTE cellular enabled, allowing you to make phone calls. Both run 1.0GHz processors, have 4GB of memory and 768MG of RAM. With the Gear S3 watches you'll be able to email, text and schedule meetings through the calendar, all with greater mobility than you'd get with a smart phone. You can track the stock market and read news. Samsung Pay will allow you to make mobile payments with participating agents. The watches should be available by late September and are projected to retail at $300.


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David Ryan has many years of experience as a freelance writer and is active covering science and technology stories in the United States. He also enjoys writing short stories and traveling. 

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