After a year of truancy, the Note is back baby.
It's bigger, it’s faster and it’s better than ever and it’s very likely you’re planning to snap one up for yourself.
With an amorous HDR-ready curved screen, a 12MP camera and the most accurate S Pen yet, you'll need some worthy apps to take advantage of everything on offer.
Oh look, here they are:
Camera FV-5 (₹199)
The Note 7’s camera is identical to the 12MP one found in the Galaxy S7, which means Dual Pixel focus, an F1.7 lens, larger 1.4 µm pixels and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS).
Combined, they result in one of the best smartphone cameras we’ve ever seen and the S7 takes advantage of all of its imaging toys with a Pro mode, which lets you control the shutter speed, white balance and more.
Camera FV-5 is an app which pushes things a little further for true smartphone photography enthusiasts. Its features include a live RGB histogram, full-fledged exposure bracketing, locking and more. You get imaging superpowers right in your hands.
The Note 7's screen is big, full-HD and is beautiful, which means it's great for taking advantage of Netflix's huge library of shows, moviers, documentaries and everything else in between.
If you don''t already know, Netflix also backs shows and movies, most of which have a track record of being simply brilliant. Prime examples include Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Beasts of No Nation.
The story doesn’t end once you’ve snapped shots with the Note 7’s camera. Good as they are, they can still be improved.
This image editing app has been top of its class for a long time. Its interface is fluid and intuitive, with its standout feature being the Stacks function, which allows you to pile up any selected tools or filters and return to them if they need adjusting.
Non-destructive editing is another noteworthy feature, offering a lifeline to those of us who throw effects at a wall to see what sticks. There are other image editing apps out there worth trying too of course, but with over 50 million downloads, this is a good place to start.
Infinite Painter (Free)
Infinite Painter claims to have the most advanced painting engine on a mobile device, which makes it a tasty pairing to the Note 7’s S Pen stylus.
There are over 80 brush presets, with the ability to create new ones yourself. Once you've used these to make a masterpiece (or just a weird attempt at expressing yourself with abstract cat portraits), you can then edit your work in a variety of ways.
You can abort artistic abominations in a couple of taps, so whether you're the next Van Gogh or you're just waiting in A&E with a bit of your ear missing, it's worth a shot.
Evernote is a digital notebook on a cocktail of steroids. It lets you store web clippings, photos and voice-memos, scan documents and sketches and then access them on any of your devices.
You can search within your notes and images and then scribble all over them with the Note 7’s S Pen, and even share your files with friends or coworkers with a chat function that's similar to Whatsapp (with fewer memes andbanter, of course).
Scribble Racer (Free)
Unless you've got fingers like Lord Voldemort, the trickiest thing about Scribble Racer is seeing your own scribble, which is used to guide you through tumultuous side-scrolling levels. Fortunately, the S Pen makes it far easier to focus on manoeuvring through the ever changing courses.
Each day serves up a new level and although it looks like you're moving through the imagination of a 10-year-old, the funky backing track and gradual speed hike makes the challenge an entertaining one if you've got a couple of minutes spare.
Bushido Bear (Free)
A mix of cute and cut-throat, Bushido Bear is a game that involves a bunch of different ninja bears with gigantic swords flitting around dicing up evil demons. Amazing, the type of things developers will come up with to fit with the simple swiping motion selling-point.
That said, the wave level structure and the fact that you get more lives (in the form of unlocked bears) as the levels get harder makes this game one you can quickly lose many hours to. If you're a fan of Fruit Ninja, this is a similar swiper with a little more strategy.
If you like fast-paced action with minimal time thinking and maximum time shooting, this game probably isn't for you. However, you don't have to be an elderly retiree obsessed with their garden to get into Prune.
One of the best looking apps on the Play store, it has a soothing soundtrack and a simple goal: carefully coerce your growing tree into the light, where it will blossom in a sprinkling of tinkling noises. All it takes is a swipe to cut away the branches growing in the dark and you give your tree more of a chance to find the light. Zen, dude.
The Note 7 has a decent 4K video camera but you might want an app to tweak your clips and do them justice.
While Android obviously lacks iMovie, its answer to it is a good one. PowerDirector, as it's called, is as professional as it is powerful. Clips are laid out in an easy to access format with plenty of transitions to try out, with a voiceover function for aspiring Attenboroughs.
With no end of effects and editing tools for both video and audio, this is one of the most capable mobile video editors you can get.
We're not entirely sure who to blame (Steve), but video formats have got ridiculously out of hand.
It can be tough enough to work out which ones to download (from legal sources, mind), but it's then another thing entirely to find a player that will tolerate them.
Thankfully, VLC can handle almost any format you care to throw at it, letting you take full advantage of the Note 7’s superb display.