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Samsung announced its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy Note 7 earlier this month, and while customers won’t be able to get their hands on one until later this month, there’s already plenty of buzz surrounding the device. Although Samsung has received some flack in the past about mimicking, or simply straight-up copying Apple’s devices, the criticism certainly doesn’t apply to the Note 7.
With an included stylus, a wraparound display with virtually no side bezels, and metal/glass symmetrical design, there’s no way the Note 7 could ever be mistaken for an iPhone. And with heavyweight tech sites like CNET calling it the “sexiest large-screen phone ever”, and TheVerge calling it “glorious” and “the best big phone” out today, people are certainly taking note. With the release of the iPhone 7 now just weeks away, Apple is certainly going to have to step their game up, because Android/iOS wars aside, the Galaxy Note 7 can do a number of things that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus simply can’t.
1. Iris Scanning
One of the Note 7’s big new features is the phone’s iris scanner. The iris scanner uses the phone’s front-facing camera to scan your eyes – a somewhat futuristic way to unlock your phone. The iris scanner can read your eyes even if you’re wearing glasses or contacts, and can also be used to access files or apps that have been stored in the phone’s Secure folder. While the fingerprint scanner on the Note 7 or the iPhone 6s/6s Plus may be a bit quicker, the iris scanner can be used while you’re wearing gloves, while your hands are wet, etc. – not to mention the fact that it feels very James Bond to unlock your phone with an iris scanner.