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Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 tackles a day at the office

A commute, meetings and endless notes. We put Samsung's latest Note 7 phone for power users through a long day at the office.

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Jessica Dolcourt
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Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 good enough to replace your laptop in the office? Spend a day with me to see for yourself.

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A phone won't replace your laptop for everything. It's much more comfortable to type this on my 13-inch computer than a 5.7-inch phone, for example. But there are some benefits, and a few drawbacks.

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The S Pen won't work with every app. You'll have to play Pokemon Go with your fingers. Otherwise, the stylus helps keep the screen fingersmudge-free.

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I like to get a jump on email before getting to my desk.

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Illustrating ideas with a sketch made collaborating easy. You can erase the sheet in a flash, or share notes with others for later reference.

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A water-resistant coating makes lunchtime handwashing and dishwashing carefree.

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The 5.7-inch screen is big, but a quick call while running an afternoon errand break didn't feel too ridiculous.

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Especially when using the Note 7's Edge display to call up address book shortcuts.

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In some situations, using my thumbs to scroll was faster and more convenient, like while waiting in a quick-moving line.

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As a phone for everyday life, I could do everything I wanted, like launching the app to pay for my questionable caffeine habits.

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The stylus genuinely made it easier to edit some Google Docs from the comfort of a couch, which gave me a nice break from the desk.

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And the S Pen fits naturally in the hand the way an ordinary pen would, only smaller.

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Speaking of the pen, CNET's art director, who has some serious talents, very quickly sketched a cartoon using the Note 7's drawing app.

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Back at the desk, a wireless charging pad tops up the phone, because why not?

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Even though there's plenty of battery life left, intense use like streaming music, videos and GPS directions can quickly sap what's left.

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Alternatively, you can plug in the USB-C type charger, which is cool because it's reversible, so you won't have to inspect it to decide which way is "up".

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During another break, I took the Note 7 to the lobby to catch up on CNET news. The magnifying lens helped keep me from squinting.

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Deciding to do some folder maintenance, I was able to quickly add apps with a tap, rather than through drag-and-drop.

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You can adjust the S Pen controls at any time in the Settings menu.

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And if you ever find the need, you can translate among 70 languages using the S Pen -- and Google Translate.

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I really love jotting a note when the screen is off, then pinning it to the lock screen. Read my full review to see how the feature could be better.

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I played around with the iris scanner. It was fast, but I didn't always want to peer into the front-facing camera to get into the phone.

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Fingerprint unlocking felt more natural, but that could also be because I'm more used to it.

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Regardless, you'll have a backup pin or pattern if the primary unlock method fails a few times.

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After hours, some coworkers ended the day at the local watering hole. Photo filters helped me quickly take this photo on the way to the bar -- this is new for Samsung phones.

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Filters and modes offer presets that made these fries look delicious. We definitely made some people jealous.

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Like Samsung's other "7" phones, the S7 and S7 Edge, the Note 7 here takes great low-light shots with its 12-megapixel camera.

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It takes nice selfies with the 5-megapixel front-facing camera, too. If it's too dark, you can set the screen to flash to brighten the scene. It'd be cool if you could choose mellower flash colors, too.

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Time to head home! And use the Note for texting and skimming social networks.

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Make sure you read my full Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review to see if you should buy this phone.

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