Apple is taking a big gamble with the iPhone 7. The headline change will be the controversial removal of the headphone jack (a move I predicted 19 months ago), but it doesn’t stop there. MacRumors has uncovered two more significant changes Apple will make to the iPhone 7 and the good news is they are likely to be very popular…
Design Change #1
This first concerns the camera and is something Apple has been itching to do for years: kill off the ugly bulge seen on the back of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. According to MacRumors, the iPhone 7 will feature the first truly flush rear camera since the iPhone 5S in 2013.
What enables this is the development of a slimmer module and it represents a win for both the design team (Jonathan Ive famously hated it and had it airbrushed out of advertising shots) and the consumer. What’s the big deal? Several everyday usability wins: the iPhone 7 will not wobble when used on a table top, the camera ring will no longer be a continual point of impact when putting the phone down, and it will simplify case designs.
The only downside is MacRumors suggests the move means Apple will not be implementing its much hyped dual camera technology, though that could still feature on a third luxury iPhone 7 model. Furthermore, with Samsung expected to fit a flush or near-flush camera on the Galaxy S7 when it launches later this month, the move will show Apple isn’t falling behind in the design stakes.
Design Change #2
Also smartening things up is MacRumors’ declaration that the iPhone 7 will do away with the unseamly antenna bands on the rear the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. This will result in a cleaner look, though I’d wish for some sort of subtle anti-slip texture.
MacRumors doesn’t say how Apple will pull this off, but if it relates to the ‘smart aluminium’ technology the company has been working on it could be more about disguising them than complete removal. On the downside, the antenna bands apparently will still need to be kept on the edges of the iPhone 7 so it won’t be a 100% uniform look.
While debate continues to rage about just how far Apple will take the iPhone 7 design (it is a redesign year after all and some extreme theories exist), MacRumors does say it will retain the overall aluminium look and feel introduced with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S.
Interestingly the site also downplays previous talk that the iPhone 7 will be dramatically thinner than previous models. Given that thinness is supposed to be a major motivator behind the removal of the headphone jack, this would be encouraging news for those desperately hoping Apple improves battery life (at least on the smaller 4.7-inch model).
For now we can dream…
With new smartphones continuously arriving in the market, it is clear that the iPhone 6s has its work cut out if it wants to continue to dominate. Here is how one of the new entrants, the Huawei P9, compares to the iPhone 6s.
The Huawei P9 is a solid device with a metal build, which is easy to hold. At the rear of the device is a fingerprint scanner, with two cameras that lie flush with the body of the device, and come in a special portion that is outlined in black. There are also no antenna lines on the device, and in terms of colors, it comes in white, rose gold, grey, silver, and two other shades of gold. As for the iPhone 6s, it is created from the 7000 series aluminum so it is less prone to bending, and it has Apple’s traditional design elements that the company uses on its smartphones. As for the fingerprint scanner, it is included in the home button, while for colors, the device comes in gold, rose gold, silver, and gray.
With 3D Touch is included in the iPhone 6s, users can use various amounts of pressure on the display to bring up additional menus. As for the display itself, it is an IPS LCD version measuring 4.7 inches, with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels and density of 326 pixels per inch. On the Huawei P9 is a bigger LCD display measuring 5.2 inches, with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and density of 423 pixels per inch.
On board the iPhone 6s is an Apple A9 chipset, coupled with a dual-core CPU and a PowerVR GT7600 GPU. As for the Huawei P9, it comes with a less powerful HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipset, coupled with an octa-core CPU and a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU.
Only the Huawei P9 has expandable storage up to 128 GB. As for RAM, the device from Huawei either has 3 GB or 4 GB, while the iPhone 6s has 2 GB.
The 12-megapixel version on the iPhone 6s is ranked better on DxOMark, while the dual 12-megapixel cameras on the Huawei P9 have no rating so far.
Without a contract, the Huawei P9 costs $639 unlocked, while the iPhone 6s costs $199 with a two-year contract.
The most ambitious phone of recent years, LG’s modular G5’s an incredible handset that finally stands shoulder to shoulder with Samsung’s S7.
They all said it couldn’t be done. There was simply no way you could have a smartphone with a full metal unibody and an interchangeable battery – it just wasn’t possible. HTC hasn’t managed it with the HTC 10, and even Samsung couldn’t bring it back for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. And yet, here we have the LG G5, a smartphone with a gorgeous aluminium unibody and a fully removable, user-replaceable battery.
How has LG achieved such a feat of technical wizardry? The key lies in a small button on the left hand side of the handset. Press this, and you’ll quickly notice that the whole lower section of the phone beneath the main display has just become a little looser, revealing the ingenious master stroke of the G5’s design. For unlike other flagship smartphones you’ll see this year, the LG G5 is an altogether different kind of handset – it’s modular.
It’s by no means the first smartphone to incorporate interchangeable modules into its design – Google’s Project Ara has that particular honour – but it’s still the first modular phone from a major manufacturer that you can actually buy and use like a normal handset. Admittedly, LG has only announced two modules for the G5 so far – the £80 Cam Plus, a camera grip that adds physical buttons and a zoom wheel (buy now from Mobile Fun), and the £150 Hi-Fi Plus (also from Mobile Fun), a Bang & Olufsen-made portable Hi-Fi DAC with a built-in amplifier that supports 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio and B&O Play – but more are sure to follow later in the year.
Of course, having to carry around extra (and quite expensive) attachments all the time might not be very convenient in the long run, but each module is pretty tiny. The Hi-Fi Plus, for instance, doesn’t add any extra bulk to the phone whatsoever, instead taking the exact same shape as the default lower section. It’s a little taller, but that’s about it.
The same can’t be said of the Cam Plus, but this one isn’t designed to be discrete. Instead, this wedge-like add-on is intended to provide a greater amount of grip when taking pictures, with its physical shutter, video record and zoom buttons making the G5 feel more akin to a traditional camera.
However, the Cam Plus arguably isn’t quite chunky enough, as its uniform profile of just 11mm doesn’t really make the phone any more comfortable to hold when you using it in landscape. It definitely feels a lot more stable when you’re taking pictures with both hands, but its rather slippery inner edge doesn’t provide much puchase for your fingers, making it feel slightly hazardous for one-handed use.
As long as you’ve got a firm hold on the Cam Plus, though, the zoom wheel is great for moving effortlessly between the main camera and wide-angle sensor. Instead of having to tap the screen to swtich between the G5’s dual rear cameras, you can simply slide between them in a single scroll. It’s also much more convenient for using the main camera’s digital zoom, too, as it means you don’t have to faff around trying to pinch-zoom to the right distance.
Likewise, I’m very fond of its dedicated shutter button. Like a proper digital camera, you can half-press the Cam Plus’ shutter button to focus your shot, and then press it fully to take the picture. There’s also a smaller button next to it that immediately switches over to video mode, and a small toggle button on the side lets you quickly go back to the home screen without having to re-orientate the phone or change your grip.
However, whether it’s worth spending £80 on is debatable. It certainly makes taking pictures a bit easier as long as you hold the phone in both hands, but it’s a shame LG didn’t design it with a proper hand grip that you can really wrap your fingers around.
The Hi-Fi Plus, on the other hand, is probably going to appeal to a wider number of people, particularly if you use your phone as your main music player. It’s expensive, but it does add a palpable boost to the overall soundscape, widening the range of sounds you hear as well as giving the bass a bit more oomph regardless of whether you’re listening on high-end over-ear headphones or in-ear buds. That said, unless you have a library full of high-res audio tracks, the difference it makes to ordinary music isn’t quite as impressive as I was hoping considering its price. Yes, it sounds better, but I wouldn’t pay £150 for the privilege.
LG also says you can use the Hi-Fi Plus module as a separate standalone unit with other Android, iOS, Window and Mac devices, but this proved nigh-on impossible to set up. I connected the module to both my own Android smartphone – a Moto X Play – and my Windows 10 laptop, but my phone music didn’t sound any different with the module plugged in with the module’s bundled USB-C to Micro USB cable, and my laptop didn’t even recognise it as a device, as it continued to play music through its own internal speakers. It’s hardly the seamless experience you’d expect from such an expensive little do-dad, and it rather limits its overall appeal.
As a result, it’s uncertain whether the G5’s modules will really make any kind of impact over the long run, but even if these modules end up falling completely flat with consumers, the fact you can simply pop off the bottom and slot in an extra battery is arguably one of the biggest reasons why you’d go for a G5, and it’s a pretty big coup compared to the rest of its flagship competition this year. Yes, the S7 and S7 Edge might have stonking battery lives without the need for additional batteries, but for those who like the added security of having essentially another smartphone’s worth of power in their back pocket, the G5 starts to look like a pretty convincing alternative.
In our continuous video playback test, for instance, the G5’s 2,800mah battery lasted 11h 10m when we set the screen brightness to our standard measurement of 170cd/m2. While not fantastic compared to the 17h 48m I got from the S7 – which, to be fair, has a larger 3,000mAh battery – anyone with another G5 battery module at their disposal could theoretically extend that to 22h 20m, providing more than enough juice to get you through the day and long into the next.
It’s also exceedingly quick to charge. In testing, I got a 30% charge in just 15 minutes, and it only took 30 minutes to reach 50%, making it incredibly easy to top up during the day. At least, it is provided you remember to bring the bundled USB-C cable with you, as LG’s opted for a USB-C port on the G5 rather than a regular Micro USB. Still, at least it comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable in the box unlike LG’s Nexus 5X, which only came with a USB-C to USB-C cable. With a USB-C to A cable, this means you can still use it with existing USB plugs as well as connect it to your PC or laptop to easily transfer files and photos.
The modular design isn’t the only interesting thing about the G5, though, as it’s also the first smartphone I’ve seen that comes with Qualcomm’s brand-new Snapdragon 820 chip. Unlike the octa-core 2.0GHz Snapdragon 810, which powered almost every major smartphone in 2015, the Snapdragon 820 is a quad-core chip with a maximum clock speed of 2.2GHz. More cores doesn’t necessarily mean better performance, though, as the G5 proved to be significantly faster in our benchmark tests.
Paired with 4GB of RAM, the G5 scored an impressive 2,325 in Geekbench 3’s single core test and a massive 5,422 in the multicore test. The latter isn’t quite as high as the S7’s score of 6,437, but the G5’s single core score is almost 200 points faster, showing it can beat the S7 at some tasks.
The Snapdragon 820’s GPU also provides a big step up in graphics performance. In GFX Bench GL’s offscreen Manhattan 3.0 test, for instance, the G5 produced 2,844 frames, which translates to a super smooth 46fps. This is significantly higher than both the S7 and S7 Edge, which only managed around 37fps in the same test. In practice, it handled complex games like Hearthstone beautifully.
It’s been a few weeks that Apple has announced iPhone SE, a 4 inch smartphone, the sales of the device is not to the extreme expected by the company. Rather than buying iPhone SE, people are seeking information all over the internet to buy iPhone 6s or iPhone 6. Here I compared all the devices with its advantages and disadvantages, in all aspects of their specifications.
In terms of design, both iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 remains almost same. Apple iPhone 6 comes with 129g and measures 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm, whereas iPhone 6s measures 138.1 x 67 x 7.1mm and weighs 143 gram. Both the device comes with same build and identical aluminum bodies, but the alloy used in iPhone 6s is a little bit different from iPhone 6, in order to rectify the bending issue caused on iPhone 6. Both the device comes with fingerprint sensors embedded in the home button on the device, and the version of the fingerprint sensor is quite different. iPhone 6s comes with the second version of fingerprint sensor, which is comparatively faster while comparing to iPhone 6. On the other hand, iPhone SE looks similar to iPhone 5s and incorporated with iPhone 6s technologies in it. iPhone SE is comparatively lighter than iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, measures 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm, which is much thicker than iPhone 6. It comes with first generation Touch ID present in iPhone 6, and comes with four color variants similar to iPhone 6s.
Both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s comes with 4.7 inches of display with 326 PPI, which delivers the resolution of 1334 x 750. The major difference found in the devices is that iPhone 6s comes with 3D touch, whereas iPhone 6 lacks 3D touch. The 3D touch allows the users to perform various actions depends upon the pressure, in which you’re touching the device. iPhone SE comes with 4 inch display screen that supports resolution of 1336 x 640 resolution with PPI of 326 as same as iPhone 6s and iPhone 6. Similar to iPhone 6, iPhone SE doesn’t comes with 3D touch.
iPhone 6 comes with 8 megapixel of camera and aperture of f/2.2 and allows the users to take 1080p of video recording. It also comes with 1.2 front-facer camera with the same f/2.2 aperture. iPhone 6s comes with 12 megapixel of rear camera and 5 megapixel of front facing camera. But, iPhone SE comes with a combination of both iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 i.e., iPhone SE has 12 mega-pixel rear camera and 1.2 mega-pixel front camera. iPhone SE has the ability to take 4K video without any sort of heating issues.
iPhone SE and iPhone 6s comes with Apple A9 chipset with M9 co-processor with 2GB of RAM, whereas iPhone 6 comes with Apple A8 processor with 1GB of RAM. Apart from this all the devices support Apple Pay and has other common connectivity features. In terms of battery, iPhone 6 comes with 1810mAh, iPhone 6s comes with 1715mAh and SE with 1642 mAh of battery.
In all aspects, iPhone 6s will be a perfect choice with second generation Touch ID, better front camera and also with larger screen with the latest build. iPhone SE will be better, in case if you love the small screen display.
Is it right time for upgrading your iPhone 5s to iPhone 5se? If you’re still confused, here i have compared the best things between iPhone 5s and iPhone 5se. So that you can decide whether you can opt for iPhone 5se, if you’re already own an iPhone 5s. I heard a few times, that the old iPhone 5s makes burning sensation in their packets, and causes lots of irritation too.
Perhaps, it might be related to the size of the device, and internal hardware components which generates heat inside the device. For those, who prefer smaller device or nostalgic, Apple has released another smaller device with 4 inch display, iPhone 5se. The device comes with a tagline of “the most powerful 4 inch smartphone”, which is given by tech geeks, and comes with a configuration of Apple high-end devices.
Design and Display:
In terms of design, the device of iPhone 5se looks similar to the size of iPhone 5s. We can say that iPhone 5se is a combination of both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. The company has released the device in such a way that, users of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c can upgrade their old existing device to iPhone 5se. In terms of size, both the device stands together with almost similar size and iPhone 5se is 0.04 ounces heavier than the iPhone 5s. But, none in this world will notice a smaller change. iPhone 5se comes with chamfered edges with an excellent look and also comes with the cute looking aluminum body.
The screen looks identical in both the devices and we can say, almost the same display is used in both the devices. In addition to this, the layout of the device and body design, including charger port, speaker locations was identical in both the devices.
Power and Performance:
Our assertion about the iPhone 5se will be true. The device is truly referred as the most powerful smartphone in the 4-inch display section. While comparing iPhone 5se with iPhone 5s, the specifications of the latter will be a little outdated and the first one goes little forward by a mile. The latter one uses Apple A7 Chipset and the former one uses Apple A9 Chipset, both of them are 64 bit ones.
iPhone 5se comes with 2GB of RAM, whereas the other one comes with RAM of only 1GB. The presence of 2GB RAM in the device adds more stability and faster performance to the device in terms of response time and installation of new applications. Also, in terms of battery capacity, 5se comes with higher capacity of 1642 mAh, while comparing to iPhone 5s with 1560 mAh battery.
Camera feature is one of the most comprising one for both the devices. iPhone 5se comes with 12MP camera and 5s comes with 8MP camera only. Both the device comes with 1.2 MP front facer camera and iPhone 5se comes with promising quality in terms of camera.
At the end, Apple iPhone 5se seems to be a compromising as well as a healthier upgrade for the device. For the price tag of $400, the device seems to be a better upgrade for the iPhone 5s owner. Also for those users, who prefer smaller devices, iPhone 5se might be a better option. At last, iPhone 5se is a worthy upgrade of iPhone 5s.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has been released in March 2016, while the Xiaomi Mi 5 is expected to arrive this month. Today we’re going to compare these two high-end smartphones and let you decide which one suits your needs better.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 measures 142.4×69.6×7.9mm and weight 152 grams. It has a premium design which is inherited from the Galaxy S6, meaning that its back is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, and its sides are covered by a metal frame. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is slimmer and lighter as it measures 144.6×69.2×7.3mm and weights 139 grams. This new model has a 3D glass curve design, but it’s more rounded than the Mi Note.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a super AMOLED display of 5.1-inch that supports a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels at 577 ppi and it’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The Xiaomi Mi 5 has a slightly bigger IPS LCD display of 5.15-inch that supports a lower resolution of 1920×1080 pixels at 428 ppi and it’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
Processors, Graphics Cards & RAM
Samsung has released its Galaxy S7 in two variants, as follows:
– Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 Octa;
– Processor: dual-core Kryo clocked at 2.15 + dual-core Kryo clocked at 1.6GHz or quad-core Mongoose clocked at 2.3GHz + Cortex A53 clocked at 1.6GHz;
– Graphics Card: Adreno 530 or Mali-T880 MP12;
– 4GB of RAM.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 features a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset, a dual-core Kryo clocked at 1.8GHz + a dual-core Kryo clocked at 1.36GHz (pro version) or a dual-core Kryo clocked at 2.15GHz + a dual-core Kryo clocked at 1.6GHz, an Adreno 530 graphics card and 3GB or 4GB of RAM (pro edition).
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has been released in two internal storage variants of 32GB and 64GB, which you can expand up to 200GB using a microSD card. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Mi 5 doesn’t offer a card slot for storage expansion, but it comes in three internal storage variants of 128GB (pro edition), 64GB and 32GB.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 sports a primary camera of 12MP that features OIS, LED flash, autofocus, geo-tagging, face detection, auto-HDR, panorama and a secondary camera of 5MP. The Xiaomi Mi 5 features a primary camera of 16MP that supports dual-LED flash, autofocus, OIS, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama, geo-tagging and a secondary camera of 4MP.
Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 flagships are here. But which is the best?
But is it worth the extra cash?
A lot has already been said about Samsung’s 2016 flagships. General word on the street is positive; the phones have been updated in all the right places. But is this enough? KYM’s Richard argued, no, in his piece on why the LG G5 and not Samsung’s Galaxy S7 was the runaway success of MWC 2016, as well as potentially THE Android handset to beat in 2016.
Samsung is a big deal. Very big, if you’re talking about gross phone shipments. But it has alienated a lot of the users by implementing changes (sealing the battery in, removing SD-support) that kind of ran contrary to what people wanted. Samsung became obsessed with becoming more like Apple and, somewhere along the way, its handsets lost some of their charm and utility.
And because there is so much choice in the Android space, a lot of users simply went elsewhere — or waited for the Galaxy Note which launches the following quarter after the Galaxy S. LG, for one, made a lot of friends in the past couple of years and the company looks set to make a whole load more in 2016 with the release of its LG G5 handset.
The Galaxy S7 series may indeed have been the winning ticket Samsung needed to pull it out of a two-year decline in flagship sales, as reports from analysts in Asia claim the firm has shipped as many as 10 million units during March, in the one month since the phones hit the market. The reports don’t distinguish between the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, but analysts say shipments are far higher than the expected 7 million previously predicted by industry watchers. Analysts are now shifting their sales predictions for 2016, although it’s important to note the new estimates are not based on sales and shipping figures from Samsung, as the firm is yet to reveal anything other than initial pre-order figures. Previously Samsung execs had stated that pre-orders had been better than expected, and that based on this it expects to sell more Galaxy S7 series units than previous models.
But how do Samsung’s flagship phones compare against each other? We took a look at the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to find out.
The overall design and finish of both handsets is very familiar. Iterative, almost. But this is to be expected; most tech brands these days use two year design cycles. This saves on cash and also allows them to focus on refining the usability and overall performance of the device. And nowhere is this trend more obvious than aboard the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
Performance is off the charts, particularly if you’re lucky enough to get the Snapdragon 820 model. Sadly, the UK is getting Samsung’s less powerful Exynos setup. Most of you will not notice the difference in day to day usage, but it is certainly worth noting. Particularly with the LG G5 and HTC 10 using an 820 setup.
Each phone is also built very similarly. They each have a metal body and glass display. The Edge, of course, goes a bit further with its curved display. That curve actually gives it a leg up and it’s more comfortable to hold in the hand, despite having a larger display. Naturally their dimensions differ too, but what’s surprising is that the Galaxy S7 Edge is actually the thinner phone. Again, Samsung just has more space to spread internal components around, so they can make it flatter. Perhaps even more surprising though, is that the Galaxy S7 Edge isn’t that much heavier than the regular Galaxy S7 at 157 grams versus 152 grams.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Cameras
Apple is rumoured to be creating another iPhone line in 2016 — the iPhone 7 Pro. The reason for this, reports suggest, is because Apple wants to put a dual-sensor camera on the back of it. But as is always the case, Android is a step in front of Apple. As both the LG G5 and Galaxy S7 feature brand new imaging technology, which will dramatically alter the way you take pictures on your phone.
Here’s what Samsung had to say about its new imaging tech, Dual Pixel, at the launch of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge: “Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge introduce the first Dual Pixel camera on a smartphone, delivering brighter and sharper images, even in low light. Thanks to the revolutionary Dual Pixel technology, brighter lens with wider aperture, and bigger pixel, the camera has a faster shutter speed and a more accurate autofocus even in low-light conditions. Motion Panorama, a new camera mode, brings movement to traditional panoramic photos, giving the user a completely immersive visual experience.”
But unlike Apple, Samsung isn’t making certain imaging attributes exclusive to the most expensive handset. Nope. There is absolutely no difference between the cameras in the two phones. And what’s really nice is each phone has a reduces protruding camera bump on the back. Both phones have a 5MP front and a 12MP rear camera. Each lens features a f/1.7 aperture, which means the either S7 can take great night shots.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Verdict
With virtually identical internal specs and each phone being able to boast a superior screen (for the Galaxy S7 it’s the higher pixel density, for the Galaxy S7 edge it’s the curved display) it’s a very tough choice to declare one phone better than the other. Your choice will likely come down to the screen size. Do you want a huge 5.1-inch display or do you want a bigger 5.5-inch one?
For me personally, the bigger display and larger battery make the EDGE a no-brainer for me. I’m used to the iPhone 6 Plus, Nexus 6P and Huawei Mate 8. Anything smaller than 5.5in, for me, is just too small — I am fully converted in the ways of the phablet.
amsung continues to improve on what they started last year, with the latest Galaxy S flagships, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge boasting an even more refined design and build quality, the mandatory bump to the latest and greatest processing package, a better camera, better battery life, and the vaunted return of key features, including expandable storage and dust and water resistance. It’s still early in the year, but there’s no doubt that by the end of 2016, these smartphones will still remain among the best.
However, as is the case with most current generation smartphones and tablets, these phones are unfortunately not without their issues. To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of the common problems that plague Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners, and offer potential solutions on how to fix them.
Disclaimer: Not every Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owner will face these issues, and it is actually more than likely that you won’t come across any of the problems listed below.
Problem #1 – “Warning, Camera failed” error
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Some users have found that when opening the camera app, the screen remains blank, followed by a message that says “warning, camera failed.” This issue has primarily been seen with the Galaxy S7, but a few Galaxy S7 Edge owners have come across this problem as well.
The issue seems to be caused by the Smart Stay feature. Smart Stay uses the front camera to keep a track of when you are looking at the phone, and that seems to create a problem when trying to load the rear camera. As a temporary fix, you can turn off Smart Stay by going to Settings – Display.
This is a known issue, and a software update is rolling out from Samsung at the moment, which you should receive quite soon.
Problem #2 – MicroSD card issues
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To the delight of many fans, Samsung brought back expandable storage with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. However, users have come across a few issues related to it. For starters, there is no adoptable expandable storage. Secondly, a couple of persistent popups related to the microSD card appear randomly, multiple times during the day. Finally, the microSD card also seems to make the device take a touch longer to wake.
As far as the adoptable storage issue is concerned, there is a useful guide on how to activate this setting, which you can find here. While the phones don’t have to be rooted for this solution, make sure that you follow the steps exactly as stated, and some form of technical know-how is recommended.
When it comes to the random persistent popups, some users have found the formatting the microSD card to the exFAT standard seems to have done the trick. However, a lot of users have found this to be a hardware issue, and the only option then is to pick up a replacement.
When it comes to the slow to wake issue, certain brands of microSD cards seem to cause the problem more than others, including Samsung cards as well. Samsung has released a software update this month that fixes this problem, so make sure that your device is updated to the latest software version.
Problem #3 – Buttons and capacitive keys become unresponsive
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Some users have found the power button and volume down button to suddenly not be working, and in other cases, the capacitive Recent Apps key and the physical home button seem to become unresponsive as well. The latter is an issue seen mostly with the Galaxy S7 Edge only.
A rogue app seems to be the cause for concern in both cases. Boot the device into Safe Mode (you can find the steps on how to do so below) and see if the issue persists. If it doesn’t, uninstall any apps you added just before the problem showed up, and that should fix things.
Most of the time, a reset does the trick. Press and hold the power button and volume down button for a few seconds, until the device restarts. In the case of the first issue, even these buttons seem to be unresponsive, this restart method does work anyway.
In the case of the Recent Apps key and home button not working, a few users have found Car Mode to be the culprit. Turn off Car Mode in the settings, and see if it fixes the issue.
Problem #4 – Distorted audio and “moisture detected” alert
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The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge come with an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, which means that the phones can be submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes without a negative impact on performance. However, users have found the audio from the speakers to sound distorted. Others have found that there devices refuse to charge, with a “moisture detected” alert popping up.
Both these issues go away for the most part as the device dries up. Make sure that you wipe down the device as soon as it is out of the water, and if you are especially worried, the old bag of rice trick works as well. Avoid using a blow dryer though, as the intense heat may affect the components. The “moisture detected” alert is a useful fail safe that helps avoid any problems when plugging in the device to charge.
Problem #5 – Auto correct issue with stock Samsung keyboard
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Quite a few users have found the auto replace feature of the stock Samsung keyboard to be acting up in weird ways. When ending a sentence with an exclamation point or question mark, the auto corrected word changes to something completely different and unrelated.
The only option here is to either turn off the auto replace feature, or move to a third-party keyboard that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Hopefully, a future software update will address this problem.
Problem #6 – Connectivity issues
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A lot of users face connectivity issues with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when they pick up a new phone, and the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are no exceptions. That said, these devices did suffer from a serious Wi-Fi connectivity problem, but that has been addressed with a software update.
Wi-Fi connection keeps dropping
This seems to be a very common issue, specifically with wireless routers that support both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Go into the Advanced settings in the Wi-Fi menu of the phone, and look for Wi-Fi Frequency Band. Change it from the default Automatic selection to 2.4 GHz only, and this seems to fix the problem for most users.
Cannot connect to Wi-Fi
Turn the device and the router off for at least ten seconds, then turn them back and retry the connection.
Go to Settings – Power saving and ensure that this option is turned off.
Use the Wi-Fi Analyzer to check how crowded your channel is, and switch to a better option.
Forget the Wi-Fi connection by going to Settings – Wi-Fi and long tapping the connection you want, then selecting “Forget”. Re-enter the details and try again.
Make sure the router firmware is up to date.
Make sure the applications and software on the device are up to date.
Go into Wi-Fi – Settings – Advanced and make a note of your device MAC address, then make sure that it is allowed access in the router’s MAC filter.
Check the manufacturer’s manual for the device and the car and reset your connections.
Ensure that you are not missing a vital part of the connection process.
Go to Settings – Bluetooth and ensure nothing needs changing
Go into Settings – Bluetooth delete all prior pairings and try setting them up again from scratch.
Guides – soft reset, hard reset, wipe cache partition, boot into Safe Mode
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Press and hold the power button and volume down key simultaneously for about 10 seconds until the device powers off. This works when the screen is unresponsive.
With the device turned off, press and hold the volume up key, home button, and power button simultaneously.
When the Samsung logo appears, release the power button, but continue to hold the volume up and home buttons.
When the Android system recovery screen appears, release all buttons.
Use the volume down button to toggle the selection to “wipe data/factory reset,” then press the power button to accept it.
Use the volume down button to toggle the selection to “Yes — delete all user data,” then press the power button.
Wait for the reset to finish. You will eventually be prompted to “Reboot system now.” Press the power button to continue.
If the phone is on, go to Settings – Backup & reset – Reset device – Erase Everything.
Wipe cache partition
With the device turned off, press and hold the volume up key, home button, and power button simultaneously.
When the Samsung logo appears, release the power button, but continue to hold the volume up and home buttons.
When the Android system recovery screen appears, release all buttons.
Use the volume down button to toggle the selection to “wipe cache partition,” then press the power button to accept it.
When the previous menu returns, go up and select “Reboot system now,”
Boot in Safe Mode
When the device is turned off, turn the device on again and press and hold the volume down button until a “Safe Mode” button shows up. Tap that button to boot your device in safe mode.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are now on sale in the UK, and the S7 Active may well be coming soon. We present our complete guide to the Galaxy S7, covering everything from the Galaxy S7 UK release date, Galaxy S7 UK price, Galaxy S7 features and Galaxy S7 specifications to details on Samsung’s Galaxy upgrade programme. Plus: Google’s March security update now rolling out to S7 edge in the UK. Also see: Samsung Galaxy S7 review and Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
After producing the best phone of 2015, there’s a lot of pressure on Samsung to come up with the next Samsung Galaxy phone that everyone will want. Not only will it have to go up against the current iPhone 6S, but new devices such as the LG G5 which has caused a stir with its new design including an accessory slot. Also see: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5.
Samsung says the new Galaxy S7 phones are ‘created for today’s mobile lifestyle’. Find out how they will compete with the opposition in our piece: the best phones coming in 2016. You can also check out our individual Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review and Samsung Galaxy S7 review.
Finally, our colleagues at Macworld UK have conceded that the S7 may even have the iPhone beaten on a few fronts. See their comparison review, iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Three things Samsung does better.
Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge release date and price UK, Samsung upgrade programme
Those who pre-ordered before 5 March will have received the phone early on 8 March, and received a free Gear VR headset. Also see: Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Samsung Galaxy S7.
The S7 is priced at £569 and the S7 edge is £639, and are available to buy from Samsung here. Do note, though, that if you buy from Samsung today, you shouldn’t expect to receive the phone until 22 March.
Before you rush out and buy the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, however, note that Samsung phones are notorious for rapidly dropping in price in the few months following their launch. Idealo suggests you could see a price drop of up to 21 percent within three months.
Not everyone is prepared to wait, though, and Carphone Warehouse is already reporting preorders are exceeding expectations. In the first 48 hours following launch, it saw preorders for the new phone up 200 percent on the Galaxy S6. You can pre-order from Carphone Warehouse here.
A problem for many people will be that they buy the Galaxy S7 and then a year down the line will want the new Galaxy S8 (expected Galaxy S8 release date: March 2017), but will be tied into a two-year contract. Samsung offers an upgrade programme for £24.58 per month whereby you will receive the latest Galaxy S-series flagship every 12 months. Click here to find out more details on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 upgrade programme.
The Samsung Galazy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will also be available in 24K gold, platinum and 8k rose gold. These are sold in a wooden box with a wireless charger and Gear VR. The 24k gold Galaxy S7 costs £1700 plus VAT (£2040 inc VAT), while the 24k gold S7 edge costs £1800 plus VAT (£2160 inc VAT). For the platinum model you’ll pay £1800 plus VAT (£2160 inc VAT) for the S7 and £1900 plus VAT (£2280 inc VAT) for the edge. Finally, for rose gold the S7 is priced at £1750 plus VAT (£2100 inc VAT) and the S7 edge at £1850 plus VAT (£2220 inc VAT). If you have a spare couple of grand to spend, visit Truly Exquisite.
Will there be a Samsung Galaxy S7 Active?
The fact the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are now waterproof may lead you to think there won’t be a Samsung Galaxy S7 Active. But that didn’t stop Samsung with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S5 Active.
Notorious leakster Evan Blass (@evleaks) has tweeted an image that suggests AT&T is testing a handset known as the G891A. That’s important because the Galaxy S6 Active was codenamed G890A. It’s likely that this new handset is its successor.
However, those in the UK are likely to be once again disappointed if they are hoping to get a Galaxy Active handset over here. This one could well be another AT&T exclusive.
Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge specs and new features
The Galaxy S7 edge is now reportedly receiving Google’s March security update in the UK. The 74.38MB update is achieved OTA, and offers several important fixes to various vulnerabilities within Android. Also see: How to update Android.
Let’s kick off with what aren’t technically new features but things which Samsung has decided to bring back on the Galaxy S7 models. Fans disappointed with the Galaxy S6’s lack of waterproofing and expandable storage will be pleased with the news, indeed. The S7 features an IP68 rating which Samsung is pitching at water-resistant and a Micro-SD card slot which can take up to 200GB cards. Even better, you can move apps to SD!
Colours include Black Onyx, Gold Platinum and the edge will also come in Silver Titanium – although we saw a regular model in this colour at the launch event.
The third big thing being requested by users is a removable battery but the news isn’t so great on this front. Although the battery is bigger – 3000mAh for the S7 and 3600mAh on the edge model – it’s stuck inside the phone. Samsung got two out of three, at least.
You’re probably wondering whether Samsung has opted for a USB Type-C port which we’ve seen on a number of devices in recent months. The answer is no which we think is a little odd, instead the Galaxy S7 phones have the same Micro-USB port. The phones also only support Quick Chrge 2.0 not the new 3.0 as Samsung told us it didn’t see the value.
The rumors about iPhone 7 release date have been surfacing around the world and it is being predicted that the this premium device could be launched in Q4 of the year 2016. There is no clear understanding whether the new iPhone will be only iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus too as some of reliable sources believe it will be iPhone 7 and some other think the tech giant may release iPhone 7 Plus as well just like iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
iPhone 7 is the most anticipated device of the year 2016 that I believe, could make debut any time in winters just like iPhone 6S. The phone will be slightly larger than its predecessors and will be having other ultra advanced technology. Since the Cupertino, California based tech giant releases new iOS just before the launch of next generation iPhone, it is anticipated that the new iPhone, i.e. iPhone 7 gonna feature latest operation system with plenty of new interesting features, new UI, smarter SIRI, ultra fast processor and improved camera for clicking sharper pictures.
iPhone 7 release date
If we talk about the siblings of iPhone 7, Apple followed a set pattern for their release but a few of them were released at completely different time. If apple gonna follow the same cycle as it used for iPhone 5 and 5S, 5C, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone 6S we can anticipate that the release date of iPhone 7 will fall sometimes in September 2016.
Also see: iPhone 7 Plus release date
The first iPhone was released in 2007 and it was the most hyped consumer product followed by release of iPhone 3G, iPhone 3G S, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and 5C, iPhone 6, 6 Plus and now iPhone 6S. Have a look at the release dates of different iPhones.
So if we look at the pattern that Apple is following, the first four generation iPhone was released in June month of each year with just one add release of iPhone 4S that was taken place in October 2012. The reason behind for the delay was that iPhone 4 was a huge success and the company didn’t wanted to bring new iPhone in the market.
After that tech giant follow ed different cycle wherein all the new iPhone were being released in the month of September. every year. So assuming Apple going to follow same pattern for iPhone 7 as well, I can project the iPhone 7 release date will fall sometime during September 2016 however it again depend on the company’s strategies when they want to launch new iPhone in the market.
iPhone 7 specifications
As far as specification is concern, there is not much news about it however since very new iPhone (except S’s and C’s versions) are launched with latest iOS. So iPhone 7 will going to feature new OS i.e. iOS 10 which possibly be announced latest by September 2016.
If we talk about the screen size, the device is going to feature a little bigger screen than its predecessors i.e. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus which measure screen size of 4.7 and 5.5 respectively. Therefore the new iPhone will probably feature 5.8 screen size with OLED display. As far as camera is concern, iPhone 7 will sport improved 13 megapixel primary iSight camera with 8 megapixel secondary one.
iPhone 7 features
Sapphire Glass – According to the last rumors, the new iPhone 7 may feature Sapphire glass instead of Corning’s Gorilla glass that is being used in current iPhone. Sapphire glass is pretty much tough glass which is not easily breakable and the company is already using it in iWatch. It would be fair decision if Apple decides to use the same glass in new iPhone as well. As per Macworld, Apple is backing Arizona based plant run by G T Advanced Technologies that can be used to manufacture iPhone display.
Button-less design – The company may ditch its traditional design and come up with all new button-less design for its new iPhone 7. The home button which is being used in current iPhone can be eliminated completely to provide bigger space on the screen.
Wireless Charging – The rivals like Samsung is already offering wireless charging facility to the customer which is pretty much convenient. Samsung Galaxy S6 edge can be charged wirelessly and the customers have appreciated this facility. Apple can’t afford to lag behind its rivals and it makes sense for the company to allow iPhone 7 charge wirelessly.
Improved iSight Camera – To enhance the picture quality, Apple might use iSight camera which will help you take bright and clear picture through its anticipated 13 megapixel primary camera. The iPhone 7 will be able to take pretty much better picture through its 8 megapixel secondary camera as well.
Water and dust proof – To give maximum protection to such premium device, the California based techie planing to make iPhone 7 Water as well as dust proof. According to the rumors, the phone will be waterproofed to iP67 standard which is meant for making devices water and dust proof. As per IP67 the device wouldn’t get damaged if it submerged under 1 meter water for 30 mins.
OLED display – The latest rumors suggest that the iPhone 7 may feature OLED display instead of LCD which is currently being used. OLED screen generates its own light to illuminate however LCD screen requires back light to glow.
iPhone 7 price
With all these advanced features, I can anticipate the price of iPhone 7 may fall between the price range of 1000-1200 USD depending upon different locations and GB memory. The Phone could be available in contract with mobile carriers but at this point of time it is pretty hard to predict which carrier will have the privilege. With contract, the consumer will have to spend a couple of hundred dollar initially and rest can be paid in due course as contract lasts.