A closer look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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A closer look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are both impressive smartphones, offering a wide range of features. Join us, as we take a closer look at all the key benefits these flagships have to offer.

Feel the power

Despite the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge’s huge 3000mAh battery, the devices still offer the Power Saving Mode and Ultra Power Saving Mode. These features let you stay charged for longer when you’re on the go. But how and when should you use Power Saving Mode and Ultra Saving Mode?

Power Saving Mode

Switching to Power Saving Mode is quick and easy. You can even control when it kicks in. Here’s how:

  • Tap the Apps icon on the Home screen

  • Select ‘Settings’

  • Scroll down and select ‘Battery’

  • Tap ‘Power Saving Mode’ to open its settings page

  • Move the slider to turn it on

Once it’s been enabled, you’ll have a choice of options: immediately or at 5%, 15%, 20% or 50% battery.

Ultra Power Saving Mode

If you’re looking to really conserve battery life, the Ultra Power Saving Mode is just the ticket you need. Here’s how you activate Ultra Power Saving Mode:

  • Tap the Apps icon on the Home screen.

  • Select ‘Settings’

  • Scroll down and select ‘Battery’

  • Tap ‘Ultra Power Saving Mode’ to open its settings page

  • Move the slider to turn it on

Once you’ve done this, a grayscale theme will be applied to your Home screen and only three applications will be available: phone, messages and Internet.

When you’re in Power Saving or Ultra Power Saving mode, be aware that all of the Apps that use sync to update, including messages and emails, won’t update until you open them. Performance speed will also slightly decrease, and location services won’t be able to function until you’ve charged your phone or switched back to the normal setting.

Switch it over

So you’ve unboxed your shiny new Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge and now you’re immediately faced with the painful task of transferring all your apps and data over. However, fear not, because with the Samsung Smart Switch Mobile App you can transfer all your content over in one fell swoop.

This handy feature gives you the freedom to transfer your contacts, music, photos, calendar, text messages, device settings and more to your new Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge.

Depending on the phone you previously had, there are various ways which you can transfer old content to your new phone. Here are your options:

Android™ owners

  • Wireless device-to-device transfer
  • Wired transfer from your Android device to your new Samsung Galaxy 7 or S7 edge

iOS™ owners

  • Wired transfer from your iOS device to your Samsung Galaxy 7 or S7 edge.
  • Import data from iCloud™.
  • PC/Mac transfer using iTunes™

BlackBerry owners

  • Wireless device-to-device transfer
  • Wired transfer from your BlackBerry device to your new Samsung Galaxy 7 or S7 edge.

The Smart Switch feature is built into the Samsung Galaxy device. During the initial setup you’ll be asked if you want to use Smart Switch to speed up the setup process. If you don’t have time to do this straight away, you can always launch it later, by selecting Settings in the Backup and Reset section.

Once the devices have communicated with each other, you’ll be given the option to choose what content you want moved over to your new Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. If you’re transferring content from Android to Android, you can get pretty specific – moving across Wi-Fi connection data and even alarm clock preferences.

Make sure you’ve got enough power during the Smart Switch transfer process, as it can take upwards of an hour to complete. But once the process is complete you’ll have all of the important content you wanted from your old device.

Put your finger on it

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge gives you the ability to unlock your phone quickly, using your finger or thumb as your password wherever it’s supported. Unlike the pattern, pin or password options available, the fingerprint scanner feature eliminates the task of entering any security information whatsoever.

Setting up the fingerprint sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S7 is incredibly easy to do. Firstly, choose the finger or thumb you naturally use to unlock your phone. Then, you’ll go through a 13-part process, which takes photos of your finger or thumb in order to create a complete picture.

How does it work? Well, having so many different shots of your fingerprint means you can put your finger or thumb on the button anyway you want, and as long as it lines up with the complete picture, your phone will unlock.

When setting up a fingerprint on the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, make sure you grab at least two pictures of your finger or thumb across the sensor diagonally. An assortment of pictures of it in different positions will strengthen the features ability to unlock.

If you didn’t complete the fingerprint sensor application on setup, here’s how you can enable it at a later stage:

  • Go to ‘Settings’

  • Tap the ‘Lock Screen and Security’ option, located under the personal tab

  • Select the ‘Fingerprints’ option and confirm

  • Then touch and lift your finger from the home button, until it reaches 100% and then choose continue

  • Create a backup password and then choose ‘Done’

And then you’re good to go. You can go through the same process again and add multiple fingerprints in the event you want to unlock your device with a different finger, or if you want to give somebody else access. It is possible to add up to four different fingerprints to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

Steal a glance

Stay on track with Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge’s Always On Display (AOD) feature. This allows you to easily check the time and date, as well as allowing you to keep up to date with missed calls and text messages when the phone is on standby mode. So even after locking your device, the screen will remain dimly lit.

The default setting displays the time, with the information moving around on the screen every few seconds (a bit like a screensaver). Alerts and messages will also be shown on the display, if and when they come through.

What’s more, there are a variety of clocks, calendars and themes that you can choose from. This gives you the option to customise your phone to fit your personality.

When you use the Always On Display feature, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge’s AMOLED display is actually turned off, meaning you consume less power. You’d be surprised just how much battery a quick press of the power button every hour can actually use.

It’s the Galaxy S7’s AMOLED display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor that make this feature possible. The two work together to minimise battery usage, resulting in less drain on your battery life.

The best way to get used to Always On Display is to explore its settings for yourself. To do so, just follow these easy steps:

  • Open ‘Settings’

  • Select ‘Display and Wallpaper’

  • Then ‘Always On Display’

  • Then choose ‘Content to show’ from the list, to display a drop-down menu with three options: clock, calendar and image.

There are eight clocks, two calendars and three different images to choose from. However, further customisations are available from Samsung’s theme store.

Another great element to this feature is that you control when it starts, and how long it’s active for. So whether you want it for your full shift at work or only in the night time, you can pick whatever works best for your schedule.

Snap Happy

Offering one of the best smartphone cameras to date, The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge have mastered the art of low-light photography. Even though the Galaxy S6 offered more in terms of megapixels, the Galaxy S7 is sharper when it comes to autofocusing and capturing those dark-lit shots.

Each of the 12 MP has two ‘photobodies’ instead of the usual one. What this means is that the professional-grade sensor can focus twice as quickly and accurately.

The aperture has been widened to f/1.7, meaning more light is allowed into the lens, and the result is much brighter night shots without that grainy feel.

Whether you’re capturing vast landscapes or wide-angle close-ups, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge’s camera provides a superb clarity. The impressive sensor is a thing of power. It gives you the tools to shoot in RAW, with the option to retouch later.

The ‘Pro’ mode enables you to play around with the focal length and tone of the photo, while the ‘Live Broadcast’ option lets you beam videos straight to YouTube. There’s also a motion photo tool, which captures the three seconds that happen before you press the shutter. You can then choose the moment you want to preserve as a still photo. Spotlight equips you with the tools to highlight certain parts of your face. You can really make certain features stand out by turning on Spotlight in beauty mode, which takes selfies to a whole other level.

The Samsung Galaxy 7 and S7 edge’s video features include 4K recording, slow-mo at 720p, and impressive footage from the 1080p 60fps setting – which makes a real difference when you’re taking quick-moving footage. Capture sweeping photos with ease thanks to the panorama feature. All you have to do is swipe the screen or pan your Galaxy S7 and S7 edge sideways.

Total immersion

If you’re into gaming, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are sure to get your pulse racing. Even with the most graphic heavy games, the device runs smoothly and offers less lag and battery drain than previous models. That’s the reason the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have been hailed ‘the phones gamers have been waiting for’.

The first smartphones to support the Vulkan API, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge won’t overheat in your hand even in the most intense gaming moments. This is down to the power processors and innovative liquid cooling – which is a feature you’d find in a serious gaming desktop systems.

And with the sizable 3,600 mAh battery, you can play your favourite games on the go to your heart’s content.

The devices’ game launcher acts as the ultimate control centre for your games. The centre conveniently stores all of your games, old and new, in one easy-to-reach place. You can even adjust the setting on certain games to save power.

It’s important to share those victorious moments with the world. That’s why the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge offer gameplay recording. This allows you to send and upload those brilliant wins. Here’s a breakdown of each of the other Game tools.

  • No alerts during the game: Toggles alerts and notifications on or off while you’re playing.

  • Lock Recents and Back Keys: Disables the recent apps and back buttons on the bottom of the phone to avoid you accidentally hitting them while playing.

  • Minimise game: Pauses the game and shrinks it into a tiny icon so you can do something else on your phone. Simply tap the icon to return to the game.

  • Screenshot: Take a picture of your gameplay, which saves in the Gallery app.

  • Settings: Opens the Game Tools options in the Settings app.

Do you have the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge? Let us know your favourite feature in the comments below.

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