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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Get Airtel 4GB Data + Extra N1000 Free Airtime For N1000

Browsing tweaks are something very rare at this time, but only those who cannot sacrifice a small amount of money for the best Internet data plans lack behind this day. I know you still blend with the Airtel Bis Plan of 3GB For 1k on your Android phones and PC, but what if I tell you that you can still use the same N1000 to 4GB of data plus additional free N1000 airtime to make calls?
Yes, it's possible, but you have to study this report very well, not just jump straight to the dialing USSD code. Below is the procedure to get it done.

To activate Airtel 4GB For N1,000

  1. Get a new Airtel SIM card or older, place it in an MTK Android device. Make sure the SIM card is registered.
  2. Recharge N1,000 on your Airtel SIM card using the USSD code *555*Card Pin#
  3. You will be credited with 1GB worth of Internet data and N1,000 bonus airtime for Airtel to Airtel calls. You can check your balance and bonus information by dialing the USSD code *556#.
  4. Now dial this USSD code *431# to subscribe to the Airtel 3GB plan for N1000, remember it is the BIS plan that works on Android devices tweaking via IMEI. 
  5. Tweaks your Android phone IMEI with this Blackberry 10 IMEI below: => 356760051192***
  6. You get 3GB data in some device, and sometimes you would see an error message.
  7. Just ignore the message, your N1000 will be deducted, and you will be credited with the 3gb worth of Internet data. Check your new data balance by dialing *140#.
Now, you have a total of 4GB worth of data plus 1k free airtime with just N1000 Even if you do not change your IMEI, the first 1GB data given to you will work on your device, but if you want to use the 3GB data That You subscribed for, you will have to tweak your IMEI to that of a BB10 device IMEI.

NOTE: This package works perfectly on New and Old Airtel SIMs. SIMs That are being used on MTK Android devices, but if you are using a non-MTK device with an old Airtel SIM, you will only be Eligible for 3GB With That N1000 subscription. That Means you need an MTK Android device if you want the method to work for you, and if your old sim does not work, you still have nothing to lose as you will still be given 3GB worth of data for 1k.

Hope this info helps! Feel free to share this post with your friends using the Share / Like buttons. Ask your question using the comment box below.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Latest: LG G5 Review

Read our review of the LG G5 Android smartphone to everything you need to know to learn.

The smartphone market was somewhat taken aback this year by the new flagship of LG, the LG G5, which is quite a departure from what we've known to the series to be. That's not always a bad thing; Change can be good. But often the question arises: Is this the right direction? And that is certainly the case with the G5.

An all-metal build is new territory for the Korean manufacturer. Despite that, and for better or worse, SC refuses to let to let the removable battery. Yes, this is the only metal built smartphone that allows the user to change batteries and go from 0 to 100% in a few seconds, via a smart eject state slot design. Let's look at our LG G5 review as this new approach hits the nail on the head, or as LG has to take it back to the drawing board.

Overview

Price: $624
Availability: Yes
Model: G5

WHY IT IS A TOP PICK: Unique design with metallic eject-able battery and wide angle camera.

What we liked:
LG's persistence to maintain a removable battery, despite the move to premium
Camera user has flexibility between standard or wide angle lenses
Final design opens doors to smart accessory add-ons

What we don't:
A 0.2 "smaller screen in almost the same phone form-factor as the G4
Although metal-built, the surface does not feel premium like it should.
LG user interface (UI) is fast, but has questionable changes (i.e., the removal of the drawer app)

LG G5 Specification


  • Display: 5.3" IPS LCD, QHD (2560x1440 pixels)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (quad-core, 2.15 GHz)
  • Memory: 4GB of RAM
  • Storage: 32GB internal and up to 200GB microSD expansion
  • Rear Camera: 16MP (f/1.8) and 8MP (f/2.4, wide angle), OIS, laser AF
  • Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.0
  • Battery: 2,800 mAh (removable)
  • Software: Android 6.0.1 with UX 5.0 user interface
  • Colors: Silver, Titan, Gold, Pink
  • Price: $624

Design

LG entirely new design includes the G5 in metal, with a smooth matte finish.

The LG G5's design / build is nothing like its predecessor, whatsoever. This is definitely what we call an overhaul. The drive behind this change was the initiative of the industry premium smartphone materials. LG has a place as the cream of the crop, and it could no longer allow competitors seem to have the upper hand.


The G5’s uni-body metal design is pretty basic. The back cover looks like just a sheet of metal, with no interruption (aside from the camera modules and fingerprint scanner). Typically on metal builds, there are plastic antenna lines that cut through. Not so here. What LG has done instead is ran the antennas how they pleased, then covered it all with a uniform metallic paint primer finish (matte).

That approach makes for a nice, clean look, but it impugns on the premium feel. In my opinion, it doesn’t feel too far from plastic, which kind of defeats the purpose. However, it does feel sturdier and more rigid than last year’s G4.
The rounded sides make for a secure grip and clean look. The front glass slightly slopes at the top into the frame.

The sides are also tidy. They’re rounded and wrap around to the front glass very cleanly. I quite enjoyed the phone’s handling; your fingers wrap around the rounded sides for a nice grip. However, where the back cover and sides meet could’ve been machined a bit more smoothly. The edge is hard and a little sharp to the touch, but at least it gives off a sleek shine.



The top of the phone is fairly bare, except for the 
3.5mm headphone jack, IR blaster, and microphone.             The bottom holds the single speaker and brand new USB                                                                                                                   Type-C port. The module is ejected by the button on the side. 

When you move your eyes towards the bottom of the phone, you’ll notice a peculiar seam. It’s not present because of design laziness, this is where the bottom can pull apart from the chassis. There’s a covert button on the left side of the phone, towards the bottom, that releases the module.

When you press the eject button, the module             You must pull firmly to detach the battery from disengages and the battery slides out.              the module. To reinstall, line up the two arrows.

The core purpose behind this feature is to maintain battery swappability, but there’s more than meets the eye here. It opens the doors to add-ons that can expand the G5’s functionality. Our friends at Verizon were kind enough to send us one of these modules – the Cam Plus.
The Cam Plus module is one of the add-ons that you can buy right now.

It works simply by swapping the battery into the module and sliding it back in the phone’s slot. In particular, the Cam Plus adds physical camera controls to the G5’s camera experience. It includes a zoom wheel and shutter button. What’s more, it has it’s own battery pack, that boosts the total battery capacity to 4,000 mAh (from the phone’s stock 2800 mAh) battery. If you often use your phone for pics/videos, you’ll love this accessory.
From left to right, the Cam Plus module includes a                 The Cam Plus module adds a little bull on the bottom, partly record button, shutter button (two-stage for                  because it adds extra battery capacity.
focus), wheel zoom, and on/off switch.

On another module, LG partnered with Bang & Olufsen (high-end audio manufacturer) to make a HiFi 32-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) add-on, for higher quality tunes on headphones. But unfortunately, this one hasn’t made its way state-side yet.

Currently, these are the only two modules we know about, which poses the concern: How useful will this feature be? Of course, new concepts need to start somewhere, and LG has opened the design up to third-party manufacturers. We just don’t know how many will take them up on it, or when more modules will come out.

Performance

Like its flagship competitors, the G5 also packs Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chipset, the Snapdragon 820. It’s a sure bet that any phone powered by this beast will be blistering fast, and the G5 is no exception. The software’s response is super snappy across the board. You can multitask and push visuals all you want, the G5 plows through tasks and asks for more.

I’m not sure if it’s fast processing or software refinement (or both), but the software is much smoother than LG’s previous phones. It’s almost as fluid as stock Android, which deserves an applaud. Samsung newest flagships are also powered by Qualcomm’s latest, but they still bear the occasional stutter/hiccup.
The Snapdragon 820 is Qualcomm’s latest top-end chipset (quad-core).

The performance of the fingerprint scanner was also well done. It also serves as the power button, but you don’t need to press it before it scans. Just lay your finger on it and the phone will turn on and unlock. Alternatively, you can double tap to wake or sleep the phone.
LG rear-mounted power button doubles up as a fingerprint scanner. The volume rocker has now been moved to the side (whereas previous iterations had it on the back as well).

External audio is once again powered by a mono, bottom-firing speaker. It can keep up with any other smartphones that follow suit (Galaxy, iPhone, etc.), but can’t hold a candle to front-facing speakers. Also on the bottom, I’d like to point out that LG keeps up with the times and incorporates the latest USB Type-C standard. So you’re able to insert the connector any which way, and it also packs Quick Charge 3.0 (about 40% more efficient than QC 2.0). This one-ups the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge, which still have microUSB and QC 2.0.

Display

Despite rumors of LG adopting AMOLED technology for the G5’s screen, we instead have an IPS LCD panel once again. But don’t fret, it’s a fine display. Colors are more vibrant than before and there’s great contrast. The G5 continues to use a QHD resolution, so images are still super sharp. But some folks may be bothered that LG dropped the screen size from 5.5″ in the last two flagships to 5.3″.
The G5’s IPS LCD display is slightly smaller than before (at 5.3″) but is more brilliant than ever.

My biggest gripe is the brightness. The flagship arena puts up stiff competition these days, so you really need to be on your game. The max brightness on the G5 falls short in my opinion; I’m often left wishing it would go about 25% brighter. It can be a struggle to see the screen outdoors. I have a Galaxy S7 Edge on-hand and its screen wipes the floors with the G5 in this respect.
In a max brightness comparison between the Galaxy S7 Edge (left) and LG G5 (right), Samsung is the clear winner.

Camera

LG magic slot is not the only unique feature on the G5. If you haven’t noticed, there’s something interesting on the back – dual cameras.
The G5 packs two different lenses, with a standard 75 deg viewing angle (left) and wide 135 deg (right).

No, 3D recording isn’t making a comeback. The purpose here is to give the user flexibility over the field of view. One of the cameras is at a standard angle and the other is much wider. This does come as an expense to megapixel count, though. The standard module is 16MP while the wide-angle is 8MP.

Battery

LG had to drop the battery’s capacity slightly to execute the new design. We’re looking at a 2,800 mAh battery versus 3,000 mAh on the G4 last year. It’s never good when battery capacity has to drop (battery life one of the most important factors in smartphones), but the G5 manages. Unless you’re a hardcore user, you should get through a day before having to run to an outlet. The battery life does lean dangerously to that borderline, though.

My testing consisted of typical apps, like Chrome, Google Maps, email, Twitter, Pandora, camera, and Feedly, between T-Mobile’s network and WiFi. I was pretty satisfied by LG’s minimal standby drain, this is mainly what kept the phone lasting.

One could justify the smaller battery with the swappability feature, but I imagine that some folks may just prefer a large battery instead.

Software

As expected, we’re looking at the latest version of Android, 6.0.1 (Marshmallow). Albeit, LG likes to throw on top its own custom UI. It’s dubbed “UX” and the G5 brings it up to version 5.0.

Compared to UX 4.0, we have some streamlined aesthetics and simplified functions. I feel like the experience is refined and much more unified than before. For instance, you’ll see the same minimalistic styling in the drop-down notification panel as in the Settings menu.

There are also more fluid animations/transitions throughout; it really makes for a pleasant experience, which rivals stock Android quite nicely. This sentiment is also attributed to the super responsive software. Actions work quickly, smoothly, and without stutter.

LG has toned down some of its features, such as the exclusion of the multi-window function and even the removal of the app drawer (a controversial move that didn’t sit too well with users – LG is said to be adding it back in a software update). But some important ones did come back, like the ability edit the bottom navigation keys or the awesome manual camera controls. A newcomer is the Always-On display feature. It keeps a portion of the display lit when on standby to show you information like the time, date, and notifications.

Final Thoughts

The LG G5 holds its own in today’s tough flagship arena. The hardware doesn’t provide the most refined package, but LG knows how to catch our eye. While premature, that modular capability is a really cool concept, and we hope that other phone makers follow suit. The wide-angle camera is another standout and thoughtful feature. We can’t wait to see where LG goes from here.

Monday, May 9, 2016

How to Root Tecno Camon C8 Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow

After updating your Tecno C8 to Android 6.0, what come to mind next is rooting. Good news! rooting of tecno C8 via recovery is now available all thanks to Hovatek for porting the twrp recovery for Tecno C8 Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.



Things You Need to Root Tecno Camon C8 Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow

  • PC/Laptop
  • Twrp Recovery For Tecno C8: Download
  • VComm Drivers Window 7
  • VComm Drivers Window 8/10
  • Sp FLash Tool
  • Download SuperSU.zip then save it in your phone memory not SD card.

How To Install Recovery on Tecno C8
  1. Connect your device to your PC
  2. Send the SuperSu to your external sdcard
  3. Discount and put your Phone off
  4. The Twrp Recovery you downloaded unzip it on your desktop
  5. Launch your Sp Flash Tools
  6. load the scatter file from the Sp flash Tools
  7. Navigate and select the scatter file in the unzip Twrp folder
  8. Tick just recovery in the Sp flash
  9. In the select option on Sp flash tools put Download only
  10. Click Download
  11. Connect the switched off phone (with battery inside) to the PC via USB cord
  12. A progress bar should start running
  13. Wait till you get a Success message (green circle with OK), do not interrupt before then


Nice job you have successfully flash recovery on your tecno c8.

How To Root Tecno C8
1. Boot to recovery mode (power off your device then Hold power button and Volume Key same for five Sec.)
2. In Twrp Recovery Choose install zip from phone navigate to the SuperSu.zip in your phone memory (use volume key to scroll) to install
3. After Flashing navigate back and reboot

Congratulation your are rooted
Now Enjoy Your Rooted Device

Are You lost? Ask your Questions.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

MTN Destroys The Competition With New 5GB Data For N2000

Earlier this week, I posted MTN’s new internet data plan that offers 3.75GB for N2000.

The company isn’t losing any steam, it released another bundle plan plus bonus credit offer that shook the fabrics of the internet market in Nigeria. This is total damnation, MTN is aggressively fighting back to win back millions of internet subscribers that dumped the network for cheaper alternatives and it appears MTN has got the magic wand on this one.

Expect to see returning customers on the MTN network. Competition is always good as it ensures companies are put to their toes. The massive decrease in internet data plan on the MTN network might be the final straw to the unleashing of its super high speed internet to Nigerians using the newly acquired Visafone spectrum that has caused a lot of controversies.

To get the MTN 5GB Data Plan for N2000

Please note that you must have migrated to MTN Truetalk by dialing *400# before you can use this plan.

SMS, D2000 to 131.

You will also be gifted with N2560 free airtime. Now, this is the real deal.

Update May 3, 2016: We tried using the code and it gave us 2GB of data rather than 5GB. We also called MTN customer care for clarification but their response was shameful as best. So I suggest you call them before trying it.

Disclaimer: We can’t guarantee you’ll get 5GB of data with the code mentioned in the article, though some users have recorded success, however.

Source:Techrez

MTN Releases New 3.75GB, 1.3GB Data Plans: 500% Better Value


South Africa based telecommunication network, MTN has introduced new data plans that works for all device.
The network provider says its new data plan offers a whopping 500% increment over existing data plans in the country.

MTN Nigeria faces stiff competition like never before from rivals. Recently, the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC revealed that Glo Nigeria had overtaken MTN with the highest number of internet subscribers. MTN could be looking to reclaim the crown after 2.6 million internet subscribers dumped its network, porting to other telecom companies who offered better options.

Here’s How To Subscribe The MTN Data Plan

SMS 110 to 131 to get the new 3.75GB data plan (N2000)

SMS 106 to 131, 2.13GB data (N1000)

The new MTN data plans works on devices; Android, iOS, Windows 10 Mobile and PC.

First HTC SmartWatch to be Launched in June

First HTC SmartWatch

HTC has been into rumours and leaks since the news came up that its manufacturing the next Nexus phones from Google this year and its quite hyped already. But who was waiting for a HTC Smartwatch? Because we have informations on when its making an appearance! So… Happy?

A little ways back, famous tipster Evan Blass tweeted away about an upcoming HTC smartwatch saying it would release in April. However, as you may have noticed, this never happened. But this doesn’t mean that we’re not getting it.

Evan Blass just tweeted a follow-up to his post back in February about an upcoming HTC smartwatch. Apparently, the device is real, it was just delayed. Now there’s belief that HTC will release this wearable in the second week of June.
Leaked HTC Smartwatch

We’ve been hearing about a HTC wearable, or smartwatch for over a year now so it wouldn’t surprise us if this once again doesn’t happen. So don’t get too excited just yet. I’m sure many of you are curious to see what HTC could have in store for a smartwatch. If the smartwatch is to run Google’s Android Wear, we might just hear more about it Google I/O, which is just about two weeks away. This would give HTC some time after I/O to prepare for its expected rollout in June. We’ll see what we get.

Seems pretty awesome as seeing a new Wearable tech from HTC for the first time is like an awesome thing! Can’t wait to see it on more “image” leaks and announcements. Let us know what are you looking forward the most in the HTC-made Smartwatch launching on June! We are here to listen to you and have a healthy discussion!

Report: Huawei and Xiaomi to launch smartphones with curved panels from Samsung and LG


For as long as one can remember, phone displays have been much very like the world was once considered to be flat. Curves are good, you see, so that Samsung and LG have been bending their displays for several years now. Product categories include Smartwatches, smartphones, fitness bands and television.

Following in the footsteps of last fall’s BlackBerry Priv and this spring’s Vivo’s Xplay 5 – both of which allegedly use Samsung dual curved edge panels - A new report from a Chinese site MyDrivers claims that Xiaomi will make use of a flexible LG display and Hauwei to make use of one from Samsung. The new devices are expected to be released in September.

Huawei


Huawei device is said to be called the "Mate Edge" and will use Samsung dual curved edge display OLED prowess. As Samsung is careful the brand only the screens on its own products as Super AMOLED, the phone will thus likely make use of a simple “standard” AMOLED. The phone is said to be powered by Huawei Kirin 950 SoC itself and together with 4 GB of RAM. It is expected to cost around 4,000 yuan, which is about $617.

As for design, it can be assumed that the device will visually look similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and probably follow the trend Huawei has set of putting a fingerprint reader on the back of the device.

It is worth mentioning that the price point mentioned is quite high for a company typically associated with more affordable products. By the time it would release, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge may very well have reduced in price to around the same amount thus inadvertently creating a fair bit of competition.

Xiaomi


Xiaomi device is rumored to be called "My Edge" or "Mi Note Edge" and use a flexible display from LG. As for the display, the report suggests that it will have a curved edge, however, keep in mind that LG Display has yet to commercially produce the two edges of the panel curves shown behind closed doors at CES 2015, it is possible that the phone will use a display similar to the LG G Flex series.

In terms of specifications, it is said that Xiaomi will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM and a 16 megapixel rear camera. It should cost 3,000 yuan with is roughly $463, which would be much cheaper than the product Huawei is trying to bring to the market, if the price reports are accurate.


Display

Assuming this report is true, it will be good news for both Samsung and LG who can benefit from contracts with rival OEMs. This will serve to help the company’s bottom line and improve fiscal performance in the coming months and even years. LG, for example, suffered this past fiscal quarter because of lower LCD panel shipments. It has frequently been mentioned that OLED panels are the “way forward” with respect to making money from display sales. A report last year found Samsung has almost all of the profit currently.

Conclusion


While seeing Samsung’s display on a different device may not be so strange, just what LG will potentially offer remains to be seen. If the company will indeed product dual curved display panels that look just like Samsung’s, there is a real question as to why the company would have failed to release it’s own product that uses it’s own panels before letting a competitor have them.

Also worth considering: what kind of implementation would be used? Some have already argued that Samsung’s non-Note Edge curves are put to waste, could Huawei or Xiaomi put the Korean conglomerate in its place?

What do you think? Would you be interested in buying a phone from Xiaomi or Huawei with a curved OLED? Are these companies innovating or are they copying? Does it even matter?
Leave a comment below!

How To Root Tecno W4 and Install Twrp V3.0.0 Recovery

Tecno W4 the first Tecno that run Marshmallow 6.0 from box. Nice device from tecno. Now over to the matter at hand rooting your tecno w4, as we all know kingroot can't root this device as at the time this was written we will be using the recovery method to get this device rooted.


Disclaimer
We are not responsible if you brick your phone at the process of flashing the recovery


FILES YOU NEED
If You have not installed Vcom Drivers on PC(window 7) You can do that Now (Google How Best To Install Vcom Drivers On Windows 7 In 5 Minute)
Vcom Drivers For Window 8 and 10 (Google How To Install MTK VCOM USB Drivers for 32 & 64 bit On Windows 10 )

How To Install Recovery on Tecno W4
  1. Connect your device to your PC
  2. Send the SuperSu to your external sdcard
  3. Discount and put your Phone off
  4. The Twrp Recovery you downloaded unzip it on your desktop
  5. Launch your Sp Flash Tools
  6. Load the scatter file from the Sp flash Tools
  7. Navigate and select the scatter file in the unzip Twrp folder
  8. Tick just recovery in the Sp flash
  9. In the select option on Sp flash tools put Download only
  10. Click Download
  11. Connect the switched off phone (with battery inside) to the PC via USB cord
  12. A progress bar should start running
  13. Wait till you get a Success message (green circle with OK), do not interrupt before then
Nice job you have successfully flash recovery on your tecno w4

Feature Of The TWRP Recovery
  1. Nvram backup
  2. boot.img backup
  3. Recovery.img backup
  4. Uboot backup
  5. Emmc repair
  6. Recovery.img and boot.img install/flash
  7. More features now working.
  8. Most features working...
  9. TWRP features working perfectly.

How To Root Tecno W4
1. Boot To recovery mode (power off your device then Hold power button and Volume Key same for five Sec.)
2. In Twrp Recovery Choose install zip from sdcard navigate to the SuperSu.zip from sdcard (use volume key to scroll) to install.
3. After Flashing navigate back and reboot.
Root Tecno W4 and Install Twrp V3.0.0 Recovery

Congratulation you are rooted
Now Enjoy Your Rooted Device
Are You lost? Ask your Questions.

Download Infinix Hot 3 X554 Stock Rom

This page contains the stock Rom of Infinix Hot 3 X554. This file allow you to restore your Infinix device's to original factory state, you can also use the file to upgrade your phone to the latest version. You will find these below files useful if you have used the flashed custom builds on your device, brick your device, tweak your device and wish to return that device to its factory state.

Warning
This site will not take responsibility if any damage happen to your device

SPECIFICATION. OF INFINIX HOT 3 X554
General
Device type: Smartphone
Model: Infinix Hot 3 X554
Announced: March 2016
Status: Available March 2016

Design
Dimensions:
Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
Display Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Size: 5.5-inch 720p display,
Design: Plastic
Colours: White, Gold, Gray
Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity and Ambient light
Touch Screen: Multi touch

Network
GSM: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G: HSDPA 900 /1900/ 2100
4G: No
SIM Type: Micro SIM (Dual SIM, Dual standby)

Software and OS
OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop with XUI
User interface: XUI
Java support: No
Facebook: Yes
Youtube: Yes

Processor
Processor Type: 64-bit Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53
Processor Name: MediaTek MT6580
Graphics Processor: Mali400-MP2

Memory
RAM: 1 GB
Internal Storage: 16 GB
External Storage: microSD, up to 32 GB

Camera
Rear: 8 MP, 3840 x 2160 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Video recording: Yes
Front-facing: 2 MP with soft flash

Multimedia

Music Support: AAC, AMR, MP2, MP3, M4A, MKA,
Loudspeaker: Yes
Video Support: MP4/MPEG4/H.263/H.264 player
FM Radio: Yes

Connectivity
Bluetooth: v4.1
WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
GPS: Yes
USB: microUSB v2.0, OTG

Battery
Battery: 3,000 mAh

Infinix Hot 3 X554 Stock Rom
Download Rom

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review - This is What You've Been Waiting For

Read about the pros and cons in our Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

In 2016, Samsung made more than one update its Galaxy S line than an overhaul. Infact, from the surface, customers will be hard to say that nothing has changed. But once you dive into the details, there are some valuable improvements.

This is especially true of S7 Edge, which now boasts a phablet-sized display and a much larger battery. Now is the perfect Android smartphone? We will see in our Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review.

OVERVIEW

Price: $792
Available: Yes
Model: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge


What we liked:
Bright and vibrant S-AMOLED curved display is a sight to see.
Dual autofocus pixel camera is lightning fast and impressive, even in low light.
Samsung reintroduce expansion of microSD and IP68 water/dust proofing into the Galaxy S line.

What we didn't:
Glass design makes the Galaxy S7 Edge one of the "MORE" fragile smartphone out there.
Samsung TouchWiz UI(User Interface) still malfunctioning the software experience.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Specifications


  • Display: 5.5" Super-AMOLED QHD (2560x1440)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (quad-core, 2.15 GHz)
  • Memory: 4GB of RAM
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB internal and up to 200GB microSD expansion
  • Rear Camera: 12MP Dual Pixel, f/1.7 aperture, 1.4µm pixels
  • Front Camera: 5MP, f/1.7 aperture
  • Battery: 3,600 mAh (non-removeable)
  • Software: Android 6.0.1 with TouchWiz user interface
  • Colors: Black, White, Silver, Gold (depending the market)
  • Price: $792


Design
The S7 Edge carries Samsung’s same unique dual-curved screen concept.

Samsung launched its fancy dual-edge curved screen concept last year on the Galaxy S6 Edge, and it it seems to be a good investment, because this year we are back with the familiar S7 edge look. As for the design, little has changed, but it is not necessarily a bad thing. Samsung combination of glass panels and metal frame still makes for one of the most sexiest smartphones out there. :)

However, this time, the Edge got a sizable display increase, to 5.5″ (compared to its predecessor’s 5.1″ screen). For some reason Samsung thought this move was fitting on the S7 Edge but not on its sibling, the non-curved Galaxy S7, which still remains at 5.1″.

The front and back panels are still Gorilla Glass 4 protected. The unit for this review is Silver Titanium (new this year), and it has this mirror-like shine.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Silver Titanium

That said, Samsung's design still leaves fingerprints. You will also need to be very careful on the surface you keep the device. Although Gorilla Glass 4 is resistant to scratches, but still it can happen. The glass also makes the phone slippery (and certainly you do not want to a device made from glass). The sloping edges don't help this fact because they reduce the grip of the hand. It is highly recommended to use the phone with a case to avoid stories that touch.

Two subtle but notable design changes from last year are a curved back (on the sides, like on the Galaxy Note 5) and a more-flush camera module.
Samsung new camera sensor is thinner and less noticeable.

The soft curves makes it possible for the phone to rest nicely in your hand, and the infamous camera hump is now a thing of the past. Physical button placement has not changed. We still have metal volume buttons on the left and the power button on the right side. The size of the Home button on the front was slightly increased (for better fingerprint recognition and usability). Capacitive Back and Recent App buttons continue to light up around the Home button (and stay hidden while not in use).
The fingerprint scanner/Home button is slightly larger but capacitive buttons are unchanged.

The bottom of the phone is also unchanged. We still have a bottom, mono speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack. A notable mention is that Samsung forewent the newest USB Type-C standard for charging/data and keeps on with the tried and true microUSB port. The competition have moved on, so this may be a concern to those who like to be on the cutting edge.
The SIM tray is still top-mounted, but now has a extra slot for a microSD card.
The S7 Edge still has a micro USB port and bottom-mounted speaker and headphone jack.

The top is mostly bare, save for antenna lines, a microphone, and SIM tray. Thankfully, Samsung listened to customers and reintroduced microSD expansion (added as a slot on the SIM tray). Not only that, but water/dust resistance is also back (debuted on the Galaxy S5 but taken away on the S6). The entire phone is sealed up tightly with an IP68 rating (can theoretically survive up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes).

Performance
The Snapdragon 820 powers the Galaxy S7 in the U.S.

Simply said, the Galaxy S7 Edge is a powerhouse. Under the hood lies the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, the quad-core Snapdragon 820. This is paired with the boosted Adreno 530 graphics chip and 4GB of RAM. Suffice to say, the software is super responsive and always seems to ask for more.

App launching is snappy and user interface (UI) navigation is satisfyingly smooth. It’s not 100% fluid, though. Occasionally, a hiccup/stutter shows up, but it’s very minimal. And we would attribute that to Samsung’s heavy UI rather than the chipset.

Last year, the S6 Edge was available in up to 128GB of internal storage. However, this time you’ll only see U.S. carriers carry the lower memory 32GB variant (a 64GB version of the S7 Edge exists in other markets). But this is because you can now tack on up to a 200GB microSD card.

Display
Samsung’s Super-AMOLED displays are a sight to behold. It can be said (arguably) that these panels substantially surpass competitor’s displays, and I believe it. The colors are vivid, images are sharp, and the panel can get super bright. I have no issue whatsoever with outdoor visibility.
The dual-curved edges add another dimension to the viewing experience.
The curved screen on the sides amplifies the screen’s eye-candy. It’s certainly subtle, and many should question if it’s worth it (the Edge variant runs about $100 more), but it does add an extra dimension to images. It looks like content falls off the edges, similar to an infinity pool.

However, this neat feature still bears the same ergonomic issue from last year. When handling the phone, your fingers get very close to touching the display, and many times does by accident.
While the curved edges are cool, they still make for accidental touches.

A new feature this year is an Always-On display. Several phone manufacturers now offer this feature, so we’re glad that Samsung has joined the club. Always-On displays information on the screen while the phone is on standby (the time, date, battery level, missed calls/messages).

Camera
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge camera performance is all-around quick and the software offers loads of shooting modes.

The S7 Edge’s camera is another standout feature. Samsung didn’t have to, but made substantial improvements (at a slight cost of megapixels, now at 12MP). The sensor is brand new, and is thinner, has larger pixels, and even faster auto-focus (AF). The lens’ aperture is larger, at f/1.7, and the pixel size is 1.4µm. This means that low-light performance is stellar. Additionally, Samsung introduced a focusing system dubbed Dual Pixel. In short, each of the sensor’s pixels are split in half and can assist in focusing. This makes AF lightning quick; you can barely see it happen.

Samsung’s camera interface remains largely unchanged. You'll get Auto HDR, camera effects/filters, and a bunch of shooting modes. One change is that the native aspect ratio is now 4:3.
Shooting modes in Samsung’s camera interface

Battery
A battery that consistently lasts over a day.

Battery life was a common complaint with the Galaxy S6 line last year. Because the S7 Edge is now larger, there’s more room for more capacity. But I don’t think anyone was expecting this much: 3,600mAh. This should be plenty for even hardcore users. I would call myself a moderate-to-heavy user and consistently get a day and half worth.

My usage consists of common apps, like Chrome, Maps, Camera, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Google Play Music, and Feedly, and panel brightness averaging about 75%. Idle battery drain is about what I’d expect, you’ll lose a few percentages overnight.

If you’re in a bind, Samsung includes two tiers of power saving modes. It’s also worth mentioning that the S7 Edge is wireless-charging capable. Many flagships have given this feature up (even Google’s Nexus 6P), because of the move to metal builds.

Software
Notifications drop-down and quick settings layout.    Home Screen of the latest TouchWiz UI.

Samsung’s UI, TouchWiz, is aesthetically unchanged from last year. You’ll still see bubbly icons and colorful accents all throughout. But with a new phone of course comes the newest version of Android. In this case, it’s Android 6.0.1 (aka “Marshmallow”). This means that you’ll get some of Google’s latest features, like a new permissions system and Now on Tap.

Multi Window can split the screen between two select apps.

You do get a sense of refinement to TouchWiz. UI navigation is fluid, and stuttering is very minimal compared to last year’s experience. Scrolling in the Recent Apps carousel or within an app is a touch smoother on the pure Android Nexus 6P, but the S7 Edge is not far off.

TouchWiz does offer several benefits to the Android experience. One glaring feature is Multi Window support – something stock Android has yet to incorporate. There is also a theming engine that gives the allow freedom to drastically alter the look of the UI.

Additionally, because this is an Edge variant, Samsung created a quick shortcut panel that you access from swiping on the edge. The options are more expansive than before. Aside from favorite apps/contacts, you can also include news, stocks, sports scores, calendar events, and weather information in the panel.

The S7 Edge packs more edge functionality, but still nothing that you couldn’t do without.

Galaxy S7 Edge Review Final Words

At first glance, it may not seem like the S7 Edge is a worthy upgrade, but we found a different story in our experience. Small phone lovers may not like the size increase, but we feel it was a benefit. The phone’s handling is improved (more material to grip onto) and we now have a considerable battery. Put this together with a brillant S-AMOLED display and an amazingly fast, high quality camera, and you have yourself a winner.

Some may still not prefer the TouchWiz UI, and I can sympathize with that. But fortunately, it’s not as bad as before. Also, the curved edges and slippery glass back don’t make for the most ergonomic phone design. Our recommendation is to slap on a case and you’re set.