Samsung Galaxy S7 Active: The Olympic performer
The Olympic performer
The Samsung Galaxy S7 active is available as a single-SIM phone and is exclusive to AT&T. Upon first opening of the dialer, we are greeted with a long winded message about AT&T video calling. This feature, though, is only usable between two Samsung devices on AT&T with AT&T carrier firmware so don't fret if you can't get it to work.
Other than that, the dialer and the phonebook are pretty much the usual TouchWiz deal.
The Do Not Disturb mode can be put on an automated schedule. When it's on, only priority notifications can get through, and you decide what counts as "priority" - it can be anything from calls from select contacts to reminders from key apps.
The Galaxy S7 active uses the good old Samsung keyboard; there's no sign of the A9 (2016)'s secondary symbols upon a long press. That aside, it's quite feature-packed, with a dedicated numbers row, a row above that for word suggestions, as well as swipe input.
The keyboard can be resized, but the range is quite limited, and in this case, you might as well stick with the default size. There's a high contrast keyboard mode, to help those with visual disabilities or if you have a preference to things with really high contrast.
Additional typing tools include swipe input, My Hot Keys (predefined phrases that can be typed by long-pressing a number key) and voice dictation.
The Galaxy S7 active delivers better loudspeaker performance in our tests than the standard Galaxy S7 model yielding a "good" score. It's not the loudest speaker around, but you shouldn't be missing calls with this one unless you're in a really loud environment.
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S Health is onboard, and it can fully utilize the heart-rate and blood oxygen sensors. It also tracks walking/running/cycling and you can manually input water and coffee intake and whatnot.
Smart Manager is a hub that controls several key areas - battery, RAM, Storage and Device security. It gives you tools to track down apps that drain the battery, use too much RAM and clean-up unnecessary files.
The Device Security tab lets you activate KNOX (protects the phone and OS from hacking but makes for longer boot times) and scan for malware. The My KNOX app lets you separate work and corporate apps and access by creating a secure, isolated space on the phone, which becomes inaccessible as soon as KNOX detects an unauthorized change in the OS.
The My Files app is the default file browser. It features Google Drive integration. You can ZIP folders to make them easier to share as a single file. It also allows batch file operations.
Finally, there's Galaxy Apps, Samsung's own app store. Galaxy Essentials is a good place to find great tools (like Kids Mode), but for general app shopping, you would probably be better off with Google Play.
Yes, there is, unfortunately, AT&T bloatware and it's enough to get its own mini chapter. These are sixteen apps that cannot be uninstalled from your phone. The only thing you can do is disable them, but even then, they'll still be taking up your internal storage.
Fortunately, disabling them is easier thanks to the "edit" button in the upper right corner of the app drawer. Perhaps you'll use some of these apps regularly like Amazon, Kindle, Uber, and maybe the Plenti app if you are a frequent customer.
The issue I encountered with my phone about a year into having it is the back button fell off somewhere. I did a Google search and that apparently is a common issue with this model. A lot of points deducted for this design flaw.
- 29 Dec 2020
I still have this phone working to this day years after its initial release. Android 8.0 it appears where the OS upgrade stopped. Though sluggish at times, it is extremely customizable in areas that 9.0 and 10.0 restrict. The main breaker for 8.0...
- 07 Apr 2020
Please I need to find out if this movil works with 3g hsdpa 900 mhz? Some pages says yes but... Thanks
- 22 Aug 2017