Samsung Galaxy A7 Review: Alpha Leader: Telephony, Messaging, Text Input

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Dual SIM telephony

The Samsung Galaxy A7 has strong reception and the in-call sound is loud. You can utilize the In-call sound equalizer to tune the audio (say, soft or clear sound) or if you utilize a headset you can let Adapt sound to tune the equalizer automatically.

The dialer is the familiar TouchWiz app and features all the basics - smart dial, quick dial and even a video call button. When calling someone (or they are calling you), the phone will remind you when you last spoke.

Phonebook • favorites • contact details • call log

For the dual-SIM Version, you can enable and disable individual cards and toggle the always on feature - this lets you receive incoming calls on one card, even when the other is active (but uses more battery, of course). You can pick which card is used for voice and video calls and which SIM provides the data. Note that on some models SIM2 is limited to 2G only (slow data and no video calls).

The dialer is part of a tabbed app that also houses the Logs. Those are very detailed and show not only calls, but messages too and you can filter by various types of events (missed call, received message, etc.). There's even a search feature if you need to see up calls from just one number or contact.

Dialer • last spoken reminder • in-call equalizer • call rejection options

We performed our traditional loudspeaker test on the Samsung Galaxy A7 and found it a mixed back. It scored an Average, well below the Excellent of the Galaxy Note 4, but it can be quite loud with the correct ringtone. It was much quieter when used for hands-free talking though.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score

Samsung Galaxy A5 57.9 60.7 66.6 Below Average

Apple iPhone 6 Plus 67.3 65.7 66.5 Below Average

Samsung Galaxy A7 64.8 66.3 73.5 Average

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 70.5 66.6 78.0 Good

LG G3 70.2 66.6 80.2 Good

BlackBerry Passport 76.6 71.9 76 Very Good

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 74.7 73.5 81.6 Excellent

Messaging, email and text input

The Messages app gives you a row to fill with the most vital contacts. It displays messages grouped into threads and handles both regular texts and MMS messages. On a dual-SIM phone there are two Sdiscontinue buttons so it's easy to utilize either card.

Messages app • split-classy screen UI in landscape • viewing a single thread

In landscape mode, the list of threads goes on the left, while messages in the selected thread go on the right. You can utilize pinch zoom to change the font size and fully customize the background and speech bubbles. Spam messages can be blocked with the built-in filter and links in messages can be disabled to prevent accidental clicks on links from spam. Yet another feature lets you schedule messages, say for a birthday or for parking.

Customizing the see of the app • built-in spam filter • pinch zooming to change the font size

The Galaxy A7 comes with two email apps - the ubiquitous Gmail and the Android Email app. It supports multiple accounts and has a reasonably modern UI, but since the Gmail app gained support for third-party servers we prefer it overall.

Gmail is smart about categorizing messages and grouping them - e.g. all promotions go in a folder, all social network messages in another and so on, keeping the Primary folder clean and containing only the vital stuff.

Email app • Gmail

The Samsung keyboard offers an extra number row, which can be used to insert pre-written phrases by longpressing a particular number. You can utilize swipes on the keyboard to go the cursor or as an alternative to tap typing.

Samsung keyboard • landscape keyboard

A small floating keyboard is available in addition to the squished one-handed keyboards. There's intelligent predictive text feature that can learn from your messages (even your contacts' messages), your email and your social networking accounts. These are disabled by default and need your permission to activate.

Landscape keyboard • floating keyboard • additional keyboard options



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