Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) Review: Stride Across: Telephony And Loudspeaker, Pre-installed Apps

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Telephony and loudspeaker

Our Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) is the dual-SIM model, but single-SIM versions are available too. The SIM card manager allows you to pick a preferred SIM for voice, text and data.

Setting up the dual-SIM Galaxy A7 (2016)

This is a dual-standby phone - if you acquire a call on SIM1, SIM2 will be out of reach for anyone who tries to call you. However, you can optionally have the calls to the out-of-reach card forwarded to the active card.

The Samsung dialer shows two dial keys (if you have two SIMs) so you can easily dial with either card. The call log can be filtered by SIM1 and SIM2, also by missed or rejected calls.

The dialer

The Do Not Disturb mode can be put on an automated schedule. When it's on, only priority notifications can acquire through and you decide what a priority is - you can set anything from calls from select contacts to reminders from key apps.

Do not disturb

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) has just one loudspeaker, which is more "speaker" than "loud" with a Below Average mark. This is lower than what we got from last year's model.

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

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) 66.2 64.8 66.8 Below Average

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 65.8 64.8 70.4 Average

Samsung Galaxy A7 64.8 66.3 73.5 Average

Meizu m1 note 67.7 66.2 75.7 Good

Huawei Nexus 6P 74.7 77.8 72.1 Very Good

Meizu MX5 75.7 73.5 79.5 Excellent

Text input

The Galaxy A7 (2016) uses an updated version of the Samsung Keyboard. It's quite feature-packed, with a dedicated numbers row, a row above that for word suggestions and additional characters on each key (accessible via long-press).

Portrait keyboard • landscape keyboard

If that seems too tall, you can scale the keyboard down (or up, if you want bigger keys). We don't like that the Space key is quite short, though.

Keyboard size: smallest • default • biggest

Additional typing tools include swipe input, My Hot Keys (predefined phrases that can be typed by long-pressing a number key) and voice dictation.

Other apps

Samsung continues to bundle the Microsoft app package that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Skype. Note that these are just icons, you have to download each app from Galaxy Apps before you can utilize them (this way they don't hold up storage if you don't want them).

Microsoft app package

Google's Drive is pre-installed, however, the actual document editors are not (they are a free download, though).

The Samsung-customized web browser features Web sign in - a feature that works as a password manager secured by your fingerprint. This makes log-ins as simple as unlocking the phone.

With the Samsung browser, your fingerprint is your keyboard

S Health is on board though without the advanced sensors (heart rate, blood oxygen) its functionality is more limited. It can still track walking/running/cycling and you can manually input water and coffee inhold and so on.

S health is missing the hardware sensors

Smart Manager is a hub that controls several key areas - battery, RAM, Storage and Device security. This gives you tools to track down apps that drain the battery, utilize too much Random-Access Memory (RAM) and clean-up unnecessary files.

Smart Manager • Cleaning up the storage • Cleaning up the RAM

The Device Security tab lets you activate KNOX (protects the phone and Operating System (OS) from attacks but adds a second to boot time) and scan for malware. The My KNOX app lets you separate work and personal apps by creating a secure, isolated space on the phone.

KNOX security manager

The My Files app is the default file browser. It features Google Drive integration. You can ZIP folders to create them easier to share as a single file.

My Files

Smart Switch you'll probably utilize just once, but it's still handy. It lets you import your content from your recent Android, iOS or BlackBerry device. For iOS it pulls data from iCloud, for the other platforms, the transfer happens either wirelessly or via Universal Serial Bus (USB) (which is faster).

Smart Switch

Finally, there's Galaxy Apps, Samsung's own app store. Galaxy Essentials is a fine place to find remarkable tools (like Kids Mode), but for general app shopping, you would probably be better off with Google Play.

Samsung Apps



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