Samsung Galaxy S7 Active: The Olympic Performer: Telephony, Loudspeaker And Pre-installed Apps

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Telephony

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 acquire it to work.

Other than that, the dialer and the phonebook are pretty much the usual TouchWiz deal.







AT&T video calling • Dialer • Smart dial • Favorites • Contacts

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 counts as "priority" - it can be anything from calls from select contacts to reminders from key apps.





Do not disturb

Text input

The Galaxy S7 active uses the fine recent 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.






Keyboard

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 assist those with visual disabilities or if you have a preference to things with really high contrast.






Keyboard size: Smallest • Default • Biggest | High-contrast mode

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

Loudspeaker

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.

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

Sony Xperia X Performance 62.2 62.0 66.7 Below Average

Samsung Galaxy S7 66.5 62.1 66.2 Below Average

Apple iPhone 6s 66.5 64.6 65.8 Below Average

HTC 10 (Music mode) 63.1 66.7 74.3 Average

Samsung Galaxy S6 68.1 66.3 73.7 Good

LG G5 68.7 66.2 73.2 Good

Samsung Galaxy S7 active 72.1 66.3 78.5 Good

Pre-installed Apps

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 inhold and whatnot.





S health is Samsung's fitness app

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, 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 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.




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. It also allows batch file operations.






My Files

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.







Galaxy Apps

AT&T bloatware

Yes, there is, unfortunately, AT&T bloatware and it's enough to acquire 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.





AT&T folder in the app drawer

Fortunately, disabling them is easier thanks to the "edit" button in the upper correct corner of the app drawer. Perhaps you'll utilize some of these apps regularly like Amazon, Kindle, Uber, and maybe the Plenti app if you are a frequent customer.


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