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  1. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    So here it is! Perhaps you've already read our full review.

    Or watched our review video:



    Still have questions? Fire away! I've got answers.
    06-06-2016 12:38 PM
  2. marshalherron's Avatar
    Hey Phil! Since the GS7 has the same waterproof rating, what would be the biggest selling point for the Active over the GS& proper?
    06-06-2016 12:43 PM
  3. marshalherron's Avatar
    Hey Phil! Since the GS7 has the same waterproof rating, what would be the biggest selling point for the Active over the GS7 proper?
    06-06-2016 12:44 PM
  4. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    As usual with these sorts of forum threads, here's my multi-part question for different parts of the phone. Get ready, Phil.

    • How many hours do you get on a full-charge on your usual usage? Include SOT numbers if possible.
    • Compared to the standard GS7, how durable is it? I imagine with that sort of construction, it should take a bit of a beating, though not to extreme degrees.
    • How's the fingerprint-sensor? The same as you'd find on the standard model in terms of speed and accuracy?
    • On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the annoyance of AT&T's bloatware?
    • Can you reprogram the Active key?
    • What sort of glass is used on the display? Gorilla Glass 4 or a different type of strengthened glass?
    • That pond skip looks amazing. How many takes did you need?
    • Finally, the age-old question. Titanium Gray, Sandy Gold or Green Camo?
    06-06-2016 12:51 PM
  5. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Hey Phil! Since the GS7 has the same waterproof rating, what would be the biggest selling point for the Active over the GS& proper?
    Nope, because it's the same. I think the more robust she'll would be the bigger deal.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-06-2016 12:56 PM
  6. T48's Avatar
    Great review & thanks for taking the time to do it. With your job, you have new devices constantly. But for those of us updating every couple years, the details are much appreciated. Now to decide if the battery is worth the $100 over the reg S7 as I would use a holster type case anyway(work related issue).
    06-06-2016 01:11 PM
  7. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Great review & thanks for taking the time to do it. With your job, you have new devices constantly. But for those of us updating every couple years, the details are much appreciated. Now to decide if the battery is worth the $100 over the reg S7 as I would use a holster type case anyway(work related issue).
    It'll be better, for sure. But it's only 33 percent greater capacity.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-06-2016 01:18 PM
  8. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    As usual with these sorts of forum threads, here's my multi-part question for different parts of the phone. Get ready, Phil.

    How many hours do you get on a full-charge on your usual usage? Include SOT numbers if possible.
    I don't give SOT. It's a red herring. But I charge every night and haven't had to charge early yet.

    Compared to the standard GS7, how durable is it? I imagine with that sort of construction, it should take a bit of a beating, though not to extreme degrees.
    Watch the video. I wouldn't do that with a regular GS7.

    How's the fingerprint-sensor? The same as you'd find on the standard model in terms of speed and accuracy?
    That was something I was thinking about a lot, actually. HTC 10 is definitely faster than Samsung in that regard.

    On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the annoyance of AT&T's bloatware?
    2 — but only until I turn it off. It's more the principle of the matter.

    Can you reprogram the Active key?
    According to our review, yes.

    What sort of glass is used on the display? Gorilla Glass 4 or a different type of strengthened glass?
    Not sure, actually.

    That pond skip looks amazing. How many takes did you need?
    It's all in the wrist.

    Finally, the age-old question. Titanium Gray, Sandy Gold or Green Camo?
    Sandy Gold, for sure.
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    06-06-2016 02:10 PM
  9. tkuhe's Avatar
    Does it work with Gear VR?
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    06-06-2016 02:37 PM
  10. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Wouldn't proper buffered corner sections have been more useful, though it would ruin the aesthetics for some.

    As it is, is the screen more recessed when flat down, than... well most phones.

    Were any mallards or ducks harmed in the making of the video.
    I'm not sure what a buffered corner is. But I dig 'em on this.

    The screen's recessed maybe a millimeter. No more than normal phones.

    Didn't hut any ducks, but I did nail my trusty photog in the shins a couple times.
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    06-06-2016 03:24 PM
  11. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Does it work with Gear VR?
    I didn't even think to try, because it definitely shouldn't it.

    And guess what. It doesn't fit.
    TheSwagDaddy likes this.
    06-06-2016 03:25 PM
  12. tkuhe's Avatar
    Thanks, some conflicting reports online about if it would or not.
    So strange that they wouldnt make this fit?
    06-06-2016 03:28 PM
  13. lindseybp's Avatar
    If you had $800 to spend (approx price of this phone) would you buy this or a different phone with a rugged case on it...HTC 10 with a rugged case for example.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-06-2016 03:36 PM
  14. Michael MCATEE's Avatar
    Phil...

    If you would please..how does it sound as compared to the regular s7 and s7 edge. If you haven't already done a side by side with them will you..

    Thanks

    Posted from my AT&T S7 Edge
    06-06-2016 03:57 PM
  15. Almeuit's Avatar
    Thread Stuck .
    06-06-2016 04:19 PM
  16. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Phil...

    If you would please..how does it sound as compared to the regular s7 and s7 edge. If you haven't already done a side by side with them will you..

    Thanks

    Posted from my AT&T S7 Edge
    Maybe a little louder? I wasn't all that impressed with the GS7 in the first place when it comes to speakers.
    06-06-2016 05:02 PM
  17. T48's Avatar
    Good morning. Was curious if anyone on staff had a reg S7 by ATT nearby to see if there were any measurable dbm differences in signal? The reasoning for the question is metal/glass vs plastic/poly body & if either affected reception. If not, no worries. Will check in the store once they are released. Had a S6A last year with no issues signal wise.
    06-07-2016 07:51 AM
  18. cfoote2667's Avatar
    Nice to finally see the embargo lifted on the S7 Active, Samsungs event came and went on Friday and I was wondering what happened to this phone

    Phil, first, thanks for taking the time to brief us on the S7A, I am still on a S3 (which, amazingly, still works great, a little slow but otherwise OK!) so looking forward to the massive battery on this phone which will really help with day to day work when I'm on the go.

    How do you find the fit/finish of the S7A. I realize this is not a S7 Edge with a fancy metal backing, but do you find the buttons have a solid feel to them?

    How did you find the finger print sensor, did it work the majority of the time you used it?

    I realize updates for the Active series are always slower to come out then the regular S series, but the battery life (to me) trumps software updates. I am kind of at the point where I just need a phone 'to work'.

    Thanks for the review,

    Chris
    06-07-2016 09:24 AM
  19. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    How do you find the fit/finish of the S7A. I realize this is not a S7 Edge with a fancy metal backing, but do you find the buttons have a solid feel to them?
    It's a nice mix of rugged-esque without really being too rugged, I think. You definitely get the feeling that this thing will stand up to more abuse than other phones. But it's also not HUGE, ya know?

    And the buttons — at least in early use — seem plenty solid.

    How did you find the finger print sensor, did it work the majority of the time you used it?
    Worked fine. Though I think I've definitely decided that Samsung's fingerprint sensors aren't my favorite.
    06-07-2016 01:51 PM
  20. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Good morning. Was curious if anyone on staff had a reg S7 by ATT nearby to see if there were any measurable dbm differences in signal? The reasoning for the question is metal/glass vs plastic/poly body & if either affected reception. If not, no worries. Will check in the store once they are released. Had a S6A last year with no issues signal wise.
    Sure don't. Mine's on Verizon.
    06-07-2016 01:51 PM
  21. Almeuit's Avatar
    Still have questions? Fire away! I've got answers.
    So after all the DirectTV ads on your phone .. You're switching right? .

    (sorry couldn't resist)
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    06-07-2016 01:59 PM
  22. LonestarROB's Avatar
    What are the corners made of? Looks like you scratched yours but I thought the corners were more plastic/rubber-ish this time around. Almost like a bumper case.
    06-07-2016 03:47 PM
  23. kceb83's Avatar
    Awesome video review. Just noticed in the review you live in Pensacola! My wife and I are looking to relocate to gulf breeze from the dreary Midwest. On a scale of 1-10 how awesome is the Pensacola area?
    06-07-2016 08:54 PM
  24. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Awesome video review. Just noticed in the review you live in Pensacola! My wife and I are looking to relocate to gulf breeze from the dreary Midwest. On a scale of 1-10 how awesome is the Pensacola area?
    13
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    06-08-2016 05:44 AM
  25. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    What are the corners made of? Looks like you scratched yours but I thought the corners were more plastic/rubber-ish this time around. Almost like a bumper case.
    Cannot a bumper case scuff? Cannot a bumper case bleed?
    DarkJoker33 and jimd1050 like this.
    06-08-2016 05:44 AM
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