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  1. mattdaddi07's Avatar
    Fresh water, clean too
    07-06-2016 06:24 PM
  2. mattdaddi07's Avatar
    Fresh water, cleanntoo
    07-06-2016 06:26 PM
  3. andrew_ackley's Avatar
    Last week I was shopping for a new phone, I've always used iPhone and thought a change would be nice. The Samsung s7 was my first option but after reading information and talking to a sales person I was convinced on spending the extra $100 for the active because it is much more water resistant and durable with a ip68 rating that says the phone is able to withstand depths of 5 feet for 30 minutes. Ha. Went to the beach yesterday and was taking pictures of my son when I noticed a camera mode called "aqua". Researched a little about it online before just dunking my phone in the water and sure enough it was meant for specifically taking pictures under water. Who wouldn't think it was safe to do after the manufacturer literally gives you functions for under water photos!? I decided to try it submerging the phone no more than a foot under water for about 10 seconds, way under the suggested limits and got a great photo of my son and I underwater. Well my screen went black minutes later and hasn't worked since. The phone has power but completely useless without the screen. Contacted samsung multiple times new and they have been absolutely no help and assume no responsibilty to falsly advertising and have told me ill most likely have to pay for the repairs to the phone. I'm shocked at the customer service. I have been absolutely stick to my stomach look at this $800 paper weight. I will never purchase a Samsung product again after seeing how much the value their customer and fail to stand behind their product.
    I have AT&T? They'll probably help u out.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    07-06-2016 09:45 PM
  4. Phoneguy108's Avatar
    People had the same issues getting their S6A wet as well. Samsung is full of it with the water resistant claims.
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    07-06-2016 11:31 PM
  5. jlczl's Avatar
    Fresh water, clean too
    There's another member in this forum that had a similar problem and Samsung had him send his phone in to be evaluated. Did they not tell you to do the same? Seems to me you have a defective phone.
    mattdaddi07 likes this.
    07-07-2016 02:19 PM
  6. mattdaddi07's Avatar
    I have AT&T? They'll probably help u out.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Yea I have AT&T I'm even an employee. They will replace the phone under insurance for 99-199 for the deductible 😒
    07-09-2016 08:33 AM
  7. Phoneguy108's Avatar
    Samsung needs to get the water issue fixed and get their act together.
    07-09-2016 09:58 PM
  8. Slade8525's Avatar
    RAW RAW RAW RAW RAW it shoots stills in RAW.... 4K downsampled gives you VERY good quality 1080P with excellent DR and low noise to play with; OIS works wonderfully (up there with Nikon VR on 18-200mm VR).

    I shoot and film professionally; this and the iPhone 6s Plus camera which also has OIS are neck and neck, and by FAR the best cameras in phones i have ever used. Granted nothing like a pro DSLR or dedicated cam shooting digital RAW film, but closest thing you'll get and incredibly accurate and FAST AF and AF tracking, even in VERY low light.

    that alone is awesome. No complaints here after some tweaks with Tasker and Greenify; spent a few weeks getting it tweaked how i like and will use it; fast, smooth, better battery life (with a bigger, higher definition display) than my S4 with a 5200mah battery. Charges FAST, wireless fast charging is also awesome, bought 3 so i dont have to use the cable.

    Frankly, this is the first phone i dont feel any need or reason to root/flash, or mess with at all, and ive been doing that since WinMo 5.0 on ancient HTC-built carrier branded devices, back in '06 or so.
    07-09-2016 11:17 PM
  9. AaronsLyfe's Avatar
    So far here are my feelings which are biased in comparison to my S5A.

    1: The screen is way too easily scratched. My S5A had 0 scratches and I beat the hell out of it.
    2: I am noticing about a 10 to 20% less signal strength on the S7A, both GSM and WIFI vs the S5A
    3: I have 0 confidence on my S7A getting wet, my S5A was tested and true, took all sorts of spills into creeks and rivers, ect.

    I love the camera, hate the bloatware. Battery life is good but doesn't mean squat to me if this phone can't live up to the S5A.

    I should have just kept my S5A honestly
    Phoneguy108 likes this.
    07-11-2016 08:54 PM
  10. planoman's Avatar
    So far here are my feelings which are biased in comparison to my S5A.

    1: The screen is way too easily scratched. My S5A had 0 scratches and I beat the hell out of it.
    2: I am noticing about a 10 to 20% less signal strength on the S7A, both GSM and WIFI vs the S5A
    3: I have 0 confidence on my S7A getting wet, my S5A was tested and true, took all sorts of spills into creeks and rivers, ect.

    I love the camera, hate the bloatware. Battery life is good but doesn't mean squat to me if this phone can't live up to the S5A.

    I should have just kept my S5A honestly

    Thanks for your feedback. I have always use a screen protector and do so with my S7 Active so no issues there and 8 bucks well spent or 4 if your consider that I got two in the package. And as far as wet I have done that too several times. No issues bit I always dry my device off very well before using it. Got a square trade 2 year plan which covers it from damage or water or what ever except losing or stolen so covered there.

    Your number 2 however is interesting. While my data is anecdotal I have noticed that I have a weaker signal bars showing on my S7 than my iPhone 6S+. The HD voice sounds great and I have always been able to use my phone but the bars are indeed lower. Does that mean the signal is indeed worse or just the way the S7 active is showing the signal strength? Have not seen this addressed yet but great points.

    Never had the S5 Active but had the S6 Active and the S7 Active is better for my usage. Just the time I save not entering a PIN is worth it not to mention the bigger battery and micro SD card storage.

    If the fingerprint sensor, battery and micro SD card are not big deals for you, I would stay with your current device if it still works great.
    07-12-2016 08:54 AM
  11. AaronsLyfe's Avatar
    My current device is the S7A, my former was the S5A.

    The S5A battery life wasn't a big deal nor was it bad. You could swap the batteries out. So if you were on a long camping trip this was a no brainer and could go weeks, I had 2 spares with me.

    In 2 generations of a this phone we have gone from a nearly indestructible screen to needing screen protectors since it can be scratched with a pencil eraser????????

    The signal strength could be a big deal if you are out in woods way off grid. It is doubtful most people will notice any difference in urban areas but in rural and off grid country this could be a problem.

    I guess my point is that I feel the S7A is not as rugged nor is it as "Active" as its S5A predecessor.
    Not to mention the volume button issue is driving me nuts.
    07-12-2016 09:25 AM
  12. Phoneguy108's Avatar

    In 2 generations of a this phone we have gone from a nearly indestructible screen to needing screen protectors since it can be scratched with a pencil
    I know it doesn't make sense
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    07-12-2016 09:29 AM
  13. bkrell's Avatar
    Battery life is my only issue so far. Yes, sure, there are tweaks you can do to cut off some antennas and apps that would normally run and suck down juice. But I feel like this is Samsung's biggest stumble verses Apple. On an iPhone, most of this stuff is always on and battery life is still loads better. Under my normal daily routine, using phone for gps and streaming music while I run and then facebook while I eat breakfast, my iPhone is still in the 90% range when I get to work. My Active is already in the 70% range at the same point. I shouldn't have to deprive it of functionality to make its battery life comparable to my old phone's. Has someone identified one major battery hog that is completely extraneous and unnecessary? Because my top battery using components appear to be the screen then the OS.
    07-12-2016 10:36 AM
  14. T48's Avatar

    Your number 2 however is interesting. While my data is anecdotal I have noticed that I have a weaker signal bars showing on my S7 than my iPhone 6S+. The HD voice sounds great and I have always been able to use my phone but the bars are indeed lower. Does that mean the signal is indeed worse or just the way the S7 active is showing the signal strength?
    Do you know what the signal strength number is in dBm? My S3 is prehistoric running Kitkat & not sure where to check on Marshmallow. Maybe under data options in settings? My reasoning is that you would be able to compare your S7A numbers to other phones you currently have in identical locations.

    Battery life is my only issue so far. Yes, sure, there are tweaks you can do to cut off some antennas and apps that would normally run and suck down juice. But I feel like this is Samsung's biggest stumble verses Apple. On an iPhone, most of this stuff is always on and battery life is still loads better. Under my normal daily routine, using phone for gps and streaming music while I run and then facebook while I eat breakfast, my iPhone is still in the 90% range when I get to work. My Active is already in the 70% range at the same point. I shouldn't have to deprive it of functionality to make its battery life comparable to my old phone's. Has someone identified one major battery hog that is completely extraneous and unnecessary? Because my top battery using components appear to be the screen then the OS.
    I would think something else is running or draining the battery in addition to the things you are leaving on. Do you turn the phone off overnight or leave on 24/7?
    No half sized iphone battery should be even close to a 4,000 mAh battery in terms of hours of use per day unless there is a issue/problem hiding somewhere within.
    07-12-2016 11:09 AM
  15. AaronsLyfe's Avatar
    Do you know what the signal strength number is in dBm? My S3 is prehistoric running Kitkat & not sure where to check on Marshmallow. Maybe under data options in settings? My reasoning is that you would be able to compare your S7A numbers to other phones you currently have in identical locations.
    No I traded my S5 in when I got the S7. The displayed signals are usually lower and now I get no service while in the bathroom going through Flipboard in the morning. Had service on the S5 in said location, now I have no service in said location. Maybe this will inspire someone to measure the antenna gain,
    07-12-2016 11:15 AM
  16. bkrell's Avatar

    I would think something else is running or draining the battery in addition to the things you are leaving on. Do you turn the phone off overnight or leave on 24/7?
    No half sized iphone battery should be even close to a 4,000 mAh battery in terms of hours of use per day unless there is a issue/problem hiding somewhere within.
    I leave the phone on and charging at night. My S4 Active was the same way compared to my iPhone 4S that I had before it. I've lost 7% since I typed my original post with a little bit of facebook and replying to some texts.
    07-12-2016 11:41 AM
  17. Phoneguy108's Avatar
    No I traded my S5 in when I got the S7. The displayed signals are usually lower and now I get no service while in the bathroom going through Flipboard in the morning. Had service on the S5 in said location, now I have no service in said location. Maybe this will inspire someone to measure the antenna gain,
    Others reporting issues with the antenna as well.
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    07-12-2016 03:39 PM
  18. Slade8525's Avatar
    I have AT&T? They'll probably help u out.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    did you buy it with a credit card? if you did, MOST credit cards have a 30 day dispute policy where you can file WITH THE CREDIT CARD COMPANY and get your money back, and they will fight it out for you, sort of like an Ombudsman program.
    07-12-2016 05:21 PM
  19. Slade8525's Avatar
    poor signal for any radio receiver/transceiver is a battery hog. have you disabled bloatware with package disabler pro? and if you dont use bluetooth or gps keep them off. also, facebook is a HUGE battery hog by itself; i dont use facebook but you could log in via browser in mobile mode and bypass all the battery drain. GPS indoors is also a battery hog. bluetooth has a low power scanning mode, as does wifi, that you could turn off.

    i set up some Tasker protocols to auto-enable gps nfc bluetooth and wifi where i need it (home, work, friends places, malls/stores, restaurants/bars i frequent) based first on network location, turn on GPS, if GPS=approx location of above list, then enable wifi/bluetooth/nfc whatever is appropriate. took a while but i like it being 90% automated wherever i go. poor gps and poor carrier signal strength and facebook app are terrible for battery life tho; all under OS or services or facebook app.
    07-12-2016 05:30 PM
  20. jlczl's Avatar
    In 2 generations of a this phone we have gone from a nearly indestructible screen to needing screen protectors since it can be scratched with a pencil eraser????????
    My S5 Active screen shattered after a 4 foot drop so I'm not sure I'd describe it as indestructible.

    As far as the battery talk I can't believe anyone is having any issues with it. This is the absolute hands down best battery on any phone I've ever had including the S7 Edge and iPhone 6s Plus. I get 8 hours SOT with Bluetooth on and paired to my smart watch and headset, as well as WiFi on, brightness on auto, syncing Gmail and various social apps (not Facebook) and just basically using it however I need to. No more battery anxiety for me.
    07-12-2016 06:00 PM
  21. planoman's Avatar
    Battery life is my only issue so far. Yes, sure, there are tweaks you can do to cut off some antennas and apps that would normally run and suck down juice. But I feel like this is Samsung's biggest stumble verses Apple. On an iPhone, most of this stuff is always on and battery life is still loads better. Under my normal daily routine, using phone for gps and streaming music while I run and then facebook while I eat breakfast, my iPhone is still in the 90% range when I get to work. My Active is already in the 70% range at the same point. I shouldn't have to deprive it of functionality to make its battery life comparable to my old phone's. Has someone identified one major battery hog that is completely extraneous and unnecessary? Because my top battery using components appear to be the screen then the OS.
    Check each apps ability to update in the background and control it. Settings, connections, data usage, then click the apps list and restrict those that do not need background data. Many other tweaks also.
    07-12-2016 10:00 PM
  22. planoman's Avatar
    Do you know what the signal strength number is in dBm? My S3 is prehistoric running Kitkat & not sure where to check on Marshmallow. Maybe under data options in settings? My reasoning is that you would be able to compare your S7A numbers to other phones you currently have in identical locations.



    I would think something else is running or draining the battery in addition to the things you are leaving on. Do you turn the phone off overnight or leave on 24/7?
    No half sized iphone battery should be even close to a 4,000 mAh battery in terms of hours of use per day unless there is a issue/problem hiding somewhere within.

    I have not lost service just have noted the less bars. Samsung used to give your the signal strength in the status but I do not see it now.
    07-12-2016 10:03 PM
  23. RohitGutyan's Avatar
    Here is the complete review of samsung galaxy s7 active, take a look :- Samsung Galaxy S7 Active review - A stronger and longer-lasting Galaxy
    07-13-2016 10:35 PM
  24. Christopher Wortman's Avatar
    My wife and I got these phones. The first one I had, the back lip was coming up as the glue was bad. I got a quick replacement. Submerged these phones and played with them and no issues yet. She has a scratch on her screen but its not bad. Battery life is phenominal. We went swimming with these phones, etc everything works fine. I think the consumer reports either got bad phones on purpose, or actually made sure to physically damage them before putting them in the water in order to make the devices look bad for click bait.
    07-14-2016 08:56 AM
  25. LonestarROB's Avatar
    My wife and I got these phones. The first one I had, the back lip was coming up as the glue was bad. I got a quick replacement. Submerged these phones and played with them and no issues yet. She has a scratch on her screen but its not bad. Battery life is phenominal. We went swimming with these phones, etc everything works fine. I think the consumer reports either got bad phones on purpose, or actually made sure to physically damage them before putting them in the water in order to make the devices look bad for click bait.
    I seriously doubt that. Plus the fact that many others have had problems as well.

    Edit - Also, Poetic has stopped selling their S7A cases. I've contacted them for further info. Maybe they know something and will say something Samsung/Att won't.
    07-14-2016 01:39 PM
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