Always On, Useful ?

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Don't have my S7 Edge yet, but from what I've read, Always On doesn't seem very useful for me. It uses about 1% battery per hour and only gives a tiny summary of the number of phone calls and messages. I do wear a watch, so I guess it does provide utility for someone who doesn't wear a watch, but I can just listen to my phone and hear emails or phone calls coming in. I might download AcDisplay and see if it works okay. I am kind of spoiled by having display info pop up on my Droid Turbo 2. There were some reports that AcDisplay uses a lot of battery. We'll see.
 

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It gives the time and date and battery percentage too. Personally I prefer the Samsung approach as it is always on, unlike the my old turbo 2 which only breathes or you gotta wave over the phone to get the display to show.

Also it should work with any stock Samsung app like calendar and email I believe? Won't work with third party though, which kinda sucks.

It also isn't actionable, but I have a secure lock screen, so actionable is somewhat limited anyways,since you would need to enter your fingerprint before say fully opening an email regardless...
 

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After reading the reviews I do not plan to use the Always On. My watch tells me what time it is, and I use third-party text and email apps so the notification icons are worthless. Furthermore, even if the notification icons worked with third-party apps, you have to unlock the phone to take any action, unlike Motorola where you can just press on the notification icon to get a capsule summary. Hopefully the Light Flow app will work with the S7 and all the information I'll need will come from the LED with less battery drain.
 

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I watched a video about it - I wouldn't use it. Mainly because the only apps that show on it are Samsung apps (nothing else) but also it appears to stop Doze.
 

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Yeah... seems to me that the Cons far outweigh the Pros.. When my wife's S7 comes in, I'll be leaving it off. Maybe I'll switch it on to test the battery drain, but I think it'll be prohibitive.
 

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I'm liking it. Gives me the time and battery life at all times so I'm turning my phone on much less. That said, it would be way better with a tad more information (like a preview of the last email/text) and if it could interface with Third Party Apps since I use Outlook for my email. The potential is there, hope Samsung can make it happen!
 

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Anything that kills your batterylife faster is useless. It's doing nothing, simply just a show-off.
Turn off all such nonsense like AOD, smart stay etc.,
If it was me, I would even turn off Google NOW, delete Facebook etc., Get a separate facebook client if you use facebook.
 

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I don't care about time. All I would really like to see for AOD is icons for ALL my notifications. If none, no pixels are on and no battery drain. Then I can glance quickly to see if there's a notification, other than waiting for the LED to blink.
 

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I'm planning on getting the gear 2 watch with my upgrade to the 7 so I'll probably turn off the always on feature on the phone.

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Someone was giving tips and tricks and telling what to turn off and talking about saving battery life. I am coming from an M9. What is smart stay? I probably won't need to turn mine on if I got this case right? https://forums.androidcentral.com/e...s-accessories%2FEF-ZG935CSEGUS&token=bQNOlLUa It says I can see things through the cover oh but i have to press the power button on. Well anyway when I get a regular case I'll try it sounds cool to me but I am coming from an HTC M9 and am going to miss the double tap to turn on.

Anything that kills your batterylife faster is useless. It's doing nothing, simply just a show-off.
Turn off all such nonsense like AOD, smart stay etc.,
If it was me, I would even turn off Google NOW, delete Facebook etc., Get a separate facebook client if you use facebook.
 

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To me, this kind of defeats Marshmallow doze. The argument is that you don't have to constantly press the home button to check time and notifications. Firstly, the quoted 0.8% per hour of battery usage doesn't sound like much. But over 24 hrs that equates to about 20% battery use a day. That is a lot and can mean the difference between stretching your phone out from 1 day to 2 or more between charges, depending of course what else you are doing with it. On my Galaxy S5, I know if I have a message just by a blinking blue led light. And it vibrates when picked up to remind you of notifications too. To me, 20% battery use every day is too much and spoiling what doze does.

For me, what would be great is a small screen like the LG V10 for always on notifications-but a small e-ink screen. Or even better, similar to that Russian Yoto phone, an e-ink display on the back of the phone for a larger view, but just for notifications, time and calendar. Which would be way less than 20% a day battery use.
 

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Is there any way to schedule AOD.

Anything that kills your batterylife faster is useless. It's doing nothing, simply just a show-off.
Turn off all such nonsense like AOD, smart stay etc.,
If it was me, I would even turn off Google NOW, delete Facebook etc., Get a separate facebook client if you use facebook.

Oh boy, here we go. Remember 2 years ago when the s5 was new. Some advocated disabling all the fun stuff that made a smartphone smart. Why not just buy a dumb phone in the first place? 😁😆
 

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Not working with 3rd party apps is a killer. Hopefully it is a short update away from happening. Basically leaves me with phone notifications only.
 

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Oh boy, here we go. Remember 2 years ago when the s5 was new. Some advocated disabling all the fun stuff that made a smartphone smart. Why not just buy a dumb phone in the first place? ������������

I'm a bit like that. My wife has everything running on her phone all the time-wifi, location, bluetooth etc. I have a Galaxy S5 with an extended MPJ battery and have everything off. I even use pixel saver when browsing. Go figure.

Now her crappy iphone 5 is dying. And guess which phone she wants now? That's right. She wants mine and encourages me to splurge on the new S7
 

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I tried always on on my S7 Edge for a few hours after getting it delivered on Friday. I don't think it's something I will really ever turn on again. I thought it would be nice to have turned on when sleeping so I wouldn't have to press a button to see the time. I just don't think it's a very useful feature for now.
 

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I tried always on on my S7 Edge for a few hours after getting it delivered on Friday. I don't think it's something I will really ever turn on again. I thought it would be nice to have turned on when sleeping so I wouldn't have to press a button to see the time. I just don't think it's a very useful feature for now.

Can you adjust the time of "always on?" For eg, always on for say between 0600 and midnight and then it goes off? That would make it a lot more useful I think.
 

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Can you adjust the time of "always on?" For eg, always on for say between 0600 and midnight and then it goes off? That would make it a lot more useful I think.
It's either on or off. All you can choose is basically to show either the clock or the calendar and that's pretty much it.
 

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It's either on or off. All you can choose is basically to show either the clock or the calendar and that's pretty much it.

Kind of wonder why they did that. Who needs their phone face constantly lit up when they're asleep? I would have thought it would have been a no brainer to give a choice of when the constant display is "always on". If always on uses 20% a day, you could set it for 12hrs on and only use half the battery. 12hrs would be heaps for me and I could live with 10% a day use.
 

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