It was only a matter of time before Sprint and Verizon launched their own "buy one, get one free" offer for the Galaxy S7 as AT&T and T-Mobile already had launched their own. There is a catch however, if you even consider it a catch that is. As of now, Sprint is not offering the Galaxy S7 Edge as a part of this package but only the regular Galaxy S7. Nonetheless, if you are keen on picking up a Galaxy S7 Edge from Sprint, you will get it at half the retail price from them.
Sprint has even incorporated the Galaxy Forever lease program into both their offers. This particular program allows you to exchange your old Galaxy device for the latest one, after just twelve months. The lease on the other hand will continue as before until the contract ends or you decide to keep exchanging as future Galaxy smartphones keep launching.
Verizon has taken a slightly different approach when compared to Sprint because they are offering both the S7 and the S7 Edge in their Buy-One-Get-One-Free offer. In fact, they have actually taken it a step further by allowing the customer to get both devices at the price of one. What this means is that you can buy a S7 Edge and choose to take a regular S7 instead of another S7 Edge as the free device.
If you are considering any of these offers then keep in mind that they all require the customer to get into a contract with the concerned company and the offer will take anywhere between eight-ten weeks to get validated via a prepaid card. We urge you to go through the terms and conditions carefully before taking a decision. There is now denying though, that these offers do make the S7 series of smartphones seem like much better value for money products.
People who have seen the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and held it in their hands might be inclined to think that it's perhaps the world's most gorgeous smartphone. This impression is brought on largely due to the curved display with extremely thin bezels. This same aesthetic design however, seems to be interfering with the experience of using the device, according to some users. The S7 Edge does not have much of a bezel to keep your palm from touching the curved edges of the display and this is where the problem lies.
There have been reports that when the palm is indeed touching the curved edges, it is invoking unintentional touch responses from the display. The problem seems to be most prevalent while using the keyboard or the in-built camera application. A device like this has to be equipped with some sort of palm rejection technology and it is! Unfortunately though, it seems like that it still needs a bit of work.
Some sources informed us that Samsung has already released an urgent software update to fix this concern, but other sources argue that it just adds more functionality to the Edge UI. There are reports of the palm rejection issue's persistence on devices that already have the latest patch installed. Many are calling this particular bug in the Korean manufacturer's otherwise perfect phone, the "Edge-Gate" problem. Let us hope that Samsung can iron this little wrinkle out of its flagships before it gains any more popularity than it already has.
It looks like Samsung is not big on the waiting game right now as the South Korean manufacturer has already started selling its 2016 flagships in India. They had just revealed the S7 and S7 Edge at a Samsung event in the capital (New Delhi) about a week ago and now you can buy them from the online retailer, Flipkart.
The two phones are also available from Samsung's own online store as well as from local offline shops. Surprisingly, Amazon doesn't yet have them on for sale yet. One might find the ease of availability quite likeable with "flash sales" for popular phones becoming more and more common these days, but once the price tag of roughly $855 or INR 56,900 for the S7 Edge and $733 (INR 48,900) for the S7 is taken into consideration, it seems only natural!
The Indian version of the S7 series won't get the Snapdragon 820 chipset that is powering the US variant, but will be powered by the Exynos 8890 SoC instead. The Exynos chip is almost as powerful as the Snapdragon 820, but the Qualcomm chipset has proven itself to be ever so slightly faster. All other flagship features like the 5.1"/5.5" Super AMOLED 1440p display, 4GB RAM, 32GB in-built storage along with a hybrid SIM / micro-SD card slot, 12-megapixel rear camera, 3000mAh / 3600mAh battery and the Always On display has made it on to the Indian version.
The beta version of Samsung's latest music application is now available on the Play Store and it's free to download. This will make updating the app easier for Samsung as it no longer has to be part of the Samsung's firmware upgrades. It is an initiative that will make updates for individual Samsung made software more frequent.
If you are wondering what is so special about Samsung Music, you might be disappointed as it is similar to most other music apps on the Play Store, excepting the fact that it is made primarily for Samsung devices and optimized accordingly. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the first flagship smartphones from Samsung to come without the default music player pre-installed and this is probably the beginning of a new trend.
If you are interested to download and give Samsung Music a try then make sure that your device is running at least Android Marshmallow 6.0 as anything below that is incompatible with it. The Samsung music player supports popular formats like WMA, MP3, FLAC and AAC among others. It is also capable of sorting your songs in six categories, namely Artist, Track, Album, Composer, Folder and Genre. Anyone who has used a Samsung device before will feel at home and if you have another compatible device that you want to try it on, feel free to download it now.
If the latest rumor from Taiwan is to be believed, then Samsung is planning to release a smaller version of its 2016 flagship smartphone. Many believe that the S7 mini will be released into the market in an attempt to compete with the upcoming iPhone SE. This idea seems even more plausible once you realise that Samsung had recently discarded its tradition of releasing "mini" versions of Galaxy S devices when it skipped on the Galaxy S6 mini last year.
As per the rumor, the S7 mini will sport the same Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos 8890 chipset as its bigger sibling, but a smaller 4.6-inch display and only 3GB of RAM. There is a possibility that the iPhone SE will be powered by the same Apple A9 chip, along with sharing other features of the 6s like Apple Pay, NFC, Live Photo and Touch ID. The iPhone SE may not have 3D Touch though. It makes sense that after learning how powerful the iPhone SE probably will be on release, Samsung has also decided not to skimp on power with the S7 mini.
The same 12-megapixel camera that is on the back of the S7 is rumored to make it to the S7 mini too, but with the additional feature of 3x optical zoom. If you consider that all of this will be encased in a body that's only 9.9mm thick, the S7 sounds like a fantastic device. However, the alleged 720p resolution might be a bit of a letdown if it actually makes it to the final version. We will soon find out if there is any truth to this rumor and when we do, you will know about it right away.