Tag Archives: Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 – The Best Themes

Samsung’s latest devices come with the option to change the theme. The themes offer skin deep changes and even theme apps like the clock and messages.

I have ploughed through hundreds of themes, both free and paid. The best ones so far are –

– Android 6.0
– DeluxeGoldBlack
– MIUI Dark
– Black
– Black Marble
– Metal_Silver
– MetalRoyal
– Color Therapy
– Sci-Fi

My all time favourite is Gradient Blue. Screen shot above. Click HERE.

What are your favourite themes for the Samsung flagship phones. If you are using Nova Launcher, you can still have a Samsung Theme as this changes menu and more that are system deep.

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Samsung Gear 360 – Editorial – Shooting in 360 and 110 degrees with your phone

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The Samsung Gear 360 is one piece of tech that I absolutely love. Its execution is beautiful and its a joy to use. The downside is that it only works with Samsung’s flagship phones. It also works upside down.

I also have the Samsung Lens Cover which is available for the S7 and S7 Edge. This is the wide angle lens fitted to the S7.

The Official Samsung Lens Cover case for Samsung Galaxy S7 with Wide Angle lens fitted

Even without the lenses fitted to the S7 you can obtain some amazing shots. See below.

Haunting #Church #Princetown #Historic #S7

The bee shot below is taken without any add on lenses. Just used Pro mode, macro and fixed the shutter speed.

Feeding Time #macro #SamsungS7 #ProMode #Bee

But now inside the church and outside here are shots using the wide angle lens attachment. See how the extra width at 110 degrees does make a difference.

Inside the historic Church of St Michael & All Saints #Princetown

Church of St Michael #frontview #SamsungS7 #lenscover #wideangle

So now you can see the difference with the outside view of the church with using the wide angle lens.Looks great.

Anyway back to the Gear 360. This can take some amazing photos. For these to display in 360 degrees, you will need to click on photo and view via a desktop PC. Or make sure you change Chrome or Safari web browser to Desktop Mode and make sure you’re viewing Flickr in desktop mode.

St Michael & All Angels Church , Princetown #Historic #Church #Samsung #Gear360 #360degree #photo

The shot below is of the inside of the church. Here the 360 degree camera shines and is ideal for such a scenario.

Inside The Church of St Michael & All Saints, Princetown in 360 degrees - To View You Need to Access Flickr via a PC

I really love the difference photographing makes in 360 degrees. However, shooting in 360 degrees does not work all the time. Sometimes just using the phone without any attachments is the best option, but other times have either the wide or 2 x Telephoto lens changes the end result completely.

Samsung Galaxy S7 – Camera Shots of the Week

Below are a few photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy S7 which are truly exceptional.

The shots below are macro shots of a bee. For both shots I used the Pro mode, altered the focus to macro and shutter speed too.

All Eyes #macro #samsungS7 #promode #bee #eyes

With this shot above, I really love the “eyes” and facial features captured.

Feeding Time #macro #SamsungS7 #ProMode #Bee

This shot of the bee looks so cute and cuddly, but I don’t recommend trying to give it a cuddle.

Good Bye Everyone #foggy #peasoup #Dartmoor #doom #weather #extremes #lost #vanishingpoint #nationalpark

Finally, a weather shot. This was around 5pm. Driving on Dartmoor was a challenge through this!

Samsung Galaxy S7 – Two Months Later + 1 Month with the S7 Edge

The Official Samsung Lens Cover case for Samsung Galaxy S7 with Wide Angle lens fitted

I have now had a Samsung S7/Edge for 3 months with a few other phones in review within this time period.

The Official Samsung Lens Cover case for Samsung Galaxy S7 with Telephoto lens fitted.

I started with the Samsung S7 Edge but migrated to the S7 Standard. Why? Same phone in a more practical shell, that as slightly smaller, also easier to fit, hold, use, grip and more.

Panoramic view of the architecture at The Hoe, Plymouth #S7

So what makes using the Samsung S7 so special and such a great user experience.

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Well, one of the reasons is the accessories. The Lens Cover case is fantastic. My review is HERE. I also have the S7 Wireless Battery Back Pack. My review click HERE. Then there is the Samsung Gear VR and Gear 360, the Samsung Level One Pro headphones and more. Click HERE. for my thoughts on the S7 Edge.

My S7 is always kept in the Lens Cover case. It is worth getting the Lens Cover just for the case alone. The case feels like leather, its not, reassuringly grippy and has a slightly raised section to help with more grip when taking photos. Then you can add either a wide angle or 2 x telephoto lens. I use these lenses all the time now. I also use the Gear 360. The other accessories like the Gear VR, Level One Pro headphones and Gear S2 don’t get used that much.

Continuing with the camera, the S7 just snaps a great shot nearly every time. Being water resistant means I am not worried about if its raining either. Between the S7 and S7 Edge I now have nearly 300 shots in my Flickr albums. That is a record number over every previous smartphone.

S7 Edge Flickr Album

Samsung S7 Flickr Album

Then the rest of the phone is all superb. Fast charging, Qi charging, an amazing QHD screen, great battery life, a proper gaming mode with options to remove disturbances and improve battery life. I even use Touchwiz on my S7 and love changing themes. The loudspeaker isn’t the loudest or clearest, but its usable for podcasts. The audio output via headphones is only good when matched with easy to drive headphones. Luckily using bluetooth headphones and HiFiMan Edition S headphones I have superb audio via headphones, although I do miss the HTC 10 for headphone audio.

But overall, the S7 package and experience is second to none. There are phones available that are better than the S7 in particular fields, but nobody beats Samsung for the whole package.

Some shots from the camera below and aboe –

Tiggy says "Hi" #SamsungS7

Church of St Michael #frontview #SamsungS7 #lenscover #wideangle

Incoming storm The Lighthouse , Plymouth #S7

Triangular Ears #Tiggy on #Dartmoor

George Selfie on Dartmoor - drenched in water #Dartmoor #dog

Samsung Galaxy S7 – Waterproof matters & Using the Video Editor

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 are waterproof and dust proof and on a day like today on Dartmoor, it really is the only phone I would want to use outdoors currently.

It is raining along with thick fog. This is Dartmoor for you and of course its the British Summertime!

So after snapping photos and a load of video clips, Samsung has an app called Samsung Video Editor which is downloadable from the Galaxy App store. It offers a way of creating a mini movie. Options from transitions, titles, music, trimming, 3 speed options, filters, microphone audio, and a load more basic items. The app is free. It does have a big limitation. It works really well up to 720p video. It crashes sometimes using 1080p 30fps. But anything higher it does not work. The video editor is not as good as iOS iMovie but it is better than nothing.

To give you an idea, see the video below, with photos and video from the S7 taken this morning and created and edited on the phone to give you an idea of the final output.

Samsung Galaxy S7 – New Firmware OTA – updated

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Everyday I always manually check for a firmware update on my devices. I had check my Samsung Galaxy S7 first thing this morning, but for some unknown reason, just before I was going to bed, I checked again and voila a 333mb software update was available.

I will update this post later this morning with anything new discovered. It does include the latest security update too which is 1st June 2016.

If you have a S7 and find anything new with this update, leave a note in the comments and I will add your findings to the main post.

My Samsung Galaxy S7 is a UK version, unlocked from Carphone Warehouse.

Update 1 – When sending email in the Samsung email app a banner pops up at the bottom now saying “sending email”.

Samsung Galaxy S7 – More Camera Fun

A few more snaps with the Samsung Galaxy S7. Worth noting that you will see a couple of these scenes in my other post with the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL.

Edited with snapseed HDR scape filter.

All Aboard #SamsungS7

Same editing as the first shot. Really vivid.

End of the Line #SamsungS7

Sometimes, you just cannot beat the lens cover wide angle lens.

Wooden Architecture #SamsungS7

Tavistock Town Centre #SamsungS7

Again, a fab shot with the wide angle lens. Makes all the difference sometimes.

 

Official Samsung Lens Cover – The Telephoto Lens Put to the Test using Zoom & 4K

I reviewed the Official Samsung Lens cover a few days ago. Click HERE to recap.

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I was asked by OneTwelve in the comments to see how much zoom vs loss of quality could be achieved with the telephoto lens. And then try and see what the quality would be like from video frame grabs. If you aren’t aware, if you record a 4K video, you can extract 8mp photos. All the frame grabs were taken from the 4K Telephoto footage shown below.

So below is a photo without any lenses attached. This is to provide a perspective of the whole scene.

Samsung S7 Lens Cover Telephoto test - no lens fitted -

And now 4K video with no lens attached.

Attaching the telephoto lens and the clock tower is much closer now, but there is softness around the edge of the photo.

Samsung S7 Lens Cover Telephoto test - telephoto lens fitted

And below is 4K video with the telephoto lens attached. As mentioned above, I extracted 8mp photos from this 4K video.

Before I show some 4K frame grabs, lets see what the telephoto lens can do just snapping normal photos. First up a photo with digital zoom at 4 x zoom.

Samsung S7 Lens Cover Telephoto test - 4 x zoom

And now with 8 x zoom with the telephoto lens. Impressive really.

Samsung S7 Lens Cover Telephoto test - 8 x zoom

Ok, now to extracting frames from the 4K video with the telephoto lens. This is 2 x digital zoom.

Samsung S7 Lens Cover Telephoto test - 4K Frame grab - 2 x zoom

Below is a 4K video frame grab, telephoto lens attached at 4 x digital zoom.

Samsung S7 Lens Cover Telephoto test -  4K Frame grab - 4 x zoom

Below is 4K frame grab at 8 x digital zoom with telephoto lens attached. Now the quality has dropped and is not as good as just simply taking a photo rather than frame extract.

Samsung S7 Lens Cover Telephoto test - 4K Frame grab - 8 x zoom

Finally just to show what the wide angle lens does. No zoom. Just a photo. Notice how much more of the scene is captured. Refer to the first photo for comparison. The S7 was in exactly the same spot when snapping this wide angle photo.

Samsung S7 Lens Cover - wide angle lens

Overall the telephoto lens does a reasonable job. Photo quality is ok and video reasonable. There is softening on the edges but I am happy with this.

Samsung Galaxy S7 – Camera Fun

Yesterday I published my review of the Official Samsung Lens Cover for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

So today, I thought I would share a selection of shots taken with these lenses. Post processing was done using Snapseed or Camera360. With all the photos below, if you want to see the full size, just click on the photo and select original.

The cow was a long way off in the distance. So I used the telephoto lens and cropped the shot afterwards.

Say moo #S7

Below is a shot taken with the wide angle lens using the panoramic mode on the S7. I really like this shot. Probably best to view this one a large screen if you can.

Panoramic view of the architecture at The Hoe, Plymouth #S7

Both photos below snapped using the wide angle lens.

Architecture at The Hoe, Plymouth #S7

Stormy skies around The Hoe, Plymouth

The photo below is snapped with the telephoto. Brings the action much closer.

Red and White Stripes

Finally a shot with the wide angle. Quite dramatic too.

Incoming storm The Lighthouse , Plymouth #S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 – YouTube Live Stream on Dartmoor

So I am out walking my dogs in the middle of nowhere in a place called Dartmoor.

Dartmoor is a National Park , 328 square miles in size.

Below is the Live Stream showing part of my walk with my 3 labradors and the spectacular views.

Live Broadcast is a camera mode on the Samsung Galaxy S7. It is not available on any of the other flagships by default.

Before you live stream you send SMS messages to those you want to see it. You only get choice of sms messages. The maximum resolution is that shown below. You hit record and wait a few seconds. You then get confirmation the messages have been sent. During the live broadcast you can see who is watching and any messages they live you.

Anyway. Enjoy the live stream now.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 – quick camera comparison

Take 2 of the top flagships the LG G5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 and take the same shot from each phone. This is the difference as shown below.

Macro of a daffodil.

Samsung Galaxy S7

Daffodil #SamsungS7

LG G5

Daffodil #LGG5

The macro shots from both phones are fairly close in quality. Some aspects go to the S7 and other aspects of this macro go to the G5. Overall the colour accuracy to what I could see goes to the LG G5. But overall this is a draw.

Clapper Bridge, Postbridge

Samsung Galaxy S7

Clapper Bridge #Dartmoor #Postbridge #SamsungS7

LG G5

Clapper Bridge, Postbridge #16mp #LGG5

LG G5 Wide Lens

Ultra Epic view of the Clapper Bridge #Dartmoor #Postbridge #LGG5

This is where the S7 lack of pixels really shows itself up. It just cannot match the LG G5. And then there is the LG G5 wide shot which is simply ultra amazing and cool.

Postbridge Walk Entrance

Samsung Galaxy S7

Postbridge Walk #Dartmoor #SamsungS7

LG G5 Wide

Postbridge Walk #LGG5 #widelens

Again I just used the wide shot from the G5 as it just makes scenic shots like this look much more interesting.

However, if you have kids or dogs, this is the killer type of shot shown below you can get from the S7 with ease. The G5 has a slower focus so will not achieve the below shots as easily.

The shot of Tiggy below using a S7 was snapped whilst Tiggy was actually moving..

Tiggy says "Hi" #SamsungS7

The shot below using the G5, Tiggy was still for a split second. The photo is good.

Tiggy all soaked and muddy but very happy #lgg5

Now I said this type of shot is a win for the S7. If you click on the shot of Tiggy and view full size you will see how sharp and how much detail is available on the S7. The G5 isn’t too shabby, but I really do think the S7 takes this one.

Overall, two different phones, with two different cameras. A hard choice to make!

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – High Speed Photography

I have used my 3 labradors in high speed photography with all my decent flagship phones. The S7 Edge camera is the first phone that took so many burst shots I had fractions of differences between each movement. Truly amazing speed. 100 burst shots took just a few seconds.

George does the Long Jump

Look at all the movement captured by the S7 with all 3 dogs, not just George in the air.

The Long Jump - George & Tiggy at Windy Post,  Dartmoor

River Racing

This was a HDR burst into the sun, so remarkable what came out.

River Races on Dartmoor - Tiggy & Fury

Flying Tiggy

And now for Tiggy in the air.

The Long Jump - George & Tiggy at Windy Post,  Dartmoor

Happy Faces

The Long Jump - George & Tiggy at Windy Post,  Dartmoor

Now all the above photos were before the new firmware received a few days ago. The sharpening has been reduced slightly, so when zooming in the detail in more pleasing.

Big Smiles

And with new firmware, Tiggy is smiling big time.

Hill climbing by Tiggy #Dartmoor

How to Connect a Moga Pro Power Bluetooth Game Controller with the Samsung Galaxy S7

I have owned the Moga Pro Power Bluetooth Game Controller for ages now and used it with loads of different android phones and tablets.

The setup procedure is meant to be as follows. Download the Moga app in the Google Play Store. Go into the Moga app settings and follow the connection setup procedure.

Just one problem, this no longer works and judging by the app comments in the Google Play Store, loads of people cannot get it to connect.

Well good news there is a way to get both Mode A and Mode B working. The trick is not to use the Moga app but you still should install it. So head over to the S7’s setting app. Select bluetooth. Scan. Make sure the Moga Pro is first turned to Mode A. It should show connected after a short while. If it doesn’t scan again, and again if necessary. It will connect. Also, press the button on the game controller next to the LED indicator light. This is top left. Once the S7 shows it as paired, slide the Mode switch on the controller to B and repeat the process. It doesn’t always pair on the first attempt, so keep trying. It took me about 3 attempts on each mode.

When connected and playing you will get a green icon in the status bar.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – Camera Shootout – Part 5 – Action Dog Shots – Plus Editorial

It had to be done. Could I obtain some shots of my 3 labradors in action as I have done so already with all my previous smartphones?

If you are need to refresh your memory of these action dogs shots, have a look again at the reviews for the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4 (especially) and LG V10 (also especially). Click HERE.

So off I went with 3 dogs on a day that was slightly overcast and a fair amount of glare. Not perfect lighting for shooting dogs. I shot all the photos in 4:3 12mp on the S7 Edge. All in Auto mode and using the burst, which is simply press and hold the shutter. Then on my iPad I viewed all 500 shots are selected the best. The annoying part was all 500 were in focus!!!!! So it took ages to decide as so many were great. I also was curious as to how fast the burst mode was on the S7 vs iPhone 6S Plus. The S7 reaches a max of 100 burst shots at a file size of 2.37mb, while the iPhone has only reached 40 burst shots at a file size of 2.07mb. On my iPad i used the iOS Photos app and cropped the photos to 16:9.

What is truly amazing the the S7 camera is its speed and speed to focus. Often the dogs would appear charging/running back to me. Each time I was able to double press the home button and hit the shutter and fire off another burst of photos, that were all in focus. Amazing.

Panoramic with Tiggy and View of Princetown, Dartmoor

I really like this shot a lot and its a smashing panoramic.

One Dog One Town One Panoramic #Tiggy #Princetown ##SamsungS7Edge

Burst Shots

This was Tiggy all lovely and clean.

This is me looking all clean and cute before I jumped into the mud and water #Tiggy #SamsungS7Edge

And Tiggy again with her ears looking triangular somehow.

Triangular Ears #Tiggy on #Dartmoor

And Tiggy now soaked in water and covered in mud. You can’t see the mud as her colouring disguises it, but believe me she had tons on her!

"Honest, I've not been near the Water" #Tiggy #Soaked #SamsungS7Edge

Another shot of Tiggy, She was running around 20mph.

Tiggy sprinting on Dartmoor #SamsungS7Edge

George on the left, Fury on the right. Check out those happy faces. Both dogs were running super fast.

Happy Days #George #Fury on Dartmoor #Sa5

Fury at full speed.

Fury at full speed on Dartmoor #SamsungS7Edge

And finally George and Fury. George was running like a rocket, Fury was too.

Catch Me if You Can - George & Fury sprinting on Dartmoor #SamsungS7Edge

Now I saved over 30 action shots for my personal photo library. Google Photos took some of the bursts saved photos and made a GIF. See below. This also shows you how well the S7 maintained focus despite Tiggy’s running speed and distance. Very very impressive.

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