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Because they turn all the screen settings to the maximum they will go. Brightness, vibrance, etc. It's all at max. The problem is that if you set it to this for everyday use, it will drain your battery very quickly.

Hence why my wallpaper is all black....and only turn up the brightness when needed.....makes the battery last alot longer
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Hence why my wallpaper is all black....and only turn up the brightness when needed.....makes the battery last alot longer
The very first modification I make to the settings on a device with an AMOLED display is to apply an all-black theme/wallpaper combo. Did it with both my S4 and S6 edge.

Currently using a theme called Mattblack (available in the theme store) in case anyone's interested in a black theme.
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Im still on my s2x haha but I really feel the need to upgrade because its so slow and laggy.

Still I will never justify spending 800$+ on a phone I only use for text and web browsing on wifi.

I got the s2x 3 years ago for 50$ and for the price and 3 years life span it was nice.
yeah the prices went crazy with samsung. i got 4 years ago my s3 for 587eur and then with removal of sd and rechargeable battery i didnot wanted to buy anything. also they got too big to hold them in one hand and my hand is not small

so i got a nexus 5x / white rear side for 400eur and its perfect. no more waiting on samsung updates or getting stuck in ancient android version, full hd display that you can actually see in outdoors, usb c type and its a clean android. and dont get me started how fast the phone is compared to my s3

i loved the s3 but as i said, not being able to read display in sun, and like x samsung software to be able to connect it to pc ... it was terrible

these new phones s6/s7 look nice, but i guess they are just too large for a single hand ... even nexus 5x is just little too long for my taste
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Any videos how snappy it is? It would be nice to see how snappy it is with Nova Launcher, not stupid TouchWiz, which sucks in every release. SGS 5 was the first phone (that I still own) that I considered generally snappy, but only after 5.1.1 update came out and due to being with AT&T I had to use Samsung App Disabler to get rid of some 124 useless apps. My parents own Note 5, which is definitely a snappy phone, but not there yet to load most apps as soon as you touch them - instantly. I really hope SGS 7 is finally IT - a truly snappy phone, especially since its both - hardware update and software update.

Does SGS 7 CPU + GPU support full hardware acceleration for HEVC decoding? Right now playing HEVC with MX Player Pro or VLC Player on my SGS 5 is only available with partial acceleration, which is slow and makes many rips (legit rolleyes.gif) unplayable due to severe stuttering and audio-video de-synchronization. If SGS 7 doesn't support full HEVC, then I will skip it and get SGS 8. Thing is, even GTX 970 / 980 / 980 Ti / Titan X don't support full HEVC hardware acceleration, only 8bit partial CPU acceleration that makes no difference. HEVC rips use 10bit most of the time to decrease file size and preserve quality.
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Does SGS 7 CPU + GPU support full hardware acceleration for HEVC decoding? Right now playing HEVC with MX Player Pro or VLC Player on my SGS 5 is only available with partial acceleration, which is slow and makes many rips (legit rolleyes.gif) unplayable due to severe stuttering and audio-video de-synchronization. If SGS 7 doesn't support full HEVC, then I will skip it and get SGS 8. Thing is, even GTX 970 / 980 / 980 Ti / Titan X don't support full HEVC hardware acceleration, only 8bit partial CPU acceleration that makes no difference. HEVC rips use 10bit most of the time to decrease file size and preserve quality.
Qualcomm lists this about their Snapdragon 820 that will be in the S7
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Up to 4K HEVC video support at 60fps over HDMI 2.0 to Rec. 2020 ultra-high definition (UHD) displays and TVs;

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That's all nice n all, but what about a flat back? I hate the pimple camera thing "trend".

Wife's already killed one S6 due to water damage, so water resistance is a welcome change. That's one of the minor reasons I stayed with an S5. Major reason (one of them) was the SD card. Glad to see that it's coming back. Non-user serviceable battery... eh... It can be overlooked.

All in all, I think the S6 is to Samsung as Vista was to Windows.

EDIT: Wrong version. rolleyes.gif
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Pre-ordered a S7 Edge yesterday. I got the gold colour because silver titanium isn't available in Sweden. frown.gif

Not a fan of anything gold coloured normally.
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Not interested after they removed user replaceable batteries. Nothing else screams built-in obsolescence like removing a feature that greatly extends the overall life and usefulness of a device. Yes, lots of phones, even my HAM2 lack an average user-removable battery. However, Samsung removed a useful, longevity-related feature, and stepping backwards isn't a good way to get money from my pocket.

Shouldn't really be a factor. Lithium batteries retain something like 80% of their capacity after 3000 full charge cycles. I doubt anyone that buys a top of the line S7 series will have it for 5+ years that a battery replacement would be necessary.
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Shouldn't really be a factor. Lithium batteries retain something like 80% of their capacity after 3000 full charge cycles. I doubt anyone that buys a top of the line S7 series will have it for 5+ years that a battery replacement would be necessary.

Totally agreed. Removable batteries are just not remotely a "must have" feature for me. I'll take the high quality look and feel of a nice uni-body metal or front / back glass design over removable battery any day. My old S4 quickly cured me of any desire for Samsung to ever go back to cheap plasticky phones...
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What's the deal with premium feeling phones? You can have a premium feeling phone and a removable battery. Hell, if it cuts costs to not have a unibody I'll take it.
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