Originally Posted by DADDYDC650
the SOT looks good but I completely destroy phones. I'm literally on it the whole day. Either browsing, texting or watching YouTube videos. I WILL notice the occasional lag which I'm ok with. I'm worried about how much worse it will get a couple of months from now.
In regards to the iPhone 7, it's looks aren't much and no OLED sucks but I'm sure the battery life will be pretty good since I was satisfied with the iPhone 6s Plus BL and the OS was sooo damn smooth and rarely ever let me down. I also like how I can walk into an Apple store for a replacement and be handed a mint condition phone. Can't say that about Samsung. I'd have to call T-Mobile and ask them for a replacement and hope that it's in good condition.
The reason I decided to take the chance was the fact that my Dad still uses my old Note 3 and it's still smooth and quick to this day. It's not flagship levels of quick by 2016 standards, but enough so that I was impressed it wasn't crawling to do mundane tasks...because let's face it. We've all been burned by Samsung software before lol.
That is a big proponent and benefit of Apple devices, IMO, as well. I had to do something similar with my old iPhone 4. However, I had to get the Note 3 replaced at one point and that warranty claim was actually carried out through VZW, much like T-Mobile would for you. It was relatively painless, though, definitely not as nice as walking out of a store with a phone the same day.
If I can get a chance to pretty much kill the phone, I'll try, but 5 hours of SoT is a normal usage for me. I usually find time to binge watch some YouTube or Netflix. I'm just happy this is the first time I've bought a Samsung device and didn't need to immediately do heavy tweaking to make it work out of the box like it should.
As for the lag that people are reporting, I'm not seeing it. Like you, I don't expect a completely perfect experience....I mean, no informed consumer necessarily should. Consistent issues are a no go, but here and there I find acceptable.
I haven't read that article in depth just yet, but the default animation is set to x1.0 across the board and I find that to be a bit annoying. Setting to x0.5 has made the phone feel automatically snappier. This is basically everything that effects the windows transitions and any GUI animations across the OS. This effectively changed the speed of everything from secondary windows, pulling down the notification shade, and switching between apps. Unfortunately, the normal consumer doesn't know how to get to (let alone access) these settings.