15 Reasons Why The Galaxy S7 is Better Than The HTC 10

What’s up guys, Steven here and if you’re looking for a new android phone, odds are that the Galaxy S7 and HTC 10 have crossed your mind. So in this fifteen part review we’re going to be looking at 15 reasons why each phone could be considered better than the other. Let’s go ahead and get right into it.

Reason number 1:

Wireless charging. Built in wireless charging allows you to charge the phone on any charging pad, whether you’re at home or at a coffee shop.

Reason number 2:

IP68 water and dust resistance. The S7 won’t get damaged from accidental spills. This also allows for easier cleaning after using the phone with dirty hands.

Reason number 3:

Quick launch camera. From any screen on or off you can quickly launch the camera with a double tap of the home button so you never miss a photo.

Reason number 4:

Micro USB charging port. Unlike the HTC 10’s USB type C port, the S7 comes with the long time standard micro USB input, which means less new cables you’ll end up having to buy.

Reason number 5:

One handed operation. Triple pressing the home button shrinks the screen, making it a lot easier to use with one hand.

Reason number 6:

Multi-window multitasking. Run two apps on the screen at the same time taking full advantage of the large 5.1 inch display.

Reason number 7:

Samsung pay. This works almost anywhere like a normal credit card, compared to android pay which only works at terminals with NFC technology.

Reason number 8:

Heart rate sensor. Using the sensor you can easily track your heart rate with the included S Health app.

Reason number 9:

Included OTG adapter. With the included adapter you can easily connect USB peripherals to the phone like a keyboard; mouse or flash drive.

Reason number 10:

Always on display. This feature shows the time and date when the screen is off, for quick information at a glance.

Reason number 11:

Private mode. This allows you to hide sensitive files like pictures or videos which are only accessible to you by fingerprint or password.

Reason number 12:

SOS messages. Triple pressing the power button can send a quick alert to emergency contacts including your GPS location, a photo from the front and rear cameras along with a short audio recording.

Reason number 13:

Smart stay. This feature uses the front facing camera to prevent the phone’s display from turning off while you’re looking at it.

Reason number 14:

Smart alert. If you have an unread message the S7 will vibrate when you pick it up, letting you know about it without having to look at the screen.

Reason number 15:

Game tools. From locking the capacitor buttons to blocking alerts while you’re playing, this feature takes gaming on the S7 to the next level.

Alright so those are the top 15 reasons why the Galaxy S7 could be considered better than the HTC 10. Now the word better is subjective so be sure to watch for the HTC 10’s version which will be released shortly. We will also be doing a review of the best tablets under $100 on the market, so please subscribe and watch for that update.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Extensive Review

Samsung came out of its two different version of its flagship Android phone this year: the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy s6 Edge which you probably heard a lot about. The regular S6 are reviewed as standalone phone. It’s one of the best phones you can buy. But the edge as the name implies is a little bit physically different.

It has a curve over the edge of both sides of the glass. That cost a hundred dollars more for this version.  So you better get something out of this. What exactly do you get from your hundred bucks? Internally, these phones are identical. They are the same phone, same chip, same RAM, same camera, same everything. Objectively, the only real different between them is the display and the dimensions.

The Galaxy S6 Edge is a tiny bit thicker than the regular S6, it 7mm thick and actually houses a slightly larger battery (2600mAh). Not a huge difference but worth noting. The biggest difference though from the build comes with the fell on the hand. Since the glass wraps around the sides of the phone it also means you get a less of the side of the phone to hold on to when you’re using it. You’ll find out more and more as you’re using the phone.

If I grip the phone the wrong way or squeeze it all, I am actually clicking things on the screen back. But if I was too careful to not touch the screen then you’re basically just holding on to a sharp metal edge and that got uncomfortable after awhile. There’s significantly less material to hold on the sides and because of the angles on the waist built, you’re really not holding to a metal side, you’re holding on to a metal rail to pick on and hold the phone. It does make the phone look and feel super thin. It is eye-catching but this turn into a case of feeling like a little bit too thin.

Samsung does build in some neat software feature to take advantage of the new shape. It’s not as extreme as the curve in the Note4 Edge which is only on one side but this is a little bit more convenient as you can choose which side any of this feature showed up on. You get edge lighting for incoming calls, people edge for a quick swiping to contact your favourite people, information stream to show notifications and info on the edge, and the night clock.

I found the night clock and the information stream to actually make the most sense to make advantage of the OLED display and only light the edge pixels when you have them in use so you don’t waste any battery. But it’s actually the feature that I use the least because I never felt compel to use them even though I feel like they’ll be very easy to use.  But the ones I did use are the people edge and the edge lighting. They are both very cool. I have a few favourite contacts, you can swipe in only the home screen.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Review!You can pull that tab on the home screen at any time and contact them. You can see they have a ring around their picture with the color. You are going to remember these colors when you get in contact with these people. Anytime they contact me, they are associated with that color. So if I miss a call from one of them, I get a sort of a side notification in addition to the one I’ve tapped. Nothing you couldn’t do with the regular screen but having the curve there makes this feel more natural and any incoming call from my favourite contact.

While your phone is faced down on the table will light up the edges with the contact color so you know who it is before you pick it up. I don’t want to put this all glass phone faced down that often but it was a nice thing to see it worked. That’s about it for the edge specific features. Everything else about the edge display is just aesthetics. Just the crazy way it looks. People will really like this apps suddenly feel a lot more immersive. It feels like there’s no vessel at all.

The content and images sort of spill over the sides of the phone with no barrier.  This curve makes a lot of swiping more pleasant too esp. all the good Google apps, they would be more comfortable to use because of this curve. This is probably a great phone for tinder with all that swiping. It is not an aesthetically unique thing but has a little bit of benefit over the everyday use. The one thing to watch out for is the glare and distortion.

If it weren’t curve we would just be saying, “This is a phone with zero side vessel.” But the curve introduces a glare that a regular Galaxy S6 doesn’t have to worry about. There is no position that you can hold the edge and not get any glare somewhere. Distortion can be a factor with full screen media too. You’ll notice that. Long story short, when I was introduced to both the phones, the Galaxy S6 and the regular galaxy S6, I really like the edge version a lot more. But this is of those cases where the initial impression is a little bit different from the final verdict.

I originally said that the Galaxy S6 Edge could be its all standalone phone and a regular S6 is a backup in case it doesn’t work. But now because it’s a hundred dollars extra, as cool as it is, the edge screen isn’t worth the extra hundred dollars to most people. It does look really cool on a table and in the hand and does seem a lot thinner and a lot different from a normal phone but when you consider the price difference, it’s a little harder to justify. Maybe we’ll see a version of Samsung phones that aren’t a full hundred dollars more than regular parts in the future but until then. Id’ say hold off even though it looks pretty awesome.