Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphone, Gear S2 Smartwatch Work Well Together
REVIEW: The latest smartphone from Samsung compares very favorably with the Apple iPhone 6S, but there are important differences that may affect how you use it.Samsung's latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S7 and its somewhat larger sibling the S7 Edge, are aimed at the same market as Apple's latest flagship effort, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The Verizon version of the Galaxy S7 (reviewed here) and the iPhone 6s are about the same size, they're close enough in weight and thickness so as to not matter, and they do everything you want a smartphone to do, including taking nice photos and handling a variety of communications from phone calls to email and text messages. But there are differences. The Galaxy S7 has a slightly larger screen at 5.1 inches, for example, but not enough larger to make any practical difference. The Galaxy screen is of the super AMOLED (active matrix organic LED) variety rather than the LCD screen of the iPhone. Perhaps more important, the screen is embedded in a case that's water resistant, something the iPhone isn't. Because the AMOLED display allows only the pixels in use to draw power, the S7 is able to display information continuously on the lock screen, including the time and battery status, without affecting battery consumption significantly. This means that you can glance at the phone while it lies on your desk or is placed in its wireless charger and see what time it is.
Samsung wireless fast charger is more convenient than I'd expected, which translates into being able to keep the phone topped off all the time, but I found that this wasn't actually necessary. The Galaxy S7 has excellent battery life, meaning it routinely lasted throughout the day without a recharge.