I just started my RW journey a few weeks ago, but am now setting up my 3rd phone/plan with RW. I started this journey by ordering both a Huawei Ascend 5W and a Moto G4. I talk about those 2 phones and my initial RW impressions here:
My RW & Huawei Ascend 5W Experience
The Huawei went to my almost 10 year old daughter–her first phone. As you can imagine, she is over the moon happy with the phone, but…it’s her first phone! I used the phone for over a week before handing it off to her. It’s very nice. I have made the Moto G4 my personal phone, and I really, really, like it. Having owned Samsung phones for the last several years, I was not aware how different the Android experience–especially menus, notifications, theme management, etc are with different manufacturers. The Moto G4 wins easily in my opinion, and mostly because it does a good job of letting Android be Android.
BUT…this thread is to talk about the S7 and the S7 Experience on RW. I’m sure I’ll make comparisons as I learn more about this phone.
First thing to note is my phone arrived with only 11% charge. The S7 wanted to immediately install a huge update, but refused to do so until the phone had at least 20% charge–regardless of being plugged into power. Once I got to 24%, I hit the button to proceed with the updates. It took quite some time, and upon reboot, had another round of major updates to install! All in all, I spent way more than an hour charging and installing updates.
The phone got very hot while charging and installing updates–that’s a lot of work for the phone I guess.
Note that the Play Store would not load until after the updates, so I had to wait for these updates before I could install the RW app so I could perform the RW activation, which went smoothly. My S7 came with the RW sim installed already.
The phone itself is beautiful. As expected, it is a high-quality device. It is no surprise to me that I like the 5.1" size of this S7 over the 5.5" of the Ascend 5W and Moto G4.
I now have the phone setup the way my wife will like it…I think. I installed a 64GB high-quality, high-speed SD Card. Why 64? Well, it was the largest SD in stock at the local Microcenter today that was the highest speed they had–a Samsung Pro series. I had figured to setup Adoptive Storage so I would never have to think about what is or what is not on the SD card. My wife tends to use A LOT of space with thousands upon thousands of photos. OOPS. Samsung, like some other manufacturers, does not support Adoptive Storage. I should have researched that before buying the SD card–I could have bought a cheaper 128+ GB. Oh well.
I will hand this phone over to my wife later today. I already have her number port from Verizon started. It should complete late tomorrow. My number port went perfectly smooth, so I don’t expect any issues. Interesting to note–if you port then notice people are not receiving your MMS text messages or that you are not getting messages in a group—just wait another 72 hours. Apparently it can take that long after porting for MMS functionality to work correctly.
More to come…