For several years now, you could almost guarantee that any online device review that happened to call out the Sprint specific model would be negative.
Either Sprint was perceived to have some ridiculous marketing name for its version, there was way too much bloatware on the device or the network was terrible. It was almost always the network.
Today marks a new day for Sprint as the tide seems to be turning, exemplified in Android Central's recent review of our Samsung Galaxy S7.
First off, Sprint received kudos on the lack of carrier branding on its version vs the ATT and VZ models; clearly, a lighter hand and minimal tampering are looked at as a good thing by the folks at AC. This is something that Sprint put in place several years ago, choosing to drive branding via splash screen vs logos all over the front and back of the device. This approach results in a cleaner, more streamlined look more akin to the global version of Samsung's flagship.
Secondly, AC seemed to also really like the fact that the Sprint version also had a minimum of pre-installed content. Some of this is what they called "first party apps" such as Sprint Zone, Fun&Games, etc. Some of this is partner apps such as Amazon, Facebook and Lookout and some of this is stubs, which Sprint internally calls VPLs or virtual pre-loads. AC gave Sprint "half of a thumbs up" for allowing much of the preloaded content to be deleted or uninstalled, though there was a little bit of a ding due to some of the partner apps being so large in size. All in all, Sprint's approach to bloat seems to be that less is more, especially compared to how other carrier devices fare, some of whom load a TON of stuff onto their devices that are not user uninstallable.
Thirdly, Sprint got high marks on call quality and data speeds.
Calls placed on the macro network were handled well and the reviewer had no issues. In addition, AC liked Sprint's implementation of Wi-Fi calling, both because of the less intrusive notifications vs T-Mobile as well as the inclusion of a Wi-Fi Calling setting in the notification pulldown shade, making it very easy to toggle it on and off.
Data speeds were very respectable with the posted Ookla speed test screenshots showing 17, 31 and 80 Mbps down. AC seemed very pleased with the performance of the network vs devices of the past and Sprint also got some high marks for changing the Spark name to LTE Plus, it's new branding to explain tri-band LTE along with carrier aggregation and beamforming.
All in all a pretty glowing review of the Sprint version of the Galaxy S7 and we're happy to see the industry finally seeing all of the progress that Sprint has been making demonstrated in real-world products.
Until next time,
The Product Ambassador Team
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