Making It Mine: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

by birtanpublished on November 26, 2020

So guys my percenter here with Android police and I get this question all the time literally all the time what's on your phone well I thought this might be a cool opportunity to get an idea for me to you guys and see what you think about this this notion of sort of the make it work factor I almost kind of want to call it something but it's basically when you get an oem device that has a skin on it how far do you kind of have to go to really settle in and be happy on it you know to sort of get it either as close to stock as you like in terms of UI and UX or just to what whatever it is that you do to settle in on your

Device so I thought I would show you what I do because I spent a few hours over the weekend settling and on the s7 edge so let's start right here on the home screen this is Nova Launcher it's the one I've been with the longest I have a ton of backups in here it's incredibly incredibly powerful you're gonna notice basically right off the bat I've got a number of icon packs installed that's a big sticking point for me if you're a designer and you can't bring yourself to make icons that look like they belong on Android following any of the guidelines I'm

Going to replace your icon with an icon that actually looks like it belongs on Android so please slaps on wrists for you designers just make it look like it belongs here so I have had excellent luck with moonshine candy cons and that other one that you just saw on screen in terms of finding icons that work airbnb great options great look at that look how much better that looks the same with Yelp mint things like that so pretty into icons I prefer things to look sort of uniform if at all possible as you just saw these things right down here these

Are the things that I use the most but they're not just icons boom folders right so the things that I use the most are available at a quick tap if I need to change a light or something behind me I can do that off and on no problem same thing with with all my games lots of games that's not even all of them things that I watch any kind of media consumption things that I use on a daily basis and this is more kind of utilities and things like that along the bottom phone Chrome hangouts app drawer inbox sync for reddit name that that changed and so no so you can see sona's icon has

Also changed as well because the alone looks like rap + guess what noble ancho also lets you do swipes on other icons as well for other things so swiping up on hangouts takes me to my discord swiping up on sync takes me straight to the camera which I usually don't really need because the DoubleTap works so well and so fast hi how are you um so I also use that Mac gonna do right now because I want to color but if you swipe up on my phone right here that actually calls my wife so I have a bunch of things set up here so that it's exactly kind of the

Way I want it in terms of widgets love using feedly for my news basically every time i unlock my phone I get another news story it's really nice feedly is the way to go for that Phoenix for Twitter big big fan love the AMOLED theme love the widget works really well calendar widget which is basically empty because I've been incredibly lazy lately so don't don't be mad at me for that notes on keep we've got the best podcast app that you can buy basically this is pocket casts iOS Android web just I mean it's just the best plus if you pay for subscription it syncs your place in all

Your podcasts it's the best app that you can get per podcast plus the guys behind it are just awesome I was not paid to say any of that it's just my favorite app Google Play Music for music because I really don't like Spotify very much but that's a separate video Google Play Music is great for music I love that it has Android wear support I love that I can upload my own tracks there makes a really big difference for me over here we've got a folder for food I don't know what service I'm gonna be using at any given moment so I don't have a cover set up there and then on the third page I've

Got a series guide which is what I use to keep track of all my TV shows broad city there call Saul daily show things like that lets me know what's airing next what's already aired if there's a new season starting soon for example if I think if I scroll down far enough you'll see Game of Thrones because Game of Thrones is starting soon right over last last icon this one is only here because it has to be but and this is kind of going to lead us into the sort of s7 side of the equation because everything from this point has really sort of just been setting up Noble

Launcher but on the s7 they hid the ability to scale the DPI which makes a really really big difference for me I love information density the more that I can see on the screen the better up in the notifications area you'll see this is not the normal TouchWiz look I rearranged my icons up here I prefer to have those five accessible and in the settings you'll see this theme is much much nicer than the the stock TouchWiz theme which I'm not crazy about most of these themes are pretty garbage but vanilla just seems like it does the trick to kind of get darker get a little

Bit more I don't know closer to stock I guess is what I'm really going for in terms of look and feel I realize it's not actually stock the other thing that I do is once I'm set up on devices and I've kind of removed everything that I know that I don't want you know disabled the apps that are bloatware and hidden the apps in the drawer you can see the drawer I keep my drawer as clean as possible I don't like having anything that's that exists elsewhere also in my drawer so once I've done all of that stuff I died a little bit deeper into the devices

Features that it offers that are just on this device or at least just in this ecosystem and I enable and disable the ones that I think I'm going to use that'll give me the best sort of experience when it comes to augmenting the way I like Android instead of just using it the way the OEM wants me to yes during reviews I do use it the way the OEM wants me to for a while but in terms of long term usage that's how I'm going to use this device so I want to see how it's going to feel when I start using it in that perspective right so I turned on edge screen and I actually really find

That I like it quite a bit for apps edge I use the ones that I use the most in apps edge so when I'm looking at Twitter or something like that in Phoenix I can bounce over to YouTube check how a most recent video is doing when I'm in YouTube I can bounce straight to the Play Store if someone makes an app recommendation that's what I find myself using these for pretty frequently and then I also use this a lot the edge screen whether I just like it there I use it more often than I use a pulldown in here for Google now I use it more often than I would just open up Google

Now in fact it's just so much faster just sweat that open see and then swipe away so I try and set up all the things that the OEM has offered me that I think that I might use disable the ones that I think are useless and that's really kind of where we land on the s7 this is where I've I've settled in this is where I feel happy this is where I feel like the device has kind of become mine I'd love to hear what you guys do what's the first thing that you guys do on your devices to kind of settle in and make it feel like your own what's your launcher what icon packs do you use answer all of

These questions and more in the comment section down below if you enjoyed this video you can hit like if you want to see more you can hit subscribe I don't know what that trance that I just went into was all about but I had fun doing it thank you guys so much for watching be kind of one another and I'll catch you in the next video

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