Verizon ruins the Galaxy Note 7 and Samsung’s planned freebies
Verizon’s preferences have overtaken Samsung’s plans for a uniform customer experience on the Galaxy Note 7. It’s not a newly-found habit for the Checkmark, but this time around, it seems really cheap.
If you’re still considering getting a Galaxy Note 7, let this piece be a guide as to what you’ll miss out when chewing Big Red.
Let’s start with Samsung Cloud. If you’re a big company with servers, you’ve got to offer a cloud service, right?
It’s kicking up dust by offering every Note 7 buyer 15GB of free space for backups, media, Internet settings and other things for your Samsung device. But if you get a Note 7 on Verizon, you’ll get 5GB of Verizon Cloud storage. It is the only service you can backup your phone’s data with in the settings of the phone.
Speaking of settings, Verizon has also changed the interface of the Settings app. Samsung did a great job in consolidating toggles into 14 categories. Verizon’s UI has 30 categories. It also omits a new settings suggestion pane at the bottom of the main page (pictured above).
The mobile payments debacle continues for Verizon and Samsung as Samsung Pay must be downloaded from the Google Play Store — it’s not a native app like on other carrier variants. Android Pay is the default.
Other Verizon edits include removing a device maintenance feature that clears away inactive RAM and stored memory and a RAM usage monitor — that feature’s standard on Android Marshmallow.
All this chalks up another strike in the conversation of how manufacturers get their phones onto the networks, especially on the nation’s most popular one. As much clout as Samsung has in device sales, it relies on Verizon’s customer base for plenty of them.