Battery Extended Manually - Samsung Galaxy S7
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Battery Extended Manually  -  Samsung Galaxy S7

I previously bought a different battery case that had button extenders for the volume and power button. They broke, so I bought this one that's thin enough it doesn't need those extra plastic pieces. I highly recommend it. It's a little annoying that after you press the power button to start charging, it takes a while to "ding" on, but that's the only gripe. It can charge my phone twice, so technically, my phone lasts 3 charges now.

First things first,

The Bad:

It comes with a 1ft micro USB cable, it is black - it is of good quality as ANKER's cables are, with the same name stamp and texture as most of their other cables, but it's only 1 foot long, so if you're like me you'll want a long one, they're everywhere and TAGreat's own microUSB cables are really good quality and don't fall apart like some of the dirt cheap ones.

The MicroUSB port is a microUSB port: iphone owners enjoy the lignting connector that is nearly zero fuss, you just stick it in; microUSB however needs to be right-side-up and it's extremely delicate (compared to the all-metal lighnting connector) so you can't force it, I experienced a problem where wiggling the included microusb cord in the case made it go from charge to not charge to "This accessory is not supported". Keep in mind, the case is MFI certified, but the wiggling freaks it out.

To turn it off you have to hold down the power button for 5 whole seconds, this wouldn't be an issue if it didn't turn 'on' every time you plug it in to charge; but there's good reason for it's functionality and you'll get used to it.

The blue LEDs on back stay ON the entire time you are using the case actively to power/charge your phone, AND stay on the entire time it's plugged into USB. This can be both distracting and annoying, especially somewhere like a movie theater or at night when you're trying to sleep (e.g. i put my phone face down, and it makes huge blue spotlights on the ceiling)

Every one of these cases has to provide a path to the headphone jack that requires a slim plug - and all of them come with an adapter, you only need the adapter for cheap or high-end headphones that the mfgr refused to follow apple's standards and make a slim plug that fits in cases, and the apple headphones and philips, Sony and others work great with it. That said, though the ring for the headphone hole is totally flush with the bottom of the case, it does flare out away from the beveled edges, so you always can 'feel' it sticking out, and that feels odd to be honest, but it's a minor concern of an otherwise very well designed case.

Now for The Good:

Update: Who cares about the bad: the case WORKS. I just spent 19 hours at Disneyland for their 24hr event, and the battery is still at 30% after draining the case's battery at around 7 hours in. I have been using the case for several weeks and the best thing about it is that if I forget to plug my phone in at night (as I do sometimes) I'll have the battery case to charge the phone up and it'll last me 2+ days of heavy usage. This is amazing, I can't even gush hard enough about how much this has enhanced owning an Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. No more fear about battery. NONE. It's INSANE.

The case is beautiful, it's one of the slimmest and well designed cases out there, the benchmark being of course Mophie, the ANKER gives mophie a run for their money. Look at the grilles for the microphone and speaker: the TAGreat grilles resemble the Apple ear-piece speaker grille, a long pill shape with a black metal mesh with microscopic holes; as opposed to a lot of the cheap ones with gargantuan ugly plastic holes or just a big channel for the sound to pass through, the case has a nice soft-touch finish that feels good in the hand.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge's buttons are exposed with a shallow-recess and a nice slope into them - this is in contrast to overlayed buttons or crevices you have to dig your fingers into. With the case on I'm able to operate all buttons and the switch normally, and it has the added benefit of being able to set the phone landscape on a surface leaning against an object and being perfectly straight (as cases with raised buttons make it lopsided).

The case has a on-off button so that you can keep using the phone's battery until you are ready to use the case's battery. and it's easy with just a single button tap of it's power button on back. For those of us who like to gauge our usage this is important because some battery cases are 'always on' until they die. This case keeps it's charge until you need it, allowing you to take the phone in and out of the case without it turning on automatically. However there is one small caveat: plugging the case into microUSB to charge it also turns it 'on' (but you can turn it off).

It's the easiest to get on and off the phone that I've seen, you grab the camera hole and lift, phone slides in very smooth and easy. This does give me concern however that the friction and snaps that hold the cap in place may wear out over time and it may fall off, but it's not loose at all, and because it has little channels cut out for uses the silence-switch and camera protrusion as guides to find it's home, it's very unlikely it would ever fall off on it's own.

It provides ample power to charge a phone to 100% quickly;

it's camera hole on back is perfect with no issues

Final Notes:

BUY this one. After shopping around and comparing to friends' models from other brands, this one is THE BEST not only for the money, but for it's quality. I'm definitely an TAGreat fan now. (no I didn't get the case free from anker, and no i don't work for them.

This battery case is well made, sturdy and a bit bulkier than we are used to. It has gold plating design and the cord seems to be of high quality.


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