The first 10 apps you should install on your Samsung Galaxy S7
Feed your S7 these digital delights, and it'll grow up big and strong
So you’ve gone and got yourself a Samsung Galaxy S7, congratulations. It’s a cracking handset, and at the time of writing, it’s sitting pretty at the number one spot of our Top 10 Smartphones list.
Gorgeous screen, light-guzzling camera, beefy insides – it’s got the lot. But it could be even better.
We’ve rounded up ten apps which will boost your already fantastic smartphone from great to awesome. Enjoy:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (£free)
The Galaxy S7’s camera is already rather special, but if you want to take those good shots and make them great, Adobe’s Lightroom app is the way to go. It lets you tweak and tinker with everything from white balance to temperature, to tone curves, effects, filters and much more. It’ll support the S7’s RAW shots too, for even greater control over the final outcome.
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Nova Launcher Prime (£3.99)
Samsung’s Android tweaks have thankfully become less and less of an eyesore over the years, and the Galaxy S7’s home screen looks perfectly presentable in its default state. But why settle for average? Nova Launcher is one of the best third-party launchers on the market, and it supports thousands of custom icon packs to let you make your Galaxy S7 stand out. Custom gesture support is the icing on an already tasty cake.
Paying for wallpapers seems rather odd, considering the vast number of free ones floating around on the interwebs, but these low-poly ones are truly stunning, and paying a pound to support the artist seems like a fair price to us. From animals to movie characters and trippy abstract designs, there should be something here to make anyone’s smartphone turn heads.
Sticking with the wallpaper theme, we have Muzei – an app which automatically changes your wallpaper and supports different feeds from various different sources, including reddit. We’re rather big fans of the r/earthporn subreddit ourselves. And before you judge us, we’re talking about mountains, valleys, waterfalls and other natural wonders of that nature. You perv.
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Sync for reddit Pro (£3.80)
If you’re not already on reddit then run away now. Run away, and never look back, because the second you see your first cat GIF, you’re going to be hooked for life. The self-proclaimed ‘front page of the internet’ has more than cute furballs though. There are subreddits (forums) for every topic imaginable, and the Sync app is the slickest, best-looking reddit app we’ve used. It’s even got an all-black theme to take advantage of the Galaxy S7’s Super AMOLED display.
Fleksy is a very handsome, highly customisable keyboard with a lovely minimalist design which matches the understated Galaxy S7 rather nicely. Some of the themes are a little gaudy, but we trust you’ll go for the more sophisticated ones. While it doesn’t support swiping from key to key like SwiftKey or Swype, it does support gesture controls to cycle through suggestions or delete words easily, making it the best smartphone keyboard for traditional typists.
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Chameleon Run (£1.67)
This 3D autorunner blends simple-yet-challenging gameplay with gorgeous visuals. Time your jumps from platform to platform, but remember to change your colour mid-jump to match where you’re landing – unless you want to lose, that is. The basic controls make it a great time sink when you’re faced with yet another delayed train, and the colours look bright and punchy on the Galaxy S7’s vibrant screen.
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Beneath the Lighthouse (£free)
There are few polished games out there which are designed to work fluidly using just a single thumb, but this charming retro-styled platformer is one of them. The objective is pretty straightforward – rotate the map to help your little round friend progress through the levels, while avoiding dangerous obstacles and spikes. The 5.1in Galaxy S7 should be comfortable for one-handed play for most people, while still providing plenty of screen real estate to avoid squinting.
Infinite Design (£free)
If you’re one of those creative types that are forever scribbling on napkins or doodling on coffee cups then you’re going to want to kit out your Galaxy S7 with this supercharged design app. It’s loaded with enough brushes and tools to make the DIY SOS team look underprepared, and you can make some genuine masterpieces on the S7’s generously sized screen. Ignore our efforts above – we don’t art too good.
If you’re a Netflix subscriber then you’ll definitely want to get in on some pocketable movie and TV show action. The Galaxy S7’s 5.1in 2K display is more than up to the task of serving up crisp visuals without making you overstretch your fingers, and its deep blacks and rich colours make everything from House of Cards to Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe a pleasure to watch.