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Choosing A Samsung Phone To Replace A Blackberry

Vince in Albuquerque, New Mexico wants to know how the S5, S6, and S7 compare

samsungs note 5 and s6 edge plus

Vince asked: “I have the Blackberry Z30. I have no issues with it. however, when I compare it with newer phones, I like the Android more than Apple. I’m comparing the Galaxy S5, S6 and S7. Not interested in the Edge. I want to know what the difference is between those three and which is the best. Also – With my BB, it has something called Password Protect. Does the Android have the capability? If so, can I transfer all my passwords from the Blackberry.”


The S5, S6, and S7 are all good phones, the S5 and S6 were once Samsung’s flagship phone and the S7 is the current flagship. The S7 improved the main camera, which dropped from the S5 and S6’s 16MP to 12MP, but with a better sensor and a faster lens, which at f1.7 is actually the fastest lens of any smartphone, and should be great at low light pictures.

The S7 also dropped from a quad-core processor to a dual-core, but Samsung claims it’s still 30% faster than the S6’s quad-core. The processor is also more battery friendly, and the battery itself is larger, so you should get better battery life with it, which is a great thing since battery life was a big complaint about the S6, which had a smaller battery than the S5. The S7 also has an always on screen, so you should be able to check the time or whatever you chose to put on the lock screen without having to push any buttons, the S5 and S6 won’t be getting that feature.

The S7 also dropped from a quad-core processor to a dual-core

In terms of size, shape, and weight, they’re almost all the same, the S7 is actually about 15% heavier, but that’s not an awful lot in terms of actual weight. The S7 and S5 are water resistant, the S7 is better at it and should be able to survive being submerged for around an hour. Just keep in mind that those ratings sometimes require that you plug the charging port.

The S5, S6 and S7 are all good phones, they should all serve you well, if you can spend the extra money, the S7 has some improvements over the previous models, if you can’t the S6 is faster and has more RAM, but it lost some of the S5’s features such as a larger battery, and waterproofing.

As for storing passwords, yes Android phones are capable of storing passwords, but transferring them from your BlackBerry won’t be easy, there is no direct tool to do it, unfortunately. A way to work around this issue is to use an app like KeePass that supports both OSs and will let you import passwords from Password Keeper and then port them to their app on Android.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

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