Pardon the poor quality 5 MP pictures here from my Alcatel Pop Icon Smartphone. I just ordered a Samsung Galaxy S7 from Tracfone, now that it's under $500, and I need the upgrade for both the camera and the memory (info at bottom) and the 4G Internet.
Thomas, my sister's/nephew's/brother-in-law's beagle-pug mix puppy, went for his first walk in a park today. At first he was in shock at all the stuff new to him.
At first he was upset about the around-the-neck and around-the-back collar/harness. He ran and hid under my nephew's bed.
Then he didn't want to get in my car. Then he didn't want to be led away from the car toward the trails and woods, even though the temperature was close to 50F with little wind, leaving just traces of snow.
On the 3/4 mile walk from the car, Thomas was using his half-beagle nose - as I realized later - to form a smell-map of the park.
He kept walking in clockwise circles around me (yet dogs turn counterclockwise when they mat-down a place to sit or poop in tall grass) trying to get a good whiff of all kinds of things my poor human sense of smell thought were insignificant. A half-hour walk took 47 minutes, including the red leash handle slipping out of my hand and having to run after Thomas for a few minutes - lucky my sprained ankle is mostly healed.
He was very attentive and, after a few people we crossed paths with stopped to pet him, he was in a much better mood.
On the way back to the car, he no longer went in circles around me - he knew where we were going and strained at the leash to get there. When we reached several places where the path diverged, he always picked the right direction. I wondered if it was just that he was more comfortable in the park or if he now had "smell mapped" the route, so as we approached the car I changed the path and entered the parking lot from a different place. Sure enough, as soon as I left the trail we used going away from the car, he began walking in circles again to get a "smell map."
My new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S7, which Tracfone recently reduced to $429 from $629. It's Tracfone's only high-priced option for my zip-code. The next-best is the Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro which is normally $149 but on-sale through March for $119. I almost got it but looked at YouTube videos of camera/video comparisons and it just doesn't do well in dim light. I've always bought $150 or less smartphones but decided to splurge for once: I've missed too many good pics and while those around me were getting good pictures or video with their phones. Both the S7 and J7 Sky Pro can be bought at Tracfone with a $125 Smartphone Plan: 1500 min talk, 1500 texts, 1500 MB G4 internet. I currently have 433 minutes, 1000 texts, and 1200 MB on my current Tracfone that will expire in June, 2019. So I'll now have and ending date of June, 2020 and since I don't use the phone/text/web phone options that much, I won't have to buy more airtime until then.
A Brief Review:
Best Android phones of 2018: Our top picks for February
Best under $500: Samsung Galaxy S7
If you're looking for a great phone around $500, the choice is easy. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is still a great phone, even at a year old. And now that the Galaxy S8 has been released, it's an even better value than before.
The performance holds up and the photo quality is fantastic with the S7 and S7 Edge. The design is still modern and elegant, and it has water and dust resistance.
· Samsung Galaxy S7 review: still a contender
· Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review: pushing the limit
The Galaxy S7 combines old and new to become one of Samsung's enduring best. / © AndroidPIT
The Galaxy S7 has a 12 MP camera on the rear, and a 5 MP selfie cam. With a battery capacity of 3,000 mAh, the S7 is capable of getting through the day with ease. The internal memory is a sufficient 32 GB, expandable via microSD card. If you have the budget, the Edge version is even more of a joy.