Poll results: yes, you miss an IR blaster on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Poll results: yes, you miss an IR blaster on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge
We asked you last week whether you are missing an IR blaster on the S7 and S7 edge that may save you from always looking for the remote in the couch cushions, and, boy, did we have one unexpected result. Out of our vast 1835 respondents pool, more than 65% confirmed that they are actually using the infrared sensor on their phones often, and miss the feature on the S7 and its larger sidekick. Well, word to the wise, Samsung.

Samsung giveth, Samsung taketh away - that's the moral of the story with the Galaxy S6 and its successor the Galaxy S7. What the company gave us with the S7 and its sidekick S7 edge is a premium design like the S6, but a waterproof certification for the chassis and a memory slot for storage expansion - two features that the S6 was devoid of.

Samsung taketh, too, as the infrared sensor at the top of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge is now gone in the S7 and S7 edge. The IR blaster is convenient to command your house electronics like TVs, home stereo, and even AC units, so eschewing it in the S7 may have irked some users who expected to have it in the latest and greatest Samsung handsets.

Are you missing an IR blaster on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge?

No, I rarely ever use that
Yes, I use IR blasters often

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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)



1. tabVision

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

So maybe IR bluster on S8 and removable battery on the S9?

3. Krjal

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Yeah, but what features do they lose?

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they lose touchwiz... thats win-win solution

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

so S9 will have microSD, water-resistant, IR blaster, and removable battery? S5 already have all of it, just how long they need to release S5 successor :-/

4. Instructor

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

As usual Samsung has a #MissingGate in every flagship they produce. They Return "this" and remove "that". It's like they play with our minds.

18. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

The S5 had everything and it is widely considered the worst of the "S" series phones.

6. Instructor

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Mind produces cash!

7. Instructor

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

IR bluster on S8 ; no SD card on S8 fool stop! "I give, I take ".

8. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Bring back FM radio Samsung!

10. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Actually all the phones have fm radio antenna. ..even he iPhone, since it's together with the Bluetooth modem. But it's locked.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I know I do. My Directv remotes suck.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I never used it on my s5. I did try it out right after I got the phone but it was just easier to use the dish remote.

14. techietech

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 24, 2016

Moves and countermoves.

15. M.O.A.B

Posts: 323; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

iam really missing this feature on my note 5 :( why samsung ??

16. AliGee

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 12, 2014

One of the reason why I decided to go to LGv10... Had all my stuff that my note 3 had and even more... I do miss my note 3 but LGv10 is pretty good and I kinda felt in love already with the secondary screen, pretty useful... Just because some people don't use some of the great features that some android phones have doesn't mean that others don't... Companies need to leave what works untouched...

17. srk_s_rao unregistered

I am not missing Samsung IR blaster, I miss LG IR blaster.

19. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

i don't know what is wrong with samsung but i think some of the decisions that they take are really STUPID...like Seriously, why would you remove the IR blaster, the FM radio, the Facebook integration on the calendar, the hide app feature, the quick access bottom the app drawer??? like just why?? why would they be so stupid? even if Americans don't use them...other people do....

20. nashbell

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 20, 2016

I am using good old Samsung Galaxy S4 and am very happy with the IR remote control. I am using it in 3 rooms with LG TV, Samsung TV, and Philips TV as well as Technicolor cable box and it works fantastic using the pre installed Peel Smart Remote. I don't need to look for remote controls anywhere I go since phone is always with me. I also use it for 3 different AC's however I could not operate them with Peel Smart Remote app. For AC's I use SURE Universal. I don't understand why Samsung removes such great IR functionality which exists at Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, and S6. This is really something I'll have to take into account not upgrading my phone to Samsung Galaxy S7. It reminds me how they removed the FM radio receiver which existed in Samsung Galaxy S3 and earlier. In that FM case they gave the excuse that modern users look for modern technology hence streaming radio is prefered. Now I know this was not their reason for omitting FM Radio. They have business considerations forcing us to use greater data plans and buy digital services instead of using free FM radio with no data consumtion. What stands behind IR case? Probably not the benefit of us, the users but some other business plan. Well, I am absolutely convinced now. Despite its advantages, I am not going to buy Samsung Galaxy S7. Let's wait for the next one or look for another company.

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