Samsung Galaxy S7 Review; Redefining the future
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the closest Samsung—or any other phone manufacturers have ever come to making the perfect smartphone.
Over the past few years, Samsung has made great strides in pushing their product lines forward and their effort has truly made a change in the digital arena. First, Samsung got out in front of the Virtual Reality race with the Gear VR. Now the Galaxy S7 is here proving once more time that Samsung is here to lead the leaders. But, what does it pack under the hood? Samsung has righted the wrongs of its previous flagships, tweaked the winning design of the stunning S6, and upgraded the specs and power to come up with a phone that you just don’t want to put down.
Building on the solid foundation laid by its predecessor, the Galaxy S7 is superior to the excellent Google Nexus 6P, LG G5, HTC 10 and iPhone 6S. In fact, the only phone that is capable of challenging it as of now is its fraternal twin; the larger and curvy-screen S7 edge. However, the greatest threat will, of course, come from the OnePlus 3 which offers almost similar specs but at a much lower price. If you want a phone with iconic looks, the best camera, best specs, and the price is not an issue, then the Galaxy S7 is the perfect choice for you.
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Review: Design
The Galaxy S6 was one of the best-looking smartphones around and the S7 follows suit. The design of the S7 is almost similar to that one of S6, and if both were placed next to each other, you would find it hard to tell which one is which. Both front and back of the S7 are covered in Gorilla glass 4, while a metal rim winds in between. Samsung has used the same premium glass and metal finish it used on S6, which finally saw the manufacturer ditch the cheap plastic materials employed in the earlier models. This better reflects the flagship price tag it is placing on its top phones.
However, there are some subtle differences that make it even look better than S6. For instance, the metallic rim around the home button on S6 has been dropped, giving it a more sense of touch. This iteration almost masks the existence of the home button. The corners are more rounded and smooth, and the aluminum frame that sandwiched between the rear and the front grass is less obtrusive. This gives the device a firmer grip on your hand as it sits more snugly on your palm.
While the Galaxy S7 sports the same 5.1 inches display as its predecessor, Samsung managed to shave off a fraction of the bezel around the screen. This reduced the width and the handset’s height slightly. However, it is slightly thicker than its predecessor S6 by 1mm. The volume buttons sit on one side while the standby button on the other. At the top is the Nano sim tray which also holds the microSD slot. At the bottom, you will find the headphone socket, a micro USB port, mic port, and the speaker. Housed inside the home button is the fingerprint scanner which is accurate and has a fast response rate. The phone feels dense and expensive on your hand, and it’s not as delicate as you would expect a product with a glass casing to be.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Review: Display
The best way to describe the display on the Samsung Galaxy S7 is close to perfection. The screen on the Galaxy S6 was great, but Samsung made it better on S7. It comes with a 5.1” QHD screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, that gives you a pin-sharp 577-pixel-per-inch density (PPI). And just like any other premium flagships, it uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology. AMOLED displays produce deeper blacks that LCD’s. Result? The colors look so deep and vibrant, and if you want things toned down, there is a setting for that.
Having so many pixels jammed into such a small display makes it impossible to spot one pixel from another, and this produces sharpness that is spectacular, making playing games or watching movies revolutionary. Samsung has added the ‘Always on Display’ feature to the Galaxy S7. The new feature works great and ensures that even when the phone is locked, it can still show the date, time, and other important notifications without draining the battery. After running some objective scientific analysis tests on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge displays, experts at Displaymate concluded that the display on S7 was better than its predecessors, and the best of any other smartphone on the market.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Review: Camera
Typical of Samsung’s flagship series, both Galaxy S7 and S7 edge features the same camera set up. Samsung reduced the pixels count from 16MP to 12MP, but the resulting pixels are now much larger-dubbed as Dual Pixels by Samsung. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the first smartphones to use a dual pixel sensor. This technology was specifically built for DSLR cameras, but now its incorporation into smartphones might as well define a new era in mobile photography. They work great at making the autofocus lock onto your target more accurately and faster. Even in low lights, the S7 trumps the iPhone 6S, and any other camera out there, yielding brighter and more life-like images.
Samsung has also increased the size of the lens, enabling you to get clear shots—perfect for towering skyscrapers and picturesque landscapes. Consumers have seen the Galaxy S7 produce sharper shots than the Sony NEX-5R—a $500 premium camera. You can play about with the white balance, ISO, focus points and so on or switch to the ‘Live Broadcast’ option that lets you send videos straight to YouTube. The best footage comes from 1080p, which gives you an HDR (high dynamic range) shooting, although 4K shooting is also an option. On the front is a 5MP camera that also follows suit in capturing incredibly sharp photos.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Review: Software & Specs
The Galaxy S7 comes packing a punch under all that glass and metal. Though Samsung has loaded the Galaxy S7 with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it has retained the S6’s colorful TouchWiz interface. It runs on a new quad-core processor 2.15GHZ + 1.6GHZ, but the type of the processor used vary by region. Samsung has not yet specified which processors are available in which regions, but we do know there are two processor types; the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and the Samsung Exynos. The Snapdragon 820 processor has already been verified for USA models, but in the rest of the world, Samsung is using the Exynos chip. What the South Korean company has said is that the CPU performance is 30% higher than that one of Galaxy S6, while the GPU has received 64% uplift.
Both of these processors are incredibly powerful, and with 4GB of RAM backing each of them, you can be sure that the phone will never slow down. Navigation is smooth on the S7 and loading apps is instant, thanks to the TouchWiz interface that is easier to manage. The phone is available in both 34 and 64GB storage models. Other specs include NFC, water resistant, contactless charging with Samsung pay, and wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Review: Battery
The Samsung Galaxy battery life is long and its performance swift. It spots a 3,000mAh battery which is an improvement from the 2,600mAh battery that featured on the Galaxy S6. If you are not a heavy user, the battery can take you through a day, which is great as most high-end phones do not perform well in this department. There are more power saving modes that you can use if you want to get more from the battery. The common power saving mode adds an extra hour, while the new ‘Ultra Power Saving Mode’ will not easily let go the juice. Wireless charging is also available and the ‘Fast Charging’ will fully juice up the phone in an hour.
Samsung Galaxy S7: Verdict
Samsung has done a great job in Galaxy S7, and though it’s not perfect, it’s the closest to perfection that we’ve seen in a phone. More than offering you a tremendous processor and other bumpy, jaw-dropping specs, the Galaxy S7 focuses on how all these components work together, and whether you are going to like them.