Being a huge fan of the latest technology, I’ve been following the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge’s latest updates ever since it was announced they would be releasing it this 2016. There is something about a Samsung phone that no other Android phone can beat really, and besides Apple, this is one of my favorite gadgets to review.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Review:
The Samsung S7 was released just recently, an upgrade to last year’s Samsung S6. Because of the success of its previous model, it would be tough to beat and find ways on how to upgrade to an even better phone. But Samsung does it, righting the wrongs of the past, tweaking the design and following what the consumer wants and expects in today’s technology. It combines the best features of its predecessors, the S5 and S6, and improves on most of its wrongs, making it one of the most right phones for just about anyone. I immediately went my way to test the Samsung Galaxy S7, and here is what I think:
With a 5.1-inch screen, you’ll immediately see why it isn’t hard to like the Samsung S7. It’s tweaked the design of the S6 and has features of the S5, with premium glass and metal finish. Way better than plastic materials. Another difference is the fact that there is no metal rim on the home button, blending it with the unit itself. The corners are more rounded and Samsung has removed a bit of the bezel around the screen, making it just a tad smaller than the S6.
A bit thicker than the S6 but it definitely fits your hand just right, without any awkwardness despite the big screen. You can definitely use it with just one hand with ease. The best part is the fact that it’s water resistant without having an annoying flap like the S5 did! But remember to dry its charging port, since the S7 won’t charge until the port is dry. Not much to tweak from the S6, but since the S6 was so well designed too, there wasn’t any need for major improvements.
It’s got the similar display of an S6 at a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 and a 577ppi pixel density. But that doesn’t mean there’s no improvement. Its contrast and brightness has been made better and has an amazing display compared to any smart phone. This makes it great when playing games or videos. Audio quality is fantastic, and you can play it on full blast without it having any static noise or whatnot.
There are two different processors of the Samsung (most of the world vs North America), but that doesn’t mean one is better than the other. Applications are loaded quickly, touch screen is very responsive and smooth, and it’s way easier to manage now. With the latest android version of 6.0.1 Marshmallow, you’ll be amused with the new design and better updates.
Its camera, though a few megapixels less than the S6, is fantastic. Don’t worry about the number of megapixels, as the S7 still produces quality photos. With many more modes and options and even a front-facing flash, you’ll definitely go nuts with taking landscape photos or selfies, as its got features to those compared to a DSLR. It’s improved in low-light photos and autofocus, making it easier to take a quick snap. It’s a bit wider too, making you able to take a wider shot of sceneries and group photos!
Battery life is one of the most important things I look at when testing a phone, and luckily the Samsung S7 doesn’t disappoint. But it doesn’t impress either. It’s got a 3000mAh power and charging times are better, with less than an hour and a half to fully charge the phone. But it can last a full day with heavy usage, even more when on standby. You can find better battery lives from other phones, but hey, for a phone that lasts a day with using apps and internet, it certainly does deserve a point!
Samsung Galaxy S7 Short Specs:
|Camera||Primary – 12 MP & Secondary 5 MP|
|CPU||Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Network||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
A smart phone like this demands a price. As the top of the mobile ladder so far, it’s a whopping AU$1,149 for a SIM-free unit. Definitely a splurge. Though the S7’s price tag is similar to the S6, it’s still a bit pricey for a tweaked version of the latter. Would I say it’s worth it? Yes, it is. But if you don’t have the budget for it yet, I wouldn’t tell you to immediately go scrambling to get it!
What made me go meh
The price is a bit too much, but that depends on where you stand. I also with that they would have released units with a bigger storage area of more than 32GB, instead off having to depend on external memory cards to boost its storage. The position of the speaker is slightly awkward too, as holding it while playing media may cause the sounds to be muffled. The battery life is adequate, but I do wish it had an external battery for those just in case situations. You’ll have to be ready with a powerbank or go look for a socket! But other than that, there’s little to dislike about the S7, really.
The Samsung S7 will be a hard model to beat this 2016. Even at the first few months, I feel like we already found our winner of phone of the year. Unless Samsung releases the S8 anytime soon! Besides the high price and maybe some minor issues, I would definitely recommend this phone to anyone who can invest and would want to splurge on the latest gadget. Fit for just about anyone of any age, I would say that this is the most versatile phone I would own. If you’re looking on owning the Samsung S7, your network may have affordable plans out there. In the US, you’ll have to pay $199 upfront for a two-year contract. Or you may be able to find some deals online.