Samsung Galaxy S7 was launched about a year ago. But still, it’s the best smartphone on the market. It has been equipped with an extremely powerful hardware, a long lasting battery and outstanding shooters. Its identical look to its predecessor make some of the smartphone enthusiasts to call it as Galaxy S6S. But in reality, it’s a completely different device packed with lots of unique stuffs. In this review, you will find all the reasons that make the Samsung Galaxy S7 an all-round smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S7: Design
The metal finish and premium glass of the Galaxy S6 has been once again used in the Galaxy S7. That’s why, the 2016 flagship smartphone looks quite similar to its predecessor. But looking closely, you will find that there are several changes in the design. The home button is no longer surrounded by the metallic rim. The metal frame between the front and rear glass is not as clearly visible as the Galaxy S6. It eliminates all the possibilities of the skin irritation issue. However, it has made the smartphone look less premium. The device is 1.1mm thicker than the Galaxy S6. But having more rounded corners and a curved back, the device has become more comfortable to grab.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is IP68 certified. That means, it is dust and waterproof over 1.5 m and 30 minutes. So, you do not have to worry about getting the look of the device spoiled while off-roading. You can also take it to the swimming pool without any worry.
The Galaxy S7 is a magnet for fingerprints. After using it for an hour, we found that the entire back had been covered with fingerprints. So, you will have to wipe the device regularly.
It’s really difficult to find any issue with the design. But we have managed to find one. The speaker is facing downward. While playing games, you will find that it can be easily blocked by your hands. It affects the overall sound quality.
Samsung Galaxy S7: Display
The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch AMOLED display. The extremely high pixel density of 577 ppi has made it one of the sharpest smartphone screens that we have ever seen. It makes everything look crystal clear. It has blown us completely away.
Some AMOLED screens show oversaturated colors. But the display of the Galaxy S7 doesn’t have any similar issue. Its color accuracy is simply outstanding. The color temperature of 6852K says it all.
The 5.1-inch display might not sound a great fit for watching movies. However, practically, its performance for the specific purpose is really awesome. The black level is really deep. As a result, it manages to show the dark scenes beautifully. With great viewing angles, you can enjoy watching movies with your multiple friends comfortably.
The display is very bright. So, you will face no readability issue while using it on the bright sunny day. It has a maximum brightness of 484 nits, which is really good. However, its predecessor was brighter and dazzled our eyes more with 563 nits.
The “Always-On” feature is a welcome addition. It allows you to keep the display always activated while showing date, time and missed calls. It consumes only a small amount of charge, as it operates in a low power state. Less than 1% of the charge is dropped every hour.
Samsung Galaxy S7: Camera
In terms of the mega pixel range, the 12-MP rear shooter lags behind its 16-MP predecessor. But practically, it has become a way better. The captured images look incredibly sharp and super crisp. The colors look absolutely stunning. The brightness of every shot look amazing.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the very first smartphone to come with the dual-pixel sensor. So, the pixels are much larger than before. The specific technology was originally used in the DSLR camera. Its inclusion has enabled the rear shooter to perform autofocus with a great pace. It also has enhanced the brightness level. As a result, the subject of the shots looks clearer and brighter.
Samsung has been obsessed with developing the shooting performance under low light condition. The obsession has paid off in a great way. You can capture stunning shots in the restaurants with dim light. The images look stunningly bright. All the credits go to the larger aperture of f/1.7, which lets in more light into the lens. There are some noises. But they are hard to notice.
The video recording capability is equally impressive. You can record 4K videos at 30 fps and 720p videos at 240 fps. However, you get the best performance at 1080p 60 fps setting, which enables you to record in HDR mode. The white balance, contrast level and sound quality of the recorded videos are absolutely perfect.
The 5-MP secondary camera might not sound powerful on paper. However, it manages to perform brilliantly taking selfies with a great, natural color. Having the wide angle lens, the front shooter allows you to bring in more faces in the frame. It is very effective for taking group selfies.
Samsung Galaxy S7: Hardware and Performance
The Snapdragon 820 is a seriously powerful processor. We feel its mighty power while using the phone. All the apps are loaded with a blazing pace. You will never find any delay or sudden stuttering. The device also has 4 GB RAM. The massive capacity has transformed it into a multitasking genius! While performing different functions simultaneously, it doesn’t fall victim to the lagging issue.
The inclusion of faster processor and more RAM has helped the Samsung Galaxy S7 in topping the benchmark test result. In the Geekbench 3 (multicore) test, it stuns us with the score of 6360 points, which is significantly higher than of the iPhone 7 (5354 points). In the AnTuTu 4 test, it sets a record breaking score of 132084 points. All these scores have proved that the Samsung Galaxy S7 is the fastest smartphone of all time.
For the very first time, Samsung has introduced the “water cooling” feature. It keeps the processor cool. So, the chip barely gets overheated.
Gaming performance is mind blowing. The graphics of The Room 3 look stunning. Thanks to the Mali-T880 GPU that comes with 12 cores. The record breaking score of 32345 points in the Basemark X test says it all.
Samsung Galaxy S7: Internal Storage and the Return of MicroSD Card Slot
The Galaxy S7 comes in only two internal storage options: 32 GB and 64 GB. The 128 GB model has been scrapped. If you want a perfect combination of adequate space and decent price tag, you should choose the 32 GB model. But if you are a power user who loves to store plenty of apps and games, 64 GB will be the right option for you.
Samsung Galaxy S6 drew a lot of criticism due to the lack of the microSD card slot. It prevented the users from expanding the storage. It was a really frustrating issue. But fortunately, Samsung has heard the feedback of the users and decided to bring the specific feature back to the Galaxy S7. Now, the device supports up to 256 GB external SD card. So, you will never have to worry about storing plenty of HD movies in your smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S7: Battery
Samsung traditionally equips its flagship smartphones with extremely powerful batteries. The Galaxy S7 is no different. It sports 3,000 mAh battery, which is larger than the 2550 mAh offering in its predecessor. The enhanced capacity has been reflected in GSMArena’s endurance rating test. The battery of Samsung’s current flagship phone lasted 80 hours, while the older one survived 73 hours.
After surfing online, reading e-books, watching several videos and playing graphics intensive games throughout the day, we found that 15% of the juice is remaining at midnight. We noticed that the battery is capable of lasting a full-day comfortably. It can even last up to one and half a day if being managed carefully. However, do not expect it to make two days.
The 3,000 mAh battery supports both wired and wireless charging systems. However, the first one is the fastest. Thanks to the compatibility with Quick Charge 2.0, which charges the battery up to 60% in just 30 minutes. But the pace slows a bit after that. However, you can get it fully charged within 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Samsung Galaxy S7: Call Quality
The earpiece of the Galaxy S7 has been improved. You can hear much clearer voices. While using it to make voice calls, we haven’t noticed any distortion. The better microphone allows you to produce more distinctive and audible voices.
Similar to the Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy S7 comes with the “extra volume” mode. It enables the device to generate a louder voice. More importantly, it makes the voice of the caller clearer than ever before. Every word spoken is heard flawlessly.
The quality of the speaker is decent. However, we expect a much better performance due to the inclusion of the “extra volume” mode. In the noisy environment, the speaker fails to impress us. It fades in the specific condition.
Samsung Galaxy S7: Sensors
Galaxy S7 comes with all the sensors that you expect in a high-end smartphone, including GPS, NFC and Bluetooth 4E. It once again features the heart rate sensor at the back. But this time, it has become more reliable than ever before. While comparing its heart rate with the ER monitor at the hospital, we are amazed by its extreme accuracy. The Galaxy S7 also features SpO2 sensor. It measures the oxygen level in the blood. So, if you use these features daily, you will be free from the risk of the cardiac arrest.
The fingerprint scanner has become faster and more accurate. But sometimes, it fails to recognize the user’s fingerprint. So, you might be forced to switch to the typical on-screen lock system.
The 2016 flagship phone lacks only one essential sensor, which is the IR blaster. So, you can no longer control different devices, including TV, at your home.
Samsung Galaxy S7: The Verdict
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the best smartphone on the market. There is no doubt about it. The screen is unbelievably vibrant and the rear shooter is stunning. We haven’t seen any smartphone camera to perform that well in the low light condition. The battery is very powerful, although we would love to see it surviving at least two days. On top of that, it is the fastest smartphone that we have ever seen. Until a new flagship Galaxy phone hits the market, the Galaxy S7 will continue to reign supreme.