Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

Introduction

Samsung Galaxy S7 is Android smartphones manufactured and marketed by Samsung Electronics. The S7 series is the successor to the 2015 launched Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge +. The phones were officially unveiled on February 21, 2016 at a Samsung press conference at the Mobile World Congress. North America on March 11, 2016.

The Galaxy S7 is an evolution of the previous year’s model, with updated hardware, design enhancements and restoration of features removed from the Galaxy S6, such as IP certification for water and dust resistance. as well as expandable memory. As with the S6, the S7 is produced in a standard model with a screen size of 5.1 inches (130 mm) as well as an edge variant whose screen is along the broad sides of the screen. Unlike the S6, the S7 Edge also uses a 140mm screen, rather than adjusting the screen size of the base models. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the last two handsets in the Samsung Galaxy S series that have a physical start button with a fingerprint sensor on the front, integrated into the button.

 

Main features of Samsung Galaxy S7

1.Premium design in double glass, aluminum frame
2.Super AMOLED 5.1 “display, QHD resolution (1440 x 2.560), ~ 577ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
3.The Exynos 8890 Chipset: Quad-Core 2.6GHz Mongoose + Quad-Core 1.6GHz Cortex-A53, GPU Mali-T880 MP12 (our review sample)
4.Snapdragon 820 chipset: Kryo dual-core 2.15 GHz and 1.6 GHz dual-core cryo, Adreno 530 GPU
5.4 GB RAM; 32 GB / 64 GB built-in memory, microSD up to 200 GB
Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 with TouchWiz and Samsung Pay
6.12 MP camera, f / 1.7 aperture, 1.4 micron pixel size, phase detection diodes in each sensor pixel, 4K video capture, LED flash, optical image stabilization
7.5MP front camera, f / 1.7 aperture, QHD video, HDR
Active noise cancellation via a dedicated microphone
8.Fingerprint scanner
9.LTE Cat.9, WLAN a / b / g / n / ac, GPS / GLONASS / Beidou, NFC, infrared port, Bluetooth 4.2, ANT +
10.3000 mAh battery, fast and wireless charging (Qi / PMA)

 Disadvantages

  • No FM radio (except for T-Mobile units in the US, so far)
  • No IR blaster
  • No stereo speakers

Samsung Galaxy S7 price and release date

Market launch in March 2016
Introductory price £ 569 (approximately $ 750 / AU $ 900)
Now up to $ 440 / £ 420 / $ 700 AU

In the UK, you’ll see an impressive £ 420 without a SIM card, while those in the US UU you have to give up $ 199 in advance under a two-year contract, or $ 440 for the unlocked price of the Samsung Galaxy S7. In Australia, the price without a SIM card was set to 1149 AU, but now you can get it for about 700 AU.

The price has dropped significantly following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and is a great price for a five-star phone: see how much you need to spend on your top page for Galaxy S7 deals for your contract.

Even if there is a newer Samsung Galaxy S8, it’s hard not to like the Galaxy S7. Take the upgraded and high quality design of the Galaxy S6 and restore some Galaxy S5 features that were surprisingly lacking the successor.

The package is attractive, but 2016 was a difficult year for the main phones, so Samsung needed something big to be ahead of the curve. The LG G5 was launched with a unique modular pull, but failed, HTC 10 tried to revive some of the Taiwanese company’s old glories (with mixed success) and, of course, the iPhone 7 landed Safe headphone jack and seal matching the similar Galaxy S7 capacity.

Samsung Galaxy S7 – Design

 

After the big and much-needed change in the design direction that Samsung took with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 in 2015, all the rumors underlined that things are pretty much the same for the Galaxy S7.

Well, it’s not like Apple, HTC or Sony make drastic changes to their industrial design every year.

And that is exactly the case here. Place the Galaxy S7 next to the S6 and you have to decide which one is right now. Honestly, it does not bother me at all. The S6 was already one of the most attractive phones and the Galaxy S7 follows him.

The two front and back parts are covered with Gorilla 4 glass, while in the middle of a metal edge winds. There are two volume buttons on one side and a lock button on the other side. It’s a clean look, with the back free of any brand other than a Samsung logo.

The lens of the camera is now aligned with the glass body. It may look like a small change, but it makes a big difference. I can now touch an email with the phone on my desk without jumping and swinging from side to side.

 

There’s a remarkable design change on the back: The pages now fold easily, as in the Galaxy Note 5th, and have made a big difference in the way you feel about the Galaxy S7. While the S6 was hard and stiff, the Galaxy S7 slid gently into my palm. It is much more ergonomic and makes lifting a flat surface easier.

And the way the pages in the glass almost melt, looks incredibly cool. Good job, Samsung.

Screen

Samsung has introduced a Quad-HD display (2560×1440) in the Galaxy S6, and nothing has changed. It is still 5.1 inches. Diagonal, it’s just the right size for a useful screen area to read and see media without the phone being too heavy, and still has that amazing 577ppi pixel density, which basically means the pictures and the text is excellent, right? Although the HD is pretty clear, Quad-HD offers an incredible experience: if you did not notice the difference, we recommend you do it in the shop.
Samsung is known for its Super AMOLED displays, which offer rich, rich colors and high contrast with deep black and vanish white compared to the more typical IPS panels. It is also more energy efficient, with no backlight.
Even with the curved screen, the viewing angles are as good as the Galaxy S6 (which is pretty good), and it’s incredibly bright, making it easy to see even in bright sunlight. The Galaxy S7 manages the automatic brightness with a new feature called Custom Automatic Brightness Control. This will display your preferences for different ambient light levels and link those settings to the current reading from your ambient light sensor.

 

An addition to the screen technology is always the screen. Apparently, each of us, whether we know it or not, checks our phones several hundred times a day. By displaying the information we need on the screen, we do not have to turn on the screen to read it, which saves time and energy. This may be a good supplement for some people, but it may not be worth it, it does not provide enough information to prevent you from having to fully wake up.

Battery

Samsung Galaxy S7 is an absolute beast when it comes to performance, but also the Galaxy S6. Let’s start with something much more important for the users: the battery life.
Samsung may not have brought the removable battery back to its flagship product Galaxy SS, but with a battery of more than 3,000 mAh (previously 2,550 mAh) he turned fans into a peace offer. in the Galaxy S6). We were disappointed to know that it was not compatible with the latest Quick Charge 3.0 Quick Charge Standard, but it made sense when we discovered that the UK was getting the Exynos version of the Galaxy S7 instead of the equivalent. Snapdragon 820. (To make it clear that the Snapdragon version is also not compatible with Quick Charge 3.0 because Samsung thinks Quick Charge 2.0 is fast enough, he told us at MWC).
The Samsung Galaxy S7, however, supports adaptive fast charging on its micro USB port and extends this fast charge with the wireless charging function. Remember that you need to buy a wireless charger that supports faster charging when you want to enjoy it, rather than using an older one that has worked slower with your Galaxy S6.

Software

 

There was a time when the inventory of Android was ugly, as claimed by Google. It was simple, less bright and faded compared to Apple’s iOS. In addition, phone manufacturers wanted to print their own identities on their phones instead of making them look the same, so they decided to expand Android a little more by adding their own “masks.” These are layers that are on the operating system and change its appearance with additional features.

The fact is that Android is no longer ugly. In fact, Android Marshmallow is the most elegant and sophisticated mobile operating system available. But these skins are still common.

The Samsung version is called TouchWiz, and although it is much less dominant than the Huawei EMUI or the LG used by LG, it still bothers much Android. The icons are different, there are several applications that do the same thing (for example, there are two browsers and two music players) and the unique features of Samsung are placed in front and in the middle. It’s a long way from disaster a few years ago, but it may seem a bit childish and overly colorful.

One new feature that I really like is Game Launcher. This is a super loaded folder where all your games sit, with a few awesome extras. It will automatically organize all your titles, record your last round of Clash of Clans, and quickly save a screenshot of your last highest score.

There is even a configuration that consumes more phone battery when you play, which reduces the performance.

Flipboard Briefing, a news app located on previous Galaxy phones on the left side of your home screen, has been discontinued in favor of Upday. It’s basically the same, but it’s organized so that you can not add your own news sources, like a typical RSS reader.

Fortunately, Game Launcher and Upday can be disabled by simply pressing a button, so you can get rid of them if they are not used very often.

However, Samsung is not so nice to allow you to remove other preinstalled applications. The full Microsoft Office set is pre-installed and can not be disabled, not removed from the phone, and the same applies to applications such as S-Health, S-Planner, etc. This makes TouchWiz with 7.14 GB of 32 GB of internal memory rather heavy housing, compared to the Android inventory in a Nexus 6P needs 6.5 GB.

 

New 12-megapixel camera with dual-pixel technology for

fast PDAF

More is usually better, and that’s been the way to do things from Samsung for years, but with the Galaxy S7, this concept has been applied differently than you think. The S6 had a 16MP camera, while the S7 has a total resolution of up to 12MP. And that’s the only aspect we can remember about the S7 camera, but we’ve already managed to convince you that the number of pixels is overrated.

 

The Galaxy S7 has larger pixels (1.4 microns vs. 1.12 microns), a brighter aperture (f / 1.7 vs. 1.9), more subpixel phase detection (well, the 12 million of them) while maintaining the optical image stabilization of the predecessor.

It’s the phase detection agent in every pixel that qualifies the S7 camera for a nickname of two pixels, and you’ll probably hear every time it’s pictures on the S7. And Samsung is rightly proud of it: Smartphone’s simultaneous phase detection systems use only 5% of the total number of pixels to focus, and the dual-pixel PDAF is only one thing in the world of digital SLRs.

It should be noted that our test device is equipped with the Sony IMX260 sensor, not the Samsung ISOCELL version, although the performance is comparable to both.

The field of view is not as wide as in the horizontal S6, but the S7 captures more when it comes to the height of the scene.

The application of the camera is almost the same as that of the exchanged phone. It has a combined interface for still images and videos with a virtual trigger and a record button on one side and fast settings on the other side. Some smaller buttons include additional resolution settings and a universally-recognizable red dot icon on the video recording button instead of the ambiguous video camera on older models.

 

5MP front camera shoots good selfies

At the front, the Galaxy S7 has the same 5MP camera as the S6, at least as far as the resolution is concerned. Obviously, the target group of the flagship does not need a lot of selfies, Samsung thinks and does not bother installing a higher-resolution sensor. Even so, the bezel received a bump that matched the main shooter’s aperture value of 1.7, and now a screen fill flash is also available.

The videos are limited to 1440p, which is the maximum that fits into the sensor in a 16: 9 ratio, and it’s also the resolution of the screen.

The image quality of the front camera is similar to that of its predecessor. With high-contrast scenes, he can not handle well and turn off highlights, but fair enough, this scene would also challenge a main camera. A more balanced lighting results in better results and in all cases, the skin tones are rendered very pleasant and realistic.

The Galaxy S7 has a screen flash function that illuminates the screen to illuminate the subject (probably himself), useful in the darkest settings. This is not a new feature that smartphones are looking for, it’s something new for the Galaxy line. Here’s an example shot shown in total darkness in our study: Quality is not too much inspiration, but it’s better than nothing you get without the flash of the screen.

 

Samsung Galaxy S7 key test scores

The design follows the Galaxy Note5, but is further refined, especially on the front, where the glass gently curves at the edges. The design is simply outstanding.
The protection against water and dust should give you security in adverse environmental conditions.
The AMOLED display is pretty in standard mode, and if set correctly, it can achieve near-perfect color accuracy. The readability of the sunlight is excellent and the maximum brightness has been further improved compared to the S6.
The always-on feature is useful and AMOLED so peculiar that we wonder why it took so long. However, this inevitably affects the life of the battery.
There is no cable or FM radio output, and the IR transmitter is gone, but luckily at least the microSD slot is back.
Battery life is good, but not exceptional: the 80-hour resistance is slightly higher than the 73 hours of the S6, but the always-on display consumes a lot of it. The S6 also lasts longer in web browsing, but the S7 surpasses it with nearly 15 hours of video playback.
The Galaxy S7 comes with little on the Google suite: There are signature apps like S Planner and S Health and Samsung’s custom multimedia software, but otherwise there is little bloatware. The Microsoft Mobile App package is also on board.
The results of the benchmark reference, both CPU and GPU, provide a lot of power and are the best charters to secure the future.
The loudspeaker brand “Good” in volume, and their sound quality is among the best with a deep sound.
Clean the audio output with an external amplifier, only slight deterioration with headphones, volume above average.
Dual-pixel technology allows the new 12MP camera to focus almost instantly. The pictures are detailed, the dynamic range and colors are good and in terms of picture quality it is definitely an improvement over the excellent S6 shooter.
The selfie camera is great for the complexion of the skin but reduces glare. It’s also time for Samsung to raise the resolution of its flagship shooter, 5MP is a bit restrictive.
4K videos are full of details, but the video camera strives to stay focused at 1080p / 60 fps, which is the only thing we can say about it.

 

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