Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

April 17, 2016

The Best of Android.

You can say that the Galaxy series of smartphones is the company’s direct answer to the Apple’s iPhone – but there’s always more that. Especially with the Galaxy S7, which I think is one of the best Android phones available – why? Read on and find out.

The Galaxy S7 feels better on the hands thanks to the curved back that makes it easy to hold – though the shiny exterior is a fingerprint magnet, evident by the amount of smudges it had after using it.

Despite that, the Galaxy S7 is one beautiful piece. Edges are slightly curved and the glass perfectly merges with the steel frame of the smartphone. Physical buttons are minimal, with only the power button on the side and the volume rockers on the other. Below is a single mechanical home button that also houses the fingerprint reader. Navigation buttons are touch-sensitive, and lights up only when pressed. At the back you will find the camera with the LED flash and the heart rate monitor. And below you will find the 3.5 mm audio jack along with the speakers and the micro USB port used for charging and data transfers.

Don’t let the classy fragile look of the Galaxy S7 fool you – this smartphone currently has IP68 certification, meaning that it’s basically dust and water resistant. This is a feature missing from the Galaxy S6 that proudly makes a comeback.

As Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7 doesn’t compromise in terms of performance. This is shown as this smartphone is currently powered by the Exynos 8890 Octacore processor. Just to make it clear, the Exynos version is the one available in the Middle East while other markets get the Snapdragon 820 variant.

Completing the specifications is the massive 4 GB of RAM plus 32 GB of internal storage (a 64 GB version is also available, but it’s currently not available in the Middle East). You can expand that using the microSD card slot, which can support cards of up to 200 GB. It is also worth noting that this particular variant of the Galaxy S7 we have gotten for review supports Dual SIM – though one slot can alternatively be used for the microSD card.

Probably one of the highlights of the Galaxy S7 is the 5.1-inch AMOLED screen that supports 1440 x 2560 pixels. Just like the S6, the screen on the S7 screams with absolute brilliance, and maybe one of the best smartphone displays we’ve seen.

The Galaxy S7 runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and of course, includes all the various customizations offered by its own TouchWiz interface. I was never a fan of TouchWiz mainly because previous versions tend to slow down the smartphone with unneeded apps and fancy animations.

But TouchWiz on the Galaxy S7 has gotten some much needed improvement. Animations are faster, minimal lag and some pre-installed applications can now be removed.

As expected, the Galaxy S7 blazes through apps and games with ease. The Galaxy S7 also is one of the first devices to support the Vulkan API from Google that can provide even better graphics on games and 3D-based apps.

My favorite feature of the Galaxy S7 is definitely the camera. At 12 megapixels, the Galaxy S7’s camera now includes a higher f/1.7 aperture that allows more light to be let into the sensor, allowing for better images in low light conditions.

That proves to be true when I took out the Galaxy S7 on a recent trip and used it to take images and video. Colors are great, and detail is spot on.  The camera software also lets you shift to manual mode, giving you more power over the hardware’s camera. A 5 megapixel front facing camera is also present.

The battery on the Galaxy S7 has also increased to 3,000 mAh compared to the S6’s 2600 mAh. This means that I managed to make the smartphone last though an entire of normal usage, with some juice left when I reach home to charge it again. The Galaxy S7 also supports wireless charging along with fast charging using the special bundled fast charger.

What can we say, the Samsung Galaxy S7 improves upon the already great Galaxy S6 in every way. Undoubtedly one of the best Android smartphones available.

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.