Samsung Galaxy S7 – Review
The Galaxy S7 is the successor to the Galaxy S6, which had a massive much needed redesign from the outdated S5. This meant that there wasn’t a desire or need for another major design change with the S7, and if you look at the S7 and S6 side-by-side there isn’t much to tell them apart at all. Considering the S6 was one of the best looking phones since its release, this isn’t an issue with the majority. With the S7 you have Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back, with a metal rim in between the two that holds the volume rocker and lock/standby switches on either side giving the device a nice and sleek look. The camera is now flush with the glass rear as well, a small change that makes plenty of difference to the feel and look.
Samsung have clearly listened to customer feedback for this Galaxy phone, with MicroSD expansion and IP68 water resistance as examples. The water resistance may not seem like a big change, but considering they’ve done it without adding any thickness or change to the design to cater for it, it is pretty impressive to say the least. The rating for the S7 means you can dunk the device in 1m of water for 30 minutes without any damage to it.
Samsung have kept the same 5.1-inch screen as the S6 rocked, a move that has mixed reviews – but we feel it is a good size and isn’t following the trend of late where phones are bloating year on year in size. This phone feels like the perfect size, not too big and not too small, it may underwhelm a few users at first but after a few weeks of use it will win the majority over guaranteed.
The display on the Galaxy S7 is nearly as good as it gets, with a QHD panel that houses a 2560x1440 resolution and utilises Samsungs own Super AMOLED tech instead of the quickly outdating LCD tech. All this means you’ll get deeper blacks, brilliantly presented colours and options to change the display to suit you if you think it’s oversaturated. With so many pixels on show on the screen, you can’t spot them apart at all, making the display super sharp and viewing or gaming on the S7 an absolute pleasure for the eyes. People who usually don’t watch shows on small devices (like me) won’t be able to help it on such a good screen, it’s super easy to do and view.
Samsung’s TouchWiz, the skin they developed to spruce up the bland stock Android look, makes another appearance here on the S7 and is a major improvement from the previous versions we’ve seen over the past years. It is less overwhelming and less colourful, with different icons and Samsung own apps it is pretty good. The TouchWiz here is operating over the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which was the latest Android version at the time, and is smooth to say the least.
The power behind the Galaxy S7 is Samsung’s own Exynos 8890, which consists of eight cores, four running at 2.6GHz and four running at 1.59GHz. This is paired with a Mali T880 GPU, this makes for a very high powered device, that will blitz through tasks like no tomorrow and seamlessly switch between apps. It has also received 1GB more of RAM, taking the total to 4GB which is again responsible for that super smooth multitasking ability. It is incredibly hard to find an app or task that will cause lag in this phone, with not much even slightly testing the power capabilities of the S7.
Samsung have again listened to criticisms of the S6 in regard to battery life, which was a real downside, and have upped the battery size to 3,000aMh. Unfortunately the size increase doesn’t mean you’ll be competing with phablet devices on which can last longer, but it does mean you’ll make it to at least night time without a recharge before then.
The camera on the S7 is another positive on the device, even though it has dropped in pixel count from 16MP to 12MP, Samsung say the Dual Pixels (as they have called them), help autofocus become more accurate and lock onto a target faster than before. The result is possibly the best autofocus seen on a smartphone on release. The sensor is super quick at switching from one target to another, without causing any issues or jarring at all. It is very difficult to spot the drop in pixel count, unless zooming in significantly. With a widened aperture of f/1.7, more light is allowed into the lens, meaning those low-light shots will look even more impressive on this phone with less grainy results. You also get the trendy 4K video recording option on the S7, with super-slo-mo as well, however the best recording comes from the 1080p 60fps setting. You get HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting, and tracking autofocus that is unmatched to make a instant difference with quick moving footage.
This is a brilliant Android powered phone, and in comparison with its closest rival, the iPhone 6, it is a real choice here. If you’re looking for a high powered and brilliant screen with Android backdrop, then this should definitely be high up on your list of options.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Tech Specs
TouchWiz overlay on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
5.1-inch QHD screen (2560x1440 resolution) Super AMOLED display
12MP f/1.7 aperture rear camera
5MP front camera
Exynos 8890 (4x2.6GHz, 4x1.59GHz)
Mali T880 GPU
Memory and storage
Storage 32GB/64GB with expandable storage up to 200GB
Dimensions and weight
Height 7.9 mm
Length 142.4 mm
Width 69.6 mm