It is this time of the year when Samsung unveils its latest flagship smartphone. Every time a new Galaxy S device is being unveiled, there are debates about its design and specs. Samsung has been making flagship smartphone out of plastic build but last year, the company surprised everyone when it introduced the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge with its beautiful glass and metal construction. It is one of the most good looking smartphones out there but there were some features that are not present – expandable storage, water resistance and even smaller battery. And then this year the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge has been announced. Hoping to fix the gripes of many users, the company paved the way for the return of the three missing features. Can we now call the Samsung Galaxy S7 the perfect smartphone? Find out with this review.
Samsung Galaxy S7:
- Octa Core Exynos 8890 64-bit processor
- Mali T880 MP12 graphics
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 200GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
- 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display (1440 x 2560 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- IP68 certified – dust and water resistant for up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes
- 12 megapixel camera with Phase Detection Autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization and dual LED flash (f/1.7 aperture)
- 5 megapixel front facing camera (f/1.7 aperture)
- Dual SIM, Dual standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Sensor, Hear Rate Sensor, NFC
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- 3,000 mAh battery with fast wireless charging
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz UI
- SRP: P34,990
- Status: Available at Samsung Experience stores, retailers or via Globe and Smart postpaid plans.
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
We’ve talked much about the design and hardware on our unboxing and first impressions article. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a killer looker. Everywhere we go, everytime we lay down the phone on a table everyone tends to look at it. The glass and metal combo gives so much elegance and sophistication to the device. Since it is glass front and back, it is a fingerprint and smudge magnet. Be careful if you intend to buy one because the Samsung Galaxy S7 is very slippery. Make sure you a case for this.
Audio output coming from the bottom firing speakers are loud without sacrificing details. It is just easily covered with one finger when playing games. Using our third party earphones, audio quality is also good.
There’s no denying that Samsung makes great displays for their smartphones. The Super AMOLED panel on the Samsung Galaxy S7 is just gorgeous! It is a little saturated compared to IPS panels but we all like punchy colors, right? Sunlight legibility is excellent, further exceeding our expectations. Undeniably, the best display we’ve seen. 🙂
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top Android has been a love or hate affair from many users. In past, TouchWiz has been a cause of lags on many Samsung smartphones. Last year on the Samsung Galaxy S6, they’ve toned down much of the bloatware and giving it a refreshed look. The refreshed look continues with the Samsung Galaxy S7. Icons are a bit circular and Settings and Menus are less cluttered. Personally, we like the appeal of TouchWiz compared to other UIs.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has two chipsets powering it – an Exynos 8890 or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820. The one available in our market is Samsung own Exynos 8890. Overall performance is smooth and playing graphic intense games such as Asphalt 8 is a joy. Thanks to its generous 4GB of RAM multi tasking is just simple for the Samsung Galaxy S7.
What can we say about the camera? Oh well, just take a look at our sample photos and you’ll be judge. Anyway, the Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 12 megapixel rear camera which is a bit of downgrade from last year’s 16 megapixels. But more megapixels does not translate to better photos. The rear camera now gets a larger f/1.7 aperture which means it will accomodate more light to your photos.
Our Samsung Galaxy S7 unit has dual SIM capabilities. SIM 1 is locked to Globe since our unit comes from Globe’s postpaid plan. SIM 2 slot is a hybrid which means you can either insert another SIM or a microSD card. LTE connectivity has been superb. Compared to the other smartphones we are currently reviewing using the same service provider, the Samsung Galaxy S7 was able to get better and faster LTE signals. Calls are clear with any issues.
One of the main issues with the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the small 2,550 mAh battery. It could last even a day and you need to look for a socket by 3pm. Samsung has finally listened to many of the user’s plea and gave the Samsung Galaxy S7 a huge 3,000 mAh battery. Endurance has significantly improved and based on our heavy use, the device managed to last about 12 hours with 12% battery left and with 4 hours and 25 mins of screen on time. It is not mind blowing but it is definitely an improvement. If you need more power, then go for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with a larger 3,600 mAh battery.
It is always fun to review Samsung’s newest flagship especially when you try out some of the new features. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy S7, we’ve seen these features on past models like the fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor and all the gestures. This is the first time that we had so much fun using the Samsung Galaxy S7 because we think they finally come up with an almost perfect smartphone. Indeed, there’s no such thing as a perfect smartphone but all the right ingredients are already in the Samsung Galaxy S7 – good battery life, no lags (at all), perfect camera, outstanding performance, elegant design and stunning display. Better buy one now. 🙂