Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

2016 7th September

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is now to be had within the US unlocked. we've got added the brand new charge to this revised evaluate.

We might not beat across the bush: wanting to improve upon a stellar telephone in 2015's Galaxy S6, Samsung has made a handset that packs outstanding battery smarts, extraordinary camera abilities and masses of uncooked power into an increasingly more inexpensive package.

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The layout is just like final 12 months - which means some have said this phone have to be called the Galaxy S6S - however on this in-depth evaluation it's clear that there is a lot more taking place beneath the hood to supplement the stepped forward design.

in case you're seeking out the curved telephone variant of this layout, the S7 isn't always competing as closely with the Galaxy S7 part because the S6 turned into with the S6 aspect last year, with the curved show variation getting a bump in display screen size this time spherical, taking it more into phablet territory.

read our in-depth Samsung Galaxy S7 edge overview

The five.1-inch Galaxy S7 commands a price tag which locations it at the top of the cell tree. yet, not like its predecessor it only is available in one variation (32GB of garage), making pricing extra sincere.

Samsung Galaxy S7 charge and release date

launched in March 2016

launch charge £569 (round $750 / AU$900)

Contracts start at £28 in step with month at no cost smartphone

within the united kingdom you're looking at a hugely extraordinary £450 SIM-unfastened, while the ones within the US will must component with $199 upfront as part of a two-12 months settlement, or fork over $669 for the brand new unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 fee. In Australia the SIM-free price is about at AU$1149.

the ones charges quite an awful lot match up with the 32GB Galaxy S6, when both had been a few months vintage, so at least Samsung isn't looking to quick-change us - and it is now a honest amount cheaper than in addition-special flagship phones from opponents.

it's hard no longer to like the Samsung Galaxy S7. It takes the a whole lot-advanced, top rate layout from the Galaxy S6 and reinstates some functions from the Galaxy S5 which had been shockingly missing from its successor.

The package is an enticing one, however 2016 is a tough 12 months for flagship telephones, so Samsung needed something huge to stay beforehand. The LG G5 has released with a unique modular pull, the HTC 10 is seeking to re-ignite some of the Taiwanese company's former glories and, of path, the iPhone 7 expected to reach later this yr too.

Samsung can also were first out of the flagship blocks, however it wishes to make the maximum of its robust start to stay ahead of the %.

layout

layout is just like remaining year, but nonetheless robust

Rear curving makes it tons nicer to keep in the hand

Now water-proof, which adds a degree of safety to use

may be gripped securely thanks to smaller bezels

Muffled single speaker

in the beginning glance you would be forgiven for questioning the Samsung Galaxy S7 looks nearly identical to the Galaxy S6. and that is because it's miles.

Samsung has reused the top class glass and steel completed it hired on the S6, which sooner or later noticed the manufacturer move faraway from its reliance on plastic to substances which higher pondered the flagship fee tag it turned into slapping on its top phones.

On nearer inspection although, you'll begin to note the diffused variations that make the Samsung Galaxy S7 the excellent looking, and feeling, Galaxy ever.

Samsung has dropped the metallic rim around its iconic physical domestic key, permitting it to combo a little more seamlessly into the general aesthetic of the S7, almost masking its existence.

i'm a fan. It makes for a cleaner appearance, and that appearance is further advanced with the colour-coded earpiece grille, which was additionally steel on the S6.

The corners are more rounded, and the aluminum frame this is sandwiched among the front and rear glass is less obtrusive, with much less of an overhang than its predecessor. which means there's much less metal in opposition to your pores and skin, which initially makes the S7 feel a bit less premium than the S6, however as soon as you've got used to it you will discover it is nevertheless a stylish presence within the hand.

at the same time as the Galaxy S7 sports the equal length 5.1-inch show as the S6, Samsung has controlled to shave off a fraction of the bezel across the display screen, lowering the handset's top and width slightly.

That gives you dimensions of 142.four x sixty nine.6 x 7.9mm – and it is that closing wide variety that's the maximum thrilling. At 7.9mm thick the Galaxy S7 is fatter than the S6 by means of 1.1mm, but keeping it on your hand you may not recognise.

it is due to the gently sloping edges at the rear of the handset. The finish, that's mirrored at the rear of the Galaxy S7 area, is borrowed from the Galaxy note five, and permits the phones to sit greater snugly within the palm for a less assailable, extra cozy preserve.

The Galaxy S7 is a phone you could grip confidently – not like the iPhone 6S and LG G5, with their flat backs resulting in a slightly awkward function within the hand. The steel and glass would not offer plenty inside the manner of grip, however due to the fact the cellphone is higher placed in the hand I felt like i was less likely to allow it slip compared with the iPhone or S6.

the scale, form and general design of the Galaxy S7 way it is less difficult to hold and perform one-passed too. I could reach the opposite facet of the display with my thumb with some distance less pressure, and it required little to no shuffling inside the hand to move around the complete display.

The strength/lock key on the right and volume keys at the left additionally fall nicely below thumb and finger, despite the fact that you may nonetheless should juggle the S7 a chunk to reach the fingerprint scanner, which is embedded underneath the bodily home key.

Returning to the rear of the Galaxy S7, the rectangular camera bulge remains there, but this time around it is much less protruding. Samsung has controlled to flatten its snapper appreciably since the Galaxy S6 – it's now right down to simply zero.46mm, and whilst it is nonetheless now not flush with the frame of the S7, it is much less volcanic.

it's no longer definitely flat, that's some thing Huawei CEO Richard Yu become greater than satisfied to tell us about on the release of the P9 - a smartphone which has, as Yu positioned it, "no bump, no bump!"

alongside it you'll find the LED flash and heart charge reveal – a feature Samsung insists on setting on its pinnacle-tier handsets, despite the fact that a smartwatch or fitness tracker is a whole lot better located for this tech. It additionally measures pressure and O2 saturation ranges, although it's doubtful just how accurate these sensors are.

it's there if you want it – just head to the S fitness app – but I can not see it getting a good deal use.

What I noticed nearly immediately, but, changed into simply how plenty of a fingerprint magnet the Galaxy S7 is. The glass seems excellent, but i discovered myself regularly accomplishing for my microfiber material to smarten up the advent of the S7.

it's precisely the same trouble the Galaxy S6 had, and it's unexpected that Samsung hasn't attempted to cope with this with the S7.

there has been desire Samsung could cope with the single speaker setup it placed on the Galaxy S6, however alas it hasn't. it's kept the single speaker on the base of the Galaxy S7, in place of opting for twin the front-dealing with services like HTC and Sony.

it is now not a massive difficulty, however the result is sound out of your films, games and song can emerge as being muffled by way of your hand.

Samsung has resurrected two functions from the Galaxy S5 even though, with a microSD slot and dirt and water resistance both acting at the Galaxy S7. The microSD port stocks a tray along with your nanoSIM, which can be slid out of the pinnacle of the handset.

this lets you construct at the 32GB of internal garage with the aid of as much as a further 200GB, giving you plenty of space.

in the meantime, the IP68 water resistance has improved from the S5, permitting submersion of up to 5 ft for half-hour, plus there is no demanding flap masking the charging port.

The microUSB port has been waterproofed, but the S7 might not rate if it detects water in its hole. if you've taken the phone for a plunge in the bath, you may want to dry the charging port before plugging in.

Samsung hasn't reinvented the wheel with the design of the Galaxy S7, however it didn't need to. The Galaxy S6 was an excellently styled device, and the S7 has controlled to improve on that..

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