Samsung galaxy s7 review


Key Specifications

đánh giá Price: £569.005.1-inch, quad-HD display3,000mAh battery12MP.. cameraFast and wireless chargingMicroSDAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow4GB RAM5MP.. selfie cameraExynos 8890 processor
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S9 at MWC 2018 in Barcelomãng cầu. If you’ve sầu been holding on lớn your Galaxy S7 since launch then should you start thinking about upgrading? Check out our Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S7 comparison khổng lồ find out more about how they match up – or jump to lớn the future and get an idea of what’s coming with our guide to the Galaxy S10.

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But if you want a quick-fire look at the Galaxy S7, we’ve got you covered. In short, our Galaxy S7 reviews will tell you that it’s still a great phone. It might laông xã the new-gene hardware of 2018 flagships and may have been usurped at the top of the best Android phone pile by the likes of the Pixel 3 và Huawei Ptrăng tròn Pro but it’s a strong performer that can be had for less than most – và with a perfect 5/5 Trusted Reviews rating, it should still absolutely be considered.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 – Design

After the massive, & much needed, change in design direction Samsung took with the Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge in năm ngoái, all rumours pointed to things staying pretty much the same for the Galaxy S7.

Well, it’s not lượt thích Apple, HTC or Sony make drastic changes to lớn their industrial kiến thiết every year.

And that’s exactly the case here. Place the Galaxy S7 next to lớn the S6 & you’d be hard pushed to lớn instantly piông xã which one is which. Frankly, this doesn’t bother me in the slighdemo. The S6 was already one of the best-looking phones around, and the Galaxy S7 follows suit.

Both the front and back are covered in Gorilla Glass 4, while a metal rim snakes in between. Two volume buttons sit on one side, with a lock/standby switch on the other. It’s a clean look, with the baông chồng không tính phí from any markings aside from a Samsung hình ảnh sản phẩm.

The camera lens now sits just about flush with the glass body toàn thân too. This might seem a small change, but it makes a big difference. I can now tap out an gmail with the phone flat on my desk without it jumping and rocking from side to lớn side.

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There is one notable kiến thiết change on the baông xã – the sides now curve sầu ever so slightly, just like they did on the larger Galaxy cảnh báo 5, & it makes a huge change lớn how the Galaxy S7 feels. While the S6 felt harsh & rigid, the Galaxy S7 slips softly into my palm. It’s so much more ergonomic & makes picking it up off a flat surface much easier.

And the way the sides almost melt into the glass just looks damn cool. Good job, Samsung.

It’s an absolute fingerprint magnet, though. After a few minutes of use, the entire bachồng becomes a grubby mess that needs wiping down with a microfibre cloth.

Along the top is the Nano SIM tray, which now holds a microSD slot, plus a microphone. The bottom houses the tai nghe socket, another microphone, a speaker & a micro USB port for charging.

That speaker is one of the few missteps on this phone. It’s downward-facing, gets easily blocked by my hands when playing a game and it sounds tinny và distorted at high volume. I guess front-facing speakers weren’t included so the screen surround could be kept minimal, but it’s still a disappointment when a speaker sounds this bad.

It had been suggested that Samsung would make a big switch to lớn the new, reversible USB-C connector that’s already being used on the Nexus 6P, OnePlus 2 and LG G5, but it hasn’t.

To be honest, USB–C is more of a hindrance than a help at the minute. You can’t use any of the cables you’ve picked up over the years and it doesn’t necessarily mean faster charging. It does mean the S7 isn’t quite so future proof, though.

The front again has a clean look about it. The elongated home page button still sits under the display, và it still juts out ever so slightly, rather than being concave sầu like the iPhone’s. For me, this is a plus – it feels better pressing the Galaxy S7’s home page button than the iPhone 6S’s – but a couple of the team think otherwise. They’re wrong, of course, but it’s interesting how such a small design choice can split people.

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Housed inside the trang chủ button is a really fast & accurate fingerprint sensor that matches the iPhone 6S’s for tốc độ, but it’s marginally slower than the Nexus 6P’s. That difference is minimal, though, and something you would only notice if you had the two side by side.

It’s clear from the Galaxy S7 that Samsung is listening to lớn customer feedback and bringing baông chồng favoured features from the Galaxy baông xã catalogue. MicroSD expansion is one, và IP68 water resistance is another.

The latter is by no means a vital feature, yet it’s impressive that it’s been added without any forced changes to lớn the thiết kế. There are no flaps, there’s no added thickness and no extra space between the display and glass.

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What does an IP68 rating mean? Well, you’ll be able to lớn dunk the Galaxy S7 into lớn 1m of water for up khổng lồ 30 minutes without damaging the phone. Or, if you’re like Lil’ Wayne, you can douse it in multiple bottles of champagne. Obviously.

It’s become a cliđậy that phones get thinner & thinner each year, but that isn’t the case with the S7. It’s marginally thicker than its predecessor and has a nice weight khổng lồ it. It feels dense and expensive, though not as delicate as you’d expect from a phone with glass on the front and bachồng. I dropped it about four foot onlớn a hard floor và it survived without any problems.

Samsung has stuông xã with the same 5.1-inch display, there’s the Galaxy S7 Edge if you want something bigger, and it’s refreshing to lớn have a flagship phone that feels this compact và easy khổng lồ hold. It’s roughly the same form size as the iPhone 6S, which only has a 4.7-inch screen, & much smaller than top-kết thúc devices from LG, Huawei & Google.

Coming from using the S7 Edge, I was initially a little underwhelmed by the Galaxy S7. It didn’t quite have that wow factor its curvier sibling does. But after a while it became my favourite phone khổng lồ use on a daily basis. It feels great, is the perfect form size & doesn’t make any sacrifices – aside from maybe the speakers – to lớn get there.Related: Best Android smartphone


Samsung Galaxy S7 – Display

Cthua thảm khổng lồ perfection. That’s the best way to lớn describe the display on Samsung’s Galaxy S7.

Not much has really changed from the outgoing S6, but this still holds up as the best screen on a điện thoại thông minh.

It’s still a 5.1-inch QHD panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, & just like every Galaxy flagship so far, it uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED tech, rather than the more common LCD.

AMOLED displays are a lot better at showing off blacks than LCDs. Instead of looking slightly grey & washed out, the blacks here are inky deep. Some say AMOLED screens produce colours that are too oversaturated, so reds will look way brighter than they should, but that isn’t much of an issue here. And if you really prefer things toned down, there’s a picture setting for that.

Having so many pixels jammed inkhổng lồ a relatively small space means you can’t really spot one pixel from another, và that sharpness makes everything from gaming lớn watching YouTube an absolute pleasure. Play a round of Alto’s Adventure or Monument Valley on this display & you’ll instantly be drawn in by the crisp details và vivid colour reproduction.

I wouldn’t normally watch a film on a screen this kích thước, but the panel here is so gorgeous that I can’t help getting lost in it.

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The one thing that has changed this time around is the addition of a new ‘Always-on’ display.

Due to lớn the way AMOLED screens work, they don’t need to lớn light up the whole display all of the time. They can select individual pixels và just show them, keeping everything else off. So, when the Galaxy S7 is locked it can still show the time, date và a couple of bits of other information on the screen without eating through too much battery.

It’s a nice touch, & great for quickly checking the time when the phone is resting on your desk or a bedside table. But it’s a good software update or two short of being really useful.

First off, it’ll only show notifications from a few apps – it’s currently limited khổng lồ Samsung’s own Messages, Email & Phone. If you, like me, regularly use WhatsApp, Gmail & Facebook Messenger, none of these will appear. That’s a shame, và makes the notification side of things a lot less useful.

I’d also lượt thích a lot more control over the mode. There’s no setting lớn alter the brightness, which causes some problems when you’re in a darker room, và aside from choosing whether or not you want a calendar showing, there’s no customisation allowed.


It uses extra battery too. About 1-2% per hour, so 15% or so per day. It’s just about worth it, but it could be so much better.

My only gripe with the display on the Samsung Galaxy S7 is that, in sunny conditions, it can be quite hard to read – certainly more so than the LCD panel on the iPhone 6S. Even with the brightness jacked all the way up, you’ll have sầu khổng lồ tilt the screen or find some shade khổng lồ stop yourself squinting at it.

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Thankfully, unlike the Galaxy S7 Edge, it has great viewing angles and doesn’t suffer from white backgrounds getting tinged with xanh.

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