Samsung Galaxy S7: Worth It? 

After the talk by Antonio and Riccardo on Galaxy S7 Edge | We talk about the Ejiaxing Galaxy S7 Edge: the “review” from HDblog.it |, today we want to try to answer a question that we often read in the comments: worth S7? But above all it is worth having to Galaxy S6 and S7?

To answer this question we are using S7 for the past ten days and we supported this model S6 at Marshmallow and 5 Notes, always Android 6.0.1, which has 4 GB of RAM, and then is even more similar to S7. In this way we have analyzed every aspect, improvement and possible difference between 2015 and 2016 series range top Samsung range.

Hardware, Materials and ergonomics:

S7 is virtually identical in hardware compared to S7 Edge even though the dimensions are lower since the display is 5.1 inches. An important characteristic which, combined with design and small frames, making it one of the smaller Galaxy S7 Flat top range and paperback books in circulation.

Side we find the buttons for volume and power/lock button. On the bottom the main speaker system, the microphone, the microUSB connector with OTG support 3.5 mm audio jack and that are “open” despite the device is IP68 certificate and therefore resistant to dive to a maximum depth of 1.5 metres for 30 minutes.

On top we can’t find the infrared sensor but there is a second microphone and the drawer for the SIM and microSD dwarf format that can be expanded up to additional 200 GB the UFS memory disk 2.0 high-speed integrated 7.3 of which are occupied by system files. We do not support the Android Adoptable Storage function 6. Galaxy S7 will be available also in 64GB although not in Italy. It is not expected that from 128 GB.

On the back the main camera, almost flush with the body, which has a sensor Sony IMX260 from 12 megapixels with optical stabilizer and Dual Pixel technology that allows a much faster focusing. The camera has an aperture focal length f/1.7 can offer brighter images and sharp even in low light. Also a LED flash and a new heart rate monitor, similar to that present in the fastest and most accurate detection, wearable.

On the front there’s a 5 megapixel camerawith Aperture f/1.7 can record video at a maximum resolution QHD, light sensors and proximity and a notification LED. The home button is integrated a biometric scanner, also improved over the previous generation. The two soft keys and backlight with capacitive vibrating feed that has a limited duration which cannot be adjusted except through third-party applications.

  • System: Android with TouchWiz UX 6.0.1
  • Display: Super Amoled 5.1 QHD “(2560 by 1440 pixels), density 534ppi
  • Processor: Exynos GHz, 2.3 8890 octa core 14nm/820 2.15 GHz Snapdragon
  • GPU: Mali-T880MP12 with support Vulkan API
  • RAM: 4 GB LPDDR4
  • Memoryinternal: 32/64 gigs UFS 2.0 expandable via microSD
  • SIMSIM Card: nano
  • Rear camera: 12 MegaPixel with Dual Pixel, f/1.7, OIS
  • Front camera: 5 Megapixel camera, f/1.7
  • Connectivity: LTE Cat. 9, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n dual-band MIMO/Bluetooth/NFC/USB 2.0/OTG with 4.2
  • Sensors: brightness, proximity, biometric scanners, pedometer, heart rate monitor
  • Size: 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
  • Weight: 157 grams
  • Battery: integrated by 3000mAh with fast charging and wireless

The processor is a Exynos 8890 Octa core (2.3 GHz Quad + 1.6 GHz Quad) to 64-bit with the construction process to 14 nm. Other markets will be realized also a version with Snapdragon 820. The GPU is a Mali-T880. 4 GB RAM (LPDDR4) laid 2.2 are used by the system and applications.

The system is always very smooth and responsive and never showed uncertainties in these days of use. The benchmark have reported elevated scores were overcome with the decidedly AnTuTu 128000 points while using GeekBench did 6467 in 2108 in single-core and multi-core. Asphalt 8 and Real Racing 3, our reference titles, can be played at maximum detail graphics with a very high framerate.

The management of RAM, as well as in the Galaxy S6 and Note 5 upgraded to Marshmallow is definitely improved though some application is reloaded when we begin to keep open beyond seven/eight. Thanks to a heat dissipation system implemented by Samsung, a sort of heat-pipe, the temperature is kept low by avoiding performance degradation.

Display:

The display is a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels QHD, array Pentlie diamond and a density of 577ppi. Samsung is now Super AMOLED panels regarding excellence and, as confirmed by our technical analysis, the display of the Galaxy S7 (identical to Edge by features) offers a very high fidelity.

Via settings you can choose between four modes including an Adaptive which automatically optimizes gamma, saturation and sharpness. Excellent outdoor visibility thanks to the front window and oleophobic treatment particularly wide viewing angle.

Good the fingerprint reader that still fails to be just as effective as that of the Nexus 6 p or LG G5 and requiring a physical press the middle button to unlock the screen. Great instead of always on display that displays now, notifications and information without consuming too much energy. Actually, the AON is the only software element that currently has a visible overall autonomy. S7 Flat with AON off has a range exceeding: need updates and optimizations to find the right balance.

Sin finally for the little back cover lipophobicity.

Drums, Audio and reception:

The integrated battery is from 3000mAh with quick charging system, including wirelessly. Full charging takes around 80 minutes by cable. Very good battery life. With heavy usage you can easily cover a day and touched the 4 hours of active display.

There is also a power-saving mode that limits performance and background data connectivity and Advanced power saving using a simplified grayscale theme and that leaves only active core apps and those selected by the user.

Supports networks LTE 9 with maximum speed in downloading Cat. 450Mbps and the WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz) with MIMO antennas, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 4.2 the ANT +, and NFC. Rich Park sensors that also includes a barometer and a geo-magnetic. Don’t miss theMirrorLink to connect the device to compatible car infotainment systems and Download booster that combines the speed of LTE and Wi-Fi to download files larger than 30 MB.

Great audio quality both through earbud that through the speaker system. No reception problem and also the sound perceived by our interlocutors is clean due to noise suppression system.

The same is done on the S7 Edge

Software:

The OS is Android in version 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWizuser interface. A Ui that, aided by upgrading to MM range S6, is virtually identical compared to 2015. A perception of a few novelties though for owners of previous models this is definitely great news, S7 does not generate the classic Wow effect and is understandable since aesthetically and firmware level differences at first glance very few. S7 though is valued in everyday use and the few but effective improvements than S6 makes a better phone in all respects.

The TouchWiz has been improved further, can we have a grid of 5 x 5 also in the app drawer that can also be eliminated by using an experimental feature in the Galaxy Labs (not present on S6). Can also divide the display into two simultaneously active to keep as many applications and decrease in floating window one or more applications by sliding your finger from one upper corner towards the Center.

Smart Manager, an application that allows you to optimize the performance of the device is now present as a system application

The browser is the Internet from Samsung in version 4.0. Web pages, even heavier ones, manage to be better managed and offer a high flow in scroll and responsiveness to double tap and pinch in and out. This browsing in secret, the vista PC and the ability to insert password via fingerprint recognition.

Fast and accurate the keyboard that offers a sound and vibration feed, writing by scrolling your finger and ability to customize its height. Good also the pressure system text that can be multilingual.

Another innovation on this Galaxy S7 is the Game Launcher that in addition to group all games in one place also offers a number of features. Can enable energy savings which limits resolution and fps, suppress warnings during the game, lock keys, reducing the game to icon, make screenshots or record our matches up to a maximum resolution Full HD images captured even from the front camera. Videos can then be easily shared. Galaxy S7 also supports libraries Vulkan Khronos.

Camera and Multimedia:

Also on the Galaxy S7 as well as other top-of-the-range Samsung Galaxy, the photographic industry is definitely one of the highlights. Via settings we can choose the maximum resolution of the photos, 12 megapixels in size 4:3 and video Ultra HD for the rear camera and 5 megapixel, 4:3, and always in relation to the front Quad HD video.

Present several shooting modes including a PRO we can separately adjust several settings, selective focus, collage video, streaming on YouTube, Hyperlapse, Slow motion to 240fps and notional step. Also a new function “Motion Picture”, taking even a short video clip, and”Motion Panorama” that allows you to “animate” the picture taken by moving the device to the right and left.

The front camera offers ways to improve of face, skin and eye correction in real time, shooting touch, gesture or voice control of the heart rate monitor and a virtual flash through illumination of the display.

In these two weeks of tests we could compare well S6, S7 and 5 Notes and we can say that S7 is considered better for general purpose. By day the quality is similar to previous models but in the evening and night improvement is clear.

Photos and videos captured with this Galaxy S7 offer good detail preservation, carefully adjusting the exposure and color balance. Definitely good quality pictures in low lighting and nice macros. The front camera will let you take some good selfie.

Finally, improved focus, image stabilization and color rendition.

l default music player is Play Music but you can download from the store of Samsung Music application that allows the management of playlists and adjust the speed of playback. There is also a seven-band graphic equalizer and reverb effects and headphone surround. Excellent sound quality through headphones and high quality and volume through speakers. The video player does not play natively the DIvX and AC3 audio tracks.

Conclusions:

Finally I go back to the original question: Galaxy S7 Flat worth? The answer is Yes. If you are looking for a smartphone balanced, built in an excellent way, paperback and with everything you could possibly need, S7 is the right choice. There are flaws but are mild and now part of customizing Touch Wiz that if on the one hand it is hated by purists, the other adds many features that are really interesting.

Galaxy S7 is great for games, perfect for photos, excellent for display and audio quality and has a great reception. The defects are little lipophobicity, absence of Type-C and optimize RAM/software that he can’t really convince yet.