Taking into account everything I’ve learnt so far about devices, features and accessories, here are my thoughts on the
Samsung Galaxy S7
The battery of my Samsung tablet has given up after only two years and charges only to 50% of its original capacity, and generally I’ve been unimpressed with the quality of Samsung’s devices. One of my mates had an S3 and, despite its premium-looking screen and bezels, it had a tacky, flimsy back cover. Although I appreciate that the S3 allowed you to remove the battery and replace it if it ever started performing adversely, after 2 years most people move onto another phone anyway, so a removable battery isn’t the most important thing on everyone’s list.
I’ve always tended to side towards phones that are lesser known, cheaper and just as good as your expensive, £700 or £50 per month flagship smartphone. Your iPhone takes photos? So does my Desire Eye. Your iPhone screen flashes to light up the scene? Wait, what?! My Desire Eye has its own front-facing dual-tone LED flash!
Recently, I noticed the S7 is being sold cheaper than it was, at £32 per month with an upfront cost of £30. That’s now affordable for me, and pits it against every other affordable smartphone in this blog post.
I realise its cheaper price tag is because the S8 is on the horizon from February 2017, but means I can finally afford a flagship that isn’t a 2- or 3-year-old iPhone.
It’s camera, as I’ve already analysed, is impressive for a one year old flagship, and that Super AMOLED screen pumping out a resolution of 2560×1440 at 577ppi means viewing media on the phone will be a pleasurable experience.
My only gripe is that it’s an AMOLED screen. I know, it’s way better than an LCD panel, but I’m quite comfortable with an LCD screen. I’ve used the S6 in a local shop before, and had to stop using it as it was so bright and vibrant compared to a more eye-friendly LCD panel. I know the vibrancy and vividness of the S7’s screen is adjustable, as will be the resolution in Android 7 if the recent public beta release is to be believed – which may help with battery life when out and about.
Plus, I prefer the S7 to its bigger sibling, the S7 Edge. I’ve found on simple use in my local electronics store that the Edge design, while innovative, isn’t yet fully immersive.
I remember the Edge design was Samsung’s version of a flexible screen – a technological innovation that was also seen on LG’s G Flex and G Flex 2 phones – the latter of which is still available, and is still a consideration as it’s also an affordable solution – see my blog post on Older Phones and Workarounds.
But the S7 Edge’s main unique feature isn’t all that useful to me. It feels a bit gimmicky and I’ve had varying luck when trialling it in the local phone shop – sometimes I can flick into the Edge mode, and other times I can’t.
The S7 Edge is also the more expensive device, and to be perfectly honest, at £32 per month, I’d be quite happy with the S7 – with its ‘snappy’ Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor (see what I did there?), and IP68-rated water resistance – which means I’ll be able to capture photos and video underwater. Having this feature won’t initially be useful, but if I wanted to expand the horizons with photography, which I am looking to do anyway, at least I will be able to do this with the S7!
However, as I said in my first two posts, I’m not about to be fooled yet again by impressive specs. I shall be reading and watching reviews in the days and weeks to come, and shall present my feelings in a later post, when I’ll be comparing phones in more detail and ultimately making a decision.