My Next Phone: Revisited – How I chose the Galaxy S7

I’d had my heart set on the Huawei P9, which had beaten the LG G5 to the top of my list. I wanted my next phone to be superior in all areas than my current device, and the Huawei P9 fitted the bill.

While the Huawei P9 was fantastic with taking photos – the dual lens setup working to its advantage – slow motion video clips on YouTube, which had been shot on the P9, proved to be more blurry and pixelated than slow motion videos shot on my HTC phone. That left me feeling disappointed and let down.

In what was, I suspect, a knee-jerk reaction, I went hands down for the S7 – the mix of OIS/video stabilisation, and capability to shoot high quality slo-mo videos, had impressed me.

It was then just a matter of the cost – which was easily resolved after a few phone calls to my network/carrier, EE, who brought the monthly price down to a more manageable figure, bundled with a few extras including 3 times as much data per month than I had before.

Within a few days, the Galaxy S7 was delivered to my house, and after I popped in my new SIM card, I was now holding ‘My Next Phone.’

On reflection, it was a very spur of the moment decision – a knee-jerk reaction – to seeing poor quality videos on YouTube which had supposedly been captured on the Huawei P9.

In hindsight, it could’ve ended badly, although I’m happy to report that this is not the case. I’ve had this Galaxy S7 now for 1 year and 2 months, and it still feels like new. It’s got enough features to keep me happy, something which I found was lacking on my HTC Desire Eye after the same amount of time.

Also, after a quick look at the current crop of new smartphones, I can honestly say I’m still happy with my Galaxy S7 as my main phone and daily driver, with my HTC Desire Eye proving to be a useful ‘second device’ – which I’ve used on numerous occasions when trialling a new Launcher, for example.

I’ll be talking about both devices in more detail in an upcoming post, but I think I’ll end this post here for now. Thanks for reading!

-Chris K.

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