Having been announced this spring, the Galaxy S7 is this year’s flagship Samsung device that’s set to take on the likes of the LG G5, iPhone 7 and HTC One M10. As always, it packs plenty of quality specs and another great looking design, but is it really worth your money?
The first hurdle which the Galaxy S7 needs to leap is that of its predecessor, one of the more widely acclaimed smartphones of recent years – the Samsung Galaxy S6. But how does the S7 compare to the S6? Let’s find out.
This is the area which really won the Galaxy S6 plenty of fans – moving on from S5’s wishy-washy look and feel, the S6 looked immensely good, and gave fans everything they wanted. This included glass panel and metallic construction, finally giving the Samsung phone a truly premium feel.
Having seen the success that the S6 had with its style, Samsung has rightly changed very little when it comes to the S7’s design. But whilst many could see this as a lack of ambition and creativity, it certainly seems like a smart move from the South Korean manufacturer – you only need to look at the facts to see why.
One of Samsung’s main competitors, Apple, also keeps its design in place for two versions of its iPhone models. Take a look at the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, we bet you’ll struggle to point out any tangible differences.
Also, with Samsung clearly pouring plenty of time and money into the S6’s chassis, why would it consider ditching it for a completely new one after just 12 months?
On top of this, the S7 has managed to squeeze in a couple of notable advantages over the S6 as well, starting with the inclusion of a MicroSD Card slot, which allows for an extra 200GB of storage if you need it. Also, Samsung has somehow made the S7 IP68 certified, so it can survive water, dust and shock in equal measure, making it very durable as well.
A smartphone’s design isn’t exactly a good gauge of its performance, in fact, we’ve seen plenty of good looking devices fall to the wayside when it comes down to actually using them. Performance comes down to what’s included behind the phone’s glitzy chassis, and Samsung has rarely failed to impress.
The S6 definitely stepped up to the plate with its specs sheet, boasting a 5.1” QHD Super AMOLED display, Exynos 7420 chipset and 3GB RAM. But the S7 blows that collection of hardware out of the water with what it’s packing.
The same 5.1” QHD screen makes the cut, but beneath this we get a Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB RAM and even a larger 3000mAh battery. You get a minimum of 32GB internal memory, whilst an octa-core processor makes the cut once again for added speed.
This all contributes to making the S7 one of, if not the best phone from Samsung, and ensuring that the S7 is a worthwhile upgrade from the S6.
If you tend to favour your camera over some of the other specs in your phone, then Samsung will likely have been quite a tempting manufacturer to go with when it brought out the S6. Not only did both camera lenses work brilliantly, but Samsung’s software has also been top notch when it comes to snapping selfies and landscapes alike.
The S6 sports a 16 megapixel rear lens, packing OIS, HDR and 2160p video recording, which makes it plenty useful for when you need to grab yourself any kind of picture. The front lens is no slacker either, with 5 megapixel quality for top drawer selfies.
However, the new Samsung Galaxy S7 once again trumps its older brethren with a whole new type of camera for us to play with. Staking claim to Dual Pixel technology, the S7 can focus in on an image faster than we’ve ever seen before from a Samsung handset, without sacrificing any quality.
On top of this, an improved aperture allows for even better low light photography, which has long been the bane of many mobile photo fans.
Elsewhere, the front facing lens sticks with 5 megapixels, whilst the aperture improvement is once again included for low light selfies as well. On top of this, we also get wide angle selfies to help squeeze more people into our front facing snaps as well.
Finally, the S7’s camera software is another step ahead of the S6, bringing a number of added features including Motion Panorama, Motion Photo and Spotlight. All of which bring some added variety for serial smartphone photographers.
One area which isn’t always the greatest for smartphone customers when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S line is price. As is the case with most flagship launches, the S6 didn’t come cheap, although as it has aged, its price has also become more achievable.
The S7 isn’t looking too wallet-friendly at the moment either, with a 32GB version of the handset costing £569 in black or gold SIM-Free. Of course, if you grab yourself an S7 contract deal you won’t shell out as much up front, but you will need to pay more over the length of the deal.
Meanwhile, the S6 will obviously see another drop in price with the launch of the S7, so if you fancy saving some cash, the older phone could be the way to go.
You could also opt for a SIM only deal for the S7 or S6, helping you cut down your monthly costs...
There’s a stark difference that’s more than obvious between both the S6 and S7 on the specs front, that’s for sure. However, with both phones sporting fairly similar designs and varying price tags, it’s not an easy choice for potential Samsung shoppers.
If you’re on a budget and don’t mind dealing with specs which are no longer at the peak of the smartphone mountain, then the S6 is an ideal investment. It not only looks the part, but it does a heck of a job behind the scenes as well, for less than what you’d pay for the S7.
However, if you like the idea of having the latest smartphone with one of the best spec sheets we’ve ever seen then the S7 should be your choice. Its IP68 certification, improved camera and good looking design all ensure that you won’t be disappointed when the handset arrives.