Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on: stronger, faster, better
1. legiloca (Posts: 1097; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)
A miniature Note 5.. of course without the S Pen, looks quite dope to me
10. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 232; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)
A solid update - that is for sure. But the LG G5 is offering more innovation this year.
57. Furbal (Posts: 892; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
if LG opens the module up to other companies, it can open quite a bit up on the accessories side.
integrated game pad, a DxO one type camera attachment, dock port for a tablet enclosure etc etc
37. TerryTerius (Posts: 1441; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
It is offering innovation, but in no way is that guaranteed to turn into sales. I get really wary of proprietary technology in general, and I think individuals frequenting tech sites make the mistake of believing something being unique and novel automatically means I will grab attention and a bazillion new customers.
60. Subie (Posts: 436; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)
+ one for being absolutely correct IMO. Although Apple is the only one that doesn't seem to be hurting from proprietary technology.
51. s.kumaran (Posts: 25; Member since: 18 Feb 2016)
Were these photos taken with an iPhone? Poor Pictures.
3. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Nice looking phone, great features too, but the s8 will be a quantum leap. This is more like an S6S.
5. Kumar123 (Posts: 445; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)
Exactly. This is an "S" year for Samsung. Pretty Modest year for Samsung. But other android manufacturer and Apple will bring new design and features ( Just like LG did). Its going to be a tough year for Samsung.
19. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
They may feel what Apple is feeling with the 6S, a small sales increase but overall flat. The s6 is outstanding, and some may not feel the need to upgrade.
21. Kumar123 (Posts: 445; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)
I think their sales will decrease this year. LG is getting lots of media attention this year and the reaction towards G5 is generally positive. With right marketing material and proper distribution LG could take a big slice of Samsung's mobile share this year.
24. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Everyone is catching up, the field is really getting even. I also think brand loyalty is a big factor in overall sales too. A lot of people are sticking to the eco system their most vested in, and not jumping ship. Some like myself, use both, but most stay with one phone line. You have a good point with LG.
58. Furbal (Posts: 892; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
I think everyone is going to be taking slices of Samsung and Apple this year (particularly since mid-range will be damn powerful). Good for consumers though.
Im really interested in the HP X3 and the follow up to the v10...
40. TerryTerius (Posts: 1441; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
From a numerical standpoint, to match the S6's estimated sales LG would have to increase the sales of the G5 something on the order of five or six times that of the G4. I'm not saying that won't happen… But it is highly unlikely in a maturing smartphone market where high-end sales are already beginning to decline and "Galaxy/Samsung" is already nearly synonymous among average people with android itself like DROID was a few years ago. Novel and innovative ideas in no way guarantee success. We have countless examples of that.
In other words, I get really skeptical that the opinions and desires of people frequenting the small echo chambers of like-minded individuals that are tech sites are going to be reflective of the larger populace. I fervently believe competition is a necessity and creation is a feed loop in the engine of excitement. But I'm not totally convinced the G5 is really a threat to the S7. Just my opinion.
61. natypes (Posts: 1043; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)
But there's no app drawer. W...T...F? That is a horrible idea. I HATE LG for doing that. I hope they don't sell 3 G5's. The iPhone has the worst 'launcher' on the fuking planet. Why copy the absolute worst thing about a subpar phone?
14. wrm2013 (Posts: 203; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
A smartphone will never heat up your food or allow you to travel through time. Lol by all means what features are you "waiting" for?
16. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
That post really doesn't need me to elaborate.
23. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 232; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)
I agree with overall performance but the new camera seems to be a huge step forward.
25. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I figured when I saw only 12mp vs 16, that they did some huge improvements with the other aspects.
43. ph00ny (Posts: 1131; Member since: 26 May 2011)
It looks like they made improvements in just about every area
Bigger battery, water proof, more performance (this one is always given), external sd card slot, much improved camera
I'm not sure what else they can improve to get beyond "S" upgrade status
78. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 435; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Perfect time to invest in the latest Galaxy S device for those of us that didn't bite on the s6/s6 edge. Bringing back the micro sd card slot and IP68 certification are both welcomed additions. All the other bonuses such as the VR unit and other bonuses depending on your carrier are just icing on the cake.
55. steodoreben (Posts: 227; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
I agree. But LG G5 and Nexus 5X looks cute than Nexus 6P. I like their BB-8-like device. Hopefully it's compatible with GS7.
6. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1940; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)
What does the S7 feel like in hand, compared to the S6, does the extra thinknees bother you?
41. TerryTerius (Posts: 1441; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
It has a curved back like the note 5, so it should be more comfortable than the S6 was.
66. Furbal (Posts: 892; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Yeah, the note 5 is very comfortable in hand. This should make the s7 feel great with its smaller size
7. wrm2013 (Posts: 203; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
I've been on this site since s2 came out. I have read alot of articles. The person who wrote this should be moved to write only apple articles. Your bias is disgustingly obvious. "Forward thinking" and whatever out of this world word you used while describing 3d touch. Your complete lack of enthusiasm for the overall phone probably has existed long before this review. I've used every flagship for the past 4 years each has a give and a take but this article doesnt. If you love apple so much why don't you marry it?
63. natypes (Posts: 1043; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)
Exactly. This and the "...scroll jerkiness and sporadic stutters may still be part of the equation." lol Please use a Samsung device and stop getting your opinions from Apple fans, people who still own an S3 and people who put 74 apps from 3rd world countries on their phones.
I've had my Note 5 since they were released. It's never rebooted itself once, does not lag and I can count the number of times it stuttered on one hand (w/o the thumb.) And I am a very heavy user.
18. SK_WS (Posts: 43; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)
there is nothing "new" in the s7...sd card slot, water resistant...these can be found on older galaxy phones...
26. nebula (Posts: 476; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)
It knocks off Lg G5 to be honest. I am neither fan so I can judge without prejudice because: camera is a real next level step up rather than 130 angle G5 mimic. Sure G5 friend pack is another great step/entrance to a modular world of smartphones but honestly camera module is Ok but no more. B&O is probably the biggest thing and worth thing on the phone. I am slightly disappointed they about LG camera they didn't push in quality but rather in feature. G5 design is ugly, because to me it looks like a wine bottle wrapped in the plastic.
Samsung is pushing gaming experience heavily this year, strategy alone is worth. I think sammy has a supper phone this year which to my surprise I am willing to get for myself. Maybe. Niiiice
27. No_Sammy_No_Gimmicks (Posts: 80; Member since: 10 Jun 2015)
So S6 failed to ignite the market, now the release S6 Encore, only modest improvements like dropping the megapixels, and bringing back old features. Overall this year is meh for Samsung, it will get obliterated by the iPhone 7 after the iPhone 6S obliterated S6 in sales.
44. TerryTerius (Posts: 1441; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
Considering your screen name, I don't think it would really matter what Samsung did or didn't do. I hope you get the iPhone 7, and you enjoy it. Have a good day. To each their own.
80. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 435; Member since: 26 May 2011)
The s7 is everything that the s6 should have been. Every year can't be a jaw dropping year. Definitely looking forward to see how Samsung will improve the s8 over the s7.
28. Cyan3boN (Posts: 444; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
Wait a minute, Where is my beloved IR blaster!!!!!
30. Anonymuse (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Feb 2016)
S6 over s7 no have new
Only 2550mAH to 3000 mAH nd sd nd wp
Samsung fail this year
36. sebstin (Posts: 67; Member since: 03 Dec 2015)
Sammy added new features with slim design (compared with S5)..
62. natypes (Posts: 1043; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)
Voted this for most ignorant post. Good luck, hope you win.
53. wando77 (Posts: 796; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
Dual pixels isn't a gimmick you divvy. It is a much faster way of focusing. It's like saying phase detection was a gimmick..... no.... it is why last generations phones focused father than the previous. Dual pixels is why this generation will focus faster than last. I guarantee apple will be doing anything to mimic the samsung s7 camera. Just like they did with optical stabilisation phase detection before
76. Hypergy (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)
You could be anything on the internet. Why did you choose to be an idiot?
38. LikeMyself (Posts: 433; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)
No IR blaster? Wtf? Why they removed this??
50. TerryTerius (Posts: 1441; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
It was built into the entire S6 family. I severely doubt they removed it for the S7.
56. TerryTerius (Posts: 1441; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
Nope, apparently I was wrong. Then again, with the larger pixels and bigger aperture I'm not really sure it will matter. But video may be another story.
64. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2086; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
It has OIS according to a few other sites.
81. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 435; Member since: 26 May 2011)
That should be a standard feature going forward.
42. Joosty (Posts: 110; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
I can't complain. You cant please everyone.
2550mah > 3000mah
Better camera technology.
Better GPU technology for gamers.
Water resistance that can relate to everyone.
This is a great improvement over the S6. And as a past S6 owner I would upgrade to the S7 with no hesitance.
Like the first post stated. This is basically a small note 5 without the stylus with even better internals and features.
The only thing the G5 has that might sway me is the removable battery system and the high quality audio experience. I listen to a lot of music through headphones.
49. TerryTerius (Posts: 1441; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
True that. That's the one thing on the G5 that really interested me. I'm super curious about that audio quality. Granted, I do so as frequently through the loudspeaker as my headphones for various reasons.
45. wando77 (Posts: 796; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
Ray S..... it doesn't wow us..... really?
They made better EVERYTHING you complained about last year -
Bigger battery, waterproof, faster, better graphics with vulcan, unbelievable camera, better software for the edge screen, microsd card slot and a partnership with Facebook to push VR. Just admit for once that samsung made a WAY BETTER phone than apple.
Instead you have to say apple is better in key areas like design.... really? As I personally prefer the look of the s7 to the massive bezel monster with plastic antena lines all over the back.
P.S. did anybody else notice hyperlapse was built into the stock samsung camera in Ray's video?