Samsung Galaxy S7 S View Cover review: The classic recipe

Samsung Galaxy S7 S View Cover review: The classic recipe

Samsung has been manufacturing its signature S View Cover cases for over three years now, starting with the Galaxy S4, and the line has now become synonymous with its flagship series. Priced at $49.99, this is no ordinary case in that it has a square window cutout that allows you to both see and interact with the phone—a Galaxy S7 in this instance—thanks to some nifty software.

Samsung Galaxy S7 S View Cover review: The classic recipe
Samsung Galaxy S7 S View Cover review: The classic recipe
Samsung Galaxy S7 S View Cover review: The classic recipe
Like other flip-cases, the S View Cover for the Galaxy S7 comes with the same set of advantages and disadvantages. As far as the former go, the S View Cover encases the entire phone, leaving little room for accidental damage—though beware accidental drops, as the flap may open mid-flight—and the aforementioned cutout is as useful as ever. You can change the background, check your latest notifications, accept or reject calls, and even dial people through it or take a picture. 

On the other hand, it's still rather bulky, and the paper-like material it's made out of leaves something to be desired at this price point. Still, it feels durable, so we hope that Samsung has at least made sure it will stand the test of time. As other Samsung cases, the S View Cover for the Galaxy S7 features a clean design, with just the company logo adorning the back, and volume up/down indicators on the side. It's available in Black, Grey, and Gold.

We admit it, wallet/flip-style cases are not our cup of tea, but the Galaxy S7 S View Cover sure is an interesting choice if you're looking for protection, as the feature set enabled by the smart, touch-enabled window are actually useful. That said, we still detest having to wrap the flap around the back when using the Galaxy S7 with both hands, because a spine is created on one end, while the other sits flat. This lopsidedness is enough to drive mild-OCD sufferers mad.

Pros

  • Clean looks
  • S View window shows notifications and lets you place calls and take a picture
  • Custom wallpapers are supported

Cons

  • The paper-like material doesn't feel premium
  • Despite its unique functionality, it's still a bit pricey


PhoneArena rating:
7


Thanks to our friends at MobileFun.com for providing the Samsung Galaxy S7 S View Cover for review.

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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)

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7 Comments

1. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Step 1: Buy a 700$ phone. Step 2: Flaunt it on how premium it feels, how good it looks Step 3: Put it in an ugly plastic 357839573875cm thick case and negate 1 and 2.

2. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

I tend to think the same way. Then again, just a few weeks I wrecked our preview unit of the LG G5, and before that I messed up a Galaxy Note 5. A long, long time ago, I kind of messed up an LG G2. Funnily enough, I've never once caused any serious damage to any of my personal devices. So yeah, a necessary evil I guess. If I go for a case, though, it'd be of the ultra-slim, see-through type.

4. tyrionTheWise unregistered

For your scenario, I would suggest a tempered glass for front and back. That way you get ultra-slim, see-through thing and you also touch real glass instead of the usual cheap plastic. I rocked that for one year on my S6 before it got smashed badly on floor and the tempered glass spiderwebbed. Thankfully, phone is unscathed. Now I'm planning to go for ultra-slim, opaque and textured case, possibly with rubbery feel. Just bought this one: http://www.amazon.in/Nillkin-Frosted-Samsung-Galaxy-Screen/dp/B00W2DVS18/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1460385892&sr=8-9&keywords=s6+case

3. Unordinary unregistered

I think the case looks good, and would without a doubt protect my S7 but... Obviously that's subjective.

5. tyrionTheWise unregistered

You......S7. Am I in the same universe?

6. Unordinary unregistered

Sorry, "my" as in hypothetically, to be more clear. Wouldn't risk damaging a good looking phone. Still looks classy

7. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

i wreck all my phones within 6months to a yeaR longest lastung devices Motorola Defy, Nokia Lumia 520, Samsung Galaxy S5 i still have my 520 as a backup devic so im in the same boat as you michael :-)

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