There has been a lot of buzz around the eTech office about Samsung lately. In addition to dropping prices on Samsung screens, we are thrilled that the release of the Galaxy S7 series has finally arrived! This much anticipated device was released on March 11, and you may have already seen some teardowns online. Here is a look at some of our favorite features of the new Samsung Galaxy S7.
Jaime and Thomas had some thoughts about the Samsung Galaxy S7 compared to the Samsung Galaxy S6. Jaime summed up the release of the new S7 by saying it is "smaller, sleeker, thinner." In fact, the Galaxy S7 is about 3 percent thinner than the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. For some this raises concerns about durability, but Thomas is looking forward to the "aircraft aluminum" housing which should prevent bending, as well as the 4 GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S6 had 3 GB of RAM.
Some other expected features include:
- Always On Display feature that will not significantly affect battery life (for those keeping an eye on the clock, calendar, or an image)
- Internal memory of 32 GB with the ability to expand up to 200 GB using an SD card
- Pixel Sensor offers light and quick focusing for sharp photos
- Super AMOLED capacitive 5.1 inch (5.5 inch for the S7 Edge) multi-touch display
- 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD resolution (sharp picture for those of us who watch cat videos and such)
- 577 pixels-per-inch pixel density (same as Galaxy S6)
- Corning Gorilla Glass (now a seemingly standard material for HTC, LG, and Samsung phones)
- Huge 3000 mAh battery on the S7 (the new S7 Edge has a 3600 mAh battery)
- Quick Charge 3.0 capable of charging up to 80 to 85 percent in 30 minutes wirelessly
- Rear camera delivers clear night photos
- Water-resistant IP68 technology making the new Samsung S7 and S7 Edge water-resistant for up to 30 minutes fully submerged
- Thinner camera frame
Just because a new phone is released doesn't mean everyone decides to upgrade their device. Dave, for example, currently carries a Samsung Galaxy S5. "I didn't switch to the S6 since it wasn't water and dust resistant like my S5." says Dave. When discussing a possible switch to the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Dave explained, "it's a new phone so it will also have a faster processor and other features which will improve performance." Another reason Dave chose not to upgrade to the Samsung S6 was the loss of the removable memory card. Luckily for Dave, "the S7 brought back water/dust resistance along with removable memory and has Android 6.0." having been in repair for years, he has seen many water damaged phones. "I like the idea of having a water resistant phone so I don't have to worry." he explains.
Water damage is a concern within the repair community, but so is repairability. It seems the Samsung S7 may have the midframe further inside the device with the display adhered to it. The use of adhesive, rather than screws, makes repairing the device for something besides water damage a more delicate procedure. This does, however, boost the water-resistance of the Samsung Galaxy S7.
One feature Tiffany is excited about is the "pin-sharp resolution." Like Justin, she mentioned looking forward to the “Always On Display” feature and the SD card support. It may not be enough to sway loyal users of Apple products, but these are great features for loyal Samsung users or those considering a new phone.
We have some loyal Samsung device users here at eTech. Justin and Nick have both been Samsung users since the release of the Galaxy S3 and are excited about different features.
"I’m really looking forward to the new Galaxy S7. I’ve been a Galaxy user since the S3. I was a little disappointed when they got rid of the removable battery and SD card, but the 3000mAh battery in the S7 and Samsung bringing back the SD card has won me over. Oh, and Quick Charge 3.0! 80-85% charge in 30 minutes. The “Always On” feature is also amazing, and something I need in my life."—Justin
"I have been a loyal Samsung user since the Samsung Galaxy S3 was first released. I have loved the evolution of the Galaxy series and currently use the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. I am excited to see the updated features on the Samsung Galaxy S7. As a photographer, the feature I look forward to testing is the new camera sensor developed to capture quality low light images. I hope that this will allow me to take better photos at events, concerts, or dinner with friends."—Nick
Speaking of the camera, Jaime had a nostalgic moment remembering his attempts to capture night pictures with his Motorola Razr. "Welcome to the future." Smartphones have made great strides in 10-15 years. Do you remember your first smartphone? What were your favorite features? Share in the comments below or over on our Facebook page!
Check back later for our favorite Samsung Galaxy S7 durability test videos!