On paper, the suits Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge the main weaknesses of their predecessors. How the new flagships from Samsung succeed read in this review.

The unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge did not go unnoticed. The manufacturer again rented out one of the largest conference centers in Barcelona, provided all attendees of a Gear VR – because the presentation was partly in virtual reality – and strict Mark Zuckerberg not to emphasize how important Fri and cooperation with Facebook daughter Oculus is.

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The main intent of the presentation also showed once again how important it is that the S7 and S7 Edge succeed. Although Samsung shipped more units in the last quarter of 2015, the company has a hard time on the smartphone market. The time that a flagship (Galaxy S3) record profits were achieved, again times are behind us, and Samsung expects a tough 2016, mainly due to falling demand for its appliances. The company is certainly a leader, but feels the hot breath of Chinese competitors in the neck. After all, they demonstrate time and again that a good smart phone need not cost 700 euros .

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With the release of two new premium devices – the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge so – Samsung is trying to turn the tide. The phones build on the base that the Galaxy S6 has been laid (Edge), but carry some large and small improvements that make the difference. Whether it is enough to halt the disappointing sales of Samsung, time must show.

enhanced design

Although long rumored that the Galaxy S7 would appear in three or even four variants, it ultimately remained at two. Like last year, the company introduced a regular model and a more expensive version with curved screen edges. The Galaxy S7 Edge but this time has a larger 5.5-inch screen (like the Galaxy S6 Edge +) while the regular Galaxy S7 does it with a 5.1 inch screen.

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The screen size and hard to distinguish the edges after the two devices; both have the same metal casing with rounded corners and a home button that is slightly squarer. Interestingly, the back slightly to expire at the sides and the camera lens protrudes less. It ensures that the Galaxy S7 just that little bit better in the hand. The same applies to the S7 Edge, in spite of which the size is surprisingly good to handle. The slightly higher weight contributes to the premium feeling.

Dust and water resistant

The biggest design improvement is invisible: Unlike the Galaxy S6, S7 and S7 Edge namely dust and water. The devices have an IP68 certification, meaning they survive under water for 30 minutes to a depth of 1.5 meters. Even if you sit on the bike and into a heavy rain, you do not have to worry.

A humidity sensor in the charging port prevents short circuits

Also, they have a sensor in the charging port that can detect moisture. Are the appliances wet, then displays a message on the screen and charging impossible. Through this clever innovation prevents short circuits.

Screen Quality: none

Samsung flagships throw some screen quality as always excellent chance, and the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are no exception. The devices feature Super AMOLED displays of respectively 5.1 and 5.5 inches with a qHD resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. The resolution is unchanged from the Galaxy S6, but the maximum brightness is increased a fraction. However, this difference is visible only when the S7 and S6 puts together. The image quality is again perfectly fine, whether you’re scrolling through the interface or websites, playing games or watching videos.

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For average use, we find a QHD resolution on a screen of roughly 5 inches is still too much of a good thing, but in combination with a VR glasses as the Samsung Gear VR offers indeed value. The image is simply pieces sharper than a device with a 1080p resolution. The good news for owners of the Gear VR is that the new Galaxy devices are supported. Like the VR goggles operate the S7 and S7 Edge just with micro-USB.

Always-on display

Furthermore, Samsung’s flagships have a so-called always on display. Even when the screen is locked, you can therefore at a glance the time, date and check notifications without turning on the device. The extra energy consumption is minimal, since the screen will remain largely black and black pixels need not be exposed. Moreover, Samsung has added some clever power-saving options that help to stretch the battery life considerably.

always-on screen

Hardware and software

As befits the great flagships, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge feature the cream of the crop as regards mobile hardware. Both are powered by the latest Exynos chip from Samsung, 4GB of RAM and a GPU that is 80 percent more powerful than those in the Galaxy S6. Samsung has also made changes to the hardware to reduce heat during intensive use. Only if you charge the phones, they are above average warm. In addition, when playing less graphically intensive games limit the hardware load, so the battery lasts longer.

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There is 32GB of storage memory available, which can be expanded with a micro SD card of up to 200GB. This Samsung packs a major limitation of the Galaxy S6; the storage memory of this device was, after all, not expandable and was nearly a third occupied by system software and pre-installed apps. Unfortunately, external storage for media use only; you can not put apps on your Micro SD card for the S7 and S7 Edge not use the adoptable storage Android 6.0 .

Pre-installed software

The default is between 8 and 9GB of storage memory occupied by the system and installed apps. In addition to Google Apps can be found on the S7 and S7 Edge also various alternatives such as Samsung S Health, S Planner, Samsung and Microsoft Internet apps like Skype, OneDrive and Excel. Even Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are installed by default, though you can find them-organized in folders so they do not get in the way in any case. Are you at all not to wait for the apps, you can not remove them, unfortunately, but off alone.

So there is still some bloatware present, but the notorious Touchwiz-skin fortunately improved slightly. The skin overlying Android 6.0 Marshmallow is still huge colorful but looks tighter and clearer. Hitches – especially when using Google Chrome – are unfortunately not completely disappeared, though the interface generally feels supple. This is partly due to the present state memory and optimizations that Samsung has made.

The interface is still not completely free of hitches

A nice feature of Marshmallow is that you can specify which permissions it may have an app. So you can explicitly indicate that WhatsApp access your gallery gets to send a picture to someone. And you do not want Facebook following location or has access to your contacts, you can revoke these permissions. You can precisely control the permissions an app; something that was impossible in previous Android versions.

Another innovation, which you still can only use as the system language in English state is Now on Tap. This expansion of search assistant Google Now can be activated by holding down the home button. Then, the context of the screen is used to display additional information. Think about IMDb information, news and trailers when you read a review of a movie. To this handy tool to use, but Google Now itself must be switched on.

Game Launcher and Edge UX

For mobile gamers among us Samsung has another addition in the form of the Game Launcher, a hub that provides quick access to the games that are on your device. While playing, you can also display a shortcut menu to create a screenshot or video capture, in which latter case also, the front camera is used to film your face while gaming. A nifty addition. You can also use the context menu to block incoming notifications, so you will not be disturbed. Have you not need, then turn off the tool.

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Finally, some improvements have been made to the Edge UX, the shortcut menu that appears with a swipe across the screen edge of the Galaxy S7 Edge. Besides shortcuts and contacts you can use the menu to check news and sports. In the current version previously used information from Yahoo. The additional functionality ensures that the screen edge and really adds something because Samsung has opened the API, other developers can get to work. Currently there are already a number of additional modules that you can download in Samsung’s own app store.

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Extra Edge features are a nice extra, but in our opinion not essential. Most buyers will go for the S7 Edge because of the larger screen, special design and increased battery capacity. Apart from that, the device is substantially equal to the less expensive S7.

Camera: less megapixels, better sensor

On paper, the camera of the S7 and S7 Edge seems like a step back, if you purely look at the maximum resolution (12 megapixels) at least. But now the camera sensor has a higher aperture of f / 1.7. The lower the number, the larger the lens opening and the more light that can be absorbed. Besides a higher sensitivity, the S7 has a dual-pixel camera, which makes it faster to focus because all pixels are used to focus. The latter is noticeable and, in particular, in situations where the exposure is not optimal; S7 is the case in which a fraction faster than the S6. When also capture fast-moving objects is striking how quickly focuses the camera.

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As mentioned, the camera resolution or decreased. You shoot with the Galaxy S7 snaps 12-megapixel in an aspect ratio of 4: 3. Do you want 16: 9 shooting, then the maximum resolution only 9.1 megapixels. The Galaxy S6 is wider (16: 9) pictures at up to 16 megapixels. With identical settings and circumstances eyes photos taken something more detail with the Galaxy S7 (right), as shown below.

Overall we are very pleased with the camera in the Galaxy S7. He reacts quickly, is able to capture a lot of detail (even in low light) and shoot crisp videos. The difference with the Galaxy S6 lies mainly in the focus faster and higher sensitivity, but Samsung’s flagship 2015 performance in this area above average. For the camera, you do not need to upgrade to the Galaxy S7.

Nice for those who like shooting selfies is that the 5-megapixel front camera has the same aperture and the camera at the rear. In addition, when creating a self-portrait, the display will light up brightly, making faces best light. Video shoot the camera in an impressive 4K resolution and 30 frames per second. Again, the optical Image Stabilizer ensures that pictures you take sharp and detailed eyes.

battery life

In the area of the battery (expensive) there are greater differences, and especially between the Galaxy S6 and S7 Edge Edge. The former has a 3600 mAh battery, which one and a half to two days on average use (4 to 5 hours of screen-on time) is feasible. The Galaxy S6 Edge and the regular S6 have substantially the same battery capacity (2600 mAh and 2550), but have been generally after a half day to the charger, taking a screen-to-time of over 3.5 hours is a utopia. thanks to its 3000 mAh battery, the Galaxy S7 has a longer breath (4 hours screen-on time), but it gets in this area not to its bigger brother.

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S7 and S7 Edge have both multiple battery saving modes, not to mention Doze, the default function that allows Marshmallow apps faster slumber. However, the feature that saves the most energy, the always-on display. Because you are such things as time and messages looks like the phone is in standby mode, you are less likely to turn on the screen. And finally is it the most energy.

Conclusion Samsung Galaxy S7 review

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge fix most faults of their predecessors and additionally bring some subtle but important improvements. Thus, the dust and waterproof housing, the camera lens protrudes slightly more out of the storage is expandable and includes most of the glitches in the interface of the past. In addition, the battery capacity increases significantly and the design slightly modified, whereby both the S7 as the larger Edge S7 very nice in your hand. Those looking for a new attractive, high, can not Samsung’s flagships go.