A Look at the Samsung Galaxy S7

It used to be trendy to declare the iPhone the best smart phone on the market, simply because it was the bar by which all other smart phones were judged. After many years of competition, the tables have turned on Apple’s most dominant device, and Samsung has earned a well-deserved reputation for producing best in class smart phones with their show-stopping Galaxy series.

Samsung looks to further this reputation with 2016’s Galaxy S7 line of smart phones, but is it a worthy upgrade if you already own a Galaxy S6, or is it only a slight upgrade rebranded to meet the demand of yearly flagship phones?

BFads.net is here to answer that very question by taking a look at the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. We’ll compare it to last year’s S6/S6 Edge to help you decide if you should upgrade or wait for the next big thing.

Hardware Specs and Performance

Hardware Specs and Performance

Here is a quick breakdown of hardware specs the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 5.1”/5.4” 1440 x 2560 SuperAMOLED Screen
  • 64GB, microSD expandable to 200GB
  • Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11ac, NFC
  • Available in black, gold, silver, and white
  • Water resistant

The first and one of the most welcomed improvements over the Galaxy S6 series is the return of expandable storage via a microSD slot. Samsung insisted last year that removing the microSD slot was necessary to produce a more sophisticated looking phone, but through some kind of technological breakthrough they have discovered a way to bring it back while still keeping a sleek, unibody-like look.

The removable battery is still missing, but perhaps Samsung R&D is hard at work finding a way to squeeze that into the inevitable Galaxy S8. Still, the S7 features a higher-capacity 3000maAh battery, a significant upgrade over the S6’s 2550mAh battery that left a lot of Samsung fans disappointed with battery life.

Another worthwhile improvement over the S6 is the inclusion of an always-on display with the new S7 line of Galaxy phones. Even when you put your phone to sleep, a small portion of the screen stays active to show the date and time, which actually saves power by making it no longer necessary to power on the entire screen to check the time.

On raw hardware performance, the S7 beats the S6 hands down, as the Snapdragon 820 CPU is the fastest mobile CPU on the market. Teamed with an upgraded 4GB of RAM over the S6’s 3GB, the S7 is without a doubt the fastest and most powerful Galaxy phone ever to hit store shelves.

Galaxy S7 vs S7 Edge

Galaxy S7 vs S7 Edge

Like last year, the performance between the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is identical. Both feature a Snapdragon 820 processor, 32GB storage, and 4GB of RAM with a Super AMOLED screen.

The difference, obviously, is the S7 Edge has the stylish and unique screen the bends around the edges of the phone, giving the device a strikingly beautiful appearance reminiscent of an infinity edge pool. This extra style brings with it an additional $100 upcharge for the S7 Edge over the standard S7.

Because of the curved screen, there is a slight difference in the form factor of the devices, and since the S7 screen has to be slightly larger in order to bend over the edges, the ppi suffers a bit since the resolution of each screen is identical. The S7 features a 5.1” quad-HD 576ppi SuperAMOLED screen, while the S7 Edge boasts a 5.4” quad-HD 534ppi SuperAMOLED screen. The difference in detail is minimal, but still worth noting if only because Galaxy phones are famous for their vivid and ultra-sharp displays.

The choice between the two is really only a matter of taste, as both offer tremendous performance and the slight difference in ppi is mostly a wash.



The camera is one of the most crucial parts of a smart phone, and for many, poor camera performance can be a deal breaker. So it may come as a shock to many of our readers to learn that the Galaxy S7 features a 12 megapixel camera, which is 4 megapixels less than the Galaxy S6’s 16MP camera.

Does this mean the S7 is a downgraded or watered down camera that is less capable of producing brilliant photos than the S6? Believe it or not, the answer is no. Even though megapixel count has been used for years as sort of a short hand way of determining the quality of a camera, there is much more to making a great digital camera than pixel count.

With the Galaxy S7, Samsung increased the overall size of the camera’s sensor and the size of the pixel produced by camera. Samsung has also improved the aperture of the lens to F/1.7, allowing the sensor to capture even more light. Without getting overly technical, this means that the camera is able to absorb more light through the lens than any other Galaxy phone, and Samsung claims the increase in light captured by the sensor is a 95% improvement over the S6.

What does this all mean for your photos? It means while the size of the photos may be smaller, the quality of the photos will be better, with less noise and improved detail in low light settings or in instances where a HDR shooting is necessary.

Shooting photos is also easier since Samsung has changed the way the camera uses its autofocus. To put it simply, each and every pixel on the sensor is used to detect the subject of your photos, making autofocus light quick compared to other cameras.

Price and Final Thoughts

As with any launch of a new flagship phone, the cost without contact for a new device can be steep. Here is the price breakdown from all four major US carriers, plus factory unlocked. (Prices and model numbers shown are 32GB, Gold Platinum color).

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • Factory Unlocked GSM - $614.99 (SM-G930F, Amazon.com)
  • Sprint - $649.99 (SM-G930PZDASPR)
  • Verizon - $672.00 (SM-G930VZDAVZW)
  • AT&T - $694.00 (SM-G930AZDAATT)
  • TMobile - $669.99 (SM-G930TZDATMB)

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • Factory Unlocked GSM - $729.99 (SM-G935F, Amazon.com)
  • Sprint - $749.99 (SM-G935PZDASPR)
  • Verizon - $792 (SM-G935VZDAVZW)
  • AT&T -$794 (SM-G935AZDAATT)
  • TMobile - $779.00 (SM-G935TZDATMB)

If you’ve decided to upgrade from the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge, the great news is that because Galaxy phones are so desirable, they maintain a large portion of their value as long as the phone is in good shape. While many carriers offer in trade in credit towards a new smart phone, it might be worth your time to check third party sources of trade-ins like Gazelle, or sell your phone outright on Swappa or Ebay (if you do, be sure to account for seller fees).

Also, with such stiff competition, check to see if your carrier is offering any kind of promotions with the purchase of a new Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge phone. More often than not, there are rebates, service credits, or free accessories than can help subsidize the cost.

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October 13, 2016
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