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In The Race To Perfection, The Samsung Galaxy S7 Finishes Strong.

Finally! Right? For those who have not read the unboxing article, you should (Click here)
 

 
If you have, let’s jump right in. P.S.: Grab something to munch while reading this ūüėČ
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THE GALAXY S7 REVIEW – SPECS OVERVIEW

CPU Quad core Snapdragon 820
GPU Adreno 530
Display 5.1, 1440p, 577 ppi, Super AMOLED
Body 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, 152 g
Camera 12 MP, Front 5 MP
Video 4K – 30 fps, 1080p – 60 fps, Front 1440p – 30 fps
Aperture f/1.7, Front f/1.7
Sensor size 1/2.6″
Camera features PDAF, OIS, LED flash
Storage 32/64 GB, expandable to 200 GB
RAM 4 GB
Battery 3000 mAh

 

FOR THOSE WHO LIKE IT FAST, THE S7 DOESN’T¬†DISAPPOINT.

If you were expecting to wait for a considerable amount of time to power on the S7, I am sorry to disappoint because it takes about 22 seconds to power on the S7
Samsung S7 boot time
 
Powering off the device takes about 4 seconds.
Samsung Galaxy S7 boot time
 


THE GALAXY S7’s SCREEN COMES ALIVE AND NOT JUST IN THE NIGHT TIME

Though the Galaxy S7 sports the same display as the 5.1-inch, QHD Super AMOLED  screen found on the Galaxy S6, DisplayMate  has said that the screen on the Galaxy S7 is the best on any smartphone.

Playing Zombie Highway under direct sunlight

Playing Zombie Highway under direct sunlight


 
Why? The Galaxy S7 has a Maximum Brightness that is 24% higher than the Galaxy S6, it also has a better performance in high ambient light, which ensured that all the colors came alive and not just in the night time.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Camera 1
On a bright sunny day, the screen is capable of peaking much higher ‚Äď up to 470cd/m2 ‚Äďmaking you use the phone in almost any condition.
You can also choose from several display options, these displays will boost or lower contrast in certain applications versus others. For example, in the camera app, the Adaptive display will boost the contrast and brightness so that the camera viewfinder is easier to see in bright sunlight.
 
ALWAYS ON DISPLAY:
Another display feature that differentiates it from the S6 is the publicized Always on display. This ensures that you get to see your notifications without having to unlock your phone all the time. Super useful. The only thing that I’d wished for, is the ability to add to the notification list, but for now, you just have your clock, date, battery level, text message and missed call notifications
Sasmsung Galaxy S7 always on display
The super cool part about the always on display is that it doesn’t zap your battery. I did a test to see how much battery would be drained. See the result in GIF
Samsung galaxy s7 always on display
I am sure most of you are like:
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…But trust me,¬†as I spent more time with the S7, I got used to glancing at my phone to check for the time without the need of unlocking it.


SAMSUNG’S TOUCHWIZ IS A WHIZZ

Samsung stuck with the TouchWIZ UI, however, instead of the cloggy UI we are used to seeing, the TouchWiz version found on the S7 is super fast and fluid. Although if you are a new Galaxy S series user, it might take a while getting used to the button placements on the S series
 
samsung galaxy s7 ui
The Notification area has been tweaked a little,  It starts with a scrollable line of quick toggles on top, then a brightness slider and the Quick connect button.
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See more UI screenshots below:


 

OH SAMSUNG, YOU MADE ME LOVE GETTING MY DEVICE WET.

#TrueStory, I was caught under a rain and instead of hiding my Phone, ¬†I used my S7 to cover the part of hair I didn’t want to be affected by the rain (futile effort, but you get the drift)
 

Full video in the Youtube Video below

Full video in the Youtube Video below


Samsung rectified the ‘oversight’ made in the S6 and the S7 is better thanks to this rectification. The IP68 certification means the device is dustproof and water resistant to depths of 1.5m for a maximum of 30 minutes, and Samsung has achieved this without the need for fiddly plastic covers on the headphone socket and charging port thanks to a protective used to prevent moisture from seeping in. ¬†To further test this, I carried out some real life tests, ¬†(Yes, I said I was going to do a 20-minute test, but I felt nobody would willingly put their device in water for 20 minutes, hence this test.) I showered with the S7, shared my food with him, washed and swam with him .
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Do watch it and let me know what you think.


MULTITASKING ON THE S7 IS AN ORGASMIC EXPERIENCE!

If you haven’t used the latest Galaxy series, you might not understand what I am talking about at first, but let me break it down. The Galaxy series allow you multitask to the extreme and it is not different with the S7.
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For example, you have your one-handed mode, which reduces the screen size so you can operate it using one hand (duh!)
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You also have support for multi-window which allows you to run two apps side by side
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Finally, there is the pop-up view that will allow you put up more than 3 windows on the screen at once.
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THE GALAXY S7 FOR THE GAMERS DEM

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the go-to device for gamers!
Samsung Galaxy S7 for gamers
Thanks to it 4GB RAM and the eight cores with four running at 2.6GHz and other four at 1.59GHz paired with a Mali T880 GPU, the games run smoothly with no hint of slowdown. Watch the video where I tested how well the S7 managed its RAM.

 
Asides all that juiciness, you also have a game launcher – a semi-new feature. What Game launcher will do for you is to ensure you can take a screenshot of your gameplay, record live footage and multitask effectively. Also with the Game launcher, you can disable notifications during gameplay so you are not disturbed when that game becomes too intense.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Game tools
 
You also can lock the navigation keys which ensure you don’t press the wrong button during an intense gameplay.
When playing  intense games on the S7, it felt noticeably warm at most times.


MUCH ADO ABOUT THE ¬†S7’s CAMERA:

To ensure I covered all that the S7’s camera has to offer, I made another post that talked about the many features found on the S7. Click here to read about it.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Camera 1


BLOATWARE & PRE-INSTALLED APPS

You have a few Microsoft apps pre-installed (MS Office, OneDrive with 100GB for 2-years, Skype, and others). S Health is on board for your health needs, it comes fully loaded with the heart rate and blood oxygen sensors.
 
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You don’t have the default music app :(, but the Google play music comes through for you.
Samsung Galaxy S7 music app
You also have other Samsung apps like Samsung Gear, Galaxy Entertainer. Samsung Members, Samsung Pay,  S Voice, Papergarden, Knot, Shahid (which is totally useless because it is in Arab) and S Planner.


 

HOW FAST IS THE FINGERPRINT

Pretty much fast. It takes less than a second to unlock your phone.
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Plus no more swiping, all you need to do is to hold your¬†finger on the home button. Although, if your finger is wet, you might need to use whatever lock pattern you set as the S7 won’t recognize your finger.
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I read about how the S7’s fingerprint can sometimes be inaccurate, but I honestly feel they weren’t really registering their finger the right way. So, here is my 2 cents on how to register your finger for better accuracy
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I didn’t like the fact that if I got my fingerprints wrong in five consecutive attempts, the smartphone will be locked for 30 seconds and you cannot even use your PIN to unlock it during this time.
FINGERPRINT SECURITY
With the Android 6.0 on the Galaxy S7, you can literally use your fingerprint to sign into any account. This will do away with the constant need to input password every time.
 


CONNECTIVITY

As expected, the Samsung’s Exynos 8890 chipset is paired with an LTE Cat. 9 ¬†which will give you a maximum transfer rate¬†of up to 450 Mbps for downloads (50 Mbps uploads. The S7 made GLO look so good despite the connectivity problems. NFC support is present and is used for Samsung Pay.
Samsung Galaxy S7 NFC
The only downside is that the S7 doesn’t come with an IR blaster and at the bottom is still only a micro-USB 2.0 port, so users have to forego USB-C, USB 3.1, MHL 3.1 or a DisplayPort.


FAST CHARGING ON FLEEK!

The Galaxy Samsung S7 truly defines what a fast charging feature on a phone should be even without the quick charge 3.0.
Samsung Galaxy S7 charging
 
The Galaxy S7 comes with a 10-watt power adapter, which supports quick charging. It charges your device from 0% to 100% in just 70 minutes. So, when your battery is dead, you can get about 50% battery life within just 30 minutes of charging time. I must point out that for the fast charging feature, Samsung has said your device might be warm when charging and this is very true. Although you can turn this off by heading over to the settings, battery and disable fast cable charging. You can watch the Youtube video where I demonstrated how the fast charging works along with the temperature level of the device afterward.


POWER TO THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE

The smartphone packs a 3,000mAh power bank, a substantial increase over the S6’s 2,550mAh, ¬†The device can last up to a day without extensive use, with extensive use, I get about 6 hours of usage (This include putting on the Bluetooth for my level u headset, mobile data and running some minor games). ¬†You can also watch the video.

Asides from the power saving mode, which is very impressive when it comes to saving your battery juices, You also the ultra-power mode that is effective for those times you have just 2% left with no charger in sight.


You’re hot then you’re cold

Like I said earlier, the S7 can get a little warm when charging, but this can be turned off if you so wish.
samsung galaxy s7 fast charge
However, the rate at which the S7 cools off is amazing thanks to the cooling feature.


AUDIO PERFORMANCE

When it comes to the audio you have a slightly above average performance thanks to the fact that the Galaxy S7 has a mono speaker. ¬†One thing I didn’t care for was when playing a game, I always try not to put my hands on the mono speaker¬†so as not to completely silence¬†the audio

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You have also the opportunity  to tweak the sound thanks to the Adapt sound and the Sound Alive feature.
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WHAT ARE YOU GOING  TO DO WITH ALL THAT STORAGE?

The Samsung S7 comes with a 32GB inbuilt storage with the system taking about 5.27GB storage which  leaves you with 27GB storage. Asides from the internal storage, you have your MicroSD card slot expandable to 200GB Рa welcome development given that the S6 lacked this important feature.
Samsung S7 MicroSD card slot
 


MEET KNOX, SAMSUNG’S SECURITY FEATURE

Knox is Samsung’s blanket term for security across the Galaxy S7 line and goodness! It is terrific! So how does Knox work?¬†When you install Knox, it would ask you to register your device
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Once initialised, My Knox will offer you a secure app ecosystem – it’s a bit like having two phones in one with a way to keep business separate from pleasure.¬†Another thing that made this super cool for me is the ability to lock your device remotely should it be lost or stolen (Nothing new, right?) But the way My Knox delivered his was superb. See the¬†image¬†below for more explanation. (P.S: Read what I wrote on the phone screen X_X)
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PAPPARAZI

There is the Smart manager that ensures you manage your device with just a touch of a button.

Samsung Galaxy s7 smart manager
The ability to download fonts and apply themes is also something most people would love!
Samsung Galaxy S7 themes

There is an Easy mode for those parents who are not used to the TouchWiz. You have direction lock, which enables you to draw directions to unlock your device.

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And for those who are moving to the Galaxy S7, the S7 has something called the Smart switch mobile that would help you quickly transfer stuff to your new phone.

Samsung Galaxy S7 smart switch mobile

Lastly the scrolling feature

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Trust me, I am just scratching the surface, there are a lot of stuff of features that can’t be covered in this post.


USB OTG

The USB OTG transfer is very fast compared to others I have tried, Plus it also allows for reverse charging.
Samsung Galaxy USB OTG


FLAWS

Every phone has flaws and the S7 is no exception. For one, the S7’s back is a fingerprint magnet
Samsung Galaxy S7 finger print magnet
 
Another is the fact that you only have one SIM support ¬†in this age of dual-sims ūüôĀ
Samsung S7 MicroSD card slot
Lastly,¬†I don’t know if it is only on my S7 variant, ¬†but I noticed that the USB Debugging is automatically switched on with no means of switching it off.
usb debugging
 
Will update this article once I have figured it out.
 


BENCHMARKS

The different chips obviously come with matching GPUs, the Adreno 530 in the Snapdragon package, and the Mali-T880 MP12 in the Exynos variant,I have the Exynos variant. However, regardless of the chipset, the Galaxy S7 comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. So how did it fare? See the results below
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MY GIF CONCLUSION:

Is the one of the best smartphones in 2016?
 
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Should your response be
SAMSUNG S7
?
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OVERALL

Evidently, this is one of the best phones in the world right now, and if you are looking for that phone that fits your hands perfectly and still offers you the best of every world, the Samsung S7 is your sure bet.¬†It‚Äôs about small but substantial¬†changes ‚ÄĒ like water resistance, ¬†expandable storage, a beautiful camera ‚ÄĒ that make the Galaxy S7 a phone worthy of your money.

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25 comments on “In The Race To Perfection, The Samsung Galaxy S7 Finishes Strong.

  1. Feranmi says:

    Hmmmmn Samsung means business.
    I expect Apple to reply

  2. Uke Enun Jnr says:

    First of thanks for the tip MT because i actually got some sandwinch to munch! Now after this review, Samsung Galaxy S7 is a Yaaass, but eh
    1. I don’t like anything less than 5.5inches.
    2. I need a dual SIM Slot
    3. I need greater mAh “batteries”
    4. I am not as cool with TouchWhizz as i am with XUI
    5. I am not good with the back finger magnet
    6. DASSOL (but eh more on the way)…Kay guys, its an overall Yass….on my way to check out tha review vid…#MissTechyForever

  3. Bodmantech says:

    S7 is one of the best phones Na. That’s a nice review MissTechy

  4. ŠĽĆB√ĀD√ĀR√Ä says:

    …WELL,WHEN YOU SEE AN ELEPHANT ?, JUST RECOGNIZE IT AS AN ELEPHANT ?. EVEN THE DEVIL KNOWS THAT THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S7/EDGE IS THE BOMB DROPPED ON NAGASAKI AND HIROSHIMA!…

  5. Michael Effiong says:

    It’s an awesome device

  6. king adewusi says:

    Aja Sammy ti gbera, apple where are you?? nice review misstechy wagbayi

  7. zita obeta says:

    Not suprise with all it got packed with, money ? worth(if you havve it). Best review? as always MissT

  8. Xtopher says:

    I told ya not to do this and you went ahead… Now I want the device so badly..
    I still prefer the edge or S6 Edge+ cos og screen size

  9. Tobi Ayeni says:

    hehehe…I like small things cos I am small, so S7 is BAE for me :p

  10. Oneblackguy says:

    First time ever on your blog and I must say I am impressed with the way your reviews are detailed ..not saying this cos you are a lady but the guys should learn a thing or two from you . Good job..
    Now to the review.. omo mayne.. the s7 killed it for me fortunately I am guy that likes small things *coughs* so the s7 ‘s size is just perfect for me. Thanks for the detailed review missy.

  11. Rapsowdee says:

    Tobi !! Is this a device or a machine ?? how can a phone have all those specs ? e just remain make e dey fly na !!!

    1. Lanre says:

      No it is a transformer. You have obviously been using bad phones if not you wouldn’t be shocked that a phone can do all these things she mentioned

  12. MUBARAK says:

    nice blog ma keep it up .oh god make me part of misstechy second anniversary winner oooooooooo.

  13. MUBARAK says:

    well we still looking up to iphone 7 nd am expecting a moduler samsung phone

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  15. KingAbsolute says:

    Best Review Ever! The S7 is giving me orgasms that I wanna own the phone so badly but…

  16. Bodexowen says:

    Just watched the YouTube video. MissTechy u did a great video tho the Garri part was Lol??????????

  17. Xino says:

    nice review, if the price was nice as much ūüėČ

  18. Xino says:

    i wish the price was as nice as the review!!!

  19. Titi says:

    Hey misstechy… it is official . I am getting rhe s7.. you have answered all my questions especially with the camera thanks.

  20. Odira says:

    Samsung is really pushing the boundary.

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  22. Anonymous says:

    alert(“nice review love it “)

  23. Ali Kaduna says:

    Nice style of write up. However, you should not base the uselessness of an app because it is in Arabic have respect for other people’s Language/tribe.

  24. John says:

    Samsung is one of the best company that produce good and quality phones, I love the water proof stuff

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