Monday, March 1

Review: Samsung Galaxy S7 32 GB


The Galaxy S7 is the latest iteration of Samsung’s flagship line. There was a lot of publicity leading up to its launch; their marketing mantra: “Redefine what a phone can do” is a bold statement on paper; let’s see if they have been able to live up to the hype.

Samsung continues to pack a punch in their ongoing battle with Apple, but it isn’t a stretch to say that the S7 may take them to the next level.

The iPhone 7’s 4.7” 1134 X 750 display pales in comparison to the S7’s 5.1in, 2,560 x 1,440 Super AMOLED display.

Samsung Galaxy S7

The S7 has a better camera than Apple’s iPhone 7; even though they are both 12 MP, the S7 has a wider aperture (f/1.7), meaning more light can be let in, which theoretically means that images should be of a better quality; the iPhone 7 has a f/1.8 aperture.

It’s safe to say that this (barring a few questionable decisions) is definitely worthy of its place atop Samsung’s smartphone range!

If you are in the market for a phone with a bigger screen, look no further than the S7 edge, which boasts a 5.5” display.

Keys specs

  • 5.1” Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: WQHD 1440 X 2560 pixels
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash
  • 5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR
  • Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset
  • Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose & 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU (SM-G930F model)
  • microSD dedicated slot (expandable up to 256 GB)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Internal storage: 32 GB
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 2, A2DP, LE, aptX
  • microUSB v2.0, USB Host
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Up to 22 h talk time (3G)

Pros: Premium build; amazing 12MP phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash camera; waterproof; dust resistant powerful processor; 4 GB RAM; fantastic WQHD display

Cons: Expensive; only 32 GB of internal memory; no IR blaster; No FM radio; No stereo speakers

Verdict: 9/10

Samsung Galaxy S7 – from R8,199


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