Samsung makes solid phones – period. That definitely goes for the Galaxy S7. Whether the S7 or the S7 Edge, you can’t go wrong with a Samsung Android – especially if you are going to use it for your VR experience.
The folks at Verizon have given me this device to play with. I took it to Vegas with me for a major conference, so let’s start with the specs, then get into the pros and cons.
Keep in mind the S7 and the S7 edge are almost exactly the same phone. The big difference is the bevelled edge that can also give you a display ticker on the side. I am personally not a fan of the Edge phone, so the S7 is perfect for my needs.
The phone is a 5.1 inch display screen at at resolution of 2560×1440 with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The touchscreen is Super AMOLED captivate and displays 16 million colors.
The processor is a dual core Kryo at 2.15 GHz with an Adreno 530 GPU. Internal storage is at 32 GB on this model with a micro SD card option. 4G LTE, GPS navigation, standard dust and water resistance, Bluetooth v.4.2, Wifi up to 802.11 ac at 2.4 and 5GHz with Multi User – MIMO so you can multitask without the phone getting bogged down.
Cameras include a 12 MP rear and 5 MP front face. You can record video up to 4K @ 30 fps. Flash available on the rear camera.
While not able to change the battery, the 3000 mAh battery will give you around 14 hours of usage on Wi-Fi. That will get you through a busy day and allow you to recharge at night. You can plug in or use wireless Qi through a cradle.
Finally, you have a fingerprint reader to easily secure your phone and unlock when needed.
Pros and Cons – Samsung Galaxy S7
There are only two issues I have with the phone. First is the micro-SD card slot. In order to get to it, you have to pull out the SIM card as it’s all in one caddy. Removing it means losing phone signal. I highly suggest you at least put the phone in airplane mode before pulling out the dual card caddie.
Second is the sound – a single speaker on the bottom of the phone. Definitely not a phone to play videos around the water cooler.
Otherwise, this is a very solid phone. I had no problems with usage. The idle battery life test went for days before recharge and I could get a quick 15 minute charge even on the Qi cradle.
I installed 3DMark software on the phone and the benchmarks were very promising. A score of 2482 out of 2526 with a 19.4 average frame rate. Even the temperature of the phone stayed pretty consistent.
The phone feels solid and is easy to hold. The camera works perfect as I got some great photos and video from Vegas without problem. No slow motion options on the camera, but I can record 1080p at 60 fps.
Overall, a solid phone that will definitely give you 2 years of solid use. And I expect the edge version to be exactly the same.