Samsung Galaxy S7 Prices & Plans

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Samsung Galaxy S7

Features

5.1 inch display
Android
12MP camera
32GB int. memory
Talk Time: Up to 22 hours
Standby: Up to 21 days 4 hours
69.6mm wide
142.4mm high

Average Score

92/100

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Samsung Galaxy S7
Virgin Mobile

$50 Phone Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 4GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2, ends 27 March 2017
  • $55/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,320 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Woolworths

$35 Mobile Phone Plan (Small)

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 1GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Samsung Gear Fit2. Ends 27.03.17
  • $59/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,416 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Optus

$40 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 1GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2 available via redemption from Samsung. Offer ends 27 Mar 2017
  • $72/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,728 over 24 months
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Samsung Galaxy S7
Virgin Mobile

$30 Phone Plan

  • $300 Included Value
  • 500MB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2, ends 27 March 2017
  • $50/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,200 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Virgin Mobile

$50 Phone Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 4GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2, ends 27 March 2017
  • $55/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,320 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Virgin Mobile

$40 Phone Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 2GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2, ends 27 March 2017
  • $55/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,320 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Budget 4G Mobile Plan

  • $100 Included Value
  • 100MB Data
  • $55/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,320 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Value Budget Plan

  • $100 Included Value
  • 100MB Data
  • $55/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,320 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Value Small Plan

  • $200 Included Value
  • 1GB Data
  • $58/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,392 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Small 4G Mobile Plan

  • $200 Included Value
  • 200MB Data
  • $58/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,392 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Woolworths

$35 Mobile Phone Plan (Small)

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 1GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Samsung Gear Fit2. Ends 27.03.17
  • $59/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,416 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Medium 4G Mobile Plan

  • $200 Included Value
  • 1.5GB Data
  • $67/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,608 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Value Medium Plan

  • $400 Included Value
  • 1.5GB Data
  • $67/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,608 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Vodafone

$70 Red Data Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 9GB Data
  • Deal: Inlcudes 3GB bonus data + bonus Gear Fit2
  • $70/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,680 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Vodafone Business

$70 Red Data Business Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 9GB Data
  • Deal: Inlcudes 3GB bonus data + bonus Gear Fit2
  • $70/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,680 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Optus

$65 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 7GB Data
  • Deal: Includes 7GB total data (3.5GB + 3.5GB Bonus data offer ends 5/3/17) plus Bonus Gear Fit2 available via redemption from Samsung (Gear Fit2 offer ends 27/3/17)
  • $70/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,680 over 24 months
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Samsung Galaxy S7
Virgin Mobile

$70 Phone Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 6GB Data
  • Deal: 500MB roaming bonus + Bonus Gear Fit2
  • $70/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,680 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Woolworths

$50 Mobile Phone Plan (Medium)

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 4GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Samsung Gear Fit2. Ends 27.03.17
  • $70/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,680 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Optus

$40 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 1GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2 available via redemption from Samsung. Offer ends 27 Mar 2017
  • $72/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,728 over 24 months
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Samsung Galaxy S7
Woolworths

$70 Mobile Phone Plan (Large)

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 8GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Samsung Gear Fit2. Ends 27.03.17
  • $75/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,800 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Optus Business

$70 My Plan Business

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 6.5GB Data
  • Deal: Get 4.5GB + 2GB bonus data for 24 months when you sign up or recontract to this plan. Offer ends 26.03.2017
  • $75/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,800 over 24 months
Call Optus Business.
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Large 4G Mobile Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 2GB Data
  • $76/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,824 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Value Large Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 2GB Data
  • $76/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,824 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Virgin Mobile

$50 Phone Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 4GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2, ends 27 March 2017
  • $55/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,320 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Woolworths

$35 Mobile Phone Plan (Small)

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 1GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Samsung Gear Fit2. Ends 27.03.17
  • $59/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,416 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Optus

$40 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 1GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2 available via redemption from Samsung. Offer ends 27 Mar 2017
  • $72/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,728 over 24 months
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Samsung Galaxy S7
Virgin Mobile

$30 Phone Plan

  • $300 Included Value
  • 500MB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2, ends 27 March 2017
  • $50/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,200 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Virgin Mobile

$50 Phone Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 4GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2, ends 27 March 2017
  • $55/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,320 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Virgin Mobile

$40 Phone Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 2GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2, ends 27 March 2017
  • $55/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,320 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Budget 4G Mobile Plan

  • $100 Included Value
  • 100MB Data
  • $55/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,320 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Value Budget Plan

  • $100 Included Value
  • 100MB Data
  • $55/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,320 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Value Small Plan

  • $200 Included Value
  • 1GB Data
  • $58/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,392 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Small 4G Mobile Plan

  • $200 Included Value
  • 200MB Data
  • $58/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,392 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Woolworths

$35 Mobile Phone Plan (Small)

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 1GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Samsung Gear Fit2. Ends 27.03.17
  • $59/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,416 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Medium 4G Mobile Plan

  • $200 Included Value
  • 1.5GB Data
  • $67/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,608 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Value Medium Plan

  • $400 Included Value
  • 1.5GB Data
  • $67/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,608 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Vodafone

$70 Red Data Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 9GB Data
  • Deal: Inlcudes 3GB bonus data + bonus Gear Fit2
  • $70/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,680 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Vodafone Business

$70 Red Data Business Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 9GB Data
  • Deal: Inlcudes 3GB bonus data + bonus Gear Fit2
  • $70/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,680 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Optus

$65 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 7GB Data
  • Deal: Includes 7GB total data (3.5GB + 3.5GB Bonus data offer ends 5/3/17) plus Bonus Gear Fit2 available via redemption from Samsung (Gear Fit2 offer ends 27/3/17)
  • $70/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,680 over 24 months
Call Optus Sales
Samsung Galaxy S7
Virgin Mobile

$70 Phone Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 6GB Data
  • Deal: 500MB roaming bonus + Bonus Gear Fit2
  • $70/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,680 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Woolworths

$50 Mobile Phone Plan (Medium)

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 4GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Samsung Gear Fit2. Ends 27.03.17
  • $70/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,680 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Optus

$40 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 1GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2 available via redemption from Samsung. Offer ends 27 Mar 2017
  • $72/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,728 over 24 months
Call Optus Sales
Samsung Galaxy S7
Woolworths

$70 Mobile Phone Plan (Large)

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 8GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Samsung Gear Fit2. Ends 27.03.17
  • $75/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,800 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Optus Business

$70 My Plan Business

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 6.5GB Data
  • Deal: Get 4.5GB + 2GB bonus data for 24 months when you sign up or recontract to this plan. Offer ends 26.03.2017
  • $75/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,800 over 24 months
Call Optus Business.
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Large 4G Mobile Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 2GB Data
  • $76/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,824 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Value Large Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 2GB Data
  • $76/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,824 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Virgin Mobile

$50 Phone Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 4GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2, ends 27 March 2017
  • $55/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,320 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Woolworths

$35 Mobile Phone Plan (Small)

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 1GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Samsung Gear Fit2. Ends 27.03.17
  • $59/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,416 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Optus

$40 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 1GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2 available via redemption from Samsung. Offer ends 27 Mar 2017
  • $72/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,728 over 24 months
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Samsung Galaxy S7
Virgin Mobile

$30 Phone Plan

  • $300 Included Value
  • 500MB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2, ends 27 March 2017
  • $50/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,200 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Virgin Mobile

$50 Phone Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 4GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2, ends 27 March 2017
  • $55/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,320 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Virgin Mobile

$40 Phone Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 2GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2, ends 27 March 2017
  • $55/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,320 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Budget 4G Mobile Plan

  • $100 Included Value
  • 100MB Data
  • $55/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,320 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Value Budget Plan

  • $100 Included Value
  • 100MB Data
  • $55/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,320 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Value Small Plan

  • $200 Included Value
  • 1GB Data
  • $58/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,392 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Small 4G Mobile Plan

  • $200 Included Value
  • 200MB Data
  • $58/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,392 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Woolworths

$35 Mobile Phone Plan (Small)

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 1GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Samsung Gear Fit2. Ends 27.03.17
  • $59/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,416 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Medium 4G Mobile Plan

  • $200 Included Value
  • 1.5GB Data
  • $67/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,608 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Value Medium Plan

  • $400 Included Value
  • 1.5GB Data
  • $67/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,608 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Vodafone

$70 Red Data Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 9GB Data
  • Deal: Inlcudes 3GB bonus data + bonus Gear Fit2
  • $70/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,680 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Vodafone Business

$70 Red Data Business Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 9GB Data
  • Deal: Inlcudes 3GB bonus data + bonus Gear Fit2
  • $70/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,680 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Optus

$65 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 7GB Data
  • Deal: Includes 7GB total data (3.5GB + 3.5GB Bonus data offer ends 5/3/17) plus Bonus Gear Fit2 available via redemption from Samsung (Gear Fit2 offer ends 27/3/17)
  • $70/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,680 over 24 months
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Samsung Galaxy S7
Virgin Mobile

$70 Phone Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 6GB Data
  • Deal: 500MB roaming bonus + Bonus Gear Fit2
  • $70/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,680 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Woolworths

$50 Mobile Phone Plan (Medium)

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 4GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Samsung Gear Fit2. Ends 27.03.17
  • $70/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,680 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Optus

$40 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 1GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Gear Fit2 available via redemption from Samsung. Offer ends 27 Mar 2017
  • $72/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,728 over 24 months
Call Optus Sales
Samsung Galaxy S7
Woolworths

$70 Mobile Phone Plan (Large)

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 8GB Data
  • Deal: Bonus Samsung Gear Fit2. Ends 27.03.17
  • $75/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,800 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Optus Business

$70 My Plan Business

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 6.5GB Data
  • Deal: Get 4.5GB + 2GB bonus data for 24 months when you sign up or recontract to this plan. Offer ends 26.03.2017
  • $75/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,800 over 24 months
Call Optus Business.
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Large 4G Mobile Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 2GB Data
  • $76/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,824 over 24 months
Samsung Galaxy S7
Southern Phone

Southern Value Large Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 2GB Data
  • $76/mth (plan + phone)
  • Min. total cost $1,824 over 24 months

Samsung Galaxy S7 Specs

Display

Type Super AMOLED
Screen Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Screen Size 5.1 inch (13 cm)
Touch Screen Yes

Camera

Resolution 12MP with dual-pixel technology
Front Facing 5 megapixels
3D Resolution -
Flash Type LED
Video Camera [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, dual-video rec

Music and Video

Music Player Yes
Video Player Yes
Video Calls Yes
FM Radio No
Audio Formats MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC
Video Formats MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264

Physical

Form Factor Slate
Width 69.6 mm
Height 142.4 mm
Thickness 7.9 mm
Weight 152 grams
Accelerometer Yes
Gyro Yes

General

GPS Yes
Battery (2G Talk) Up to 22 hours
Battery (Standby) Up to 21 days 4 hours
App Store Google Play
Processor Type Octa Core 4x 2.3GHz + 4x 1.6GHz
Operating System Android 6.01 (Marshmallow)
Release Date February 2016

Connectivity

Main Connectivity 4G LTE
Maximum Data Speed 450 Mbps (Cat. 9)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
USB microUSB 2.0
Bluetooth Yes
NextG Capable Yes
Telstra Blue Tick No
Networks GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, CDMA 800/1900 MHz
Data Networks HSPA+, LTE

Memory

RAM 4GB
Internal 32GB
Expandable Up to 200GB

Messaging

Push Email Yes
Text Messages (SMS) Yes
Picture Messages (MMS) Yes

Samsung Galaxy S7 Reviews

V.Positive

WhistleOut Review

"The Galaxy S7 is Samsung's best phone yet. Regardless of what you are looking for in a phone, the Galaxy S7 has it and more. It will be a difficult phone to beat in 2016. "

Joseph Hanlon (WhistleOut)
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100/100

"Having so many pixels jammed into a relatively small space means you can’t really spot one pixel from another, and that sharpness makes everything from gaming to watching YouTube an absolute pleasure. Play a round of Alto’s Adventure or Monument Valley on this display and you’ll instantly be drawn i..."

Trustedreviews.com
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100/100

"You see it’s very hard to find fault with the Galaxy S7. If this is a phone that sees Samsung resting on its laurels, then they must feel pretty comfortable right now. "

Stuff.tv
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V.Positive

"Just like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, we really love the S7. Its premium waterproof build, outstanding camera, great battery life and class-leading specs make this the best Android smartphone you can get right now."

100/100

"Samsung has tweaked the winning design from the S6, righted the wrongs of its previous flagships, and made a phone you don't want to put down. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is iterative perfection."

Techradar.com
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90/100

"In the Galaxy S7 however, Samsung has sought to correct one of the biggest user concerns from last year and microSD card expansion now makes a return...Samsung isn’t making a 128GB version of the Galaxy S7 – probably as the 128GB Galaxy S6 barely sold thanks to its extremely high price tag – and eve..."

Androidauthority.com
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90/100

"During my test period, I doused the Galaxy S7 a number of times without problems. What is particularly clever is the handset’s recognition of wet connections: attempt to plug in your charging cable while a drop of water is in the USB port, and the S7 will prevent the charge to avoid short circuits."

Androidpit.com
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90/100

"...crisp photos from the 12-megapixel camera countered low-light interference in every darkened cocktail bar, moodily lit restaurant and dusk-dimmed park. Although this camera has fewer megapixels than last year's S6, it takes better photos. Scenes are brighter, which makes the action easier to see."

cnet.com
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90/100

"It's more powerful, not to mention even more beautiful than the S6, but Samsung hasn't attained perfection just yet. That said, the company has come pretty damned close: A more consistent camera and more modest power consumption would have made this great phone one for the history books."

Engadget.com
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Positive

"Once an app is installed a user can go to Settings → Storage, locate an individual app and change its install location from internal to external (SD card) storage which exports the data. Furthermore, if the microSD card is removed while the phone is on, apps installed on the card are simply greyed o..."

Positive

"The GS7 and Edge have glass backs and aluminum frames... Both phones will ship in black, gold and silver options, though US carriers aren't yet offering the smaller Galaxy S7 in silver – arguably the best-looking option in the bunch. Perhaps that was a deliberate strategy to upsell customers on the ..."

Average Score

(11 Reviews)

92/100
 

Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

What we love:

  • Samsung’s screens are best in the business
  • Premium quality construction that is comfortable to hold
  • Camera makes it easy to take superb photos
  • Fingerprint scanner works really well

What could be improved:

  • Metal and glass design is slippery and smudges with fingerprints like crazy
  • Heavy users should consider the Edge model for longer battery life

It’s pretty difficult to impress a keen-eyed tech lover in 2016. We demand the best of everything; the sharpest screens, heavy-duty processing, the fastest, sharpest camera: all in a handset no thicker than a small stack of credit cards. And yet, despite this laundry list of demands, Samsung has delivered yet again. In fact, the Galaxy S7 is definitely the best Samsung best phone yet.

The S7 strikes a surprising first impression. Like last year’s Galaxy S6, the new S7 is coated in glass on the front and back (3D glass no less), but unlike last year’s phones, the new handsets are curved across the back, giving the handset a more comfortable fit in the hand. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help keep it in the hand that much, and the glass covering is pretty slippery. 

It is also a phone that you will find yourself constantly wiping down (especially if you have a touch of OCD when it comes to how your phones look, like I do). We’ve long complained about how fingerprints smudge glass touchscreen, but now we have the same problem on the back of the phone, too. Given this, and the slipperiness, the S7 is a phone you will want to slip a cover on soon after you take it out of the box.

In 2016, Samsung reverses the trend towards ever-larger phones and the standard S7 model is now slightly smaller than before, with a 5.1-inch touchscreen and slim bezels around it. And, for what’s it worth, we love these trimmed down dimensions. It is so much more comfortable to use and the smaller screen offers a higher pixel density, so things on screen appear a little sharper. 

Under the hood, the Galaxy S7 feels like a Ferrari in the palm of your hand. We used Samsung Smart Switch software to transfer apps and content from an old phone to the S7, which means that it was jam-packed with resource hogging apps before we had even turned it on for the first time. And still, the S7 operates at full pace. The new Samsung octo-core processor and 4GB RAM seem more than enough for what we have thrown at it so far.

Camera

The real highlight in the Galaxy S7 is the camera. This really is a big year for photography buffs who’d prefer to leave their kit at home. There are a number of technical enhancements we could discuss, including larger pixels on the image sensor and an impressive F1.7 lens, but what you really need to know is that the photos we’ve taken are superb. Really, truly wonderful.

The larger pixels are an essential element in these outstanding results. Simply put, image sensors work by interpreting light as information, and the larger the pixels, the more accurately the sensor can work. One of the most obvious benefits from this new approach is how much better the S7 is at shooting in low-light. If you love snapping pics of friends on nights out, the S7 is the phone for you.

With all of this camera tech on offer, you’ll be happy to know that it is as easy as ever to take a great photo. There are stacks of settings and tweaks you can dive into, but the old point-and-shoot method yields great results more often than not. The auto-focus is super fast and optical image stabilisation means your shaky hands will have less impact on whether the focus is sharp or soft.

A great outdoor shot with natural light
A great outdoor shot with natural light
Great colour and details despite the awkward light on the lens
Close-ups look great with impressive depth-of-field

Beyond the basics

The Galaxy S7 absolutely nails the core elements of a smartphone with its great design, performance and camera, but being a Samsung phone you can also be sure there is a bevy of neat features beyond what you get with a more basic model.

Water resistance is one the these new headline features, with the S7 capable of surviving a substantial dunking in water. Better still, Samsung achieves this without needing any caps or flaps over the open ports on the phone. It is sealed from within, so you don’t have to worry.

The fingerprint scanner on the Home button returns in 2016, and thankfully this year it is a useable way to secure your phone. The same scanner on the S6 was a bit flakey to use all the time, but on the S7 it is fast and accurate enough to use everyday. You can set up to 4 fingerprints, which is enough for a few fingers and one for you significant other, if you like.

This year the Edge handset is larger, with a 5.5-inch display

The S7 ships with Android Marshmallow preinstalled, and though it is mostly hidden under Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, there are still a few neat tricks to check out. Our favourite is the new ‘Google On Tap’ feature. You access it by holding the Home button on any screen and the software will read the screen and launch a Google search for what it finds. Incredibly, it works on any screen. So if a friend texts you the name of a restaurant you can use Google On Tap to bring up a map or make a reservation. 

Overall

We’re just months into 2016 and already the Samsung Galaxy S7 is the phone to beat. There’s plenty more to come; the LG G5, the HTC One M10, and of course, whatever Apple has in store for the iPhone 7. And yet, it’s hard to imagine that any of these other models will do much to surpass what Samsung has on offer here.

For as much as the changes in the S7 feel like evolutionary refinement, this does feel like a new phone. We used the Galaxy S6 a lot last year, and while the similarities are there, this doesn’t feel like a minor upgrade; it seems more substantial than that.

The 12-megapixel camera is the standout here, and will be a major drawcard for anyone looking for a premium phone who isn’t married to the idea of buying an iPhone. This is the year many photogs will agree that smartphone cameras are good enough to leave the massive kit bags at home.

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