Consumer Reports just named the Samsung Galaxy S7 the top smartphone it’s ever reviewed. That’s huge. Everyone is raving about the S7 and S7 Edge. People are ditching phones left and right to get the latest from Samsung; even some hardcore Apple fans are ditching the iPhone 6s – the standard of phones in the last year – for the Galaxy S7.
Let’s look at seven reasons why the Samsung Galaxy S7 is superior to the iPhone 6s and why it might be time to finish that apple.
What Makes Galaxy S7 Superior to iPhone 6s
#1 The Look and Feel
- Samsung Galaxy S7: 7.9mm thick, metal alloy, glass front and back, IP68 certified
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: 7.7mm thick, metal alloy, 3D thermoformed dual-curved display, glass front and back, IP68 certified
The Galaxy S7 finally feels like a premium phone. While the S6 made similar improvements, the S7 takes it to another level. It’s smooth, sleek and easy to hold. When holding it, button presses and swiping are easy to do. It finally feels natural and truly comfortable to use the Galaxy line of phones.
I love holding my phone. Having a case on my S7 feels wrong. It’s so smooth it took some time getting used to having it in my hand when I first received it. When I hold iPhones – and I try not to – they’ve always felt good to the touch but not quite like the S7.
#2 The Screen
- Samsung Galaxy S7: Super AMOLED, 2560×1440, 577 ppi
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Super AMOLED, 2560×1,440, 534 ppi
The S7 Edge boasts a 5.5” screen, same as the iPhone 6s while the S7 uses a 5.1” screen. You can tell just looking at the screen how clear it is. Videos and Netflix play like a dream with the quad-HD screen. Samsung’s improved its display technology that over-saturation of color isn’t an issue anymore.
The screen looks smaller out of the box but whether you’re watching a movie or surfing YouTube, you can see the difference. Corning Gorilla Glass makes the screen damage resistant and vibrant when offering that protection.
When I do anything on my S7, such as YouTube, Tumblr, or just looking through my gallery, it still amazes me I’m doing it on a 5.1” screen mobile phone. Samsung’s always been known for its display but the S7 takes it to a whole new level no matter what I’m doing.
#3 The Camera
- Samsung Galaxy S7: 12 MP, OIS, f/1.7 lens, 1/2.6″ sensor, 4K video, 5 MP front camera
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: 12 MP, phase detection, OIS, f/1.7 lens, 1/2.6″ sensor, 4K video, 5 MP front camera
While many were disappointed going from a 16 MP to a 12 MP pixel, the S7 and S7 Edge camera more than make up for it in auto-focus speed and low light functionality. The pictures it takes are amazing, the clarity is beyond belief, and even though there’s a variety of color and types of photos you can take, just pointing and shooting has never been easier.
I know nothing about photography except I can’t take pictures at night or in low light. I was eager to try out the low-light functionality of the camera, and while I still can’t take pictures like a mobile phone pro, the S7 helps me take those horrible pictures better. The clarity, detail, and autofocus speed is unreal.
#4 The Power
- Samsung Galaxy S7: Exynos 8890 octa-core/Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU, 4 GB RAM
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Exynos 8890 octa-core/Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU, 4 GB RAM
If you’ve never used a phone with 4 GB of RAM, you’re missing out on one of the life’s finer pleasures. 4 GB of RAM is what comes standards on most PCs nowadays, now imagine that power in the palm of your hand. Playing games, watching videos, and everyday phone use is lightning quick.
Just swiping between screens happens seamlessly, something you rarely see once you load your phone up with apps today. The Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, in particular, gives the North American version of the Galaxy S7 line the edge against its European and Asian counterparts.
I have just shy of 80 apps on my phone, both pre-loaded and ones I added myself. I use a lot of apps day in and day out for work and play. I also play some intensive games, like Jurassic Park Builder, Star Wars: Battlefront, and more on my phone.
The 4 GB of RAM makes my phone speed through anything I’m doing. In the first few days, I found myself swiping between screens and opening all my apps just to see what would happen.
#5 The Battery
- Samsung Galaxy S7: 3000 mAh, wireless charging
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: 3600 mAh, wireless charging
One of the reasons many consumers skipped the S6 was the lack of removable battery while the S7 and S7 Edge continue that trend, Samsung has done everything it can to improve battery life and has succeeded for the most part. Fast charging takes 90 minutes to two hours but can easily go a whole day of heavy use on a single charge.
I think the number one reason I skipped the S6 and waited for the S7 was the battery issues the S6 had out of the box, especially when you had no removable battery. While I didn’t get my removable battery, but I did get the best battery I’ve ever seen in an Android device, let alone a Samsung one. Even with all my apps and heavy usage – I use my mobile phone as my only phone – I can go a day, sometimes longer without charging.
#6 The OS
TouchWiz is always an issue with Samsung phones. It’s filled with bloatware, runs the phone slow out of the box, and just frustrates users. However, the S7 and S7 Edge is running a version of TouchWiz nobody has seen before.
It’s fast, with less bloatware than almost any other phone out there, and might even make you consider using it versus installing a custom launcher. Couple TouchWiz with Android Marshmallow out of the box, and you have a reliable OS once more on a Samsung device.
I hate TouchWiz. The first thing I do after unboxing is installed Nova Launcher. However, I played with TouchWiz for a good day after getting my S7 was surprised by how fast and unobtrusive it is in its latest incarnation. I still installed Nova Launcher but that’s because I love the launcher.
#7 The Kitchen Sink
Samsung brought back the microSD card and water-resistance to the S7 and S7 Edge, two features highly desired by consumers. Android Marshmallow runs like a dream on the phone backed by the speed and power that fuels the S7.
One of the biggest flaws of the Apple ecosystem is that everything is proprietary. With Android, and phones like the S7 to power it, you can do more than ever before. Android is light years ahead of Apple’s iOS, and it’s never been clearer than with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
While the Edge mirrors the look and feel of the iPhone 6s more closely, the S7 itself is a worthy phone with a camera and screen that offers the same performance the Edge does while being more comfortable in the palm of your hand.
Whether you ditch the iPhone 6s for the Galaxy S7 or not, Samsung has made it clear that you should and reviewers tend to agree. The S7 is finally an Android phone that blows the competition out of the water.