Why it’s worth considering an upgrade to Samsung’s popular Galaxy S7; well priced as it isn’t the latest model, and bristling with advanced tech and highly thought of.
Top tech from 2016 makes for a desirable and sensible phone choice
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 was replaced in April by the S8, but during its time on sale it won many friends in the tech media for its considerable all round qualities.
Despite the arrival of the newer S8, the S7 is still a highly advanced smartphone and – because it’s no longer the current model – can be picked up at considerable cost savings over the very latest tech.
The Galaxy S7: a very popular smartphone
The Galaxy S7 is available in two versions, the 5.1 inch screen S7 and the 5.5 inch screen S7 Edge, and during its time on the market considerable praise was heaped on the smartphone by many tech reviewers.
Some unhesitatingly gave it five star reviews and considered it the best smartphone on the market, and there’s no doubt with its considerable heavyweight tech it will last its user well into the future despite the rapid march of technology.
There’s often much to commend buying tech that’s just behind the very latest releases as the S7 is; you’re still getting a very modern smartphone, but can save considerably over the prices or contract fees of the current model. If you don’t need the very latest enhancements, then the S7 would serve you well.
You could benefit in two ways financially; you can buy a good quality S7 from a refurbisher for a considerable saving over a new S8, and also sell your Samsung phone easily and quickly online and put money towards your S7 if you’re currently using an older model.
If you’re coming from older Samsung phones then the S7 is a worthwhile upgrade without having to necessarily stretch to the expense of the S8. If you’re thinking of switching to the Android platform from Apple’s iOS and the fabled iPhone, then the S7 is considered not only superior to the iPhone 6S it directly competed with through much of 2016, but also to its successor the iPhone 7.
A phone packed full of technology
The key features of the S7, which can be yours for much less than a new S8, are as follows:
Ergonomic design –it’s a pleasant phone to handle and feels like a premium product with tough and good looking ‘Gorilla Glass’ front and back.
Screen – the OLED technology (compared to the more usual LCD) offers deeper and more accurate colours along with good viewing angles and a useful boost to battery life. An OLED screen isn’t permanently illuminated as LCD types are – it only uses the pixels required to produce the colours, text and images required.
It’s also 5.1 inches, so larger than the standard iPhone 7.
Performance – the Exynos chip provides powerful processing along with a generous 4GB of RAM so making for smooth multitasking.
Battery and charging – a large battery is fitted and charging time and convenience is helped by a fast charge facility and wireless charging. Various power saving modes help stretch out the charge for as long as possible.
Extra storage – a microSD slot means you can increase the S7’s storage capabilities easily and relatively cheaply with a memory card.
Water resistant – the Galaxy is waterproof to IP68 rating standards which mean you could immerse it in one metre of water for thirty minutes and it would live to tell the tale.
Camera – one of the very best to be found in a smartphone. The pixels are larger than those in its predecessor the S6; this helps the autofocus lock on to the subject faster and makes for more detailed pictures along with vastly improved low light performance.
A wide aperture of f/1.7 contributes to the low light photography performance, and certain settings such as ISO and white balance can be adjusted to give more flexibility in shooting.
Around the front, a five megapixel selfie camera features a wide angle lens to help fit more people in the frame.
For almost the latest in tech at a very attractive price, the talented Samsung Galaxy S7 has to be worth considering as an upgrade from an older Samsung or other Android phone – or even from iOS and the iPhone.