The Galaxy S7 is almost indistinguishable from its curvier sibling in performance and features, and that can only be a good thing. Samsung has clearly found its groove.
Sumptuous screen, fast and powerful, great camera, impressive battery, microSD storage, accurate fingerprint scanner, subtle design flourishes, Android Marshmallow.
Limited to 32GB model, mono speaker, 5.1in screen may be too small for some
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Display: 5.1in Super AMOLED, 1440x2560 pixels at 577ppi
Processor: Octa-core Exynos 8890 (four 2.6GHz cores, four 1.59GHz cores)
Operating system: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Storage: 32GB, expandable up to 200GB
Cameras: 12MP rear, 5MP front
The camera on the rear of the S7 makes the tiniest of protrusions (0.42mm), and it's a welcome advance from the previous generation.
Everything we loved about the S7 Edge's ability to take fantastic snaps rings true with the S7, which is no surprise as both phones use the same technology.
The S7's ability to pick up and shoot immediately (without needing to lock focus) continues to impress. Samsung's decision to incorporate a Dual Pixel Sensor and larger 1.4um pixel size means that low-light shots are more successful than not, despite the reduction in megapixels, and noisy pictures full of ghostly haze are all but a thing of the past.
Our S7 Edge review didn't focus much on the Pro mode that makes a welcome return in Samsung's S7 lineup.
Switching to Pro mode reveals all of those options usually reserved for digital SLRs or mid-tier compact system cameras, so you're able to tinker with ISO level, aperture, metering, contrast, white balance and more.
Something else that's worth noting is the ability to shoot in RAW mode and save all of your images without any compression. The option to save RAW files is available only in Pro mode and you'll need to download a viewer capable of opening the picture format, but those serious about their photography will prefer the freedom and creative control that RAW provides.
Samsung phones have a tendency to overly boost colours and sharpen images, so shooting in RAW eliminates all the intelligent processing the phone handles on the fly. Perhaps with the exception of dabbling in RAW, the camera on the S7 is just so darn impressive you probably won't find yourself using Pro mode much.
Detail is great throughout, as evidenced by our sample images shown below:
New to the S7/S7 Edge is Hyperlapse mode. This rather nifty feature allows the creation of impressive-looking timelapse videos without much effort. Just set it up on a tripod and leave it to do its thing.
If you're a hardened Samsung Galaxy user, you'll wonder how you ever lived without the double-tap shortcut to put the phone into camera mode.
There's a 5MP camera on the front for wide-angle selfies and general high jinks.
The 5.1in Super AMOLED screen is capable of a 2,560x1,440 pixels QHD resolution. Bar the 4in shrinking and upped 577ppi ratio, the S7 matches the display found on the S7 Edge. And what a beautiful sight it is. Colours pop, blacks are inky, whites are clean, and the sheer vibrancy makes the colours jump off the screen. In fact we detected less glare which resulted in better viewing angles owing to the absence of the curved Edge.
If you have less than superhuman eyesight that higher ppi value is unnoticeable.
Once again we found the display better than our trusty S6 Edge, and the S7 lineup all but eliminates the yellow haze on our 2015 handset.
We touched on the Always-on display in our S7 Edge review, so suffice to say a sliver of the screen remains permanently on and lit up with the date, time, notifications and such.
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