Review: Samsung Galaxy S7

We took the Samsung Galaxy S7 to Maldives… For work of course.

Meryl D'Souza May 15, 2016

You know what’s the best way to test a phone? Travel with it. The only time people cannot tolerate inefficiency is when they want something.

When you're on holiday, you want to have a great time, which is why you will not stand for someone short-changing you or making your life a little more difficult. And if there’s anything that annoys you on a holiday, you will not let go of that tiny detail. Which is why a holiday to the Maldives was the perfect way to test the Samsung Galaxy S7.

The best thing about the phone is the camera

There are quite a few things the S7 has going for it, but the camera is hands down the best feature. You can imagine the madness when you’re in an exotic location and have an excellent camera at your disposal. Suddenly, everything you do becomes a moment worth recording.

At 12, the S7 has fewer megapixels than its predecessor, but don’t let that fool you. The S7 takes better pictures all round and no other phone comes close to it when it comes to lo-light photography.

Perhaps the biggest compliment I could give the phone is that it’s too good. So good, that when I tried to take a faux-artistic reflection picture of a view from my girlfriend’s sunglasses, she promptly warned me to never upload that picture. Why? Because you could see her pores. That camera is too good.

The battery life

When it comes to holidays, there are two types of people: The ones who stay in their room and do nothing and the ones who are always out. I fall into the latter category. 

Being out for most of the day meant that I needed the phone to last the whole day, despite heavy usage. Luckily it did... For the most part. Between all the Wi-Fi usage, pictures and videos, the phone would die down by 8pm in the evening. Which meant I couldn’t really take it for dinner. That, if you’ve ever done date night while on holiday, is a bummer.

It’s hot, hot, hot!

One of the two major gripes I’ve had with the S7 – that no other publications are talking about but chat forums are littered with – is over heating. No, this is not the standard phone heating up because I’m using it while it’s charging. The S7 tends to heat up while charging.

A little tinkering showed me that the overheating was because of S7 Adaptive Fast Charging technology. That to me is a major fault on Samsung’s part. It’s something they should have checked while testing the technology. Negligent. 

Wi-Fi-troubles

The second of the two complaints is the Wi-Fi connectivity issue. At many intervals, the S7 Wi-Fi performance dropped to a point where even Facebook wouldn’t load without switching the Wi-Fi off.

To make matters worse, there were times when if the Bluetooth was on and not connected to anything, Wi-Fi was slower, but the minute I turned it off, the connection picked up. Considering how important the internet has become to the whole world, I’d say this one is the more serious of the two complications with the S7.

Verdict

When I attended the S7 launch a couple of months ago, I said it was better than the iPhone 6S. As things stand, with the iPhone 7 yet to come and despite competition form the HTC 10 and LG G5, I’d say the S7 is the best phone money can buy.