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Samsung Galaxy S7 – Battery life and verdict

By Max Parker

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10

Samsung Galaxy S7 – Battery Life

My biggest issue with the Galaxy S6 was the battery life. Some felt it was fine, but it would barely ever get me through a full day of use. That’s just not acceptable.

Thankfully, that isn’t an issue this time around. Samsung has upped the battery to 3,000mAh – from 2,600mAh on the S6 – and it makes a huge difference.

Now, don’t go thinking you’re going to get phablet-like stamina here. This is still certainly a charge-every-night device, but you won’t get to six o’clock in the evening and start having to frantically search around for the charger.

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With high daily use the S7 tends to leave me with around 10-15% battery life at the end of the day. Like the S7 Edge, though, it drops suddenly during intensive tasks. Around 30 minutes of Hitman Sniper takes it down by 20%, and an hour of Spotify streaming over a 4G connection uses up 8%.

It has fantastic standby time, though, most likely down to the Doze feature built into Android Marshmallow, so leaving it unplugged overnight will only lose you 3-4%.

There are a few power-saving modes to choose from if you want to try and get more from the battery. The regular ‘Power saving mode’ adds an extra hour (give or take), while the ‘Ultra power saving mode’ doubles the time you can keep on going for. It does turn everything monochrome, though.

I’m impressed that Samsung has kept Qi/PMA wireless charging around here. It’s not a vital feature, but not a lot of phones have it and it’s still a cool talking point to drop your phone onto a wireless pad and see it charge up. There’s fast charging too, and the phone will fully juice up in just over an hour.

Samsung Galaxy S7 – The Competition

There’s no doubt about it, the biggest competition facing the Samsung Galaxy S7 is Apple’s iPhone 6S. Both are around the same price, are compact, have stunning cameras and look great.

For me, the Galaxy S7 is a slightly more tempting product, unless you just can’t live without iOS and its tight ecosystem, but both are really great phones. Want Android and bags of power in a sleek form? The Galaxy S7 is for you.

Then there’s the LG G5, which matches a lot of the specs from the Galaxy S7 series and adds a nifty modular system for switching out components. It’s doesn’t have that slick finish of the Galaxy S7, but its camera has some clever tricks and it might just undercut the Samsung flagship when it comes to price.

Plus there’s the iPhone 7 hopefully landing in a few months. The HTC One M10 (or simply HTC 10) could also be a strong competitor, but there’s still little confirmed about it yet and the Taiwanese brand has struggled a lot recently.

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Should I buy the Samsung Galaxy S7?

There isn’t a better Android phone out there right now. The Nexus 6P comes close, but it’s much larger, and the Galaxy S7 Edge is a lot more expensive. For the majority of people, I’d say the Galaxy S7 is the phone to pick.

It looks great, feels a lot better than the Galaxy S6 due to the curved back, and it performs like a champ.

It also has the best all-round camera on any phone, thanks to crisp images and a fuss-free app that’s fast to open, focus and shoot.

Samsung has taken the Galaxy S6, an already excellent phone, and fixed just about everything wrong with it.

Your move, Apple.

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Verdict

Stunning. Samsung has just raised the bar for every other Android device. Simply put, if you want to buy a new phone right now, this is the one to pick.

Which smartphone are you planning to buy this year? Let us know in the comments below.

Overall Score

10

Scores In Detail

  • Battery Life 8
  • Calls & Sound 9
  • Camera 10
  • Design 10
  • Performance 10
  • Screen Quality 10
  • Software 9
  • Value 8

Trip66

February 21, 2016, 7:19 pm

How about getting the date right in the headline. It's 2016 not 2015....ugh. My 6 year old nephew could write this shit better.

toboev

February 21, 2016, 7:41 pm

What does "95% brighter photos" mean? Were they too dark before (underexposed)?

Apocalysse

February 21, 2016, 8:01 pm

I think it's under low light :)

Oberoth

February 21, 2016, 10:44 pm

Sarcasm is always hard to pick up on in forums but just incase:

95% brighter photos is misleading, they are trying to say the phone will now take photos at a lower, less noisy ISO or better yet a faster shutter speed to reduce any blurry photos.

toboev

February 21, 2016, 11:10 pm

No sarcasm intended. Given that obviously the photos themselves are still going to be correctly exposed - not any brighter than before - are they implying that I can get away with, roughly, halving of the shutter time in the same shooting situation? If so how so? The aperature increase from f1.9 to f1.7 won't do that, it is not a full stop increase.

Oberoth

February 21, 2016, 11:21 pm

This is true but there are several other factors coming into play, the main one being Samsung's new sensor tech, Britecell. You can find out more here: http://www.trustedreviews.c...

André Brasil

February 22, 2016, 8:23 am

No big changes there, it sounds like a Galaxy S6 "S" to me...

toboev

February 22, 2016, 10:34 pm

This headline:
"Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S7: An impressive upgrade to the best phone of 2015"
What's wrong with the date, I don't get it? Or did they already fix it?

Donald

February 22, 2016, 10:37 pm

Just compare this to the first Galaxy phone from 2009 and the first S from 2010 - and they cost nearly £500.

Brian

February 23, 2016, 1:33 am

I'd say they're pretty big coming from an S6 that's terrible on battery, doesn't allow expandable storage, and isn't water/dust resistant.

Who knows why they had these features on previous phones but got rid of them, money and marketing most likely? All I know is I'll be returning the S6 I just bought to pre-order the S7...

Kiranpal Pendyala

February 23, 2016, 8:13 pm

I suppose they meant that the improvements in aperture and the sensitivity of the sensor, the camera is now capable of almost double the low light performance of the older model.

Alan Flores

February 24, 2016, 9:15 am

The Product seems to be launched in Dubai.
https://prologix.ae/index.p...

The price is AED2,499 nearly £620.

RM

February 24, 2016, 5:42 pm

Not a huge deal but wondering if they addressed the group text issue. Texts showing up as individual and not being able to see who's in the group.

✪ Shamz ✪

February 25, 2016, 7:14 pm

Another phone already? I guess I'll wait for Galaxy S10. It's just around the corner.

Hrion

February 26, 2016, 8:31 am

Nothings wrong with the headline, They are just saying that Samsung S6 was the best phone of 2015 and so S7 is an upgrade of that

RunningGreat

March 2, 2016, 1:50 am

Looks like it's got everthing I want in a phone. Looks, Water-resistance without flaps, best screen, best camera, mst/nfc card support (can already be used at 90 percent of U.S. retailers that already use magnetic strip readers.), plus sdcard, vr support. lovely.

Thuglife

March 3, 2016, 4:00 pm

Waitn for my s7 edge iPhone is played out

Ses

March 6, 2016, 12:53 pm

You might want to ask her to read the article for you next time.

Dead Words

March 8, 2016, 3:27 pm

It has been a year you know. The same as Apple, twice as good as Sony.

toboev

March 8, 2016, 5:18 pm

But it's a Sony sensor. No 'Britecell' or Samsung tech there.

Oberoth

March 8, 2016, 9:27 pm

yep you are right, that came out after i wrote my comments. I was surprised not to see a Britecell in use after all the marketing hype they generated for it. I wonder what it will get used in? Note 6 maybe?

Andrei Low

March 10, 2016, 3:24 pm

Have you tried inserting a SIM in it? Is it true that it locks on that network automatically?

Kadeem Wiz Jones

March 11, 2016, 9:12 pm

I have the S7 and I like it. no complaints yet other than the poor quality headphones provided with the phone. For the phone itself, so far its better than my Note 4 and thats really all I care about

Adam

March 13, 2016, 11:26 pm

Andre, I am guessing you are from Brazil. If so, have you tried to dictate text messages in Portuguese? Did it work or did it just type gibberish? I tried 2 phones already, but none has been able to recognize Portuguese. Is it my luck or is it a problem with S7? Thanks.

Justin

March 15, 2016, 3:57 pm

Main problem I am finding is the video angle due to the 4.3 sensor, on the s6 it had a 16.9 so when you start recording it kept the wide field of view. On the s7 it crops the sensor to create the 16.9 ratio and in doing this zooms in a hell of a lot. I wish they had kept the sensor ratio from the s6 as this seems like a step backwards on a otherwise great phone

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