Public Entry – Why I Gained't Buy the New Galaxy S7 (or Edge)
Samsung formally introduced the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at Cellular World Congress 2016 for launch on March eleven, 2016. Together with another Android units, specifically the LG G5, these new fashions got here with numerous hype.
A deeper investigation into Samsung’s new flagships exhibits that hype is principally all there’s. Sure, the S7 and Edge are glossy, prime of the road units operating on Android’s newest Marshmallow working system—however as Engadget’s personal Chris Velazco said so merely, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are lovely, if unsurprising sequels. So these are nice telephones, however I am slightly let down. To be trustworthy I’ve been a bit stunned, not by the awesomeness of the S7, however by all it is missing.
I’ve been utilizing Samsung telephones for about 4 years, because the launch of the Galaxy S3. I am presently outfitted with a Galaxy S5 that I really like. Heck if I might have Marshmallow on my telephone, I in all probability would not even think about an improve. However I do see a little bit of lag on my model of Lollipop, I do know the telephone might be quicker and sleeker, and I am a sucker for redesigned, new tech.
So why will not I be buying the brand new S7 or Edge, regardless that the supply of a free Gear VR is compelling? I have never examined the telephone, although check drives of the S7 and Edge are ongoing at Greatest Purchase, however I am underwhelmed by the specs and I do not think about the brand new Galaxy could possibly be a lot better than my S5.
Battery So the S7 and Edge each have a bigger battery than my present S5, however a leap from the S5’s 2800 mAh to the S7’s 3000 mAh is fairly insignificant. Even the S7 Edge with a 3600 mAh battery isn’t compelling contemplating that the battery just isn’t detachable, so there is no choice for swapping.
Wi-fi charging is likely one of the cool “new” options of the S7 Edge, however I do not actually see a draw. Till charging turns into really wi-fi, to the purpose the place my telephone does not have to take a seat unused on one thing that appears like a coaster, I in all probability will not use it. I am completely completely happy having a plug protruding of the underside of my telephone, as a result of at the very least I can nonetheless use the gadget.
Options Scouring the information concerning the S7 Edge, one of the crucial widespread gripes customers have with the S7 line is a scarcity of an IR blaster. An infrared blaster makes it attainable to make use of your telephone as a distant management, and guess what? My Galaxy S5 has one. It is 2016, we should not have a necessity for distant controls anymore. Tech corporations must be consolidating units, not leaving out options that do exactly that. I exploit my telephone as a distant on a regular basis. When one of the crucial outstanding first world issues is that remotes get caught within the sofa, having a telephone that may act as a distant is superb.
Then there’s the difficulty of reminiscence. The S7 Edge and S7 include one choice for storage, 32GB of storage, and that is it. Figuring out how a lot Samsung (and my service Verizon) love bloatware, I am betting I am going to get lower than the 25GB of usable storage that PhoneScoop says I am going to get. The actual drawback is that regardless that there is a micro SD slot and help for big reminiscence playing cards, that reminiscence isn’t adaptable. That signifies that you will solely have the ability to switch sure issues to exterior reminiscence. In my very own expertise, I run out of inner reminiscence even when I’ve an enormous quantity of exterior area.
How concerning the processor on the S7 and Edge? It is acquired to be greater than the GS 5, proper? Fallacious. Each the S7 and Edge include a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which is undoubtedly zippy, however nonetheless smaller than the two.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 that comes with the GS 5. I am virtually constructive that regardless of the distinction in measurement, the Snapdragon 820 is quicker, however it’s about precept. I am coming again to the query of: why would I purchase a brand new telephone simply to downgrade?
Sturdiness One of the crucial lauded options of the S7 line is that it is as soon as once more waterproof. With an IP68 score, these telephones are protected nicely sufficient for scuba diving, supposedly. The Galaxy S5, with an IP sixty seven score is just ok for snorkeling. So in that regard, I assume the S7 wins, however who actually must go scuba diving with their telephone? Realistically, a water-proof telephone ought to be waterproof sufficient to outlive a drop in the bathroom and my telephone has accomplished that many a time, together with as soon as at this time.
Additionally, the glossy new designs of the GS7 make it look fragile. The GS5 is something however fragile. If we check out a drop check evaluating Samsung’s Galaxy line, we discover that the S5 festivals simply in addition to any of the opposite units. It is really a extra sturdy gadget than some other I’ve had. I’ve even dropped my telephone off my condominium balcony (four flooring) and it survived (nicely… it nonetheless labored although it was severely cracked). If you would like actual scientific proof that the S5 is sturdy, peak the highest YouTube touch upon the linked video: