Mar 2nd, 2016

Galaxy S7 Hands-on | Galaxy S7 vs The Competition

With the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge landing in folks’ laps this week and many more slated to get it in the days to come, we’re sure many of you are wondering what these things do best. That’s why we’re presenting our list of the 8 best features on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Samsung is doing a whole lot that their competitors aren’t, so you’ll want to use this list when you’re considering your upgrade options in the coming weeks. Let’s go!

Fast Wireless Charging

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Samsung is one of the only companies to continually stress the importance of wireless charging. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge bring back the functionality and it’s just as robust as ever. You can charge using multiple different standards including Qi and Samsung’s own technology, and you even get the added bonus of charging speeds almost as fast as a standard USB wall charger. You’ll be able to go from 0% to 100% in just about 2 hours without any cables to fiddle around with.

Don’t worry about rainy days

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 series didn’t have IP68 water and dust resistance, and that’s probably because it was Samsung’s first time making a device with a frame predominately made of metal and glass. Well, they’ve gotten better at it, and their refinement helped them figure out how to let your Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge survive time in the rain or an unfortunate drop into a pool. The devices can last up to 30 minutes in up to 1 meter of water, so taking a swim might even be feasible (even if Samsung won’t actually recommend it).

Add more storage space with a MicroSD slot

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While a microSD slot hardly seems revolutionary in 2016, we thought Samsung had fallen out of love with the feature as it was missing from all their 2016 flagships. It’s back in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, though, so you can add up to 200GB of extra storage if the internal pool of memory (32GB for most regions) isn’t enough for you.

Secure all your apps with a fingerprint scanner

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The fingerprint scanner makes its return to the Samsung Galaxy S7 family, but you won’t be limited to using it for unlocking your device and paying for goods with Samsung Pay. That’s because Android 6.0 Marshmallow includes an official API for fingerprint scanners, which means some of your favorite apps can use it for authentication instead of having to type in a password every time you use them.

Stay informed with an Always-on Display

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We always thought it odd that Samsung never opted to take proper advantage of AMOLED technology to make an always-on display, but they finally did with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. You’ll be able to see incoming notifications, the time and date, news feeds and more without having to touch the phone, and because the display lights up only the pixels it needs you don’t sacrifice a lick of battery life.

Take superior photos in the dark with a dual- Pixel camera

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You might look at the 12-megapixel sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and think that it’s lesser than the 16-megapixel sensor from yesteryear’s model, but that’s not the case at all. Samsung is using new dual-pixel sensor technology that captures more light and detail, so low light performance is leaps and bounds better than anything else on the market. It also has optical image stabilization, HDR, and the ability to record video in 4K or 240FPS slow motion.

Pay for anything, anywhere with Samsung Pay

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Samsung Pay in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge lets you use your phone to make purchases instead of credit cards. Most other phones rely on NFC so the store you’re going to needs special credit card readers to support it, but Samsung Pay uses MST technology that lets you use your phone even if the credit card scanner doesn’t have NFC. That makes Samsung Pay the only mobile payments platform to work with virtually every cash register out there.

Extend functionality with Galaxy S7 Edge Display

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This feature only applies to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but the dual Edge display on the device will certainly be a selling factor for many people. Samsung has vastly improved the Edge Apps experience this year with wider panels, a wealth of new apps and features, and as much customization as you can handle.

What’s your favorite Samsung Galaxy S7 feature?

As you can see, there’s a lot that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have, and not a whole lot that they can’t do. What’s your favorite feature? Are any of these things making the device a must-buy in your eyes? We want to hear from you, so don’t be afraid to drop a line below and let us know!

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