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Personal Review: Samsung Galaxy S7

Excuse my phone's tempered glass cracks. :D

Salam. Today, I decided to post a review of Samsung Galaxy S7. Since I've been using it for a month now, I think it is only fitting that I make a verdict of the phone. First of all, this is not a sponsored post. I personally own the phone and would just want to share my personal experience with it. I have been using it as my daily driver since the day I bought it.

When I was looking for a new phone, I was in the verge of confusion. There were three phones that caught my eye at first: Apple iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5. It was the hardest decision to make since (DUH!!!) I am buying it out of my savings. However, I really needed a phone since my most beloved Xiaomi isn't selling its latest Mi5 in the Ph. Such a shame! Anyway, I had no choice but to choose among these high-end phones.

My criteria for choosing a phone:

  • Bigger RAM since I do most of the photo editing for blog, instagram, etc on the phone. And I mostly keep all apps running simultaneously. (But I don't do gaming!)
  • Bigger ROM since I need it for my photos, videos, and apps. (Expandable ROM was a huge thing!)
  • Great front and rear cameras! (Need I say more?)
  • Durability. 
  • Design should be on fleek but does not look like it is a really expensive phone. (If you know what I mean tho haha)
  • Longer battery life! (What happened to iPhone 6s, btw? Such a deal breaker.)
  • More secured/fingerprint scanner.
  • Amazing display!!!
It was a hard task to choose. At first, I really wanted the iPhone 6s. But I cannot handle the 16gb memory (then next one is 64. what the?! Do they even know that most phones now starts at 32 gb?) and the 1750 MAH battery. I wanted to get the Rose Gold one. Then I stopped my fascination. 

Then here's the LG G5 that answers my need of battery life with changeable batteries (or you can add more by adding what they called 'Friends'). Of course, it looked hella great with that wide angle camera and the expandable memory and so on. Then again, it is not dust-proof, waterproof, etc. Of course, I also had to wait for a month or so for it to be launched in the Ph. So, it was a no-no! 

Thus, Samsung saves the day! Everywhere you go in the Philippines, there is probably a Samsung store somewhere. Moreover, S7 ticked everything in my criteria. 4gb RAM, 32 gb ROM (expandable to 200gb!!!), hella amazing front and rear cam with extra fast focus function, dust-proof, waterproof, comes in Gold, 3000 MAH battery, Super AMOLED display and has finger print scanner. Everything else that is great about S7 is just bonus. 

Here is a full specifications of Samsung Galaxy S7 as posted in GSMArena:

LAUNCHAnnounced2016, February
StatusAvailable. Released 2016, March
BODYDimensions142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm (5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 in)
Weight152 g (5.36 oz)
BuildCorning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
- IP68 certified - dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
DISPLAYTypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size5.1 inches (~72.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1440 x 2560 pixels (~577 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4
- Always-on display
- TouchWiz UI
PLATFORMOSAndroid OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
Exynos 8890 Octa
CPUDual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 530
Mali-T880 MP12
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 200 GB (dedicated slot) - single-SIM model
microSD, up to 200 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual-SIM model
Internal32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERAPrimary12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, check quality
Features1/2.6" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec., check quality
Secondary5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
- 24-bit/192kHz audio
COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetoothv4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX
USBmicroUSB v2.0, USB Host
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
- Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)
- Wireless charging (Qi/PMA) - market dependent
- ANT+ support
- S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
- OneDrive (115 GB cloud storage)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 player
- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
- Photo/video editor
- Document editor
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Talk timeUp to 22 h (3G)
Music playUp to 62 h
MISCColorsBlack, White, Gold, Silver, Pink Gold
SAR US1.40 W/kg (head)     1.59 W/kg (body)    
SAR EU0.41 W/kg (head)     0.62 W/kg (body)    
Price group9/10

TESTSPerformanceBasemark OS II: 2004 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 2128
Basemark X: 32345
DisplayContrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.376 (sunlight)
CameraPhoto / Video
LoudspeakerVoice 66dB / Noise 62dB / Ring 66dB
Audio qualityNoise -92.5dB / Crosstalk -92.7dB
Battery life

Per my usage of Samsung Galaxy S7, I have not yet experienced lag time or the phone hanging. The multi-tasking screen is superb! I loved the always-on display. And the photos are all so amazing. Like, the focus function is really amazing. It is a great decision that Samsung downsized the megapixels of the S7 to accommodate more detail into the photos! It does really well in low light. I am using my phone on almost every photo on my instagram

Here are some of the unedited photos taken by my phone:

I am so sorry I cannot post a video sample as my internet here in Tawi-Tawi is not superb. I had to spend a few hours on this post alone because of the slow internet connection. Uploading the photos took a lot longer.

Anyway, I love my Samsung Galaxy S7. I haven't had any issues with it. In sha Allah, it will serve me longer and better in the days to come. I didn't regret my decision of having it. ;) I will be trying to submerge it in water if I have time. I will update this post once I have done that. ^^

I will leave it here! Salam!


  1. Nice review Kai!

    Yeah heard great things about the camera and I def loved the cameras on my first two smartphones (Samsung Infuse and Samsung S4). They were ahead of Apple as faras the HD video. Yes, the multitasking is one of my fav features. As you may recall, I recently got the Nexus 6P - not cheap, as I had to pay for the full price of the phone (had phones on contract before, though that seems to be going away now altogether)

    I know there may not be use for it at the moment, but it shoots 4K video, which is pretty cool, though given the file size, can't be too long (the Nexus does as well). I'm glad that with Android N, the Nexus will be getting split screen / multitasking too, so that was one reason I was even more excited with switching to pure Android with Google Nexus.

    Anyways, glad you are enjoying the new phones and the photos do look great.

    I went to the California coast this long weekend and got to try out the camera properly for the first time and it worked well.

    OK, I'll stop rambling.

  2. samsung S7 is very good camera but budget is not good for my poket heee gaya modern


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