Samsung started selling their latest flagship, the Galaxy S7, just a couple short days ago. So far I’ve been using it for about 24 hours, here’s my thoughts so far.
The Hardware Is Somehow WAY Better
At first glance, I wouldn’t blame you for thinking the S7 is an S6. They look just about identical, however somehow, the S7 feels way, way better. The back is grippier, so I didn’t feel the need to install a case right away. The silver model I’m using (which looks incredibly gorgeous by the way) also picks up far less fingerprints. It still picks up a TON of fingerprints, but not nearly as many.
Did The Fingerprint Sensor Get Worse?
This one might just be me, but did the fingerprint sensor on the S7 get worse? On last year’s S6 and even the Note 5, the scanner worked 8 times out of 10, but on the S7 Edge I’ve found that it barely works 5-6 times out of 10. I’ve tried re-registering a few times, but it hasn’t gotten much better. This could be cause by the built in IP68 water resistance or just a software issue, but either way, it’s annoying.
On a side note, my word the registration process is long. I won’t go too far into this, but dang, it just takes way too long.
Nexus 6P Fingerprint Setup = 4-6 taps
Galaxy S7 Fingerprint Setup = It's still happening
— Ben Schoon (@NexusBen) March 11, 2016
Battery Life Is Underwhelming
When Samsung announced that the S7 Edge would pack a massive 3,600 mAh battery, my inner nerd squealed and I immediately started wondering just how long the phone would last on a charge, however in real life testing, it’s pretty underwhelming. It could just be the early days of testing, but so far I’ve found that I can make it through a day with ease, but when 11pm rolls around, I’m still nearly dead. I know this is lightyears better than what we had last year, but come on Samsung, you know you’re doing something wrong when you have one of the biggest batteries in a flagship Android smartphone and it still doesn’t last as long as one with hundreds of mAh less.
TouchWiz Is Actually Kind Of Good Now
I’m just going to follow one of my favorite tech YouTubers here, “TouchWiz is kinda good now”.
"To my surprise, it's gotten much better, in fact, I'll go as far as to say it's kinda good now" – @Jon4Lakers , TouchWiz
— Ben Schoon (@NexusBen) March 9, 2016
Trust me when I say, I have just as many complaints about TouchWiz as the next guy, especially being the stock Android advocate that I am, however Samsung’s improvements to their skin over the past couple of years has dramatically changed my view of it. I still prefer to use a more stock version, but really, I have no big complaints about the software. Except the keyboard, which is still horrible.
So far, I’m pretty happy with the S7 Edge. Obviously I’ve still got way more testing to do, but over the coming weeks I’ll continue to take notes on the device leading up to my full review. Stay tuned for that and the rest of our ongoing Galaxy S7/S7 Edge coverage!