This week on the Plug and Play podcast, we briefly mentioned the fact that I had gotten a new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S7. Instead of reviewing the phone, or listing a bunch of specs, I thought I would share why I got this phone.
It Charges Wirelessly
Ok, so this is more of a cool feature than an essential feature, but setting my phone down on a pad and have it start charging is pretty neat. No fumbling with cords and making sure it’s stuck in the right way, although that is an option. Speaking of plugging in the right direction, I am a little disappointed in Samsung for not springing ahead to the new USB C protocol, that lets you plug in either way. Oh well, all my old chargers work this way.
It Has Removeable Storage
This was the deal breaker for me on the Galaxy S6. They took away the SD slot, and I have a lot of apps, and take a lot of pictures, and listen to a lot of podcasts. I like the flexibility of moving items to an SD card instead of deleting them. Having expandable memory is one of the advantages Android has over Apple.
I Can Pay With It On Virtually Any Visa Machine; Android/Apple Pay not needed
This also falls under the category of “cool”, not essential. But it is cool. Using Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST), a technology that emits a magnetic signal that mimics the magnetic strip on a traditional payment card, my S7 sends a magnetic signal from my device to the payment terminal’s card reader (to emulate swiping a physical card without having to upgrade the terminal’s software or hardware). MST technology is accepted at nearly all payment terminals with a card reader. Apple will probably announce this feature in 2 years and everyone will say it’s revolutionary.
The Camera Works. Really Well.
I’m not going to go on about the new f1.7 aperature, the ability to shoot in RAW, the ability to launch the camera with a double tap on the home button, or the great auto-focus. I’m certainly not going to focus on whatever “dual-pixel technology” is, because that sounds like marketing BS. What I will say is that the camera launches FAST, focuses fast and well, and shoots amazing pictures full of detail and color. It does impressively well in low light conditions. It has been called the best mobile phone camera on the market by several experts, and I am certainly not an expert, but I am a happy user.
I’m a sucker for “free” video games / virtual reality.
When bought before March 18, a voucher for a free Samsung Gear VR and $50 worth of games is included. While not state of the art VR like Oculus or Vive, I anticipate the Gear to be fun to play around with, especially if I ever get a drone with a camera.
After 2 weeks with the Samsung Galaxy S7, I would have to say I am very happy with it. It’s blazing fast, holds a charge throughout the day, and takes great pictures. I feels like a big step up from my S5, and I’m glad to see the features I cared about return that were stripped from the S6.
I would recommend this phone to anyone.