5 flaws to look out for in Samsung Galaxy S7 

Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung’s  latest offering, the Galaxy S7 has received a good response in the market. The new glass and aluminium design of the device has found approval by the users.

The company has added some upgrades in this device compared to the Galaxy S6, such as the low-light camera performance and expandable SD card slot.

The reviews started piling up soon after the device was launched. Many positive reviews have been received for its brilliant performance, its camera and its design. But alongwith the above pros, here are some major flaws of the Galaxy S7.

Galaxy S7 Edge

It acts as a smudge magnet

The biggest flaw noticed in the design is the aluminium and glass body which attracts fingerprints easily, and has a tendency to attract smudges too.

According to Time’s Lisa Eadicicco “Both S7 phones have a nicer, more elegant look than most Android devices I’ve used. But they don’t stay in mint condition for long, as they’re definitely fingerprint magnets. After about a day’s worth of use, the front and back of my S7 were just as smudged as its screen.”

Camera lacks color accuracy

The Galaxy S7 sure has a great camera that performs very well in low light situations and also focuses faster than ever and the new camera sensor is also as good as that of the iPhone 6S, but when it comes to taking pictures with accurate colors, the iPhone 6S still has an edge over the Galaxy S7.

“Pictures from the S7 edge look fantastic. They’re bright, vibrant and have great dynamic range. You can even get some very nice bokeh (the background blur) when taking close-up shots. But the iPhone 6S Plus’ cameras still beat the S7 edge’s when it comes to taking photos with accurate colors; the S7 edge’s photos have a warmer color temperature (yellower).” said Raymond Wong, Mashable.

Average battery life

Despite having a 75 percent larger battery than the iPhone 6S, the Samsung Galaxy S7, though packed with a host of features that are comparable to the iPhone 6S in several tests, falls short on is the battery life. Also, considering the fact that, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge run on higher-resolution screens compared to the iPhone 6S, the S7 and S7 edge don’t contain user-replaceable batteries.

“In my lab stress test, which cycles through a series of websites at uniform screen brightness, the Galaxy S7 lasted over seven hours, about 40 minutes short of the iPhone 6S,” said Wall Street Journal’s Geoffrey Fowler. “At 8-and-a-half hours, the Galaxy S7 edge only slightly underperformed the iPhone 6S Plus,” Fowler wrote.

Software bloat

The new Galaxy S7 runs on the company’s own TouchWiz UI wrapped under an Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. On the software front, the device is a beast, but the caveat here is that it comes with a lot of bloatware, with the software offering several music apps, two photos apps, two email apps and company’s redundant competing apps out of the box, which can be annoying for a user.

Users might need a SD card

Though the new Galaxy S7 features 32GB of internal storage, most of the storage is occupied by the software itself. More than 9 GB of the storage is used up by the OS, TouchWiz and apps on a fresh out of the box Galaxy S7. So around 22.65GB of storage is left to work with.

Despite this drawback, Samsung users now have the ability to add up to 200GB of additional storage, using the microSD card, a feature missing from the iPhone 6S.


Vishal Kawadkar