Samsung Galaxy S7 review

Has the S7 still got it? Or is it worth forking out for the S8?

Startups rating ★★★★★(5 out of 5)

The Samsung Galaxy S7 was once one of the most premier smartphones around – now we think it’s The go-to for value for money. This phone is ideal for small business owners wanting a powerful processor, decent battery, top-of-the-range camera – and of course, a stunning design.

If you like the sound of it, we’ll even show you where you can find the best deals in the UK today. But first, is it for you?


pros thumbs up PROS – Slick design, HD screen, fast processor, powerful battery, quality camera, waterproof, dustproof, wireless charging

cons thumbs down – Battery not removable, no USB Type-C


Now, onto what you came here for:


Price

Still as good as ever, now even cheaper
★★★★★

Typical price: £529

You can read our full review on the mobile phone providers available here.

Or if you’re just after top value for money and great coverage, you might like to choose from the best value Samsung Galaxy S7 deals available today:

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Specs

Phone size 142 x 70 x 8 mm (millimetres)
Screen size 5.1″ (inches)
Internal memory 32 GB (gigabytes)
Screen resolution 1440 x 2560 MP (megapixels)
Rear camera 12 Mp (megapixels)


What’s it like to use?

Not just a pretty face
★★★★

Style with substance

Samsung has long waved goodbye to plastic-looking handsets. Now we can enjoy a smooth glass finish like the S6, but this time with slick curved edges.

Lightning fast

Thanks to an octa-core processor, you’ll be able to blitz through your work – or take a break with a gaming app.

Quality build

The S7 is a premier smartphone for people who mean business. The sound is crystal clear and the speakers are excellent for such a small device. Plus, it’s comfy in the hand, and waterproof protected.

Decent size

It’s perfect for small business owners – the 5.1-inch display makes for comfortable web browsing, emailing and texting. And the resolution and call quality are second to none.


What’s the camera like?

We like looking good in all lighting
★★★★★

Most smartphones at this price range offer a high-spec camera, but it’s in dim lighting that not all pack a punch.

The S7’s 12 MP back camera captures impressive shots in all light conditions, and gesture and voice control can help you get the perfect selfie.

Plus, arty types might enjoy the 4K video, and this camera doesn’t stick out, so the back is smooth to the touch.


How’s the battery?

How does 25 to 14 hours’ phone time sound?
★★★★

Start-ups and small businesses move fast – you can’t run out of juice. The S7 is your best armour – with 25.5 hours’ call time or over 14 hours’ surfing the net – even more than the Galaxy S8.

That’s because this model comes with an upgrade from Android Marshmallow to Nougat.

It also charges in a flash, giving you around 4.5 hours of calls or 2.5 hours of web browsing after plugging it in for 15 minutes.

We’ve just ducked a star because this battery’s not removable, giving you better protection but less flexibility.


Is it for me?

Yes, if you want the world – for less

The S7 is for you if you’re looking for a high-spec smartphone for a tidy price tag. We think it’s got it all: phone payment, fingerprint reader, decent battery, even a swish design.

But if you still have questions, you can compare it with its rivals in our full-fat review of the Top 10 Business Mobile Phones, including the other Androids and leading iPhones.

Why does the Galaxy S7 make the Startups Top 10 mobiles? It’s really the perfect work phone for savvy business owners who don’t need the latest model but don’t want to miss out on the most cutting-edge tech

Want it?

We’ve found the best Galaxy S7 deals available today to help our readers pick:

o2 logo bt logo ee logo mini vodafone logo carphone warehouse logo
£32 /mth £32 /mth £34 /mth £39 /mth £0 /mth
£49.99 upfront £80 upfront £50 upfront £19 upfront £529 SIM free
choose choose choose choose choose
Online only at
carphone-
warehouse.com
50% off first
3 months
at
btmobile.com
View at
ee.co.uk
View at
vodafone.co.uk
View at
carphone-
warehouse.com