It's this time of year when the new smartphones start appearing.
Samsung starts first, being one of the leading companies.
Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are now available in the global market for about a week now.
As usual people are divided, with half saying major improvements have been made and the other half saying it's nothing more than a slightly better Galaxy S6.
I have in my hands Samsung's flagship for a week now and I will try to testify my experience in the next few minutes.
I am Sakis Karpas, you are watching Unboxholics and this is Samsung Galaxy S7, the best smartphone on the planet according to Samsung.
For the record, I have the simple Galaxy S7 but there is also Galaxy S7 Edge which differs in the screen size, the Edge screens and the battery.
Both devices come in black, white, gold and silver color and in 32GB and 64GB editions of storage.
Today we'll take a look at the black edition, or as Samsung calls it "Black Onyx".
Inside the premium package and below the phone we find the manuals, and the SIM pin, the fast charge adapter, a micro-USB cable, a premium set of headphones and for the first time, a USB adapter so you can mount a USB stick directly onto the phone.
Here's what Samsung did with Galaxy S7.
On the first look you would say it's almost identical to Galaxy S6.
But if you take a closer look, it's more like a smaller Note 5.
I had that recently in my hands, it's a copy-paste on design, trust me.
Anybody can think of it as a good or a bad thing.
I'll have a neutral point of view and I'll just say that I like the device I'm holding a lot.
Build is on the highest level, it's unbelievably robust and solid and the materials used are of unmatched quality.
The frame is made of matte aluminum, while the front and back are covered by the strongest glass we find in smartphones, Gorilla Glass 4.
S7 loves curves.
And I mean that.
You can't find a corner even if you tried.
The frame's edges, the frame itself and even where the front and back glass is connected to the frame, everything is curved.
The feeling of this in the hands is fantastic but holding it firmly is on the same levels of fantasy.
I'm trying to hold it firmly in my hands for a week now.
After complaints about the lack of water and dust resistance on S6, waterproofing comes back from S5 with a rating of IP68.
That means that S7 can last up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water.
And without making the user to remember to close ports etc.
On appearance I want to mention the smaller bump of the camera sensor, the lack of IR blaster – which I don't think anybody misses -, the improved phone speaker performance and the move of the now double slot on the upper part.
I say double because microSD card is supported finally, up to 200GB.
I didn't notice any differences on the speaker with S6.
It's a good, loud, crispy and with good base speaker.
Nothing groundbreaking, but using the rich software with the equalizer and some smart technologies, the result might come closer to every user needs.
My problem is with the place Samsung insists of placing the speaker, where it can be easily covered by the hand.
On the home button, the fingerprint scanning speed has been improved.
I can't hide the fact though that I did have some failed attempts, in contrast with iPhone 6s which was almost flawless.
Once we're speaking about sensors, I should mention the heart rate sensor which records everything through S Health, even the oxygen level in the blood.
And all this with accuracy.
1'' display of S7 is a thing to fall in love with no doubt.
The Super AMOLED panel of 1440×2560 resolution with 577ppi is absolutely seductive.
Real black, brightness (which I think it's a bit more than S6), bold and vibrant colors and the exemplary viewing angles offer an incredible experience.
Watching video, surfing the web, playing games, you simply can't get enough of it.
A new feature for Samsung is Always-On mode where you can see the time, the date and the notifications Samsung says that the battery is drained 1% per hour for this.
I disabled it.
The only negative in the screen for me was the sensitivity which was too much.
Of course this could be just me and maybe others don't mind, but since it bothers me, I should mention it.
Inside S7 we have Samsung's Exynos 8890 chipset.
There are two quad-core processors on 2.
3GHz and 1.
Mali-T880 is on graphics.
Combining these with 4GB of RAM make the phone ridiculously fast.
I was surprised by its speed on apps and by how easy it was managing multiple apps running simultaneously.
I pushed to the limits but didn't notice any significant rise of temperature.
Although this isn't a watercooling system as many believe, there is a metal pipe that works more as a heat pipe since it doesn't contain any liquid and removes heat effectively.
I was pleasantly surprised also by the 3.
000mAh battery of S7.
It's a significant increase from the 2.
550mAh of its predecessor, which is why the thickness of the device was increased by about one millimeter.
I don't know about you, but I'm not bothered at all.
I prefer having a better battery and S7 has a great battery which can easily make it through a day of regular use and sometimes lasts even for two days.
Of course there are battery saving modes for when you need them.
Fast charging and fast wireless charging is supported and to be more accurate, it needs about 35mins to charge from 1% to 75%.
Galaxy S7 reached Unboxholics with Android 6.
Marshmallow's debut on Samsung was smooth and I was generally satisfied.
Software is full of services and tweaks, offers control and continues not to bombard the user with redundant apps of Samsung.
If someone takes an in-depth look on settings many small diamonds will be found.
Samsung has done an amazing job, especially on security.
That doesn't mean though that I didn't encounter small problems which I hope to be resolved in future updates.
It restarted by itself a couple of times, annoying notifications from the SDcard appear each time I reboot, I can't seem to be able to remove notification badges and some apps didn't install and I had to reboot.
For now I can compromise since it's just the beginning.
On the other hand, I'm not sure if we should be compromising with these kind of problems on devices of this level from major companies like Samsung.
I left for last another major feature of S7, the camera.
For starters, we have a 5MP camera in front with f/1.
7 which performs great even in low light conditions.
The sensor of the main camera might have lower resolution than its predecessor, from 16MP to 12MP, but it has many significant improvements.
First of all, the Dual-Pixel technology that makes auto-focus lightning fast and is probably the best I've seen on a smartphone.
Larger pixels of 1.
4μm in combination with f/1.
7 perform admirably in low light conditions.
I don't know if it's the best camera on the market but I do know that it has the best performance in the darkness.
I should also mention that there is image stabilization even on 60fps.
Samsung Galaxy S7 is out in the Greek market for a week now at €729.
The ones that pre-ordered it, got Samsung's Gear VR for free.
The high price bothers me as always and I think companies are taking advantage of early adopters.
All that aside, it's one of the best smartphone in the market which is able to compete even from now, the upcoming flagships of other companies.
If you're asking me if the upgrade from S6 to S7 is worth it, the answer is no, it isn't worth it, since the improvements and upgrades from an already great device is relatively small.
That's all for now, I'll catch you up on Unboxholics.