Samsung Galaxy S7 — Is it worth to upgrade over Galaxy S6?

Samsung’s newest pair of flagship devices, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, are a big hit among critics and in reviews. With a gorgeous design, a lightning fast camera, and water resistance, it is understandable why this phone is such a big hit. Before you run out and buy the new flagship though, be sure that this is the right phone for you as there are some drawbacks which may cause you to regret getting the device.

No Removable Battery

Since earlier generations of the Galaxy device, Samsung has removed the capability of removing the battery which holds true in this model of the S series. Most high-end phones offered in the market today have moved away from expandable storage or battery for a sleeker, thinner metal design overall. Varying reports from consumers show that a device without these features can be a deal breaker or no big deal at all.

While some handsets manage to retain one of these features, the Galaxy S7 has expandable storage (up to 200GB) but does not offer the option to remove its 3,000 mAh battery. Even though the battery is not removable, it does have wireless charging capabilities and it does have the strength for 16 hours of continuous video playback. Undoubtedly, having the ability to swap out batteries is useful when in midday, your phone decides to die and there is no power source in sight. Also a year down the road when your battery just isn’t what it used to be, it’s nice to have the opportunity to change it.

Cheaper Alternatives are Available

When purchasing the Galaxy S7 devices unlocked and without a carrier subsidy, the devices aren’t cheap. In the US, the new devices cost between $650 and $695 and in the UK as well as Australia it costs £569 and AU$1,149, respectively. If you’re a casual smartphone user who uses the device to check your email and Facebook, make a few calls, and take a few photos here and there, paying that much for the advanced mobile processor and camera may be superfluous.

Fortunately for you, there are alternatives (not including iPhones) such as Google’s Nexus 6P which starts at $499, £449, and AU$889 for the 32 GB version. The Nexus 6P has a 5.7-inch screen, a 12.3-megapixel camera, and a Snapdragon 810 CPU. If the water resistant feature is what peaks your interest, the Sony Xperia Z5 ($499, £379, AU$849) also provides water resistance and even has a great camera. For US and UK users, the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (also known as Style globally) which has a 5.7-inch display, a Snapdragon 808 CPU, and customizable backings with wood or leather options and only costs $299 or £369. 
 
In addition to the 6P, Google also has the 5.2-inch Nexus 5X which comes equipped with a fingerprint scanner, a Snapdragon 808 processor, and a competitively low price. Originally, the 5X was launched with a $379, £339, and AU$479 price tag for the 16 GB variant however, US customers can now get the device for $199 if you sign up for Google’s Project Fi wireless service. While these handsets may not be as powerful as the new Galaxy S7, chances are you don’t need all of the high-end features available on the new Samsung device. Plus, with the sharp displays, nimble cameras, and user-friendly interfaces, these devices are extremely capable and more affordable.

Slower Software Updates than a Nexus

The Galaxy S7 won’t receive software updates as fast Google phones such as the Nexus 6P. if you own a Nexus device, chances are that you’ll get the upcoming Google Android N operating system faster since it rolls out directly from Google. With the Galaxy S7, you’ll need to wait longer, sometimes several months, before you receive a major update.

Wait Until after the LG G5

If you’re willing to wait before buying a new handset, wait until LG launches their flagship, the G5, sometime in April. Unlike the Galaxy S7, LG’s latest flagship offers customers the opportunity for swapping parts including the bottom of the device which pulls out revealing a removable battery, as well as the option to switch out the chin for different accessories like a camera grip and a digital-to-analog converter to improve audio playback. The G5 also features comparable specifications like a Snapdragon 820 processor, a 16-megapixel camera, and a 5.3-inch display.

After looking at these drawbacks, you may decide that the Galaxy S7 is a better fit for you and that’s okay. The Galaxy S7 does offer a higher pixel density, a higher capacity battery, and water resistance than some of the previously listed devices. It is wise to weigh your options first before jumping into purchasing the new Samsung flagship. Samsung did a great job with their signature handset but if it is out of your budget or just doesn’t suit your needs, remember, there are alternatives available.

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