There is no doubt that Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the two phones to beat in the current flagship market. Despite the two having yet to hit the stores, they have already gotten everyone talking about them.
Even though Samsung is happy that a new device is now in the market, the question that still begs for answers is how many are willing to ditch their Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 5 or even last year’s flagship, Galaxy S6, in favor of this year’s Galaxy S7?
Here’s a guide to help you through your decision making.
Samsung Galaxy S6
If you still own a Samsung Galaxy S6, you wouldn’t want to rush the decision of jumping to the Galaxy S7. Even though the S7 comes with quite a number of goodies such as a faster processor, more RAM, water resistance and dust proof, microSD card slot, better camera, faster wireless charging, a bigger battery, curved glass rear for better handling, faster fingerprint, Always On display for checking time, date and other notifications at a glance and the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you’ll still have the same material build, display size and quality as well as storage options.
In case you choose to jump on the new Galaxy S7 bandwagon, you’ll be losing quite a few things from the Galaxy S6 as well. For instance, the IR blaster that helps in controlling home entertainment systems.
Unless you feel the S6’s battery life is still wanting, maybe you need more storage via microSD card or you are just a fan of virtual reality, there is really no need to get a new Galaxy S7, instead, sit back and wait for a newer Samsung Galaxy S8, which will be released in March 2017.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
As far as the Galaxy Note 5 is concerned, you will also get some upgrades too, but still not enough to rush you into buying the new device. The display size is probably the heaviest loss as the Note 5 has 5.71 inches compared to the 5.1 inches on the S7. There is no removable stylus on the S7 too, which is another big reason to stay with the Note 5, at least for now. Other than these, the other improvements are no different from what Galaxy S6 users will be getting in case of an upgrade to Samsung Galaxy S7.
If screen size is still an issue for you, there is always room to get the better and newer Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which has a screen size of 5.5 inches, but with similar specs under the hood as the Galaxy S7.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung takes two-year periods to overhaul the design language of its devices. It’s been two years since Samsung Galaxy S5 was unveiled. While most people were resistant to shift to the Galaxy S6 due to the lack of a removable battery, water resistance as well as microSD card, the company has addressed a larger part of these issues with the new Samsung Galaxy S7.
If you still own a Galaxy S5, this is probably the time to upgrade to a new Galaxy S smartphone. Even though you’ll get a more capable microSD card slot and much better water resistance with the Galaxy S7, there is still no removable battery. However, Samsung has stepped up the size of the unit on this device, coming in with a 3,000mAh battery compared to the 2800mAh that comes with the S5. This means that you have more battery life on the Galaxy S7 as compared to the Galaxy S5. You will also get to enjoy using the new Samsung Gear VR headset with this new device, among other new capabilities.
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