Noted Apple rival Samsung is keeping it real with the launch of its Galaxy S7 smartphone, newly unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. While the phone is hardly a reimagining or paradigm shift — its design borrows more than a little bit from the previous generation S6 — there's a lot to love in the South Korean tech firm's newest device. Here are a few reasons you'd want to switch to the new S7.
You can't take it deep-sea diving, but the S7 is sufficiently water resistant to hang out under three feet of water for up to 30 minutes without suffering any damage. This makes it a great choice for anyone who wants to take great photos on their phone while fishing, boating, or doing any watersports. And while we're talking about photos…
It has the best camera out there.
We're not just talking about its 12-megapixel resolution. It's got a faster autofocus and takes better low-light pictures. If you're even slightly an Instagram nerd, or enjoy having a phone that is also an entirely respectable camera, then the S7 can do you no wrong.
It's a decent size.
Size can make a huge difference, especially when choosing a smartphone. But once you watch a video or see photos on the S7 Edge's display, there's a chance you'll wonder how you could've possibly gone this long with anything smaller.
The battery life is better.
The S7's battery is not only bigger than the one in your iPhone, storing 3,000 mAh of electrical energy, but it has a quick charge mode that will take your phone from totally dead to 60 percent charged in about 30 minutes. As if that wasn't enough, its wireless charging capability means it doesn't even need a USB cable to do so.
It has an SD card slot.
The S7 holds true on a classic Android offering, granting users access to an SD card slot in order to hold as much media or other data they could possibly want to carry with them. Media warriors who refuse to travel without several seasons of television available at a moment's notice, this is the phone for you.
The screen is always on.
The S7's display is always powered on. At first blush, this may seem like an annoyance, but it'll save you time when you just want to check your phone to see if you're already running late. When not in use, the phone will show you a customizable heads-up display of whichever informative widgets you might want, from the date and time to the weather to that day's to-do list. And remember the size of that battery — no problem.