Previous year in April, the current Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were released and have been among the most popular smartphones for past few months, but due to the absence of microSD storage a lot of Galaxy users replaced it with the Samsung Galaxy S5. It is getting a little old though, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 now has many of the same features that made the Galaxy S5 so popular to begin with. The S7 was released in March this year and it is a smartphone which combines the beauty of the S6 and the brain of the S5. Keeping this in mind, I will give you a brief comparison of both Galaxy S5 & Galaxy S7 and those who wants to switch from S5 to S7, this article will make up your mind.
As we all know that it’s been two years since S5 release, there has been significant advances in technology which makes S7 a better phone than S5 with a similar yet improved design, a smarter phone, longer battery life, a new camera, and two key features that Galaxy S5 owners will definitely going to love.
Design & Display:
The design of Galaxy S7 is quite popular these days with the looks inherited from Galaxy S6, but with few subtle changes like the rounded curve to the back edges to make it easier to hold, and feel thinner in the hand. Where Galaxy S5 is all plastic, and has big bezels to make it durable, S7 is all glass and metal, sleek, and a much more premium smartphone in every way. In general the Galaxy S7 still looks rather similar to the Galaxy S5, but with beautiful body. Samsung kept the same 5.1-inches screen for both S5 & S7, but Galaxy S5 only had a 1080 x 1920 pixels with 432ppi HD display, while the S7 has a 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD S-AMOLED display resolution, thus have stunning photos, video, games and Netflix. So, for those who enjoyed S5 better, the Galaxy S7 is much more perfect.
Platform OS & Processor Family:
Samsung Galaxy S7 runs Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow) and is powered by Octa-Core Qualcomm 820 Processor (or Samsung’s Exynos 8890 Octa outside the US/China) with 4GB RAM, so multitasking, gaming, playing audio or video, or any other task can be done simultaneously with ease. In case of Galaxy S5, it runs Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat) and powered with Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 with 2GB RAM which is not that bad as games or movies can be played here too, but compared to S7 it lags a bit.
In terms of storage, S7 has an internal storage of 32GB which is expandable up to 200GB via a microSD card whereas S5 has 16GB which is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. Here, the difference doesn’t matter that much seeing the price range of both, and in my opinion both are good in respect to their storage capacity.
Both have a bit bumpy or you can say protruding cameras at the back. In S5, rear camera is of 16MP with f/2.2 aperture and front camera of 2MP with f/2.4 aperture which is great and fantastic, the Galaxy S7 camera, however, is so much and more. Although, while comparing the two, S7 has lower rear camera of 12MP, but it captures amazing photos and videos indoors or outdoors, and have optical image stabilization, a fast f/1.7 aperture for fast shutter speeds and auto focus. This 12MP Dual Pixel sensor camera is better than Galaxy S6, and certainly better than the old 16MP camera on S5. The Dual Pixel sensor which is a first for any smartphone uses all 12 million pixels to auto-focus, while most only use about 5% of the pixels to focus, which is why it’s so slow. As it has a fast f/1.7 aperture and a sensor that’s much bigger, it captures over 95% more light in less time, than the Galaxy S5 whether indoors, outdoors, at night, and more will all be impressive. Samsung’s suggesting this could be the best smartphone camera of 2016.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has 2,800 mAh battery and first generation Quick Charge 1.0, which let it re-charge in around 2-3 hours. The battery also lasted for a decently long time too. However, in two years time, with the advancement in technology especially the screen, processor, and software are all more efficient meaning the same 2,800 mAh battery would last longer, but Samsung added a faster charging technology, and even fast wireless charging. Samsung Galaxy S7 is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery which is bigger and has Quick Charge 2.0, which re-charges the phone in less than 25 minutes, and fully recharges in about 90 minutes. Samsung also employed a similar Fast Wireless Charging technology as the Galaxy Note 5 which means this smartphone is better in every way, yet will last longer and re-charge faster.
Durability: Samsung has brought back the water resistance of the Galaxy S5 and upgraded it from IP67 to IP68 compliance which means Galaxy S7 is completely dust proof and can be fully submerged in up to 1.5m of water for about 30 minutes. This is great for avoiding accidental damage, using the phone in heavy rain or even taking it into the shower, in case you want to listen your favorite songs or do not want to miss an urgent phone call. The Galaxy S7 also now uses Series 7000 aluminum in its chassis which is incredibly strong and means the phone won’t warp or bend without considerable force. Samsung has already used it in Galaxy S6 Edge+ & Galaxy Note 5 and so has Apple with the iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus. So, the Galaxy S5 & S6 owners may find this added durability tempting, but Galaxy S5 in itself is a one tough phone.
Galaxy S7 is also the first phone to feature an Always-ON display that keeps the screen of the phone ON displaying information like Clock, notifications on messages and calls, and is not a battery draining app as it only consume 1/100th battery per hour. So, it is a great feature for those who keeps checking their phone every 15 minutes. Other features of both smartphones are almost the same like fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer, heart rate scanner, etc.
It can already be predicted that Samsung Users definitely going to upgrade from Galaxy S5 to Galaxy S7. As you are getting a great quality metal-and-glass design, better water-resistance, a sharper display and a much improved camera and most importantly, you did not have to give up expandable storage. The only thing that you don’t get is a user-replaceable battery.
In other words, S7 has taken almost everything that was great about S5 and turned it up a notch. If you’re finally ready to upgrade from previous Samsung Series, then you’ll almost surely enjoy the best smartphone Samsung has made yet.
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs S7 Hardware Specifications:
||Samsung Galaxy S5
||Samsung Galaxy S7
||Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)+TouchWiz UI
||Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)+TouchWiz UI
||5.1” Super AMOLED HD Display, 1920×1080 resolution, 432ppi
||5.1” Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1440×2560 pixels, 577 ppi
||2.5GHz Quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
||Octa-Core Qualcomm 820 Processor
||Internal: 16/32 GB + External via microSD expandable up to 128GB
||Internal 32GB expendable up to 200GB via microSD
||Rear: 16MP with f/2.2 aperture, 31mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Front: 2MP with f/2.4 aperture, 22mm, 1080p@30fps, dual video call
|Rear: Dual Pixel 12MP (1.4 µm), f/1.7 aperture, 4K video recording at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps, 720p at 240 fps
Front: 5MP, f/1.7 aperture, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR
||2800mAh (Removable) Li-ion Battery
||Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh Li-ion Battery
||142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
||142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm
||Wi-Fi, HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Infrared
||Wi-Fi, HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, USB 2.0, Infrared
||$385 for 16GB