Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB Dual SIM – first impressions

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A few days ago, I ordered my Samsung galaxy S7 handset. It was delivered yesterday and is replacing my iPhone 6S.

I have multiple SIM cards and multiple handsets to separate my personal life from work. Now having relocated overseas, I find myself having two sets of SIM cards for both Australia and Singapore.

I’ve been an Apple iPhone user ever since the iPhone 3GS. I really wish Apple would make handsets that support multiple SIM cards. Sadly, they still don’t make one.

When Apple released iOS 10, I upgraded the software on both my iPhone 6S Plus, and my iPhone 6S. Everything worked perfectly on my iPhone 6S Plus.

Unfortunately, my iPhone 6S began to experience the fast battery drain issue. It also started having issues with the lightning cables — even the original ones sold by Apple. Now having done some research, I’ve discovered that this is a fairly well known problem that affects a very small number of users. This is software related, and was apparently first seen after one of the updates that Apple released shortly after iOS10 was launched. Apple usually fixes these in subsequent releases.

However, in the meantime, I needed a functioning phone.

I figured, if I was going to get one, I might as well get one that supports 2 SIM cards. I’ve previously test driven the Galaxy S6, which I was impressed with. I’ve heard good things about the Galaxy S7, and at first glance, would have to say that Samsung have done great job on their flagship phone.

What I like about the phone

This is a well built device that has a nice solid feel when you hold it.

Samsung have retained the fingerprint scanner that makes it easy to unlock your phone.

It supports two SIM cards, which is great for someone with two phone numbers or who travels internationally a fair bit and likes the flexibility of being able to add a second SIM card into the same device they use all the time.

The Android operating system integrates seamlessly with all my Google services, Which gives me a unified view of all the information that I regularly use and need at my fingertips. This includes my address book, calendar, appointments, weather forecast, and flight details. The integration of the “OK Google” voice recognition function makes it easy to search for information.

The phone also comes with wireless charging as a standard feature.

What I think they could have done better

When I bought this, the specifications said that it had 32 GB of storage. It also said that I could add a microSD card for additional secondary storage.

This is true.

What the specifications were not explicit about was that you could either use a second SIM card, or secondary storage. You can’t have both.The slot for the second SIM card is the same slots for the use of microSD card.

The Best Improvements

The UI and overall customer experience is definitely far more improved then the Galaxy S5.

Samsung did a lot of work in improving the user experience when they launched the Galaxy S6. They’ve carried this trend forward with the Galaxy S7.

The battery life has been impressive, with the phone supporting two SIM cards on roaming lasting the whole day on a single charge with about 40% remaining at the end of the day.

Final Thoughts

If I didn’t already have an Apple ecosystem at home, it wouldn’t take much for me to switch all my devices to the Samsung S7. However, I still like my Apple devices, and unless Apple seriously impacts my overall experience with all their products for the worse, I do not see myself giving up the convenience of iOS and OSX keeping all my data in sync across all my devices.

The Galaxy S7 is priced at a very reasonable SG$800. This is Hong Kong stock to specifically get the dual SIM model. The capability to add additional storage is a huge plus for this phone, though you’ll need to choose between extra storage or an extra network.

If you’re looking for a reliable phone or an alternative to iOS, I’d definitely recommend considering the Samsung Galaxy S7.


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