Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Hands on

Even though LG started curved screen phone with its G Flex series, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge took the spotlight last year and has paved way for the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge which Samsung has unveiled for the new year. Following the curved edge screen designs, the Galaxy S7 Edge takes it to a new level by fixing much of the problems the S6 Edge was giving. Samsung release its new Galaxy S7 smartphones -the normal Samsung Galaxy S7 version and the curved Galaxy S7 Edge version. Here, we have covered the Galaxy S7 Edge review but you can find out about the Galaxy S7 in our full review for the device. Without further ado, here is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review:

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review by TwentyNext

Design

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review

Instead of going with the same size of the Galaxy S7, the Galaxy S7 Edge is a larger phone with a 5.5” screen, a slightly thicker build which allows room for a bigger battery and much easier to hold than the Galaxy S6 Edge. The back glass panel has curves on the side just like the ones in Galaxy Note 5 which prevented the phone from slipping from my hands. For a smartphone, I prefer a screen size of no more than 5”, but I liked the size of the Galaxy S7 and how it fit perfectly in my hands.

The edges on the Galaxy S7 Edge are less curved than on the Galaxy S6 Edge. I’ll be honest here, there is one thing I have never truly understood about the Samsung Edge phones, what is the true purpose of the curves? Does it help in productivity or usability? Or is it just a gimmick? A real problem I did face with the curved edges was that while typing, the letters of the edges were sometimes difficult to touch.

Just like the Galaxy S7, the Galaxy S7 Edge comes in white, black, gold and silver. Both the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge look stunning in all their colors.

Hardware

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

The hardware inside the Galaxy S7 Edge is same as the one in the Galaxy S7. I finally can say that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge pack enough punch to compete with Apple iPhone 6S. Just like the Galaxy S7, the S7 Edge shows no lag at all and almost all the apps including the camera app open swiftly. The phone doesn’t even heat up like the S6 Edge used to.

I have always admired Samsung’s AMOLED screens because it brings out the details in every picture or video being displayed on the screen. The Galaxy S7 Edge’s screen is just as amazing because it was fun to watch videos on YouTube and movies in the highest quality possible. I take the absence of a USB Type-C port very close to heart because not only it is very fast and reversible but most other smartphone companies are adopting this feature.

Software

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Screen
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Screen

Samsung’s TouchWiz has always disappointed me in terms of staying true with the stock Android. But this time on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, I was impressed with Samsung’s version of Android 6.0. Not only it works blazingly fast with the octa-core processor but the design and animations really make the user experience flawless. The only things that bothered me was the menu that comes up from swiping the edge because it kept coming up while swiping the app drawer or the home screen and keeping this in view the app drawer should have vertical scrolling by now.

I wish that we don’t hear any complaints with the software updates like with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge showing poor performance due to them but we can only pray and time will tell if Samsung rolls out timely updates for the Galaxy S7 Edge.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Camera
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Camera

Reducing the camera pixels from 16 MP to 12 MP in the Galaxy S7 Edge has not been a disappointment. The camera shows significant improvement from last year. Focusing on an object is much quicker and produces a sharper result. The result in low light and bright scenes is superb and brings out each and every detail in the pictures due to the new “Dual Pixel” sensor technology. The camera can surely compete with the iPhone 6S’ camera because people really like the iPhone camera and I was honestly getting envious.

Battery Life

Samsung Galaxy S7 Battery
Samsung Galaxy S7 Battery

With a bigger size of the Galaxy S7 Edge, there was a place to add a bigger battery which is non-removable just like last year’s phone. A bigger 3600 mAh battery meant bigger expectations in terms of battery usage and I was impressed since this battery ran for more than a day which is just what I want in a phone. There is not much more I would say about the battery but considering this decision made by Samsung, they should really focus more on battery life with their other phones too.

The Cons

  • These are some of the things which should not be such a big deal for most people but they really bug me:
  • First, similar to the Galaxy S7, the glass panels on the phone attract too much grease. It takes more time cleaning the phone than actually using it. Using a protective cover on both the front and back surfaces is recommended.
  • Second, why are there two apps for everything? Two web browsers (Google Chrome and Samsung’s browser), Two email apps (Gmail and Samsung’s email), Two music apps (Play music and Samsung’s music) etc. There should be an option to use one app only and remove the other app completely from the phone.

Final Verdict

So far the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has been a big improvement over the Galaxy S6 Edge and Samsung has done a good job in making a new phone that won’t disappoint anyone. I would only recommend this phone if you liked the S6 Edge and want to upgrade or if you are a fan of the curved edges, otherwise I recommend the Galaxy S7 which is equally awesome like the S7 Edge minus the curves.

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