I’ve wanted to post this review since March but rather chose to wait until I have used the phone for some time. The S7 or S7 edge’s design is not new to Samsung. Samsung completely changed the design of its Galaxy S series back in April 2015, when they introduced the S6 and S6 edge. These two phones were two of the most beautiful and well-designed phones of the year. They were the first phones (by Samsung) that actually gave their users a premium build feel. Last year, when I first got my S6, I was a bit confused if I should go ahead and buy the S6 edge, or just stick to the S6. The S6 edge was Samsung’s first phone featuring dual edge display, and that actually gave the phone its unique beautiful design. I wasn’t really sure how much use I would have for the edge display, and so I went for the regular S6. This year it was time for me to adopt the new edge technology and give it a chance. This is my review of the new S7 edge, its pros, and cons.
S7 edge specs:
- Type: Super AMOLED screen
- Size: 5.5 inces
- Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels (534 ppi)
- edged screen
- Always on Display
- Internal Storage: 32/64 GB
- External Storage: microSD up to 200 GB
- Ram: 4 GB
- Primary: 12 MP, f/1.7, Optical Image stabilization, Dual Pixel
- Front: 5 MP, f/1.7
- Battery: 3600 mAh non-removable battery
Two things you’ll notice directly when first comparing between the S7 edge and the S6 edge is the camera bump, and the huge difference in size. There is a lot of people who actually hate using big phones, and I used to be one of them, until the introduction of the S7 edge. Yes, the phone is noticeably larger than its S7 brother, but it doesn’t actually feel that bigger in the hands, thanks to its slim design and curved edges.
The camera’s lowered bumped is another great addition (or reduction?) to this year’s design, and your phone’s camera won’t get those annoying scratches on it. The best thing they did to this phone’s design is borrowing the Note 5’s curved back, now the phone just sits perfectly in your hands. What tops everything is that the phone is water/dust resistant, nothing beats being able to wash your phone whenever you want to, or dropping it (on purpose) in water. One disadvantage caused by the water resistance is the bad quality speakers, which didn’t really annoy me much since I always have my earphones on.
I got the phone and didn’t think I would really have much use for the curved screen, but I was wrong. While on my phone, I continuously find myself using the apps edge, tasks edge, people edge to call or text, and even the quick tools.
The megapixel count on this phone might be less than previous phones, but the camera on the S7 edge is definitely better than that of the S6 edge. Many reviews show that its one of the best out there, if not the best. The dual pixel technology allows for better low-light photos, and the camera has faster autofocus than all other phones to date.
The fingerprint scanner is not really different from that of the S6, but it is a bit faster and somewhat more accurate. Keep this phone in an empty pocket, one that doesn’t contain coins or keys, otherwise you will end up with a horribly scratched home button.
A 3600 mAh battery is a huge improvement over the S6 edge’s 2600 mAh battery. I’m almost always on my phone, with it connected to my watch and earphones, and my S6 (2550 mAh) never seemed to make it past 3 pm. The S7 edge, however, was able to make it until the end of the day easily (not unless I overdo it with the gaming). The wireless charging is still around and it’s honestly awesome. I hate having a lot of cables around on my desk, and the wireless charging is just really convenient for me.
Some of the cons were stated earlier, but here is a list of everything I didn’t like:
- Home button can be easily scratched.
- Full Glass body smudges easily.
- Even though I do like Touchwiz, but you still get some apps that you just do not need!!
- Speaker isn’t that good.
- No adoptable storage.
The S7 edge is a great phone, but it’s still far from being perfect. Hopefully, the next flagship will be even more refined.