SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 EDGE REVIEW: ONE BIG ANDROID MIDDLE FINGER TO APPLE

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the first flagship smartphone to break cover in năm 2016. It was announced at MWC in February, và a few weeks later it arrived on our desk. Miraculous.


It certainly caused a stir when unveiled in Barcelomãng cầu - taking last year"s already highly praised S6 Edge và improving it (without shaking things up too much).

Has Samsung jumped the gun? Have they played it too safe? Will Kanye West really get a job at IKEA?

No!


Life on the edge

This is the best looking Android phone you can buy, it"s sleek, has curves in all the right places, and, most importantly, feels premium. Although it must be said, we still don"t think it"s as attractive sầu as the iPhone 6S.


Our main issue with the kiến thiết is that it"s an absolute fingerprint blaông xã hole (that"s a few levels above magnet). If you even think about picking the phone up it"ll get covered in prints.

The Blachồng S7 Edge is a nightmare, but it"s slightly less noticeable on the Gold S7 model we have sầu.

If you don"t have OCD like us, that"s not a problem, but if you pride yourself on a spotless smartphone… maybe purchase a pair of those white gloves snooker referees wear.

The glass is grippy (better than aluminium) & paired with the subtly curved rear case, the S7 Edge sits firmly và comfortably in your hvà.

It"s larger than last year"s phone with a 5.5-inch display up from 5.1-inches. It packs the same number of pixels (1440 x 2560) so PPI is lower. But in reality, this doesn"t make a difference. The screen is probably the best we"ve seen on a smartphone, especially in terms of brightness & contrast.


The screen is also "always on", constantly displaying the time and system notifications when not active. It"s a helpful little addition, and Samsung claims it only uses less than 1-percent battery per hour. Of course, it can be turned off.

Other key measurements are 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, so while the screen kích cỡ is bordering on phablet territory, it"s by no means a massive sầu device thanks to lớn the thin bezels.

It also makes selecting which Galaxy device you want easier - there"s the smaller S7 with a 5.1-inch screen or the larger S7 Edge. Both come with four colour options & 32GB of internal storage.

Last year"s S6 range from Samsung was bewildering, so it"s good to lớn see the company has de-complicated things a little.

At 7.7 mm thiông chồng, the S7 Edge seems a little portly for a năm 2016 smartphone, but thanks toits beautifully tapered kiến thiết it feels much thinner than it really is.

That leads us nicely onkhổng lồ the device"s standout feature - that Edge.

It looks great, và is still really striking a year on. Is it useful? Probably not, I haven"t really found myself using it all that much, but it"s still the Mã Sản Phẩm I"d choose over the regular S7.


On the rear of the device, you"ll find the camera & flash-come-heart-rate-come-blood-oxygen-come-stress-sensor.

The camera doesn"t sit flush with the rear casing, but it"s much more streamlined than last year và barely noticeable. I"m not really a bạn of the square/circle housing which cheapens the design slightly.

The multi-sensor is interesting, but I"m not sure how useful/accurate it really is (we"ll find a way khổng lồ scientifically chạy thử it at a later date). It certainly seems more suited to a wearable, but if your smartwatch is dead & you desperately need lớn know your heart rate - you"ll be thankful you own an S7 Edge.

The front is pretty simple. There"s a front-facing camera, speaker (for calls), pill-shaped home button, và two touch sensitive sầu buttons (multi-tasking & back) which only light up when the screen is active sầu.

The home page button houses a fingerprint sensor which I"ve found is faster & more reliable than the iPhone"s.

The best thing about the S7 Edge"s design?

It"s now waterproof (if you hadn"t guessed from the images).

Fully waterproof as well - categorised as IP68 - enabling it khổng lồ be dunked in water for up to lớn 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 metres. Take it swimming if you want.

It features a MicroUSB charging port, not a USB-C. Opinion"s divided whether this is positive or not. But I"m thankful I don"t have khổng lồ start carrying another cable around.

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There"s only a single speaker along the bottom edge of the device. It"s loud và clear, but lacks punch.


Speed demon specs

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is blazing fast. The Flash levels of fast. Like, if this was a cartoon it would travel everywhere in a mini tornabởi vì. It"s. That. Fast.

It comes packing Samsung"s Exynos 8890 octa-core processor và 4GB of RAM.

Navigation is smooth and apps load almost instantly.

Tapping and swiping around TouchWiz is a breeze. Which brings us on to the infamous UI…

Good news is: it"s nowhere near as bad as previous iterations. In fact, I could quite easily learn to live with it.

The icons look childish, but the UI is intuitive sầu & easy to use. It"s also pleasantly customisable, with a large settings danh sách which allows you khổng lồ tailor your TouchWiz experience.

Of course, if you can"t stvà it. Simply download and install the stoông xã Android launcher and away you go.


I really enjoyed using the keyboard (the little things, ey?). The keys are nicely spaced out & it includes numbers above the QWERTY letters. That makes entering postcodes MUCH easier.

Battery life is also pretty great. Rather than making the device thinner Samsung has opted to put a larger battery inside the S7 Edge.

It now packs a 3,600 mAh unit. Which is good for around a day & a half, much better than the typical daily charging most other smartphones require.

There"s wireless charging & quiông chồng charging as well. I got khổng lồ 50-percent from zero in half and hour, which is really useful.

As I mentioned earlier, the S7 Edge has 32GB of internal storage. Thankfully Samsung has put a microSD slot inlớn these new handsets so you can expvà it to lớn 200GB. That really is a necessity - especially with apps taking up so much room these days.


Stvà out snapper

The 16MP.. camera on the Galaxy S6 was a-maze-zing. Samsung really didn"t have sầu khổng lồ tinker too much here. But they have…

Megapixel-count has actually taken a step back with the S7 Edge - now sitting at 12MP.

Don"t worry though, the S7 Edge camera still packs a mighty punch. It"s without doubt one of the best on a smartphone.

Despite the lowered megapixel count images are still sharp và detailed. The colours are vibrant (if a little oversaturated) & the White balance is spot on.

The pixel drop allows for faster autofocusing, và better low light performance (thanks lớn larger pixels). Low light performance is best in class.

We think the lens may be the star here, with minimal glare even in direct sunlight. Very impressive.


The camera app is also really pleasing khổng lồ use. The auto mode does a good job, and more advanced photogs can use pro mode and shoot RAW files.

The tiện ích is fast khổng lồ load, & can be quick-launched by double-tapping the trang chủ button from the lock screen.

The front-facing camera is the same 5MP until from the S6. It"s okay, but not a st& out performer.

Verdict

Whether you value the premium glass and aluminium chassis, the high-end specs, or the outstanding camera. This điện thoại thông minh has it all.

Expandable storage and waterproofing, back from the S5, are also big bonuses, và all of this shows that Samsung has really listened khổng lồ customer complaints about the S6 (which is really quite refreshing).

It"s not perfect - the casing is a fingerprint magnet & TouchWiz still isn"t perfect. But the pros far outweigh the cons.

When it comes down khổng lồ it: the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the best điện thoại thông minh you can buy right now.