Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – Review
Samsung’s latest design feature is the curved screen display, and it is rolling it out across its range more and more. The S7 Edge looks like the best version of the technology thus far, and makes for a truly iconic device, with a brilliantly eye-catching design. This S7 Edge really is the best looking Samsung handset released so far, and it comes with some of the best optics we’ve seen and a fantastically good display.
Samsung’s recent redesign of its range continues, because if you look back just a few years ago you’ll see just how far they have come since the ugly days of the S5. The S7 Edge in comparison is sleek, futuristic and blows away its nearest competition not just in the looks department but in many other areas as well. It makes phones like the iP 6S look dated, and that is some achievement.
Following on from the S6 Edge, it features two Gorilla Glass 4 panels, with the lock switch and volume rocker on a metal rim in between the two. The device features a headphone jack on the bottom, with a repositioned SIM card tray up top next to a microSD slot. There is a long home button on the bottom of the screen, which also houses the fingerprint scanner – Samsung have opted against a capacitive pad here, but the fingerprint scanner has received updates so it is as fast as its competitors now.
The rear camera has been edited slightly, as it now sits flush with the back instead of poking out slightly like the previous versions of the Edge. The biggest change you will find on the S7 Edge compared to last year’s versions is the size. Samsung have decided to make this Edge a higher tier version of the S7, increasing its size from 5.1-inches to 5.5-inches. Now, this may sound like a big phone, right? No, in comparison to the same sized screen found on the iP 6S, the S7 Edge is actually narrower, shorter and lighter. You are able to hold this device easily in one hand, with the whole screen in reach of the thumb.
Samsung have given the S7 Edge a quad-HD (2560x1440) display, and it looks so good that it could be mistaken for 4K. The pixels are effectively invisible to the eye, with a 534ppi density that tops the 6S Plus by some distance. The AMOLED screen is much more vibrant compared to the LCD screens Apple has stuck with, and holding the two side-by-side you can clearly see the difference. AMOLED displays are also far better at showing off blacks, and after a few minutes of viewing on this type of display you’ll struggle to revert to LCD.
The small 2,600aMh battery that was found inside the previous Edge was simply not enough, and Samsung realised this and have taken action. They have packed a substantially larger 3,600aMh battery in the S7 Edge, giving it a much better battery life. This hasn’t however done enough to beat its rivals, as the 6S Plus and Moto X Force will still last longer on a single charge, a bit of a disappointment. It is able to last a day of use if used reasonably conservatively, and it does feature fast charging, where you can fully charge in around 90 minutes from flat.
The power behind the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes from the Exynos 8890 CPU, which signals Samsungs permanent return to Qualcomm since the mishaps Samsung endured after using the Snapdragon 810 chipset. It also features 4GB of RAM, and with these specs it certainly performs as you’d expect with a flagship phone from 2016. Tasks are easily done, with multitasking also a breeze on this device, and games are superbly smooth. Messages, emailing, browsing the web are all simple things to be done, they don’t test the power of the phone at all. Samsung needed to rid of any rumours of over-heating on this phone, and with a water-cooling element packed inside the S7 Edge, they appear to have done this.
The camera fitted to the S7 Edge is a 12MP Dual Pixel senor, with a f/1.7 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation. Even though the 12MP is less than the 16MP found on the S6 Edge, you really can’t see a difference. In fact , the S7 Edge produces images with much better quality. They have also updated the abilities of the camera to be versatile, so you can capture better low-light photos as well. This is where the Dual Pixel tech comes into play, each pixel has two ‘photobodies’ which means the camera can focus quicker and more accurately. This may all sound like marketing tactics, but the camera certainly lives up to its expectations.
This is a brilliant phone, and was the first major flagship released in 2016 so was able to get a head start on its competitors. It has brilliant camera capabilities, a superb design and is very powerful. It has a few downsides, with a disappointing battery life that should really have received more attention in development. The speakers are also lacking slightly, but overall these are minor hindrances that are outshone by the positives in the phone.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Tech Specs
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen (2560x1440px)
12MP f/1.7 aperture with OIS
5MP f/1.7 aperture front camera
Qualcomm Exynos 8890
Quad-core 2x2.15GHz Kryo + 2x1.6GHz Kryo
Octa-core 4x2.3GHz Mongoose + 4x1.6GHz Cortex-A53
Memory and storage
Storage 32GB/64GB/128GB expandable up to 256GB (microSD)
Dimensions and weight
Height 7.7 mm
Length 150.9 mm
Width 72.6 mm