Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: a second opinion

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I went into this wanting to find fault with the Galaxy S7 Edge. I've already written about how the Galaxy S7 represents the problem with smartphones today. I wanted to pick up the S7 Edge and hate it. But I didn't, or rather I couldn't. We've already given the device an in-depth review, but here's my second opinion.

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The S7 Edge won me over in precisely no time at all. / © ANDROIDPIT

An S6 owner's revenge

I've owned a Galaxy S6 for almost a year now, and I love it. I love the size, the speed, the design. But I had no desire whatsoever to upgrade to either the Galaxy S7 or the S7 Edge. This was because I didn't feel Samsung had done enough to warrant such an expensive upgrade only one year later. The S7 siblings looked like a lazy cash-in on the success of the S6.

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to give a second opinion on the Galaxy S7 Edge, because I wanted to show the device for what I thought it was. And, in some small ways, I still see it that way. But mostly, I now see it as a carefully refined machine that excels in pretty much every area. And one that does all this wrapped in an unbelievably stunning design.

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I saw no point in swapping the S6 (left) for the S7 Edge. / © ANDROIDPIT

A beauty both to hold and behold

From the first moment I reached down to touch the S7 Edge it slide from the table into my hand as though magnetically attracted and devoid of friction. The design is so ergonomic as to seem almost impossible to improve. Everything just feels right. And at 5.5-inches, this should be considered a relatively large device, but it doesn't feel that way. It's thicker than the S6, but the way the curved edges meet the slender frame make it feel thinner.

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An undeniable inky beauty. / © ANDROIDPIT

The camera bump is gone!

The camera bump is gone! Fanfares of pure joy: it's gone. I found a use for it on the S6, I would press firmly on the screen, directly over the camera, and spin the phone around, but I don't miss this pastime. The camera bump is gone, and the world is a little better for it.

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It lies (very nearly) flat! / © ANDROIDPIT

That screen

So, the screen is 5.5 inches. That's .4 inches larger than the S6's. While this doesn't sound like much, it felt to me like when you play a game of snooker after playing pool for years. The Edge features I have no time for, but the curved screen in itself, the way it looks and the extra room it provides? That I can sign up for. It's just better in every way than the S6's.

Games are just that little bit more immersive, videos more pleasurable. The way you can arrange apps and widgets just provides more enjoyment. The way the screen bleeds almost imperceptibly into the black frame on the device I tried out created some subtle feeling of expansiveness; it's just immensely pleasing to see limited space used so well.

Always On, on the other hand, just makes me think i've forgotten to turn the screen off every time I glance at the phone. It makes me anxious. I disabled that immediately.

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The screen is sharp, large and wonderful. / © ANDROIDPIT


The S7 Edge remains a minor upgrade, but the areas where it improves are really somehow vital. On paper, it seems kind of lazy and unimportant. But when you hold it, use it and, eventually, against your will, marvel at it, then it all makes sense.

Damn you, Samsung. Damn you.

What do you think of the Galaxy S7 Edge? Is it enough of an improvement over the S6 and S6 Edge?


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  • Kumaran Mar 10, 2016 Link to comment

    This article seems to lack research.

    Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge New features

    New processor - "Thermal spreader" Water cooling technology to avoid the phones overheating, The new processors in the Galaxy S7 phones boast high performance but will also run cooler, very thin thermal spreader cooling system, phones can run fast and cool.

    Powerful Game Launcher and new Vulkan API.
    You can take screenshots, record your game, scores and rankings, and share them with your friends. With Game Launcher

    Vulkan API Boosts Gaming Efficiency
    The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are the first smartphones to utilize Vulkan: the next generation graphics API. With Vulkan’s focus on handling 3D graphics and games, it helps deliver higher performance while distributing the workload among multiple CPUs. In short, you can play all your favorite graphics-intensive games for even longer.

    Camera New features
    Dual Pixel auto-focus
    Super wide, f/1.7 lens
    Hyperlapse videos built in
    Motion Panorama
    Selfie Flash

    Water-resistant (IP68 rating)
    microSD or dual-SIM model
    Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge feature spam detection and caller identification services from Whitepages
    VR (Free- $100) and more.

    • Shawntiqua H. Mar 10, 2016 Link to comment

      But it's not so different with Galaxy S7 edge.

  • Kumaran Mar 10, 2016 Link to comment

    What a terrible article. The exaggeration in this post. Don't try to think we are all dumb here.

    S7 and S7 Edge- Best processor ("Thermal spreader" Water cooling technology to avoid the phones overheating), Best display, Best camera (Dual Pixels camera - A first in the smartphone world), Best battery life, Powerful Game Launcher and new Vulkan API. microSD or dual SIM model, Fast wireless charging, Water-resistant (IP68 rating). Samsung Pay (NFC + MST), Edge UX, VR (Free) and more.

  • PhrostByte Mar 10, 2016 Link to comment

    I have had the S6 Edge since it came out last year. I love the over all looks of the phone, but the Edge aspects sort of became gimmicky after awhile. I just couldn't justify the price difference to upgrade to the new one. I opted for the standard S7.

    While I will miss the Edge contacts list... I just didn't utilize any of the other Edge features other than the clock mode. I do like the Edge updates in Marshmallow, but it wasn't enough to make me crave the upgrade and price difference. My biggest drawback of the Edge was finding a nice quality tempered glass screen protector. I don't think I ever saw an Otterbox / LifeProof case for the Edge, so if you are the type of person who drops your phone a lot, you might look at the basic S7. I was more than happy with my Spigen ToughArmor and Neo Hybrid, but I know some people like big bulky overly protective cases and I didn't see much of anything for the Edge phones for that.

    That being said, I think the S6, + and S7 Edge are the best looking phones on the market today.

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    Deactivated Account Mar 10, 2016 Link to comment

    Design is awesome no doubt.

  • Kenneth Mar 10, 2016 Link to comment

    Only way u will be able to get a device with updated firmware without having to wait forever. Especially with sammy

  • Peter Harwood Mar 9, 2016 Link to comment

    I think you should marry the S7 straight away because you sound so much in love? Sweet!!

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  • Mike Herman Mar 9, 2016 Link to comment

    and why there is no IRDA? it will be again in s8, when something else wiil be gone..

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