The S7 Edge together with the S7 were launched last year,when Samsung later faced its major flop so far with the Note7 battery saga,which damaged not only their sales but especially their reputation. The Note7 was in line to be last year`s best phone,it had it all plus a Stylus pen which always accompanies the Notes sector,but alas it wasn`t to be and got `burnt` out short.
While we await for the S8 (hey it rhymes) and possibly the Note8, the S7 and S7 Edge duo remain the latest Samsung flagships.
The design,battery and display are those features which I look for in a phone,thus I opted for the S7 Edge,which trust me it scores high on all three. Add a great camera/video with that and you have a winner.
The slightly bigger screen and the double edge won over the S7 for moi, then again it depends on one`s taste.
Design & Display
Well,just turn on that screen and feast your eyes. Beautiful 5.5 inch double edged super amoled. The edges give you that infinity impression like when scrolling,and pictures stand out,plus they seem to overflow from the sides of your phone.
Alas,edges come at a price,which is that sometimes,or at least until accustomed,one tends to press on apps or keyboard letters in error,which at first is frustrating.
The wicked thin glass body accompanied by its metal frame design give you a premium feel though.
However,this also means that it isn`t that durable,especially if dropped,but it can also scratch/dent easily. Not to mention that it just loves finger prints,it gets covered in seconds. So even considering that the model comes with Gorilla IV glass front,I would handle with care. A decent cover (D-Brand for example have some cool options) is highly recommended,even if that means covering this eye catching design which would be a shame. So, balance your priorities.
The S7 Edge comes with IP68,keeping dust and water at bay,but keep in mind that its resistant and not proof,so don`t exaggerate there.
Finger scan is also present and receptive as an alternative lock for your phone.
Various model colours in the offing: For the shimmer and shine lovers who find their joy in gold and silver,to the original ones with the coral blue,ending with the more classic white and black. I opted for the latter, simply because it gives you that choc-a-block bezel less look.
The UI is much improved with decent display and usage,while fairly customizable. I opted for the Nova Launcher on mine though,which for me it remains one of the best out there. Having said that,the average user will find the out-of-the-box system nice and good for everyday use,with Marshmallow on board,en route to Nougat.
Ram is also high clocked at 4GB,with plenty of space. So all this makes up for a fantastic experience and smooth performance.
Micro SD card is present allowing expansion up to 256GB.
We have a decent one here which should keep even heavy users going through the day. The 3,600mah battery can manage demanding games and more.
The S7 Edge comes with fast charging to replenish your juice,well,fast. Thus,you won`t be missing your phone much.
Also optional wireless charging is supported,avoiding any spaghetti incidents with cables,plus giving that poshy look.
Though mega pixel went `down` to 12,the frames per second (fps),fast shutter,HD and image stabilization,compensate greatly and produce vivid colours and crisp images which stand out in yar face.
Video supports HDDR and 4K,and together with the camera make this one of the best bundles one can own on a phone.
Of course, we can`t leave this one out.
The Edge,which lets you alternate between left or right sliding/opening,comes with its own apps and features like YouTube,CNN,Yahoo Weather and more. You also have short cuts for apps and favourite contacts which always come handy.
Also the Edge displays time and alarm while screen is off. Moreover,if you slide your fingers laterally on the Edge or give it a swipe,it displays news or whatever you install from the Edge`s apps,all this while the main screen is still off and black,which is cool.
Wrapping it up,the S7 Edge is a beauty of a phone,with its sleek glass design and metal frame,surely a premium flagship. The downside of this is fragility so handle with care, Not ideal for construction workers (CAT brand suggested) and beginners/first timers who maybe tend to be clumsy or will not enjoy the phone`s full potential due to lack of knowledge. Let`s face it,this model isn`t exactly the cheapest,so do your homework well beforehand.
For those who like the undersigned are suckers for edges and wow displays,well you won`t be disappointed,and let`s not forget the IP68.
This model,also holding a camera which is second to none,is one of the best out there at present,at par with the OnePlus3T,IPhone7 and Google Pixel,however the S7 has the,well...Edge! ;)