Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Hands on Review: Rethink what a phone can do
Rethink what a phone can do. This is what Samsung’s definition and direction given to its latest flagship phone launched this year namely the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
Samsung’s last year flagship duo, Galaxy S6 and S6 edge both being nominated and crowned as best phone of 2015 by numerous media which proved Samsung maintained its leader position in the mobile phone industry.
Thus, their successor Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in particular bear the huge responsibility to defend the title as the best smartphone of the year despite received a few strong contenders from its Korean counterpart, LG as well as those competitors from China.
According to Samsung, they’ve claimed the edge series has higher demand when compared to the normal series. That’s why the company decided to launch the Galaxy S7 edge first in our market with the standard Galaxy S7 model to be released some time later in the future.
Samsung this time opted to release a single sized 5.5 inch Galaxy S7 edge which they reckoned to be the most wanted size in between the 5.1 inch s6 edge and 5.7 inch s6 edge Plus.
From the exterior design, the Galaxy S7 edge inherited its predecessor’s design language while at the same time adopted Note 5’s curved rear design to give a comfortable grip on hand. Besides that, this consideration allows user to easily pick up the device when it’s placed on a flat surface.
Here are some of the Galaxy S7 edge’s main specifications that’s worth highlighting:
- 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560×1440 pixels) 534 PPI Super AMOLED always-on, pressure sensitive curved edge display
- Octa-Core Exynos 8 Octa 8890 processor
- 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable storage with microSD
- Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
- 12MP dual pixel rear camera with LED Flash, OIS
- 8MP front-facing camera
- Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint sensor
- IP68 ratings for water resistance
- 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac/ad, Bluetooth 4.2 LE & apt-X, GPS with GLONASS, NFC
- 3,600mAh battery
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge redefines the way we think about our phone. The major upgrade of the device that we really like on the Galaxy S7 edge is the rugged feature with IP 68 rating dust and water resistant. This makes the device one of the best looking rugged phone ever launched in history which is comparable to the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.
The packaging box of the Galaxy S7 edge is in black theme. It creates a mystery impression that awaits user to explore.
As we opened the box, the Galaxy S7 edge is placed on the most upper part of the box. We took out the handset and there are a few accessories and items bundled along it.
From what we can see here, the box contains a user manual, a SIM eject pin hiding inside the manual, a fast charging wall adapter, a micro USB cable, an earphone and a USB on the go adapter.
Although the Galaxy S7 edge has been categorised as a phablet, but it doesn’t feel too much of a burden when you’re handling it with one hand.
The gold unit we have with us is not too flashy and its color radiant is more closer to copper gold. The color is not too striking and it blended well with the gold frame.
The fingerprint is embedded on the oval-shaped Home button which looks more squarish than its last generation series. Similar to any other Samsung devices, the Recent Apps button is placed on the right side of the Home button while the Back button is on the left.
The back of the device is using glass material and its curvy edges remind us about the Galaxy Note 5 which offers the same pattern too.
There isn’t much of a change overall on its exterior design apart from the protruding rear camera is now flatter compared to its predecessor A.K.A Galaxy S6 edge.
The LED flash and heart rate sensor is on the right side of the main camera.
On top of the device we have the hybrid SIM slot and a noise-canceling microphone. Similar to the S6 series, the S7 edge also has the two plastic strips used to allow signals to pass through the metal frame.
The bottom placements order for the Galaxy S7 edge are headphone jack, microUSB slot, a noise-canceling microphone and a single speaker grill.
Move to the left hand side of the device is where the volume rocker situated.
The power button is placed on the right side of the handset.
We’ve been using the device for a couple of days now. We shall share with you our first thoughts about the device here.
Despite being known as a phablet for its 5.5 inch size, the Galaxy S7 edge is actually very comfortable to hold and access single handedly.
Running the latest Exynos 8890 octa core chipset, the TouchWiz UI on the Galaxy S7 edge is buttery smooth with the up-to-date Android Marshmallow OS out of the box. We rarely suffer any glitches for these few days of usage.
Although the Always On Display is considered a new feature, but it doesn’t really offer any significant feature besides showing time, date, battery life and notifications. Sadly speaking, it won’t show the content of the notifications which you have to unlock the device to find out.
The battery life is quite impressive as we recorded over 5 hours of Screen on Time on our daily usage. This is considered a big achievement for a device with 2K screen thanks to its large 3,600mAh capacity battery.
For the photography experience, this point and shoot device with the help of dual pixel camera sensor really can focus in a blink of an eye. It’s just that amazingly fast! With a big f/1.7 aperture sensor allows the camera to shoot very fine low light shot. It is worth mentioning that that the Galaxy S7 edge has recently being named as the best camera smartphone by DXOMark.
Throughout our few days usage, we have to point out that we are suffering palm rejection issues on the Galaxy S7 edge. This issue happens on the on screen keyboard and camera app which is due to improper functioning of the palm/finger rejection mechanism. This is kinda frustrating for us and the only way we can fix this issue is by using a phone case to avoid our palm from contacting the edge of the screen. We hope Samsung will quickly find a solution for this before it get out of hands.
Here are some random shots we’ve taken earlier (All photos are taken in Auto Mode):
Galaxy S7 edge is no doubt a really well built device with little much to complain about. We shall bring you the full review after we go in depth with it as our daily driver for a week or two.
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