When it comes to Samsung flagship smartphones, you know you won’t be disappointed. Well except when it came to the Galaxy s4… I never wholly liked that phone, but that is for a different review. Today I’m talking about the fantastic Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and I’d like to say a big thank you to my wonderful partner, my gorgeous Cath for allowing me to use her device for this review, and even coming up with the review idea itself.
It looks so damn good and feels even better in the hand. It’s premium materials of glass and metal are near perfect and are only complimented by the shape given to the phone, with the curved edges of the screen and super thin bezels you get the feel of a thin device with a solid build. It doesn’t actually matter which colour you get the S7 Edge in, as they all look as pleasing as each in their own right. I say near perfect because everyone has their preferences, but for android fans or for someone who wants high end, this choice is phenomenal.
Starting with the outside of the device itself we have the power button on the right of the device, volume rockers on its left and home/fingerprint scanner on the very front bottom and front top includes a 5mp selfie shooter. There’s also two touch sensitive buttons on the bottom, for going back and for recent apps, they light up when touched. The micro USB port, 3.5mm jack and speaker are all on the bottom of the Galaxy S7 Edge. And on the rear there’s an amazing 12mp optically stabilised camera capable of 4K recording flanked by an led flash. The screen is a pin sharp 5.5 inch SUPER Amoled display with a whopping 534 pixels per inch!
Inside is a power house of a phone. There’s differences depending on the model you’re using (country dependant) so I’m sticking with the UK model this time, the SM-935F to be exact. This particular S7 Edge houses an Octa-core CPU (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose and 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53) paired with 4GB ram. More than enough for anyone’s blogging, mobile gaming, browsing etc. Powering this device is a 3600mah non-removable battery that lasts and lasts. This battery is wireless charge enabled and supports fast charging 2.0, damn right? The S7 Edge is IP68 certified, this means it is dust/water resistant over 1.5metres deep for up to 30 minutes, happy swimming. In terms of hardware this device has all the bells and whistles but it isn’t cheap. You’re probably better off on a contract if you’re a little strapped.
So far the Galaxy S7 Edge range is updated to android version 7.0 Nougat, this includes a decent security level and latest features by google, even before Samsung stick their own on. It’s extremely smooth running and zippy with no lag seen by myself. I won’t go into massive detail as there’s so much to say so I’ll just say my favourites. Samsung have stuck their own Touchwiz one launcher on top of the android system, giving it theming options and much more. The theming goes system deep too, changing the colours and design of all menus and even Samsung apps like messaging. Some features are useful like splitscreening two apps and the edge panel, the edge panel being so useful it’s unreal. You can have mini apps and all kinds of info on the edge panel, re-order how they show and even install new ones. From things like wiki facts, the weather, news, quick app launch icons etc, it’s a simple yet effective quick tool of the android world.
Let’s face it Samsung have had a bad past with bloatware, with their apps, settings and heavy ui. But these days since the Galaxy s6 and later, I like to think the bloatware is pretty much gone to an extent and touchwiz is a smooth as butter and any apps you still don’t want can now be disabled. It all adds up to a fantastic Samsung/Google powered experience, these two companies really need to get together for some serious hardware and software monsters.
Going on further we know that the software provided by Samsung has become in leaps and bounds better, especially if you look at the newly released Galaxy S8 range (Bixby and the new touchwiz), but that’s for another blog. For now all I can say is well done Samsung on your massive improvements over the years, please stay top dog.
All in all the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a great premium phone with its design and features. It’s a high powered smartphone with great software by both Google and the manufacturer. It’ll do anything you need with ease and swiftly, whether its gaming, work docs, blogging or media related stuff. It feels great in the hand and even better to use.
Thanks Samsung for your wonderful devices, keep pumping them out!
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