“We believe in a world that is brighter, sharper, more convenient and more fun,” says DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “We strive to deliver on that vision with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge by marrying elegant design with functionality and providing a seamless mobile experience.”
So goes Samsung’s latest foray into the world of mobile devices. With the new Galaxy S7 line, an industry leader is promising to raise the bar on everything from connectivity to design to camera function–a tall order considering how much they’ve already delivered on previous devices.
Being the classy gents that we are, we went straight for the top shelf and got our mitts on a Galaxy S7 Edge, giving it the hands on test. Although we weren’t entirely impressed by the ‘Edge’ feature of the screen, the device is still presents itself as a more than formidable offering, particularly in when it comes to speed, connectivity, display quality, camera and overall performance. Here’s a quick breakdown.
The S7 Edge performance is swift and effortless. For those who already kneel at the throne of Samsung, expect typical improvements in virtually every hardware and software department. Basically, the S7 feels like it was made for the quick-draw types, meaning those who want to pull their phone like a gun and start firing away at applications or games. There are shortcuts to assorted functions like email and camera modes and apps. The Game Launcher add-on is a management tool allowing gamers to optimise battery consumption and minimise notifications for longer game play, and there is also the ability to record and share gaming experiences with friends. Therefore the modern day smartphone enthusiast will find plenty to relish from the S7 Edge, which focuses on users who want efficient access to their favourite features and games.
A big selling point for this phone is the screen’s ‘Edge’ feature, which describes the curved edges of the screen’s width, designed to be customised by the user as a quick access to panel to apps as well as functioning as a notification display while the phone sits idle. As pleased as we are with the S7’s performance, the ‘Edge’ feature seems a wee bit gimmicky. With all the extra cost involved with paying for the curved ‘Edge’ screen, We couldn’t find any significant applications unique to the ‘Edge’ that couldn’t be adopted onto a regular flat screen. In saying this we are by no means trying to dissuade anyone from considering the S7, however due to the higher point of the Galaxy S7 Edge we would recommend opting for the standard Galaxy S7 instead.
Nevertheless, the device is still designed with top shelf precision. There is no mistaking its durability as anything but superior thanks to the use of sturdy 3D glass and metal. The S7 also marks a return to a sorely missed feature of the old Galaxy S5 – water resistance. The increased level of water and dust resistance matches its solid build quality.
Along with the sharp, vibrant 5.5inch QHD 2,560 x 1,440 display, the S7 Edge also capitalises on the latest trend among nearly all smartphones released in 2016 by offering advanced image processing. According to Samsung, the S7 series marks the first use of a Dual Pixel camera on a smartphone. This technology allows for a faster shutter speed, more accurate autofocus, wider aperture, and brighter resolution in the face of dimly lit settings. There’s also a Motion Panorama feature that immerses viewers by bringing a degree of movement to panoramic photos.
In summary, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a solid performer as one of the leading Android phones on the market. If you’re into looking for something with a quality display, camera, game functionality then look no further. And with the added benefit of water resistance this phone is sure to impress.