Galaxy S7 edge – should you buy in 2017?
the season of the flagships is upon us and so i decided to look back at Samsung’s flagship of yesteryear, the Galaxy S7/ galaxy S7 edge. There were many flagship phones released in 2016 but the Galaxy S7 was on the top. This, however, is very subjective and other people may have different opinions but many agree with the Galaxy S7 being the best flagship of 2016.
The Galaxy s7 had two variants, much like its predecessor, the galaxy s6. An edge and a normal variant, with the edge variant having a curved screen from both the left and right sides of the phone. What was different in the galaxy S7 and the S7 edge was that this time the back of the phone was curved too and it had a curvy feel to it, unlike the S6 edge which pierced through the hands due to its sharp edges.
Samsung stuck with the metal and glass sandwich construction and the Galaxy S7 attracted as many fingerprints as its predecessor. However this isn’t a major problem and you can easily just put a case or slap on a skin to keep it clean of any type of smudges. The phone looks and feel premium all over and holding the phone feels very satisfying overall.
The Galaxy S7 edge has a 5.5 inches, 2k ,Super AMOLED Display with 76.1% screen to body ratio. Being as it is an AMOLED panel, Samsung implemented a feature where even if the screen is off, you could see the time and certain notifications from specific apps. The screen was perhaps one of the biggest selling points of this phone as it just looked gorgeous. Samsung phones are known for their super contrasty screens with punchy colors, popping in your face. Furthermore, the ‘edge’ factor made it all the more attractive as this gave the illusion that there were no side bezels and just screen all over. As mentioned earlier, Samsung improved the curve on the S7 edge from its predecessor and so with the S7, it was much easier to hold the phone over longer periods of time without getting the feeling that your phone might cut through your hand.
Samsung also did a great job at practically using the curved space of the screen. You can set certain Apps to appear by swiping from either end of the screen and you can also do a bunch of cool features like look at the weather or open your contact list right from the edge of your screen.
Since the Galaxy S7 was the Flagship phone of 2016, you were getting all the latest and greatest specs that companies like quolcomm could offer. It had the Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, coupled with 4 gigs of RAM and had 3 memory variants ranging from 32/64/128 Gb of internal memory. Unlike the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge however, this time the Galaxy S7 also supported microSD cards for expanding storage. The galaxy S7 also has an IP68 rating which meant that it was dust and water resistant and you could completely submerge the phone under water without damaging it.
This made the Galaxy S7 one of the most powerful phones out in the market and it could handle pretty much anything you throwed at it. Gaming was breeze on this device and browsing the net was also no problem for the Galaxy S7.
Apart from the Display, the camera was another great feature of the Galaxy S7 edge which compelled users to get this phone. A downgrade in the actual megapixels of the camera from 16 to 12 MP, the camera proved to be great for both indoor and outdoor shots with excellent low light performance. To be specific, the camera was 12MP with f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection auto-focus and had Optical image stabilization which accounted for spectacular low light performance. It could shoot video in 2160p at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and slow motion video in 720p at 240fps.
Here are some samples:
The galaxy S7 came equipped with a Non-removable Li-Ion 3600 mAh battery, which could last you all day, but that is entirely up to how you use your phone. With average use ( calls , texting, youtube ) the phone could last all throughout the day but with heavy usage for example extensive gaming, you would probably need to charge it during the day. However even if for some reason you did have to charge it during the day, you could easily charge it very quickly as the S7 edge supports Qualcomm’s quick charge technology.
All in all the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge was one of the greatest phones of 2016 and perhaps even the best one of all the phones released. If you had a galaxy S7 in 2016 then you know what i mean when i say that using the phone was very fulfilling and it was a very enjoyable experience overall, from the great curved screen to the extra-ordinary camera. This phone is still very relevant in 2017 and if you don’t want to spend much on the coming flagships of 2017, i’d recommend you to get the S7 edge. A great device all over and a job well done by Samsung!