Samsung gets it right the second time. The Galaxy S7 Edge ($ 792 for 32 GB as tested on Verizon Wireless; unlocked $ 799.99) is a striking eye-catching appearance of a smartphone that brings back some of the favorite features lost in the successful S6 Edge $ 779.99 from last year at T-Mobile. Although we also like the smaller Galaxy S7 from $ 669.99 on T-Mobile, the Edge manages a larger battery and Samsung’s signature curved glass in a package that is not much bigger. When I tested the two phones together, I noticed that they have the same gebenchmarkt and have almost the same camera performance. The only big differences are the battery life and the design, but that’s enough to get the S7 Edge ahead and make it our Editors’ Choice for Android phones.
The S7 Edge $ 789.99 at T-Mobile lends ideas from a whole range of Samsung from last year and brings them together in the right combination. It has the sleek efficiency of the S6 Edge, a larger screen like the slightly swollen S6 Edge +, and superior edge functionality of the older Galaxy Note Edge. The S7 Edge is elegantly curved and measures only 5.9 by 2.9 by 0.3 inches (HWD) and weighs 5.5 grams. That is considerably narrower and considerably less than other competing large smartphones like the Google Nexus 6P $ 499.00 in the Google Store (6.3 by 3.1 by 0.3 inches, 6.3 grams) and the iPhone 6s Plus ( 6.2 at 3.0 at 0.3 inches, 6.8 grams).
The 5.5-inch quad-HD screen on the front has the same resolution and quality as the S7’s screen, although the S7 Edge uses a flexible plastic OLED, while the S7 is a traditional glass substrate, according to DisplayMate Labs. Although this means that it has a slightly lower pixel density than the S7, this does not matter in resolutions like this. More importantly, this screen is brighter than the panel on the Galaxy S6 $ 579.99 on T-Mobile or the Galaxy Note 5 $ 696.00 with Verizon Wireless.
Below the screen is a combination of a Home button/fingerprint scanner (the same as on the S6, which is usually accurate) and a standard port for charging and synchronizing. Samsung decided not to join the newer USB-C so that S6 users could keep their chargers and accessories.
Like the S7, the S7 Edge is IP68 certified, which means it is waterproof and dustproof. I had no problem soaking and rinsing it, which is a big advantage over competitors like the iPhone and Nexus.
Networks, voice quality and battery
The S7 Edge has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset as the S7, which ensures the same performance. I did not find that the larger body improves signal reception or performance in low-signal areas, which was better on both phones than on the S6 or the iPhone 6s.
I tested the Galaxy S7 Edge on Verizon Wireless. I could not get to a place with a very fast Verizon connection, but I could test it in a place with a weak signal, where it recorded an LTE signal more consistently than an iPhone 6S. The Wi-Fi performance is also excellent. This is clearly the 802.11ac band (I mean), and there was no problem with a symmetrical 150 megabit connection.
The phone supports voice over LTE (VoLTE) and calls over Wi-Fi. The unlocked model works for CDMA, GSM and LTE on all US airlines, even Verizon and Sprint. If you buy a courier service, all LTE tires are included in your courier service, but you exclude some of the tires that other couriers use. So, it is better to get the unlocked version if you want to move it between carriers.
The sound quality is good. The earpiece is noisy, without distortion. The speaker with the bottom of the outlet is too easy to cover with your thumb, and it’s not as loud as you see because it’s a bigger phone. In my test calls, I found the headphone audio a little harsher and less loud than with the S7, but I suspect it was just an artefact of changing conditions on the Verizon network. The noise reduction is excellent, but these are phones on the phones in this price category. The S7 Edge, like the S7, supports both Wi-Fi calls and voice-over-LTE calls.
The battery on the 3600 mAh integrated cell is excellent. I had 10 hours of video streaming, which corresponds to the excellent Nexus 6P. When you leave the phone for eight hours in standby mode, empty 7% of the battery, which is also aligned with the Nexus, and run the updates for half an hour, the battery has dropped only of 4%, which is honestly quite murderous. The phone supports fast and wireless charging and fills the battery in about two hours of fast charging. You can be sure that the Edge battery will last longer, and that’s one of the reasons we prefer the Galaxy S7 (which still manages a very respectable 9-hour video streaming).
Software and Edge
The main feature of the S7 Edge is, of course, the advantage. The edge is the most striking and most useful of Samsung, the addition to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow here.
The curved edge of Samsung appeared on the Galaxy Note Edge and I like it because it is configurable. You can download and load different apps at the edge of the screen to check the weather or play a word game. On the Galaxy S6 Edge, the edge has become a simple design feature – you can remove some frequently used contacts, but few people have done so, and instead, it was just delicious.
Well, the functional benefit is back and it is more functional than ever. Drag from the right side of the screen to open a dashboard. There are about a dozen possible dashboards and an open SDK, so we hope that there will be more in the future. By default, you get favorite programs, favorite contacts and a panel for certain macros, such as starting a message at one of your favorites. You can add news services, weather, a ruler, memory status or various other applications.
I also like the still active screen, which displays the time, date and basic notifications when the phone is locked; it can also display a calendar or a few custom images, depending on the theme of your phone. It does not seem to empty the battery too much and you can always switch it off if it does not suit you.
Unfortunately, all these software features only
add to Samsung’s bloatware tax. US operators only sell a 32GB version of the Galaxy S7 Edge and 9.23Go our Verizon model is prepared by the operating system of Google, the Samsung software, and those more than a dozen applications and Verizon Amazon preloaded that you can not move or delete.
However, you can add a microSD card up to 200 GB by placing it in a drawer that is part of the SIM card slot. Samsung does not support Google Adoptable Storage Service, which makes it possible to consider the microSD card as part of the phone’s internal memory, but you can move downloaded applications on a card using the phone’s settings screen.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 2.15-GHz processor offers excellent performance, identical to that of the Galaxy S7. It simply outperforms the Nexus 6P’s Snapdragon 810 on both standard performance benchmarks and graphical benchmarks. It is surpassed by the iPhone 6s More about gaming frame rates, but this is not a comparison between Apple and Apple because the iPhone has a much lower screen resolution. Intensive games such as Asphalt 8 play perfectly here.
Camera and video
The S7 and S7 Edge have the same camera module, which has an external bump much more subtle than the S6 generation. Samsung says it has gone from a 16-megapixel unit on the Galaxy S6 to a 12-megapixel unit with larger pixels to improve low-light performance; it also added more focus pixels to improve focus in low light. We have seen improvements in focus, but not improvements to the low light of this camera.
Double-tap the start button and the camera in about 0.6 seconds, just like on the Galaxy S6. The faster focus is immediately clear and the shutter is almost immediately. In one of my different tests in low light, the S7 Edge has a much brighter image than the S6. But I did not find it in other tests, and if my hand was shaking, it was much more important than anything else. The S6 and S7 work better than the iPhone 6s, with sharper images and less noisy.
The 5-megapixel front camera is also very good, but a small improvement over the S6; In general, the images are slightly quieter. The biggest improvement for selfies comes with the addition of a Selfie Flash mode, which illuminates the screen when you shoot an image in the dark.
The video now records with a resolution of up to 4K at 30 frames per second on the main and 1080p on the front camera. Video recording is and is maintained at 30 frames per second, even in very dark conditions.
In terms of audio and video playback, the Snapdragon 820 can handle any content you can launch with. However, there is no way to attach the S7 to a big screen. you must use wireless screencasting.
Comparisons and conclusions
Competition in the field of high-end smartphones is intense. The Nexus 6P, Galaxy Note 5, LG V10 and Motorola Droid Turbo $ 2,624.00 with Verizon Wireless all have unique advantages, and I would recommend them easily. There is also the iPhone 6s Plus, which, to be honest, is Apple’s best bet with its relatively low-resolution screen, but many games and social networks unique to the iPhone platform. So why make the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge our choice of writers? You get the most phone per square inch, and more importantly, the bigger battery.
The Edge gives you a big screen in a relatively small phone: 5.5 inches in a 2.86 inches wide device, unlike 5.7 inches competitors, which are typically 3 inches or more. The curved glass not only makes the Edge elegant, but also easier to hold. Combine that with a killer processor, a faster modem and a 3600 mAh battery, which is bigger than any competition, and you get a great waterproof smartphone with long battery life.
That said, you will want the Galaxy Note 5 if you want to scribble with the S Pen on the screen, and you want the Nexus 6P if you prefer a simpler and pure Android experience without bloatware. The Nexus 6P is also a lot cheaper. So it’s a difficult decision.
But the Galaxy S7 Edge is currently in the field of state of the art. It’s the best designed and most powerful smartphone on the market, with the largest battery and the most advanced components you can get.