The battery has been fostered massively too versus its predecessor, giving us a handset that is in a position to last over 24 hours between charges.
Sure, it is no longer the gold kid in Samsung’s smartphone line-up. Actually, it now plays second fiddle to not just the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, but also the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.
But if your budget can’t stretch to Samsung’s newest smartphones (that they are rather expensive) that the Galaxy S7 Edge is still a powerful choice.
In the US we’ve found the S7 Edge for about $390, while SIM-free prices in the UK have gone as low as #320 and in Australia you’re considering approximately AU$600.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a telephone that lives and dies by its appearances. If you’re only interested in the energy then just pick the standard Galaxy S7.
The smaller,’normal’, version has all the same smarts, however a slightly sharper display thanks to packing the same number of pixels into a smaller area.
What it misses is the smart elements that Samsung’s utilized on the Edge. The display curves further away into the surfaces of the telephone than ever before, which means that although you’ve got a phablet-sized display, the telephone is as compact as possible.
Place it side by side with the iPhone 7 Plus or 6S Plus and you’ll see what we mean. The amount of bezel used above and below the screen on Apple’s phone is nearly laughable, particularly once you compare it to how closely packed what’s about the S7 Edge — and also the Samsung has a much, much bigger battery. Though of course newer phones such as the iPhone XS now reveal this up.
The S7 Edge is shorter and narrower (150.9 x 72.6mm) compared to the 7 Plus and 6S Plus (158.2 x 77.9mm), although both devices have the identical 5.5-inch screen dimensions. The iPhone is however, a hair thinner in 7.3mm versus the Samsung’s 7.7millimeter girth.
It is also quite similar in dimension to this LG G5 (149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm), which sports a 5.5-inch screen – with the Android manufacturers really sticking it into Apple.
Among our favorite parts of the design upgrade on the S7 Edge is sold on the rear. A procedure named 3D Thermo Forming — which sounds like it has been named by a sentient advertising machine — enables the manufacturer to bend the rear of the phone to one metallic rim that runs all around the border.
It’s a feature which was used on the Note 5 (and can also be used by manufacturers like Xiaomi) to help the phone slide into your palm and remove any sharp metallic edges.
Combine that with exactly the exact same curve on the front of the apparatus and you can see why it seems really smooth in the hand, almost pebble-esque in the way that you may roll it around on your palm.
Intriguingly, this has left some people with the impression that it’s not really got the exact same premium feel as preceding Samsung phones. By having less metal to grasp on to you are touching the Gorilla Glass 4 covering, that can feel a little like plastic due to the lightweight (but still quite powerful ) construction.