Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Hands on review

The Galaxy S7 just landed

Now if you were one of the lucky few that managed to pre-order the hottest thing to come out of 2016 so far, you’ll be unpacking a shiny new S7 of your own. However if the promise of a free Gear VR wasn’t enough to tempt you (because not everyone buys a phone to be a headset) then read along.

We opted for the Edge variant as it sniggers at other phones with their near bezel less displays, the Galaxy S7 Edge after all has no side bezels and this makes for a very captivating screen experience. If you haven’t had the pleasure of starring at one in the face for real, I can only suggest you holla down to your local to go visit one, the screen really is astonishing in person, giving it a plastic effect that looks realer than anything you’ve seen before. Honestly you really lose the sense that you are looking at a smartphone display, it just feels real, if you don’t believe me go and look at a Sony afterwards and you’ll see the difference, after all the Galaxy S7 is equipped with the best screen compared with, well… better than anything else in fact!

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The Edge, bigger, badder, slightly more functional

With the original Edge screen starting off life as a mere gimmick, this year’s Edge smartphone has a few more differentiators than a screen to make you swoon at. The Galaxy S7 Edge finds itself in an odd position where it is bigger than the regular Galaxy S7 but smaller than the oh just a bit too big and unwieldy Galaxy S6 Edge+ (yes you get a prize for managing to say that in one), customer feedback is important here as it’s clear that people are prepared to pay a premium for the Edge model but want it to do something more than a questionably useable Edge? Well Samsung this time have packed in a slightly bigger battery 600mah over the regular S7 and a bigger screen.

Fixing all the mistakes from the Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S6 launched with premium design (after all you don’t want a month’s rent to go on a hunk of plastic), however it came with an incredible amount of gotchas, thankfully these have all been remedied in this year’s model, this is what the Samsung Galaxy S6 should have been about. Expandable memory, no ugly camera bump, colossal battery life, great low light pictures and water resistance (because you just spent how much on a phone that isn’t water proof?!) still no removable battery, but this isn’t the Note range guys!

Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S7 comparison

Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S7 comparison

So what actually is the deal with the memory card?

The Galaxy S7 does come running with Google’s latest and greatest Marshmallow OS and you might first believe that this will have the new adoptable storage option? Wrong, Samsung opted to take this out (boooo) citing that this would confuse users if they ripped out their memory card (as pesky users are inclined to do this with portable storage) and their phone turns into a brick as it’s now lacking the memory the phone had fused with replacing the onboard memory.

All is not lost as Samsung has instead decided that you need somewhere to offload the 2GB freenium pay to win cruft games you’ve been insistent on downloading and has done something actually quite useful (yaaaay!) , you can opt to install these apps to the Micro SD card directly! So this sounds like a much better compromise rather than nuking that rather nippy 32GB of onboard UFS 2.0 memory. Removing the memory will cause any installed apps to be greyed out until the Micro SD card is returned. This might be a curios thing to have done, but it’s on par with LG’s removal from the G5 (clearly not something Google have had to bother themselves with as they had the foresight to nuke the Micro SD out of their Nexus line), as adoptable storage is targeting at emerging markets where all the cheap phones are actually running Marshmallow now right???

The 200GB holy grail

So you might not have gotten the 128GB Galaxy S7 and being able to pop in a 128GB card to come up with like almost a TB of storage! (or close enough), but that doesn’t mean you need to be sucked into the hype of slinging a 200GB card in there either. You see as these are the top end capacities are still wickedly expensive for something you just aren’t going to be making full use of for a hell of a long time. As memory prices are dropping, only spend on what you need right now, 128GB cards are incredibly affordable. Trust me you will do a double take when you realise you just chucked in the equivalent of the highest capacity phone in the market with just a simple upgrade.

If the future price falls are anything to aim for and you really must have the best, don’t forget that 200GB cards don’t come with the Extreme edition speeds that the 128GBs are available in and even higher capacities are right round the corner.

Incredible pictures every time

Samsung really pushed the boat out here, realising they can really steam roll over the iPhone, as they have put incredible effort into actually putting together a camera offering that makes you want to take camera phones seriously (some trivia, Android was originally intent to run cameras), something Apple hasn’t paid too much attention to, here’s hoping that Samsung have planned their own Shot on Galaxy photo campaign because no one can tell the difference otherwise.

Galaxy S7 Cupcakes

Galaxy S7 Cupcakes

Galaxy S6 Cupcakes

Galaxy S6 Cupcakes

Nexus 5X Cupcakes

Nexus 5X Cupcakes

Sony Xperia Z5 Cupcakes

Sony Xperia Z5 Cupcakes

AnTuTu Benchmarking Results

As this is the EU model of the Galaxy S7 it comes equipped with Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 CPU, which benchmarks at a colossal 128,300 points, beating out the every phone out there to take the number one spot!DSCF5138

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  • Sexual Tyrannosaurus

    The focal point is waaay off on that s7 pic

    • Hi the Galaxy S7 photo has been updated to get a better focus on the yummy cupcakes, because I know that’s all we really want to see 🙂 Some additional test shots from the Nexus and Sony were also added to give a quick guide with how they compare.

      • Sexual Tyrannosaurus

        Much better! 🙂