Review by Sunetra Chakravati,3/22/2016 11:32:58 AM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Gorgeous display | Fantastic specs | Wow factor | Epitome of premium
Size maybe too big for some
Undoubtedly the most gorgeous phone on the market, the Galaxy S7 edge takes the blistering speed, great battery life and all thats amazing about the very efficient Galaxy S7 and wraps it into a package that wows and amazes in equal measure.
The dual-edge phone, the first in the World takes advantage of the beautiful Super AMOLED screen and makes the ‘Best phone for streaming media’ its own. Samsung have further made a big song and dance about their VR headset and it is a perfect fit for this phone.
I will not talk about the specifications of the Galaxy S7 that have been replicated on the S7 edge but talk about the main differences between the two.
Invisible individual pixels, they are so closely stuffed together accentuate the edges and the viewing experience. Although the resolution is the same on both the phones, owing to the larger size of the S7 edge, the ppi (pixels per inch) count is marginally smaller. However, you will not be able to point it out- it is that marginal.
The S7 edge, again owing to a bigger size has a bigger battery, and this gives it more than a slight edge over its stable-mate. If you are to consume media over long periods of time on this phone, then owing to the Super AMOLED screen, you will power through the battery and even though fast charge comes as part of the deal, a bigger battery might just be the ticket to the last 10 minutes of The Night Manager on the train back after work.
Samsung bundled their Gear VR headset with pre-orders of the phone for free. And you can see why. LG are about to unleash the ‘G5 and friends’ come April and so Samsung wanted to be better prepared with a host of accessories that packed as powerful a punch. Slide the S7 edge into the VR headset, an automatic voice asks you to set up an account on Oculus.
Once your account is set up, you are able to download content and watch the clips, including a David Attenborough one on the set. Although not as immersive and pin-sharp as the HTC Vive (review on page 54), for those new to the world of VR in their front rooms, it is an incredible experience. Samsung have also tied up with Facebook to make the experience more social, so consumers can record VR videos on their 360 degrees camera and upload to Facebook. Just what we needed after those baby pictures!
Antutu benchmark for my Exynos-totting S7 edge yielded a score of 128721, a few thousand behind the Snapdragon-based version which tops the charts with 134599. Samsung have smashed it out of the park with the Galaxy S7 edge. Not only is it an incredibly stunning device, but it also has the most incredible specs and powerful creds and the camera is just something else.
If money is no object, this is THE phone to buy.
As you can see there isn't much difference between the two flagship phones. Unlike the same size of the Galaxy S6 duo, Samsung have taken on Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus with the S7 edge with its 5.5-inch screen.
If you have decided to buy one of these two, you would have seen from our table that there is hardy any difference between the two phones except a £70 price gap. So, the only aspects of note that actually sets them apart are size and battery.
While the 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 is a conventional handset, the 5.5-inch S7 edge is more design-led, but the bigger size also gives it a much bigger battery which can be the deciding factor for many. If I had to pick between the two, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge would get my vote.
It is an absolutely sensational product with the design, display and that wow factor that you would want if you were paying quite as much for a handset.
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm
150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm
Screen size & pixels per inch density
From £569 (32GB)
From £639 (32GB)
Price: From £639
Operating System: Android™ 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Dimensions: 150.9x72.6x7.7 mm
Resolution: 2,560x1,440; 534ppi
Display: 5.5-inch, Quad HD Super AMOLED display
Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon 820 processor (or Samsung Exynos chipset) octa-core 64-bit 4GB RAM
Camera: 12-MP primary camera with OIS and f1.7; 5-MP selfie camera. 4K video capture
Memory: 32/64 GB internal storage;
Expandable storage upto 200GB via MicroSD slot
Battery: 3600 mAh
Fingerprint sensor:Yes (home button)
Misc: IP68 rated; Samsung Pay with NFC, MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) and Barcode technology