Samsung have been steadily carving out space for themselves in the smartphone market. What several years ago would have been a niche line is now a serious competitor for Apple. But is the Samsung Galaxy Series 7 Edge worth your money?
The S7 Edge has a sleeker, curvier, and more stylish design compared to previous smartphones in the series. Despite this, the screen is significantly bigger than the standard S7 at 5.5 inches. The design is an aspect that Samsung has had to improve upon over the years, and the S7 Edge is proof that they’re finally mastering the art, so to speak.
On the technical side, users will be glad to know that micro-SD support has been added to the Edge. Allowing users to increase their onboard storage capacity was a feature sorely lacking in previous models. The battery is still non-removable but is now even bigger, allowing for a battery life of over 18 hours of consistent use.
Its hardware is the cutting edge kind you’d expect from Samsung. An Octa-core 2.3GHz Samsung Exynos 8890 processor makes this one of the fastest smartphones on the market today. The 12 megapixel, while smaller than the 16-megapixel camera of the regular S7, delivers stunning detail.
Software improvements have been introduced as well. Samsung’s counter to Apple’s “Force Touch”, the Tasks Edge allows users to jump between smartphone functions seamlessly. The Edge has compatibility with the Gear virtual reality headset. Great if you don’t want to use a PC for VR experiences.
The style of the S7 Edge can, unfortunately, be marred. Despite the IP68-certified protection from water and dust, the glass and metal shell can’t help but pick up smears and dirt very easily. This might not be a concern for everyone, but having to touch up your phone regularly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. The sleekness of the design can make for some embarrassing attempts to pick it up from a flat surface too.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is an improvement over the S7. While this can’t be denied, it just doesn’t feel like there’s enough new here for it to be truly great. But after the Galaxy S8 is released later in 2017, price drops will be on the horizon for the S7 Edge. It’s certainly worth getting if you’re looking to upgrade to a newer model without the expense of the absolute top of the line smartphones.
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