Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Near Perfection, at a Price

The Galaxy S7 Edge is probably the best Android handset on the market. But don’t expect its stunning performance to come cheaply.

By Omar Sufan

Samsung announced the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona towards the end of February. The S7 Edge in this generation comes with the almost same display size and resolution as the S6 Edge+ launched last year.

The phone comes with a 5.5-inch screen display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at a 534 PPI (pixels per inch). Samsung used the Super AMOLED technology in the Galaxy S7 Edge screen, which works well to make the phone look premium and the colors pop.

The side display has a much more defined role on the Galaxy S7 Edge than the one on the Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge+. You can easily get access to news, regular contacts, tools and other elements.

Samsung powered the S7 Edge with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, which provides a fast user experience and excellent performance. There’s 32GB of internal storage on the Galaxy S7 edge, about 24GB of which is available to use.

Samsung claims the fast charging capabilities in the S7 Edge allow the device to be recharged to up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. When we put the fast charging to the test, it was more like 40 percent during that half an hour, with the possibility of the phone heating up in the process.

Battery life has definitely improved in the S7 Edge, but it’s not in the same league as some of the more hardcore smartphones that can run for days without charge. Yet it has got a mega 3600mAh, and battery life is good enough for a phone of this size and power.

The phone design looks very similar to its predecessor’s design even though they are not the same size, with metal and gorilla glass at the back. The problem of the gorilla glass being a fingerprint magnet that started with the S6 Edge has not been solved yet.

One of the most impressive things to highlight about the Galaxy S6 is its 16-megapixel camera. There’s been a change of hardware, by introducing a new larger-pixel-size 12-megapixel rear camera and increasing the lens’ aperture to f/1.7.

Samsung aimed to retain the good skills of the previous camera while boosting the low-light performance.

The positives far outweigh the negatives with this handset. Once you’re past the cost barrier (it retails for around $850), you’ve got a phone that you’ll find hard to put down.