How the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge improved upon the Galaxy S7 is a model all other cell phone manufacturers should follow. Taking an already superb smartphone that excelled in numerous battlefields, the Edge elevated the S7 into a battle-hardened elite.
With a bigger, brighter, and better screen that stretches all the way to the edges (get it?), the content you love is even easier to enjoy. Coupled with significant software improvements, a tweaked camera, and smart design choices, the Galaxy S7 Edge is an impressive handset that delivers an outstanding experience no matter what you intend to use it for. To top it off--the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is cheaper than most major flagship phones on the market.
Is the Galaxy S7 Edge still worth it with more modern phones on the market today? In short: yes. Read on for an overview of some of the Edge's key features.
As I said before, Samsung has taken the already winning design of the Galaxy S7 and refined it into the Edge. The Galaxy S7 Edge is lightweight and is encapsulated by an envious, dual curved edge design that dramatically increases the viewing space of the display without compromising on size.
Nearly 6" tall, the Edge is a beautiful looking handset. The front is clean and spartan, with a physical home button which includes the fingerprint sensor. The bottom includes the headphone jack, a microphone, a (disappointing) speaker, and a micro USB charging port. At the top are another microphone and the SIM card tray with room for a microSD card, too. The back is just as pretty, with a flush rear camera. The entire phone is encased in durable Gorilla Glass 4 and a metal rim.
With a screen that stretches to the edge of the handset, the S7 Edge takes every advantage of its new and improved display. The 5.5" Quad HD Super AMOLED screen has a resolution of 2,560x1,440 and looks as impressive as any other smartphone today. Web pages and photos look great, and the overall UI looks premium. Colors are accurate and really pop, with whites and blacks looking extremely good. The side display, which might seem strange at first, can host some useful information such as battery life, RAM status, memory, news, a ruler, and more.
Under the hood, the Galaxy S7 Edge's performance is near impeccable. With 4GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 820 four-core processor, the Edge is speedy and responsive. Launching intensive apps comes with no hiccups or stutters, and the handset can easily handle loading multiple web pages. Scrolling animations are silky smooth. The larger, 3600 mAH battery gives you an all-day charge to keep playing games and video.
The Edge also runs the (now outdated) Android Marshmallow OS with the TouchWiz skin on top. Most third-party Android manufacturers load their devices with bloatware. While you will find a few apps Samsung installed, most are lightweight and unobtrusive, with some even being quite useful.
The rear and front cameras are also top-notch. The 12 MP shooter takes great photos in a variety of lighting conditions (it's great in darkness!) and comes packed with options for editing and sharing. Snaps are sharp, vivid, and have less blur and noise than older generation cameras. The dual-pixel sensor has a faster autofocus, too.