So I have been using the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge for close to a month now and without a doubt it’s one of best phones I have ever owned. It may be expensive but in my opinion it is worth the every penny. Let me explain why.
Just by looking at the S7 Edge you wouldn’t think there was much difference between itself and its predecessor as they both have that slick look with a curved screen. But why change something that isn’t broken? Last years model was a multi-award winning phone with top of the range components to match its beautiful design. If you were to put the phones together however you would start seeing some differences.
The S7 Edge is much larger than its older brother with a larger 5.5 inch display in comparison to the 5.1 inch display on the S6 Edge. Now it is common knowledge that larger phones can be quite difficult to use. This isn’t the case with the S7 Edge. Samsung have not only made the front of the screen curved but also the back, which makes it sit very nicely in the palm of you hand.
Now the phone is slightly thicker this year . This is due to a larger 3600 mAh battery that is hiding inside. The last phone that I owned was a Nexus 5 which was carrying a 2300 mAh battery. That is a massive jump for me so I was more than happy with the amount of screen on time that I was getting. I use this phone pretty much every second of the day to browse Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and to listen to music on Spotify. On top of that I use it for some light gaming which my previous Nexus 5 would have really struggled with. Come 5pm I still have a good 40% battery left. To top it all off, even when my battery gets low it doesn’t take long to charge due to S7’s fast charging capability.
The camera on S7 Edge is another thing that people seem to be talking about quite a lot. There has been a drop from 16mp to 12 mp. Now to the average consumer this may look like Samsung are downgrading the camera. However, megapixels are not the most important factor when it comes to a camera. Everything else like the software, the pixel size and sensor are all major factors. The camera on this phone is incredibly fast at focusing and the amount of depth that you can get when trying to take a photo up close is amazing. The phone also comes with a 5mp front facing camera. The picture is super clear and takes very nice selfie. The lens on the front facing camera is very wide, making it much easier to take a picture with a group of friends.
There are also many other features that this phone have which I feel make the phone worth the money that you are paying. Samsung have brought back the microSD card slot, allowing for extra space up to 200GB. The phone is also IP68 certified dust and water resistant. Samsung have stated that the phone can be immersed in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. Amazingly they have been able to achieve this without having to add flimsy and annoying covers over micro-usb port and headphone jack.
Finally, to top this phone off, I have to talk about the Galaxy S7 Edge screen. I must admit I originally thought that the Edge feature was a bit of a gimmick. However, after my first month with this phone I have to say the extra functionality comes in handy. I’m not one to flood the home screen with apps, so having the extra hidden Edge menu is nice to have my most commonly used apps easily accessible. You also have easy access to your most used contacts, weather and stocks to name only a few features.
All in all I love this phone. At the end of the day it does come down to personal preference between buying the S7 versus the S7 Edge. However, in my opinion it is worth spending the extra bit. The larger battery, edge functionality and bigger screen are all worth it. Samsung have recognized that its users are different and are catering for both.