Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Review

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Review


This is Sascha Segan from PCMag.

Com, herewith the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is not a huge upgradefrom the Galaxy S6.

Think of it as the Galaxy S6.

S! You see what I did there.

It looksso much like the S6 that it can even fit into S6 cases.

But as these things usually go,Samsung improved almost everything the phone does.

Here's a look.

The Galaxy S7 has a 5.

1 inch quad-HD screen.

The Galaxy S7 Edge is 5.

5 inches.

They're brighter than last year's panels, and so sharperin daylight conditions.

When you turn off the screen, the always on display gives youthe time and date.

Unlike the S6, the phones are dust and water resistant, and also unlikethe S6, they have MicroSD card slots, right in here with the SIM card slot.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the fastestAndroid phones we've seen so far.

Their Snapdragon 820 processors are blinding in benchmarks,and I found them to be super smooth at both gaming and in Gear VR headsets.

The cameras have changed, too.

The 5-megapixelfront facing camera is brighter and has a selfie flash, and the rear camera has switchedto a 12-megapixel unit that Samsung says is better in low light than the S6, althoughI didn't really see a huge difference.

I'd like to call out the S7 Edge's edge functionalityas a big step forward.

Like on the old Galaxy Note Edge, this edge is customizable and hasan open SDK, so you can add actual functions to the side.

Of course there's the ruler andcompass, but I also like the news headlines and storage meter, for instance.

I'm reallyhoping more edges will come in the future, like the word game I remember playing on theNote Edge.

Battery life in our preliminary tests is lookingpretty good.

Our tests have the S7 on track for three days of standby battery life, andabout six and a half hours of heavy use.

In straight video playback, I got nine hours.

The phones support fast charging and dual standard wireless charging.

Samsung's Galaxy S phones still set the benchmarkfor high-end Android devices, although I'm really curious to see the LG G5, which hassimilar capabilities and should be coming out soon.

Should you upgrade from the S6 tothe S7? I'm not comfortable saying so.

These phones just don't do enough more than lastyear's models did.

But if you've sitting with an S5 and cranky because the S6 didn't havea MicroSD card slot, take the jump up.

The improved screen alone is worth the change.

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