Smartphone Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: reviews

The curved screen is a feature of Samsung's design, which the Korean manufacturer uses more and more often. Its best implementation before the release of the Galaxy S8 and S8 +, not counting the S7 Note, which had all the prerequisites to become a cult phone before its fiasco, was the S7 Edge. The smartphone is not just impressive in appearance. It amazes with all its sides. The phone had the best camera, the clearest screen, and even the user interface got better. Oblique display, however, prevented some users from holding the phone comfortably, but most of the problems were not seen.

The smartphone has remained expensive even after the release of the next flagship of Samsung, but for their money, the owner gets a lot.

Design performance

The design was not always the strength of the Korean company. Just 3 years ago, the manufacturer released the Galaxy S5. The phone was the most powerful, but not the most beautiful. And only in 2016, the S6 and S6 Edge announced the much-needed changes, and with the release of the next generation, the improvements became more obvious.

According to reviews, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge at first glance looks like its predecessor.The metal rim is sandwiched between two Gorilla Glass 4 plates with a power button on one side and separate volume keys on the other. Only the camera sensor, heart rate monitor, and Samsung logo violate the cleanness of the back panel. Above is a SIM card tray, which now includes a microSD slot, and a microphone. Below is a headphone jack, a second microphone, a tiny and frankly unsuccessful speaker, as well as a microUSB port for charging.

It was rumored that the manufacturer intends to switch to a new USB-C connector used in OnePlus 2, Nexus 6P and LG G5, but this did not happen, which is not so bad, since the port is rather a hindrance.

The front panel is almost as clean as the back. Under the display are the oblong Home button and another logo. Unlike the HTC One A9, the button is physical, not touch. It has a fingerprint sensor, the speed of which corresponds to the speed of other scanners on the market. The manufacturer again refused to use the on-screen buttons. If necessary, the back and multitasking keys are highlighted. The lack of virtual keys leaves more free space, but the phone could be smaller if Samsung went this way.

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The camera has also been upgraded. Unlike the S6, the S7 Edge module does not protrude beyond the surface of the case. The change seems minor, but it makes a big difference. Now you can put the phone on the table, and it will not swing from side to side.

However, the biggest change in the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge reviews called its size. The manufacturer, positioning the model as a “more expensive” device, increased the screen from 5.1 to 5.5 inches. This alerted users who wanted to have a full-featured smartphone with a compact display. But in the case of the S7 Edge, you may have to double check the specification to make sure that such an increase really happened. Somehow, the manufacturer managed to squeeze the big screen into the case of a much smaller phone. Compared to the iPhone 6S Plus, the S7 Edge is already shorter and much lighter. It is convenient to hold it in one hand, without any problems reaching down to the opposite angle with your thumb.

There is one more thing that has helped to cope with the large size: these are gorgeous, sloping, curved edges. S7 Edge is the 4th Samsung phone that uses this design feature, but this implementation has become the best.

The S6 Edge was hard to hold for long, and the S6 Edge + was too big.However, the ergonomics of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge G935fd are rated positively by users. The phone is big enough for a comfortable grip, and the curved back panel fits nicely in the palm of your hand. The sensations are magnificent and represent an impressive feat by the development team that has managed to change the design so drastically through minor changes.

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IP68: what does it mean?

Like the microSD slot, Samsung has returned another popular feature of the S5 - an increased degree of protection for the case. Although this is not an important function, it is great that it was added without any noticeable loss to the design. There are no valves closing the ports; there is no additional thickness and no free space between the display and the glass.

What does IP68 rating mean? The owner can dip the S7 Edge into the water to a depth of 1 m for up to 30 minutes and the phone will remain intact. In principle, you can easily use your smartphone in the rain and even watch YouTube from the bathroom without being accidentally slipping.

Screen

If the design of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB Black is amazing, according to the reviews, the display deserves the same epithets. Not much has changed since the past flagships, but this screen has remained the best for a number of reasons.First of all, he conveys a huge amount of detail. True, this is not 4K. Quad-HD (with a resolution of 2560 x 1440) looks so good that there is hardly any need for more pixels.

Everything - from images to movies and games - looks beautiful, and the LEDs are not visible to the naked eye at all. The density of 534 dpi surpasses the iPhone 6S Plus and means that the S7 Edge easily surpasses the Apple fablets in this respect.

The choice of technology Super AMOLED largely determines the advantages and disadvantages of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. According to the owners, this screen is much brighter than the LCD. Oversaturation does not represent such a big problem, as on the old phones of the Korean manufacturer, and users like a little revitalization of color. But for fans of colder shades, there is an opportunity to slow down the tone.

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AMOLED displays display black much better than LCD. Instead of looking gray, black is deep here, which is not difficult to see when watching multimedia.

Users have a few comments on the display of the smartphone. On both sides there is a very strong blue tint, especially when viewing content on a white background. He appears on Twitter and Gmail, although not appearing in photos, which is annoying.Viewing angles Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge reviews are also called not the best. But this is one of the casualties that one has to make when giving up IPS panels. When tilted, the sides become bright white, and the rest of the image is covered with a gray mist.

Permanently on display

Always-on Display mode is good, but needs some work. The constantly-on display technology uses the fact that AMOLED matrices do not require constant illumination of the entire panel - only individual pixels are involved. This means that S7 Edge can display time, date and other information on the lock screen when the phone is turned off without consuming too much power.

According to the manufacturer, this increases the battery discharge by 1% per hour, and users confirm this. In addition, the mode increases the energy efficiency of the device, since it is not necessary to constantly unlock it. However, the smartphone only shows notifications from Samsung applications, such as Messages, Mail, and Phone. But not from WhatsApp or Gmail. Also, users would like at least a little control over this mode. You can not change the brightness, which causes some problems in a dark room, and besides the possibility of disabling the calendar, there are no other settings.

In general, this feature Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge reviews are called very useful, but it needs to be improved.

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Battery life

The smartphone is equipped with a battery capacity of 3600 mA h, which is much more than 2600 mA h in S6 Edge. Battery life is still not perfect. The iPhone 6S Plus can last a few hours longer, and Moto X Force will withstand an extra half day. However, even with intensive use, you will not have to resort to the charger until the end of the day.

At an average daily load, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32 GB battery, according to the owners, is discharged to 25-35%. Energy-intensive tasks empty energy reserves much faster - 30 minutes of the game Hitman Sniper reduces the charge by 15%. However, in standby mode, the phone can be extremely long. Overnight, the device consumes only 2% thanks to the excellent Doze feature.

For 1 h of streaming Spotify over a 4G connection, 5% of the charge is used, and viewing of one movie on Netflix - 10%. These are good, if not surprising, results.

If you want to squeeze the most out of the battery to choose from, there are several energy-saving modes. “Standard” gives an extra hour, and “Ultra” turns the whole device into something more like a Nokia 3310 than a modern smartphone, doubles the battery life.

There is still no removable battery, but the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge SM-G935FD, according to reviews, benefits a lot from adaptive fast charging. In 10 minutes you can get up to 4 hours of work, and 100% of the charge is achieved in an hour and a half. To do this, you will have to use a special bundled cable and power supply, and not another available charger. The smartphone is also compatible with wireless storage devices that comply with Qi and PMA standards.

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Software: advantages and disadvantages

According to reviews, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge software, which provides user interaction, has become noticeably better. The TouchWiz interface has become cleaner, more stable and better. Finally, it has ceased to be a serious negative factor. Of course, the interface doesn't work as smoothly as Android, but it is starting to come closer. Fewer useless apps and children's icons are pre-installed. The engine for the S6 themes is still there, so you can make Android look the way Google planned.

Most Samsung programs have been purged, to such an extent that they have become very attractive. The phone application has a nice animation, S-Health keeps track of how much the user has moved and eaten, and even the once disgusting S-Planner has become surprisingly rich.

Many applications can be deleted if desired.Microsoft Office and Skype are preinstalled, and if you do not plan to use them, it is best to deactivate them without deleting them from the system memory. And if you intend to replace the system browser, you can disable it so that it is not displayed.

But even the heavily lite TouchWiz remains one of the most difficult Android interfaces. It occupies 7.14GB of 32 GB of internal memory, and if you add pre-installed applications, only about 20 GB remain available to the user. Nexus 6P, for example, offers an extra 1 GB of memory.

Turning off the Marshmallow storage, which allowed the S7 Edge ROM to be combined with the microSD card, makes the interface even more annoying.

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Performance

In the Galaxy S6, the Korean manufacturer switched from using popular Qualcomm processors to its own Exynos chips. This step was successful because the flagship Snapdragon 810 had problems with overheating. And Exynos 7420 caught up with the leaders. With the release of the S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung returned to Qualcomm in certain territories, but remained with the Exynos 8890 on others. This high-performance processor consists of 8 cores, one half of which operates at 2.6 GHz, and the other at 1.59 GHz. Paired with the GPU Mali T880.

Characteristics of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB, according to reviews, correspond to what can be expected from the flagship phone of 2016.4 GB of RAM ensures smooth operation even with several open applications. Hitman Sniper, Asphalt 8, Lara Croft Go and Real Racing 3 - all these games are easy.

However, TouchWiz is still sometimes late. Opening the application is accompanied by a strange pause, and navigation through the menu often leads to an increase in download time.

In the standard test suite, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB smartphone, according to the owners, leaves the competition far behind. He is gaining 6669 points in the multi-core Geekbench, outrunning his closest competitor Huawei Mate 8 by about 300 points. The difference is much larger than a Snapdragon 810 based device, such as the Nexus 6P, which is rated at 4245.

In the AnTuTu test, the gap is even more impressive. Here, the S7 Edge is estimated at 129,468 points and is far ahead of its closest rival Huawei Mate 8 with 92,746 points.

In an attempt to prevent any overheating charges, the manufacturer supplied the smartphone with a futuristic "water cooling element." It seems that it works at least most of the time. The phone warms up when opening a multitude of applications and during fast charging, but at other times it manages to stay cool.

Judging by the reviews, the smartphone Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has enough power to cope with any tasks.Call quality is excellent, and microphones are surprisingly well at suppressing any background noise.

Lower speaker less successful. If competing phones, such as the Nexus 6P and Moto X Style, are equipped with impressive, powerful and perfectly sounding speakers, with the S7 Edge it rattles and distorts the sound. At least its volume (71 dB) is sufficient.

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Edge, Upday and Gear VR

Edge application is designed to increase the efficiency of using curved edges of the display. If earlier it had limited functionality, now it has become a bit more useful. Owners can add favorite contacts, shortcuts and handy tools such as a compass and ruler. This is perhaps the most expensive line that you can buy.

Third-party developers have been able to create extensions for Edge. For example, Yahoo has made an application for quick viewing of news. But this is rather an interesting novelty than what will be used every day.

Upday replaced the Flipboard Briefing screen, which used to be located on the left side of the home page. This is an interesting news aggregator and competitor to Apple News, which is overly moderated and does not allow adding additional sources. However, it can be completely disabled.

When pre-ordering an S7 Edge from Samsung or another authorized retailer in the kit, you can get Gear VR. This is an entry-level virtual headset, surprisingly full-featured and offered for free. Just insert the phone into it and you can play VR games, watch videos and even Netflix.

Camera

Today the number of megapixels is not as important as before. There are more important factors that determine the quality of the mobile camera.

S7 Edge has less resolution than S6 (12 Mp vs. 16), but looking at the pictures, it is hard to believe.

Samsung used Dual Pixels technology, which helps autofocus work fantastically well. Each pixel is equipped with a phase sensor, so the camera can focus much faster and more accurately than before. The marketing name is one thing, but in practice the technology really works, providing the best AF system ever used in phones. It works quickly, almost instantly, and the transition from one focus point to another does not slow down the processor, like many competing devices.

Another big improvement in the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is that we see high quality shooting in low light conditions.Photos look absolutely fantastic. They are full of detail, the colors are bright and accurate, and you can get a beautiful blurred background when macro shooting.

Many options, settings and modes do not complicate the camera application. Pro mode allows you to change the focus points, ISO, white balance, etc., and the Live Broadcast option allows you to stream videos directly to YouTube.

Video recording in UHD resolution (4K) is also possible, but it imposes restrictions on the use of some video effects. 1080p mode allows you to use HDR, video effects and tracking autofocus, which is of great importance when shooting fast moving objects.

The front camera of the Samsung G935 Galaxy S7 Edge, according to the owners, has changed little, but it does its job well. 5-megapixel sensor, like most competitors, is characterized by the presence of a wide-angle lens. This allows you to remove all, leaving no one behind the scenes. There is no frontal flash, but it is replaced by a display.

Finally

If the cost does not matter and there is a desire to get a stunning phone externally, then this model would be the right choice. The phone was the culmination of an impressive growth for the Korean manufacturer, returning many features that the S6 and S6 Edge lacked.

The 5.5-inch display of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone is referred to as very clear, although the screen reflects the light too much, and the improved AF and camera work in low light conditions have brought the model to market leaders. The smartphone ideally combines high-quality components.

The battery model is inferior to competitors, and the interface TouchWiz, despite the refinement, still negatively affects performance. But these are only minor details.

The best-in-class camera, design and performance provided the models with the title of the best Android phone of 2016. This is probably why many copies of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge are being released. User feedback warns against their purchase - counterfeits are not worth the money spent on them.

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