The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge marks the coming of age for the Korean technology behemoth, Samsung. It brings together design prowess and also technological know-how the company has been refining since the release of the first Galaxy S smartphone.
Its design brings a sense of elegance and fluidity with the glass edges flowing into the metal frame and meeting the glass back of the device. Samsung’s decision to use glass on the back of the device comes as a welcomed change to its usual plastic. Overall, the design gives the S7 edge a premium, luxurious feel.
The display of the S7 Edge is one of the best in the industry. Colours are vibrant and bright bringing multimedia viewed on the device to life. In addition, the QHD resolution of the edge display allows for more detail and sharper images.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge hones Samsung’s flexible AMOLED technology bringing sleek and rather luxurious curves which we first saw in the S6 Edge and Edge+. The big difference? The better edge optimised software which brings features such as “People’s Edge” and “Apps Edge”. These software features allow users to have quick and easy functionality to predetermined contacts and some of the favourite apps respectively. In addition, the new feature allowing users to have widgets in the edge screen brings an added level of productivity. However, the dual edge is precisely that – a dual edge – the added functionality is welcome but it can also become a hindrance to users trying to use the device in one hand. I found myself having multiple instances where typing with one hand ended up causing the phone to go into continuous input as my palm came in contact with the edge.
Software features on the Galaxy S7 Edge is perhaps the most refined we’ve seen in a Galaxy device. The once clunky and sluggish TouchWiz user interface sees much refinement with Samsung making its Android customisations less bulky by unbundling a good number of its stock applications. In addition, the general design aesthetic of TouchWiz brings cleaner edges and a more refined approach making the interface feel sharp and snappy.
The S7 edge is – for lack of a better term – a power house. The new 8 core Exynos processor made by Samsung themselves, allows the phone to zoom through applications, hardly stuttering even in the most demanding applications. The 3GB of RAM handles multitasking like a breeze. In addition to this, their new game centre feature allows users to have an undisturbed gaming experience by allowing the user to block notifications while gaming. It also allows optimisation; allowing users to choose between “battery saving” and “performance” modes. Although, the former rendered more taxing games unplayable.
The cameras on the S7 edge are, undeniably, the best in class – for now. It comes with a 13-MegaPixel main camera with a 5-megapixel front facing camera. Both cameras perform beautifully. Images taken under good light conditions, were crisp and vibrant. Focusing with the camera didn’t require you to fiddle around; a simple tap and 0.2 seconds later your focus is changed. This was true even in low light. Low light performance was amazing with the S7 edge, images were still crisp and detailed with minimal noise.
Finally, the dust proofing and water proofing of the S7 edge adds a level of protection to the device which we haven’t seen much in the company’s line of devices. The biggest difference this time? The company has found a way to get an IP68 rating without the need of clunky flaps, preserving the elegance of the phone. The phone managed to survive all our tests including dunking the phone in coffee and milk. However, immediately after, expect the sound to remain muffled for a little bit after removing it from submersion.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a wonderful device which bring a very compelling case to the table. However, one of its biggest problems is the price, at RM3099, some people may consider a laptop a more appropriate option.
- Drool-worthy Design
- Top of the line processor and graphics
- Edge Display with extended functionality
- Sharp Display with QHD resolution
- Amazing Camera performance with Dual Pixel autofocusing technology
- Can be quite difficult to maneuver with one hand
The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is definitely a contender for phone of the year with all the new and fortified features that Samsung manages to stuff into its sleek and drool-worthy design. With great camera performance and expandable storage on top of its amazing performance, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is very compelling. However, its one Achilles heel is the pricing Retailing at RM3099, some would find a laptop more compelling. That said, if you’re looking for a phone that will last, this is one that we can recommend – if you have the bank for it.