Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Hands-On Review
The highly anticipated Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge were released in March, 2016 as successors to the S6 and S6 Edge. Samsung’s latest creations have already made an appearance at the BuyBackWorld facilities, so we got up close and personal with them.
The S7 Edge comes equipped with the trademark dual-curved display introduced by the S6 Edge. Samsung manages to perfect this innovative design while bolstering other areas as well.
With softer edges and a redesigned curved rear, the S7 Edge’s aluminum and glass build feels smoother and sleeker than any smartphone. The Quad HD Super AMOLED 5.5-inch display wraps around a 5.9×2.9×0.3-inch body. For comparison, the Apple iPhone 6S Plus’ 5.5-inch LCD is encased within 6.2×3.1×0.3-inch dimensions, making for some awkward handling.
There’s no wasted space on the S7 Edge. The 5.5-inch screen is a .4-inch jump from the S6 and S6 Edge and just .2 inches smaller than the S6 Edge Plus, making for a perfectly balanced build.
The standard S7 is also attractive, but without the curved edges and a smaller 5.1-inch display.
Like their S6 predecessors, the S7 and S7 Edge carry 2560×1440 screen resolutions, meaning the standard S7 holds a slight pixel advantage.
Running the new Android 6.0, Samsung’s latest smartphones are powered by Snapdragon 820 processors, advertised as 30 percent more powerful than the S6 models. With no added bulk, the batteries have been upgraded as well. The S7 carries a 3000 mAH and the S7 Edge is powered by a 3600 mAH, with each supporting wireless charging.
Both devices hold 32GB of storage expandable up to 200GB via microSD, an option not available with the S6 models. Meanwhile, the rear cameras dipped from 16 to 12 megapixels, but color quality, low-light exposure and focus speed all improved. In addition, the rear cameras protrude less as an extra design upgrade.
Additional features include the fingerprint sensor, the Edge’s panel shortcuts, and the new Always On Display. Unlike their S6 predecessors, the S7 and S7 Edge also earned IP68 certifications as water and dust resistant, so feel free to douse them in champagne.
BuyBackWorld Bottom Line: With the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung has managed to refine the already near-perfect S6 line. Elite in every department, the new devices offer flawless performance, stunning cameras and ingenious, next-level design, particularly with the Edge. Samsung now holds claim to the best smartphones on the planet, but we’ll see what Apple is able to counter with this fall.
If you’re interested in making the upgrade, you can always sell your used Samsung cell phone to BuyBackWorld to offset the cost.