Samsung Galaxy S7 is being proclaimed as the best smartphone device in the market today. But is it really the case? Yes, the latest flagship device from Samsung has witnessed strong sales figures and the company’s profits have increased 12% in the first quarter. But after the 2012 release of the Galaxy S3 which set records for the company in terms of profit, the successive reiterations of the product failed to generate the same kind of excitement among users as a result of Samsung’s lack of innovation on the product.
With the arbitrarily curved screen coming to Samsung smartphones, coupled with impressive hardware upgrades and arguably redundant features, Samsung has been able to raise the curiosity of the users. Yet again Samsung has been able to regain the top spot in the US market beating Apple’s iPhone which is not a mean task given the loyalty of Apple fanboys. The Galaxy S6 Edge set the tone for the smartphone manufacturer by steadying the ship. It not just brought in the sales numbers and market share but also brought back its pride and helped gain critical acclaim.
What Samsung has done with the S7 is that it has made improvement to the S6 after getting feedback from users. The shortcoming have been fixed like the design and the Edge software which is much more useful than the last time around. The smartphone is wrapped in glass making it a ‘handle with care’ product. However this very amalgamation of glass panels with metal frame makes the Galaxy S7 Edge one of the best looking smartphones out there in the market.
Although the phone is an eye-candy thanks the the Gorilla Glass 4 encasing, this makes it a fingerprint magnet. Also, this makes the smartphone a bit slippery and its rounded edges don’t help the matter. We would recommend users to get a case for the smartphone to help against this.
The overall design is an improvement over the last iteration, the Galaxy S6 Edge. The gentle curves make the new smartphone device more handy – it’s easier to hold compared to the last version. The older version was all flat with only the camera bulging out the back. Users voiced their concern about finding it a tad bit difficult to lift the phone off a flat base like a table. Samsung fixed this issue by giving the latest Edge a slightly curved back. The home button is slightly bigger than that on the last version presumably for better fingerprint recognition.
The 5’5 inch Super AMOLED Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display is bright and vivid, and is brilliant to say the least. With a resolution of 2560 x 1440, 534 pixels per inch, and a high 76.1% screen to body ratio, this smartphone has possibly the best display in the market. However, the curved screen does present some challenges as using some apps, and watching full screen videos could be an issue with important elements being located on the edge of the screen.
The Micro SD slot brings back the much needed memory expansion to the flagship Samsung device. Users were not pleased with the S6 series missing expandable memory option hence Samsung gave the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 200GB expandable space. This slot also doubles up as a SIM slot. It’s what’s called a hybrid SIM card slot which also supports microSD card. We used the dual SIM version of the handset.
Knox security protects the phone and OS from hacking and scans for malware. However, there is a major flaw that has been detected in the Samsung Galaxy S7. Recent reports have suggested that the factory reset protection can be bypassed and a stolen Galaxy S7 can be reused. XDA Forum has reported that fooling Google into giving you access to menus of a formatted device is possible. The video by RootJunky shows how to bypass the Factory Reset Protection. Watch the video here.
The S7 comes with a 12 megapixel camera as compared to the 16 megapixel camera of the S6, but the software has been improved, and the latest Edge smartphone comes with better camera features. The quality boost and speed make up for the drop in resolution. The camera remains the USP of the flagship device. Features like autofocusing make the camera stand out as it uses all the pixels in the sensor, as opposed to a handful of pixels used by competing handsets. If you are not an amateur photographer then you can use the Pro mode features to click some amazing images using your Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone.
We were impressed with its low-light imaging. If being a buyer, you are looking for the smartphone with best camera, then the Galaxy S7 Edge is the device to buy.
The battery size has been increased to 3600 mAh from 2600 mAh after many complained about the battery life. The power saving features of Android Marshmallow make the smartphone last 24 hours on normal use without any trouble. The battery is non-removable. The smartphone comes with a quick charger which powers the battery 100% in 80-90 minutes.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is shipped with the latest version of Android Marshmallow. This is an Android powerhouse Qualcom SnapDragon 820 or Samsung’s own Exynos 8890, depending on the market, teaming up with Adreno 530 graphics chip and 4GB of RAM.
The phone is water resistant and dust proof thanks to the IP68, and we believe all smartphones should come with this feature. Also, the Gorilla Glass is quite tough; it survived a fall on the tiled floor.
Smart Switch uses the USB OTG feature and transfers apps, media, documents, messages and setup or any combination of your choosing. Alternatively, you can use NFC and Wi-Fi. The setup procedure was easy and took a few minutes.
As the phone comes with two sets of apps preloaded – Google apps and Samsung’s own set of apps – it presents before the user two options to chose from as, in the case of browsers, email, gallery etc. Here Samsung’s apps have a distinct advantage over Google’s as they have been written keeping in mind that the smartphone has a curved edge display. But the fact is that users will only use one of the apps from the two options depending on their preferability.
The bottomline is that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is one of the top flagship smartphones in the market. It’s probably the best out there if your willing to overlook certain aspects like the huge price of the device, absence of an infrared port which can help control your home devices, the fact that one has to make a choice between whether to use the Hybrid SIM slot to extend memory or for another SIM card, no FM radio, color accuracy of camera as it produces saturated images, and the slippery body.
Price : Rs 56900
|Display||5.5″ Super-AMOLED QHD (2560×1440)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (quad-core, 2.15 GHz), or Exynos 8890 chip|
|Memory||4GB of RAM|
|Storage||32GB/64GB internal and up to 200GB microSD expansion|
|Rear Camera||12MP Dual Pixel, f/1.7 aperture, 1.4µm pixels|
|Front Camera||5MP, f/1.7 aperture|
|Battery||3,600 mAh (non-removeable)|
|Software||Android 6.0.1 with TouchWiz user interface|
|Colors||Black, White, Silver, Gold (depending on the market)|