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Last year's Galaxy Edge was worth lusting over. This year's is worth buying

“With the Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung's side screen is finally ready for primetime.”
  • Gorgeous Edge design looks nearly perfect
  • Top-of-the-line-specs
  • Water-resistant design
  • Solid camera takes strong low-light pics
  • Fast fingerprint sensor
  • Slippery glass is fragile, collects fingerprints
  • Overly sensitive nav buttons and touchscreen
  • No unlocked version, too much bloatware

Samsung didn’t just show the Galaxy S7 Edge to audiences at its launch event, it shoved it right in their faces with the help of VR. As I sat in the audience wearing Gear VR goggles, the gleaming glass and metal Edge came swirling into view, shimmering seductively, while music pumped. It was the single coolest moment I’ve ever experienced at a press event, and it set a high bar for the phone – a bar that the real, non-VR Edge remarkably manages to live up to.

While we’ve been testing this phone for days, this is a preliminary review, which we’ll update regularly as we continue to put the S7 Edge through its paces.

The Edge design is nearly perfect

Samsung’s first sexy smartphone was the Galaxy S6 Edge – one look, and you simply had to have it. Nobody cared that its glass back picked up too many fingerprints, or that it was slippery and desperately fragile. Even Samsung haters who’d scorned the brand in the past lusted after the phone.

The S7 Edge holds the same magnetic power over you from the moment you first lay eyes on it. It looked so damn good pirouetting in a glass case at the press event that I almost forgot why I hate glass-backed phones.

But then I touched it. Its silky glass back was soon marred by a mass of fingerprints, and the spell was broken. If you don’t like fingerprints, you’re going to need to pop a case on it, or carry around a tiny bottle of Windex everywhere. It’s also slippery, so we’d recommend the case, though it’s a crying shame to cover up this gorgeous phone.

Samsung may not have fixed its fingerprint problem, but it did fix the sharp metal edges that made the S6 Edge phone feel big and unwieldy. The glass back curves now, just like the Galaxy Note 5, so that the metal edges don’t dig into your hands anymore. And even though the 5.5-inch screen is bigger than last year’s model, it’s shockingly slim and doesn’t feel or look like a phablet. Next to the iPhone 6S Plus — which has the same screen size – it looks positively tiny.

It’s remarkable how much Samsung managed to slim down the S7 Edge. Its 2,560 x 1,440 pixel screen takes up nearly the entire front of the phone, leaving small bezels at the top and bottom of the device. And thanks to the curved edges, the screen appears to be limitless. The effect is stunning.

In a return to form, Samsung added an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance to the S7 Edge, so that you can dunk it in water for up to 30 minutes without fear. Most smartphones don’t have protection against splashes of water, even though dropping your phone in the toilet is one of the most common accidents that occur. It’s a killer feature that makes the S7 Edge stand out from its main competitors, the iPhone 6S and the LG G5.

However, to have a firm grip on the slippery S7 Edge, I need to nestle the bottom corner in my palm. If I do that, I invariably hit the back or menu buttons. They’re even more overly sensitive on the S7 Edge than on other Samsung phones, and quickly frustrated me. Most smartphone makers leave these buttons on the screen for a good reason – so you don’t accidentally hit them.

You also have to push down the home button to unlock it with your fingerprint. This may be standard practice on the iPhone and the LG V10, but the Nexus 6P, LG G5, and other modern Android phones have fingerprint sensors that don’t require a button press. Just touch your finger to the sensor and go. It’s much faster and more intuitive.

Top-of-the-line specs

If numbers help you sleep at night, you should be sleeping fairly well around the S7 Edge. Samsung told us that both S7 phones will run on a new quad-core 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz processor, but the maker of that processor will vary by region. In the United States, it will be the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 — but in the rest of the world, Samsung will use an Exynos chip of its own design. The new processors are supposedly about 30 percent faster than the Galaxy S6 and the integrated graphics processor is about 64 percent faster. Some reports claim the Snapdragon models are much more powerful than the Exynos ones, though we haven’t been able to verify independently.

After a week with the Always-on display, you’ll never want to live without it.

It has 4GB RAM, 32GB of storage, and the Nano SIM tray also has a MicroSD card slot that can hold any cards available today (up to 200GB). Apps can be saved straight to the card. Samsung has even struck a deal so the GS7s are the first phones compatible with the Vulkan API, which should aid high-end game development.

In benchmark tests, the S7 Edge performed very well. It scored 40,414 on the Quadrant benchmark, 2,532 on the 3D Mark Sling Shot test, and 5,370 in the multi-core test of Geekbench 3 (2,329 in the single-core score). The numbers are really high, though we expect to see similar results from other phones with the Snapdragon 820 inside. Some tests show the iPhone 6S Plus outperforming the S7 Edge in terms of speed, and no doubt we’ll have benchmark wars for the foreseeable future. The point is, you won’t be disappointed with the Edge’s smooth, fast, and responsive performance. The caveat is that it does seem to run warm, despite the liquid cooling inside the phone.

Samsung’s new Always On screen indefinitely shows a clock, notifications, or widgets like a calendar for quick viewing, even when the phone is asleep – but not when it’s in your pocket. It’s really helpful, especially for those of us, like me, who are guilty of constantly checking our phones for the time. I’m in love with this feature. It sounds trivial, but after a week with it, you’ll never want to live without it. You can even change the clock style and add a background image in different colors.

If you’re not time obsessed, you can also add a calendar, or just show off a funky image. My favorite was a galaxy-themed shot with colorful planets. I wish I could put a clock on top of it, but that’d probably drain the battery too much.

Of course, this screen does use battery. Battery size has improved by a good 13 to 15 percent to make up for it, but the Always On screen will suck up most of that extra juice in the span of a day. We’re testing further to see if the calendar or images drain the battery more than just your average clock. Luckily, you can turn the feature off if you don’t want to use it.

TouchWiz makes a mess

While most manufacturers are starting to favor a more vanilla version of Android, Samsung continues to cling to TouchWiz, it’s big and clunky custom interface. There aren’t many new features, but odd decisions, like including two app stores, will still confuse some folks. Samsung also eliminated the Flipboard widget that was just a swipe away from the home screen. Google Now isn’t there, either, so if you want quick access to news, you’ll have to add it to the screen by downloading a launcher from one of the app stores.

The app icons look a bit flatter, but they’re still not in line with modern mobile interface aesthetics. The Gallery app still has that weird flower icon, and the phone app is covered in green plaid. Some people love this look, but if you’re into stock Android, Samsung is still not going to please you.

Some reports even indicate that TouchWiz slows Samsung phones down. Although the S7 Edge currently seems super speedy and we didn’t run into any stuttering, we did notice that the Galaxy S6 did not age well. TouchWiz slowed it down over time, and that could happen with the S7 Edge, too. We’ll keep you posted.

The other issue is bloatware. Samsung crams this thing with Amazon apps, Samsung apps that replicate Google apps, and if you’re unlucky enough to be with Verizon, a no less than nine carrier apps. Plus, Verizon insists on cutting Samsung apps like its messaging app and Samsung Pay. Since Samsung doesn’t sell unlocked versions of its phones, there’s no avoiding this mess.

It’s absolutely baffling that Samsung doesn’t sell its phones unlocked in the U.S. in this day and age. Sure, most people still buy their phones at carriers, but some don’t – especially now that the two-year contract is dead. It’s time Samsung join Apple, Motorola, Google, and scores of other manufacturers with unlocked phones.

There’s also the matter of updates. With serious bugs like Stagefright becoming more common in Android, it is imperative that phones get timely updates. The more distinctive the phone’s UI and the more meddlesome the carrier, the longer it takes to update phones to the latest version of Android. Samsung doesn’t exactly have a shining record here, but neither does any manufacturer, really. It’s time to change that.

Samsung’s Edge is sharper than ever

Thanks to a few tweaks, the 550-pixel Edge on the phone is more useful than ever. Apps can use more space, and a cool new panel called Tasks Edge gives you shortcuts to select Samsung apps and widgets, so you can get to features you need more quickly.

For example, you can quick launch the selfie camera, create a contact, compose a message, or write up an email. The tasks are mostly limited to Samsung apps right now, so if you use an alternative calendar or email app, you’re out of luck. Messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or WeChat, all require you to create an icon for a specific conversation on your home screen, before you can add it to Task Edge. This defeats the purpose: If you already have a shortcut on your home screen to message your favorite contact, why do you need it in the Edge, too?

Task Edge needs more support for third-party apps, and more specific, personalized options, like sending a canned message to a loved one saying you’re safe at work or on your way home. An iOS app called Launcher lets you do this from the widgets pull-down menu on the iPhone, and I use it all the time. If the Tasks Edge is going to be truly useful, then it’ll need these kinds of features.

Luckily, you can still launch any app quickly from the Apps Edge, and you can have 10 apps there now. It remains the most useful of the edge panels. The People Edge is still great for when you need to speed dial your mom, and the expanded screen real estate makes Yahoo News and CNN News much more appealing and useful to have on the Edge.

Now that Samsung seems to be invested in the Edge, we expect more app developers will start making apps for the edge, and it will continue to become more useful. On the S7 Edge, it’s no longer the gimmick it used to be on earlier models, but it’s still not as polished or practical as we wish it were.

Quick charging is great and battery life is decent

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge supports both wireless and Quick Charging, which is one of the most useful new features a phone can have (even if it’s Quick Charge 2.0 – not 3.0). It still juices up really quickly in a pinch.

With its 3,600mAh pack, the phone seems to outlast the regular S7, and it can make it through one day of moderate use. That’s not bad, but we’re testing further to determine how well it fares on a very busy day, so stay tuned for further battery life observations.

Unfortunately, the Edge S7 used Micro USB; not USB Type C. Samsung chose to wait this year so that the S7 line works with its Gear VR headset, but we expect it will switch over soon. From a practical perspective, though, this means all your old Micro USB chargers will still work. You can put off the pain of switching chargers for one more year.

Strong camera, even in low light

Samsung typically makes one of the best smartphone cameras, and the Galaxy S7 Edge’s camera is no exception. It’s more or less on par with the iPhone, and occasionally bests it in low light, which is a huge compliment.

Samsung’s S7 Edge camera is on par with the iPhone and occasionally bests it in low light.

The 12-megapixel camera sensor uses 100 percent of the pixels for focusing, providing a super-fast auto focus and better low-light performance. It now has an aperture of f/1.7, which bests last year’s f/1.9, too. Only megapixel count moves backwards, down from 16 megapixels on last year’s S6. However, as the iPhone proves time and time again, resolution isn’t everything.

The Galaxy S7 Edge produces gorgeous, if not slightly over saturated, pictures outside on sunny days and even inside with mixed lighting. It has a slight low-light advantage over iPhone 6S Plus, though sometimes it over compensates. On occasion, low-light pictures turn out grainy or appear blown out. These shots invariably look worse than ones you’d take with the iPhone 6S Plus, but when it gets it right, the S7 Edge takes superior photos in low light. The camera lets more light in and reveals greater detail in most cases.

The iPhone 6S Plus does produce more realistic results, though, so if you find Samsung’s look overly bright and saturated, this isn’t the phone for you. Sometimes Samsung’s boosts result in a better picture; sometimes it’s too much.

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We’ll have to compare it to other phones, including the LG G5, to make a more official judgment.

The 5-megapixel selfie cam is more or less equal on both the iPhone and the S7 Edge, which is to say it’s adequate, but could be much better.

Warranty information

The Galaxy S7 Edge has a one-year warranty that covers accidental damage and defects. To get your device replaced or repaired, you have to send it to an authorized phone service facility with the receipt or proof of sale showing the original date of purchase, the serial number of the product, and the seller’s name and address.

It’s important to note that the two curved glass panels on the phone may be expensive to replace, should they shatter. We’ve reached out to Samsung for more specifics on glass replacement costs, and we’ll keep you updated here.

Conclusion

If you bought an S6 Edge, you’re going to wish you had waited. Samsung smoothed out all the edges this year to create a well-rounded, polished product with the Galaxy S7 Edge. It’s more comfortable to hold, adds more screen real estate without adding any bulk, improves the camera, and reincorporates gems like water resistance and a MicroSD card slot.

The S7 Edge is a good buy that we’d heartily recommend to anyone who’s rocking a phone that’s at least two years old. If you scorned the S6 for its lack of water resistance and MicroSD card, they you’ll be happy with this year’s model. Samsung fans upgrading from the Galaxy S5 or S4 will see marked improvements in the processor, camera, and screen quality. Clean freaks and germaphobes will hate the fingerprint problem, but if you pop a case on it, you’ll be fine.

Android purists need not apply, though, as TouchWiz still has a strong presence on the S7 Edge. The Nexus 6P still has the advantage of a sturdier metal body, updates, and pure Android – not to mention a lower price tag. However, you’ll sacrifice water resistance and a strong camera, if you go with the 6P.

If you’re trying to decide between the S7 Edge and the regular S7, we’d recommend the Edge. The extra screen space isn’t totally useful yet, it will be soon. The more emphasis Samsung places on the Edge, the more developers express interest in it, and the more useful it will become. The larger screen packed into a small body almost gives you a phablet that feels like a smaller phone than it really is.

As someone who hated the Edge so much I wrote an editorial about it, I’m finally getting onboard the Edge train. It always looked nice, and now it even feels nice. The Edge has potential now that it’s bigger and more apps are coming. I can’t wait to see what developers will do with preprogrammed app shortcuts.

As the first flagship phone of 2016, the Galaxy S7 Edge more than lives up to its potential. It’s a gorgeous phone with tons of power and lots of special features to make it stand out.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung gets it right the second time around. The Galaxy S7 Edge ($792 for 32GB as tested on Verizon Wireless; $799.99 unlocked) is a striking standout of a smartphone, bringing back several fan-favorite features that were lost in last year's successful S6 Edge. While we also like the smaller Galaxy S7, the Edge manages a bigger battery and Samsung's signature curved glass in a package that's not much larger. As I tested the two phones together, I found that they benchmarked the same and have pretty much identical camera performance. The only major differences are in battery life and design, but that's enough to push the S7 Edge into the lead, and make it our Editors' Choice for Android phones.

DesignThe S7 Edge borrows ideas from a whole bunch of last year's Samsung phones, and puts them together in the right combination. It has the tight efficiency of the S6 Edge, a bigger screen like the slightly bloated S6 Edge+, and superior edge functionality from the older Galaxy Note Edge. Elegantly curved, the S7 Edge measures only 5.9 by 2.9 by 0.3 inches (HWD) and weighs 5.5 ounces. That's considerably narrower, and considerably less heavy, than other competing large smartphones like the Google Nexus 6P (6.3 by 3.1 by 0.3 inches; 6.3 ounces) and the iPhone 6s Plus (6.2 by 3.0 by 0.3 inches; 6.8 ounces).

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The 5.5-inch, quad-HD screen on the front is the same resolution, and the same quality, as the S7's screen, even though the S7 Edge uses a flexible plastic OLED, while the S7 is on a traditional glass substrate, according to DisplayMate Labs. While that means it has a slightly lower pixel density than the S7 does, at resolutions like this, that really doesn't matter in practice. What's more important is that this screen is brighter than the panel on either the Galaxy S6 or the Galaxy Note 5.

Below the screen is a combination Home button/fingerprint scanner (the same as on the S6, which is accurate most of the time) and a standard micro USB port for charging and syncing. Samsung decided not to go with the newer USB-C so S6 users could keep their chargers and accessories.

Like the S7, the S7 Edge is IP68 rated, which means it's waterproof and sealed against dust. I had no problem dunking and rinsing it, which is a major advantage over competitors like the iPhone and the Nexus.

Networking, Voice Quality, and BatteryThe S7 Edge has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset as the S7, which makes for the same performance. I didn't find that the larger body improves signal capture or performance in weak signal areas, which were better on both phones than on the S6 or the iPhone 6s.

I tested the Galaxy S7 Edge on Verizon Wireless. I was unable to get it to a location with a very fast Verizon connection, but I was able to test it in a weak signal location, where it maintained an LTE signal more consistently than an iPhone 6S did. Wi-Fi performance is also excellent. It's obviously dual-band 802.11ac (I mean, c'mon), and it had no trouble with a 150-megabit, symmetrical connection.

The phone supports voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi calling. The unlocked model works for CDMA, GSM, and LTE on every US carrier, even Verizon and Sprint. If you buy a carrier version, it will have all of the LTE bands on your carrier, but exclude some of the bands that the other carriers use. So it's best to get the unlocked version if you want to move it between carriers.

Voice quality is fine. The earpiece is solidly loud, with no distortion. The bottom-ported speaker is a little too easy to cover with your thumb, and it isn't boomingly loud given that this is a larger phone. In my test calls, I found the earpiece audio to be tuned a little sharper and less harsh than on the S7, but I suspect that was just an artifact of changing conditions on the Verizon network. Noise cancellation is excellent, but that's table stakes on phones in this price category. The S7 Edge, like the S7, supports both Wi-Fi calling and voice-over-LTE.

Battery life on the sealed-in 3,600mAh cell is excellent. I got 10 hours of video streaming, which matches the excellent Nexus 6P. Leaving the phone in standby mode for eight hours only drained 7 percent of the battery, which is also on par with the Nexus, and churning updates for half an hour only dropped the battery by 4 percent, which is frankly pretty killer. The phone supports fast charging and wireless charging, and fills the battery in about two hours of fast charging. You can be confident in the Edge's battery life, which is one reason we prefer it to the Galaxy S7 (which still manages a very respectable 9 hours of video streaming).

Software and the EdgeThe S7 Edge's major unique feature is the edge, of course. The edge is Samsung's most notable, and most useful, addition to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow here.

Samsung's curved edge first appeared on the Galaxy Note Edge, and I love it because it's configurable. You could download and load various apps on the edge of the screen to check the weather or play a word game. On the Galaxy S6 Edge, the edge became a mere design feature—you could pull out some frequently used contacts, but few people ever did, and instead it was just pretty.

Well, the functional edge is back, and it's more functional than ever. Swipe in from the right side of the screen to bring up an edge panel. There are about a dozen possible edge panels, along with an open SDK so that hopefully more will come in the future. By default, you get favorite apps, favorite contacts, and a panel for some macros, like starting a message to one of your favorite people. You can add news services, weather, a ruler, memory status, or various other applications.

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I also like the always-on screen, which displays the time, date, and basic notifications when the phone is locked; it can also show a calendar or a few custom images based on your phone's theme. It doesn't seem to drain the battery much and you can always disable it if it doesn't suit you.

All that software functionality just adds to Samsung's bloatware load, alas. US carriers only sell a 32GB version of the Galaxy S7 Edge, and 9.23GB on our Verizon model were taken up by Google's OS, Samsung's software, and more than a dozen preloaded Verizon and Amazon apps you can't move or delete.

You can add a microSD card up to 200GB, though, by sticking it in a tray that's part of the SIM card slot. Samsung doesn't support Google's Adoptable Storage, which lets the microSD card be seen as part of the phone's internal memory, but you can move downloaded apps to the card one by one using the phone's settings screen.

The 2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor delivers excellent performance, identical to the Galaxy S7. It easily outclasses the Nexus 6P's Snapdragon 810 on both standard performance benchmarks and graphics benchmarks. It's outmatched by the iPhone 6s Plus when it comes to gaming frame rates, but that's not an apples-to-Apple comparison, as the iPhone has much lower screen resolution. High-intensity games like Asphalt 8 play perfectly smooth here.

Camera and Video The S7 and the S7 Edge have the same camera module, which has a much more subtle exterior bump than on the S6 generation. Samsung says it dropped from a 16-megapixel unit on the Galaxy S6 to a 12-megapixel unit with larger pixels here to improve low-light performance; it also added more focus pixels to improve low light focus. We saw the focus improvements, but not the low-light improvements on this camera.

Double-tap the Home button and the camera opens in about 0.6 seconds, just like on the Galaxy S6. The quicker focus is immediately evident, and the shutter is pretty much instantaneous. In one of my several low-light tests, the S7 Edge took a much brighter image than the S6 did. But I didn't find that in other tests, and whether my hand was shaky mattered far more than anything else. Both the S6 and the S7 outperform the iPhone 6s, with sharper and less noisy images.

The 5-megapixel front camera is also very good, but a minor improvement over the S6; mostly, images are a little less noisy. The bigger improvement for selfies comes in the addition of a Selfie Flash mode, which lights up the screen when you're shooting an image in the dark.

From left to right: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S7, Apple iPhone 6s

Video now records at up to 4K resolution at 30 frames per second on the main camera, and 1080p on the front camera. Video recording is excellent, and maintained 30 frames per second even in very dim conditions.

In terms of audio and video playback, the Snapdragon 820 can handle any content you can throw at it. There's no cabled way to attach the S7 to a big screen anymore, though; you need to use wireless screencasting.

Comparisons and ConclusionsCompetition in the realm of larger premium smartphones is intense. The Nexus 6P, the Galaxy Note 5, the LG V10, and the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 all have unique advantages, and I could easily recommend any of them. There's also the iPhone 6s Plus, which frankly doesn't put Apple's best foot forward with its relatively low-res screen, but has many games and social networks that are unique to the iPhone platform. So why am I making the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge our Editors' Choice? You're getting the most phone per square inch, and more importantly the biggest battery.

The Edge gives you a big screen in a relatively small phone: 5.5 inches in a 2.86-inch wide device, as opposed to the 5.7-inch competitors, which are generally 3 inches or wider. The curved glass makes the Edge not just stylish, but easier to hold as well. Combine that with a killer processor, a faster modem, and a 3,600mAh battery, which is bigger than all the competition, and you get a large, waterproof smartphone with long battery life.

That said, you'll want to get the Galaxy Note 5 if you want to scribble on the screen with the S Pen, and you'll want the Nexus 6P if you prefer a simpler, pure Android experience with no bloatware. The Nexus 6P is also a lot cheaper. So that's a tough decision.

But the Galaxy S7 Edge is current state-of-the-art. It's the best-crafted, most powerful smartphone on the market, with the biggest battery, and the most cutting-edge components you can get. That's enough to make it our Editors' Choice.

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  • Shohrat Shankar (Apr 25, 2016) on Gadgets 360

    Got this little over a week ago and find it to be an awesome phone Pros: Great design & fantastic looks Edge features Good battery Fast & smooth performance Samsung email app has many formatting features missing from other apps Amazing camera good editing features too 32gb storage with micro sd card instead of 2nd sim Though screen is big, easy to carry and feels good in pocket Screen is vibrant and has great visibility even in sunlight. Cons: Touch wiz could be better Costly (not sure if it's worth the price) Not used it off games tet, so not sure of that performance But if you want a gorgeous phone with super performance, camera & battery then go for this.

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    number 1 stylish phone in the world with high end performance and good battery life too. silver color is best. number 1 stylish phone in the world with high end performance and good battery life too. silver color is best.

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    Vinesh Zeus (Jun 22, 2019) on Gadgets 360

    I have used Samsung S7 Edge in the year 2016 & 2017 two years. Experienced no issues at all, later switched to apple for a year then came back to Android with same Samsung S7 edge device, after the release of S8 & S9. I started to experience a weird issue. The internet connectivity on the home Wi-Fi keeps disconnecting. I must turn off the Wi-Fi then turn it on to make it work, and after a period of time the issue re-occurs. This is totally irritating, I must toggle ON & OFF switch for wi-Fi under settings options (which is not a big deal, but yet) every time to make the internet active. At times when I keep the phone in idle; the internet connection goes off, which I am not even aware of and I tend to miss important mails. The issue does not occur if I am using the mobile data; the internet stays connected for a very long time; the same issue does not occur if I am connected to my office WI-FI or restaurant WI-FI. The issue only persists for my home WI-FI Initially I though this is my internet ISP provider issue, then thought it?s the router issue, later when I started to use my laptop; I have not experienced the same issue. Which rules out my ISP & router issues which is suspected, all the other devices in my home works perfectly except the Samsung S7 edge. I did few searches on the internet and found there are few other people who have experienced the same problem; with the solutions they have provided ? tried all the possible software configuration. Did reset the network settings, then finally did format the phone it observed it for few days. The issue has not occurred, then have done all the security updates to the phone and made the phone up to date with software update, there you go the issue popped up again. Totally irritated. Then I thought this might one device defect issue. Thought to give another change to Samsung brand. Gave the old phone to my finance who relays only on mobile data for internet. Then I bought a new phone Samsung S7; there was no issues for couple of days, did all software updates there you go ? the issue occurred again. I have been experiencing this issue for the last 6 months totally lost patience today as I have done this Wi-Fi switch toggle today exactly for 67 times for the last 6 hours; though I have not been using the mobile device for the whole 6 hours. I would say I have used my phone for 2 or 3 hours where I have ended up toggling the Wi-Fi switch. Like apple did to drain out the device batteries for Apple devices, I guess Samsung found this way to irritate users to switch phones. I must confess here to Samsung that you have succeed in your plan, as now I have given up the Samsung S7 and the Samsung brand. Not a big fan of Chinese brand but lately with the devices that Huawei manufactures I have decided to go with Huawei brand. Good bye Samsung.

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    Great performance samsung beast

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    Prashant Bhagat (Dec 18, 2017) on Gadgets 360 Recommends

    What to say, amazing smart phone camera, battery, performance, software, and the coolest look.. Samsung you are the best.. Thank for this wonderful, awesome phone.. Thank you Samsung

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  • Jayesh Vaswani (Aug 17, 2017) on Gadgets 360

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is very good camera. Wonderful 5.5-inch dual-curved super AMOLED display. Wireless Charging, Fast Charging And Powerful Battery. 4GB Ram 32GB Storage & 64GB microSD card slot Silver Color is Best. Fast performance. https://www.sammobile.com/2017/02/27/galaxy-s7-edge-wins-best-smartphone-award-at-mwc-2017/

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    very user friendly, fast charging, and powerful battery. The camera is very good in picture and video quality.

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  • Jones Huang (Jun 23, 2016) on Gadgets 360

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is really an impressive high-end smartphone. No matter with the specifications and quality. But meanwhile, the price is high. For those who want to buy a smartphone but with limited budget, just like me. We want good affordable smartphone. Last week, my friend suggested me to get the new smartphone from Bluboo company, Maya for only $69.99, but with 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 3000mAh battery, 8MP front camera, 13MP Sony back camera and Android 6.0 OS, what do you think of this device?

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  • Lloyd Dsouza (Sep 19, 2017) on Gadgets 360

    S7 edge microphone not working happened in 13 month of the phone. service centre is charging me 18000 to replace the screen. says the microphone is connected to the screen what a piece of shit. 60000 down the drain will not advice getting the s8 it's a major piece of shit.

  • Shavvi Cheema (Jul 4, 2016) on Gadgets 360

    Pissed off with this phone front camera show pikcha so different while skype and on other sites sold out iphone 6s just for this phone looks and its add on television but now feel like throwing the phone out from window !! worthless gadget not value for money

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Top 10 best ROMs for Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge.

Samsung Galaxy S7 was released over an year ago but it can still rival the top new smartphones. All thanks to it’s well engineered hardware and a little less-bloated software. It sports an amazing camera and is a really gorgeous looking device which not only looks good but also feels solid in the hand.

The top of the line hardware, allows it to run the latest Android firmware along with tons of customization. It runs the Xposed framework quite smoothly & offers. While there are many options to choose, we have tested & experimented with different custom ROMs & found the best out of it. This ROMs were tested in Galaxy S7 Edge Exynos version & might not be the same in Snapdragon variant.

Prerequisites:

Top 10 best ROMs for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

1. Lineage OS

LineageOS for Galaxy S7

Formally known as the infamous Cyanogenmod Rom, Lineage OS is one the most popular ROM for Android devices. It features a bloat-free ROM with all “Vanilla Android” experience which we love like from the Nexus and Pixel Lineup. Lineage OS has been available for a while but they released a Official version on there Official Site.

LineageOS for Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge: Download

2. Superman ROM

Superman ROM

If you are among those who really like the Samsung’s TouchWiz, then this ROM is for you. Superman ROM is based on the latest Nougat base. It is debloated and you can download almost all the apps that can be downloaded from the play store. It comes Pre-rooted which means no more installation for the SuperSU. Also, BusyBox is pre-installed as well. You can also choose which kernel to install among Stock DQBO Kernel, SuperStock-Kernel or SuperKernel (choose in aroma) when you flash the stock ROM.

Superman ROM: Galaxy S7 | Galaxy S7 Edge

3. Resurrection Remix OS

Resurrection Remix

If you have been around in the Android community for a while you must have heard of the Resurrection Remix OS. It is one of the most popular ROM available in the android community. It is in Beta stage and have a few bugs here there but it still can be used as a daily driver.

Resurrection Remix for Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge: Download | Source

4. OnTheEdgeLite

OnTheEdgeLite ROM for Galaxy S7

OnTheEdgeLite is another TouchWiz based ROM but fully ported from Galaxy S8, which means you get to enjoy Galaxy S8 & S8+ features in your S7 device. Along with that, the developer claims it to be the smallest TouchWiz ROM available. It is around 1.3Gb. It is fully Debloated and Deodexed. It has the all new fast TouchWiz that is close to stock and is based on the latest Nougat build.

OnTheEdgeLite: Galaxy S7 | Galaxy S7 Edge | Source

5. Helios

Helios ROM for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

A Tweaks rich ROM with near to stock Touchwiz experience. The ROM is very smooth & offers great battery backup. It is one of those ROMs, you can use as your daily driver. Don’t expect much of customization options, but its the performance hungry user group.

User Review: For me this is the best rom for S7 so far. Tried SuperMan, SuperStock and LineageOS, but wasn’t happy at all.

Helios: Galaxy S7 | Galaxy S7 Edge

6. AOSPExtended ROM

AOSPExtended for Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge

AOSPExtended ROM is an AOSP based ROM which has stock UI/UX and comes along with various customization along with the Substratum Theme Engine. Since it is stock, you can expect great speed and lag-free software experience. It has all the features of stock ASOP plus some hand picked cherry features from various other projects.

AOSPExtended ROM: Galaxy S7 | Galaxy S7 Edge | Source

7. Super Stock ROM

Super Stock ROM for Galaxy S7If you have been using Android Marshmallow, you’ll surely notice an improvement in performance after installing this ROM. Everything runs nicely, great RAM management, no heating, no FCs & a very neat UI.

The ROM hardly has any bugs with great features. On heavy usages, I got around 4 hours of SOT & on average usage, I managed to get around 5-6hrs of SOT. If you’re bored with stock TouchWiz, this is the ROM to go with. Lots of customization & no bugs.

Super Stock ROM: Galaxy S7 | Galaxy S7 Edge

8. Google Pixel Edition ROM

Google Pixel Edition ROM for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

If you are bored of the Touchwiz UI, Pixel Edition ROM would be the perfect ROM to change the way your device works. It comes with all the Google Pixel features into your Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge device. If don’t like simple Android UI, this ROM might not be for you.

Google Pixel Edition ROM: Galaxy S7 | Galaxy S7 Edge

9. The Galaxy Project ROM

The Galaxy Project ROM

The famous Touchwiz based ROM doesn’t disappoint at all. It offers various installation options which allows you to have only what you actually want. It’s clean, Simple, comes with Galaxy S8 Apps & overall a very well built ROM. Although I have not used this as daily driver, it comes with no bugs. Go ahead, you might find find something you have been looking for in your “perfect ROM”.

The Galaxy Project ROM: Galaxy S7 | Galaxy S7 Edge

10. AOKP Project ROM

AOKP ROM for Galaxy S7

AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) started out as a variation of AOSP with the word play “Kang.” But soon it developed in an independent ROM. It offers the goodness of AOSP and the “unicorn features ” added by the developers. They support Substratum Theme Engine

AOKP Project ROM: Galaxy S7 | Galaxy S7 Edge

So there we have briefed you about few of the ROMs available for the Samsung Galaxy S7 (Exynos) version. We will be updating this list as soon as new and better ROMs are available to try. Till then, just go flash any of the above ROM. All of the above ROMs are Nougat based and most of them are kept updated frequently. We will see you with some more ROMs soon and Till then take care!

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