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Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge: Release date, specs and everything you need to know
After months of speculation, Samsung has introduced the two latest flagship phones in its long line of Galaxy handsets.
Much had been rumoured and leaked about the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge devices in the build up to the Korean company's Mobile World Congress 2016 press conference, but they are now officially available to buy from multiple retailers and networks, so you can discover their talents for yourself. Beforehand though, we suggest you read on and familiarise yourself with the devices in our handy guide.
Contrary to early belief, there's no Samsung Galaxy S7 edge+ yet – with a possible launch for that device touted for much later in the year – but with the extra-sized 5.5-inch screen on the S7 edge, perhaps it's not even needed.
So let's turn our attention onto the two flagship handsets Samsung has now released. Here's everything you need to know about the SGS7 and SGS7 edge.
READ: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S7 edge: What's the difference?Pocket-lint
Although the two new handsets share a couple of design cues and are clearly in the same family, this year's models are differently sized. The Samsung Galaxy S7, like the SGS6, is a 5.1-inch phone, while the Galaxy S7 edge has had a jump to 5.5-inches.
READ: Samsung Galaxy S7 review: The unsung hero?
The latter also seems to feature the biggest differences in overall design on a year-to-year basis. Samsung has got rid of the sharper edge and flat back of the Galaxy S6 edge, replacing it with a curved rear that wraps around to meet the edges of the curved screen.
The end result is a more rounded phone that feels smoother and more comfortable in the hand.
Like last year's version, the standard Galaxy S7 also has a rounded back – from the rear both the S7 and edge look similar, if different sizes – but the front face is naturally flat.
Both phones feel nice in the hand but the SGS7 edge is perhaps the more premium of the two in aesthetic terms.
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The camera module also sticks out less on this year's phones, with a protrusion of just 0.46mm to make them more flush. They are both also water and dust proof this time, adhering to the IP68 standard that means they can each survive for up to 30 minutes submerged in water as deep as 1.5 metres.
In dimensions and weight terms, the Galaxy S7 is 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm and weighs 152g. The Galaxy S7 edge is 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm and weighs 157g.
As previously mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch display, while the Galaxy S7 edge has a 5.5-inch screen. They are both Super AMOLED – like just about every Samsung phone for many a year – and have the same resolution as previous models: 2560 x 1440 (Quad HD).
Like the previous Galaxy S6 edge, the latest edge phone has a wrap-around display that curves on either side.
There are two different processors being used by Samsung for different regions.
In various regions, including UK and the rest of Europe, Samsung is using its own latest processor, the Exynos 8 Octa. This is an octa-core (2.3GHz quad, 1.6GHz quad) 64-bit, 14nm processor, with super fast LTE speeds.
Samsung claims that the CPU is 30 per cent faster than the processor in the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, while the GPU is a whopping 64 per cent faster.
The other model, which we understand to be heading elsewhere, including the US, sports a quad-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. It also has a boosted GPU and a faster X12 modem for LTE speeds of up to 600Mbps, much like the Exynos SoC.
READ: Samsung Galaxy S7: Benchmark claims Snapdragon 820 model could perform better than UK's Exynos 8
The latter model will feature Qualcomm's QuickCharge 2.0 technology (not QuickCharge 3.0, sadly) but both have new, faster wired and wireless charging capabilities.
One interesting addition to both phones is a tiny heatsink with water cooling that will keep the GPU temperature down during particularly graphics intensive operations - such as gaming.
There are models with 32GB and 64GB storage options. Samsung has also reintroduced the ability to increase storage by using a microSD card of up to 200GB in size.
It has done so without changing the overall design too, as the SIM slot also doubles as a microSD card slot this time around. The SIM card tray now has two housings – one for a nano SIM, one for a microSD card.
One thing to note about microSD card storage on both the SGS7 and SGS7 edge is that Samsung has opted not to implement adoptable storage as found on Android Marshmallow. This tech enables an external card to act exactly like the internal storage, but it cannot then be used to transfer files or data between devices manually - you can't take it out of the phone, put it in a PC and back again without the files you are transferring being wiped.
Samsung claims its customers would rather have the option to use the card to copy files between devices.
The batteries in each of the phones are slightly different, mainly as they each have to power differently-sized displays.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 3,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S7 edge has a 3,600mAh battery.
Samsung told us that the latter is capable of playing HD video for 13 hours straight.
One of the new features that Samsung has introduced this year, an always-on display where notifications, time, date or personalised screen are permanently shown on screen even when the phone is off, does not impact the battery much. It uses just 1 per cent of the battery power per hour.
Both batteries have fast charging with wired and wireless options. It depends on which processor is used as to which fast charging technology is implemented, but both feature similar functions.Pocket-lint
The camera is one area that has been improved on significantly for this year’s models.
Although the amount of megapixels to be found on the sensor has actually dipped – to 12-megapixels – each pixel is larger this year (1.4um) so is capable to reading more light in any given situation. An aperture of f1.7 has also been achieved.
This is especially important for low light photography, with Samsung claiming that performance in darker locations is far better than ever before. The adoption of dual pixel technology, which is usually found on DSLRs and other dedicated camera sensors, also means that the autofocus on each of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge is much quicker than on previous phones – even in almost no light.
The new low light abilities work for both stills and video.
There's optical image stabilisation on the rear camera too.
The front-facing camera on both devices uses a conventional 5-megapixel sensor, but also with an f1.7 aperture.
The latest user experience, which is layered on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is about as bare bones as Samsung has presented in quite some time.
There are some of Samsung’s own apps and services still available though, with the most prominent being the new Game Launcher.
Gamers get their own hub that not only gives them a place from which to launch Android titles, but they can change options such as whether they would like to be disturbed by a phone call during a gaming session.
There are also new overlaid options available from within games too, including the ability to record gameplay footage while using the front-facing camera to in-lay picture-in-picture commentary of the player.Pocket-lint
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge users also get several new sidebar options that can be scrolled through to access apps, contacts, tasks or news feeds more quickly and easily.
Samsung Pay - the company' contactless payment system that has proved successful in the states - will be coming to both handsets in the UK later this year. They each also use Samsung Knox, the company's high level of security.
After an initial pre-order period that ran from 21 February to 11 March, both phones are now widely available from a large number of retailers and networks.
Those that pre-ordered from Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone or EE by 7 March actually got their handsets a little earlier than others, as those retailers/networks started shipping from 8 March - three days earlier than some others - but all retailers now have stock.
Direct prices from Samsung start at £569 for the Samsung Galaxy S7, while the S7 edge will set you back from £639.
CPW is offering the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge for an upfront cost of £79.99 and £129.99 respectively. Contracts are available across the major networks from just £36 per month for new and upgrading customers.
Vodafone customers can order the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Samsung Galaxy S7 on a Vodafone Red 10GB Bundle for £50 per month or £44 per month respectively. Both have an upfront cost of £29 and include unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 10GB of data.
Alternatively, customers can order either device on a Vodafone Red Value 15GB Bundle at £55 per month for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge or £49 per month for the Samsung Galaxy S7. Again, both have a £29 upfront cost and include unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 15GB of data, as well as a choice of free access to Netflix for 12 months or Sky Sports Mobile TV, Spotify Premium or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass for 24 months.
EE told Pocket-lint that both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge feature WiFi Calling with 4G Calling when purchased directly from the provider. This will be enabled soon now that they have been launched. If you don't get either from EE itself though, the phones won't be able to support it. Customers who buy the new phones from EE also receive three-months free unlimited Google Play Music access.
As for price plans, the 32GB Galaxy S7 on EE is £49.99 up-front on a £44.49 a month, 24 month 4GEE Extra plan. That comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 4GB of mobile data a month.
The 32GB Galaxy S7 edge is available for £29.99 up-front on a £49.99 a month, 24 month plan, with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 4GB of mobile data a month.
Existing EE customers looking to upgrade to the same plans will receive 10GB of mobile data per month for the same price.
O2 is stocking the two new handsets as part of its O2 Now tariff. That means customers can upgrade after 12 months for no extra cost. It's also offering a free pair of Jabra Sport Pulse headphones worth £150 for every order received before 27 April.
There are a number of price plans to choose from, with the Galaxy S7 edge available for as little as £9.99 up-front. That's when taking out a plan for £51 a month, which includes unlimited minutes, texts and 3GB of 4G data.
A Samsung Galaxy S7 can also be bought for £29.99 up-front with a £46 a month plan, with unlimited minutes, texts and 3GB of data.
If you want to go to Three, the UK carrier is offering the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge for up-front costs from £29 and £49 respectively. Those are on prices plans from £41 and £47 a month.
All-you-can-eat 4G data packages are available for both phones, with the Galaxy S7 getting unlimited data, minutes and texts for £56 a month with the phone at £29.
The Galaxy S7 edge's all-you-can-eat package will cost £62 a month with an up-front cost of £49 for the phone.
The Three deals include the company's Feel at Home service where you can use your minutes, texts and data in 18 countries around the world at no extra charge, including the US, France, Italy, Spain and Australia.
Virgin Media is carrying both phones and what's more, they are both available on plans with no up-front costs.
Virgin Media plans are 3G only at present, but if you are looking for a cheaper option than many others, you can get either the gold or black Samsung Galaxy S7 from £34 a month, which includes 250 minutes, 250MB of data and unlimited texts.
The same plan but with a black Samsung Galaxy S7 edge costs £38 a month.
Other plans, with more data or talktime are also available.
Like Virgin Media, Tesco Mobile has deals where you can get either phone on a 24-month contract with no up-front cost.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is available from £37.50 a month, with 2,000 minutes, 5,000 texts and 2GB of data. The Galaxy S7 edge is available from £41 a month on the same plan.
Tesco's plans go all the way up to £57 or £60.50 respectively, for 5,000 minutes, 5,000 texts and 20GB of data.
The 32GB Galaxy S7 costs $23.17 per month for 30 months via the Next 24 plan, while the 32GB Galaxy S7 edge starts at $26.50 per month for 39 months on the same plan.
The Galaxy S7 costs $27.09 per month for 24 months, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge costs $31.25 per month over the same period. You can also get a second unit of the same Galaxy you bought for half price (will be discounted as a service credit). The carrier's Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA budget brands also offer both phones.
The Galaxy S7 costs $27.92 per month for 23 months and $27.83 on the 24th month, while the Galaxy S7 edge costs $32.50 for 23 months and $32.39 on the 24th month. You can also go for Jump On Demand and get them for $32.50 per month (S7) or $28 per month (S7 edge). T-Mobile said the Galaxy S7's full retail price is $669.99, and that the Galaxy S7 edge will set you back $779.99.
Verizon is offering the Galaxy S7 for $28 per month for 24 months ($672 retail price), while the Galaxy S7 edge costs $33 per month for 24 months ($792 retail price).
US Cellular (US)
US Cellular is doing the 24-month payment plan thing. It sells the Galaxy S7 for $28, while the Galaxy S7 edge goes for $32.50. Alternatively, you could lock yourself into a two-year agreement for $199 (S7) or $299 (S7 edge) upfront.
Samsung Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge tips and tricks
One of the biggest complaints with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI a few years ago was the fact that the software package was very bloated, and packed with a slew of features and extras that, ultimately, didn’t prove to be all that useful. Samsung has toned down their software experience drastically over the last couple of versions of the UI, and with the latest iteration, the software experience is by far the best yet.
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That certainly doesn’t mean that these smartphones are particularly lacking when it comes to software and hardware features however. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are making its way to consumers all over the world, and we’re here to help you out, with this roundup of our top tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your new smartphone. Let’s take a look!
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#1 – Disabling the Flipboard Briefing screen
One of the big issues with the Samsung software experience has been the Flipboard Briefing screen, with a lot of stutter and lag seen when swiping to it. The lag isn’t as prevalent a problem with the powerful Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and quite a few users do find this secondary screen useful, but if you are someone who, like me, don’t find it helpful, the good news is that it can be disabled easily.
All you have to do is long press on the homescreen and then swipe over to the Briefing homescreen, where you will see a toggle to turn it off. If you are looking to turn it back on again, just follow the same steps to do so.
#2 – Changing the screen grid size
By default, the screen grid size is set to 4×4, which is a little bit cramped, and doesn’t allow you to take full advantage of the available display real estate. Once again, changing this setting is very easy. Just long press on the homescreen, and among the four options at the bottom, tap on Screen Grid. You can choose between 4×4, 4×5, and 5×5, and once you’re happy with your selection, tap on Apply. With the larger grid sizes, you will now be able to fit a lot more apps and widgets on the homescreen.
#3 – Camera quick launch
The camera quick launch shortcut was first introduced with the 2015 Galaxy S flagships, and is one of the best features Samsung has come up with. Anytime you are looking to launch the camera quickly, all you need to do is a double tap of the physical home button. This feature works regardless of which app or screen you are on, and even when the device is locked.
This is an extremely useful feature and actually removes the need for a Camera app icon on the homescreen as well. The camera quick launch shortcut should be enabled by default, but if it isn’t, go to Settings – Advanced Features, and make sure that the Camera quick launch option is toggled on.
#4 – One-handed operation
This feature allows you to shrink the interface down for easier one handed use, and while it may not be required with the relatively compact Galaxy S7, it may prove useful for owners of the larger Galaxy S7 Edge. To enable this feature, go to Settings – Advanced Features – One-handed operation, and you will see a toggle to reduce the screen size.
There is also a toggle for one-handed input as well, which will shift only certain apps, like the Dialer or Calculator, to one side of the phone, for easy one handed use. Once enabled, a triple press of the home button will launch this feature, and you will have the option to move it to left or right side, depending on which you prefer, as well as to go back to the full screen size.
#5 – Re-ordering the Edge panels
This tip is of course, specifically for owners of the Galaxy S7 Edge. With the new Edge UX, Samsung now allows for up to 9 panels to be used at one time, and that can be a lot of panels to swipe through when your searching for a particular piece of information. If there are some panels you use more often than others, such as looking up weather information, you can put those panels at at the forefront to make them easier to get to.
To re-order the panels, swipe open the Edge interface, tap the Setting icon, and select the Re-order button at the upper right. From here, re-ordering the panels is as simple as dragging and dropping. Now, your Edge panels will be exactly the way you want them to be.
#6 – Moving multiple applications to another homescreen
One of the most annoying things about Android when it comes to moving and organizing apps around the homescreens is that you can only move one item at a time. Luckily, Samsung has come up with a pretty elegant solution to help in this regard.
Just long press and hold an application, as you normally would when moving an app, and up top, you will see a Move Apps option appear. Once you’ve dragged an app to it, you will then be given the option to select 5 more applications to move. Once selected, swipe to any of the other homescreens, and simply drag them back down from the top.
#7 – Make the UI look like stock Android
The latest version of the TouchWiz UI doesn’t look that bad, with a few aesthetically-pleasing changes made throughout, but if you’re still not a fan and are looking for a more stock-like interface, you can easily do so via the in-built Theme store.
My favorite theme lately is the Android 6.0 Marshmallow theme, but there are plenty of really good ones to choose from. The easiest way to find them is to use the search term “Material,” and you will find a lot of themes that offer a stock Android look, with a majority of them also available for free.
#8 – Customizing the Always On display
One of the new features introduced with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge is the Always On display, and while its functionality is quite limited at the moment, Samsung does offer a few ways to customize it. You’ll find these options by going to Settings – Display – Always On display, where you have the option to choose between a clock, calendar, or image, to display.
If you want to customize the clock, for example, you can pick between several analog and digital clock styles, and you can also add a background image to the clock. Granted, there are only a few images to choose from here, but those are available do look nice, and hopefully, more options will be added in the future.
#9 – Turning off Pop-up view
A feature that I’ve always found to be quite annoying is Pop-up view. This feature lets you shrink an app into a floating window that you can manipulate and move around by swiping inwards from the top left or right corners. However, you will often find this feature being triggered when you’re simply trying to pull down the notification shade.
The good news is that with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, you now have the option to disable this feature. Go to Settings – Advanced features, tap on Pop-up view gesture, and turn it off.
#10 – Keeping the screen turned off
The last and final tip is with regards to how to keep the screen from turning itself on when you don’t want it to. With both smartphones coming with physical home buttons, they can be prone to accidental presses from getting tossed around in a bag, or even while in your pocket, which can ultimately waste a lot of battery life, with the screen turning on constantly.
Go to Settings – Display, and you will see an option for keeping the screen turned off. Once you’ve enabled this feature, your phone will never accidentally turn itself on in your pocket, bag, or any other dark environment.
So there you have it for this roundup of some useful tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge. If you feel like there is something we’ve missed out on, don’t forget to mention it in the comments section below.
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Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge | Spec Comparison
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Jessica Lee Star/Digital Trends
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Jessica Lee Star/Digital Trends
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Jessica Lee Star/Digital TrendsSamsung’s two flagships have much in common, but there are some key differences. You can read our full reviews for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge to learn which one you want, but we thought a head-to-head comparison might make your decision a little easier.
On the surface, the Galaxy S7 Edge boasts a bigger screen and two edges. The standard S7, on the other hand, has a traditional design and a more petite frame. Both are excellent phones that are more than worthy of filling your pocket, but which one is right for you? Below are the key differences between the two Galaxies.
Galaxy S7 Edge
|Size||142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm (5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 in)||149 x 72 x 7.62 mm (5.85 x 2.85 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||5.36 ounces||5.54 ounces|
|Screen||5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED||Dual-edge, 5.5-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED|
|Resolution||2,560 x 1,440 pixels||2,560×1,440 pixels|
|OS||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|SD Card Slot||Yes||Yes|
|Processor||Qualcomm MSM8996, Snapdragon 820 (U.S. Models), Exynos 8890 Octa (International Models)||Qualcomm MSM8996, Snapdragon 820 (U.S. Models), Exynos 8890 Octa (International Models)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+|
|Camera||Front 5MP, Rear 12MP||Front 5MP, Rear 12MP|
|Video||2,160p 4K UHD||2,160p 4K UHD|
|Bluetooth||Yes, version 4.2||Yes, version 4.2|
|Charger||Micro USB||Micro USB|
|Wireless Charging||Yes, Qi and PMA||Yes, Qi and PMA|
|Marketplace||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Color offerings||Black, white, gold, silver||Black, white, gold, silver|
|Availability||AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile||AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile|
|DT Review||4 out of 5 stars||4 out of 5 stars|
When it comes to specs, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are evenly matched. Both U.S. models rock Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors and 4GB of RAM, which result in super speedy performance. The European counterparts for the S7 and S7 Edge have Samsung’s Exynos octa-core onboard, which is said to be weaker than the Qualcomm chips, but not noticeably so. The two Galaxies also have special water cooling systems inside to keep the heat down while gaming or taking on processor-heavy tasks, though both do get warm in your hand. In terms of performance, these two are completely tied.
Both phones start at 32GB of storage and support expandable storage via MicroSD cards up to 200GB, so there’s no difference there, either. The 12-megapixel, dual-pixel back cameras on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are among the best smartphone cameras you can find. The f/1.7 aperture and the 1.4µm dual-pixels allow more light to enter the sensor and result in stunning photos in an array of lighting conditions.
As usual, Samsung’s camera app is fast and capable, and the new dual-pixel tech boosts low-light performance to entirely new levels. Although it can occasionally blow out night time shots, the camera typically takes great shots with very little light. Sometimes the resulting pictures are even better than ones taken with the iPhone 6S Plus, which is a fantastic feat. The front-facing 5-megapixel cameras are equally matched and take decent selfies.
Spec-wise, these two are tied.
Specs winner: Tie
Battery life and charging
The only real spec difference between the Galaxy S7 and the Edge is battery capacity. The S7 has a 3,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S7 Edge boasts a 3,600mAh pack. The slight upgrade in battery size should be negligible because the Edge has a larger screen, but it actually matters. In our testing, the S7 Edge regularly showcased better battery performance than the S7.
However, both phones do support Quick Charge 2.0 via Micro USB and wireless charging, so you’ll be able to juice them up quickly in a pinch. Neither phone’s battery is removable, though, so if that is a problem, you won’t want either S7.
We found the Galaxy S7 and the Edge both last through a busy day with ease, though the Edge can hold out longer. Our S7 regularly had 10 percent less battery than the Edge after a solid day’s use. As anyone with a smartphone knows, that 10 percent can mean the difference between having a dead smartphone on your cab ride home or one with just enough juice to send a text or two.
Winner: Galaxy S7 Edge
The S7 and S7 Edge both have Quad HD Super AMOLED screens with 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution, but the S7’s screen is much smaller at 5.1-inches versus the 5.5-inch screen on the Edge. Thanks to the curves, though, the Edge doesn’t feel like it’s 5.5 inches, and is very comfortable to hold. If extra screen space matters to you, get the Edge.
Other than size, there’s no difference between the two displays. Both support the Always-On display feature, which is really cool and helpful for those of you who like to know the time at all times. We enjoy the curved edges when viewing most content, including movies, but some have complained about the edges being bothersome while watching YouTube. We recommend you look at it in a store before buying.
Winner: Galaxy S7 Edge
The main motive for buying the S7 Edge over the regular S7 is that the edge is useful. If you love big screens, but also want to be able to use your phone one-handed, the Edge is for you. The Edge panels give you quick access to your favorite apps, contacts, and shortcuts for specific actions in Samsung apps. You can also add edge panels with news coverage and more. The more popular Edge phones become, the more app developers will make cool and useful Edge panels. Using the regular S7 after using the S7 Edge feels disappointing. You miss the edge after you’ve gotten used to having it. It also looks stunning when viewing pictures, videos, and other media on your device — though, again, the edge does seem to bother a minority of people. This time, the Edge is worth it.
Winner: Galaxy S7 Edge
Unlocking and updates
You can buy your Galaxy unlocked in the states now, and it might be preferable to going through a carrier. Depending on your carrier, you may get a ton of bloatware pre-installed on your device that you can’t remove. Our Verizon review units, for example, came with nearly 10 uninstallable Verizon apps. The regularity of software updates is another thing you should consider when buying a phone. Both devices run Samsung’s TouchWiz on top of Android, so updates are likely to be somewhat delayed, and some carriers will hold them back even longer. Samsung has been rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat updates in selected markets, including the United States, but it’s not universal and there’s no telling how many more updates these phones will get.
Slow software, firmware, and security updates are essentially unavoidable with most Android phones. The only Android phones that will be regularly updated are likely Google’s Nexus and Pixel phones. That said, we recommend the Pixel.
Winner: There are no winners here
The main question you need to ask yourself is pretty basic: Do you like the edges or not? Most people agree that the curved edges on the Galaxy S7 Edge are absolutely stunning, but others prefer the more traditional look of the standard S7. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so it’s entirely up to you whether you like the curves or not. However, there are some other things to consider when weighing the Edge against the regular S7. One of the biggest is comfort.
Last year, we were not a fan of the S6 Edge, because the sharp metal frame around the slim edges dug right into our hands when we held the device. Many users complained that the edge design just wasn’t comfortable. Samsung fixed the issue with the S7 Edge by adding curved glass to the back of the device. Much like the Note 5, the S7 Edge curves right into your palms, offering better grip and comfort. The Galaxy S7 feels great in the hand, too, and it is smaller than the Edge. The S7 measures 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, while the Galaxy S7 Edge comes in at 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm.
That said, the S7 Edge is remarkably slender and petite for a phone with a 5.5-inch screen. It’s significantly smaller than the iPhone 6S Plus, which also boasts a 5.5-inch screen, and it’s not much bigger than the regular S7. In our view, this means you’re getting more screen with little size trade-off.
Both of these phones are comfortable and easy to operate one-handed, though they are both slippery fingerprint magnets because of their glass backs. In that regard, they’re tied.
We’re giving the win here to the standard Galaxy S7. Though both are comfortable, on the S7, we’ve had fewer issues accidentally touching the side of the screen and bringing up menus.
Winner: Galaxy S7
When it comes to durability, both phones are a glass-filled nightmare, but the S7 Edge is the one you don’t want to break. The phone’s dual-edge screen is expensive to replace — it will cost you $270 to get a proper repair that maintains the waterproofing. The back panel is curved, too, so you’ve got a double whammy if you break either panel. Although the S7 is equally fragile with its curved glass back, at least the front glass isn’t curved. It shouldn’t be as difficult or expensive to replace if you only damage the front, so keep that in mind if you’re one prone to butterfingers. The two phones are waterproof (IP68), though, which is a plus.
Regardless of your choice, buy a case!
Winner: There are no winners here
Both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge come in gold and black color options, but if you opt for the Edge, you can get the stunning silver version. The Galaxies are currently on sale in the United States, Europe, Singapore, Australia, and South Korea. In the States, the retail prices are between $530 and $695 for the S7 and between $580 and $795 for the S7 Edge, depending on your carrier and how much storage you want. The Edge is generally pricier by $100, so if cost is of concern, be aware that you’ll pay more for that curved screen. Here’s the pricing at the big four carriers:
- AT&T: The Galaxy S7 costs $695 or $23.17 per month for 30 months, and the S7 Edge goes for $795 or $26.50 per month for 30 months.
- Verizon: The Galaxy S7 costs $672 or $28 per month for 24 months, and the S7 Edge goes for $792 or $33 per month for 30 months.
- T-Mobile: The Galaxy S7 costs $674 or $26 per month for 24 months, and the S7 Edge is $780 or $30 for 24 months.
- Sprint: The Galaxy S7 costs $29 per month for 24 months, and the Galaxy S7 Edge costs $21 per month over 24 months.
Winner: Galaxy S7
Overall Winner: Galaxy S7 Edge
Overall, we prefer the Galaxy S7 Edge. It’s more attractive to look at and use, has better battery life, has a bigger screen, includes useful edge software, and is just about even with the Galaxy S7 when it comes to every other spec or feature. It’s more attractive, more innovative, and in the end, it’ll be more useful. That edge panel makes a big difference if you use it to its full potential, and the edge will only become more useful as more developers get involved and create apps for it.
The differences between the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge are not vast, however. Both phones have the same specs with the minor exceptions of screen size, battery capacity, and the dual-edge screen. Price is another factor, though paying $100 more for the Edge is small potatoes, given what it provides.
The Edge offers something different that no other phone offers and it seeks to solve the problem of one-handed use on a large-screened phone in an interesting and intelligent way. Now that it’s comfortable to hold and Samsung’s opened up more pixels to edge panels, the Galaxy S7 Edge is the phone to buy.
Galaxy S7 Edge Feature Focus: Edge UX
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge’s curved display was certainly elegant looking, but perhaps not quite as functional as some hoped that it could be. Thankfully, Samsung has introduced some new features with its Marshmallow software and the Galaxy S7 Edge is really showing how useful the curved display can be with some new Edge UX features.
Samsung has caught on to the fact that most users attempt to use their smartphones one handed, despite the large display size. From the home screen or the lock screen, users can swipe from either edge of the display to bring up a menu of multi-tasking Edge features. We are not just looking at the standard People Edge features any more, Samsung has a range of new Edge apps with the Galaxy S7 Edge, including Apps Edge, Tasks Edge, and a dedicated widget panel. So there are four different panel types and users can have up to 9 of them active at once, obviously with some duplicate types.
Beginning with the Apps Edge option, the name is really pretty self-explanatory. Users can setup and access their favorite and most commonly used apps from this panel. It is also possible to add your own custom apps by clicking on the + icons, until the tray is filled with the maximum of 10 apps. The little settings icon in the bottom left corner allows for adding and deleting of shortcuts.
Swiping over again will move on to the next Edge screen, which in our case is the “Task Edge” panel. Here users can setup quick access to some of their favorite and most commonly used tasks, ranging from opening the camera app and snapping a selfie, to starting a new text message or opening up a conversation with your best buddy. Rather than opening up specific apps, think about this menu as starting up more specific app actions. Again, there are 10 spaces on the screen to customize to your liking and it can certainly be an efficient way to perform all your most common tasks, so long as you remember that the option is there.
People Edge will be a familiar feature to Galaxy S6 users, allowing for you to quickly call your contacts, but it has been updated with some slight changes. There are now name tags under each contact and the addition of the settings menu.
The final Edge panel type doesn’t have a specific name, but it essentially operates as an expanded Widget pane. You can add long vertical widgets to the edge of your screen, which is a nice way to avoid cluttering up your home screen while also providing additional detail over a smaller widget. Widget examples include Yahoo News, Stocks, Sports Scores, calendar reminders, the weather, and even a compass. You can even chose to have a widget that displays certain apps based on your current location, which could be handy for setting your phone up for work versus home and play.
As we said at the beginning, there are a maximum of 9 panels available to use based on these four types, so users can rearrange, enable and even disable these pages as they see fit. Pages can also be renamed to whatever you prefer. The options menu also allows you to specify on which edge and position these panels will appear, allowing for some really optimized access to your favorite apps and tools.
Clearly it’s going to take a little practice to become fluent with all these options, but these new Edge features look pretty helpful for accessing things faster and declutter my home screen. And that’s it for our first look at the Edge UX. What do you think of the new changes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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Galaxy S6 Edge vs. Galaxy S7 Edge | Spec Comparison
Jessica Lee Star/Digital TrendsThe Galaxy S7 Edge is technically almost identical to the regular Galaxy S7, except for its dual-curved edge display, and a larger capacity battery. It’s by far our preference over the Galaxy S7, though, and is without a doubt one of the best looking, most comfortable to hold, and accomplished smartphones yet to be released.
For this reason alone, it’s obviously a worthy upgrade over last year’s Galaxy S6 Edge, a phone we had various doubts over, despite its sexy design. But are the differences major enough that you’d want to grab the S7 Edge as soon as possible? We find out by putting the two Edge phones head-to-head.
First, lets compare the specifications before going in for a deeper investigation.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
|Size||149 x 72 x 7.62 (mm)||142.1 x 70.1 x 7.0 (mm)|
|Screen||Dual-edge, 5.5-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED||5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED|
|Resolution||2,560 x 1,440 pixels||1,440 x 2,560 pixels|
|OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Storage||32GB, 64GB||32GB, 64GB, 128GB (non-expandable)|
|SD Card Slot||Yes||No|
|Processor||Qualcomm MSM8996, Snapdragon 820 (U.S. Models), Exynos 8890 Octa (International Models)||Octa-core 4×2.1GHz + 4×1.5GHz 64-bit 14nm Samsung Exynos|
|RAM||4GB LPDDR4||3GB LPDDR4|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+, NFC||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+, NFC|
|Camera||Front 5MP, Rear 12MP||Front 5MP, Rear 16MP|
|Bluetooth||Yes, version 4.1 LE||Yes, version 4.1 LE|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, barometer, compass, gyroscope, heart rate monitor||Accelerometer, barometer, compass, gyroscope, heart rate monitor|
|Battery||3,600mAh (non-removable)||2,600mAh (non-removable)|
|Charger||USB 2.0, PowerMat wireless||USB 2.0, PowerMat wireless|
|Colors||Black, White, Gold, Silver||White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Green Emerald|
|Marketplace||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Availability||AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular||AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Cricket, and U.S. Cellular|
|DT Review||4 out of 5 stars||3 out of 5 stars|
Samsung chose one of its own Exynos processors to power the Galaxy S6 range, supposedly due to problems with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor. For the S7 Edge, Qualcomm’s back in the U.S. models with its Snapdragon 820 octa-core processor, which runs cooler, faster, and more efficiently than previous versions. Buy an international model, and it’ll be equipped with a Samsung Exynos chip, which is expected to perform identically to the Qualcomm model, but we have yet to put it to the test ourselves.
There’s also 4GB of RAM compared to the S6 Edge’s 3GB, but best of all, the S7 Edge has a MicroSD card slot, so you can increase the either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage space you got on the phone. That’s a massive change in direction for Samsung, having abandoned external storage options over the past few years on its S-series devices.
The battery remains stuck inside the phone, though, and while the capacity is now 3,600mAh over the S6 Edge’s 2,600mAh, we’re not expecting to get much more usage. Samsung says it’ll return up to ten hours additional talk time, but we only got a day’s worth of moderate phone use during our review. That’s better than the S6 Edge, though, which often struggled to make it through the working day.
It’s no contest between the two. The Galaxy S7 Edge romps away with the win here.
Winner: Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung didn’t need to work on much to perfect the design for the S7 Edge, because the S6 Edge was absolutely stunning in the first place. It’s just a few problems that let it down. Primarily, the Edge’s sharp looks were exactly that: sharp. Not so with the S7 Edge, it’s more rounded, has a curved rear panel, and is infinitely more comfortable to hold. It’s even thinner and has a larger display, yet it’s very compact. In fact, the iPhone 6S Plus dwarfs the S7 Edge, even though the two phones share the same size display.
The S7 Edge is heavier than the S6 Edge, but that’s not a bad thing. The phone’s still slippery, so some added heft makes it feel more secure in the hand. You won’t want to drop it though, because the phone’s still made of glass and will shatter on hard impact. However, the body is IP68 water and dust resistant, so it won’t mind getting wet, which is something the S6 Edge wouldn’t like at all.
The bigger 5.5-inch screen strikes a great balance between the 5.1-inch S6 Edge, and the 5.7-inch S6 Edge Plus. Not too small, and not too large. The Super AMOLED screen is still a beauty, and the 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution is identical, but the pixel density drops slightly due to the larger display size. Not that you’ll notice, plus the new always-on information screen makes up for any tiny drop in quality.
Winner: Galaxy S7
The S7 Edge runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and an update has been circulating for the S6 Edge for a while, bringing it in line with the newer device. It adds enhanced functionality for the Edge display, which is slid in with a swipe along the phone’s side, where you’ll find all sorts of shortcuts, a news feed, and quick access to apps. Its has increased the Edge display’s usefulness considerably.
However, both phones have Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface over Android, complete with many uninstallable apps, odd design choices, and alternative apps that Samsung wants you to use instead of the standard Android versions. It also slows down the update process, potentially leaving phones vulnerable to security risks. The experience is very similar on both devices, and while not terrible, it could be improved on both phones.
An on-paper win is already in the bag for the S7 Edge, provided you look beyond the fewer megapixels. The S7 Edge’s camera has 12 megapixels to the S6 Edge’s 16 megapixels, but the pixel size is larger, and the aperture now rates at f/1.7 rather than f/1.9. It also gets phase detection autofocus.
The S6 Edge took great pictures, and the camera is still excellent today, but it can’t compete with the S7 Edge, especially in low light. All those tweaks to the aperture and pixel size mean the S7 Edge takes fantastic pictures after the sun goes down, and the results are way beyond any Samsung camera before it. It doesn’t matter whether you choose the regular S7 over the Edge either, because the cameras are the same.
Around the front, the selfie cam has subtly been improved as well. The 5-megapixel sensor also has an f/1.7 aperture for better low light performance.
Winner: Galaxy S7 Edge
The Samsung Gear VR is probably the best smartphone accessory you can currently buy, at least from a major manufacturer, and it’s surprisingly adept at bringing good quality VR into your home. If you can’t stretch your wallet to buy the HTC Vive, then the Gear VR is the one to pick while you save up, thanks to a strong app store provided by Oculus, and high-quality lenses from the same firm.
Even better is that regardless of whether you upgrade to the Galaxy S7 Edge or the S7, the Gear VR will work happily with your S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus. The $100 asking price is reasonable, and it’ll provide hours of VR fun.
Just slip your phone into the front of the Gear VR, and connect it using the Micro-USB charging socket. The Gear VR’s reliance on MicroUSB is the prime reason we didn’t see an upgrade to USB Type-C on the S7 and S7 Edge this year. That may change next year, so be aware you may need to eventually buy a new headset if you upgrade your Samsung phone each time.
It’s an entirely unsurprising victory for the Galaxy S7 Edge in this battle. It handily beats its worthy but flawed opponent from last year in most categories. It’s not a complete whitewash, though, and the S6 Edge can still hold its own. However, if you have the choice, Samsung’s latest and most attractive phone to date is the Galaxy S7 Edge, and it’s the one you should choose — not only over the S6 Edge, but over the S7 as well.
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