The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was officially released back in March 2016 – and we thought it was time to take a closer look and see how it compares to the latest Galaxy S9 series and other 2017-2018 flagship devices in terms of hardware, performance and reliability.
I have upgraded my sister to the Galaxy S9 – and got this nearly brand new S7 Edge off her. I’ve used the S7 Edge as my secondary device in the past 3 weeks, so my experience with the device should reflect the real state of the device – allow you to understand how well it holds up by today’s standards.
This video is clearly to highlight how this device has aged in its 2 years of life cycle, and to give you a good idea if it’s still worth getting this in 2018 – now that the Galaxy S9 has been out for over 2 months.
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The design is still beautiful, but you can clearly tell, the design has aged very noticeably. With the top and bottom chins you can tell that this phone is a couple years old – but needless to say, it’s still a great looking phone to say the least.
Both the display and the rear panel has a glass curved design, making the overall look stylish and comfortable – and very similar looking to Galaxy S8 and S9 series.
There isn’t much to brag about, It has an IP67 certificate against water and dust, the curved display feels comfortable in the hand – even if it’s not my favourite to use on a daily basis, it’s very nice and comfortable to hold. The palm rejection works surprisingly well too – which was one of my main worries.
HARDWARE & SPECIFICATIONS
The hardware packs a lot power, even by today’s standards. I do not want to get too much into the specifications as you should very well know this by now, but for those who forget, here are some details:
The display is a 5.5″ QHD AMOLED display with curved edges. It’s powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 chipset with 4GB of RAM (market dependent). It has 32GB of internal storage with an expandable MicroSD slot. The OS is upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo – although I am yet to receive it here in the UK – and it has NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 a 3.5mm headphone jack and of course the good old MicroUSB port
During my usage, I did experience a few hiccups here and there, but overall it was a smooth and very usable. I was able to play a few graphics intensive games and then jump out, navigate and use my favourite applications such as twitter or YouTube. Multitasking or using multiple applications at once has worked surprisingly well, making this a perfect device for those who require to use 3 or more applications simultaneously.
Surprisingly, I had a couple issues with the fingerprint placement. I’m not sure if it was because I wasn’t used to its placement or attempt to press it too lightly or incorrectly, but sometimes unlocking the device would take multiple attempts or would just be slow – compared to todays flagships. It’s worth mentioning that when done correctly, unlocking the device is fast and smooth.
The display is vivid and the colour saturation is extreme – at least to my likings. Luckily there’s an option in the settings to change the colour and saturation to your likings, but I found that even the “Basic” option hurts my eyes and causes eye strain.
Viewing angles and the overall experience is amazing, so other than the colours – which is a personal preference – I personally can’t complain much – most of you will likely love it due to its saturated colours and sharp display.
Watching movies and playing games is a joy on the Galaxy S7, but for everyday use, I personally wouldn’t recommend it due to its curved bezels. I feel like the curved glass was much improved on the Galaxy S8 and now on the S9 – and the S7 was still an experiment for Samsung at the time.
Using the curved edges on the side still doesn’t provide any benefits other than better aesthetics and a very few features that only a few will take advantage of.
One thing that surprised me about the performance is the fact that sometimes scrolling would become sluggish and it wouldn’t be as fluid and smooth as on other devices.
Other aspects however, I was shocked by the fact a 2 years old Samsung Galaxy flagship would run so smoothly without any major issues. The last time I’ve used a Galaxy flagship it was an S4, and oh boy, you really don’t want me to start telling you my stories – it would be a long and a very interesting video. I’m happy to see that Samsung has kept its promises and implemented major features to the way they operate and maintain their services and older devices.
This S7 even has the April security patch and its due to receive Android 8.0 Oreo – sure, it will not receive any more updates, but even after the Oreo update, it should stay a pretty strong and solid device for those who do not want the latest stuff – but something that gets the job done and allows them to get everything done that can otherwise be completed on a brand new 2018 or newer device.
The battery is large at 3600 mAh – which in theory should provide an outstanding performance – and it does. I’ve noticed that with my general usage, it could survive a full day – though power users might find themselves looking for a charger to go through a full day.
Using apps like Twitter, Youtube and few games here and there and surfing the internet – I was comfortably using the phone for a full day without any issues.