Samsung has just released the latest addition to their top-of-the-line mobile phone model Samsung Galaxy S. Both the S7 and its slightly larger sibling S7 Edge are shaping to be instant contenders for this year’s best mobile phone. What are the similarities and the differences between these 2 models, and how are they different from the model they just replaced, the Galaxy S6? Furthermore, which of these models provide you with the best value and quality? This review will take a closer look at both these mobile phones so you can make a better choice.
Some of the basics
Both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are considered as minor updates, instead of major overhauls, of the models they replaced (the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge). Just to get you acquainted, the S7 and the S7 Edge don’t really possess too many differences from each other. The S7 Edge has slightly larger dimensions and a screen that’s bigger by almost half an inch (5.5 inches compared to 5.1 for the S7). However, the biggest difference of the Edge is the presence of the Edge system. Not do the curved edges give better aesthetic appeal, but it is also added to give some extra features.
Looks and other features
As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is not all that different from the models they replaced. This is actually a good thing since the S6 featured high quality materials that basically sealed its top-end status. Still, some minor updates are done with these new models, and the changes are mostly beneficial. For instance, since the camera now doesn’t stick out of the back, you won’t have to worry about potentially damaging it when you lie the phone down. Also, adding waterproofing is always a nice touch. A slightly squared off home button and a relocated SIM tray (it is now placed at the top) completes the aesthetic adjustments.
Not many changes have been made regarding the technical and performance specs of the S7 and S7 Edge. While the screen of the Edge is larger, both phones feature Super AMOLED screens with 2560 x 1440 resolution. Some noted that there are some minor screen issues on the sides of the S7 Edge, perhaps due to the novel screen design. The camera, while being downgraded from a 16MP to a 12MP unit, features an upgraded sensor and auto-focus system, which helps in improving image quality. Both phones feature the same CPU (Exynos 8890 or Snapdragon 820, depending on the territory) and RAM (4GB), and both changes represent upgrades to their S6 counterparts. Batteries are also upgraded (3000 mAh for the S7, 3600 mAh for the S7 Edge), which promises a slightly longer battery life.
If you will ask me, you cannot go wrong with selecting either the Samsung Galaxy S7 or its bigger brother, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. For those looking for something more affordable but packed with great features, the S7 should more than suffice. If you want a bigger phone with better battery life and some creative features, then the S7 Edge is your model of choice.