After a day of tinkering and toying around with the Samsung’s new flagship phone, I’m already in love. Two of the things Samsung did right with the S5 that were missing from the S6 are back: waterproofing and expandable storage. The phone is IP86 certified, meaning it is water resistant for 30 minutes in up to 1.5 meters of water. With expandable storage, you can now add up to 200GB with a microSD card, perfect for those who enjoy music and videos on the go.
The S7 edge has a 5.5″ 1440×2560 Super AMOLED screen. The phone sports Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with a Quad-core processor, a Dual-Core 2.15 GHz Kyro and a Dual-core 1.6 GHz Kyro, as well as packing a 3600 mAh battery. The front camera is 5MP while the rear camera is 12MP, able to record in 4K.
This phone can handle everything you throw at it and more. I played Final Fantasy IV for a few hours and it was fantastic. The phone felt great in my hands. The colors are rich and vibrant, and the battery life is excellent. The edge display is much improved over the S6, adding more choices to the panels you can view, including a compass, sports scores, and stock prices.
While the phone is beautiful and performs well, there are still some less appealing features. Samsung decided to bring back the full glass back from the S6. Without a case, the smudges and smears on the back of your phone take away from the beauty. They also decided to stick with a microUSB instead of USB 3.0. This may be a cost decision, but we will see if this will change if they release a second generation S7, as they have done with previous models. Lastly, the camera dropped from 15MP to 12MP. It may not seem like a lot, but in high detail photos, you can definitely see a difference.
The Galaxy S7 Edge is available for USD$792 retail price.