The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the best phone Samsung has built so far and — in some ways — it may be the best smartphone ever, even if it runs Android’s still unpolished Marshmallow (6.0) operating system.
In many ways, it’s the smartphone that the iPhone 6s Plus wanted to be, but even more. The first thing you will notice is how beautiful the phone is. The design isn’t much different than it is on the Galaxy S6 Edge, but the fact that the screen is 5.5 inches instead of 5.1 inches makes it stand out more. The edges are also a little bit more prominent.
The S7 Edge has the same Quad HD resolution screen of the S6 Edge, but it is easily more appealing and this isn’t just because of the size, but the color accuracy as well. If you thought colors and images on a screen couldn’t get more revolutionary when you saw them on the S6 Edge, just wait until you see them on the S7 Edge.
And speaking of images, the 12MP camera on the S7 Edge is the best available on a smartphone yet — both for still image and video quality. It may not be 16MP like the camera on the Galaxy S6 Edge, but that hardly matters when the images are crisper and the camera can take DSLR quality photos even in low-lit situations. The camera also takes fantastic 4K videos which really come alive when you view them on your 4K television set rather than your phone.
Then, there is the battery life — the best that has ever existed on a smartphone. Despite heavy use over three hours, the battery life only decreased 25 percent. Samsung includes a 3,600mAh battery with the Galaxy S6 Edge — an even better one than the 3,000mAh battery on the Galaxy S7.
One of the best features is the “Always On” mode, where the S7 Edge displays the time, date, battery meter, and other features even when the phone is off. According to The Guardian, Samsung says this feature will use less than 1 percent battery life each hour.
The Galaxy S7 Edge, with its Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM, runs faster and more smoothly than any other Android smartphone in existence, including the Galaxy Note 5. However, even the fastest Android phone can’t keep up with the speed and fluidity of an iPhone. Even though Android’s latest Marshmallow (Android 6.0) operating system is an improvement over previous ones, it still needs work. Samsung’s TouchWiz operating system on top of Android doesn’t help speed things up. That’s not to say the Galaxy S7 Edge is slow; it’s not even close to that. However, it’s just not as fast as the iPhone 6s Plus.
In terms of voice quality, the S7 Edge is the closest thing to a landline phone, especially with HD Voice enabled. Even though the actual “phone” part of smartphones has taken a back seat when it comes to other major features, Samsung has gradually improved voice quality on its smartphones over the past five years.
The Galaxy S7 Edge is the first smartphone that even die-hard Apple and iPhone fans would consider. It’s likely that the Galaxy S7 Edge will easily turn around Samsung’s declining smartphone business.
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