The disappointing announcement of the Galaxy S5 back in 2014 was the time Samsung understood that they have to do some serious thinking about their flagships and in the next year, they started the Project Zero and announced Galaxy S6 (and of course a bunch of other S6’s variants with different size and power) based on that, in 2015.
Now we are in 2016 and Project Zero seems to be more mature and Samsung has announced Galaxy S7 Edge; the most beautiful and powerful Android mobile phone ever.
There is no doubt that S7 Edge is the choice of millions of users, regardless of its advantages and disadvantages. But since we are dealing with a highly priced flagship, here we have prepared for you the Galaxy S7 Edge Pros and Cons to ease the making decision process for you. For starter, if you already own a Galaxy S6 Edge +, there really is no need to upgrade. Trust us. By the way, before getting to the Galaxy S7 Edge Pros and Cons, let’s review the specifications:
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge General Specifications:
- 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 g
- 5 inches, Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2560 pixels
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow, TouchWiz UI
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with Adreno 530 (On some regions: Exynos 8890 Octa, Mali-T880 MP12)
- 32/64 GB of Internal Memory, 4GB of RAM, supports memory card
- 12MP / 5MP Main and Rear Cameras, 4K video recording
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, Bluetooth V4.2. mcroUSB v2.0.
- Li-Ion 3600 mAh battery (Non-removable)
- Colors: Black, White, Gold, Silver.
Now, let’s get to the pros and cons. And since we know you are already familiar with the distinguished features of S7 Edge, we try to focus on the less obvious ones. In other words, we all know how perfect the S7 Edge’s screen is and how powerful the hardware is, so there is no need to emphasis on them here.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Pros:
Decent Camera for Shooting at Night: Samsung reduced the mega pixels in S7 Edge in favor of better shooting quality at night and dark places. And we should admit, it just takes great pictures at night.
Game Launcher and Game Tools: Thanks to the big 5.5 screen, gorgeous display and powerful hardware, GS7 Edge is a perfect choice for playing high quality games. The Game Launcher and Game Tools make playing games more pleasant than ever, by providing the option to record the gameplay, disable any alerts and more.
Water Resistance: Well, there is not much to explain. The IP68 standard means, you get to use your curvy phone for 30 minutes over 1.5 meters.
Support for MircoSD Card: This is another lifesaving feature that you can find on the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Camera Focuses in Less than a Blink: We are not going to be technical here, but Samsung has used a technology we usually see on DSLR cameras and th e result is a much faster camera focus to shoot moving objects better.
The Edge Screen is Getting Better and Better (but still needs improvements): Samsung usually tends to release something innovative with not much features, observe the feedbacks, and get it improved in the next versions. The edge screen completely follows this method. Now the edge screen is easier to use and come with more functions.
Battery Life is Good Enough: Battery life is still an important issue, but the 3600mAh on Galaxy S7 Edge along with the optimized performance, deliver one-day battery life on a moderate use.
And it feels just great in hand: If you are okay with the S7 Edge’s size, then you’ll love holding it in your hands. GS7 Edge is beautiful, powerful and fast.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Cons:
It just likes to absorb the fingerprints in the back: While we really are enjoying the design and ergonomic of the S7 Edge, the fingerprints on the back glass make us really disappointed.
The 32GB of Internal Storage is not enough for many users: Samsung is not planning to sell the S7 Edge with any storage other than 32GB and since the Adaptive Storage feature is not much recommended, TouchWiz is getting about 7GB of the storage, and not any data can be transferred to the external storage, we believe some users may go for devices with more internal storage.
No Infra-Red Port: If, like me, you are used to control your home digital appliances using the IR blaster on your phone, then the bad news is that Galaxy S7 Edge doesn’t come with the Infrared port.
Hybrid SIM Slot: On some regions, Galaxy S7 Edge is shipped with Dual SIM option and since the slots for the second SIM card and the memory card are the same, you have to decide between having 2 SIM Cards active at the same time, or just one SIM card with extra storage.
TouchWiz is not Everyone’s Favorite: Samsung is still optimizing the TouchWiz and it is still full of unnecessary pre-installed applications and sometimes cluttered interface.
No Removable Battery: The design of GS7 Edge and being water proof, don’t let the battery to be removable and you have to carry a power bank or your fast wireless charger, if you believe you need some more juice.
It is pricey: We try not to include the price in our Pros and Cons article, but the S7 Edge is too pricy to be ignored. By the way if the price is not an important factor, then you should go for it.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is without doubt one of the best Android devices ever. But if you are wondering whether to go for it or not, we should know what your current device is and how much you are willing to pay.
If you already own a Galaxy S6 (and its siblings, including the S6 Edge+) as well as a Galaxy Note 5, we recommend you not to upgrade your phone to Galaxy S7 Edge or even Galaxy S7.
If you own older Galaxy devices or devices from other brands and want to experience the Samsung’s magic, we recommend you the upgrade.