Upon finally unboxing the Galaxy S7 Edge, I was really satisfied with the phone. I intentionally used the regular Galaxy S7 for the last few days before unboxing the bigger S7 Edge, because I really wanted to feel the difference.
Right away, you are greeted by much bigger 5.5-inch phablet with curved screen that fits a lot better for people with larger hands like myself. Personally, I don’t like small phones as they are hard to read and much easier to slip out of your hands. Okay, so right away, I really dig the larger screen, curved screen that’s a lot easier to hold than the S7, and this was definitely the sweet spot for me.
Inside the box, you will find a special OTG adapter for transferring data from your Android, iPhone, or even Blackberry, USB cable, AC Adapter with Quick Charge 2.0, bunch of manuals, and a SIM ejaculator tool.
The Galaxy S7 Edge is the only “successful” smartphone in the world with a curved screen. I know, LG had their share with LG Flex, but it never got that popular. With the latest S7 Edge, I find almost everything nearly perfect, especially the 5.5-inch screen with curved edges. I felt last year’s S6 Edge was a bit cramped with the same screen size as the S6 but I really feel like the fact that Samsung hit the sweetspot with the larger 5.5-inch for phablet lovers like myself.
As far as the specs of the phone, this beastly phone runs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4 gigs of RAM, 1440P AMOLED screen, IP68 waterproof rating, and new edge screen features. On top of the S7 Edge, you will find a microphone, simcard/microSD slot. On the left side, you will find volume buttons and on the right side you will find a power button. The bottom hasn’t changed much with 3.5mm headphone jack, USB type B, another microphone, and speakers.
The smooth sleek design is great to look at and the first thing I did was put on a sleek case to protect my new baby. Unless you have insurance or you have hands of Magneto, I suggest you to put a case on too as your first drop will shatter either the front or back glass or both. I am using this clear case from VRS Design, it’s a really nice case that protects your phone while allowing you to still enjoy your phone’s shiny colors.
Probably the biggest feature this year is the IP68 rating which allows you to put the phone under water up to 5 feet for 30 minutes. Now, this may not seem useful but I’ve dropped my Moto X Pure in the toilet earlier this year which made the USB port to stop working and I’ve also recently had some rain water enter the SIM card slot on my Nexus 6P, which now no longer recognizes SIM cards rendering my phones useless. I know you will probably drop it in water one day but with the S7 Edge, you are fully protected against water damage and also easily clean your phone with water and soap.
I am not going to go into all the new software features in this unboxing video, I will save that for the full review but one thing I love about the S7 Edge is new edge screen features. You can easily customize it for your app shortcuts, calendar, keep track of latest scores of your favorite sports teams, enable the stock ticker, and much more.
Of course, the phone also has “Always On” screen that can acts as a clock. It also shows you number of notifications and remaining battery life. If you swipe back and forth on the edge screen, you can also read your notifications without turning the screen on fully.
Camera has also improved a ton, now with a much faster F1.7 aperture versus F1.9 from last year along with a much bigger sensor. This all means better photos and more bokeh in low light.
And yes, biggest improvement this year is dual pixel auto focus technology, which is actually the same technology used on latest Canon DSLR cameras. In practice, this works really well, the camera uses many auto focus points to quickly focus on your subject. If you ever wanted to have the power of DSLR camera auto focus on your smartphone, this is probably as best as it gets.
Fingerprint sensor hasn’t changed much, it’s still in the same Center Home button location. This is my only complaint on the S7 Edge, I wish Samsung put it in the back like Nexus 6P. The speakers are not that loud this year, this may be blamed due to water-proofing design this year.
Display is crisp and you won’t be disappointed with Samsung’s latest AMOLED screens.
Overall, I am very, very impressed with the S7 Edge. I felt like the Galaxy S7 was a bit small for my hands and hard to type but the S7 Edge certainly has satisfied my hunger for having the latest processor, camera, and even a curved screen for extra features. I should have a full review of this beastly phone but for right now, I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that the Galaxy S7 Edge is the best smartphone launched this year.
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