It’s already mid-2019, and the Samsung Galaxy S10 is already out there. But, some people are still sticking to the tough Galaxy S7 Edge. Nonetheless, how good is this phone? Can it still brush shoulders with the most recent phones on the market? Above all, is the phone worth the purchase in 2019? That is what we will be discussing in this article.
The first thing you’d notice about any phone out there is its design. Okay, if you are considering the phones released in 2019, the Galaxy s7 edge doesn’t stand anywhere near the design of the other phones. The phone comes with a front and back glass, which is made of the Gorilla Glass 4. So yes, it can endure falls and hard impacts. It also has an aluminum frame to protect the edges. In terms of its toughness, the S7 Edge clearly beats the odds, but it doesn’t look as charming as such.
It features the home button (most of the recent phones come without the home button), which is also the fingerprint sensor. The phone is thicker and slightly heavier than most of the S series models. But you might not even notice that.
This phone comes with the Super AMOLED display, and the curved edges give it a better look. This way, you can view the notifications from the side without having to pick up the phone. But one of the turn-offs of this model is that it doesn’t have the infinity display like most Samsung phones of today.
It comes with a 5.5 inches screen with a screen-to-body ratio of around 76%. That cannot be compared to the 82%+ screen-to-body ratio of other phones out there. But in terms of the resolution, it is satisfying enough with a 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution that is super sharp and satisfying enough. This phone is able to deliver pitch-perfect blacks, along with super-high contrast ratio. If you combine these specs, you can be sure of enjoying looking at this tough guy’s screen.
The phone also features the Samsung Always on Display Technology. This feature helps to display info like the time, date, battery status, and other notifications when the screen is turned off. The best part is that this Always on Display is permanent. With it, you can quickly glance at your phone if you just want to check the time. Furthermore, it has super brightness that allows you to view it without a problem in bright sunshine.
The best part is that the Always on Display feature doesn’t really consume much of your phone battery life. Specifically, the feature uses less than 1% of battery consumption per hour.
In terms of the performance, the Galaxy S7 Edge isn’t too bad compared to most phones released in 2019. This little man has two variants; the US version and the rest-of-the-world version. The US version runs the Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU from Qualcomm. Conversely, the other version uses Samsung’s Exynos 8890 octa-core CPU. Each of the versions come with 4GB RAM. Okay, that might not match the 6GB and 8GB RAMs on the most recent Samsung models, but it’s also not too bad for a phone that was released in 2016.[adsense]
For the record, the Qualcomm 820 version can handle LTE bands, which cannot be handled by the Exynos 8890. Long story short, the phone performs decently, and you will not experience any lags if you are handling the general apps. Nonetheless, it might not be as efficient as such if you are a frequent user of the demanding apps.
Some people have complained about a slight lag when playing games like PUGB. But then again, PUGB comes at around 2GB large. So yes, you’d expect some minor lags. But it won’t give you any issue if you are a light user of the phone.
On paper, S7 Edge is nowhere near most phones out there. But when it takes the photos, you’ll get to see the true differences. Well, it features a 12MP primary camera, with a 5MP selfie camera.
But, the camera on this phone is definitely one of the best, even today. Speaking of which, the camera comes with similar specs to the S8 and the Note 8, and that is the Dual Pixel Auto Focus (AF). This technology gives you ultra-fast focusing times. In other words, it will give clearer images even in slight motion. If you want to take images when walking and still get clear results, the S7 Edge won’t disappoint.
Plus, S7 Edge outperforms the Note 4, if you are thinking of comparing it to the Note Series. You can check out the Note 4 vs S7 comparison to learn more about the differences and similarities.
The selfie camera can deliver dual video call and Auto-HDR. Furthermore, the phone can shoot 4K videos at 30fps and 1080p at 60fps. So yes, it still got its groove.
First off, the phone comes with a 3600mAh battery that doesn’t disappoint if you need a long lasting battery. If you use the phone for making and receiving calls, checking emails, using the browser, chatting, or doing other light applications, then you’ll very much be pleased with the battery life. But if you are an addicted gamer, you might consider carrying a power bank with you. But generally, the battery life of this phone is very reliable and it outshines most of other Samsung models out there today.
The best part is that it is enabled with the 15W fast-charging, which can juice up close to 45% in just 30 minutes. If you are in a rush and you want the phone to stay on for a few hours, you can just plug in the charger and it will be ready to serve you for long enough.
In general, this phone is decent even in 2019. The design is not bad, even though most of the phone has limited bezels, the performance is good enough, it has a decent battery life, and the camera doesn’t disappoint. Above all, it comes at a decent price, so you can save money while still getting a good device.
Keep in mind that there are some Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge tips and tricks that can help you enjoy the phone even more.