A Look at Samsung’s Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge

Samsung S7 & S7 Edge
Having been one of the leading names within the mobile phone community for more than a decade now, many fans of Samsung have been awaiting their recent release of the S7 variants such as the Galaxy and the Edge. This partially due to the fact that while the S6 did indeed boast a sense of functionality, some saw it as a step back in relation the previous S5. So, what do the S7 variants have in store and what features have enabled them to be popular modern upgrades to an existing phone?

Design and Overall Build

One of the major differences between the Edge and the Galaxy has to do with screen size. The Edge has upgraded its viewing power with an impressive 5.5-inch screen while the Galaxy remains at the standard 5.1-inch size (as featured in the S5 and the S6). Battery power is likewise said to have increased; an obvious benefit for those who are travelling out and about on a daily basis.

The S7 is also seen as being much more ergonomically friendly. Its rear panel is slightly curved to be able to easier fit into one’s hand. It is interesting to note that the front glass panel is also curved inward. This does little to affect functionality, but it rather reflects light differently and enables viewing even in situations when ambient light would otherwise interfere.

On a final design note, the S7 Edge and Galaxy are both water resistant to a very high degree. This is also seen as a step up from the S6 while unlike previous versions, there is no charging port flap (an annoyance to many). Although the USB port is indeed exposed, an error message will appear if moisture is detected. Simply stated, fewer things can go wrong with less mechanical port covers.

Memory and Computing Power

One of the few gripes that some have had in regards to the S7 is that the storage capacity is seen as being rather limited when compared to competing phones of similar sizes (a maximum of 64 gigabytes). Please note that this is also assuming that a MicroSD card is used to transfer files between the phone and other devices. This is slightly disappointing when we consider that the S6 boasted 128 gigabytes of memory.

Still, the eight-core Exynos 8890 processor is said to be sufficient to handle most operations and a Mali-T880 MP12 GPU (graphics processing unit) enables the S7 to support highly detailed programs such as HD videos and other forms of memory-taxing media.

Apps and Overall Visual Appeal

Finally, it is worthwhile mentioning that the S7 mow displays its apps via slim tabs along the side of the screen. Although this is great to maximise space for other icons, some users found it annoying considering the fact that on the news app, only two or three words could be displayed at a time. Samsung is currently selling some downloadable (and larger) panels, but users are not likely to fork over the extra cash considering the price of the phone itself.

Overall, the S7 series of Samsung phones is seen as being a step up from the S6 in many extents. Offering a slightly more ergonomic feel alongside a larger screen and longer batter life (in regards to the Edge), most users will not be disappointed. The only possible drawbacks are the decidedly unimpressive memory capacity and the awkward feel of the application interface. It is nonetheless a worthwhile option for anyone who is already a fan of the Samsung line of phones.