Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review, Stellar!

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Last time I told you the story of a shooting star, but today you’re in for a real treat. If you thought that a shooting star like the Galaxy S7 was the Alpha and Omega, well, hold on for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

This is stargate material folks, the stuff stars are made from. I mean, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the high end of high end devices, the best of the best, the right stuff. You know the palaver, right?

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is nothing short of incredible: a top-notch smartphone from the world’s biggest tech manufacturer, with a big screen, a refined design and the latest and the greatest hardware available.

Basically, design aside, the real deal is in the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge’s guts, the hardware platform that is.

Just like the standard S7, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes with waterproofing and it’s available in 2 flavors. One version is powered by Samsung’s in-house made Exynos chipset, while the other runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, the top of the line platform.

The display is bigger than in the regular S7, hence the “edge” factor, and to cope with the real estate, the battery was beefed up too.

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Obviously, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge runs on the latest Android operating system, with the now familiar TouchWiz user interface on top.

What’s very interesting about the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and makes it stand out from the crowd is the  5.5 inches wide-curved Super AMOLED screen, which comes with a stellar 534 pixels per inch density (amazing!) and 1440p resolution, or QHD, which puts regular full HD 1080 to shame, to say the least.

The front and rear panels are made from Gorilla Glass 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is IP 68 certified, which translates into dust and water resistance.

The USA model will be available with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 system on chip, which means a quad-core CPU of the Kryo family, clocked at 2.15 ghz and 1.6 ghz respectively and a state of the art Adreno 530 graphic processing unit, together with a huge 4 GB or RAM.

The global model runs on Samsung’s in-house made Exynos 8890 system on chip, which translates into a platform using eight cores (octacore). Four of them are clocked at 2.6 GHz (Mongoose family) and the other four run at 1.6 GHz (Cortex A53). The gaming department is taken care of by the Mali-T880 MP12 graphic processing unit. The global Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes also with an impressive 4 gigs of RAM.

Now, regardless of the model, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge features a 12 megapixels main camera, which comes loaded with all sorts of goodies: optical image stabilization or OIS, phase detect auto-focus and LED flash.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is capable of recording video in 4k resolution at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 60 frames per second or 720p at 240 frames per second plus HDR.

There’s also a front-facing camera for selfies and video-calling, a 5 megapixels unit which can record 1440p videos@30p.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes with 32 or 64 GB of internal storage, and if that’s not enough, you can use the micro SD card expansion slot, which supports up to 200 GB.

The connectivity of the device is top-notch, as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes with everything you can imagine: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Cat.9 4G LTE (450Mbps), Bluetooth 4.2, ANT+, NFC, Beidou, GPS, GLONASS etc.

For good fun, Samsung threw in a barometer, a heart rate monitor and a SpO2 sensor.

There are disadvantages too built in, like the non user removable/sealed in battery, the relatively hefty price tag and the lack of FM radio or IR blaster.

However, the battery is pretty impressive, as it comes with an endurance rating of 98 hours of 4 days in real life, which is amazing for such a high-tech smartphone and/or a 5.5 incher.

The design was carefully refined from the previous generation (the S6 edge), and Samsung created a beautiful smartphone with thinner bezels and elegant curves on the back.

The IP68 certification, i.e. the dust/waterproofing works miracles in terms of peace of mind, especially after you’ve paid a little fortune for this baby.

The AMOLED display is excellent and well calibrated from the factory, with excellent sunlight legibility and a noticeable improvement vs the S6 edge.

The hardware platform offers plenty of raw power and it can withstand the most demanding applications and games. The camera is lightning fast in terms of focusing and taking pics and the quality of both stills and videos are worth of a flagship, to say the least.

Bottom line, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the best phablet on the market today and if you can afford the hefty price tag, just go for it, you won’t find anything better.

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