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Hands on with the evolutionary Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge

Florence Ion | Feb. 22, 2016
Samsung's flagship devices incrementally improve on last year's devices with a beefed-up camera, faster processor, and curvier design.

After throwing every conceivable feature into the Galaxy S6, there couldn’t possibly be anything left to impress us with the Galaxy S7, right?

Fortunately for Samsung, that’s not the case. The Galaxy S7 isn’t particularly revolutionary, but it does improve upon what made the Galaxy S6 so great. You can expect features like a bigger battery, a faster processor, and better low-light performance from both rear- and front-facing cameras.

Samsung also appears to have finally resolved how big to make its Edge line of smartphones. The Galaxy S7 Edge is now a phablet device, and it’s especially geared towards those looking for a productivity device with a chassis design that stands out from all the other flat, black rectangles making the rounds.

More curves than you bargained for


The Galaxy S7’s design doesn’t stray far from its predecessor’s. Credit: 
Florence Ion

They say if It ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Samsung reprised the Galaxy S6’s metal and glass design for the Galaxy S7, though it shaved a few millimeters off the edges and dramatically rounded the corners so that the phone is almost an oblong shape. The company also implemented the same curved back glass featured on the Note 5 and the end result is a phone that feels slightly thicker in the hand. And perhaps it is: there’s a bigger battery inside and less of a bulge around the camera, after all.

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The back of the Galaxy S7 implements the same curved-edge design as the Note 5. Credit: 
Florence Ion

That’s not to say it isn’t a beautiful device. I like holding the Galaxy S7, and its 5.1 inch screen size reminds me of why I like wielding smaller phones. They’re easier to use with one hand and fit into a variety of pockets and purses. However, unlike last year’s design, I don’t find the Galaxy S7’s curves and rounded edges to be particularly striking. If anything, it feels like Samsung is attempting to differentiate itself from Apple in the design department, especially since last year’s Galaxy S6 looked too much like the iPhone.


The Galaxy S7 Edge is a tad larger, but its slanted front edges work well with the curvier design. Credit: 
Florence Ion

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The new Galaxy S7 Edge feels so much better in the hand than its smaller predecessor. Credit: 
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Sorry, kids. Samsung’s still stuck on capacitive navigation buttons. The Home button still functions as a fingerprint reader, though it’s further recessed this time around. Credit: 
Florence Ion

 

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