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Is the Galaxy S7 or GS7 edge right for you?

Al Sacco | March 21, 2016
Samsung's latest flagship Android smartphones are now available, and though the Galaxy S7 and GS7 edge are similar in many ways, they have unique strengths and weakness you should consider before choosing one of the devices.

Galaxy S7 edge is bigger and heavier

The GS7 edge is larger overall than the GS7, and it accordingly has a larger display. To be precise, the GS7 edge is longer than the GS7 (150.9mm vs. 142,44mm), wider (72.6mm vs. 69.6mm) and thicker (7.9mm vs. 7.7mm). It has a 5.5-inch screen, compared to the GS7's 5.1-inch display. And it weighs about 5 grams more.

If you're still not happily aboard the "phablet" bandwagon, the GS7 might be a better fit for you. And it's also worth noting that both GS7 phones' screens have the same pixel dimensions (2560 x 1440), so the smaller GS7 has a slightly higher display resolution (577ppi vs. 534ppi).

Galaxy S7 edge has significantly larger battery than GS7

Samsung's last generation GS6 edge phone is plagued by inadequate battery life. So the company squeezed massive battery packs into the GS7 phones to make sure the new devices don't suffer a similar fate.

More specifically, the GS7 has a 3,000mAh battery (which is about 15 percent larger than the GS6 edge's 2,600mAh battery) and the GS7 edge has a whopping 3,600mAh battery (20 percent larger than the 3,000mAh GS6 edge+ battery). I haven't done a side-by-side comparison of GS7 battery life versus GS7 edge life, but it stands to reason the phone with the larger power pack will see longer life — the larger display, however, may also drain slightly more juice.

Galaxy S7 edge is pricier than GS7

The GS7 edge is about 15 percent more expensive than the smaller GS7. Here is the various no-contract retail pricing for the GS7 and GS7 edge, from the U.S Big Four carriers:

AT&T: GS7 edge $794.99; GS7, $694.99.

Verizon Wireless: GS7 edge, $792.99; GS7 $672.99.

T-Mobile: GS7 edge $779.99; GS7: $669.99

Sprint: GS7 edge, $749.99; GS7, $649.99.

As previously noted, the GS7 edge feels a bit more fragile than the GS7, as well, and because its display is curved, it could be significantly more expensive to replace a shattered screen.

Galaxy S7 edge has exclusive silver color option

Both versions of Samsung's latest Galaxy phones come in "black onyx" and "gold platinum." However, the GS7 edge has an exclusive color option: "silver titanium."

My GS7 and GS7 edge review units are gold and black, respectively, so I can't offer an informed comparison of the black and gold versus the silver, but if for whatever reason black is too dark for your liking, and gold too gaudy, you may want to consider the silver GS7 edge.

So is the Galaxy S7 worth an extra $100 or more?

Unless you simply don't have an extra $100, or don't want to spend the money, or the larger phone is just too big, go with the GS7 edge. The average smartphone owner keeps a new device for two years or more, and extra battery life alone should be worth what works out over that time period to be about $0.16 a day, or about $5 a month, more for the GS7 edge.

 

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