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The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge at MWC 2016 in Barcelona, ​​the devices were met with mixed reactions. No one argued that they were not worthy of the flagship title, and it was not that people did not accept the expandable storage and the returning water resistance. It was only if the devices were delivered enough to justify their high-priced labels or not, especially against competitors like Xiaomi's Mi 5 that fetches almost half the price of the S7. Admittedly, I was among the skeptics, too, until I tried the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge myself. And I fell in love with it.

Everything about this device is worth it, and that is as much from a geek point of view as from a casual point of view. Sure, there may be things to focus on, but does that deter the fantastic experience the device offers? Never. It just doesn't make enough of a difference.

Throughout this review, my focus will be on user experience and perspective. No casual user cares if the speaker grille and microUSB port don't line up completely, or if the screen is weird under a digital electron microscope. These are things to ponder for geeks, and our review is for the average Joe.

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In the frame

For a device as premium and expensive as the Galaxy S7 edge, the retail box is not a stellar affair. You will get a very well built retail box that includes the usual goodies: the device itself, a fast charging AC adapter, Samsung headphones and a adapter micro-USB to USB . The last article is for private use; Despite being small (and easy to extract, of course), it supports USB-OTG, so you can basically use it to connect other devices to your Galaxy S7 edge. It is extremely useful if you have an older device (Android or iOS) from which you want to migrate your data, so the fact that Samsung has included it in the retail box is commendable.

The headphones supplied with the Galaxy S7 edge are the same ones that were shipped with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones last year, so while they offer decent audio, they are not going to please the headphone. I still feel that Samsung has a lot of work to do in this area, even if it only fits the quality of Apple's headphones.

Build and design

This is frankly where the romance with the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge begins. Right away, it's one of the most beautiful and elegant smartphones out there. As for the design, the Galaxy S7 edge is like a bigger S6 edge or S6 edge +, although more attractive. And that's a really good thing, because these two phones from last year were among the best looking. The phone is made exclusively of aluminum and glass, with two Corning Gorilla Glass 4 sheets wrapped around the metal frame of the device. The screen measures 5.5 inches in diagonally, placing the edge of the Galaxy S7 in the phablet realm (the regular Galaxy S7 features a 5.1 display, for comparison).

Samsung was inspired by last year's S6 edge bad ergonomics, especially when it came to lifting the device off a flat surface, and this time the glass curves slightly to the edges at the front and rear, making it easy to select. Device up and holding in hand without fear of slipping. This design element was great from an ergonomic standpoint on the Galaxy Note 5, so it's also nice to see that Samsung brings it here. The GS7 also feels great thanks to these curves, further cementing its premium status.

The edge of the Galaxy S7 is also water and dust resistant With an IP68 rating, which means it can withstand immersion of up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. The best part is that Samsung accomplished this without putting flaps on the ports, as we've seen on the frontline of Xperia or on the Samsung Galaxy S5 a couple of years ago. In fact, the charging port has water detection, so if you have taken the phone out of the water and the charging plugs are not dry yet, you will be notified and the charging circuits will be turned off to avoid damage.