Coming to the phone, below are the areas where the Phone is a beast:
The moment I had my hands on this phone, I am just awestruck with its display. It’s simply mind blowing. Especially the sexy screen on the edges. The display is the best available on any of the smartphones ever, even iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Your eyes will have a treat like never before on any of the smartphone. It’s crisp and the viewing experience is just too good. Watching it indoors is even more fun and the real fun begins when you watch any movie on the phone in dark. I would rate 5/5 for display, as anything above 5 will only be exaggerating too much.
The phone is thin built and you will have a good grip in your hands despite its size. However, if you want to protect the handset, I would request you to invest an addition Rs.1500-1800 and get a decent cover that protects the phone. For myself, I have ordered a Spigen (Gunmetal) case from Amazon.
Within 12 hours of having the phone in my hand, I thought of testing its water-resistant capability. I turned on the tap and placed the phone right below it under running water for 15 seconds and moved the phone in all directions. It successfully passed the first test. My colleagues who witnessed the episode were awestruck. Then again on October 10, 2016, I wanted to show this proud moment to my family. I took a bowl of water and immersed the phone in it in both directions and also top and bottom. My wife called me crazy and said I would make a waste of Rs.50,900/-. I let it remain there for good 1 minute and then wiped with a clean cloth. IT WITHSTOOD AGAIN, though my wife still calls me insane. If you are caught in a heavy rain and are on your foot or bike, forget worrying about what will happen to your phone. This phone can withstand that. But this comes with a rider. There is a restriction for this protection too, beyond a certain limit the water-resistant doesn’t work. For a quick reference, I have borrowed the explanation about the IP68 rating for this phone and also S7 as below:
“IP ‘ This stands for the International Protection marking, a standard drawn up by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
6 ‘ The first digit stands for its resistance to dust, but also general dirt and sand. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S7 earned a ‘6’ rating for ‘No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact (dust tight)’ following an 8-hour test.
The iPhone 7 has the same rating for dust resistance.
7 ‘ The second digit provides certification for water resistance. For our purposes, this is the important bit.
A 7 rating ensures ‘ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1m of submersion)’ according to the IEC.
While a 7 rating guarantees protection for up to 30 minutes. The Samsung Galaxy S7 received an 8 certification for water resistance, meaning it can be underwater for 30 minutes at depths of up to 1.5m.”
This is one area where the s7 edge kills any other phone that I have used, even the latest iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. I happened to charge twice a day the iPhone 6. But this phone with full charge and little bit of gaming, say for an hour in a day, stays up for complete one and a half day, i.e. good 36 hours. Also, initially the phone appears to take the charge slightly, but you wouldn’t even notice how quickly it gets charged in less amount of time. It hardly takes 20 minutes for charge over 90%. There is not much of heating problem during charge.
I am an amateur photographer with certain fair enough knowledge of DSLRs. As life is catching up with me, I haven’t found time to take out my DSLR for the last two years and in the process my smartphone became my travel companion. iPhone 6 gave me decent pictures in the past. I have watched the dual camera capability of the latest iPhone 7 plus and then compared it with s7 edge. And despite being launched good 4-5 months earlier, the S7 edge camera beats out iPhone 7 plus in terms of low light photography. The image stabilization and video recording are far better than the newly launched iPhone 7 plus. The 12 MP rear camera with aperture of 1.7 is the best thing which is available on the smartphone. Google’s Pixel phone comes with the best ever rating for a smartphone, but their aperture is 2.0, which undoubtedly means the phone’s lowlight capability is not good. The rear camera on the S7 Edge is a beast and it beats the iPhone 7 Plus.
Of course, I need to mention it here, and it would be actually a honest confession, that the S7 Edge applies some post processing techniques while capturing the image, especially the ones taken with the front camera. The pictures tend to appear soft. But you can reduce the softness to a great extent by on the icon to the left bottom on the camera screen. Select skin tone in the options and bring the bar to the extreme left until it says “0”. This reduces the softness of the picture to a considerable extent making the picture look natural.Moreover, the front camera pictures are easy to take. You enter the settings from within the camera app (Remember, the settings are different from both front and rear camera, so select front camera before entering the settings). Select Shooting methods and turn on all the features (by default, all are ON). You say the four words written there in the settings to click a photo, show the palm and click a photo. These are very handy features which make you see the camera without being distracted by tapping the screen. Very handy features.
Now, entering the realm of what iPhone users say about Samsung
At times, I did observe a bit of lagging, which is very negligible, but in any way doesn’t affect the user experience. Knowing this fully well, I still went ahead for a phone which is a great innovation for this year. I can give up this issue for the features and design of this phone. This is the ONLY AREA where iPhone and Nexus have an edge, because the operating system and the handset are in sync with each other. To get that, you have to compromise with staying with a set pattern of design every year (like the iPhone) and Google taking up various companies each year to manufacture handsets for their flagship (however, Google is in the plans to start building phones for themselves in the coming year or years). THIS IS NOT AT ALL A CON. I emphasize that, I am a person who runs after innovation and not after brand, as I have spoken about my recent review on iPhone 7, which you can find below:
Search youtube to explore more about the phone’s abilities and what it can do in the reviews which users have posted there. There are so many things which you can explore after having the handset with you and which I can’t detail much and don’t want to burden this already overburdened review of mine.
THIS IS THE BEST HANDSET YOU CAN BUY IN 2016. This phone is full of features and you won’t regret it. It features behind the iPhone in Benchmarks in terms of single core speed. However, you don’t need a smartphone to win a 100m race. If the iPhone performs a task in 1 second, this phone does that task in 1.05 seconds. So, this is not at all a consideration, at least for me. I would trade an iPhone 7 Plus to get the feature rich S7 edge. Believe me, this phone is just an eye catcher wherever you go.
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|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)|
|3G bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – G935F|
|4G bands||LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – G935F|
|Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat9 450/50 Mbps|
|Status||Available. Released 2016, March|
|BODY||Dimensions||150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm (5.94 x 2.86 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||157 g (5.54 oz)|
|Build||Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)|
– IP68 certified – dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
|DISPLAY||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.5 inches (~76.1% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1440 x 2560 pixels (~534 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|– Always-on display|
– TouchWiz UI
– Curved edge screen
|PLATFORM||OS||Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820|
Exynos 8890 Octa
|CPU||Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)|
Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose & 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model|
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
|Internal||32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, check quality|
|Features||1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, dual-video rec., check quality|
|Secondary||5 MP, 1/4.1″ sensor size, 1.34 µm pixel size, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|– 24-bit/192kHz audio|
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||microUSB v2.0, USB Host|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|– Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)|
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– OneDrive (115 GB cloud storage)
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion 3600 mAh battery|
|Talk time||Up to 27 h (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 74 h|
|MISC||Colors||Black, White, Gold, Silver, Pink Gold|
|SAR US||1.17 W/kg (head) 1.59 W/kg (body)|
|SAR EU||0.26 W/kg (head) 0.51 W/kg (body)|
|TESTS||Performance||Basemark OS II: 2107 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 2050|
Basemark X: 28480
|Display||Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.439 (sunlight)|
|Camera||Photo / Video|
|Loudspeaker||Voice 70dB / Noise 69dB / Ring 71dB|
|Audio quality||Noise -92.5dB / Crosstalk -92.2dB|
Endurance rating 98h
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