Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge review: An act of refinement

The Pros

  • One of the most powerful smartphones on the market.
  • Stellar camera with fast autofocus.
  • Impressive battery life.
  • Size differentiation between S7 and S7 edge targets different users.

The Cons

  • TouchWiz still features strange design decisions
  • Expensive, even on a 2-year plan.
  • Iterative update over the S6 (this means it might not appeal to S6 and S6 edge owners)

One thing is clear about Samsung’s latest Galaxy flagship smartphones: 2016 is a year of iteration for the company.

At first glance, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge look nearly identical to their predecessors, the S6 and S6 edge, but given the warm reception Samsung’s previous marquee devices received from both fans and critics, it’s difficult to fault the company for releasing what amounts to an act of impressive refinement.

Last year’s Galaxy marked a significant shift from the S5, moving the premium smartphone line away from the plastic build of the S4 and S5, to a Gorilla Glass 4 front and back, and a aluminum bezel. Samsung was onto something with the S6’s design, so it makes sense for the company to build on this direction with the S7.

With the S6/S6 edge, we saw Samsung take cues from Apple, honing in on improving specific aspects of its flagship smartphones, removing most of the bloat and gimmicks featured in the S4 and S5, two well-received smartphones hindered by TouchWiz, Samsung’s Android skin. With the S7/S7 edge, Samsung has maintained this strategy, improving specific aspects of the smartphone the company hopes its customers actually care about, specifically related to overall design, camera, battery and hardware.

Subtle design shifts

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While it’s true the S7’s build is similar to the S6’s, its slightly curved back and front – borrowed from the Note 5 – give the smartphone a unique look that helps it stand out from the wash of other flagship Android devices on the market. The unique curvature also makes it easier to pick up the smartphone from a flat surface. This results in a slightly narrower bezel that’s almost flush with the sides of the phone. Still, those hoping for a G5-like complete overhaul with the S7, will be disappointed. At the outset, both the S7 and S7 edge look nearly identical to their predecessors, save for a few subtle differences.

Just like last year’s S6, the S7 features aluminum sides and a Gorilla Glass 4 front and back, which means yet again, Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy devices are a magnet for fingerprints and smudges. What is interesting about the new handsets however, is the S7 measures in at 5.1-inches, and the S7 edge is 5.5-inches, 0.2-inches smaller than the S6 edge+, which strangely, was only released a few months ago in Canada. It seems Samsung is aiming to simplify its device lineup with the S7/S7 edge, a move that makes sense considering the number of high-end Android phones currently on the market.

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In general, the S7 will appeal to those who prefer smaller smartphones, coming in at just slightly larger than Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6s (which is still be too large for some). The S7 edge, with its considerably larger size, is targeting the phablet demographic, falling slightly short of Samsung’s flagship phablet, the Note 5.

What’s most interesting about the S7/S7 edge, however, is how Samsung seems to have taken criticism of the S6 to heart. Last year, Galaxy fans complained about the S6’s lack of a micro-SD card slot, a popular feature in the S5 that allowed users to expand the phone’s storage. With the S7, Samsung has brought the micro-SD card slot back. The same can be said about the S7’s IP 67-certified waterproof casing, another popular S5 feature ditched with the release of the S6.

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The only holdout fan demand is the ability to remove the S7’s battery, a feature LG heavily touted the G5 is capable of during its keynote presentation at Mobile World Congress. While this is far from the first time an OEM has listened to criticism of past devices, it’s refreshing to see Samsung adopt this approach with the S7/S7 edge.

In terms of other changes, the S7’s home button, which also acts as its still snappy fingerprint scanner, is slightly more square, and doesn’t protrude as far from the phone when compared to its predecessor.

Flagship powerhouse

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Under the hood is where most of the S7/S7 edge’s improvements have gone down. In terms of battery, the S7 edge features a hefty 3,600 mAh battery, and its smaller counterpart comes equipped with a 3,000 mAh power source.

Our tests indicated that both the S7 and S7 edge performed excellently when it comes to battery life. In my experience, the S7 easily lasted an entire work day of moderate use, and even after that, well into the evening. Turning off the S7/S7 edge’s always-on display, a feature I didn’t find very useful (the always-on display is only able to show time, missed calls and emails) despite its undeniably cool factor, improved battery life, leading me to believe that Samsung’s “1 percent per hour claim” isn’t completely accurate.

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It’s worth pointing out, however, that the S7’s AMOLED 1440 x 2560 pixel display, allows the phone to light up individual pixels as needed, which means it doesn’t use as much battery power as it would if the screen was always completely illuminated.

In Canada, both the S7 and S7 edge feature Samsung’s own silicon, the Exynos 8890, which according to some benchmark scores, lags slightly behind the Qualcomm 820, the processor included in the smartphone in other regions, most notably the U.S market. The average user, however, likely won’t notice a performance difference between the two processors.

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In our tests, whether multitasking between resource-intensive apps, or playing high-end video games, the S7 performed excellently, with no lag or stuttering. The smartphone’s 4GB of RAM, an increase over the S6’s 3GB, is also a contributing factor in the S7’s impressive performance.

In an interesting twist, Samsung has also opted not to include USB Type-C in the S7/S7 edge, likely so the smartphone is still compatible with its Gear VR virtual reality headset. Furthermore, while USB-C is the future of connectivity, the future just isn’t here yet, and any device utilizing the technology will likely create unforeseen adapter issues.

The new smartphone camera benchmark

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The S7’s most impressive improvement over the S6 is its camera. While the S6’s shooter was the best Android camera around when it launched last year, its lowlight performance was underwhelming.

To solve this problem, with the S7, Samsung is touting new dual pixel technology, which allows up to 25 percent more light to hit the device’s camera sensor thanks to larger pixels, but also lowers its back camera from 16 megapixels to 12 megapixels (the S7’s front-facing camera measures in at 5 megapixels).

This is similar to the technology often featured in high-end DSLRs like the Canon 70D. Double-pressing on the home button still launches the S7’s camera app, just like it did with the S6.

In my experience, the S7’s camera takes vibrant photographs and features the fastest autofocus I’ve ever seen in a smartphone. Switching focus between subjects can be performed in a fraction of a second, both when snapping still photos and filming video. The new camera tech also performs exceedingly well under low-light conditions, surpassing the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X’s shooter by a considerable margin. The addition of the S7’s f/1.7 aperature also allows for interesting compositions involving shallow depth of field.

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But does it take better photographs than the current smartphone camera king, the iPhone 6s Plus? This is the question our readers are likely asking as I gush about the S7’s impressive photography capabilities.

Some will disagree, but I actually think the S7 surpasses the iPhone 6s Plus marginally, especially when it comes to taking pictures under less than ideal lighting conditions. It’s worth noting, however, that the S7’s camera does seem to suffer from white balance detection issues, especially under tungsten lightbulbs.

A closer look at the s7 edge

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By: Igor Bonifacic

The Galaxy S7 edge is Samsung’s most refined and accomplished smartphone to date. It takes the already significant strengths of the Galaxy S7 and adds to them in ways that make sense.

The star of the show is the edge’s QHD display. If you’re like me, you prefer your phone on the slightly smaller side. The good news is that, even at 5.5 inches, the S7 edge doesn’t feel like a big phone; in fact, between improved ergonomics and its signature curved display, the S7 edge is always comfortable to hold and it’s even possible to use it with one hand — though just barely.

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And while the curved display still doesn’t add a whole lot of functionality to the smartphone, there’s no denying that even a year after the release of the S6 edge, it’s still a sight to behold.

A large 3,600mAh battery also keeps the unit running, even through a busy day. I’ve used this phone as my main device for the past week and have routinely been able to get almost two full days usage on a single charge.

However, what this phone doesn’t represent is a significant move towards a more useable version of Samsung’s Android skin, TouchWiz. Granted, there are improvements here — creating folders is finally as easy as dragging one app on top of another, for example — though a lot of the TouchWiz is still unintuitive, especially for someone coming from a more stock version of Android. Switching keyboards, for instance, still requires the user to pull down the notification shade and tap on the keyboard tab.

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On the plus side, Samsung makes a more compelling software case for the edge’s curved display than it did last year. There’s the new Tasks edge feature, which allows users to pin specific app actions to the side of the screen. For instance, the user can add a shortcut to jump to the Clock app’s timer feature or to open a new tab in the included web browser.

The caveat, for the time being, is that this feature only works with Samsung’s first party apps. Also new are vertical widgets, which actually convinced me to start using widgets because they don’t take up a huge part of the screen and are hidden most of the time. That said, even with the new edge features in tow, I’m not convinced there’s a compelling case to spend an extra $100 on this device.

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There’s no doubt in my mind this is Samsung’s best phone to date, but the simple economics of the S7 edge make it even harder to recommend than its predecessor.

If you have the money to spare, then yes, this is a great phone to buy. Otherwise, there are more functional — though less striking — alternatives out there for a lot less money.

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Igor Bonifacic also contributed to this review. 

Conclusion: An iterative future

With the S7 and S7 edge Samsung has made a number of subtle innovations. For some, however, these changes likely won’t be enough, especially those who already own the S6 or S6 edge. When the S7 and S7 edge’s hefty off-contract cost – $900 and $1000 respectively – and on-contract two-year price – $400 vs. $500 – are taken into consideration, Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy line is an expensive proposition.But if you’re looking to pick up a new Android phone, or are currently holding onto an aging S4 or S5, Samsung’s latest flagship effort amounts to one of the sleekest looking high-end Android smartphones on the market.

"The Galaxy S7 edge is Samsung’s most refined and accomplished smartphone to date."

Comments

  • Can’t Fix Stupid

    I thought in terms of best camera at the end of last year that it was pretty much a tie between the G4, Note 5 and iPhone 6s Plus?

    • FlamesFan89

      I thought the Nexus 6P was in that group as well.

    • Can’t Fix Stupid

      I thought I was reading a review from 4 years ago or something with this idea that there was some kind of undisputed camera king. Which in 2015 wasn’t the case.

    • southerndinner

      Nope. It’s good but not great for camera

    • Mo Dabbas

      You are wrong. Go look at camera rating websites and you’ll see the nexus 6P is rated on par with the S6 and G4. As a matter of fact these site’s main complain is the lack of OIS which makes videos shaky. (go to www dot dxomark dot com to see an example of what I mean).

    • It’s Me

      Let me help you there
      http://www.dxomark.com

    • GCHQ

      Lack of OIS ? The 6P?

    • For me, the S7 was the top camera until the 6P came along (that’s just my perspective though).

    • Techguru86

      6P, G4,S6 Edge+, Priv I thought have much better cameras then the IPhone , I work in the mobile field and see them always

    • Vito R.

      6P camera app is terrible and the Priv is a joke.

      The 6S/Plus camera and software nails the shot you’re after over 90% (this is where Apple excels) of the time – that is not the case with the S6 or the Nexus phones.

      I think in a controlled environment (lab) with proper setup and time, other phones can definitely take better pictures than Apple devices – but in real world scenarios I have yet to find that is the case. I’m encouraged by all the reviews saying the camera on the S7 Edge is pretty fantastic that Samsung may have finally figured things out.

    • Nadefrenzy

      Not really. Go watch verge’s review of the cameras on all 3 major smartphones from last year, and it shows that the S6 gives the most ideal picture for the majority of users without any further post-processing needed.

    • JohnnyRingo

      Is the Priv camera not very good?

    • Distract2

      it is mediocre at best

    • Can’t Fix Stupid

      U mean s6? Isn’t the gap between top cameras pretty much a toss up now?

    • Mo Dabbas

      I got myself a 6P and it struggles a bit with close up photos. I shoot lots of texts (pages of a book/article, business card, a bill…. Etc) and with the nexus 6P I need to go further out to get that good text focus. Something I never had to do with other phones. I found a lot complaining about that, so I’m wondering if I got a bad unit or if that’s normal.

    • willy

      i-mobilesyrup what do you expect…..

    • GCHQ

      Lg V10

  • Jim Strong

    What I am never able to find out, with all reviews of a phone’s camera, is how well prints can be made. Is a 13×19 print, in the best shooting conditions, going to look as good as a respectable enthusiast type compact camera image? Is this S7 camera a worthy substitute to take as my vacation camera? I believe the video capabilities will best my compact, generally speaking, but I don’t take pictures to post on Instagram, I like to see them in a photobook or on my walls.

    • Igor Bonifacic

      That’s a good question. Let me look into it.

    • FTR_Part_deux

      Some of us agree when comparing the quality of the camera, you need a reference image to compare it to. Snap one image with a respectable P&S or DSLR and compare the snap from a cell phone camera.

      That’s the only real way to know if it’s being represented well.

    • truepopo

      I chromecast my whole photo album to random picture frames or secondary TV’s in my house.. Seeing them off the phone and onto a large layout is magnificent… The camera my note 4 and on anything Samsung these days is amazing. Glad they are on the low light solution trail now

  • Ben S

    wow, these are really lovely phones. the only thing I don’t love is the silver speaker grill at the top front.
    the Edge is tempting….

    • Justin

      Speaker grill, like on the bottom of the phone for outputting sound? Or the earpiece speaker at the top by the notification lights and front-face camera?
      Is exact same setup as on the Note 5…

  • One of the best reviews I had read in a while

  • Grumpel

    I cannot stand that they have their name plastered on the front of the device. Like we need to be reminded constantly.

    • AppleBerrySandwich

      Meh – most phones do except maybe Apple.

    • neo905

      And apparently HTC now.

    • Grumpel

      Nexus phones are free of branding, same with OnePlus devices.

  • Will

    Good early review; when are you guys going to a more comprehensive review of the S7, as well as the G5?

    • As we always do, we’ll take another look at the S7 in a few months. We’re hoping to get our hands on the G5 soon!

    • Eric M.

      Yeah the G5 looks good and Fido/Rogers just started the reservation 🙂

    • Vito R.

      I would love to see a screenshot of the battery usage page and screen on time after a day of use.

    • Will

      Great! Just saw you guys post about the G5 release time, hopefully by then HTC will have launched the 10 as well. I really wanted to wait for the 7 but these new offerings from Samsung and LG are really tempting

  • Ipse

    @Patrick…nice review – a lot of people are anxiously waiting to get their hands on these phones.
    BTW: the Canadian version has the Exynos 8890 not 8820 AFAIK.

    • Good call. I fixed that in my draft last night but for some reason the changes didn’t stick!

  • Eric M.

    Getting the S7 Edge this coming Friday, can’t wait! By the way Patrick you made a small typo, the S7 Edge is 0.2-inches smaller than the S6 Edge+ as your wrote 2-inches. apart from this I agree that this article is one of the most complete on the web! I alway enjoy your video reviews.

    • Thanks! I’m glad you liked it. Also, thanks for pointing out that error.

    • norsem4n

      I reserved mine too. Any word if they come with the wireless quick charge plate too? I ordered from Rogers and only know of the VR deal. Just thought I’d ask.

    • Erwin_Ign

      It’ll come with the Gear VR as a preorder gift. It won’t come with the wireless charging plate but it’ll come with micro USB OTG for transferring files and using USB accessories like wired mouse. If you pre-ordered in the US, yours will come with the Gear VR and a Samsung 64GB micro SD card.

    • KiwiBri

      US always has a better deal

  • Mo Dabbas

    I haven’t fully read the review yet (just watched the video) but regarding the SD 820 I’ve seen many teardowns of the US S7 and they’re showing processor heating signs when they get there (there is a sticker on the processor shield part that always showing discoloration and heat signs). And I think only the SD 820 model comes with liquid cooling as I never heard about that except from us sites. So yeah, performance is not everything.

    • Eric M.

      Liquid cooling lol
      Maybe don’t believe all you read on the internet…

    • Mo Dabbas

      Oh man, the worst thing in life when a clueless person try to sound smart.

      Yes. Liquid cooling just like the Nokia Lumia. Which consists of a small pipe with liquid in it that runs from the processor and away from it. When the processor heats up the liquid absorbs the heat and the vapor goes away from the pipe close to the processor area until it cools down at the far end of the pipe, returns to liquid and then gets back to the processor area once it’s cooled to absorb more heat. Google it if you want to know more about it.

    • It’s Me

      I thought I saw a teardown that showed what they are calling a liquid cooling system doesn’t actually contain any liquid, just the channel. I’ll see if I can find a link.

    • Mo Dabbas

      Ya. The teardown I saw it was more of a heat sink (thermal spreader) there. But I’m not 100% about the technique and some were saying it must be tiny bit of liquid. So I’m not sure about it.

    • FlamesFan89

      Why do you seem to be the only person that is capable of adding links to comments? It’s magical. 🙂

      I’m going to test it in another reply, we shall see if it shows up.

    • It’s Me

      Honestly don’t know. Just started happening one day. Beats having to replace a bunch of [dot]s 😉

    • FlamesFan89

      My comment with a link is there, but it has the dreaded “Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by MobileSyrup” warning.

      Who do you have incriminating photos of? 😉

    • It’s Me
    • FlamesFan89

      lol, smart a*s. 🙂

    • Brad Fortin

      lol, maybe you should do some research before speaking.

    • It’s Me

      It’s there. Reminds me of the mhz war in the 90s/early 2000s when clock speed was king and efficient CPUs were an afterthought. Guess it’s the way the industry is heading.

  • jellmoo

    Really nice review. Straightforward, some good insights, a crisp conclusion. I like the simplicity.

  • AppleBerrySandwich

    Great refinements on this phone – very impressive.I played with one at the Samsung store a couple of weeks ago. Feels very nice in the hand also.

    That said – the co$t is hard to swallow – $500 on contract is painful.

    • Eric M.

      $350 in Quebec though =)

    • JimS

      How is wind mobile able to to a $299 contract on a $35 month plan?

    • alphs22

      By making you pay an extra $25/mo on top of the monthly plan.

  • Brad Fortin

    Gorilla Glass 3 and a stainless steel bezel? Don’t the S6 and S7 sport Gorilla Glass 4 and an aluminium bezel? You mention the aluminium later, but you mention the stainless steel at the beginning.

    “S7 edge is 5.5-inches, 2-inches smaller than the S6 edge+” I think you dropped the “0.” before the “2-inches”.

    In the video review you guys say turning off the always-on display improves battery life considerably, but then say in the written review that it “doesn’t actually affect battery life considerably”. Which one is it? Samsung claims <1% per hour.

    You guys also talk about the dual-pixel technology as if it's responsible for things other than faster focusing, seemingly attributing the size of the pixel to the focusing technology. There were a number of camera improvements but this review seems to group all the improvements together as one rather than addressing them individually.

    Picked nits aside, this seems like a pretty good phone. The price might be a barrier to entry for some but it sounds like those who end up with it will enjoy and appreciate the device.

    • Thanks for the corrections, those were indeed tyops. In our tests, turning off the always-on display improved battery a bit, but that’s all subjected. It depends on what your definition of “considerably” is. The always-on display definitely doesn’t lower battery like 1 percent per hour though.

      I have to disagree with you about the dual-pixel technology portion though. The dual-pixel technology allows for better photographs under lowlight conditions and has nothing to do with the snappy autofocus (at least as far as I know). I think the review makes that clear.

    • Vito R.

      In the review you write that turning off the (not useful) always on display “improved battery life considerably”.

      In the picture right below, it states “the smartphone’s always-on display doesn’t actually affect battery life considerably.”

      Haha, pick one 🙂

    • Brad Fortin

      The dual-pixel thing just makes every pixel a phase-detection auto-focus pixel. Allowing each pixel to focus doesn’t affect the pixel size or the aperture, those metrics are independent from the dual-pixel technology. Pixel size and aperture contribute to the photo quality, but the dual-pixel technology only contributes to focus speed.

    • FlamesFan89

      Warning Warning, I’m sure I’m about to start a long thread of Brad, Vtio, and It’s Me getting all high and mighty, so feel free to overt your eyes.

      With that warning out of the way, it strikes me as both funny, and hypocritical, that for quite some time here, we have had complaints from certain commentors about how the poor writers of MobileSyrup are being bullied, or how dare people point out either real, or perceived bias on Apple articles, and how dare you knit pick little things, blah blah blah, much whining and gnashing of teeth. Thou shalt not poke holes!

      Now here we have a good review, perhaps some slight, and seriously insignificant, inconsistencies, and we get those same certain commentors complaining, and trying to poke holes in the review, and hilariously, even making a comment on how the price might be a barrier to entry. That’s just a bucketful of irony isn’t it.

      Oh how the tides have turned.

      Commence whining.

    • Brad Fortin

      lol, there’s a difference between corrections and complaints, and you know know that, you’re just making inflammatory remarks to troll.

      Corrections about spelling, grammar, and other minor corrections, like the ones I offered, happen on EVERY article regardless of the type of article or which company’s device is the subject, and nobody complains about corrections (until now, with you).

      Complaints are a different beast. For example, in these comments NOBODY is calling the author a fanboy, NOBODY is complaining about the aesthetics, NOBODY is complaining of one company stealing from another, NOBODY is singling out a single spec on the spec sheet to call it inadequate, etc. The complaints from one device review to the next are always different and the tone always depends on the manufacturer: The complaints for Android devices are always more tame than the complaints for Apple devices because of the overwhelming Android-favouring, Apple-hating bias that many loud and obnoxious commenters on MobileSyrup have. Like you, saying an Apple bias is “real, or perceived” (great way to show your bias, adding a comma after the option you think is true in order to emphasize it when there’s no grammatical need for it) but that this review is “a good review” with no mention of bias at all, real or perceived, shows you clearly have that bias.

      The only complaints this review has in common with an Apple device review are the price (even those complaints are significantly muted in this review) and commenters disagreeing about any opinion the author has on Apple devices. The rest of the comments are praise (almost unheard of in the comments section of an Apple device review). Even marshallpower, the guys who complains on almost EVERY article without ever reading anything, is showering the S7 in praise.

    • FlamesFan89

      lol

    • Brad Fortin

      You’re right, that’s giving you too much credit. We both know you don’t put that much effort into what you write. 😉

    • FlamesFan89

      not in the comments section of a website no.

      It’s more than just a little sad that you do.

    • Brad Fortin

      I put thought and effort into everything I say or write regardless of the context. It’s kind of sad that you don’t.

    • FlamesFan89

      I put an appropriate amount of thought and effort into everything I say or write, regardless of context. To give an extreme to emphasize the point, I don’t write drafts, seek peer review, and perform revisions, to come up with a friendly “Good morning” that I say to people as I pass them on the sidewalk as I walk my kids to school.

      In a similar vein, in a comments section, I will happily write off the cuff comments, and while I tend to adhere to typical grammar rules, I certainly don’t give much thought as to whether a comma between “real” and “perceived” indicates any sort of emphasis. I’d actually suggest the reverse. That you reading that much into the placement of a comma is more a projection of your opinion, rather than any sort of indication of mine.

    • Brad Fortin

      “I’d actually suggest the reverse. That you reading that much into the placement of a comma is more a projection of your opinion, rather than any sort of indication of mine.”

      It was just an observation. People tend to communicate in the same cadence regardless of medium, and grammatically extraneous commas are usually a written indication of a pause in thought or internal monologue, which means you were already putting emphasis on that part of your train of thought before even writing it out.

      But I’ve been seeing your comments for years, I don’t need a comma to tell me about your biases. It’s just fun to point out.

    • FlamesFan89

      The comma, and intended pause, was not to indicate emphasis. I could have equally said “how dare people point out either perceived, or real bias on Apple articles”

      My intent was to point out that people read the articles, and there may be bias. It might be only perceived by the reader, or it might be real and written by the author. I used a comma, to emphasize that these are separate things.

      Oh, and. ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo (that’s a lot of o’s, for effect, to be pronounced in a sort of “eww” tone) ya got me, I’m not an Apple fan. Good job sleuthing that one out. Did you spend a lot of thought and effort writing your dissertation on that one?

    • Brad Fortin

      lol, good one.

      I’ll leave you with a video recommendation, if you haven’t seen it already: “This Video Will Make You Angry” by CGP Grey, on YouTube.

    • FlamesFan89

      I’ve seen that. Been sub’d to CGP Grey for a while.

      I don’t think that video really applies to this “comma” discussion though, unless you are trying to say that in perceiving emphasis, (see what I did there?) in my comma, you were essentially acting as one of the groups basically arguing with itself about the other side, since I was not implying any bias with the comma in question, I was simply separating two things, and not applying weight to either.

    • Brad Fortin

      The video was more of a reply to your original reply to my top-level comment.

      Thanks for the grammar refresher, though, I guess?

  • KiwiBri

    I thought it was Gorilla Glass 4?

  • 3mporerMafia

    “But does it take better photographs than the current smartphone camera king, the iPhone 6s Plus? “..Is that a joke, the reviewer doesn’t get its facts right, or may be he is talking something which was 2 years ago. iPhone 6s Plus doesn’t even come in TOP 3 Camera Smartphones….

    • That’s just my personal perspective. There are so many great camera phones out there that to me, it all comes down to personal preference. So yes, under lowlight, and even natural light, I’ve always found the iPhone 6s Plus to be my top shooter (next to my DSLR of course).

    • skrug

      Shouldn’t make a statement that something is king, like it’s a fact, when it’s just a “personal perspective”.

    • Well, reviews are “personal perspective.” That’s the inherent concept of a review.

    • jndvrk

      Yes, clearly nothing has surpassed the 808 yet.

    • Vito R.

      Haha, who cares? It was a useless as a smartphone – it was obsolete before it was even released.

  • Longtin

    I have the pleasure of using these phones for the past few days and I’m extremely impressed. Well done Samsung. For me personally it would be the price that pushes me away from the phone because it actually doesn’t do anything more than what my LG G3 does, or my HTC M9. When I’m due for an upgrade I’ll have the choice between the LG G5 , Nexus “7P ” , and depending on the price of the Note 6 or S7 Edge. If I’m going on a 2 year term, I feel I shouldn’t have to pay more than $49 or $99 for the device, especially if I’m already paying them 240 extra for the premium tab compared to the no tab on a 2-yr term. It cost them roughly $200 to make the device and that’s including R&D, shipping everything – according to article on Forbes. I guess whatever device is at my price point is going to be the winner, they basically all do the same thing at the end of the day. I would take S7 Edge I think if it was $99 or $49.

    • neo905

      You are living on Fantasy Island with Tattoo if you think you are getting a flagship for $49. Just pick up a Moto E or G and quit making unrealistic requests.

    • Longtin

      Actually all flag ship phones are 0 right now as they go on sale from time to time. When I’m available for an upgrade I will definitely wait for one of those sales. So learn some facts before you comment next time please you really make yourself sound less intelligent.

    • neo905

      Just because you can get an old flagship for cheap means nothing. We are talking about a “brand new” flagship. This phone isn’t even in people’s hands yet and you want it for $49. You don’t sound very intelligent. Sure, go grab a year old flagship then. The older ones are cheaper BECAUSE the newer versions are out Sherlock.

    • Longtin

      I’m saying there’s no additional value given for that price point. It does nothing more than my current phone . So I will wait 6 months and it will drop. I’m personally speaking of course. Even 2 year flagship phones are offering the same value , obviously the newer ones being slightly faster , increase battery , increase display, and camera but it’s barely an increase. Obviously other people’s needs and wants are going to suffer and if someone is swimming in money and doesn’t mind shelling out that much than go for it; personal preference at the end of the day.

    • Longtin

      Why are you even defending the manufacturer at this point ? It still doesn’t justify why Samsung can charge that price when it cost them even less to make. It’s the biggest mark up for your value. Don’t expect it to do much more than your GS5 or GS6.

    • neo905

      Samsung doesn’t have to justify it to you. You aren’t their audience. You want a cheaper phone. Buy a cheaper phone and quit whining about it and keep the GS6 then. Nobody is telling you that you need to buy a new phone every year.

    • Longtin

      No, your missing the point I’m asking what’s the additional value for that price point. I have a HTC M9 right now so it’s not a cheap phone. I’m just saying this is what hurts their sales because any intelligent customer will wait the 6 months for the sale and keep their current flagship device. The s6 and the edge had a lot of problems selling until they lowered it , they even put the edge and regular s6 at the same price point. Also the edge had a lot of technical problems in the first couple months. Samsung had to directly force an update to fix it. Service issues. Hopefully that doesn’t happen again.

    • neo905

      You are missing the point. I have the HTC M9. The problem is you and I are in the minority. Samsung sells more smartphones worldwide than any other OEM. All OEM’s had sales declines last year, even Apple. It had more to do with the fact that we have reached the saturation point with respect to phones. Everyone has one at this point. Smartphone sales are directly correlated to how much the OEM marketing and ad budget are. That simple. That’s why Apple and Samsung are at the top. It isn’t even about what is cheaper or better necessarily. You are just trying to justify your own frugality and have zero idea how commerce works.

    • Longtin

      I work in this industry for several years. I believe I have a bigger grasp than you. I know for a fact if I worked on Samsung’s marketing team I would increase their sales, it’s a given. They are just being greedy and trying to put themselves in the same league as Apple. Apple lost sales also due to the high contract pricing more people went for lower tier phones or other devices that were on sale. They know as well as the hardcore fans and brand whores will jump on it.

    • neo905

      I’m done arguing with you cheapskate. Like I said, quit whining about the S7 price and buy something else.

    • Longtin

      That’s not what it’s about. I’m still waiting for someone to tell the additional value you get with the device. Why should I spend an extra 100 compared the the G5 for example? Convince me on the value.

    • Sighmonsez

      @Longtin. Perhaps you would be happy if all OEMs including Apple, just mark up their devices by 35% above BOM. Look, we live in a capitalistic society. Like Vito said, they charge what the market can bear. For people who are willing to pay $499 on 2 year contract, they do so because the prices is well worth it, for them. The price is obviously not worth it to you because you don’t perceive enough “value” but value is subjective. Let’s just say, S7/S7 Edge are too expensive for you but not for lot of other people, okay?

    • Longtin

      Thank you I understand.

    • Vito R.

      Manufacturers are free to charge whatever the market will accept.

      iPhones rarely go on sale because they sell so well – where as the poor selling Nexus 6 price was cut relatively quickly. That said, just because the price was cut doesn’t mean it’s a *bad* phone – just means it wasn’t as popular as expected.

  • Rybone89

    It’s pretty well known that the G4, S6, and 6P all have better cameras than the iPhone 6S guys.

  • Rybone89

    Also, where are the benchmarks? Rumors are going around saying the SD820 has up to a 32% performance advantage in gaming over the Exynos 8890.

    • Igor Bonifacic

      We weren’t given access to a Snapdragon 820-equipped S7. You also won’t be to buy a SD820 S7 in Canada, so benchmarking them is a bit of pointless exercise.

  • KiwiBri

    for the people complaining about price, I see these devices like the “Audi”s and “BMW”‘s of phones.. Just like in the Automobile world a Corolla can be a good car and get you form A to B, carry a good load of people with good fuel efficiency, thats the equivalent to the Moto X’s and the Nexus 5 or Cheaper phones. Still decent phones in their class .,but here we’re talking the premium market.
    If price is an issue, people wont buy the devices, and the market will adjust..

    • Longtin

      I can’t wait for the low sales ; same thing happened last year with the 249 price point. Most people waited for the 149 and 99 price point. The blackberry priv is in the same situation. They need to realize that soon.

  • jay

    i am afraid about the S7 because battery life my S6 is already bad…. the galaxy s7 edge is a must buy. only 999$ for me isn’t expensive. thought the iPhone is around 200$ more. the galaxy s7 edge looks so nice and hopefully the S6 edge plus drops its price a bit.

  • norsem4n

    The video I live in King West and love the Spadina / King recording! 🙂

    Video looks sharp, I sport a GoPro 4 Session and the Samsung video looks great, maybe even better.

  • Arun K. Gupta

    Turning off the S7/S7 edge’s always-on display, a feature I didn’t find very useful despite its undeniably cool factor, improved battery life considerably, leading me to believe that Samsung’s “1 percent per hour claims” aren’t accurate (the always-on display is only able to show time, missed calls and emails).

    Thanks to the S7’s AMOLED 1440×2560 pixel display, which allows Samsung to light up individual pixels as needed, the smartphone’s always-on display doesn’t actually affect battery life considerably.

    ——-

    Did the same person write both of these paragraphs?

  • marshallpower

    I’m glad I have ordered the S7 Edge the pics I’ve seen from the LG G5 are not for me, mostly the ones taken with the wide angle lens, they just don’t look like real photography. Great samples Patrick…

  • Jonah Emery

    Ok, clearly this is a really nice phone, except for the bloatware Samsung/carriers will put on it. I just don’t know where this fits in the Canadian smartphone market. Is there a large amount of non-enthusiast customers willing to spend $400 on a 2 year contract for this? I would wager with it being the same price as an iPhone 6S, the answer is no. However if this phone was even $200 on contract it would stand a better chance: great build, 32 GB over puny 16 GB, SD card to store pictures on., water proof… the S7 becomes a no-brainer. I’m really happy with my Nexus 6P so a Galaxy I am not even looking at Samsung for the next 2 years.

    • Sighmonsez

      Jonah, let me introduce you to Longtin…

    • Jonah Emery

      Huh? I don’t understand.

    • Not for you

      Yeah, it’s suprising the review doesn’t mention the software situation beyond “touchwiz is still there”, especially as the US carrier versions have included all sorts of bloat (or removed Samsung Pay in the case of Verizon).

      Very disappointed given mobilesyrup is meant to provide a Canadian viewpoint.

    • Jonah Emery

      Yes, I read about the bloatware situation on the The Verge’s review. Apparently the Verizon version is loaded with crapware from the carrier.

  • AmarCheema

    well yes i dont know where its going to stand in Canadian market as they really dont come with more colors. i have seen people asking for more colors in the market but they just have is 2 with Samsung 7 and only black with s7 edge. you could get another color only on full price not on 2yrs contract. I love Samsung but when they come to color choices it really sucks. And i feel like going for Iphone just for the reason they have more colors.

  • jay

    Galaxy S7 awesome phone. However should Samsung listen to there customers? NO! Do I ask my friends what to wear so they like me more? Do I ask my friends how to talk? Apple never listen to there customers and they selling millions phones

    • FlamesFan89

      That only goes so far. I haven’t looked at sales numbers, but if you are a manufacturer making a product, and your product doesn’t sell as well as you had hoped, and you get the same comments from your customers, or more importantly POTENTIAL customers, over and over, then it makes sense to make a change if it will increase sales.

      In that regard, I don’t think the S6 sold up to expectations, and one of the most common complaints from people who stayed away, was that the lack of microSD pushed them away. To a lesser extent I think the lack of waterproofing and removable battery were the other main complaints. Samsung wants to sell as many phones as they can. If it is clear that including these things will increase sales, it makes sense to do that, especially in the face of seeing the real world effects that removing those things had on their sales numbers.

  • KsimArd

    Ordered mine unlocked from Samsung experience west Ed.. Btw they let me pre order because I’m out town. I read on here that some stores weren’t letting you do that. . Also I dine even have to put $59 down cause I’m 2 hrs away.. So I order both version( sales man suggested I do that) so can pick either one Friday.. Can’t wait hopefully the unlocked phones have no carrier bloated. …!

  • KsimArd

    Oops sorry for all the misspells.. I didn’t spell check..obviously.

  • Out2late

    “Samsung labs” not an option on Rogers S7 Edge… also appears not on US variants either

  • Hail Eff

    Thanks for the descriptive review. I currently have the Sony Xperia Z2, and my contract ends this August. I may pick up the S7 Edge at that time if I can get a sale/deal on it. It will be my first time owning a Samsung phone full-time since the GS3, so I hope it lives up to all the praise it has been getting.

  • GCHQ

    Oversharpened and yellow pictures .

    “Stellar camera ” Haaahaahaaaaa