Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
Galaxy S7 and S7 edge's release, Samsung is coming back with a bang, realizing what it started last year to its fullest potential. The Galaxy S7 edge has several things going over its predecessor, such as subtle design enhancements, significant hardware improvements, and user-centric niceties like water resistance and expandable storage. Although it lacks groundbreaking features, such as the iPhone 6s' 3D Touch interface or the LG G5's novel modularity, the Galaxy S7 edge is among the most attractive and technologically accomplished Android smartphones to date.
So, does the new Galaxy S7 edge offer any significant advantages over the S6 edge+, especially now that the latter is discounted and remains an up-to-date, very capable phone? Half a year after its release, the device still holds its own, and could potentially sway some buyers away from the Galaxy S7 edge as it brings much of its allure in a slightly bigger-screened package. This is a fast-moving phablet with mostly the same edgy looks and competitive features, available at a cheaper price. Seeing them side by side, some are bound to question whether they really want the latest and greatest by Samsung, or the S6 edge+ is the more sensible purchase.
With this in mind, let's compare the Galaxy S7 edge and the Galaxy S6 edge+ so you can get a better idea about what you're going to gain, and what you're going to miss on, depending on your choice.
Both phablets look and feel absolutely premium, but the S7 edge is easier to handle and waterproof, while the Galaxy S6 edge+ offers a bigger screen.
Being an iterative upgrade, the Galaxy S7 edge doesn't look much different than its predecessor, but the incremental changes have refined the design. It is a futuristic and elegant device whose curved screen is immediately striking, but the same applies for the Galaxy S6 edge+. Both devices are a sight to behold with their smooth, glass-covered panels and sculpted metal frames. This doesn't mean they handle equally well, though.
Samsung actually took a cue from the Galaxy Note 5, transplanting its back's subtle curve onto the Galaxy S7 edge. Thus, its back isn't flat like on the S6 edge+, therefore the handset feels better in the palm. Alas, both devices are utter fingerprint magnets with their glassy bodies, needing a thorough wipe every now and then. When clean, though, both look and feel absolutely premium.
Of note is that the curved screen design has let Samsung make both smartphones narrower than if they had regular screen bezels. This makes the Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+ reasonably sized, considering their big screens. However, the former is easier to operate with its slightly smaller footprint and comfortably curved back, while the latter is definitely geared towards two-handed use. Weight-wise, both devices feel substantial with their metal and glass build, yet lighter than what you'd expect.
They are sold in a somewhat conservative choice of colors, though – Black, White, Gold, and Silver. While all too predictable at this point, the color variants do look nice and classy, and the way light plays off both smartphones' metal and glass bodies is just fancy! However, the Galaxy S7 edge does have a design advantage over the Galaxy S6 edge+ in that the handset is IP68-certified, which means it's dust-tight and can be safely submerged into water 1 meter (3.28 feet) deep.
Being the technological powerhouses they are, both handsets have fingerprint sensors for biometric security, heart rate sensors, wireless charging and rapid charging.
Samsung's latest AMOLED displays are the industry's best, but the Galaxy S7 edge offers no improvement over the Galaxy S6 edge+.
Samsung's latest AMOLED displays are one of the best the industry has to offer, and neither the Galaxy S7 edge, nor the S6 edge+ are exceptions to that. Both are very sharp with their Quad-HD resolution (1440 x 2560), and size-wise, the former is 5.5 inches, while the latter is 5.7 inches by diagonal. We're talking big screens here, folks!
Both displays are reasonably color-accurate, although red colors, in particular, are somewhat off the reference points and appear oversaturated. Unfortunately, the Galaxy S7 edge's display can't really be called an improvement over the Galaxy S6 edge+, but it still ranks among the best smartphone screens there are.
With a minimum of 2 nits and maximum of 493 nits brightness output, the Galaxy S7 edge isn't better than the Galaxy S6 edge+'s 1 nits minimum and 502 nits maximum levels. Still, these are sufficiently bright displays that can be used under intense light and won't strain your eyes in the dark. However, there are other smartphones that offer a peak brightness output of 600 to 800 nits and above, so Samsung isn't a leader here. Viewing angles are good, but shifting the perspective introduces visible color distortion – a shortcoming of Samsung's current AMOLED screens.
While it lacks technological improvements, the S7 edge's display does have something to differentiate it from the S6 edge+'s, and that's 'Always On' functionality. When it's in your hands, the S7 edge constantly keeps part of its screen on in order to show you glanceable info, such as the time, notifications, and appointments. The best part is that this is supposed to help with battery life, as Samsung and fellow 'Always-On' purveyor LG claim users turn on their screens up to 200 times a day just to check the time.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+||502
|Samsung Galaxy S7 edge||493
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy S7 edge||68.6%
|Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+||73.5%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. darkkjedii (Posts: 19359; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
The gold and silver S6 Edge + are still the most beautiful devices ever to me. Samsung IR blasters please on the S8, and Note 7.
18. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7794; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Agreed. I think the S7 is nice, and it has a nice body that is easier to hold and less uncomfortable to hold. But I love the S6 Edge+ better.
To be it looks better, I like the 5.7" display better as far as size. I do wish the sides were less sharp, but in silver as you said and the gold make the phone look amazing and fresh.
24. TerryTerius (Posts: 1406; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
I have to agree with you. The more I see them side-by-side, the better the S6 Edge+ looks to me. I don't think the S7 Edge is ugly in the slightest, but the Edge+ has a certain crispness and sense of uniformity its successor doesn't. If the S7E is a blazer, the S6E+ is a tuxedo.
25. darkkjedii (Posts: 19359; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
To me the S6 Edge Plus looks like the newer device. It's design is simply precision.
26. tech2 (Posts: 3324; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
I think the S7 Edge is designed the way it is keeping in mind its more friendly to hold. It has smoother and rounded edges unlike S6 Edge+. That could be reason why you find it to be crispier?
The thinking what Samsung went with was S7 Edge is S7 alternative. Whereas S6 Edge+ is a Note5 alternative.
That's just my opinion tho.
30. manav3311 (unregistered)
i think both look awesome
2. tech2 (Posts: 3324; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Wonder what's going on with the battery of S7 Edge.
It has bigger battery size still it lasts significantly less then S6 Edge+ inspite of having a marginally smaller display. Quite disappointing.
15. ZeneticX (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
what's going on? PA's flawed test happened that's what going on
31. manav3311 (unregistered)
please dont be a fanboy
19. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7794; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
I would say the SnapDragon must be a hog compared to the MALI.
But funny, other sites got 9hours+ out of the S7. PA just has a terrible testing methodology and they won't even admit it..
21. Beastmode1 (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Feb 2016)
If you look at other website like gsmarena and android autho or any of those you will see great battery life on the s7edge some are the top phone on the tables ... they really should do their tests again they may have bad testing methods or just have a faulty device i can say battery life is great
4. johanbiff (Posts: 387; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
wouldent trust PA`s battery scores..they are not even slightly accurate..
5. johanbiff (Posts: 387; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
like I said...don`t trust PA`s battery tests
8. Good-Is-Better (Posts: 69; Member since: 12 Nov 2015)
The battery life in the S7 and S7 edge is good. Its just that PA being too adhered to Apple had to target that sensitive part that people really like about the S7 and the S7 edge to down credit it. I can't believe that upon all that tech review sites that I have passed through only PA has a pathetic low score on battery test for the S7 and S7 edge. You can't tell me that among all of them only PA could get it right and all of them are wrong and you can't tell me that only PA has the real tools for the real battery test than the rest.
PA should do some retest and bring out the real results to regain their credibility in this area.
11. johanbiff (Posts: 387; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
I have the Exynos version G935F.. I can easy say that its 100-120% better than my former S6..got 8h SOT over 36h total time.. so yeah..it`s pretty good :)
20. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7794; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
But you can't tell them because they get pissed an send you a stupid warning saying you're trolling them and you can just leave if you don't liek what you see...
Because telling you as a reader you are wrong, doesn't sit well with you do it?
23. Good-Is-Better (Posts: 69; Member since: 12 Nov 2015)
Haha, you will certainly receive another warning for writing that.
6. Loubielou (Posts: 496; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
So pleased with the battery life on my S6 Edge Plus plus the screen size,and with everyone offering the S7 Edge for sale,i will give it a couple on months before the prices of the S7 Edge starts to fall before i switch to this phone,just can"t wait to see also what Samsung will offer us on the Note 6,if the sales of the S7 models we might get the S7 Edge Plus soon,plus better reviews of the S7 Edge battery and performance
9. Planterz (Posts: 1996; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
You need to redo the S6 Edge+'s benchmarks, particularly Antutu. Benchmark apps change over time, so scores from year-old benchmarks aren't accurately comparable. OS updates make a big difference too. For example, your review of the Nexus 6 has an Antutu score a shade under 50k. Older version of Antutu, Lollipop 5.0. My Nexus 6 is running Marshmallow, has the newest Antut, and I get scores of 78-80k. On Antutu's rankings, the S6 Edge (same hardware as Edge+), its average score is 81k.
10. johanbiff (Posts: 387; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
Antutu is broken..and has been since V6.xx the scroes are all over the place. even the SD808 with adreno 418 is as good as the Mali T760mp8 according to Antutu...yhea..let that sink in...
13. Shocky (Posts: 2065; Member since: 16 May 2012)
According the Antutu the GPU in SN820 is twice as fast as Tegra X1. :D
14. johanbiff (Posts: 387; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
haha..yeah, Antutu is so trustworthy.... :)
16. Talhamid (Posts: 31; Member since: 13 Jun 2009)
PSA: I got the S7 Edge two days ago, and my last phone was S6 Edge+. Both Exynos.
Right now my S7 Edge has 42% charge, after 21 hrs on battery, and 3h SOT. No, you're not seeing things. I am having a hard time believing any phone can have such a battery life. Granted, for about half of this time wifi and 3G were off - but judging from previous experience with Samsung I believe had they been on, they would have made a difference of maximum 10%.
I don't know where PA are getting their data from. But it might be that SD 820 might be less efficient.
17. johanbiff (Posts: 387; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)
wait untill after the 3-4th charge :) I got 1h more SOT from 2 to 3rd charge.
33. sasch (Posts: 33; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
I love the battery life of the S7 Edge.
Its going all day and have still some left by the end of it.
i was thinking about it yesterday on my Way home, that it is not Just the best phone i have ever had. Most beautiful. most capable and then with the best battery life, i dont feel like i need to get another device for a while now as i am the first time totally happy with this device, i have no idea how they get the numbers but my old s6 edge+ did not last as long as the s7 edge
22. trqster (Posts: 90; Member since: 17 May 2013)
Not trading my silver platinum S6 Edge+ (dual sim) anytime soon for the S7 Edge. Cannot find a reason to 'upgrade' really....
27. TrevorB1 (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)
I just wish they kept the color schemes from the S6 line for the S7's. The blue would look great on the S7 edge and give it a more professional look. That's only my opinion. The onyx black is professional looking, but not the best color they have. Why can't they just make all the colors!? lol
28. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1861; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)
Damn, the S6 looks like the newer device...
29. rupert07 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Mar 2016)
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32. sasch (Posts: 33; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
thats rubbish my 7 edge last all day and then some, thats with the exinos anyways but still come on,