PhoneArena authors' thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 edge

This article may contain personal views and opinion from the author.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are already old news, but it's hard to deny that these are among the better handsets you can get right now. In fact, we consider them to be some of the best Samsung handsets we've ever handled. Indeed, you will have to nitpick before you find a substantial flaw in any of these, and even when you do, it won't be a deal-breaking one. 

So, after handling either of these for quite some time, we felt like we can finally share our impressions and verdicts on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Did all authors really fall in love with Sammy's new offerings? The answer to this question might surprise you. Check out some of our thoughts right below.

Alan F. 

Samsung Galaxy S7 could be the best smartphone on the market right now. Samsung brought back the IP68 certification and the microSD slot from the Galaxy S5, and it proves the old saying about not knowing what you have until it is gone.

Samsung appears to be more focused than ever, no longer content to throw new features on the wall to see which ones stick. The Galaxy S7 is the result of Samsung honing its craft to produce the best Android handset in existence. Apple hasn't reached this level yet.

Luis D.

Samsung's flagship smartphones aren't perfect, but they come close. If money isn't an issue, these are the finest, most polished Android handsets you can get. My favorite thing about them is that Samsung made them by listening to user feedback and implementing meaningful changes that pushed the original formula into genuine refinement.

Maxwell R

I have a love/hate relationship with Samsung products. The hardware is definitely up to snuff, and despite my misgivings with TouchWiz, it makes up for those shortcomings with functionality not found on other devices. The Galaxy S7 is a natural evolution step, and this year, that is enough. I think Samsung made the right call leaving things at a relatively compact 5-inch screen. Like so many pretty phones though, the good looks have to be contained within a case because this thing collects fingerprints like a crazy cat lady collects cats.

The S7 edge, like its predecessor, the S6 edge+, is a mystery to me. I know its popular, and it is obviously a hit since Samsung chose to make it, but the larger form factor defies the benefits of one-handed use that would be augmented with an edged screen. I guess it still strikes me as gimmicky. For the size, the Galaxy Note 5 still looks like a better option to me.

Nick T.

To be honest, I think the Samsung Galaxy S7 is a really nice phone. I like the way it looks (especially in black), I like the feel of it in the hand, I like how its camera performs and how much shooting options it gives me, I like the peace of mind knowing that the phone is water-resistant. What I don't like is that it collects fingerprints too easily and that it feels a bit slippery in my hands. I also wish that its software wasn't as bloated with features I'd never use, but I guess I can live with that. As for the Galaxy S7 edge, it can't get me excited. Sure, the curved screen looks cool, but I don't find it practical - it makes the phone easier to break and less comfortable to hold, not to mention that the way it distorts images is super annoying. And the Edge UX isn't something I see myself using. Last thing I need is yet another way of launching an app or calling someone.

Paul K.

Being the self-proclaimed Edge fanatic around here, I was excited about the new S7 edge and the return of the Edge Panels. It seemed, at the time of announcement, that the new software will go back to the multitasking capabilities of the Note Edge thanks to mini-apps, similar to the Edge Panels of old, which we would have access to with just a swipe. Unfortunately, this isn't exactly the case, as the new Edge Panels tend to blur the whole screen, turning them into glorified task switchers.

That said, the S7 edge is still a fantastic phone, especially considering how small it is, despite the 5.5-inch screen size. Still, I favour the regular S7, for it's more compact, with a screen still big enough to use, a frame that fits steadily in the hand, and it doesn't seem to lose out on essential features, while it's noticeably cheaper than its edgy sibling.

Peter K.

Personally, I have a quite positive attitude towards the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, though I have to admit, I like the smaller phone much better. Yeah, I know it's counter-intuitive, but I am a sucker for compact phones that feel good in the hand. And no, the Galaxy S7 edge does not feel comfortable to me. Actually, while I was posing with the device for a photo-shoot the other day, I almost dropped it twice because it's so uncomfortable to handle! That's not cool in my book. Additionally, I don't care for the edge panels and the edge UX as a whole — I like how the edge display looks, but the added benefit is non-existent. 

When it comes to the regular Galaxy S7 though, Samsung has won me over. As a former Galaxy SIII and S4 user, I have always had a thing for Galaxies, and the Galaxy S7 is the best one I've handled till now. Miles better than the Galaxy S7 edge, this one is!

Ray S.

The S7 and S7 edge are the closest Samsung has gotten to its dream of producing the universal smartphone. They try to offer everything to everyone: they want to both look exquisite and deliver extreme utility. They want to both feel friendly, but still cater to power users. I know they are mostly getting great recognition, but to me, these phones come off as a couple of try-hards who absolutely want to be your next phone, no matter the cost. For some, that would be a-OK; to me, I see too many flaws in the execution. If you're not the perfectionist type, then great – they'll serve you well. Me? I prefer having fewer, but truly perfected features. And style, lots of it. The S7 and S7 edge do not fit the bill.

Victor H.

There is two S7 phones this year, but personally, I don't see why Samsung bothered with the smaller S7: the size difference is tiny and battery life is worse, so I would definitely go for the cooler S7 Edge. We have been speaking about specs for a long while, but in the past year or so, truth is that most Android top phones are plenty fast and the difference in performance is minimal. One area where there is a much bigger difference is design and the S7 Edge is leading the way. It's built to near perfection: with great in-hand feel, solid construction and extremely well built buttons (nobody will tell you this, but Samsung has really pulled some engineering magic in making them clicky and responsive).

The camera is ridiculously fast to start and focus, but I'm not a huge fan of the image quality: colors are unnaturally oversaturated and weirdly oversharpened, and when you look at the images on a bigger screen they just don't look as good as pictures from, say, the LG V10 which has natural colors. I shoot a lot of video and the same issues are there: way too aggressive noise reduction, too oversaturated colors and a lot of motion blur. It's still a great camera, but I wish you could tweak it as you can tweak AMOLED displays - with a Natural color mode and an Oversaturated mode, while currently you only get the latter.

Those are the minor niggles I wanted to share that don't get talked much about, but at the end of the day, the S7 Edge ranks as my current favorite. I'm still looking for that ideal phone, though.

Related phones

Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)



2. adrianzka

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

In my opinion, the S7/edge to the general customer is what the note 4/edge was to power users. Being water-resistant, with sd card support, great battery life, screen, camera, and a nice design makes it a great phone for day to day usage. Of course some phones are better than it in some aspects: The G5 in modularity, the note5 in productivity, or even the iPhone in speedy and simple user interface. But for a jack of all trades, the S7 is one of the better choices in the market currently if one can spend the hefty price

10. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I agree with your opinion but there's one thing I want to point out. All over the Internet people have come to have this mentality that some phones are speed demons and others are not. I think that perception is falls, I say this because I have an iPhone 6s Plus and even iOS has its own slow down moments. My friend using a galaxy J doesn't wait for 3 seconds for his apps to load. I think it's high time we smartphone buyers look at the features our phones lack. It's better to have a feature than not have it when you need it the most. Someone somewhere just lost their phone to the toilet, lake, river, pool or just coffee. Get what I mean?

20. adrianzka

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

Yep, i definitely know what you mean. My family uses a mix of samsung and apple devices. My dad, eldest sister, and I use Note edge, 4, and 5 respectively. While my other older sister and my mom use iPhone 6s and 6 plus. There are definitely times that the i devices would lag, but my own experience with the note5 have quite a bit more in comparison (although mostly due to me using power saving mode while being a huge multitasker). I'm not saying that iOS is much more lag-free than the others. What i'm saying is merely that due to the much more simple UI, people tend to not push their i devices to their limits in comparison to my note for example, and that's not a bad thing at all. Some people like how the i devices are plenty speedy for games and day to day usage, while others tend to prefer the productivity and multitasking featured in android devices, or even those occasional outings that demand nature proofness. My point is that people's preferences are different, and that is what makes the smartphone market so diverse, instead of being a complete monopoly for monotone use such as PC processors

38. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

I agree, it depend on personal needs. I'm not huge fan of iOS due to lacks of feature and price & it's a shame for not having official Apple store in my country but there is something i must admit, even older iPhone 6s was slightly faster & a lil bit better in gaming experience compared to S7 (for me i'm not huge fan of mobile games & i find TW is much better for productivity).

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Never had a single phone with water damage in over 10 year working in cellphone industry.. Well i lie i did had one but its was suposed to be waterproof and water got in ( Sonim XP7 ) but warranty cover it. IF your S7 get water damaged no warranty!

32. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

But s7 is s7, not sonim xp7

3. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I think this personal opinion thing should stop. I can easily pick out what you are biased towards. Stick to moderated objective write up and let the fans decide.

25. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

Why bother with what they think, almost seems like this was posted as a counter to the consumer report article they posted earlier.

6. kumaran55

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 21, 2016

Hello iSheeps Arena, Where is the news? DxOMark names the Galaxy S7 edge as the best smartphone camera ever tested. This is the highest smartphone score ever given on the DxOMark (Camera expert site). It’s official: Galaxy S7 has the best smartphone camera on the market -​Review-A-new-champion Samsung Galaxy S7 Has the Best Smartphone Display, Expert Confirms (DisplayMate)

13. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Either there are differences in quality between S7 cameras besides their different camera sensors, maybe from production or DxOMark is simply wrong, as several people say that the V10 makes better images/videos. The S7 is still the fastest focusing phone camera tho.

23. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

There's a difference between "saying" and objectively measuring, wich is what they did. See all their subscores and data.

33. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

V10's camera can't be better than the s7

12. pupkin

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

People share their honest thoughts. They not even mention iPhone.

15. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

They are using the crappy laggyy Snapdragon version. Not the Exynos.

36. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Well that's Samsung's fault for making two versions of the same current phone where one is noticeably worse isn't it? Can't blame the reviewers. The outcry if Apple were to do that from people like yourself of course...

16. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Damn Ray S. is just an Android hater lol, what he likes in a phone no android phone has....well I guess nexus phones do.

30. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Lol just look at the "PhoneArena authors' thoughts on the G5/iPhone SE. He is such an Apple fanboy.

31. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

IKR, he's definitely Apple's number 1 fan, I can see him now, camping outside an Apple store a whole week before the iP7's release date, smh that s**t is truly sad.

35. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Lmfao. Don't make me hurt my head. Dumbest idiots. +1

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Nick T. summed it up pretty nicely. Samsung phones do have a lot of features that most probably don't use that often and I too think the Galaxy S7 Edge just looks good and isn't any better than the standard S7, infact it's inferior to the S7.

24. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

If Victor really cares about color accuracy, noise reduction and sharpening options of the camera, shooting RAW is the answer, then batch process them all in Photo Mate R2 using a customized preset, say once every week.

37. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Yeah they are just making excuses, i bet most user prefer color that really pop (iPhone in my opinion is kinda washed out).

27. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I don't get Ray S. He thinks Galaxy S7 has too many flaws in the execution...What flaws??? The screen?? It is more accurate than the one on the iphone. The camera? It is faster than the iphone and many reviewers tout is as one of the best cameras on any smartphones. The battery? It has a larger battery and longer battery life than the S6. And don't get me started on style. The S7 has LOTS of it. Only a blind person can say otherwise. May be he should have just said "I hate android and LOOOOOOVE ios".

28. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I did not expect Ray S opinion to change he has made his opinion clear that he prefers iOS devices, which I respect, what I don't agree with, is that given his clear bias, he dose not seem to do objectively reviews - if a android device is being review against another android device their is no need to mention or reference and iPhone ( which he infers in his reviews). However, the biggest gripe I have with all of PA reviews is that certain things that are considered a con for Samsung, HTC, MOTO,Sony, Blackberry, Nokia etc.. are never considered a CON for Apple and certain things that are considered a PRO for Apple are considered a CON for the other OEMs. The consistency is lacking in the reviews.

29. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

I miss John V.

34. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Ray S didn't disappoint with his opinion of the S7. Anyone noticed how he couldn't say precisely what was 'wrong' with the S7 other than stating repeatedly he didn't like it because it didn't have a Apple logo on the back. It's comical stuff!!

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