Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Q&A: your questions answered


Last week, we gave you the opportunity to ask us anything you wanted to know about the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Well, it seems that you have quite a lot of questions regarding the two, many of which we have left unanswered in our reviews. Such things like display accuracy, battery life, real-life performance, and interface touch-ups have all been discussed there, but alas it seems that many of our readers have not found the information they sought in the first place. Well, fret not, dear readers, here follow most of your questions, answered:

PA: The Galaxy S7 feels better in the hand due to several reasons. First of all, it has smaller footprint than the Galaxy S7 edge, and secondly, its curved back allows your palm to "wrap" around the phone. The lack of sharp edges also contributes to this. Don't get us wrong, the S7 edge also sits quite good in hand, but the Galaxy S7 definitely beats it in this regard.

PA: Well, there are not that many significant and deal-breaking differences between the two camera sensors, the Samsung S5K2L1 ISOCELL and the Sony IMX260 ones. Samsung's ISOCELL sensor produces a tad warmer stills, whereas the Sony sensor tends to snap a bit sharper ones. In general, the differences are insignificant.

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PA: Yes, it does. It's called Smart View and is accessible from the quick toggles dropdown menu.

PA: Yes, the edge UX of the S7 edge is practical and useful to certain extent, but you will probably be fine without one either! It certainly brings a whole new "flavor" to the UI, but you can totally get by with the regular S7 as well. What's more, if you're a sucker for smaller phones that are "pocket friendly", as you put it, the Galaxy S7 is definitely the safer bet here.

PA: No, not to our knowledge.

PA: Yes, the Exynos version of the Galaxy S7 comes with LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 26, so it should work just fine when connected to T-Mobile's network. Have in mind that the Exynos variation of the phone is a GSM one, unlike the Snapdragon a CDMA one. 

PA: Yes, the Game Launcher works with other third-party launchers. We installed Nova Launcher on our Galaxy S7 and Game Launcher worked as intended, appearing as a regular app in the app drawer. And for your second question, yes, it does feature Corning's Gorilla Glass 4.

PA: No, your question does not sound stupid at all, and yes, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge both support the Vulkan API. Actually, here it is in action

PA: According to our benchmarks, the Galaxy S7 edge is a bit more color-accurate, as well as capable of achieving higher maximum brightness than the regular Galaxy S7. However, the Galaxy S7 has a bit better gamma reproduction than its larger peer. Have in mind that we are talking about the Basic display mode's properties - the rest of Samsung's display modes are all over the place in terms of color accuracy and gamma reproduction. Back to your question - there aren't any significant differences between the displays of the two phones.

PA: Well, our tests say that the Galaxy S7 does not achieve higher maximum brightness than the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S7 clocked in at 484 nits in our display test, whereas the S6 hit 563 nits.

PA: Knowing Samsung, this probably won't happen. If you are serious about owning a white Galaxy S7 or an S7 edge, you could probably resort to third-party online retailers.

PA: Unfortunately, we don't seem to have any feature of this kind on our Galaxy S7 and S7 edge units.

PA: Neither will disappoint you, as they fair similarly. We've explored the performance topic in-depth, check out the links below!

PA: Sadly, there is no such option on board, as lockscreen widgets are gone. You could probably try a not-so elegant solution — a third-party lock screen app.

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