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.

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.

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)



1. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Although I still don't like touchwiz, the S7 edge is easily the phone to beat right now. I gave in and bought one, and let me tell you.....this phone is incredible and a blast to use. I'm mad at myself I didn't wait until the Note 6, but I couldn't wait. I'm now using my 6P exclusively for work and the edge as my personal phone. If you are hesitating. Don't. It's an awesome phone.

2. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

You don't like touchwiz... your username is contradictory.

3. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

I don't like iOS. But love Macbook Pros. So it's not possible to be an Apple fanboy? I don't like touchwiz, but live Samsung hardware which for me fully offsets not liking touchwiz. So it's not possible to be a SamsungPhanboy? Sorry buddy, but my username isn't contradictory simply because I don't like 1 out of 1000 things Samsung or any company has to offer.

4. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

lol r u just gonna focus on that? He's praising the phone mate.

9. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

You are right S7 edge is incredible device but I enjoy Nexus 6p more, feels faster battery life is comparable. I've both after a week I've inserted my main SIM back in Nexus 6p and secondary in S7 edge. for some reason I get better Camera performance (detail) on Nexus 6p than S7. people of course don't zoom but I've found Nexus 6p pictures are one you can zoom and you won't even lost much of detail but on S7 you would see over sharpening.. (especially when HDR is on ).. BTW I think in 2016 there would be no better device than S7(edge). until Note 6 come or next Nexus or yes for sure iPhone. G5 innovative but not sure what to love about it(as I like AMOLED better) and I have no good experience with LG display for multimedia. HTC 10 seems ordinary though most probably it will be my next phone. Motorola is gone.. so Samsung is only left.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wow! You didn't try the S6 Edge/Edge+? OMG! You missed out on a treat. But hey, you decided to try and see you're happy. Let this be a lesson to other. Don't be quick to knock what you haven't tried. FYI, I don't like TouchWiz either, only because of how the features must be implemented. We all surely would prefer if Samsung could make its feature run native in Android. But without being able to change the code of Android, the only way to achieve this is with a layer. I always in the past loved HTC's Sense UI, but I only experienced it in full on the Incredible/Incredible 2/Butterfly. After that Sense just got to heavy and bogged the phone down. It is great that with Marsh-mellow, Android is supporting many things natively that Samsung was already doing. Good on you to give the S7 a fair chance. Hope you enjoy!

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and where is answer for G5's modular Q&A?

6. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

It's coming.

11. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

But when? Tomorrow? Hope it's not next week.

7. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Samsung is on top.

12. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

As always.

8. Sekbunna

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 23, 2016

My galaxy s7 edge always alert an error "Unfortunately has stopped" and i also try to factory reset but it still alert this message. Anybody here can help me?

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Take it back.

10. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Hey, I thought some people asking about "Porn on the Edge" Where us the answer?

15. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Probabally someone will eventually make one, but as of now, I don't think so.

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I should have asked if you would run gamebench on both SOC variants and test them with some demanding games smh at myself.

14. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Phonearena, there are users on the Galaxy S7. Settings -> Search Users, Create a User, set it up then you can switch from the notification bar.

16. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

I would like to know which has better battery life the Snapdragon or Exynos ??

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That depends. Who is your carriers? If you are in the USA, your choice has already been made as they are all SnapDragon. SnapDragon offers better compatibility with USA's LTE based networks. The SD is slightly more powerful, but the Exynos is more efficient. SD is better on graphics in games vs the Exynos/Mali combo. The Exynos also seems to have better battery-life this time. The Exynos is also better on GSM networks.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It was assumed the S7 would have a "force touch" display. Can anyone confirm is that ended up being true?

20. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Thank you PA.

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