Samsung Galaxy S7 edge S View Cover review


Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 Edge is one of the hottest Android phones to get at the moment, but buyers would definitely want to get a case to protect it: after all, that curved screen looks cool and fancy, but if you drop the phone and shatter the display, the costs for the repair can be very high. One of the best ways to protect the device in style is the new S View Cover for the Galaxy S7 Edge: it provides some level of protection, while also allowing peek window functionality that allows you to quickly glance to see missed calls and notifications.

The S View Galaxy S7 Edge Cover features the useful auto on-off feature, which basically means that when you close the front lid of the case the phone turns off automatically, and when you open it, the phone display lights up. If you don't have a fingerprint set up, you can go to using it straight away once you open it, and if you do have a fingerprint setup, you'd first need to unlock the phone.

What about the small, peek S View window? It delivers a range of quick functions: first, it allows you to check your notifications, but you can also use the camera via that small peek window, which is a nice extra, and you can call your favorite contacts straight from there as well.

Turning over to the case itself, we notice that Samsung has improved its grip, so while it's tight now, it's not as tight as the official Galaxy S6 cases that were such a snug fit that it was a pain taking them on and off. That's not the case here: the phone fits easily and sits snugly fitting.

We're not particularly impressed with the materials used in the S View Cover: it feels paper-like, not necessarily premium in feel, and the same applies to the padding on the inside.

Size-wise, the case does add some bulk to the otherwise impressively well built Galaxy S7 Edge: it makes it noticeably thicker, but the change is not as huge as with other, more ruggedized cases. The case itself is not too heavy, so it won't make your phone brick like in the hand. 

Color choices are the typical for Samsung selection: you get a silver (the one we used for this review), white, black, gold, and all of them feature translucent plastic clasps on the four edges.

All in all, the Galaxy S7 Edge S View Cover is a stylish case that does not add too much bulk to the Galaxy S7 Edge. It also brings a very decent level of protection as the phone is protected from all sides, including the front, and you can safely slip it in the pocket and not worry if your keys are there and could scratch it. It will also protect the phone from drops, but it lacks the advanced protection that rubbery, more ruggedized cases provide, so it might not be enough if you are the type that often has their phone slip out of their pocket or just not very careful handling it. which can deal catastrophic damage to it. 

The S7 Edge S View Cover costs a hefty $50, which is definitely on the steep side. IF you want an official case with the peek window functionality, though, and want to know it will have an excellent fit and good, stylish finish, you should consider it.

Pros

  • Stylish looks
  • Does not add too much bulk
  • S View window allows quick access to camera and favorites

Cons

  • Not very great, paper-like feel
  • Pricey

PhoneArena rating:
7


Thanks to our friends at MobileFun.com for providing the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge S View Cover for review.

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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)

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17 Comments

3. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

useless

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A case is now useless? Still protects the phone. What's your beef? There are flipcovers that dont have the window. I simply like the look of having the window. I use to buy them for every Samsung I had that offered one. Even have one for the Note 5 and my old S6 Edge+. But After Samsung released the case that is clear and just cover the back, and I use skins now and I use a 9H glass on the top so I can now see 100% of the beauty of my phone, I dont want the flipcovers anymore. But they arent useless. What they are though are wayyyyyyyyyy overpriced and they dont offer maximum protection. But no case really does. So I agree with the write, they have always been wayyyyy to pricey. But if you can afford a $700 phone, this case shouldn't even be an issue. After all you can put cases on your phone plan and pay it off monthly too.

18. dangchitrung

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

As your brain

4. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Are they still selling these after everyone knows how much of a ripoff these are.

5. ChrisHartcom

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

Personally, one of the reasons I am staying with Samsung is the s-view case. I only wish that more programs offered s-view functionality. The case on/off feature is wonderful! My problem with the article is that they didn't answer several questions like: - Does the case interfere with the QI wireless charging? - How likely is it that the clear edge clamps could break? - Does 'always on' screen work properly with the s-view window?

6. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

1. Nope, it likely shouldnt. 2. If you drop it, maybe. But if youre careful, like my dad with his S6 Edge+ flip wallet case, theyll be fine. 3. Uhh this Im not sure. The promise of the always on screen and S View are the same - offer glanceable information easily and quickly, but keeping the AOD in the S View Window might lead to fears of burn in, so you'll have to check again on this one.

19. ChrisHartcom

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

Thank you! More info than the article.

9. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

@ChrisHartcom Samsung isn't the only one who offers those S View cases. LG has similar cases for it's flagships. See an example of it: LG G3 QuickCircle case! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5xRZld_MbQY

20. ChrisHartcom

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

Thank you. I saw the circle. Pretty (very pretty actually) but not as functional as a square. (Although I hate that the camera during s-view is cropped.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No it do not interfere with the wireless charging. Only metal interferes with wireless charging. The clamps on the corners are very sturdy. As long as you arent constantly removing and inserting your phone to where them out. As the writer sated and I agree, the original cover was much tighter and made this harder and thus I did break one of the sockets. Shouldn't be an issue now as the writer said. In theory Always On Display should still work even with the S-View cover. However, the window being small may prevent some things from begin seen. Samsung's website doesn't specifically say it supports the Always On Feature. But you can ask them via their website. I've never sent an email they didn't answer.

21. ChrisHartcom

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

Excellent info. I have the S5 and didn't change to the S6 because of the lack of card slot. The lack of storage would make the phone almost useless to me. The S5's s-view case is wonderful.

7. Rocket

Posts: 661; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Purchased one for my wife and they look like s**t, the S view cover for the S5 and N5 are a lot better.

11. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

You purchase one for your wife and it looks like s**t. So you didn't know that before purchasing it? That comment sound kind a silly bra.

8. redmd

Posts: 1939; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

S view window is a very nice functionality.

10. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

50 bucks? I'll rather wait for a few months, when Sammy has dropped the price to half.

14. Panino

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

True or you could go on ebay. I don't how they manage to have it on sale before everyone else...

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why wait. Right now you can get them for half, but simply not buying a branded one. They still work the same and some even are made of nicer materials. I bought a real leather one for my Note 5 for $25.

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