Why I think $800 is too much for the Galaxy S7 edge

It wants to be the ultimate smartphone. But is it? After a week of using it, I can say there are things about it that make the Galaxy S7 edge appear markedly underperforming considering its hefty $800 price tag...
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248 Comments

195. sachouba

Posts: 263; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Is it just me, or most of these arguments are just plain silly ? 1) The Galaxy S7's brightness is adapting to the user: After using the S7 for some time, it gets "used" to how you like your brightness to be in different light conditions. 2) Even the fingerprint sensor of the Galaxy S5 works well with me (almost no errors), even though it was supposed to be "awful". It's not Samsung's fault if you don't know how to put your finger on a button properly, when everyone says that the sensor is fast and accurate... 3) You don't like the Always On mode (or any of Samsung's features) ? You turn it off, it takes about 5 seconds, and you get the same feature-less smartphone as with other manufacturers. Do you prefer burn-in to appear at the center of your display ? 4) Really ? Firstly, there's a dedicated button on the weather widget if you wan't to refresh it; secondly, is it too difficult to change the refresh rate to 1 hour or so, since the option is available ? If you pay $800 for a smarphone, do you have to act as if you were dumb ? 5) Ok, that's a bug. It happens sometimes, and it will probably be fixed with an update (if that is not the case yet).

200. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Such an idiot article, I came to read the comments, seems majority agreed.

205. Sballa

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Are you perhaps kidding the people who follow this blog..? You make up an article about the premium quality of this phone, which the entire hi tech world consider one of the best phone in the last years, because probably you are a super Apple fan who considers 'premium' the centered alignment of the 3.5" jack, the charger plug, the speaker and the microphone of the iphone 6. Just in case you have a short memory, i would like to remember you the price of your premium baby : $949 !!! Remember the phrase "$949 phone", because it's key.

209. Talhamid

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 13, 2009

Not to mention, just for the 16 gb version which isn't expandable. But see, their best punishment is that they choose to blindly worship apple and get royally screwed

207. Talhamid

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 13, 2009

For the likes of you, anything but Apple is overpriced. Say iPhone s price is justified? I find it incredibly heavy, unwieldy, with huge bezels and manages to look more plastic than plastic phones. It's os is also dated and ugly. Battery life is dismal. The camera output only looks good to apple fans. It's a lot slower than newer Droids. But for the likes of you, it is fine because you deserve nothing better. Apple products are the best punishments for Apple fan boys.

208. Talhamid

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 13, 2009

For the likes of you, anything but Apple is overpriced. Say iPhone s price is justified? I find it incredibly heavy, unwieldy, with huge bezels and manages to look more plastic than plastic phones. It's os is also dated and ugly. Battery life is dismal. The camera output only looks good to apple fans. It's a lot slower than newer Droids. But for the likes of you, it is fine because you deserve nothing better. Apple products are the best punishments for Apple fan boys.

212. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

why would anyone waste 800 dollars a samsung phone. the flagship will only receive the os it came with which is the only selling point on the s7 of having 6.0 out of the box. will never see android n. already has flaws in verizon. will be outdated and waiting on s8 in 6 months. will have a depreciated value of a least 75% within one year. recycled features from past galaxy line. Why. and the same goes for the overprices appliances they make also. which happens to be a repair mans worse nightmare

216. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

So you chose to waste $900 on iphone?

257. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

That's funny since my Sprint Note 4 released about a year and a half ago has been upgraded from 4.4.4 to 6.0.1 (official ROMs and not custom) and on Swappa, it was being sold for $363 after 1 year (Sept 2015 price) which is 50%. So I provided proof to counter your claims. So my phone has gone from KitKat to Marshmallow. Even the S5, which is 6 months older than my phone is receiving Marshmallow. Stop making cr@p up buddy.

217. hagba

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I'm just feeling a bit of sorry about the fingerprint reading assessment in your article, after reading this article I've activated it on my S7 edge and counted 50 times without it missing a single unlock even though I used my finger in different positions,and it was damn fast. too bad for your credibility, you usually do a good job otherwise.

220. jonathonpower7

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 09, 2016

I can relate to the edges are annoying topic. I have the Edge 6 plus and ended up turning that feature off after grabbing the phone kept invoking things I did not intend.

225. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Reading the comments it sounds like the guy who penned this article is an apple fan and is fine with their pricing scheme. If that's the case throw this article in the trash.

226. mjk2804

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Could you please write an article why should people buy iphone se for 600$

230. paralepiped

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 16, 2015

Ray S. : "... maybe you should look elsewhere." Where Ray, where? Maybe only 6s plus is in your mind or... ? This guy is extremely well known with his biased reviews.

232. MKeditor

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Ray S? Is he too timid a reviewer to have a last name?

235. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

"While turning a blind eye at Apple's atrocious pricing of the iPhone 6S Plus which is inferior to the Galaxy S7 Edge when it comes to absolute latest tech and features" Well said " Adreno" this sentence sums it all.

261. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

@bassembm Thanks, bruh and also for the typos correction. I meant "whilst", instead of "whixt". Thanks.

237. shadad

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Galaxy s7 forecast changed every 6 hrs? lol maybe if the writer went and used the S7 for a while he would know that the forecast on the phone is adjustable ( press on the forecast> go to "More"> ). every 6 hrs, 3hrs and every hour ! all he need to do i change the setting. not even that. he could press on the round arrow below the weather degree if he want live update. this is the way it work since the Galaxy S3 ! who wrote this article ...Ray S?! lol never mind :D.

238. hellobib

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 20, 2013

Guys stop fighting the guy does have a point..... I'm a Samsung, been a Samsung fan since Note 1, up to now, Samsung's been getting away with a lot of tricks. Shinning some lights on Samsung n reminding them to stop messing around, wouldn't be so bad after all

244. Jason2k13

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

So what should Samsung do? follow in HTC, Sony or LG footsteps and lose marketshare and profit? Because It looks to me it's just Samsung and Apple thats doing things right.

240. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Seriously, this is only your opinion. Anyone can write an article with such personal comment. Ex: "iPhone is too expensive because it offers no SD support, hence forcing you to pay even more for some additional storage" lol, but despite the truth in this, this would still remain opinion based and it would be stupid to even write such an article. Jeez, it's like this article was meant to encourage people not to buy the S7!!' (Probably the reason too)

241. leonchik99

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

i think ,you think too much just dropped .....Nova days every one is an expert 10 reasons why iphone is better 10 why samsung is no so better there why i think there's why i don't think and so on and on if someone want to spend 800$ it will do it and no one will care what you think is that iphone or samsung or maybe huawei

245. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Of course it was written by Ray S. This site isn't even that biased towards Apple except for Ray S, he is a huge Apple fanboy.

246. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

This article damn well be better followed by the apple iPhones are over priced.... otherwise this is hate speech

247. zacmike

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 27, 2016

what is this review actually... i dont see that what u saying really a downside.. but I see your heart full of hated while other people enjoying theirs. this review totally rubbish and we cant uses it for refference. why dont you yelling about iphone that so expensive but nothing new n still limited usage? well at least samsung heard the people voice and try their best to make people satisfied. not like apple who are selfish and arrogant company. you spend a huge buck for apple product but you still need to follow their rules like in prison? dats y you need to jailbreak its device. y dont you complain about it? I just know u are samsung haters bcoz samsung now start to rules the tech world and you dont like it u such a poor haters. this is very useless and pointless review that i ever read.. for your info the thing you noted was never happened to me and the phone works like a champ. 10 days of usage. it is a PREMIUM phone. bcoz there are no other phone out there using edge display and even no other phone can match samsung NOTE lineup with its S wacom pen.. hell NO. and no phone can survive under water without cap to protect its charging hole but s7 can! i am not a haters. i am using all brands including apple iphone 6s which is now resting forever in my closet. and i can give you a comparison between two. but please write a truly reasonable review not just a personal. you just hate it bcoz it samsung....

249. Branson28

Posts: 55; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

No phone is worth $800, Look at what all the Nexus 6P can do and for way less! Can't wait till prices finally drop on smartphones and get back to a "reasonable" price. It would make my job as an AT&T rep a lot easier.

258. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Well that's like saying a Honda Civic is only $20-$30,000 and does pretty much the same as a Mercedes that goes for $50,000+. Sure they get you from point A to B and they have some similar features like a radio, air conditioner and other things, but there are some things you get in a Benz that are not in that Civic such as heated seats, Intelligent Drive, pop-up display and many other things. I like buying my Samsung flagships because it has features not in a Nexus: Samsung Pay, S-Pen (on the Note series), multi-window (although it is in Marshmallow as an experimental feature and you have to do a little tinkering to get it to work), and wireless charging which they took out of the 5X and 6P just to name a few. TBH I own a Nexus S 4G, Nexus 7 2013 and a OnePlus One flashed with CM and I find stock very boring and limited despite it's sometimes faster speed.

277. Branson28

Posts: 55; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Nah its not really saying that at all. The Nexus 6P has all of the same features and does them just as well if not better. I have Android Pay which works great, most people don't care about the S-Pen even people that I've sold the Notes to, and same for multi-window I have only seen very few people even use that. iPhone's don't have wireless charging either its due to the metal build of the phone. Tbh I prefer fast charging thru the USB-C cable anyway. It's cool that you like Samsung bro everyone has their different tastes, but you can't really say the Nexus 6P isn't just as good if not better than devices that are above its price because it is just as good. If you think that iPhone and Samsung are more expensive because they are somehow more premium than every other phone then you are misled, and that's what they'd like you to believe so they can maintain their ridiculous markup and continue to make a killing off the masses of people who truly believe that.

250. SonyOwner unregistered

Ray S. Know nothing. He's like Paul K. They feed their family using the money they earn from Apple to give a bias and absurd reviews. Retaded people are more intelligent than them. And they will block me because i am telling the truth and they get hurt. Lol.

252. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

"The always-on display of the Galaxy S7 (edge) is a new feature that is not available on most other phones yet. " ========== no, it's not new.feature.

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