Call Quality

Vastly improved over its predecessor, there’s a ton of emphasis on clarity.

Adopting yet another feature first presented to us by the Note 5, the S7 edge now offers an ‘extra volume’ mode for those times when it’s noisy around. Without it enabled, the volume is still plenty loud for our liking, more than capable of accentuating every word and syllable uttered by our caller. Appropriately so, the addition of the ‘extra volume’ mode is there if you’re somehow hard of hearing.

Voices thankfully pack a lot of substance through the earpiece, clean and without any distortion. It’s actually an improvement over last year’s quality with the S6 edge, so we’re elated by this. The good fortune extends to the other end of the line as well, where the microphones in the phone help to produce voices to our callers that are audible and distinctive.

Moving onto the final piece of the puzzle, the speakerphone’s quality is that proverbial chink in the armor. Sure, the ‘extra’ volume’ is at our disposal even with the speakerphone, but it doesn’t seem to do a whole lot to amplify the speaker’s initially weak output. Voice are discernible nonetheless, however, it only becomes problematic when there’s a ton of ambient background noise – where it then starts to fade.

Battery

One of the few areas where more work is needed.

We understand that a bigger battery is present here with the Galaxy S7 edge, since it’s a bigger sized phone to start off. In comparison to its predecessor, which sported a 2600 mAh battery cell, the S7 edge is greeted to a monster sized 3600 mAh one. We’ll applaud to that reality, right?

Well, not so fast! The phone powers us through the usual one day of normal use in our experience thus far, which is an average result for most things nowadays. What's more, its performance in our custom battery benchmark test is also about average. Resulting with an on-screen time of 7 hours and 18 minutes, it’s almost a full hour down from its predecessor’s tally.

On one hand, we’re concerned by all of this, but it'd have been worse if its real-world performance reflected such a drop. Luckily, it doesn't. And that’s what matters more to us. While it might lean towards the S7 edge requiring frequent charging, especially for power users, Samsung has successfully improved the handset’s charging efficiency. Requiring only 99 minutes to get back to full capacity, it’s actually more efficient than the S6 edge – so even for a short period, it’ll give the phone a solid chunk of charge. That’s something good if you can spare something like 15 or 30 minutes.

And lastly, the S7 edge continues to be understood as the Swiss Army knife of smartphones because it continues to offer the convenience of wireless charging – something you won’t find with many of its competitors.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 7h 18 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 9h 29 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 9h 11 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 99
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 80
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 165

Conclusion


Pricing wasn’t particularly on the side of the Galaxy S6 edge last year, mainly because for a phone that matched the S6 on paper, its added $100 premium cost on top of the S6 didn’t seem justifiable. Not surprisingly, though, the S7 edge’s pricing follows the same strategy by being accompanied with an additional $100 cost over what most of the domestic carriers will be selling the S7 for. That tally makes the S7 edge roughly $800 wherever you look, which by itself is an undeniably exorbitant cost.

Thankfully there’s more reasoning behind the $100 separation between the two devices, as the S7 edge features a larger size – and therefore, a bigger screen, and larger battery. The added new functions of the Edge UX also play into its higher cost, something that now feels a bit more complete, as opposed to the novelty that last year’s phone seemed to exude. So, the more we think about the $100 added cost that’s needed to be put toward picking up the S7 edge over the S7, the more we realize that it’s far more forgiving that last year’s reasoning.

Aesthetically, the S7 edge shines with the same drawing factor that its predecessor managed to muster up. It’s a worthy successor in almost every facet, as Samsung has managed to address most of the shortcomings of the old model – while also reintroducing expandable storage and a water resistant construction. When we look at the total package, the incentives brought on by the S7 edge all make sense, despite the costly investment that’s needed in buying it.

If money is no concern to you, or you simply want to stay on the bleeding edge of technology right now, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is a noteworthy phone rich in both the experience and performance – with a price point that’s justified against its sibling. Rarely do we have a phone that packs so much cutting-edge technology into one single device, but we do have it here. The only thing to consider here is whether or not the size of the phone is to your liking.



Software version of the review unit: Android Version: 6.0.1; Build Number: MMB29M.G930VVRU1APB1

Pros

  • Water resistant construction with a premium design
  • Very compact for a 5.5-incher
  • Outstanding low-light performance with the camera
  • Substantial improvement to its call quality

Cons

  • Body is fingerprint magnet
  • Display brightness could be better

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

User Rating:

9.3
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96 Comments

1. Rafishant

Posts: 402; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Where are the people who used to call this site iPhonearena? So the highest score is not 7 anymore, and it is not only 9 for the iPhone!

2. letosaw

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

iphone 6s got 9.3 and is far inferior in many ways :3

6. Rafishant

Posts: 402; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

I don't know why the battery test result was that disappointed? I expected a battery life higher than the S6 Active? Is the reason probably related to the SD820?

8. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Thats fake.

15. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

they should benchmark the international version also.. the exynos will get much better battery life. but I don`t think this is a valid battery test because even if the SD820 is powerhungry it won`t fail against the 6S+, PA in a nutshell...

44. hellhr

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

Samsung S6 edge, geekbench battery test, 7.5h. S7, non edge, exynos, same test, 10h20m. Just measeured...

57. Galen20K

Posts: 579; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

PhoneArena battery life tests are inaccurate. I'm getting 8 hours Screen 0n time on almost two days 0ff the charger on my SD820 GS7Edge, I'm very satisfied.

48. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Im pretty sure if a flash away from improvement. probably a rogue app consuming battery life for no reason.

74. ph00ny

Posts: 2067; Member since: May 26, 2011

It looks like large portion of the other reviewers are getting higher battery life

7. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

S6 Edge had a rating of 9.3 and the only con that PA stated was the lack of micro SD card. S7 Edge is an upgrade in every department and has a micro SD card slot and is rated 9.0. There is no consistency in PA's rating.

13. Good-Is-Better

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

I don't even care about their reviews, the have no parameter for it and so, they are just filling the space on this web meant for reviews.

45. xocomaox

Posts: 201; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Mostly because of the battery test that they ran incorrectly which skewed their perception of the phone. Once they update this review (test), I think they will change the review to a 9.4 or something.

52. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

They guy who made this review is a caveman, Android Authority says the battery life is great.

23. MSi_GS70 unregistered

ONly 9 .. god.. how u want to see PA mobile phone that will receive 10 ??? how can this get 9 and pathetic iphone 9.3 with rubbish battery ?

25. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

How the helloes can itchave less battery life albeit having 600mah. IMA read my review elsewhere thx.

3. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

the battery is better as the iPhone 6s. Fake Arena

4. lovro

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 08, 2016

I think this battery test is very bad. On xda you have a bunch of screenshots of SOT time and battery usage. All of users are more satisfied than with NOTE 5 and S6 battery. :)

10. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

im getting the exynos version..this just sucks in browsing and battery life! Also PA, please quit with the on-screen benchmarks compairing with phones that have half the screen resolution.. off-screen is the way to go.

11. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

The Snapdragon model gets around 10hrs battery life. I don't know... but the Exynos can't possibly be that power hungry. Either way, I can't be anymore happier I pre-ordered the S7 Edge. Really looking forward to picking it up this Friday. :)

12. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

They are reviewing the SD820....

14. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Check out the specs overview. They clearly listed the Exynos 8890.

16. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

it`s wrong. it`s the SD820 read the text and look at the bench scores "For US-bound Galaxy S7 edge devices, like the Verizon one in our possession, they’re being powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest in the Snapdragon 820."

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

You're absolutely right. Sorry about the confusion. I still don't know though... their results seem to be way off here. Others reviewers (Notebookreview, Android Authority, etc..) seem to be real impressed about its battery life.

18. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

yeah don`t care much for PA`s score system, they really suck at all the benchmarks..take this with a grinch of salt :)

30. Shocky unregistered

Can't believe they're still using Antutu. :(

33. MSi_GS70 unregistered

so why ppl been talking how SD820 is super awesome how it is best .. and yet it only brings negatives to the phone ? they should stay with 810 or same as in S6 edge then..

29. Shocky unregistered

It lists both actually, the model they're reviewing which they refer to throughout the review is using Snapdragon 820.

31. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Think they changed it. ;)

19. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Phonearena should use international variant for their reviews. At least not a Verizon phone.

21. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Phonearena...... Are you actually content with the quality of the review y'all just put out...because you don't have to be a genius to see that the battery life test is flawed...I got my S7 edge yesterday and the battery life is bloody outstanding started with a full charge yesterday at 8pm and it's 9am now and I have 69% and trust me I played with it all through the night

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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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