Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were released on the same date and both devices are currently available in the market. The two come in to take the place of the older Galaxy S6 and its brother the S6 Edge and for sure, they are worthy replacements.
Speaking of replacements, whenever Samsung releases a new phone many tend to want to get a new one in place of their older handsets. This is one of those times and this time there is the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. Of course you can have both phones if feeling a little philanthropic, but do you really need to? Chances are that you’ll want to have either the Galaxy S7 or the curved edge Galaxy S7 Edge.
These two have their own similarities and differences, something that means they end up with varied experiences at some point. So, given chance, which would you go for – Samsung Galaxy S7 or its counterpart Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge?
Design language and display quality
As mentioned, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge come to take the place of last year’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The most obvious difference between this year and last year is that Samsung chose to increase the size of the Edge model this year compared to last year’s.
As a result, Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with a 5.1-inch screen while its counterpart has a slightly larger one, standing at 5.5 inches. Similarly, the larger Galaxy S7 Edge has dimensions of 150.9 by 72.6 by 7.7 mm compared to the smaller phone’s 142.4 by 69.6 by 7.9mm. Both devices have IP68 water and dust proof rating, but the Edge model features curved edges as opposed to the S7.
If you love bigger displays, the Galaxy S7 Edge is definitely what you should go for. However, if your hands are small enough not to comfortably accommodate a 5.5-inch smartphone, the smaller Galaxy S7 would be the best choice here.
Samsung kept the same display quality as what came with last year’s models. Keeping faith with the Super AMOLED panels and QHD resolutions of 2560 by 1440 pixels, something that translates to better picture clarity on the smaller device due to the 577ppi it manages over the 534ppi of the larger one.
The S7 Edge gets an edge over the S7 when it comes to the display with its curved panel as opposed to the flat panel on the latter. The display excellently drops off at the device’s edges giving it a seamless and premium feel, adding up to the bigger view it already offers. If display is your thing, you might want to settle for the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Samsung has installed the same rear and front-facing cameras on both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The rear snapper has 12MP that features larger pixels hence ability to capture more light in poor lighting conditions, which means better shots. This, in addition to the large aperture of f/1.7, this camera is one of the best, if not the best in the market right now.
There is more to it as Samsung also added Dual Pixel technology that is meant to enhance autofocus speed. The selfie cam has a 5MP lens with a similar aperture of f/1.7.
Hardware and software
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are equipped with the same processing power. In addition, both devices have two different processing units meant for different regions, with the U.S. models carrying a Snapdragon 820 while other regions will use Samsung’s Exynos 8890. Samsung has installed a water-cooled heat sink on each phone to ensure that intensive users do not suffer the problem of overheating when using either phone. Furthermore, both devices have the same 4GB RAM. Both devices come with a microSD card slot for expanding the available onboard storage of 32GB and 64GB.
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is the latest operating system powering these devices in addition to the company’s TouchWiz UI on top of it. You will enjoy the same experience on both devices; however, the Galaxy S7 Edge has something more to offer here.
The Edges of the phone have some extras, for instance, there are sidebar features that can be brought to life by swiping the screen from the curved edges. Here, you can see things like news feeds, tasks, apps as well as contacts; all of which can also be customized to your own preferences. The edges can also be used to show call alerts when the phone is facing down, display the time and other information that you can glance at when needed. These nifty additions actually give the Galaxy S7 Edge an edge over the S7.
Battery life and price
Smartphone battery life is no longer such a huge concern for this year’s Galaxy S series. The smaller Samsung Galaxy S7 has a decent battery of 3000mAh whereas the bigger Galaxy S7 Edge is packed with a 3600mAh unit. You can wirelessly charge both devices as well as use fast charging to power up the battery units a bit faster.
Both the hardware and software used on these devices come with some efficiencies and optimizations meant to give the phones longer battery life than their predecessors. However, it looks as if the Galaxy S7 Edge has another win here with its massive unit, but it will heavily depend on what you really do with your phone.
As far as pricing is concerned, the larger Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is obviously costlier than the S7. To get the 32GB variant of the former needs $780 whereas the same storage size for the latter needs $670.
So, will it be Samsung Galaxy S7 or the larger Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge?