Wednesday, April 14

Review: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 32 GB

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The S7 edge is the latest iteration in Samsung’s flagship curved screen line. There was a lot of hype leading up to its launch; their marketing slogan: “Redefine what a phone can do” is a bold statement on paper; let’s see if Samsung has been able to back up their confidence.

Samsung continues to pack a punch in their ongoing battle with Apple. They’ve built a sleek, stylish phone that sets the benchmark.

Samsung S7 edge

The S7 edge has a better camera than the iPhone 7 – even though they are both 12 MP, the S7 has a wider aperture (f/1.7), meaning more light can be let in, which theoretically means that images should be of a better quality; the iPhone 7 has a f/1.8 aperture.

The iPhone 7’s 4.7” 1134 X 750 display pales in comparison to the S7 edge’s 5.5”, 2,560 x 1,440 Super AMOLED display.

It’s safe to say that this (barring a few questionable decisions) is an absolute winner in every category.

If you are in the market for a phone with a smaller screen, look no further than the S7 Flat, which has a 5.1” display.

Keys specs

  • 5.5” Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1440 X 2560 pixels
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Curved edge screen
  • 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash
  • 5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR
  • Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset
  • Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose & 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU (SM-G930F model)
  • microSD dedicated slot (expandable up to 256 GB)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 32 GB of onboard storage
  • Bluetooth: 2, A2DP, LE, aptX
  • microUSB v2.0, USB Host
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Up to 22 h talk time (3G)

Pros: A premium build; amazing 12MP phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash camera; waterproof; dust resistant powerful processor; 4 GB RAM; fantastic display; curved screen

Cons: Expensive; only 32 GB of internal memory; no IR blaster; No FM radio; No stereo speakers

Verdict: 9/10

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge – from R8,999

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