Samsung Galaxy S7 edge hands-on

 

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We had the opportunity to spend the day with the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and we set out on a photo tour of Barcelona, MWC’s home city in the last ten or so years.

Of course, we stopped at the Sagrada Familia. This remarkable building is rich in intricate detail and the Galaxy S7 edge did an awesome job of capturing it all.

We also tried a panorama, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge stitched things perfectly and the resolution is impressive. It doesn’t look like Samsung has enabled HDR in panoramas, though.

The camera is quick to launch and shot to shot time is lightning fast. We noticed the Galaxy S7 edge comes with a few more pre-installed shooting modes than the S7 and both had fewer out of the box than the S6.

The interface favors one-handed use and even on the 5.5″ screen of the S7 edge, the home screen shows a 4×4 grid of huge icons. We flipped that to 5×5 and prefer it that way, but we can see where Samsung is coming from.

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The Galaxy S7 edge feels really comfortable in the hand and we attribute that to the curved back. The smaller Galaxy S7 definitely feels thicker and heavier than its predecessor.

Despite their metal and glass build, we had a pretty firm grip on the two phones (all metal phones can be harder to hold). That said, they got smudged up with fingerprints really fast.

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The Always On screen gets the job done and while it’s faint compared to the maximum brightness of the screen (for the sake of battery life), we could still see the clock even in direct sunlight.

The day may be over, but we’re not done yet with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The latter will take on the LG G5 in an epic head-to-head before we leave Barcelona.