As I’m sure all of you all know that the S7 Edge is the new hotness from Samsung. Ben and I received our devices on the same day (release day) and have held them for the same time, just to give you guys some perspective on personal handling — same carrier, same size, same color, same device. If you read the review HERE, then you know that, by and large, Ben liked this device. I didn’t. I wanted to share my thoughts in this sort of retraction review about the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Now this list about my grievances isn’t long, but it was enough for me to stick with my beloved Nexus 6P over the S7 Edge. As far as what I liked about the device, I will say it is very speedy in performance, has a more than acceptable camera, and it’s display makes my eyes cry with joy. With any device though, there are it’s pitfalls and that’s what I’m here to -exploit- discuss.
First and foremost is the build, immediately once I removed it for the box, I was astounded by its size and weight. The S7 Edge is a very thin and light device, too light in fact; the thinness is matched by the slippery nature of its glass back. So the first thing you’ll want to do is skin and case this phone, which frankly sucks because it’s almost a must-do for the S7. Having a phone that requires that level of commitment is a little nerve-wracking and frankly not necessary. The first drop I had with this phone SHATTERED the back, whereas I’m sure other devices would’ve lasted a bit longer. Or maybe that’s just the case will glass phones…
Now the S7 edge is a huge fingerprint magnet. It’s seriously bad on some versions of the S7 more than others, such as the Gold being the worst IMO. The silver one that I had wasn’t horrible and if I had a case, I’d notice the back at least a lot less. Those fingerprints affects the front though, and without a good glass screen protector for the S7 Edge, you’ll be wiping your phone all day. Or maybe I just have oily fingers…..
A lot of people are experiencing this, I’ve seen, with other saying that there’s a software update going around to help resolve the issue. We all know how software roll-outs go, and since I haven’t gotten a formal answer, I’m to assume it doesn’t totally fix the issue. What Samsung has done with the S7 Edge is curved the glass further than on the S6 Edge+, which may make it look “better”, but now when I hold the device my palms/fingers are constantly touching the screen. As you can imagine this makes it difficult when typing and gaming, and made me super frustrated when using the device for no media consumption needs. Or maybe I just am not holding it right….
There’s not too much to say here about the speaker, it’s on the wrong side of the phone and it’s not the best. It’s also not bad but Samsung could’ve done better. Now granted, the sound quality probably had to diminish in order to give the S7 Edge one of it’s better features, the IP68 certification, but the placement is just blah when advertising this as a media device and wanted the consumers to hold it sideways a lot — try it, your hand will cover the speaker naturally. I firmly believe that front facing speakers should be one of the new features Samsung should try on the Note/Next S. at least stereo speakers. Or maybe I should be using headphones…
Lastly, which surprisingly there isn’t too much of if you exclude the palm detection issue, there are small and forgive-able software things that I personally wish were changed. These are things like the persistent add icon in folders when using stock Touchwiz, or the fact that the default behavior of the app drawer is to add downloaded apps on the end even after I press ‘A-Z’ (there’s no persistent change), or the app drawer icon always being to the far right of the dock. Again these are small things and Samsung has made HUGE strides in improving Touchwiz, but I figure since I was “complaining”, I might as well include everything. I also know a lot of people say “well just use a 3rd party launcher”, but if that’s the case then I lose on a lot of Samsung features that I like. Or maybe I should use an alternate home launcher….
All in all, this is just my few reasons that I am not using the Galaxy S7 Edge as a daily anymore now that the review is over. Let me say it is a wondrous device, and I can easily recommend it to many other people that use it, especially if they are more careful than myself and/or plan on using a case with it. Samsung did a lot of things right on this device, but I’ll be waiting on the next Note or easily just a bigger, thicker, Galaxy S7.