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What is the Galaxy S7 Edge? The curved screen is Samsung’s new headline design trait, and it’s using it more and more frequently. The S7 Edge is the best version of it yet, I haven’t spent enough time with the Galaxy Note 7 just yet, and it makes for an iconic phone. It’s more eye-catching than the regular Samsung Galaxy S7, too. It doesn’t just impress in the looks department though; this is an all-round stunner.

It has the best optics, crispest screen and even Samsung’s software has taken a step back. The sloping display might make it harder to hold for some, but it’s never become an issue for me. It’s expensive, it’s always going to be, but you’re getting a lot of phone for your money. Related: Best Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge deals Video: Check out our review of the Galaxy S7 Edge Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – Design Metal and glass build, curved display, IP68 water resistant, available in black or gold Design hasn’t always been Samsung’s strong suit.

Just two years ago, Samsung released the Galaxy S5. The handset was the most powerful phone available at the time, but it wasn’t a looker. Last year’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge signalled a much needed change for Samsung, and the change is only more obvious with the S7 Edge. Related: Best smartphones 2016The Galaxy S7 Edge is downright gorgeous. In my eyes, it’s the best looking phone ever and makes the iPhone 6S Plus look blocky, boring and dated.

On the surface, the S7 Edge looks just like its predecessor. A metal rim is sandwiched between two slabs of Gorilla Glass 4, with a lock switch on one side and separated volume keys on the other. The back is almost completely clean, with a now flush camera sensor, heart rate monitor and a Samsung logo. Along the top is the repositioned sim-tray, which now pops in a microSD slot too, plus a microphone.

The bottom houses the headphone jack (this should always be on the bottom, can other manufacturers please take note), another microphone, a tiny and frankly disappointing speaker, plus a microUSB port for charging. Related: Everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Rumours suggested Samsung was going to make the switch to the new, reversible USB–C connector that’s already being used on the Nexus 6P, OnePlus 2 and LG G5, but it hasn’t panned out that way.

This isn’t really a bad thing, in fact USB–C is more of a hindrance than a help at the minute. Especially as it means getting rid of all those microUSB cables you’ve accumulated over the years. The front is almost as clean as the back, and features an elongated home button set under the display, plus another Samsung logo – does it really need two?. Unlike the HTC One A9, the front control is a physical button, not a capacitive pad.

The front button houses the Galaxy S7 Edge’s fingerprint sensor, which is just as fast as all the others on the market now. Samsung has once again decided not to use on-screen buttons, so glowing ‘back’ and ‘multitasking’ keys light up when needed. Ditching virtual buttons gives you more screen space, but this phone could be even more compact if Samsung went down that route. Samsung’s also redesigned the Galaxy S7 Edge’s camera module.

Unlike the S6’s, the S7 Edge’s module sits flat on the phone’s back. This might sound like a small change, but it makes a big difference. I can now tap out a text with the phone flat on my desk without it jumping and rocking from side to side. Related: Best Android smartphones 2016 But, the biggest change between the S6 Edge from last year and the Galaxy S7 Edge is the size. Instead of simply keeping both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge the same, with just the Edge sides to differentiate them, Samsung has positioned the Edge as the ‘higher-end’ device, pushing up the screen size from 5.

1-inches to 5.5-inches. When I first heard Samsung made this changed, I was a little annoyed. There was something unique about having a fully-powered phone with a screen that was on the small and compact side. It’s a rarity these days. Pick up the S7 Edge though, and you might have to double to check the spec-sheet, surely this phone doesn’t have the same size screen as the iPhone 6S Plus? Yet it does.

Somehow Samsung has managed to cram a large screen into the body of a much smaller phone. Next to the iPhone 6S Plus, the S7 Edge is narrower, shorter and much lighter. I can even use it comfortably in one hand, stretching my thumb from one corner to the other without too much trouble. There’s something else the size increase helps too: those gorgeous, sloping curved edges. The Galaxy S7 Edge is the fourth Samsung phone to use this design trait, but it’s the best implementation I’ve seen yet.

Related: IP68 – What does it mean? The S6 Edge was difficult to hold for an extended period, while the Galaxy S6 Edge+ was simply too big. The Galaxy S7 Edge, though, is just right. There’s enough space between where the curved screens stops and the back starts to grip, while the newly curved back – reminiscent of the Galaxy Note 5 – slips nicely into my palms. In short, it feels great to hold and it’s an impressive feat by the Samsung design team that these slight changes have made such a big overall difference.

Just like the microSD slot, Samsung has brought back another fan favourite from the Galaxy S5; an IP68 rating for water-resistance. While this is by no means a vital feature, it’s admirable that it has been added without any noticeable loss to the design. There are no flaps covering the ports, no added thickness and no extra space between the display and glass. What does an IP68 rating mean? Well, you’ll be able to dunk the Galaxy S7 Edge into one meter of water for up to 30 minutes without damaging the phone.

Basically, you can use it in the rain without issue and even watch some YouTube in the bath without worrying about an accidental slip. Not that I did that, honest. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – Screen 5.5-inch quad-HD panel, dual curved edges If the design of the S7 Edge is stunning, then the same word can be used to describe the display. Not a whole lot has changed from the outgoing flagships, but this still holds up as the best screen on a smartphone for a number of reasons.

First up is the sheer amount of detail here. Samsung didn’t try and go all-out with a 4K display, but really when quad-HD (that’s 2560 x 1440) looks this good I don’t think there’s much of a need for more pixels. Maybe it would help make VR even better with the Gear VR headset, but that’ll probably come next year. Get Deal: Galaxy S7 Edge – just £369.99 from Amazon Related: Best apps and game for the Samsung Gear VR Everything from images to films to games look beautiful, with pixels completely invisible to the naked eye.

The 534ppi (pixels per inch) density beats the iPhone 6S Plus and means the S7 Edge easily outmuscles Apple’s phablet in the display department. Samsung has stuck with its Super AMOLED tech for the Galaxy S7 Edge and that’s not really a surprise. AMOLED screens are much more vibrant than the LCD counterparts. Oversaturation isn’t as much of a problem as it was on older Samsung phones, and personally I like a bit more ‘oomph’ to my colours.

But for those that like a cooler look there are options to tone things down. AMOLED displays are also much better at showing off blacks than LCDs. Instead of looking slightly grey, the blacks here are inky deep. You’ll easily notice this when watching media and it’s hard going back to an LCD afterwards.Now, there are a few niggles I have with the display on the Galaxy S7 Edge. There’s a really strong blue tinge on the two edge sides, especially when viewing content with white background.

In both Twitter and Gmail I can pick this out and while it won’t come across in pictures, it’s annoying. Viewing angles also aren’t the best. But, that’s really one of the sacrifices you get when you don’t use an IPS LCD panel. Tilt the phone to an angle and the sides become bright white, but the rest of it looks like it’s masked in a grey fog. The new ‘Always-on Display’ mode, is also cool but needs some work.

The Always-on tech takes advantage of the fact AMOLED screens don’t need to light up the whole display all the time and can instead select individual pixels to charge. This means the S7 Edge can still show the time, date and a couple of bits of other information on the lock-screen when the phone is off without eating through too much battery. Samsung says having the ‘Always-on display’ switched on will only use up an extra 1% of battery per hour and those claims stand true during my testing.

Samsung also says you should save battery because you don’t unlock the phone as much with Always-on activated, but I disagree with this. Yes, the Always-on mode shows the time, but it will only alert you to notifications from Samsung’s default apps like Messages, Mail and Phone. Use WhatsApp? Or Gmail? Tough, these won’t show up. I’d also like a bit more control over the mode. You can’t alter the brightness, which causes some problems when you’re in a darker room, and aside from choosing whether or not you want a calendar showing, there isn’t much customisation allowed.

It’s a nice start and a feature that has potential to be very useful, but it needs work.

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News: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge gets Android Nougat update Good news! The much awaited Android 7.0 Nougat update has arrived for Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge owners. The next-gen upgrade is here, with all its fancy new features. Expect faster download speeds, some noticeable UI tweaks and performance mode options. The update has begun rolling out across most networks, but you may have to check with your particular carrier before you get your hopes up.

We were fortunate enough to get the Nougat update on EE in the UK. To download Android Nougat on your Samsung device, navigate to Settings, go to About Device and then Download Updates Manually. Got an older Samsung phone? No worries, Android Nougat will be rolling out across the following Samsung smartphones and tablets in the coming months: - Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge- Samsung Galaxy S7- Samsung Galaxy S6- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge- Samsung Galaxy Note 5- Samsung Galaxy Tab A- Samsung Galaxy Tab S2- Samsung Galaxy A3- Samsung Galaxy A8 That being said, you can find my original Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review below.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review Until the Galaxy Note 7 came along, the Galaxy S7 Edge had top-billing in Samsung's 2016 smartphone lineup - and rightly so. As a larger, curvier version of the regular Galaxy S7, the S7 Edge is immensely more attractive than its flat little brother, and it also has a much bigger battery, giving it more stamina over the course of a day.  It's still a great phone even with the Note 7's release (it also hasn't been recalled either), and for many the S7 Edge will be the better choice due to its lower price and lack of stylus.

It also has plenty in common with the Note 7, as they both share the same processor, camera and screen resolution. Besides, the Note 7's 5.7in screen is only 0.2in bigger than the S7 Edge, which is hardly going to revolutionise the way you play games or watch your iPlayer downloads on the commute home.  Instead, you're more likely to notice the difference if you compare the S7 Edge with the regular S7, which only has a 5.

1in display. Here, the S7 Edge's enlarged screen size finally puts some much-needed distance between each handset to help make it feel like a more obvious upgrade over its flat sibling.  Before we delve into the nitty gritty, it's worth mentioning about the upcoming iPhone 7 unveiling. We'll get our first look at Apple's latest iPhone at an announcement event at 6PM on 7 September, which will surely be the S7 Edge's newest rival.

Whether or not it will have a curved display in retaliation remains to be seen, but it might be worth holding out on your smartphone purchase until after Apple show off their newest handset. Here's everything you need to know about the new iPhone 7 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review: Design The S7 and S7 Edge also address many of the complaints we had with the entire S6 family. There's still no removable battery, but the S7 Edge now has a microSD slot that lets you expand its 32GB or 64GB of default storage by up to 200GB, and it also has IP68-certified dust and waterproof protection, making it more both flexible and more practical than either of its predecessors.

For some, this alone might be reason enough to sign up for one of Samsung's new generation of smartphones, especially if you're a Galaxy S5 owner who's been deliberately holding off due to the lack of expandable storage. That said, one thing the S7 Edge definitely hasn't improved on is the sheer number of smeary fingerprints it picks up on its glass-plated rear. Grime and grease isn't the best look for a flagship handset, and there were several times during testing when I actually longed for the faux leather rear of the S5.

Still, it is, at least, easy to hold, as its curved sides and metal frame converge into a bit of a harder, flatter edge than the regular S7, providing a decent amount of grip despite its large footprint. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review: Edge Screen The curved display looks as stunning as ever, and Samsung's made a number of improvements to the Edge Screen software, too. Activated by a simple thumb swipe over the small translucent tab on the side of the screen, the Edge panels are now wider, allowing them to hold more information, and have a greater number of uses.

The app shortcut panel and quick access contact page make a welcome return, but you can also have Edge screens that are now solely dedicated to internet bookmarks, a compass, the weather and S Planner to name just a few. ^ The People Edge (far left) gives you quick access to your favourite contacts; the Tasks Edge (centre left) lets you jump straight into certain tasks; My Places (centre right) promotes certain apps depending on your location; and Quick Tools (far right) gives you a full compass Our favourite new addition is the Tasks Edge.

Maybe in response to Apple's Force Touch technology, the Tasks Edge lets you instantly jump to certain phone functions, such as composing a text message or email, viewing your internet bookmarks, creating a calendar event, taking a selfie, or quick dialling specific contacts. There's even a My Places Edge screen, which pinches elements of HTC's Sense 7 Home interface to promote three of your most-used apps that are geared toward your current location.

For instance, if you're at Work, the My Places Edge screen might show S Planner or Google Docs, but it might switch to Google Play Music and Google Maps when you're out and about. All these are handy extras, but considering its two best Edge screens borrow features we've already seen elsewhere (and to arguably greater effect), it suggests that even Samsung seems to be struggling to give its Edge screen purpose.

While there's no denying that some of the Edge screens are very convenient, most of the shortcuts (excepting the Tasks Edge) could easily be replaced by adding additional widgets on the home screen. The Edge screens do have the added advantage of helping to reduce the amount of clutter on your home screens, but I'm still not convinced they're an absolute must-have feature yet. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review: Display One thing you needn't doubt, however, is the quality of the S7 Edge's display, as Samsung's 5.

5in, 2,560x1,440 Super AMOLED panel is, once again, best in class. It covers a full 100% of the sRGB colour gamut along with pitch perfect 0.00cd/m2 black levels. Images look stunning on the S7 Edge, and its ultra-high contrast ratio captures plenty of detail, too, so you can be sure your photos and videos will always look their best. As per usual, Super AMOLED displays aren't as bright as their LCD counterparts, as evidenced by the S7 Edge's peak brightness level of 361.

01cd/m2. However, as with the S7, the S7 Edge has a clever trick of being able to boost its brightness in very bright sunshine when it's set to auto. To test this, I shone a torch over its adaptive light sensor, which promptly made its peak white levels shoot up to 503cd/m2. This is around what I'd expect to see from an LCD smartphone, so to see this on a Super AMOLED display is pretty impressive, combining the brightness of an LCD when you really need it with the rich, vibrant colours of Super AMOLED when you don't.

Samsung's also introduced an always-on element to the S7 Edge's display this year, which shows the time, date and battery status when the phone's in sleep mode. This is incredibly useful if all you want to do is have a quick glance at the time, and it doesn't use much battery either, as Samsung's Super AMOLED panel only illuminates the pixels it needs to show the information instead of the entire backlight.


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