It was an unexpected surprise yesterday when I walked into Best Buy in El Segundo, CA and saw both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on display. Honestly, I don’t care much about the regular S7, although I like the smaller screen. However, the Galaxy S7 Edge, with its 5.5-inch dispay, is what really held my interest — or at least it was supposed to.
The first thing I noticed is that the Galaxy S7 Edge doesn’t look much different than the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. The second thing I noticed is that the build and design is pretty much the same as the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, except the edges are slightly more prominent. I was happy to see the microSD card slot had returned and I’m sure this will attract those who skipped out on the Galaxy S6 Edge or Galaxy Note 5 because of this issue.
The most important thing to come out of all this is that neither the S7 nor S7 Edge wowed me very much. Last year, when I saw the S6 and S6 Edge displayed at Best Buy, I immediately knew I had to have one of these (I chose the S6 Edge). They were such huge upgrades from the previous plastic Galaxy S5 units. I thought I would be interested in placing a pre-order for the S7 Edge, but I’m not.
Don’t get me wrong; the S7 and (especially) the S7 Edge are spectacular smartphones and those who don’t own the S6 units should definitely buy one of these. Even though the screens on both of these phones have the same pixel resolution as the S6 generation, the color representation is better. Thanks to an upgraded Snapdragon processor, the programs are faster, even if it’s not immediately noticeable.
Then, there ‘s the camera. Yes, Samsung has “downgraded” from 16MP to 12MP, but the camera — overall — is really a nice upgrade. Not only does it not protrude outwards like previous Galaxy cameras, but it uses Dual-Pixel technology to help the S7 and S7 Edge autofucus images instantly. The camera also takes better pictures in low-light situations. Honestly, the new S7 camera feels like a DSLR camera more than a smartphone camera. The only thing missing is a zoom lens.
Samsung really needs a hit. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will deservedly receive good reviews, but it’s hard to tell if consumers will rush out and buy one of these phones. If these phones don’t sell well, there’s always the Galaxy Note 6 to look forward to later this year.