The Galaxy S7 Edge may have just made me a Samsung convert

by: Kris CarlonFebruary 24, 2016
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Historically, I’ve had a begrudging respect for Samsung flagships. I can objectively acknowledge the company makes very good, extremely popular phones, but I’ve never felt that the Korean manufacturer got everything right in a Galaxy S device. I’m not the easiest person to please, admittedly, but I’m finding myself irresistibly drawn to the Galaxy S7 Edge like never before.

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With every previous Galaxy S phone I’ve always found a few too many decisions I didn’t like, missing features I desperately wanted or gimmicky add-ons I saw no use in. Despite the way the world fawned over the Galaxy S6 Edge, even it didn’t tickle my fancy because I thought it was largely unnecessary. The edge was new but it had no real purpose. If anything, I thought the S6 was the better option.

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The S6 Edge felt awkward with that sharp edge on the back, had a largely useless edge display, had dropped three popular Samsung features found in the Galaxy S5 – microSD support, water-resistance and a removable battery – and cost too much more money for what I saw as no added benefit. As good as the phone was in terms of performance and camera, it was still not a phone I would spend my own money on.

For fairly obvious reasons, I’ve been a Nexus user since the Nexus 4 and have rarely looked elsewhere for a daily driver. Sure, I review phones and familiarize myself with new UIs, features and settings of other OEMs but I always come back to my Nexus. But Samsung has recently started making the kinds of decisions I have been wanting for a long time: less bloat, fewer gimmicky features, a cleaner, faster, more refined TouchWiz and so on.

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The Galaxy S6 was a big step forward for Samsung, at least in my eyes. The design didn’t really appeal to me, but at least it replaced the atrocious design found in the Galaxy S5. TouchWiz went from a half-baked mess to a rebuilt and tidied up interface. The finger scanner was much better, there was less bloat and gimmicks and more of a focus on the core experience. But there were still too many things I didn’t like about the S6 for me to want it in my pocket long term.

But all that has changed with the Galaxy S7 Edge. The design is basically the same as the S6 Edge, and it still doesn’t really appeal to me, but the camera bump has been significantly reduced and a 40% larger battery crammed in. The addition of the curved edges on the back from the Galaxy Note 5 has made the device much more comfortable to hold and it even seems as though the glass back handles fingerprints a tiny bit better (although the new Galaxies are still pretty bad).

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TouchWiz has never looked better and Samsung has learned the valuable lesson of providing toggles and options for mostly everything. Android users don’t want features forced on them. We want the option to use the ones we want and get rid of the ones we don’t. The Galaxy S7 has so many customizable features and settings I can honestly say I could live with TouchWiz on the S7 Edge without hating my life. Even the Flipboard screen isn’t so laggy you want to die (but you should still disable it straight out of the box).

Simply put, the Galaxy S7 Edge is as close to the perfect smartphone as Samsung has ever come.

There’s app icon layout options for the home screen, an app drawer-less option, Always On Display, very nice game optimization settings, the S7 and S7 Edge have significantly larger batteries than their predecessors, have reintroduced the microSD card slot and added an IP68 waterproof rating.

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The S7 Edge now has improved edge functions like customizable shortcuts and actions, a vertically scrolling news ticker and the promise of more now that third-party developers are encouraged to join the party. The S7 also has massively improved low-light camera performance and insanely fast auto-focus, thanks to the dual-pixel sensor. The Galaxy S7 Edge is, quite simply, the Samsung phone I have always wanted the company to make. For a long-time Samsung cynic to admit this fact demonstrates just how many right decisions Samsung made on the Galaxy S7 Edge.

Of course, there are always a few things I don't entirely like about any phone, no matter who makes it, and the same is true of the Galaxy S7 Edge. It's just that the list is very short and pretty negligible. The lack of USB Type-C seems a strange choice (understandably made because of Gear VR compatibility), fingerprints are still a problem on the back and Samsung is still absurdly dedicated to a physical Home button.

I can't tell you if the finger scanner is actually better because Samsung blocked access to lock screen options on the demo units (which are required for registering fingerprints). Battery life will largely remain a mystery until review units are shipped, even if the big capacity bump is very welcome and shows great promise. Simply put, the Galaxy S7 Edge is as close to the perfect smartphone as Samsung has ever come.

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As much as I'm happy to confess I want the Galaxy S7 Edge like I've never wanted a Galaxy device before, the last great hurdle for Samsung to win my admiration is to get Android updates out a lot faster. That's a whole other kettle of fish though, and an argument best saved for another day. But as far as the Galaxy S7 Edge is concerned, I can finally say: Samsung, shut up and take my money.

What was your favorite Galaxy device? What do you think of the Galaxy S7 Edge?

  • I feel the exact same way as you! Will wait until OnePlus 3 comes out. If they miss their chance of presenting something mind blowing, Samsung is indeed taking my money (cheaper at that time) clever huh? ;)

    • trapchan

      you mean the 2017 Flagship killer?

      • Let’s hope it will be without being advertised as such. Odds of disappointment diminish by millions…

        • Pez Smith

          You don’t know OP.
          :-)

    • Better order the s7 now. Dont wait for OP3. it will be shittier

      • I will give them the benefit of doubt. And plus, by waiting, the price will be much lower at that time!

  • Daggett Beaver

    Ditto. I was impressed with the S6/Edge, but I didn’t want one. I want the S7 Edge. I’m still going to wait for the Note 6, though.

  • Cakefish

    My very first smartphone was the Galaxy S2. I then had the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. Currently have the Z5 Compact. Now, 5 years later I am going back to Samsung with the Galaxy S7. My Sony phone is great but I can’t resist preordering the S7 due to that amazing camera.

  • SnakeSplitskin

    It’s been a long time coming. After the release of the Note 5, I knew Samsung would finally achieve a gold standard. Let’s see if it’s enough to at least start a trickle of Iphone defectors. Love my Note 5. May get the S7 Edge anyway just in case the Note 6 plays it too safe. I suppose adding a bigger battery in the same form factor and using the new camera set-up might be all that the Note 6 needs to be the king.

    Not sure why someone would wait until the One Plus 3 comes out given that it’s always in a lower tier in terms of features and performance.

    • Dex

      It worked on this iSheep. :P I have been with iPhone since the 3GS, till now… I’m worried about the path Apple is going down now that Jobs is gone. *cough*(iPad Pro)

      Sexy Silver S7 Edge, here I come!

  • THIS IS HE11

    I started with iPhones. I stepped into android with the Skyrocket. And that thing sucked. It kept me away from android for years. That is until I made my S7 edge preorder yesterday.

    And im so excited about this new phone I have been looking up info on it daily.

    • Kenrick Fernandes

      don’t you want to try the the mi5. the mi5 has obliterated samsung s7 in the antutu benchmarks also.

      • Draylax

        In my view, for a user who is used to a slick UI like that on iOS, a Xiaomi product is going to be a step down – the custom interface is their main weakness and very much a deal breaker for those used to better experiences.

        Plus, this is clearly a case of love at first sight so, I certainly won’t expect he/she to change their mind. And nor should they need to – the S7 Edge seems like a great phone anyways.

        Finally, I don’t think benchmarks alone should be the basis for a buying decision.

        • Anon

          i would take miui over touchwiz although i still prefer stock over miui.
          miui is sleek. people should give it a shot.

        • s2weden2000

          This ain’t 2013…

        • THIS IS HE11

          Bingo. Apples closed wall style of one UI fits all, no customization, has been wearing thin for a few years now.

          The S7 edge literally was love at first site. And once I started reading about its improvements over the S6, that pretty much sealed the deal.

      • Ben

        are you sure that was the Exynos 8890 variant and not the snapdragon variant? as i’m sure the SD820 is worse than the Exynos 8890

        • abhisheksaral

          Lol!

        • Ismail Akram

          How worse than Exynos 8890?

      • Dex

        The Mi5 also seems like a great phone. I’m thinking the Edge will still be better once I have it modded the way I want it. :D

      • Ismail Akram

        for Money mi5 the best. but as a phone I would still prefer S7 over mi5.

      • RunningGreat

        You get what you paid for. I don’t recall Mi5 having the worlds best mobile screen with Gear VR support. Free Gear VR btw. Dual Pixel Phase Detection auto focus, and will most likely have best photo image quality as well as video quality. S7 is done focusing before other phones even start to focus. Ip68 Certification for being practically water proof without flaps. Wireless charging. And touchwiz is much better than xiomis os. And Galaxy looks much better and holds better with an iPhone 6/+ plus sized battery in a 5.1 inch phone? Too much to list. Oh, and don’t forget Samsung Pay. I’ve seen Youtube videos of people using it at Walmart, Target, and other places that aren’t even considering accepting Apple Pay (or any other NFC payment). Samsung pay works literally on all magnetic readers. Other than ATM and gas stations. Why do you think it was adopted so much faster than Apple Pay? You literally dont need your wallet with Samsung Pay. Xiomi is good but if you want the best, Galaxy is where it’s at.

        • LewisSD

          I don’t know how many times a cashier has told me they don’t accept phone payments only to see my note 5 successfuly make the payment. I have to explain it everywhere I go.

          BTW you used the term “literally” incorrect eveytime in your comment lol.

      • X-47B

        Antutu benchmark is just another benchmark. if someone has to decide on purchasing phone on benchmark, than you’re making the wrong decision.
        For Antutu, GPU numbers are calculated for onscreen values rather than offscreen values. Which means any device with same SOC but lower resolution will have better numbers. So here’s your quick and easy explanation on higher antutu number.

      • They share mostly the same specs the only difference and reason the mi5 ever scored higher, is because the mi5 uses a 1080p screen…… GS7/Edge rule 0ver that device.

      • Lightspeed

        Those two aren’t really in the same league. Samsung for quality, confidence, and status.

    • Dex

      Exactly what happened to me! However, I think mine was something other than Skyrocket. Either way, I think Apple is going to be heading down the wrong path without Jobs leading the way. Look at the travesty (iPad Pro) they released… Jobs would have never let that fly. Plus, I’m just plain bored of ios and the increased waiting times for a jailbreak. Ah well…

      Samsung did something right, because as soon as I saw the S7 Edge in the sexy titanium and did a little research I preordered it as soon as I could! This will be the only phone I have ever preordered. I think the Gear VR is going to be pretty sweet once the devs start going crazy with it.

      • THIS IS HE11

        Agreed about apple. It feels af if they lost their innovative edge a few generations ago. And their stubbornness to keep the GUI the same since literally the 1st gen has gotten old.
        It feels as if the old Apple has returned, an inferior product wrapped in a fancy case, sold for more money.

        • vampyren

          Its a great phone but personally i hate the UI now. I use my LG G4 much more these days. The widgets and the more control over simple things like bluetooth profiles keeps me away from my iPhone 6S Plus. I just love my G4.
          Not sure if i want to get S7 edge, G5 or wait for Notes 6 (if samsung decide to release it even to EU this time around). Honestly since i got Marshmallow on my G4 i’m extremely satisfied with my G4. But i must say the S7 Edge looks realllly nice.

      • ichuck7

        Youre dead on the money. That titanium look is sexy as hell (for a phone.) I would never put a case on that phone.

    • Harry

      S6, S6 Edge, S7 and more is now on sale only below

    • Biga173rd

      Congrats you will not be disappointed.

  • V_Mena

    I had the Samsung S6 and I really wanted to love it but the battery left me wanting another phone. The camera on the S6 was, and IMO the best camera phone ever. For me Samsung addressed the subpar battery with the S7. The addition of a micro SD Card, a possible better camera and IP68 rating makes the new Samsung hard to pass on. I currently have the Nexus 6p and I know that I’ll be shorting myself on timely updates, and but every other option makes this phone a winner. I pre-ordered the edge but I’m thinking of switching to the regular S7 because I prefer a smaller sized phone, but but how can anyone pass on the Silver S7 Edge.

    • bockscar

      The gold is really beautiful in person…..i didn’t think i liked it until today when i was playing around with it….absolutely stunning

      • Jeff Martinez

        Yeah I hope so I decided to go with the gold S7, I already use a black Sapphire S6.

        • Luis Flores

          Black sapphire sucked it was more of a blue

      • Luis Flores

        Gold all the way that’s what I ordered

    • bockscar

      The black is horrible for fingerprints

      • Jesus

        Naturally, glass will attract fingerprints. Deal with it.

    • bockscar

      The gold….but its actually not that dark…..at first i thought it was the silver

    • The Doctor

      I sold my Nexus 6P so I could get the S7 edge. The SD 810 is a terrible processor and no OEM should’ve ever used it.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Good luck getting Android N in 2018 going to Samsung again. lol.

        • jasonlowr

          Im rich enough to get any phone I want. Why wait for updates why I can just get what I want lol. Poor you

          • Alrightythen

            My thoughts exactly. I don’t keep my phones more than a year anyway and hand them down to the kids.

          • Saurabh Sahu

            pass some bucks to me, Rich you :P

          • SeanPR11

            Hmmm moneybags….why buy an “off the shelf” phone? Why not have an OEM custome make a one of a kind phone for you?

        • Jesus

          Who needs boring Stock, when Cyanogenmod is down the road? lol…

        • SeanPR11

          exactly.

  • Abdou Azzedine (A2Z)

    Galaxy s7 edge is like pornography for android fanatics.

    • Dex

      And for lost iSheep like me. :P

  • The Doctor

    The Galaxy S7 edge is the first smartphone I have ever preordered. I couldn’t care less if it’s a fingerprint magnet because I’ll be slapping an Otterbox Commuter case on it once I get it.

    March 11th can’t come soon enough.

    • bockscar

      Which color

      • The Doctor

        Silver.

        • bockscar

          Fingerprints won’t be bad for that

    • Junior Rosario

      Same here!

    • Richard Hurr

      Just ordered my S7 Edge today. Had planned to get the standard S7 all along but thought what the hell. I don’t care much about fingerprints either as a nice Spigen case is also on order. Delivered to my door March 8th!

      • The Doctor

        Wait…how do you get it March 8th? My Verizon preorder says I’ll get it March 11th by 8 PM.

        Grrrr.

        • Richard Hurr

          Because in the UK you get it 3 days early if you pre-order. Also happens to be my exact upgrade date!

          • The Doctor

            Ah. I hope I’ll be able to get it a day or two early here in the States.

        • Barrett Charles

          T-Mobile releasing March 3rd. That’s the official date if you don’t preorder

          • The Doctor

            Man, everyone is getting it early except me.

          • Dex

            I’m in the States and mine says it will ship the 6th or 7th through AT&T.
            I guess I’ll have to wait and see…

          • it says “ships by 3/10” right on their website. even if you preorder. And that was just repeated by t mobile customer service.

        • Lars Jeppesen

          Europe is March 8th for preorders

      • Barrett Charles

        The edge has much better soecs and bigger.screen.

        • skywalkr2

          Only thing better is the bigger battery, yes?

      • Dex

        Thanks for mentioning the Spigen case. I think I will be ordering one for my S7 Edge also. They look pretty sharp!

    • Kmhuskers

      You’ll have to go with an Otterbox Symmetry case because they don’t make a Commuter for the Edge versions. I have the Symmetry case on my S6 Edge+ and it’s the most trustworthy case you can get for the Edge family of phones. I got an S7 Edge live mock in my store yesterday and it’s badass. You made a smart choice my friend.

      • The Doctor

        Actually the Otterbox Commuter case exists for the S7 edge. I can’t post a link here, but go to Otterbox’s website and click on Samsung, then go down to S7 edge. It’s listed as one of the cases available for the S7 edge.

        I got my Commuter case straight from Verizon’s website.

        • Kmhuskers

          Oh yeah, you’re right! My bad on that. I see they made clear Symmetry cases too, those are sure to be popular. What color Edge did you get?

          • The Doctor

            I got the silver edge. I’ve never had a silver phone before and I think it’s going to look great.

    • MattPortland

      Silver here, too. Can’t wait.

    • JohnnyTLuxury

      Otter boxes have always been too fat, bulky for me, you should check out Spigen cases, smooth, svelte, sleek, and quality.

      • Rashad1050

        Yes, i love the crystal case. It really shows the design.

        • Lars Jeppesen

          I’m rocking that case right now on my S6E+ and it’s so great, you barely even notice it

      • The Doctor

        I’ve never had a phone get destroyed when I dropped it while it was in an Otterbox case. I will always use an Otterbox. The Commuter series isn’t nearly as bulky as the Defender series.

        • Robert John Hebert

          Flip covers from Samsung work just as well… My ZeroLemon with 10,000 mAh battery got shelved for the Samsung flip cover for my Galaxy Note Edge.

      • LewisSD

        I just go with a D brand skin on the back and call it a day. No case for me haha.

    • BX_TILLIDIE

      same here first phone I’ve ever preordered and im getting the otterbox defender case.

    • Dex

      I think the majority is going with the silver (same here). The sex-appeal is just too much I guess. :P

      • Ismail Akram

        AMOLED display experience feels more immersive on black I think.

        • Dex

          Good point, Ismail. That had crossed my mind also. But that silver is so sharp! I may grow to hate it in time, but I hope not!

        • Steven

          Yeah I imagine it as a polished stone with a digital display.

        • Vernon Denison

          Yap it sure will for gaming and watching movies, black is great with the lights out, silver picks up any light at the edge of the screen.

      • vampyren

        Black for me :)

        • Dex

          Nice! The black is sexy too! ;)

    • Turanga Leela

      Does NFC still work through Otter Boxes?

      • The Doctor

        Yes.

    • TechGirlKnows Inc.

      I am so in love with the phone I’m obsessed with looking up details about it daily including accessories, unboxings, and triple checking my T-Mobile Pre-order Status…Is it March 11th yet???

      • The Doctor

        I had to go to Best Buy yesterday to play around with it. It is the best looking smartphone I have ever held and it’s small for its size. That makes me so happy.

    • Megacharge

      Putting a case on the S7 Edge is blasphemy. Just be extra careful and enjoy it’s beauty.

      • The Doctor

        Yeah, accidents happen no matter how careful you are.

  • AvalancheRyder

    I want to like this phone so much but the glare from the curved screen just kills it for me. I don’t find it particularly comfortable to use either (referring to experience with the S6 Edge but it also applies here), and the curved screen is a bit gimmicky in my opinion. I’d prefer to just view content head on without the sides of it sloping off.

    Not to mention, All of the “edge” features could be done just as easily with a flat screen. As far as I can tell, Samsung just wanted show off that they could build a curved screen and baked in exclusive software features that don’t even require a curved screen. This device just solved a problem that didn’t exist. Just give me a 5.5″ non-curved S7 and I’m all set. Guess I’ll have to go with a Note 5 or wait for the Note 6.

    • The Doctor

      Did you read this article? The curved edge display is more than a gimmick.

      • AvalancheRyder

        I did read the article. I read it before I commented, then I reread it after I saw your comment. Not sure what I’m missing, but what can be done with the edge screen that can’t be done with a flat screen?

        • Jeff Phillips

          The edge is more than a gimmick. On the Note Edge, when you receive a call, alarm or some other notification it will pop up on the edge screen and not shutdown what ever you’re doing on the main screen. It also allows far more shortcuts

          • AvalancheRyder

            I get that, I just don’t understand why we need a curved display for this. Why can’t that information just be displayed on the side of a flat screen? Like with a vertical ticker screen, similar to the horizontal second screen on the LG V10. That’s not unique either, when I get a call, alarm, or notification on the Nexus 6, I just get a little pop in window.

          • Jeff Phillips

            I don’t know…it’s cool I guess?

          • Chris

            Because they can?

            Have you even messed with one in person or just basing your opinions on pictures?

          • AvalancheRyder

            Thanks for proving my point. If the reason to build a phone with a curved screen is just “because they can” and there’s no real functionality added, that’s fine, but it’s not for me. If there is something compelling that the curved screen adds to the smartphone experience that a flat screen could not, I’d love to know what it is, but so far I haven’t heard anything convincing. I’ve used the S6 Edge in person, not the S7 Edge.

          • [email protected]

            it makes the phone’s bezel smaller than a non curved phone like note 5.

    • bockscar

      It’s a lot more comfortable. …night and day

      • AvalancheRyder

        I’m sure the curved back helps tremendously. I really liked it on the Note 5. I just don’t find swiping in from the curved edge or tapping the curved portion of the screen to be comfortable. I wouldn’t think that’s different from last year’s models.

    • Richard Hurr

      Nope, he didn’t read the article.

      • AvalancheRyder

        And you’re basing that on what?

    • JDMillest

      It’s easier to swipe on a curve than a flat.

    • Chris

      You seem very uneducated

      • AvalancheRyder

        If you disagree with someone, fine, but you actually come off as uneducated when you post something like that instead of an actual argument to back up your differing opinion.

  • jbworldwide1

    I’m getting the S7 Edge on release day. I’m not going to bother with pre-ordering. I hate waiting for FedEx/UPS

    • Alrightythen

      Well you would get it earlier if you preordered. All the carriers will be shipping it a few days before it’s in the store

      • jbworldwide1

        I know, but I’m always at work and I have a thing about boxes being left on my front porch.

    • cdm283813

      But you won’t get the Gear VR if you don’t preorder? That has to be worth $50 to $80 unless Craig’s list gets flooded with them. Unless your first day purchase still qualifies for it. I don’t know.

  • Ryuto Arisato

    I’m tired of my iPhone so now I wait till Amazon sells the unlocked S7 so I can say goodbye to iPhone.

  • My Galaxy Prime

    With so many people pre-ordering the edge version, I hope there’s enough for all of us.

    • cdm283813

      I think we make up a small percentage of people that even know about this phone when you look at the big picture. Just walk into a carrier store on a Saturday and check out the people buying phones that had released months ago. And how many people really pre-order Android phones? Nexus sure but for the last few years that was the only way to buy them.
      This could be different because of the free Gear VR so it will be interesting to see.

      • Dex

        I wouldn’t be so sure. There are many people talking about the S7 and S7 Edge. Even people who don’t care about phones have heard of them in these few short days.
        I have never preordered a phone, until now. Sexy silver S7 Edge, come to me!

        • Soryuu

          Yeah, the launch has made quite a splash.

    • Luis Flores

      Gold all the way

      • My Galaxy Prime

        Definitely gold

  • OSSAlanR

    Only being available with 32GB in most markets is a huge step back. I was about to buy another Samsung (I like my current one a lot), but that’s like “It would be wonderful except for the fact that it doesn’t really work”.

    • thartist

      I don’t understand… What exactly is the problem of having 32 GB for apps and an sd for your junk??? I even appreciate the sd the most for having my rom and recovery separated and safe for tinkering if anything goes wrong without need of my pc

      • OSSAlanR

        75% of the space on my phone has always been apps – not data. I don’t watch videos, and my pictures are cached through dropbox – so very little space is required for the cache.

        On this phone, you can’t move apps to the SD card. so when you run out of 32G, you’re out – and there’s nothing you can do about it – except delete apps. As the apps get upgraded, they grow. As the OS gets upgraded it grows. So, what works today won’t work tomorrow. You have security fixes you can’t install until you remove an app.

        This is a horrible place to be. If you like living like that, then you’ll love this phone.

        • skyelm

          Over exaggerating too much. You finished a 32 gig internal storage with apps only. Also OTA uprades use the pre patitioned system/cache/preload. Proof or it didn’t happen.

          • OSSAlanR

            The worst thing you can do with space is partition it – now you have two places to run out of space instead of one. You think that apps that grow magically don’t use any more space? If you have a built-in app that gets an OTA upgrade, it becomes the same as any other app – because it has to move into writable storage. When you delete an upgrade (even to a built-in app), your available space goes up (try it and see).

            Since the trend is to add more and more built-in apps, the space used as they get upgraded bloats you much faster than you think. A 1 byte change to a 200mb built-in app takes 200mb of your limited 32G space. Only if you go and disable them (and some refuse to be disabled) one at a time and prevent them from starting up again can you stop them from upgrading. And indeed, if they could possibly run, you *want* to upgrade them for security reasons.

            I didn’t say I ran out of space in a 32G system. But I do know that running out of space really really sucks, and I’m not going to go there ever again.

            For you to trust that small a limit means you trust Google, and your carrier and Samsung and all your app vendors to not run you out of space in the life of your phone – or life gets really really annoying. From my perspective, that combination of people can’t be trusted to not bloat your phone up.

            But if you think those people aren’t going to write bloated software – then more power to you.

        • thartist

          I know they grow and stuff but… 32GB ? You have the whole Play Store there? Sounds like you are punishing your devices with too much bloat…

        • Doc

          I have a HTC One XL that came with 32GB of memory, of which only 7.5GB was for apps. I ran out of room for apps 6 months ago, so as much as I like the S7, if I can’t get a 64GB version, then I’ll have to keep looking elsewhere for my next phone. P.S. Telstra Australia just released these specs for the S7 Edge:

          Talk time: Up to 27 hours (3G)
          Stand-by time: Up to 516 hours (4G)
          Built in: 32GB – user accessible approx 24GB

    • Dex

      I have read through a couple of threads on this and many say Samsung can fix this with an update. I’m not sure if they will since some people like it this way.

  • Vincentius Phang

    will never go with Samsung Galaxies if the model keeps that way. you said it yourself, the design doesen’t appeal. And design is one of the top thing I will be looking at before buying stuff.

    • skyelm

      So wich android phone do you use?

      • Vincentius Phang

        Currently Xperia Z1

        • Craigus

          Great phone

          • Vincentius Phang

            Indeed it is. Been using it for 2+ years, and struggling to find a reason to replace it. Since its still working as if I bought it yesterday. I install and uninstall games from ski safari to XCOM : Enemy Within, dropped it to several surfaces from carpet to asphalt, washing it in the sink till dipping in the swimming pool. and I say it again, it worked as if I bought it yesterday (minus the physical damages).

    • Dex

      We all have different tastes. The S7 Edge has been designed to be very comfortable in the hand, unique looks, and water-proof just to name a few things. This design is one of the reasons I preordered the S7 Edge.

  • Mister R

    I agree with AA on this one. Sammy may finally win me over from my Nexus 6. Was actually really holding out in hopes that Sony would release an Xperia Z6 premium, but they instead did the exact opposite.. I wouldn’t expect Sony mobile to actually do anything that makes sense anyway, just empty wishes. So for me, the only real complaints I have with Sammy now, is the lack of USB-C (I couldn’t possibly care less about the Gear VR, give me USB-C!), only 32GB variant for US (seriously?), and well.. That’s it really. I’d love to see some dual front facing speakers, my Nexus has me spoiled lol, but not a deal breaker. I will wait to see if we have support for roms (unlocked bootloader), and if so, I will probably make the S7 Edge my new device.

    EDIT: Oh, and personally, one thing I have always liked Samsung for, is the fact that they have kept a physical home button and capacitive buttons, easily my biggest gripe with my Nexus, and most other Android phones is the on screen buttons, I ALWAYS hit them when I go for the space bar.

    • The SD 820 version may be better for developers because exynos is a pain the ass (no sources)

      • Mister R

        Most definitely. I will be keeping my eye on XDA over the next month or 2 before I buy to see how things progress. Would love to see a 64GB variant appear with the Snapdragon that will work on US carriers, but only time will tell. The 64GB may be only Exynos (just guessing). Not a total deal breaker either way, but I won’t pay nearly $800 for a 32GB model, maybe the price will drop some by summer.

  • Jonathon Rios

    Gonna wait for a developer edition, buying a carrier branded phone is probably the worst experience I have ever had. My Note 4 Verizon model barely got 5.1.1 this month.

    • Marc Perrusquia

      There won’t be a developer version.

      • Jonathon Rios

        Shame, really wanted this phone sans carrier issues.

        • coldspring22 .

          I have Tmobile Note 4, and had no issues flashing rooted rom on it. Maybe you should consider switching to Tmobile or Sprint which doesn’t have boot loader locked phones like Verizon and ATT.

          • Chris

            And less bloatware and the ones that are shipped, can be disabled or even Uninstalled. Can’t do that on Verizon

          • Jonathon Rios

            I have T-Mobile service but I bought the device from Verizon full price because best buy had a promotion but they didn’t have T-Mobile versions for sale and I knew that my T-Mobile sim would still work as long as I put in all the proper information for the network data. A free VR headset and a year of Evernote premium and Netflix were the only reason I took the plunge.

    • Chris

      Good luck. Indo butt there will be. Nerds normally stick with nexus devices. Normal humans use the phones

      • Jonathon Rios

        normal people don’t mind paying whatever the carriers want to charge them either. It’s not being a nerd, it’s about being smart enough and having the balls to stand up to people when you know your getting screwed.

  • Jeff Martinez

    Currently I’m using the S6, I already preordered the S7, micro SD expansion with an ip68 rating and better camera…Yeah continue my mobility life with Samsung at the helm

    • Luis Flores

      I sold my s6 I had the regular one but hated battery life and sometimes it would over heat. I got the gold s7 edge

  • jtw

    Pre-ordered the silver S7 Edge as soon as I could! My HTC One M8 has been good to me but it’s time for a change. I’ve been looking at cases as well, which is hard when the phone hasn’t come out yet and there are no reviews. But based on what I could gather from photos, I think I’ve decided on the Spigen “Neo Hybrid Crystal” case…it’s clear, which is nice because I don’t wanna hide the design.

  • charlie Jason

    S7 Edge has gotten so many important things right that it’s easy to forgive the few minor things that it’s gotten wrong.

  • Barrett Charles

    S7 Edge cripple the iPhone 6S+ or whatever the hell it is. Better screen, battery, microsd, better water and dustproof, faster.cpu, more ram, better feel, quick charge, wireless charging, always in screen for night etc thatxonly uses 1% an hour, better.color selection……iPhone is a joke compared to this thing. Preordered mine yesterday and left a Note 5 to do it. The S7 Edge blows away the N5 also. And if it doesn’t I can. Jump on demand for N6 if need be but I’m not waiting until at least Augus t.for N6 either.

  • khalidalomary

    im sticking with my 6P, once you go stock you never go back. Although that silver looks dope af

    • Alrightythen

      Not really….my experience with the 6p was it is as boring as the iphone. Sold it a few days after I got it. Yes I know how to root and all but don’t wanna anymore.

      • cdm283813

        I got a Nexus 6 cheap during Black Friday just because the phone had root and unlocked boot loader running stock Android. Fun loading up roms for the first month but then I stopped. I just got bored with it while I used my iPhone 6S as my daily driver. I no longer have the need to root or load roms anymore because all told it was a waste of my time. Back in my Verizon Nexus days I drove myself crazy going back and forth with crack flashing. You know it’s bad when your crack flashing at the mall standing in front of Victoria secret.

        • Alrightythen

          At least you were standing in front of VS lol

      • ichuck7

        I agree. I think the thing I would miss most going back to stock would be the Samsung themes engine. I change themes quite often. Also, the multiscreen window is awesome. I don’t use it that much, but it’s nice to have.

    • Chris

      Stock is so boring. Sure if you are a nerd but I was t features and a premium design from India a trusted compney.

      • Jesus

        Exactly my thought, ‘stock is so boring’, when I got my Nexus 5.

        Next phone is definitely NOT a Nexus, but a POPULAR phone that will be supported by Cyanogenmod. (Probably the S7 because damn it’s a Samsung, and it’s beautiful).

    • Ismail Akram

      Thats not entirely true.. I’ve nexus 6p for more than 3 month now but I still miss HTC Sense.

  • I’m more of a Galaxy Note guy and never really wanted to try anything else but the S7 edge in Gold is really what I want.

    • cdm283813

      I ultimately switched away from the Note line just because I got tired of having the same sized phone. Went to smaller phones in 2015 and never missed the s-pen. Plus last year was the first time that the Note had the same cpu as it’s smaller brother.

    • Luis Flores

      You should get both S line and note plus it’s always good to have two phones I have a white note 5 just sold my s6 to buy the s7 edge

      • If I had the money I would have both the Galaxy S and Note series but for not, I can only get the Galaxy Note.

  • fijisiv

    Kris, with the GS7E you won’t get all those pesky monthly security patches like you got on your Nexus. What a relief.

    • Slaughter

      Why? I am currently on February’s security patch, S6 edge owner here. Samsung push security patch each month now.

    • Samsung and HTC deliver monthly security patches. Samsung is slow with OS updates though.

  • Krishna Mohan

    Keep Calm and preorder S7 Edge silver variant and make the world around you jealous..Plus u get sd card expansion , best camera (2016) in a smartphone , 3600 mah battery..and water resistant feature.

  • JohnnyTLuxury

    Jumped on the preorder bandwagon, quite sure Ill be happy with my purchase. The S7 has been done correctly, and for that i’m happy. Ive had a Sammy since flipphones, and Galaxy series since 4. Didnt get the 6 for very obvious reasons.

  • I love the diversity between Android and iOS. I’m using both for an year now on 2 different plans. I have developed a liking for both after lollipop came in with material design.

  • kreemer

    The S7 edge does indeed tick ALL the boxes. Except I just bought the 6 edge+.

    So I’m going to go for the Lg G5, the Huawei P9 and the Note 6, and catch the S8 edge on the rebound next year.

  • Rick_Deckard

    The S7 or S7 Edge that is the question…

  • Mostafa S

    My favorite was the GS5, despite its ‘gimmicky’ looks, the phone is pretty good and easily gets me through the day. Good camera, Removable battery and water and dust resistance do make life much easier. Of course I saw no need in getting the GS6, but with the GS7, it seems that Samsung has listened to its customers, Finally we have the phone we have been asking for!
    This is really an almost perfect phone.

    • Jesus

      almost perfect? What’s keeping it from being ‘perfect’?

      To me, no other phone is has been closer to perfect than this duo. (I’m a Nexus guy… but heck, i’m selling).

      • Lars Jeppesen

        IR blaster.. Really miss messing with tvs in restaurants lol

  • Chief

    I mean, the phone build and specs are really nice but the samsung UI is so cartoonish and ugly its enough to put me off. If they released a play edition I may be sold.

    • Umberto M-Hunter Parodi

      There’re lots of theme to make touchwiz look like aosp based rom…your argument is invalid…

      • Chief

        Bless you. So Cute.

        • Jesus

          Oh look, chief is in denial. So cute.

          • Luis Flores

            You can get stock Android theme in theme store lol

      • Jason Crumbley

        I had no idea that existed. This makes me happy. Thank you!

      • Evan Willis

        Except that’s its slow and has inconsistent performance . . on the Galaxy S5 anyways. Idk how much it’s really improved. Oh, and the RAM management

        • Umberto M-Hunter Parodi

          Come on you’re talking about a 2 years old smartphone…s6 is way better than s5 and with marshmallow is even better

    • Chris

      Download a material design theme. Many update icons too.

    • cdm283813

      The theming support with last years touchwiz makeover solved that problem. It was so easy and fast switching between themes to make the phone look completely different.

      • Chief

        Thats good. Ill take a look!

    • Lars Jeppesen

      I use the Google Now Launcher, Stock Google keyboard on my S6Edge+ and only in the settings can you see it’s TouchWiz.

  • Umberto M-Hunter Parodi

    Already preordered my black s7 edge…can’t wait for 8th March to receive it!

    • Chief

      Cool story bro.

  • Rohit Raja

    Android is the coolest….its been making phones look cool

  • Kimyban

    Great article. Well written. Simply can’t agree more with everything said especially for absurdly dedicated to a fiscal home button. Would rather prefer a good round fingerprint scanner on the back with a set of nice dual front stereo speakers.

  • Mikko Karekivi

    i’m still waiting on better audio experience with speaker(s) and would love to have a front facing speakers on samsung devices. if alcatel idol 4 can fit 2 sets of stereo speakers on front and back why can’t samsung have atleast front facing? i don’t see need for upgrade from s6 edge+

  • Jeffrox

    i love you my galaxy s6 edge plus..

  • cdm283813

    I had a S6 (and Note 2,3 and 4 before that) but jumped on the iPhone 6S last fall. Lack of timely updates and the iPhones speed did me in at that time. I wasn’t planning to but I also pre-ordered a S7 Edge this past Tuesday. For me it was a larger phone that was smaller than the IPhone plus model, I wanted to go back to Android and touchwiz with it’s new theme engine was good on the S6, the Edge on the S7 is more functional and you get a screen size bump for the extra $100, the phone is water resistant yet it looks like a regular phone, free Gear VR, Samsung pay and larger battery. But what pushed me over the Edge was the $100 discount when preordering from Verizon. That ultimately did it at the last moment.

    My downsides are:

    1. No IR blaster. I used that everyday on all my previous Samsung phones.
    2. Lack of timely updates especially if you’re on Verizon.
    3. No USB-C which is understandable because the same Gear VR headset is being used which is free during preorder.

    When you look at my pluses for the S7 Edge not even the iPhone or Nexus can fully match them either. There is no perfect phone but the S7 Edge ticks off more boxes for me. I wish the phone had timely updates and reversible cables like the iPhone or Nexus. Or the IR blaster from the S6. That would be my perfect phone.

  • mb2491

    Samsung note 5…note series favorite all the time…coz samsung note series always one step ahead of its flagship phones .

  • Jeffrox

    i love my galaxy s6 edge plus but i admit that galaxy s7 models are beautiful and powerful… more refined.

  • Mail carrier

    S7 edge is a great phone. Slow updates to OS with Samsung. That being said, my ONLY gripe is there is no plus size with the normal screen. My active lifestyle demands a Otterbox Defender or similar case w holster. IDC about a fingerprint scanner, it must have good battery life, lots of memory for photos, music, video. SS hit a home run with this phone after the dismal s6. Guess I’ll see what Note 6 offers, probably too much BS for me coming from vanilla Android Nexus.

    • cdm283813

      The plus size with normal screen would be the Note series with S-Pen. It just won’t be water proof.

  • Yes, the S7 Edge is tempting but I like to buy my phones outright, unlocked (can’t fathom keeping the same phone for 2 years as contracts require) and Samsung phones are crazy expensive. I got an equally high end Meizu Pro 5 for only $426 US dollars – same Samsung processor as last year’s Samsung flagships, up to 2 days battery life. Works on LTE on band 7 in Canada with Bell, Rogers, Fido and Virgin.

  • s2weden2000

    That’s right!

  • DBS93

    admittedly, Samsung has heard his fans and has made a far near perfect phone than galaxy S6, it really is in my opinion a near perfect phone , which is a big deal since I’m really nitpicking with smartphones. so I congrat Samsung for almost achieving perfection with S7. great article by the way.

  • Shawny

    I want the Note 6 and I want it NOW!!!

    • Lars Jeppesen

      Edge version

  • Anirban Mukherjee

    Galaxy S3, period.

    • Dex

      I am also disappointed they didn’t include force touch. It is pretty handy on my wife’s iPhone 6s.

  • Tommy Kohkoh

    I was so looking forward to getting this phone outright but the prices for high-end brand is so ridiculous these days. Here for the s7 edge is $1249.00aus. Got to think really hard now if its worth that price.

    • Patrick

      whoa $1249 Australian dollars? dang how come so pricey over there?

      • Tommy Kohkoh

        Thats the price on samsung website, for retailer should be around $1150-$1200 but thats still ridiculously high lol. Mostly all electronic items are pretty pricey down under probably due to the exchange rate.

  • darkchazz

    I really would love a Galaxy Nexus 2 with this build and specs.
    Or a Google Play Edition GS7/Edge, if you will.

    • Alrightythen

      Keep waiting

  • AMPY

    Entire article reads like a very long ad.

    • Dex

      Perhaps, or maybe the author is just excited like most of us here?

  • Adramalech

    Never like samsung, was always a htc and oneplus kind of a man, but this S7 edge is for me the best i can get right now, portugal can’t pre-order silver titanium, if i can get that color i already buy the phone, people here already have the other colors and is almost the perfect phone…

  • James_75

    If it had an S-Pen I’d be all over it. I’ll hang on to my Note 5 until the 6 comes…and it will be mine.

    • Andreas Larsson

      Exactly! They should have the s-pen in all their flagships, I love that thing! I’m still buying the s7 edge thou, but I’m really gonna miss the s-pen :/

      • skywalkr2

        I had a Note 3 and literally never used the pen. Which is why I swapped to the Nexus.

        • Andreas Larsson

          I can see that, you are probably better organised than me, but I never have any papers or calendars around me when I wanna take a note.
          So for me it was just really convenient and It was just an easy help to organise everything with making handnotes in the calendar and all that stuff :)

          • skywalkr2

            No. I’m just the guy that never takes notes. I do use Outlook for calendar entries… and email. So if I ever need to take a note… I use outlook (or gmail on a phone)

    • Lars Jeppesen

      Note 6 Edge would be the best smartphone in history

      • skywalkr2

        And would cost an extra $100. I’ll take the S7 w/o the pen.

  • koldare

    The AMOLED screen alone makes it worth it. The iPhone may not get that screen until the time the iPhone 8 comes out so the rumors go.

    • Dex

      The best looking display I’ve seen on a phone yet! Yeah, Apple is always behind these days…
      Without Jobs it really isn’t Apple anymore.

  • Dusan

    I own a S6 Edge+ and while it’s pretty, the curved screen is not practical. It just makes me press and activate things I don’t want just because my palm/finger is way too close to the screen.
    Also, it’s slippery as fuck.

  • Moreice

    This phone would be perfect in my opinion if it had adoptable storage for the SD card and the IR blaster … it baffles me that they got rid of IR and don’t support marshmallow adoptable storage especially with the huge push in VR and how big those apps and videos are..

  • zach

    Though I like what samsung is doing with their hardware, the length of time they make you wait for android updates is ridiculous. I’m still waiting for marshmallow almost 5 months later. If they cant speed up their update process by next year I will be buying my first nexus.

    • zach

      I have an s6 btw.

  • mczu

    The samsung s7 is worse.. Doesn’t have IR blaster!! all my house stuff.. Aircorn, tv, musicbox, switch are controlled by my samsung s6… I can’t use the damn wireless to control my house.. Because non of them are supported

    • skywalkr2

      … for you.

  • William

    It started with the original S for me, then S3, S4, Oneplus One, and Nexus 6p that I returned because of poor batterylife and a screen not recognizing all my touches. Preordered the S7 edge on Monday. First phone I ever preordered and never been so hyped for. It is the phone I always dreamed of, especially being that pretty and still ip68 waterressistant with no port covers what so ever, that is just amazing to me! Cannot wait until March 8 when I will get it! That free gear VR I am getting with the phone, that is going to be so much fun too since I never tried any type of VR before! Right now I am using my rooted Galaxy s4 with 6.0.1 and it is still pretty decent though really I cannot wait until my s7 edge! #Excited #Hyped

  • Odysseas Papageorgiou

    The only Samsung Galaxy S series smartphone I ever had was the Samsung Galaxy S2 which was the only one in the S series featuring a Super Amoled Plus display, meaning a Super Amoled display with standard RGB sub-pixel layout. The main reason I didn’t have any of the newer S series smartphones which replaced the S2 was the fact that all of them had displays with pen-tile sub-pixel layout, meaning that there was a reduction as far as actual resolution is concerned between 30-50% in comparison to a standard RGB sub-pixel layout display, while at the same the battery was taking a hit since it had to work overtime in order to move all these pixels on the screen no matter how much graphics intensive was the task you were doing on the phone. Finally, the more graphics intensive the task you were doing on the phone (high quality graphic games played at increased resolution) the bigger the performance hit because of the increased resolution on a pixel level, in order to counter measure the reduction in sharpness at a sub-pixel level. A flagship smartphone featuring a display with pen-tile sub-pixel layout in 2016 is simply unacceptable since even if the drawbacks are hidden under ultra high resolution displays (2K), this with its turn creates other problems (GPU work overtime, reduced battery life).

    • jian9007

      It’s been a diamond pixel layout for some time now, not pentile. Also, the GS7 in basic screen mode matches the Standard
      sRGB / Rec.709 Color Gamut within one percent. It is one of the best displays you will find in a smartphone, whether you like Samsung or not.

      • Odysseas Papageorgiou

        Diamond Pixel displays have only half the number of Red & Blue sub-pixels as standard RGB displays, and thus they are considered to be pen-tile. sRGB / Rec.709 is the color standard for most content, needed for accurate color reproduction. It has nothing to do with the actual resolution of the display. In fact, the display of the Samsung Galaxy S7 excels in every measurement except the one it has to do with the resolution, since while its theoretical resolution is 2560 x 1440, its actual resolution is reduced by about 30-50% due to the pen-tile matrix sub-pixel layout of the display.

  • Emran

    I bought the note 5 a few months back , and I’m ready to upgrade to the note 6 if they bring the same upgrades from the s7 . (an IR would be an extra)

  • Daniel Moraru

    Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge –> 800 – 1000 USD
    Buy Xiaomi MI5 instead –> ~400 USD, top version
    Buy a beat up car –> 500-700 USD
    Profit and roll like a boss, with a cool (better?) phone and a car in same money

    • Sherpa

      Let people spend THEIR money the way they want –> priceless

    • Alrightythen

      Who wants a shit phone and a shit car….

    • Dex

      I think the Mi5 looks awesome too, especially for the price. But you really can’t compare it to the S7 Edge. That’s like comparing a muscle car to a jaguar. It’s got the power but not the class. ;)

      • Daniel Moraru

        Let’s not buy all that marketing crap. Xiaomi releases a flagship every 17-19 months. Consumerism Samsung launches every year. How’s that for class ?!?

        Every Xiaomi is different and excellent craftsmanship has been put into it. Same with samsung…but the differences between S6 and S7 are so small that you can say it’s basically same phone, with more “horse power”. IP68 it’s not that important for majority of us. Return ofnthe SD card it’s welcomed tho’ , but Samsung misses the feature ” adoptable storage”

        People these days (except americans) are starting to be more educated about their money, and how can they spend it more eficientely on mobile devices. They are looking for best bang for their buck. That’s why in Europe iPhone it’s just a joke, being bought mainly by spoiled kids, organized crime people, druglords, and such, that don’t understand much about the tech and what you get for your money. They just wanna show the world they can…and that’s it.

        • Dex

          Wow… Look at your last statement. You can think of yourself as intelligent, but your just a bigot. I could care less what you think. What a fool…

          • Daniel Moraru

            Couldn’t*

          • Dex

            Thanks for correcting my typo but there was no need to correct an idiom in the first place. I could get technical and say the first is correct. I obviously cared enough to respond, my pretentious friend…

          • Daniel Moraru

            I was joking kind sir. Every one of us is differrent and each values other things. Personally i like MI5 and i consider a better phone than Samsung. But that is just me. We are free to do whatever with our money.

          • Dex

            Indeed. To each his own. Enjoy the Mi5, I’m sure it will be a great phone.

  • Turanga Leela

    Just pre-ordered black onyx from Fido. I’d like to take this time to thank my LG G3 for it’s services this past year. But it’s time to move on. It’s not you, it’s me.

    • Dex

      Hehe

  • skywalkr2

    I went with the standard black s7. If after a few months I think the edge is better… I’ll just use Jump on Demand to upgrade.

  • Ronald

    My issue with the s7 is that it gives you all the latest greatest tech but it also gives you decade old USB connection.

    • Dex

      I believe the main reason they stuck with micro instead of going to C type is due to the VR headsets, ect. I feel what your saying though.

  • Steve

    I’ve had many Samsung’s. I’ve just bought the nexus 6p because of he awful battery life on the edge 6. Also Samsung updates are terrible. I’ll never buy a Samsung again.

  • onstrike112

    Another boring flagship by a boring Android company.

    • Dex

      Come with me my little iSheep. Let this old recovered iSheep lead you to better pastures :)

      • onstrike112

        Nah, I got a BlackBerry Priv. lol

        • Dex

          Haha. I see. Your one of those endangered BlackBerry birds. I’m just wondering why you think the S7 Edge is boring but not the blackberry (one of the most boring phones out there)?

          • onstrike112

            The S7 has brought nothing to the table besides a new CPU. The Priv has brought a physical keyboard back to an ecosystem that’s bored everyone. In addition to the slide mechanism and a virtual keyboard that’s actually good. That’s what BlackBerry has done for Android. Samsung can’t keep anyone excited, where BlackBerry of ALL companies is the only one making an exciting Android product now. That’s sad, and indicative of what the problem with the Android market is.

          • Dex

            Fair enough. To each his own. I guess that’s why theres the priv for you and the S7 Edge for me. ;)

          • onstrike112

            Exactly. I did help sell an S7 at the Best Buy. It’s just not the device for me. I’m glad you like it.

          • Evan Willis

            And a Nexus 6P for me. Enjoy Marshmallow for the majority of the year. I’ll be on those developer previews in May

  • Evan Willis

    Damn this phone. I wanted a Nexus 6P so badly, and now you come along and dance right under my nose with better specs and software. Nexus 6P or Galaxy S7 Edge?

    • Dex

      I hear the Nexus 6P is solid too, but I would take the leap and get the S7 Edge!

      • Evan Willis

        I’m really torn, because I’d prolly just flash Cyanognemod on it, after I got it. I don’t like touchwiz, however innovative it may have gotten these days

        • Dex

          That’s probably what I will do also. From my limited experience with touchwiz I didn’t care for it on older devices. I’m coming from IOS though, so it will be a new beast all together.

          • Evan Willis

            I’d say just avoid Samsung altogether. I have a Galaxy S5 and I really can’t fucking stand it anymore. I’d say go for a Nexus device to start off with. Cheaper, and a lot faster than Touchwiz. I really do want to give this phone a chance, I do, but I also want to be the first to receive updates to software, not to mention more consistent performance

          • Dex

            You could always wait for a few months till the in-depth reviews come out. That way you will know which is better. It’s what I usually do, but I couldn’t resist the S7 Edge in that sexy silver. :D

  • dvdlgh

    Great hardware by Samsung, but another software fail! They should have just released it as stock Android and put all their add ons in the play store. Some big boy stereo speakers on the front are in order.

  • rocketryan

    Really want to pre order, but can’t get the silver one in UK. Black or gold :'(

    • Dex

      I’m sorry. :( Maybe they will make a titanium case for those who can’t get the actual color. ;)

  • Michael Woods

    Im mad they removed the IR blaster. I pre ordered and was so happy because of the sd card being brought back. But was very saddend to find out afterwards it had been left off. I use it every day… So not sure what i will do now…. Carry my tablet around more i guess…

    • Dex

      I was also sad to hear they didn’t add this back. :( Maybe they did it so people will use their tablet more, like you said.

  • Shxwn Hxrry

    It’s a plain fact that Samsung got what they needed to get right with the s7. iPhone’s are safe and boring and the leap to an android ecosystem isn’t so daunting anymore as phone makers pare down the busy android experience (removal of app drawer for instance). Xiaomi and others are still considered second tier according to the masses. LG finds itself caught in between with the boring-looking G5 with gimmicky attachments (c’mon you know its true!) despite being an otherwise solid phone. The S7 bypasses all that and somehow gained back a couple of lost features in the process.

    • Dex

      I agree! The S7 Edge is the best looking smart phone I’ve seen yet! I looked at the G5 but the attachments are a novelty that will soon wear off. I commend LG for trying something new, but I just don’t see people swapping attachments for long. They will end up as dust collectors in a drawer somewhere.

  • Andrew Benner

    Eh I’ll keep my ZenFone 2 for-now. I can’t see any reasons to waste money on this. Possibly the G5, maybe. The M10 hopefully will be good though.

  • Robert John Hebert

    The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (4) is my current phone, and the last flagship phone Samsung made… Everything since are crApple iClones… The S7 Edge may be faster, but lacks an S Pen or a removable battery… I think I’ll just keep my phone for another year or two.

    • Dex

      This is not meant to be a replacement for the Note series… I’m quite happy there is no pen. I have no idea how you think this is an iPhone clone. I am dropping iPhone for this sexy thing. :)

  • jian9007

    I was thinking I was the only one who uses Nexus phones but really wants to get the GS7 Edge. I currently have the Nexus 6 and am just about ready to pull the trigger on the GS7 Edge. My only concern is going from 5.96″ to 5.5″, though with the home and capacitive buttons on the bottom, it probably won’t seem too much different (except when watching videos or playing games).

    • I wouldn’t worry….. it’s still a fantastic screen size at 5.5″, improved in hand use/feel. I used the GS7 Edge yesterday for about 15 minutes, and Maaaaannnnn it’s very nice!

  • manoob1

    saw the silver version yesterday. it looks beautifull… same size screen as my i-p 6s + but so much smaller in size to hold! this is the i-phone killer

  • Ian Campbell

    I’ve had an iPhone ever since the 2nd model debuted many years ago. I almost switched to an LG G3 but ultimately went with an iPhone 6 which I still currently have. However i’m about 90% (and climbing) certain i’m going to be preordering the S7Edge sometime next week and making the jump over to Android. After spending many hours reading and watching video’s of the LG G5 and two new Samsung’s I thought the Edge 7 would be the right one. I went to my local BB which had some display units and messed around with one for awhile. I’m quite impressed with this phone and am very likely going to be leaving Apple behind.

  • Ashutosh Tiwari

    Recently im forced to buy phone bcoz my iphone 5 call speaker stopped working due to loose connection and apple store cannot successfully solve this little problem themselves (and afraid if they do may spoil phone).

    Recently, i looked at best camera and s7 seems quite nice but no preorder available in India. I wish if i could get one.

  • Ronald Butts

    I pre-ordered last week and am really looking forward to receiving the S7 Edge. Am upgrading from the Note 4 so will miss the S Pen features. But like everything about the S7 Edge that I’ve seen demos of so far. Loved my Note but time to move on

  • NotEd

    I started as an Android user with a HTC Inspire 4g, then moved up to a Nexus 5, so I’ve never owned a Samsung phone. I do have a Galaxy Tab 2, however, as well as having a Significant Other than tried the Galaxy S4 when we switched carriers 2 years back. From this experience I can say I really hate Samsung products.

    My Tab 2 was a gift and was the model right before Samsung insisted on on a physical home button. It is slow, due to the single core processor, and the screen isn’t really good enough to read on for magazines, but is OK for books. TouchWiz is annoying and it was abandoned for updates at Android 4.4.4, as I recall. I barely turn it on anymore.

    The Galaxy S4 is much more annoying, as it was purchased for my SO as a replacement for an older iPhone 4s. Thought it would be a good way to go from iOS to Android, instead it was awful. TouchWiz lagged, T-Mobile would be months behind on approving updates, Samsung bloatware would pop up even after I thought I disabled it and other annoying features that would trigger for unknown reason when the phone was being picked up, set down or handled in any way. Plus, why would Samsung feel the need to reverse the back and recent app buttons? Everytime I tried to help resolve an issue with that phone I would get thrown by some of the stupid design choices Samsung implemented and be thankful to go back to my Nexus 5. In the end when T-Mo offered upgrades to the iPhone 6 with no charge to step to the 6s when it was released my SO was all over that. The Galaxy S4 now sits in a drawer, which is where it probably belongs.

    Until Samsung stops tweaking the UI so much and embraces more Android interface and design standards there is just no way I will spend money on one of their Android devices. Free? Sure, but not paying money for what I consider an inferior experiences, no matter how much better reviews say it is.

  • Matt Foot

    iPhone. That is all I need to say.

  • Suvasish Roy Chowdhury

    Don’t give into the hype. I just found out that you can’t use a second SIM in the S7 duos if you have an SD card. What kind of corrupt capitalist design planning is that? My S5 allows me to have two SIM cards simultaneously and make use of my 128GB SD card and all simultaneously, moreover I’m able to swap out my batteries as soon as I’ve depleted one. I’ll never buy a samsung phone again until they restore the swappable battery. Give me back all of what the S5 can do and I’m back in the inner circle.

  • Suvasish Roy Chowdhury

    Don’t give into the hype. I just found out that you can’t use a second SIM in the S7 duos if you have an SD card. What kind of corrupt capitalist design planning is that? My S5 allows me to have two SIM cards simultaneously and make use of my 128GB SD card and all simultaneously, moreover I’m able to swap out my batteries as soon as I’ve depleted one. I’ll never buy a samsung phone again until they restore the swappable battery. Give me back all of what the S5 can do and I’m back in the inner circle.