Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
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, 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.
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.
As per usual, Super AMOLED displays aren’t as bright as their LCD counterparts. 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. 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.
Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
OneDrive (115 GB cloud storage)