Why my Samsung S7 Edge is such a superb phone and delight to own. From the superb screen, camera, powerful performance and quality feel it’s the complete smartphone.
This Samsung fan says the Korean giant deserves his product loyalty
I’ve always been a Samsung fan; not just their phones but most other things, too. From my laptop, television, extra PC screen, fridge and even my microwave I have turned to this multinational giant for most of my electrical goods. It doesn’t follow that I’d always necessarily default to Samsung for my mobile phone – but several handsets later I’m still here.
Should you love a mobile phone?
Saying you love a piece of equipment sounds a bit sad, but a phone is very personal and something many of us use constantly. Smartphone users like me are on our phones for business, pleasure and entertainment so it becomes a familiar friend and I don’t mind admitting when I’ve upgraded I’ve often felt a twinge of regret when the old one goes.
To sell your old Samsung phone is a wrench, but often necessary when a new one comes out offering even more features and advanced tech. I’ve resisted the temptation sometimes when the latest one comes out, but when the S7 with the Edge version offering a larger 5.5 inch screen was launched I had to have one so my trusty S5 gave way to the ‘phablet’ I carry around with me now.
What a beast my Galaxy S7 Edge is! I wondered about having a bigger screen and whether a larger phone would compromise portability, but it’s been fine – and having that extra screen real estate is a particular boon. A recent long coach trip to Scotland was brightened up no end by being able to play a few games which were transformed on the gorgeous bigger, brighter and higher definition screen of my Edge.
When we stopped for lunch I tapped into the wi-fi and spent an enjoyable forty minutes or so catching up on news and some footie highlights – much more enjoyable than before on the smaller screened phones I’d owned previously.
I’ve tried an Apple iPhone Plus with its much heralded ‘Retina’ display but I honestly think my Edge is better. It’s no surprise that Samsung actually supply Apple with screens is it?
Many reviewers rave about Samsung’s camera quality on phones and they’ve usually been good in my experience, but the one fitted to the Edge is sensational. It’s smaller in terms of megapixels at 12MP compared to the 16MP of its predecessor, but due to the improved electronics performance it’s considered by the reviewers to be far superior.
All I know is some of the photos I took recently on the said coach trip to Scotland were amazing. One of Edinburgh Castle caught in the late afternoon golden sunlight was so good someone I showed it to couldn’t believe it was taken on a phone – neither could I actually.
Another reason to love the Edge is the camera speed; it fires up ready for action in no time and is lightning quick to focus so I’ve managed to get some pics that I’d previously have missed.
The problem with many bigger phones like my Edge is they can be more cumbersome to hold than smaller types. Thanks to the superb curved screen design and the contoured rear panel it sits in my hand very comfortably and is a delight to hold even for longer periods.
It helps that it’s also so beautifully made; if I were a cat I’d purr when using my Edge which would get me some strange looks from those nearby so just as well I’m not.
I worried when caught out in a violent rain shower when we stopped to take pics at Loch Lomond and the Edge got a soaking before remembering it’s fully waterproof – in fact they say you could immerse it in a metre of water for half and hour and it would be fine. That’s good to know as I’ve trashed two phones previously when they fell into the bath and down the loo respectively.
Battery life is a constant consideration since smartphones generally gobble up power while we wait for battery technology to catch up with the power demands of modern tech. It seems a lifetime ago when my original humble Samsung mobile could seemingly go for days between charges, but the S7 Edge isn’t bad at all.
Even with long sessions playing games, web surfing and taking pictures I’m usually still left with around 20 to 30% charge, and the fast charging facility means I can get about four hours use from a quick ten minute boost.
Nougat sweet software
Something I must admit to disliking a little with my last Samsung was their own TouchWiz software added to the Android platform; it was a bit too clunky and elaborate for its own good in my view. Now though, while I might still prefer an unadulterated Android operating system the blending of ‘Nougat’ – the particular iteration of Android’s operating software powering my Edge – with TouchWiz is light years better.
The icons look good and the whole interface is not only a delight to use but quite addictive.
Power to burn
I don’t think I get anywhere near to reaching the Edge’s limits such is its power and memory capability. The 4GB of RAM means multitasking it fast with no lag – very handy for me as I’m often using it with umpteen apps open and games going at full pelt.
Reasons not to love the Edge?
I can’t think of many; speaker quality isn’t great but that’s never been a deal breaker for me, and given the choice I suppose I’d rather Samsung didn’t overlay the Android operating system with their TouchWiz offering.
I really think I’ve got the ultimate ‘digital Swiss army knife’ in my pocket with my S7 Edge; it’s so strong in just about every way, it’s flexible and oozes premium product quality – and it’s noticeable more than one review considers it the best smartphone on the market. If you can get attached to a piece of electronics then I have to plead guilty.
Then again there’s the new S8 due out soon.