Galaxy S7 edge Unboxing & First Impressions: Samsung's got it right!


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Let’s face it: the so called “modular” LG G5 might be the “cool kid”, but the Galaxy S7, and its supersized curved sibling, the S7 edge, will probably outsell LG’s latest and greatest. Sure, some of you will say this is just a 2.0 iteration, like the iPhone 6s vs the iPhone 6, but those changes are nothing to ignore.
We knew, pretty much, what to expect before the official announcement, but we’re still excited, because this phone is the 2016 Samsung flagship. It’s been improved over last year’s model in almost every aspect. Let’s get the unboxing part out of the way really quick: box, fast charger, cable, headphones, literature, and a USB OTG adaptor… Done!
Oh, and the phone!
And what a beauty it is! Whether you’re a Samsung fan or not, you have to admit: this thing is gorgeous. And the improved design with the new subtle curve on the back makes it feel even better in the hand. There’s no easy way in describing the sensation: it’s like the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 edge+ had a baby. A beautiful, smarter baby.
We don’t want to waste your time with specs. You can find them below; we’ll just mention that this particular unit is an octa-core Exynos 8890 version, and not the quad-core Snapdragon 820 version.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the phone is big. Not as big as the iPhone 6s Plus or the Note 5, and that’s a good thing. It’s also less bulky, less intrusive. The upgraded materials make you want to grab it from the table just to touch it; that’s how good the S7 edge feels in the hand. The phone feels like it was design to perfectly fit the palm of your hand, and that’s something we don’t say often about phones.
Makes you think twice about taking it for a swim, despite the fact that it can now take it. It’s right there on the box, IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. No added flaps, no ports covered, no bulk, just plain and simple water resistance. And you can now also expand the onboard 32 or 64GB storage with the return of the microSD card slot.
The phone feels really snappy. Samsung’s UI is less intrusive than you’d expect, and everything you throw at it seems to be easily handled, putting a smile on your face. We’ll have to go through the entire testing process to see how well the processor behaves, what the benefits of 4GB of RAM are, battery life, and the new camera with less, but larger, and more intelligent pixels.
For now, our first impressions are governed by the excitement. Still, we think that’s Samsung’s got it right this time, but we’ll see if this conclusion holds true after a weekend with the phone, all the way through the review.
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