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Galaxy S7 Edge hands-on: This will be the phone to beat in 2016

by Todd Haselton | February 21, 2016February 21, 2016 10:04 am PST

Samsung introduced two new phones today, including the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. The two devices are almost identical save for the display size and the battery capacities. The Galaxy S7 features a 5.1-inch Quad HD display while the Galaxy S7 Edge, as its name implies, has a larger 5.5-inch Quad HD screen. Like the Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, it has curves on both sides.

I think the Galaxy S7 Edge is going to be the phone to beat this year. I like smaller phones, but the Galaxy S7 Edge is just a hair better than the Galaxy S7 thanks to its larger 3,600mAh battery, unique screen design and software. Under the hood, you’ll find a Snapdragon 820 processor (in the U.S., Exynos elsewhere), 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage (yes, you read that right), a 12MP camera with OIS and special enhancements for improved low-light performance and more.

I’m most fond of the IP68 rating, however, which means I won’t have to worry about spilling water on it and, should I choose to do so, take it for a quick dunk in the pool. The size is just-right, seemingly easy to use with one-handed thanks to the curvature of the edges. And I like that Samsung improved those, too, allowing the software to span 550-pixels now, which means for much wider side panels. Yahoo is providing several apps out of the box for sports scores, weather, stocks, news and other information.

Last year, it seemed like the only dings against the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were battery life and the lack of removable storage. Samsung seems to have addressed both of those while also boosting camera performance, the processor, the RAM and more.

I won’t draw conclusions just yet, but I have an inkling this is going to be the phone to beat this year.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...