The Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge Review
The first thing I would like to say is that I’m a pretty big Samsung Galaxy fan. One of my all time favorite phones was the Galaxy s6 Edge Plus, so I was pretty jazzed to be able to take a look at the Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge. The Galaxy s7 Edge smart phone is very similar to the s6. In fact, you would be pretty hard pressed to tell a difference simply by handling either of the cell phones. I’m not going to get into a comparative, but it is worth mentioning for those of you on a budget. You may be served well getting the s6 Edge or s6 Edge plus as they are likely a lot less money than the bleeding edge Galaxy s7 Edge.
If you aren’t too worried about cost or are getting one ala payment plan the Verizon Galaxy s7 Edge is definitely the way to go. You will benefit from the Galaxy s7’s slightly larger screen size, larger battery, faster processor, more ram, and expandable storage. Yes you read that right, the s7 Edge has a microSD slot. It’s actually a part of the SIM tray if you are looking for it in the images provided 🙂 You can add up to 200GB of external storage, which is nothing to sneeze at.
Generally I’m not one to put specials into a cell phone review, but this one is worth mentioning. If you get a Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge from the Samsung Website you get a free Samsung Gear VR while supplies last. The link is still up there as of the date of this review so I’m thinking they must have supplies or a penchant for irritating potential customers LOL 🙂
If you are wondering what the Samsung Gear VR is all about, we will be posting that review in a day or so and I’ll edit this article and provide the link here instead of this preamble. Needless to say it is game changing. You put your Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge on the headset and it auto-magically runs the VR software. You are immersed in a 3D world that you can interact with. Pretty slick. Watching movies on it is an absolute blast and yes, you can watch 3D films in addition to VR films, play VR games, etc… Be warned it is addictive. For those of you who could careless about games you can explore the world through various apps, or walk around in Google Street View. They even have things that let you explore ancient places, and see ancient civilizations. It is very cool. Without the promo the Gear VR is light money coming in at $99-$149 depending on where you get it.
Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge Specifications
I’m not going to list all the specifications, you can do that simply by clicking the Samsung Website link I gave you a few paragraphs ago. But here are the line items:
Processor: 1.6Ghz 8-Core
Resolution: 1440 x 2560
Pixels Per Inch: 534
Internal Storage: 32GB
microSD slot (Yes, Up to 200GB)
Rear Camera: 12MP
Front Camera: 5MP
OS: Android 6.0
Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge Extras
There are a lot of reasons I really liked the Samsung Galaxy s6 Edge Plus. The Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge has pretty much all of the things the s6 had, but they have made some pretty big improvements.
The edge tab on the right side of the Samsung Galaxy Edge smart phones are invaluable. It is one thing I miss terribly on my Note 5, which I use because of the stylus. The edge tab now has a people edge, a news edge, a task edge, and an apps edge. So you can quickly scroll through the choices and get to where you want to go very quickly. You can do that without unlocking the device (provided you don’t have a pin or password setup). In addition to that the Verizon Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge version of the tabs have multiple rows in most of the selections so you can add more contacts, apps, etc… This functionality is really very handy and once you get used to having it, you will likely not want to change to another phone that doesn’t. So beware, the tabs are addictive!
Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge Performance
The Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge is pretty peppy. If has a nice heft when you pick it up so it doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy at all. When you slide through the multiple screens it is quick and fluid. This is consistent even if you have it loaded up with 30 or more applications. The battery life is good. I haven’t timed it, but I do seem to go through the battery faster than with the s6 edge plus. Which is odd because the s6 edge plus has a bigger screen. It could be because I’m using it more too. As I said I didn’t time it, but with a bigger battery than the s6 edge it could be something simple like… it’s a press phone and I’m not the first one that had it. Perhaps the battery in my device has been discharged enough to be under performing. Fast charging has been known to cause these problems in the Note 4 reducing cycle life. This isn’t a huge line item as you can send it in to Samsung and have the battery swapped out professionally (keeping your IP68 rating intact (read water resistance, or check out the vid above with lil wayne lol whaaaat?) for $45. This is really pretty cool because if you have it done at a local shop you lose your rating, void your warranty most times, and usually end up with a cheap Chinese battery that doesn’t last half as long. Generally local shops charge more than $45 to boot.
Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge Conclusion
All in all the VZW Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge was a blast to review. Adding the Samsung Gear VR was icing on the cake and took it to a whole new level. The performance from the s7 Edge’s 1.6GHz 8-core processor really shined. With GOBS of RAM (4 GB) it is just like having a mini desktop computer in your hands. If I could somehow get Ubuntu running on this thing I bet I could run virtual machines on it while I was making calls. It’s amazing. The screen is peppy, crispy, the colors are vibrant. The camera is decent (12MP) and I had zero problems with it. The Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge is durable, and a quality product that certainly represents a best of class experience. I give the Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge 5 out of 5 stars. It’s a solid work / play / everything phone and will last for several years before you will feel the urge to get a new one.