The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have finally arrived. Samsung’s newest flagships have stuck relatively close to the Galaxy S6 formula but have also added a brand new SoC – the Snapdragon 820 – while bringing back some of the features that were absent within the Galaxy S6.
According to the latest rigorous torture tests published by gadget-warranty outfit SquareTrade the S7 and S7 Edge face up to water better than the iPhone 6s and 6s plus, but not without sustaining permanent damage.
In the tests all four smartphones are submerged in 5 feet of water for 30 minutes. Both new Galaxy phones still functioned just fine but their audio systems became muffled and distorted.
However despite the S7 and S7 Edge’s competence in the waterproofing department, it seems that the new Samsung phones are more breakable. Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus became known for the BenGate controversy in 2014 but the company remedied the problem with the stronger aluminum of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.
The same can’t be said for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Both phones failed the same bendability tests, and the curved screen of the new Edge scored poorly in corner drop tests.
At first glance the S7 certainly looks very similar to its predecessor, but Samsung has managed to sneak in a few improvements to the design. Firstly the camera bump has been noticeably reduced so it barely protrudes from the rear anymore, consequently eliminating concerns over laying the phone on its back.
Secondly the Galaxy S7 is noticeably thicker and heavier than the Galaxy S6. The added girth definitely aids with gripping the smartphone while the added thickness has enabled Samsung to install a larger battery.
The Galaxy S6 was undoubtedly a striking smartphone, and the tweaks made within the S7 have made it even nicer to hold and even better to use.
TNT Business Billy Rooney