Last year, the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge brought about a slew of changes from its predecessor and they made us believe that Samsung has changed for good in terms of the design while compromising on the features. The recently launched Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge however set a different tone and they do reflect on how Samsung leant a keen ear to its customer base and brought back some old yet highly relevant features. With the recent price drops, the Galaxy S6 proves to be a good value for money proposition and knowing that the Galaxy S7 would cost almost the double of the Galaxy S6, it only makes sense for us to compare them both.
The metal body and the sleek design on its predecessors seems to have taken a toll on Samsung, this is a problem faced by most of the companies, they tend to struggle on how to improvise on their last year’s flagship and pack in the best for the new device.
Design wise, both the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge look like the Galaxy S6 doppelgängers, the lines, finishing and even the color scheme looks very similar to its predecessor. Now considering that the Galaxy S6 didn’t look bad themselves, the resemblance could be gracefully forgiven. It must be noted that the home button on the front has been improved, and it feels more clicky now. On a related note, the back on the Galaxy S7 has been contoured and the camera unit has been pushed inside in order to achieve better ergonomics. Samsung claims that both S7 and S7 Edge are less slippery than their predecessors. In order to achieve a bigger battery, Samsung has added some bulk as the S7 and S7 Edge feel a bit thicker and heavier than their predecessors. All forgiven if the new ones do manage to provide better battery life.
Last year, Samsung managed to raise eyebrows when it decided to ditch the Snapdragon 810 and offer the device only with the Exynos 7420, but this time around Samsung will once again offer the Galaxy S7 with both the Exynos 8890 and the Snapdragon 820 processors (along with 4GB of RAM as against 3GB on the S6/Edge). If you are a first time Samsung buyer, please note that the SoCs are region specific, you don’t get to choose the same, US will get the Snapdragon 820 while for the majority of other regions, it will be the Exynos 8890.
Samsung says that the Camera sensor has been improvised on many fronts including the autofocus and the lowlight imaging, however this also means that the Galaxy S7 has lost on the Megapixel count as the new sensor is a 12-Megapixel one, but then it comes with a larger pixel size and super fast focus lock. MicroSD card or expandable memory has been Samsung’s forte and iPhones’ Achilles heel from long but that changed with the Galaxy S6 which ditched the microSD card slot citing design limitations. The company has done a good thing in bringing back the microSD card and the water resistance feature to the Galaxy flagship series.
The display on the Galaxy S7/Edge remains the same as the S6/Edge, at least on paper. Both come with Quad HD resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels). But we won’t be able to comment on the real world differences between two unless we get to test them in detail. But the Always ON display is a new addition on the new S7/Edge which wasn’t present on the S6/Edge last year.
Cooling has always been a problem with the high end device which usually come powered with the top of the line SoC, the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge comes with a Heat Spreader which will effectively manage to extract the heat from the surface opposite to the area of concentrated heat thus resulting in an increasingly efficient cooling.
There have been a few tweaks here and there but nothing so compelling that it will make you trade your Galaxy S6 for the S7. The sidebar menu on the Galaxy S7 Edge has been improved and the changes pretty much stop at it. Other changes are probably result of S7/Edge carrying the latest Android Marshmallow. One of them includes an option to kill the app drawer which isn’t enabled by default (take that LG), and then the new Samsung+ app which will give users access to live tech support, including device diagnostics, tips and tricks, and offers.
If you are looking out for a premium Android flagship, then the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge can shape up as a great buy for you. But on the contrary, the fresh Samsung Flagships are expected to be priced similar to last year, this might compel some of you to think about going in for a Galaxy S6 instead and save a ton.
If you are not bothered about staying ahead of the curve or not too bothered about the low light imaging, we would suggest you to go for the last year’s flagships. Also be cautious about your memory usage patterns as the Galaxy S6 comes without a microSD card. The Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge undoubtedly seem like a refined and well-polished version of its predecessor and it is a job well done by Samsung, but the fact that it has very less “new” to offer from its predecessor is also true. Weigh your choices if you can stay with the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge for another year, go for it, or if you want the latest flagship, invest on the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge.