If you’ve decided to purchase a new Samsung Galaxy smartphone but can’t decide between the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, then I have some simple advice for you: buy the normal Galaxy S7.
I own the Galaxy S6 Edge, and to be honest, purchasing that phone was one of the worst financial decisions of my life, and if I owned a DeLorean i’d go back in time and purchase the normal S6 instead.
Now I know that the S6 Edge and S7 Edge are wildly different in terms of power and internal features (the S6 Edge does not offer expandable storable, for instance), but these phones are nearly identical in terms of exterior design, and that design is what ultimately led me to hate the Edge series.
I’ll be damned if I let another Samsung lover go down the road that I did, so before you make any rash decisions, check out my 4 reasons why you should purchase the normal Galaxy S7 over the S7 Edge:
Both phones have nearly identical specifications
When it comes to power and performance, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are basically the same phone.
Both phones boast a powerful Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU and each have 4GB of RAM*. They each also have the same 12-megapixel camera with phase detection, as well as a 5-megapixel front camera. This is a decrease from the S6 variants which had 16-megapixels, but truthfully, high megapixels are essentially meaningless unless you plan on creating cardboard cut-outs.
There is one major technical difference between the two S7 variations, though: the battery.
Since the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is slightly bigger the normal S7, Samsung was able to throw in some extra battery space. The Edge has a 3600 mAh battery, while the normal S7 has only a 3000 mAh battery. This means that you’d generally get a longer battery life out of the S7 Edge.
Extended battery life on the S7 Edge sure is good news, but that’s not the only thing you should take into consideration…
The S7 Edge is far more vulnerable
Both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are water resistant, which is a great upgrade from the S6 series (oddly enough, Samsung did not make that series water resistant, even though the S5 series was).
Both phones also feature Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on both sides of the device. This damage-resistant material is extremely durable and shock absorbing, but a gigantic downside is that it’s not even remotely shatterproof.
In all fairness, most phones on the market do not boast shatterproof glass, either, but those phones have the luxury of hiding behind a case with relative ease. The Galaxy S7 will do well against drops when properly secured in a case, but the Galaxy S7 Edge has a major disadvantage here due to the fact that, case or not, the phone will always be exposed.
The Edge’s dual-edge display must be completely exposed in order to fully utilize the phone’s touch capabilities, and case makers such as OtterBox and Spigen have yet to develop a product that is able to fully product the exposed portion of the phone from drops. If you really want to make sure that your S7 Edge is 100% protected, then investing in a hefty protection plan is really your only option.
Well, either that or purchase the normal Galaxy S7.
The Edge is a total nuisance
The Edge’s curved screen and dual-edge display is beautiful, no doubt, but it loses its novelty after about a week of use and provides many challenges for the user in the long run.
One of those challenges is video streaming. The display curves over the side of the phone, distorting the image and creating a glare from outside light sources, which, as you could imagine, is extremely frustrating to deal with when watching Netflix or Hulu on your phone. That distortion can also affect the user experience when reading ebooks or articles online, but it’s not as noticeable or annoying as the video distortion.
As far Edge feature utilization is concerned, there really is no utilization.
One of the dual-display’s main features, the color notification beacon, is impossible to see if your phone has a case on it, as that case will generally block the notification light. In addition, the notification bar will be hard to read for most people, as it’s very slim. It’s far more convenient to simply click on your phone and view the lock screen to see what’s new, and truthfully, most people will rely on this method rather than the notification bar, which renders the entire feature essentially useless.
The side popup menu is a nifty little addition to the Galaxy S7 Edge, but it’s far too easy to open it by accident while playing games or scrolling through Tasty videos on Facebook. The menu feature can be disabled, but for casual users who don’t dive much into their phone settings, this is a huge annoyance.
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If you purchase the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge outright, these phones would cost you $694.99 and $794.99, respectively. But let’s be real, most people will not be purchasing the phone through that route.
So here is basically what you need to know: when going through a carrier plan such as AT&T Next or Verizon Edge, the Galaxy S6 Edge will always cost you more per month on your cellular bill.
The question you need to ask yourself, then, is whether or not the Edge is worth that higher price.
…You already know my answer.