By Brian Nash
The new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have officially hit the shelves of retailers on March 11. Select retailers such as Best Buy and T-Mobile allowed customers that preordered the device to receive an early-pick up date for their phone; as well as additional accessories such as: a free Samsung Gear Virtual Reality machine, a 64 gigabyte external memory card, a Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, and/or a paid year subscription to Netflix.
According to Shawn Hawthorne, Samsung Representative at the Best Buy located in Arrowhead Towne Center, “The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are ideal for students because it gives them a better battery life, a bigger screen, and it’s water resistant so it can endure their extracurricular activities. It also has a wonderful camera that works in low-light situations.”
At Hawthorne’s request, I sampled the demo versions of both the S7 and the S7 edge within the store. At first glance, they seemed comparable to the previous S6 and S6 Edge models. When comparing the cameras of the S6 and S7 models, Hawthorne’s statement was reinforced. The S7 camera does operate better in low-light than the S6, but in regular light the pictures can look off-setting. It lets in more light than the previous iteration, but it can also cause a shade of blue to look brighter in the picture than it does in person.
The next feature that made the device stand out from its previous model was the ability to use external memory cards. While most Samsung phones accept external memory cards, it was a widely missed feature in the S6 that prompted the company to reintroduce it back into the S7 series. It also does not require the user to enter the settings and unmount it beforehand; it is safe to remove it at any point in time.
The biggest selling point of the phone was its water-resistance. “Just think about all the times someone has had to purchase a new device because they dropped it in the toilet,” said Hawthorne. Then he tossed the demo version of the S7 into a bowl of water. After a couple of seconds he removed it from the water and revealed that it was still a fully functional phone. “It can withstand 5 meters of depth in water, for a maximum of 30 minutes. Just make sure to dry it off before plugging anything into it.” He said. While these features are present in both, the Edge has a slight advantage being that it comes in the additional color of Silver Titanium and that it still alerts the user of a phone call or text message even if the phone is placed face-down due to the design of its curved screen. The retail value of a Galaxy S7 is $672.00 and the S7 Edge is $792.00.