02-27-2016 09:32 PM
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  1. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    The only thing that I see wrong with it is that it doesn't have a 64GB option in the States (probably for now) and that it doesn't yet support Adoptable Storage, though it's probably for a good reason since SD cards are still pretty slow compared to the UFS storage it uses and SanDisk's latest SD cards with a ludicrous 275MB/s transfer speeds are still really pricey. Yeah, there's no IR blaster too, and aside from pretty slow updates, that's about it.

    Other than those (and the slippery design), it's a big winner in my books. They took the S6 Edge and shot its weaknesses to oblivion. They improved the heck out of its weaknesses and also improved many of its strengths.

    I'm very impressed and if my LG G4 does get the shaft, I'm ordering a Black Onyx S7 Edge. I might go with the flat one if issues with money or ergonomics come but my mind is set on the Edge right now mainly due to the bigger battery.

    Here's some fun facts.
    • The S7 uses a Sony Exmor RS IMX260 as its image sensor, along with a hybrid OIS+DIS stabilization tech called "Smart OIS".
    • The sound chip in the S7 is a “Lucky CS47L91 Sound”, which is apparently a custom-made chip for the S7, as its codename was "Project Lucky".
    02-23-2016 06:58 AM
  2. anon(9408097)'s Avatar
    We have another one.

    7. In 'Erica Griffin the technology nerds' video she tests the RAM management issue in the S7 edge and it's still there -.-

    WHY samsung why?

    It was really bad on the S6 and I was hoping they would fix it but they didn't.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    02-23-2016 09:35 AM
  3. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    We have another one.

    7. In 'Erica Griffin the technology nerds' video she tests the RAM management issue in the S7 edge and it's still there -.-

    WHY samsung why?

    It was really bad on the S6 and I was hoping they would fix it but they didn't.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Well, apparently, that's how Samsung actually wants RAM to be managed.

    I don't necessarily agree with it, but that's just how it is.

    Also, that's pre-release software, so it might be better when the phone is released. Fingers crossed.
    02-23-2016 09:42 AM
  4. rushmore's Avatar
    Part of the ram problem is the resource allocation for Gear VR. I find not issues though, but do value Gear VR. It rocks IMO, but wish they add more audio codecs. All video codecs play, but not all audio. If ripping video content from disk or other sources, need to make sure Gear VR compliant for audio.
    02-23-2016 12:00 PM
  5. Cakefish's Avatar
    The only thing that I see wrong with it is that it doesn't have a 64GB option in the States (probably for now) and that it doesn't yet support Adoptable Storage, though it's probably for a good reason since SD cards are still pretty slow compared to the UFS storage it uses and SanDisk's latest SD cards with a ludicrous 275MB/s transfer speeds are still really pricey. Yeah, there's no IR blaster too, and aside from pretty slow updates, that's about it.

    Other than those (and the slippery design), it's a big winner in my books. They took the S6 Edge and shot its weaknesses to oblivion. They improved the heck out of its weaknesses and also improved many of its strengths.

    I'm very impressed and if my LG G4 does get the shaft, I'm ordering a Black Onyx S7 Edge. I might go with the flat one if issues with money or ergonomics come but my mind is set on the Edge right now mainly due to the bigger battery.

    Here's some fun facts.
    • The S7 uses a Sony Exmor RS IMX260 as its image sensor, along with a hybrid OIS+DIS stabilization tech called "Smart OIS".
    • The sound chip in the S7 is a “Lucky CS47L91 Sound”, which is apparently a custom-made chip for the S7, as its codename was "Project Lucky".
    The internal codename for the S7 is actually 'Hero'.

    Edit: oh I see you meant for the audio chip itself, my mistake.
    02-23-2016 12:03 PM
  6. marlin29311's Avatar
    If you havent experienced 32bit audio(I have it on my V10) with a good pair of headphones you aren't in a position to comment. Once you have it, you can't go back. The good news is that other sites are reporting that Samsung is using a home brew DAC chip so we should be good.
    [edited by Moderator]

    32 bit audio is snake oil people. Don't buy hype you can't physically hear.

    /end rant.

    Sorry, had to say that. Otherwise, I agree with the OP - outside of TouchWiz for me, this is really the phone I've been wanting for quite some time!
    02-23-2016 01:22 PM
  7. dpham00's Avatar
    Mod Note, please take it down a notch. We love to encourage discussion, and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but please be polite to your fellow members.
    02-23-2016 01:57 PM
  8. bstryd's Avatar
    The audio is a big issue for both this phone and the new LG. I would love the hear Jerry Hildenbrand's take on this or any other audiophile geek.
    Mdbills484 likes this.
    02-23-2016 04:14 PM
  9. Zendroid1's Avatar
    The audio is a big issue for both this phone and the new LG. I would love the hear Jerry Hildenbrand's take on this or any other audiophile geek.
    Are all previous phones 32 bit and these are a step back or something? I'm trying to understand this issue.
    02-23-2016 04:18 PM
  10. bable's Avatar
    No iR blaster
    This. I almost preordered today but as I was clicking to completion my tv played an extra loud video and I verbally told it to turn it down through tasker without even looking up. I use the ir blaster a few times a day and while MST might be worth the swap I also hear MST might not work with chipped cards. Note 4 users are still wondering why we need to lose features just to get the latest hardware
    huntnyc likes this.
    02-23-2016 08:09 PM
  11. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    I remember seeing a USB adapter in the box of the S7.

    Looks like a USB-C to microUSB adapter.

    A small loan of a broken G4
    Attached Thumbnails S7 Edge - I can't find anything wrong-221.jpg  
    02-23-2016 08:46 PM
  12. sdsubball23's Avatar
    Is smart OIS digital or a combo or digital and non-digital?
    02-23-2016 08:55 PM
  13. Kruso's Avatar
    Is smart OIS digital or a combo or digital and non-digital?
    Don't know but tested it out in store and was not impressed by the OIS campared to iPhone 6s Plus. (Video)
    02-23-2016 09:31 PM
  14. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    Is smart OIS digital or a combo or digital and non-digital?
    It's a combo of both OIS and DIS.
    02-23-2016 09:52 PM
  15. Jerry Hildenbrand's Avatar
    The audio is a big issue for both this phone and the new LG. I would love the hear Jerry Hildenbrand's take on this or any other audiophile geek.
    People who say you can't hear a difference between a HQ MP3 and a hit-bitrate lossless file really mean *THEY* can't hear a difference and they know everything.

    The difference between 32 and 24 bit audio is probably something you won't hear until the tech behind how we listen gets better. I'm itching to find out just how well it sounds, and will talk about it once I've had a chance.
    Storm24 and Kevin OQuinn like this.
    02-23-2016 10:15 PM
  16. anon(9408097)'s Avatar
    I just found another one

    Actually it's a extension of the previous one. I said it shouldn't be a problem since the Marshmallow had the adoptable storage option. Well, the G5 and the S7 both don't have that feature. Just read it in an article on Facebook. So that's a big big problem for people who don't have the option for opting 64GB.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    02-24-2016 01:11 AM
  17. getbretweir's Avatar
    1) Can't buy unlocked straight from Samsung.

    2) Samsung/carrier bloat. Disabling/removing isn't the same since I can't get that memory back to use.

    3) Front Samsung branding (would've been gorgeous without it).

    4) I hate glass backs ever since the Nexus 4.

    5) I prefer larger displays, but the Edge bothers my eyes. This is why I'd wait for the Note.

    6) RAM management still yet to be determined. Based on Samsung's history I'm not giving them the benefit of the doubt.

    7) No removable battery ... I included this only cause they had it for so long, and you're asking for things that would pretty much make it perfect, so I'm being picky, lol.

    8) Front facing speakers

    9) battery ... 3000 mAh is about average these days. The display is smaller so it's certainly acceptable, but this should be the minimum size going forward IMO.

    And I'm sure there will be more when people have some time with it. Personally I'm more interested in the Note 6, and hope to see at least a 3600 mAh battery.

    The S7 looks like a great phone, and this list is just things that could've literally made it perfect. The only thing that would prevent me from actually considering it is display size ... We'll see about RAM management and that glass back really annoys me.
    02-24-2016 03:13 AM
  18. anon(9408097)'s Avatar
    1) Can't buy unlocked straight from Samsung.

    2) Samsung/carrier bloat. Disabling/removing isn't the same since I can't get that memory back to use.

    3) Front Samsung branding (would've been gorgeous without it).

    4) I hate glass backs ever since the Nexus 4.

    5) I prefer larger displays, but the Edge bothers my eyes. This is why I'd wait for the Note.

    6) RAM management still yet to be determined. Based on Samsung's history I'm not giving them the benefit of the doubt.

    7) No removable battery ... I included this only cause they had it for so long, and you're asking for things that would pretty much make it perfect, so I'm being picky, lol.

    8) Front facing speakers

    9) battery ... 3000 mAh is about average these days. The display is smaller so it's certainly acceptable, but this should be the minimum size going forward IMO.

    And I'm sure there will be more when people have some time with it. Personally I'm more interested in the Note 6, and hope to see at least a 3600 mAh battery.

    The S7 looks like a great phone, and this list is just things that could've literally made it perfect. The only thing that would prevent me from actually considering it is display size ... We'll see about RAM management and that glass back really annoys me.
    1 and 6 are considerable and have already been considered. The rest are too subjective.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    02-24-2016 06:35 AM
  19. Mdbills484's Avatar
    People who say you can't hear a difference between a HQ MP3 and a hit-bitrate lossless file really mean *THEY* can't hear a difference and they know everything.

    The difference between 32 and 24 bit audio is probably something you won't hear until the tech behind how we listen gets better. I'm itching to find out just how well it sounds, and will talk about it once I've had a chance.
    I'd love to hear your comparison to the V10 which musically your rate highly and I agree owning one currently.
    Jerry Hildenbrand likes this.
    02-24-2016 06:54 AM
  20. Cakefish's Avatar
    But you can buy unlocked directly from Samsung website? Or a whole range of 3rd party retailers?

    At least in the UK, the unlocked versions are extremely easy to come by.
    02-24-2016 07:28 AM
  21. GSOgymrat's Avatar
    I am considering replacing my Note Edge with an S7 Edge. The main reason I want to upgrade is the camera. My Note Edge has some weird issue where the camera app will periodically crash and I have to restart the phone, which is extremely frustrating. I was initially interested in the Note 5 but I use Edge panels more than the pen on my Note Edge. The S7 Edge camera sounds superior to the Note 5 and I like that the S7 Edge is water resistant. I wish the S7 Edge screen was a little larger. I also am not a fan of the glass back, which is too slippery and shows fingerprints. I tend not to use a case so I would get a textured skin for the back ASAP.

    My other dilemma is where to buy the phone. Best Buy and Sam's Club are both offering preorder deals. I'm with AT&T and Verizon is offering a S7 Edge deal if I switch.
    02-24-2016 09:26 AM
  22. Adranalyne's Avatar
    It's too early to make any definitive claims about the S7 Edge, but what it brings on paper is a phone that could easily be Phone of the Year in 2016. The battery is one of the largest in any flagship in recent memory. The display, according to DisplayMate, is the best on any smartphone. The camera appears to be lightning fast and every change they've made seems to be geared towards speed/low light quality. I would be shocked if it wasn't superior to the S6/Note5/iPhone 6S+ lineup. The design is not only gorgeous, but functional with GG4 and an IP68 water/dust rating.

    USB Type C was an omission I don't mind. The adoption rate isn't nearly where it needs to be at this point, nor would it work with the free Gear VR we're all getting for preordering. Adding front facing speakers changes the design of the entire phone so I wouldn't have wanted that, either. 64GB variants not being in the US seems to be a SKU thing right now, but hopefully that changes in the future. Adoptable storage, while great for people who are tech savvy, would be a nightmare for Samsung as I'm sure so many people would still remove the card and mess up their data. My biggest gripe about this phone is the updates and how the carriers impede their progress. My guess is that will be the biggest complaint going forward on this phone, but if Samsung manages to surprise everyone and starts a good update process that the carriers follow, this will be a great year for all of us.
    Wildo6882 likes this.
    02-24-2016 09:58 AM
  23. RadiantDuck's Avatar
    For some reason Samsung will sell their phones unlocked direct through them or through 3rd parties like Amazon just fine for us in the UK (probably all of Europe), but for some reason won't in the USA.

    Also (on ee at least) you get no to very little bloat on their branded phones (at least on my LG G2 this was true, no ee apps pre installed and no ee screen when switching the phone on) I think it is much more of an issue in the US.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    02-24-2016 04:28 PM
  24. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    The display, according to DisplayMate, is the best on any smartphone.
    I'm not surprised. Since the S5, they've been making some seriously awesome displays.

    My guess is that it's slightly brighter and more color-accurate this time around?
    02-24-2016 09:12 PM
  25. love4speechless's Avatar
    I am considering replacing my Note Edge with an S7 Edge. The main reason I want to upgrade is the camera. My Note Edge has some weird issue where the camera app will periodically crash and I have to restart the phone, which is extremely frustrating. I was initially interested in the Note 5 but I use Edge panels more than the pen on my Note Edge. The S7 Edge camera sounds superior to the Note 5 and I like that the S7 Edge is water resistant. I wish the S7 Edge screen was a little larger. I also am not a fan of the glass back, which is too slippery and shows fingerprints. I tend not to use a case so I would get a textured skin for the back ASAP.

    My other dilemma is where to buy the phone. Best Buy and Sam's Club are both offering preorder deals. I'm with AT&T and Verizon is offering a S7 Edge deal if I switch.
    I have had my S6 since may of last year and it has zero fingerprint marks on it
    02-24-2016 10:43 PM
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