Should Malaysians pay RM3K for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge? [Video]

So the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has been released in Malaysia last month. I was there with Lee Kwang Soo and many many other people at the launch in KLCC. The flagship device from Samsung is definitely one of the best Android device we can buy to date, but is it really worth the RM3,099 price tag?

Before we move on, here’s a list of the specs:
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Processor: Octa-core (2.3Ghz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad)
Memory: 4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage (supports microSD up to 200GB)
Display: 5.5″ Quad HD Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1440 (534 ppi)
Camera: Rear Dual Pixel 12MP (F1.7), Front 5MP (F1.7)
Battery: 3,600mAH

If you are lazy to read the review below, you can watch this video. It’s basically the same thing but doesn’t cover as much.

But if you are into looking at photos and reading a bit of text, then let’s GO!

Here are some of the things that I like about the Galaxy S7 Edge.

THE DESIGN

I guess with the launch of the Galaxy S6 last year, we have all known that it was a beautiful device. When Samsung refines the design and makes it even more comfortable to hold and more pleasant to the eye, you know that this is definitely the most beautiful looking Android device in the market now. It’s shiny, glossy glass body and curve display give it a very unique look that we cannot find on any other smartphones around.

ALWAYS ON DISPLAY

Speaking of the display, the S7 Edge comes with a 5.5″ Super AMOLED edge to edge curved screen. They have also added an ‘always on’ feature whereby the screen shows important information like the time, date, calendar, battery percentage or even a photo (if thats your preference) without the need for the user to power up the phone. Currently, it only displays missed calls and unread SMSes. I wish the future software update allows it to show notifications from 3rd party apps like WhatsApp or Facebook.

WATER-RESISTANT

The company has achieved this water-resistant capability without using rubber flaps to cover up the port openings. That’s really something to shout about.

MICRO SD CARD SLOT

This feature was taken out from the S6. So glad they added it back to the S7 edge. The device supports up to 200GB of Micro SD card space. The bad news is, there isn’t such thing in the market yet. LOL. So I guess the biggest one we can buy now is 128GB, which is actually not bad.
Oh the slot can also be used for a secondary SIM card. So you gotta decide if you want 2 numbers or extra memory space for your photos and videos.

THE CAMERA

The back camera is 12MP with dual pixel technology. Basically that means it’s faster to focus and produces better photos under low light conditions. The front camera has a 5MP sensor with wide angle lens so you can fit more than 4 people in your selfies.
Oh one more thing. To quickly activate the camera, we just need to double press the home button. Even when display is off. It seriously is faster than launching the camera on any other smartphones out there.

Here are some sample photos. Click to enlarge:

SPLIT SCREEN

Basically, with this feature, we can long press on the multitasking button and it will ask us to pick 2 apps to open. I love how we can do 2 things at the same time.

As much as I like the features above, there are 3 things that I really really hate.

THE CURVED SCREEN

You might actually fall in love with the phone because of the screen but I HATE IT. Mainly for 2 reasons.

1. Photos look distorted toward the sides of the screen. Colours are different on the curved areas and most of the time, it is super hard to look at the photos because of the light reflections on the curved edges. Very annoying.

2. When I am griping the phone, my palm touched the sides of the screen. This means the phone thinks that I am already touching the screen, disallowing me to tap on anything in the middle of the display. Frustrating.

THE SPEAKER

All I can say is that, the speaker is very small. Sounds are muffled. I don’t like to play videos or songs video the loudpseaker.

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THE GALAXY S7 EDGE HAS THE BEST CAMERA ON A SMARTPHONE TO DATE

So to sum it all up, I think the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a very beautiful phone. The design of curved display with front and back glass really makes it look like a premium phone. Camera is the best I’ve used compared to all the other smartphones in the market, which includes the iPhone 6S. Love the split screen feature cos I finally can multitask while using the device.
Some Google features also make it superb device, for example; OK GOOGLE and GOOGLE ON TAP. [You need to watch the review video above to see how I use these features]

Of course, there are some things that I really don’t like about the S7 Edge. The curved screen is very hard to use as it stopped me from interacting with the display when my palm is touching the sides.
Speaker is very small. Sounds are muffled.

There really is no perfect phone in the market but I can say that this is an almost perfect device. If you have the money to spend, this is definitely worth the money.
If you have a smaller budget but still want a very good Android phone, you can check out the NEXUS 6P which costs about RM2.5K.

In case you didn’t watch the video above, here it is again 🙂