Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review: Look elsewhere in 2018

In 2016, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was the finest smartphone you could buy: the trouble was that, cosmetic differences aside, it was the same as the considerably cheaper vanilla Samsung Galaxy S7. 
Both phones are showing their age now, and while they’re still perfectly servicable now, you’d be brave to lock yourself into a two-year contract in 2018.
So, what are the alternatives? Well, phones have got more expensive now, but while the Samsung Galaxy S9 is currently commanding an expensive £739 fee, the still-excellent S8 has seen considerable price cuts and can now be had for around £450: a bonafide bargain. The good news is that you won’t need to decide between curved screen or non-curved: the S7 was the last generation where it was a choice.
If that feels a bit much for last year’s technology, the OnePlus 6 matches the S9 for performance, and can be had for just £460 SIM-free.
Jon’s original review continues below.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review: In full
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the lost flagship of 2016. After the fuss over the launch died down earlier this year, it seems to have been forgotten, shoved to the back of the collective tech-industry consciousness. But it shouldn’t be, because the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is one of the best phones you can buy right now. There are now several solid reasons, other than good looks, to buy it over its less curvaceous sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S7.
Indeed, on its own, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge doesn’t look anything special. Slide it up next to the Galaxy S7, however, and you’ll immediately spot the difference. 
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It’s a significant 0.4in larger than the standard S7 and, interestingly, a mere 0.2in smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ – Know Your Mobile went as far as to say the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge knocked the “build and design out of the park”.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Headline specifications

5.5in Super AMOLED screen, 1,440 x 2,560 Quad HD resolution

Octa-core 2.3GHz Samsung Exynos 8890 processor

32GB storage

Curved edges front and rear

IP68 dust and water resistance

microSD slot

12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, “dual-pixel” sensor and phase-detect autofocus

3,600mAh battery

Always-on screen

Internal liquid cooling

Smaller camera “hump” protrudes only 0.46mm

Price: £639 inc VAT | Buy the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge now from Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Design
So those are the major changes. What about the more minor ones? Well, there are plenty of those to cover, so I’ll start with the design, and it’s very much “as you were” on this front.
There’s the bigger screen, of course, but style-wise the phone looks very close to the S6 Edge. A glossy glass finish sandwiches a gleaming, coloured metallic substrate that catches the light in all the best ways, while the long edges of that 5.5in screen dip away to a slim, aluminium frame that runs all around the edges of the phone.

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