Samsung Galaxy S7 And Galaxy S7 Edge Review: Hot Android Hardware

Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge Battery Life And Summary

To get a feel for how Samsung's latest Galaxy S7 devices compare to other phones in terms of battery life, we ran them through AnTuTu's Battery Test which is a high-load benchmark that aims to drain the battery of a device as quickly as possible. The test sets the display brightness to high and cranks up workloads for the processor, graphics core, and memory and runs through a number of real-world scripted workloads, including web browsing, gaming and video playback.
Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Battery Life Testing
Heavy Load And Light Workload Testing
Galaxy S7 AnTuTu Battery Test

Though it's a high load test that stresses a phone's efficiency with various workloads, the nice thing about this benchmark is that it's fairly consistent and repeatable. Here we see two very distinct results. First, the new Samsung Galaxy S7 is about on par with the previous generation Galaxy S6, according to this test, when you stress its processing engines, even though it has a slightly larger battery. Secondly, the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a well-equipped miser even when it's lit-up pretty well and working hard, thanks no doubt to its significantly larger 3600 mAh battery. In fact it outpaces even the larger Galaxy Note 5.

You might notice we aren't offering our usual web browsing tests here, though we'll share some anecdotal detail on more standard usage scenarios, in terms of battery life. Unfortunately, we determined very recently that the variability of dynamic web pages has become too significant to continue using the test, so we'll be looking for another more standardize light-duty battery test in the future. Regardless, in terms of general purpose battery life, both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge offer solid performance and easily a full day's use for the average user without needing a recharge. And the Galaxy S7 Edge will hold up under heavy strain from power users and still hang tough for an entire work (or play) day. In addition, both devices support the usual Qualcomm quick-charge technology and offer some of the fastest recharge times of any smartphone on the market.
Galaxy S7 S7 Edge Side by Side

Galaxy S7 And Galaxy S7 Edge Final Thoughts And Our Rating

At this point you've probably guessed that we're rather fond of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Again, Samsung's iterative upgrades for their new flagship devices--from their larger batteries, to their faster processors and more responsive cameras--have brought refinement and a bit of excitement to an already great smartphone legacy. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are some of the best looking, best performing and best shooting smartphones on the market. In my personal opinion in fact, they are the best Android smartphones currently, and on many levels are better than the iPhone 6S, not the least of which is underscored by their gorgeous Super AMOLED displays.

Versus other flagship phones, they're also priced competitively. In fact, with carrier subsidies the Galaxy S7 can be had for as little as $99. Though indeed, without subsidies, the premium you'll pay is consistent with the premium quality of these smartphones. If you asked us to pick a favorite of the two, it would have to be the Galaxy S7 Edge. As long as you don't mind a slightly larger 5.5-inch phone, the S7 Edge is sublime with its slightly curved display that cradles so well even in average-sized hands and just looks slick. If you'd prefer a smaller device, however, the Galaxy S7 is pretty darn comfortable too with its curvaceous backside.

Either way, quite literally, in every significant metric, from industrial design, to top-shelf performance and stunning camera results, Samsung nailed it with the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. They're both easily an Editor's Choice.
hothardware editors choice

 hot not
  • Beautiful, premium designs
  • Great performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Killer camera performance in auto mode
  • Light, sleek, sexy, pocketable
  • Non-removable battery
  • No IR blaster
  • Pricey, especially off contract

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