This year's pair of Galaxy S phones are more different than you think. Last year, it was a mere difference of curved or not curved. But now, it's all about the size. Welcome to my Quick Comparison of the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge.
When you first look at these two, the obvious difference is in the size. The Samsung Galaxy S7 stuck true to its size from last year with a 5.1-inch display and a small form factor. The edge, on the other hand, has gained a bit. Now coming in with a 5.5-inch display but still sticking with its dual curved display. Also, the back on the both of these is also curved but in the hand, the Galaxy S7 edge feels a whole lot thinner due to that second curve on the back even though they are roughly identical in build.
The resolution on the displays of these two is exactly the same-- Quad HD. Though due to the smaller size of the S7, the ppi density is a bit higher. But at this point, we're really comparing apples to apples.
Material-wise, it's an even playing field throughout these two: a mixture of Gorilla Glass 5 and steel make up the majority of these two devices. The same can be said about the hardware and the cameras. Both are running the latest Snapdragon 820 octa-core processor, both are made with 4GB of DDR4 RAM and both are running the Adreno 530 GPU. Also, you've guessed it; the microSD card slot can be found on both of these and the only hardware difference between these two is the battery and really only the battery size. The Galaxy S7 has a 3,000 mAh power non-removable battery while the Galaxy S7 edge has a larger 3,600 mAh battery because it's physically bigger.
Software-wise, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge run Android Marshmallow with the latest iteration of Samsung's TouchWiz UI. And from what I could tell, it's the smoothest, quickest and lightest version of TouchWiz I've used. But only time will tell so we'll have to wait until we get our unit in for review.
Performance-wise, again from what I can tell, they are identical in every aspect. The cameras on these two are exactly the same: 12MP units. They both have a super wide F1.7 aperture, both shoot UHD video, both have OIS and dual-pixel autofocus. If you want to know more, specifically about the cameras, make sure to check out their respective hands-on videos for the S7 and S7 edge. But to sum it up in short, it's a really fast focusing camera that delivers stunning low light performance.
So between the two, it's really hard to choose. Though for me, the S7 edge is definitely the device I'd pick.