The Galaxy S7 Edge has a head start on the rest of the 2016 flagship phones, being the first to come out this year.
The biggest Android competition comes from the upcoming LG G5, which matches a lot of the specs from the S7 series and adds in nifty modular system for switching out components. It lacks the looks of the Galaxy S7 Edge, but it’s more in-line with the size of the smaller S7 and should give the camera a good run for its money.
Costing £200 less, the Nexus 6P is my current pick for best Android phone and even though it’s a few months old now it’s still an impressive device. It’s the only phone to pick up a 5/5 score from TrustedReviews since the original Moto G and offers a lot of phone for a smaller amount of money. It can’t match up to the Galaxy S7 Edge in terms of raw power and features, but it’s much lighter on the wallet.
And then there’s the iPhone 6S Plus. You can pick up a 64GB version of Apple’s phablet for around £20 less than the S7 Edge.
Apple’s app ecosystem is still much better than Android’s and 3D Touch is coming along nicely, but its lacks any type of water resistance and there’s certainly no expandable storage.
You should also take into consideration the regular Galaxy S7. It’s lighter on the wallet, £569 as opposed to £639, and due it being slightly smaller it’s more manageable if you’re not a fan of larger phones. It’s not quite as striking, but it’s still a very good looking phone too.
Plus, there’s the iPhone 7, which will hopefully be landing in a few months. HTC’s M10 (or simply HTC 10) could also be a strong competitor but there’s still little confirmed about it yet.
If money is simply no object and you want a phone that looks absolutely stunning, the Galaxy S7 Edge is the phone to choose. It’s the culmination of Samsung’s impressive rise in the design stakes and it brings back a lot of features that were annoyingly missed out of the S6 and S6 Edge.
The 5.5-inch display is sharp, if a tad too reflective, and the camera’s improved low-light performance and best in the business autofocus puts it right at the top of the pile. It’s a combination of high-end components that all fit together perfectly and unlike the S6, there’s little by way of compromise here.
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Yes, the battery might not quite match some of the competition and even though TouchWiz has been stripped back it, it still seems to bog down performance on some occasions. These are only minor niggles, though.
Apple, you better have something impressive up your sleeve with the iPhone 7.