Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge recycled designs, expected but annoying

Last week, we got a good look at the front of the upcoming Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge refreshes (to be unveiled at Samsung’s Unpacked event on Feb. 21st). This week, that peek is completed with back view of the two brothers, courtesy of the infamous leaker, Evan Blass.

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Ugh.

Now, I won’t be unreasonable. It wouldn’t make much sense for Samsung to do a redesign. It is well invested in this overhaul done on the Galaxy S6. Only, I had the S6 Edge and Note5 last year, and didn’t feel like the design was a winner. Does anyone else feel the same way?

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Sure, the phones most definitely looked pretty. But that was the extent of it. The design is super fragile (glass on both front and back). The phones feel like they want to slip out of your hand. I don’t like phone cases, so I had to baby them with a tight grip. I always had to be cautious to not set them down on a rough surface, and be mindful of their slippery nature (they were prone to slipping out of my pocket when I entered/exited my car, or fall from my lap). And those fingerprint smudges on the back…’nuff said.

I also questioned if the Edge variant was frivolous to a crucial point. The eye candy won me over initially, but I didn’t renew that enthusiasm with the S6 Edge+. I sprung for the Note5 instead and didn’t miss the curved edges one bit. The design is partly to blame for that, because you have less gripping area on the Edge variant.

Galaxy S6 Edge
Galaxy S6 Edge

When I later moved on to the LG V10, the experience was an eye-opener. In contrast, the V10 is built with practicality in mind. It has a very grippy back, beefy side rails, and a MIL-STD-810G drop-test certification. No, it’s no where as pretty as the latest Galaxy phones, but the usability experience is night and day. I’m such a premium hardware snob, so my whole world turned upside-down when I tried the V10 and loved it.

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What I’m trying to say here is that Samsung should have recognized where last year’s design faltered and tried to supplement it somehow. I know the phones aren’t out yet, but the leaked pictures are pretty clear (and Samsung is known for making minuscule changes).

Galaxy S7 front view leak via @evleaks
Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge front view leak via @evleaks

Do those Galaxy users out there agree that the current design didn’t do it for you? We’ll find out the full scope at Unpacked 2016 in three weeks time.

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  • Kevin kronic

    I currently own a galaxy s6. I do agree the device is on the fragile side but im in a different spectrum because I enjoy casing my devices anyway. I take them out of there protective cases when I’m in a setting where i know its going to be ok (in bed, couch ect) and when I do I enjoy the feel of the phone to its fullest. I like the design it was my favorite thing about it next to speed. I don’t think they need to change the design this variation that’s for the s8. This one should refine and perfect.

  • Has LG updated its awful UI version of Android on the V10? If not, it’s still a pass for me. I’ve never had a phone where the carrier edits to Android annoyed me so much.

    Sammy’s isn’t as bad but they bloat the hell out of their phones. Honestly, neither is a good choice over Nexus or stock Android devices anymore IMO. Cranking out a faster chips doesn’t mean as much these days and the specs so far seem more hype that real benefit.

  • Bluebrain

    The S6 frame is a nothing else than an iPhone copy, which I never liked and I still don’t like it on my S6.
    I really hope, Samsung is going to present an S7 with a new design.
    at least … hope dies last. 😉

  • Yo daddy

    No matter what built samsung uses it won’t please everyone . I careless about the built quality and more about the software user experience. It could be all plastic but if it don’t lag and take good pics its good with me. I use cases just for insurance you never know when you could drop your phone especially at 700 cost a case is a must.

  • alexz

    S7 leaks look great design-wise. Why change something just for the sake of a change?