Samsung is currently the title holder for the best design company when it comes to Android smartphones right now. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are the latest smartphones it released last month and the feedback from the Android community is almost universally in favor of them.
I have given Galaxy devices my fair share of criticism when it comes to price, and slow software updates. However, like Josh Noriega, I too can appreciate how well Samsung builds its smartphones. Other manufacturers like Huawei and LG are doing great things, but if you’re in the market for incredible hardware, you won’t find anything better than Samsung.
I’ve recently reviewed accessories from Samsung for the S7 edge, and have come to the conclusion that you should consider getting its accessories over third party items. The fit, design, and features are unparalleled. The prices are also higher, in some cases multiple times more, but are arguably worth every penny.
The Samsung Gear VR differentiates itself from Cardboard accessories as it is designed specifically for Galaxy smartphones. You plug in your Galaxy device into the Gear VR, and can control everything from the touch panel on the side. At $100 it is five times more expensive than Cardboard CR headsets, but it is also five times more immersive. When I tried on the Gear VR, I honestly found myself in a whole different world. There is no light bleed, and since it is designed specifically for Galaxy phones, it focuses perfectly on the smartphone display.
The cases for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge I reviewed fit better than any other third party cases I have used. There are cases from manufacturers like Urban Armor Gear that I love, but those cases lack the refinement that Samsung designed cases come with. The build quality and design may be subtle to some, but the differences are glaring to me, and I have used a wide variety of accessories.
I have a list of items, some that I have reviewed and others that I haven’t, that you should strongly consider if you care about quality and design.
Samsung Gear VR
- Works with Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge
- Light weight so you can play and watch more comfortably
- Easy to use touch pad
You can check out my full review of the LED flip cover for the S7 edge here.
- Receive a variety of information and notifications that light up on the face of your cover: Time, Music playing, Incoming/unread messages, Missed calls, Incoming/End call, Volume control, Low battery alert, Battery charging
- LED sensors activate and deactivate by closing the cover or pressing the Galaxy S7 edge power button
- Cover includes interior card pocket
You can read my full review of the Samsung fast charging battery pack here.
- For devices with Fast Charge, charge your battery from 0 to 50% in about 30 minutes
- 5200mAh capacity for extended use and multiple charges
- Multi-LED Power Indicator
- Charge the battery pack and all devices connected to the battery pack overnight with pass-through charging
- Official Samsung lithium ion batteries are built-in to ensure an optimal charging experience for a range of Samsung or non-Samsung devices
You can read my full review of the S-View clear flip cover here.
- S-View Clear Cover provides quick access to key phone features and ability to respond to incoming calls and alarms without opening the cover
- Swipe to preview expandable Messages/Missed Calls, Access Quick Camera and Video Recorder, Access Favorite Contacts, or Access Settings and App Notifications
- New cradle design allows for easy, snap-on installation and adds hard plastic protection to the corners of your device
- New notification bar that allows you to access more than just missed call and text notifications
- Charge your compatible Galaxy smartphones, and other Qi-compatible devices, without the need to plug your device in to a wall charger or USB port
- Portable, attractive design allowing easy access to your smartphone while charging
- Qi certified by WPC (Wireless Power Consortium) to support wireless charging on all Qi-enabled devices (where Fast Charge feature is not compatible**, standard wireless charging speeds apply)
- Retail Package includes: Wireless Charging Stand / Fast Charge Wall Charger / User Manual / Warranty Card (standard: 1 year)
Read my full review of the S7 edge keyboard here.
- Detachable QWERTY full-size, ergonomic keyboard features an exclusive key layout with shortcuts and hot keys
- Molded Polycarbonate shell provides added protection for your Galaxy S7 edge device
- Designed specifically by Samsung for the Galaxy S7 edge device
See more of Samsung’s official mobile accessories at Samsung.com.