I’ve had my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge for little over a week now and I can tell you this: it sucks.
I know what you’re thinking. “How can that be? Everyone is raving about it. I’ve read the reviews!”
Sure, the Edge gorgeous. It’s got that cool curved edge on the screen with scrolling notifications. And the camera is fantastic. It’s the best phone camera I’ve owned.
“Well then what’s the problem?”
It’s the receiver. This phone has the worst receiver of any phone I’ve ever owned with the possible exception of the crappy free noname Sprint phone we got back in 1995.
As you know, I work in a Faraday Cage-like building. But I know that and really don’t expect much in the way of Internet access. I do, however, expect to be able to receive calls at my desk–like every other cellphone I’ve owned.
Not this one. It rings, I answer, it drops the call.
I’m also aware that the mall I walk in on breaks when the weather is inclement (and this is Wisconsin, so the weather is always inclement) is called the Black Hole by the cellphone stores inside it.
But I’ve also been walking it for 6 years. Six years and 5 phones. I know all the areas where there is weak reception and avoid the one dead spot.
The receiver on the Edge is so piss poor, the entire mall is one big dead spot! Even though it says it has a couple bars of 4G LTE, it still chugs away before giving me the notice “Try again when you’re online.”
I am online, asshole!
And you’d think going outside would clear things up, but no. Even in the open the Edge finds the dead spots.
“Post will appear when you’re online” is Facebook’s standard response to my attempts to post from this phone. It really chaps my ass.
It’s sad that I have to carry my little Jetpack mobile Hotspot with me so I can get online with this phone, but that’s the situation.
Yet even its reception of Wi-Fi sucks. We have home Wi-Fi and all our phones and devices can pick it up throughout the house and in the yard.
Not the Edge. I go outside and it complains there is no Wi-Fi signal. But instead of switching to the 4G network, it just sits in Limbo, unable to make up its mind what to do. Leaving me without any Internet, wondering if I should just drop it into the grill and be done with it.
In the time it’s taken me to write this I’ve watched my Edge say “connected to Wi-Fi,” “Lost Wi-Fi,” “connected to Wi-Fi,” “Lost Wi-Fi,” countless times.
So, in summary, if you plan on using the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge for anything other than a fairly decent camera, you’ll be sorely disappointed.
And the “beast of a battery” some reviews claim is pure bullshit. Maybe it’s an improvement over the S6, but compared to my last phone, the Droid Turbo, it’s like it doesn’t even have a battery. I have to charge it two or three times a day.
For a supposed state-of-the-art phone the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a monstrous disappointment.
Makes me wonder if Samsung isn’t engaging in a little payola to get those glowing reviews for this POS.
I wonder if Verizon will let me swap for the latest LG?