Like most people I know, my phone has become almost an extension of myself. I use it to plan my day, keep track of upcoming events, keep in contact with my friends and family, blog, tweet, pin, stumble and share… and I’ll occasionally make a phonecall with it too!
However, the thing that is used the most on my handset is the camera. I’m obsessed with photography, and I’m always keeping a record of where I’ve been and who I’ve seen in the photographs that I take. So, when Three Mobile contacted me and asked me to test the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (which was only released last month), I was ecstatic, particularly so I could try out the camera function!
I’m not tech-savvy in the slightest, but even I was impressed by what the new S7 Edge offers:
- 5.5″ dual edge display
- Wireless charging
- Expandable memory, up to 200GB with a micro SD card
- Water resistant (which I wasn’t brave enough to test!)
- Powered by the latest Android Marshmallow OS, meaning less battery drain from apps
- 12MP rear camera with dual pixel, CMOS 5MP front camera
It’s a beautiful design (available in several colours) with sleek lines and fits in the hand reasonably easily, and the curved screen is incredibly sharp, with a QHD resolution of 2,560 X 1,440.
However, it’s the camera function that I have been interested in, and for the last week, I’ve taken the phone everywhere with me.
The camera is superb. As an amateur photographer (with no real knowledge of any terminology), I like to be able to point and shoot at something within a moment, without having to spend lots of time messing about with different settings, and this camera allowed me to do just that. I live in Birmingham, which recently experienced several cloudy and dull days, and this gave me the opportunity to test out the camera’s abilities in low light. Here are just some of the hundreds of images that I took on my adventures – I have left all of them raw and unedited just so you can see the camera’s basic abilities…
What I also loved about it is that it is incredible at creating a shallow depth of field (with an aperture of 1.7,), which gives almost a professional SLR quality to the images, and is fabulous for using for low-light and portraits in particular. Samsung has a maximum aperture of f/1.7, which is fantastic as having this on a lens for a professional camera would cost a fortune.
For bloggers in particular, this is also the perfect camera for those who are a fan of the selfie. I am particularly hopeless at this, but I decided to try out the editing functions available. Its possible to change the shape of your face and add filters, and just with a few tweaks my selfies instantly became more palatable:
Throughout the week, I used the phone for my blogging and social media activities, and it was incredibly fast and efficient, indeed it was much faster than what I am used to. From a blogger’s perspective, it’s the perfect blogging tool – I could do everything that I normally would on my laptop or tablet because of the screen size, and in some instances it was far quicker to use than either of these. Indeed, it’s got me seriously thinking about my next upgrade…
Disclaimer: I was given the use of the phone with pre-paid sim cards free-of-charge for a specified period of time, but was under no obligation to provide a positive review.