Immediately after Samsung showed me its new Galaxy S7 and GS7 edge smartphones in mid-February at a business-focused media event in Manhattan, I wrote a GS7 first impressions story on the Acela train back home to Beantown. (Hatechu Amtrak Wi-Fi; Luvyou Verizon mobile hotspot.)
And last week I put together a tips article designed to help smartphone buyers who might be on the fence determine which of the two new Galaxy S7s is a better fit. That story was particularly well-received, so I teamed up with IDG.tv (CIO.com’s dedicated video team) to put together the clip you see above. This GS7 versus GS7 edge video is purposefully quick and dirty — and light on technical details — so if it’s specifics you seek, read the aforementioned story.
All of this is to say that I’m making sure I know everything about these two phones — even the grubby, pint-size secrets — before I write a real evaluation. I believe it takes at least three weeks, and often a month or more, to see all the real standout strengths and hidden warts of any cutting-edge gadget. And at a time when the vast majority of reviewers rush to publish me-first smartphone reviews, journalists with some patience can use that flawed mentality to their advantage. Or at least that’s what I tell myself.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.