What’s good people? Welcome to Tech and Trainers Thursdays a brand new Feeture aimed at keeping you up to date on the latest tech on our radar and maybe throwing in a techy trainer review too. I’m new here and just wanna big up the team here for having me in The Word on the Feet building I’m known as the Urban Nerd AKA Rick Martel. You can find me here and also on my Instagram @rick_martel01
So let’s get into that #urbannerd tech hype!
This week I’m gonna break down the new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge the phone I’m rolling with right now!
Believe the hype! This phone is awesome. Certainly the best Galaxy ever and a contender for phone of 2016!
Let’s get the geeky stuff out the way – the specs:
The S7 edge has a 5.5 Quad HD Super Amoled Display
Galaxy S7 edge is powered by either a Qualcomm snapdragon 820 or Exynos8890 processor, and either the Adreno 530 Mali-T880 MP12 GPU (both dependent on region).
It comes with 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, with up to a further 200GB available with microSD card. The rear shooter has a 12MP sensor, with f/1.7 aperture and phase detection autofocus, and produces 4:3 ratio photos. It also features a dual-pixel system, which allows every pixel to act as a focus pixel, similar to the system used in some DSLR cameras. On the front camera is a 5MP sensor, also with an f/1.7 aperture, and auto HDR.
The Galaxy S7 edge runs on a 3600mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 and wireless charging. Other features include a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, Samsung Pay, and Gorilla Glass 5 both front and back. The device is IP68 certified for dust proof and water resistance over 1.5m and 30 minutes.
In the 6 years I have had Galaxy devices there has always been a compromise. Either the build has been questionable (remember when they made phones of plastic) or the software has been a nightmare to the point that I have had to either cover up with a 3rd Party launcher or eventually remove with a custom ROM.
However in 2015 Samsung began remedying these issues with the S6 and S6 edge. The plastic that had come to typify Samsung phones was replaced with glass and metal and software that was refined and less bloated. The S7 edge builds on this and delivers a Samsung phone that we have been waiting for. Arguably the S7 edge is aesthetically one of best looking phones out right now. And the software experience is a very svelte and smooth experience all run on the latest version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Another standout feature for this phone is the camera. This shooter is good…No hyperbole. I mainly use my camera to take pics for social media. So the shots and are normally spontaneous and often in low light conditions. Thankfully the camera performs well in these conditions. The lens focuses fast and the 1.7 aperture handles the dim lighting situations with aplomb.
The S7 edge isn’t a perfect phone (there is no such thing) however what it is a well balanced one. If this were Street Fighter and you were looking to select your well balanced fighters. The iPhone 6s would be your vanilla Ryu and the S7 Edge would be the balanced, but more exotic, Ken.
Kudos Samsung. This phone is Urbannerd recommended!!!
As for my trainer pick of the week – it’s the new Nike Airmax HTM LD Zero. As part of this year Airmax Day celebrations Nike released 3 kicks from its HTM line (HTM stands for Hiroshi Fujiwara – Fragment Design founder, Tinker Hatfield, vice president of creative concepts and Mark Parker – Nike CEO).
Fujiwara dropped the LD Zero (H), Tinker the Airmax Ultra Superfly (T) and Parker Airmax Ultra M (M).
Out of the 3 I copped Fujiwara’s LD Zero’s.
First off the packaging is kinda dope. A blacked out box with Fujiwara’s signature in red on the side. Inside you have the kicks, a HTM dog tag and some different lace options.
The creps – Fujiwara has taken the classic upper to LD-1000 and combined it with the Airmax 2014 sole. The shoe uses a mixture of nylon and suede with a classic midnight blue and white colour way to give a simple and minimal aesthetic.
Making the sneaker both classic and forward looking at the same time.
I really like this shoe. It’s comfortable (yes we wear sneakers for comfort!!!!! Ha ha) and the simple aesthetic make this kick pop. Out of the pack my favourite!
Until next week people get that S7 edge (or equally the S7) and get the kicks and oh Happy Air Max Day for when it comes!