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Is the Galaxy S7 or GS7 edge right for you?

Al Sacco | March 21, 2016
Samsung's latest flagship Android smartphones are now available, and though the Galaxy S7 and GS7 edge are similar in many ways, they have unique strengths and weakness you should consider before choosing one of the devices.

Today, you can walk into any of the Big Four U.S. wireless carriers' retail stores and purchase a sleek new Samsung Galaxy S7 or GS7 edge smartphone. Both new devices are without question two of the hottest and most capable Android smartphones on the market. And though the two GS7 phones share many similarities when it comes to hardware and software, they have a number of important differences. 

The Galaxy S7 edge has a display with curved sides, for example. It's larger and has a bigger display; and it's a minimum of $100 more expensive this the more diminutive GS7.

So how do you know if the GS7 or GS7 edge is a better fit for you? And is the GS7 edge worth the extra money?

How to pick between the GS7 and GS7 edge

Galaxy S7 edge curved display and 'edge screen'

The most notable differences between the two GS7 smartphones are the GS7 edge's curved screen and its "edge screen" features, which provide quick access to your most frequently used apps and contacts. The edge screen also has pages for creating new tasks, such as adding contacts, taking selfies or adding new calendar appointments. A news and information tab shows a list of top stories from Yahoo News, along with thumbnail images. And you can quickly listen to your favorite streaming radio stations via a Samsung "Milk Music" tab. The edge features are also southpaw friendly — left-handed users can move the edge tab from the right side of the display to the left.

The GS7 edge got a significant upgrade over its last-generation GS6 edge and GS6 edge+ counterparts, as well. Samsung's new edge smartphone has a wider, two-column panel for edge features (though the curved section of the display isn't any larger), which means you can access more options on each screen. The increased space also makes the edge panels easier to work with.

The "people edge" and "apps edge" are by far the most useful edge screen features, and although they take some getting used to, they can save time by reducing the amount of navigation you need to perform to access your favorite apps, or initiate or resume conversations with regular contacts.

However, the GS7 edge and its curved screen have a couple of downsides. The display's curves can cause you to unintentionally launch apps or trigger functions when you hold it in the palm of your hand, with fingers wrapped snuggly around it, because the phone display extends along the side of the phone. 

The GS7 edge is also somewhat slippery, thanks to its sleek, slick curved glass display, which means it can be easier to drop or fumble when you pull it out of a pocket or purse. Some cases alleviate the issue a bit, but to get the full value of the edge features, you need unfettered access to those curved sides. And as long as they're exposed, the phone can be slippery, especially if you have small hands. 


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