Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Galaxy S7 Edge

Which of Samsung's curvy phablets should you buy?

We've just reviewed Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, and the Note 5 successor – yes, they skipped a digit – is a real winner for the productivity-minded phablet crowd.

But this is not the first large, curved-screen phone that Samsung has debuted this year: we're only months on from the release of the brilliant Galaxy S7 Edgewhich until recently was our third favourite phone in the world.

The Galaxy Note 7 is actually very similar to the S7 Edge in many ways, not only with the curves but also the processor and camera within, which makes this a less obviously contentious showdown than you might expect. Still, there are key differences that set them apart, and if you're in the market for an Android phone in the coming months, you'll need to know what you're getting into.

Luckily, we've laid it all out for you: here's how the two phones compare based on our extensive testing of both, along with our recommendation on which phone is best for which types of users.

Design: Mmm, symmetry

The Galaxy Note 7 isn't dramatically different in build and design to the S7 Edge, but there are some noteworthy differences. The larger 5.7in display on the Note 7 – as opposed to the 5.5in screen for the S7 Edge – means it's a little wider. It's also a hair taller and thicker too, since it has the S Pen within.

Still, we're talking about less than 3mm difference in width, just over 1mm in height, and .2mm in added thickness. The Note 7 is also 12g heavier, but let's be honest: if you weren't holding them side by side, you might not realize that there's much of a difference.

What's especially nice about the Note 7 is the curved glass backing that gives the phone a nicely symmetrical feel, more so than the S7 Edge. It's a tiny, tiny advantage, but one we're going to give the Note 7 credit for. It gets the nod here.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Screen: the same but different

Both the Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have curved Quad HD displays, so they're exactly even, right? Not exactly, no: since the Note 7 screen is .2in larger, it makes the screen a little less crisp, to the tune of 518 ppi (pixels per inch) as opposed to 534 ppi on the S7 Edge.

Here's the thing, though: you won't notice a difference at all. At these screen sizes, that kind of minute variance should be imperceptible to the human eye. Both AMOLED screens look absolutely spectacular, as is the trend for Samsung screens of late.

What makes the Note 7 especially appealing, however, is that the curves are a little less… well, curvy. That gives the phone more flat surface space without sacrificing the visual appeal. Given the occasional fumbles you might have using and holding one of Samsung's earlier curved phones, we say that's a move for the better.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 7