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[Poll Results!] How often do you use the Edge screen on your Samsung flagship?

When Samsung first launched the Galaxy S6 edge with its dual-curve display, people were skeptical of the kind of utility those edges would provide, given the edges were much smaller than the single edge on the Galaxy Note Edge. Indeed, the Edge screen on the Galaxy S6 edge wasn’t packed with functionality, but it’s been three years since the S6 edge was launched, and Samsung has added new features to the Edge screen with each major software update.

Edge screen has grown more useful with software updates

Today, you can call up the Edge screen to take custom screenshots and make animated GIFs, start two apps in Multi Window directly by using App Pair shortcuts, initiate custom tasks (such as going directly to the selfie camera or the compose message screen, among others), and check your saved reminders in Bixby, in addition to more basic functions such as accessing your favorite contacts and apps. The Edge screen works from anywhere in the interface, and in its latest iteration on Android 8.0 Oreo, it’s packed to the brim with customization options.

We’ve asked our readers just how often they use the Edge screen features in the past, and it had turned out quite a few folks take advantage of the quick access it offers to various actions and information. Well, it’s been a few years since then, and it’s possible many of you have either started depending on the Edge screen more than you did in the past or have stopped using it completely. Others may still be as big fans of the Edge screen as they were before it become so functional, while some are probably still wondering what all the fanfare is about.

That’s why we’re putting out a similar poll again, so let us know by selecting the appropriate option and then expand on your thoughts in the comments section!

Results: Based on the votes from our readers, it looks like almost an equal number of users use the Edge screen features a lot and keep it disabled. 3 percent of voters say they have started using the Edge screen recently though they were not a fan before, while 5 percent say they were fond of the Edge screen but don’t use it anymore. Not surprisingly, 11 percent of voters say they want their flat screens back, a sentiment Samsung is unlikely to ever support given the increased sales figures thanks to the futuristic design on the company’s flagships made possible by those curves.

How often do you use the Edge screen on your Samsung flagship?

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SenorSjon
SenorSjon

I’m still waiting to get flat screens again before I’ll buy another Samsung.

RoadRunner99
RoadRunner99

Same here. You just have to take a look at the photographs on the article on gaming that’s currently on frontpage showing the S8/S9 with horrible glare to know that this curved screen business is just a stupid idea.

tester5224
tester5224

its silly thing but it does not hurt the user experience.

so fmo, it’s also silly to avoid Samsung just because of this

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

My wife has a S8 and other familiy members have the S8+ or S7 Edge. The glare and lack of ‘finger space’ to hold them annoys me every time I hold them. Just remake the Note 4 with current day internals and it would be an instant buy.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Use it mainly for the calculator and the quick tools – but also some apps and smart select etc.

Crazy Johnny
Crazy Johnny

I use it every day for App Pair. If App Pair were available as a widget, I would never use Edge at all. They use these innovations to keep their new devices and features relevant. For me, I started using the multi-window feature through Pen Window on the Note 3 (I actually preferred having 1 app in full screen and the other app in floating window over multi-window). You had to click the S-pen to open the pen menu, then choose Pen Window to open a limited number of apps in pop-up mode. Later on they offered the swipe option… Read more »

Biransahin
Biransahin

I like the edge myself and app pair is one reason. I also like the quick contacts access, schedule , gif maker, calendar and other things. However if you don’t like the edge screen but want app pairs you can have that on the S9 directly without using the edge panels.

Dertolle
Dertolle

It’s great. I use it everyday.
Mostly for opening apps or visiting webpages and clipboard…

MStuart
MStuart

I hope my current Samsung will last me a long time because I’m not buying a phone with a display that’s been distorted on purpose.

vnovomsate
vnovomsate

Flat display would be better, safer and original as it spouse to be.

krym73
krym73

Calm down grandpa

Peschiera
Peschiera

It is the most used function for me.
I have all my Internet favorites there and launch them always from there.
I also use the App Edge very often.

logeshguhan
logeshguhan

Used the apps edge, adjustable torch and the calculator more.

cristiano matos
cristiano matos

I use it a lot! For me it’s one o the best features in edge screens.

Nedrozak
Nedrozak

I basically can’t imagine using a phone without this functionality. As an user who hates having apps on the home screen this feature is my savior.

Jumhaeg
Jumhaeg

I really do love the convenience of putting apps that I use often in a place that can be hidden to the side until needed. I use several Edge Panels to surface useful information when I need it.

DeviceManager
DeviceManager

I did not vote because there was no option for “other”. My vote is Other : I Love the design of the edge screen, just use the Edge Lighting, NEVER use it for apps….just my 2 cents.

woody365
woody365

I used something the other day when I accidentally opened it and realised that it was there. This happens once a month or so. I usually forget it’s there tbh.

sasa66
sasa66

As the dialer does not have a built in favorites contacts page i use on edge panel for direct call fir all my fav numbers

Biransahin
Biransahin

I used to disable it as soon as I got the new phone, it wasn’t so useful and seeing the tab really irritated me for some reason. Now with better functionality and options I use it all the time, plus I use full transparency on the tab so I can’t see it, but I know it’s there. The app pairs are invaluable. I keep maps and WhatsApp as a pair, great for finding places, getting directions and letting people know where you are simultaneously. P.S. In the poll I answered on my PC and the screen jumped. I accidentally voted… Read more »

ace123456
ace123456

An user has right : “Forget the Edge screen, PLEASE give me back my flat displays! ‘ and do not forget better batteries life like Huawei – “make it possible”

Biransahin
Biransahin

Buy a Huawei then. You’re not being forced to buy a Samsung. In fact if you bought a Samsung even though you know it’s curved but you wanted a flat screen and are complaining about the curve you must be an idiot! Same for the battery. LOLOL. Alternatively, if you don’t have a Samsung why TF are you here moaning about it?

AgentBachman
AgentBachman

I used it to open this website.

vagabonti
vagabonti

I use it continuously. Whether to quickly access applications while doing something else or for RSS news …

Renan Caparroz
Renan Caparroz

I think they could use the edges for a natural gesture based interface, swiping the left for multitasking, right edge for back and the bottom for home…

jylovescaryn
jylovescaryn

I am using these functions thanks to the edge screen, possible with some software modification.

krym73
krym73

Use it on the daily and can’t imagine going back to the old days of the flat screens. Apps Edge- to quickly switch between my favorite apps without the need to go back to the home screen in between apps. Calculator Edge- this is my default to do calculations, which I have to do for customers on the daily because of my job. Tenor GiF’s edge- much easier and better to use in comparison to the gif option built in to the keyboard on Oreo. Smart Select- to create gif’s and take screenshots of only the important part of my… Read more »

redgumtv
redgumtv

It’s really grown on me over the years. The only thing I can’t master is adding shortcuts to Spotify on the S9+. They just don’t seem to stick to the Spotify Edge. A real good use is if you like fancy wallpapers without shortcuts pasted all over them. Leave the home page relatively blank and put the shortcuts on the “edge”. Looks really good and works well.

Dretsel
Dretsel

I miss the functionality of the edge screen from the Note Edge, the secondary screen was awesome

JazzyJayBEE
JazzyJayBEE

IMO, the first Note Edge was the only Note that had a “real” Edge. I wish the currently edge displays were deep as the first Note Edge.

heisenberg001
heisenberg001

I use every day. I have 5 panels on it. Apps edge which I regularly use as it aids multitasking . Softkey edge for taking screenshot usually rather than plan swipe, smart select for selected screenshot or extracting the text in it, fast notes for quick notes and giphy for gifs. I doubt I can still use a phone without this functionality.

smartybones
smartybones

I got the s7 edge becauae the note had been pulled….. i played with the edge thing a little, but have never really found a good use for it.

looking forward to getting the note 9…

Biransahin
Biransahin

Same here, S7 Edge replacing Note7 but no sPen was a big inconvenience, immediately got Note8 when it arrived and also looking forward to Note 9.