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YouTube’s top gadget reviewer picks the Galaxy S7 edge’s biggest flaws

Published Mar 9th, 2016 3:05PM EST

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The early verdict on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge is that it’s nearly a flawless smartphone. Of course, “nearly flawless” also means that it does have some flaws, no matter how inconsequential they might be in the big scheme of things. Top YouTube gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee has posted a new video in which he picks out the biggest problems he has with the Galaxy S7 edge, although we should note first that he still thinks that the S7 edge is a fantastic device overall and probably the best smartphone on the market right now.

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First, he notes that your fingerprints really do stick to the back of the device, which has long been a problem with Samsung smartphones. This is mostly an aesthetic problem, however, and can be easily remedied by using a smartphone case. In fact, Brownlee admits that most of his criticisms of the device’s hardware are very nitpicky.

Problems with the device’s software, on the other hand, are more substantive. For instance, he’s a little bit annoyed that Samsung keeps putting the back button on the right-hand side of the device instead of on the left-hand side as it is with all other major flagship Android phones.

And then there’s the bloatware. Oh, the bloatware. According to Brownlee’s count, the Galaxy S7 edge comes preloaded with two photos apps, two email apps and at least four different music apps. It also comes packed with all of Samsung’s usual apps such as S Health that Brownlee says he could really do without.

Despite all this, Brownlee says that the Galaxy S7 edge is absolutely worth buying and he notes that the flaws he’s pointed out are not deal breakers by any stretch of the imagination. Check out his full video below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at BGR.com and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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