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    I have owned a Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge Plus since its introduction about 18 months ago.

    Good lord, I hate this phone.  The list of reasons why would be as long as a ticker tape machine spitting out the losses on October 24, 1929, but one of the big ones is the curved screen.  Yes, I was enthralled with the cool-looking thing upon purchase, and imagined the infinite useful possibilities of the newfangled curved edges.  Alas, in practice, there are none.

    First:  I prefer my phone without a case.  They are very dropworthy these days from my experience (including the Samsung) so why take a device that is manufactured to be as graceful and as small as possible, and make it ugly, and bigger, by putting a cheap plastic case on it.  (I actually bought a case for this phone when it was new and it was so crummy it started falling apart after three weeks, so I just ditched it).

    So, with no case on, it's basically impossible to handle the phone without inadvertantly triggering the edge screen, which causes all sorts of unwanted, maddening behavior.  Then, to add insult to injury, when you do want to use the edge, it is highly unresponsive and usually takes 3 or more swipes to get it to respond.  Often when I swipe at the edge to open the quick launch window (my only use for the edge, it turns out), instead it will launch an app on the right side of the screen, usually a game that takes 45 seconds to load.  I've literally accidentally launched this game as many as five times in a row while trying to simply swipe the edge functions on screen.

    All the face-down, lights-up-in-a-color when a friend calls is completely useless.

    To conclude, the edge is useless, and less so, because of the endless misfires it causes with the phone.  If you need to put a case on the phone with square edges to compensate for the impossible-to-handle curved screen -- what is the purpose of the curved screen in the first place?

    I go to the Apple store on occasion and lovingly hold the gently squared off edges of the iPhone 7 in my hand and dream of the day I have the Samsung paid off and can get this godforsaken curved screen out of my life.  Apple, take note.