The Galaxy S7 edge
has a unique 5.5" dual-edge curved display that slopes to the sides, and you can bet your plucked eyebrow that it is going to be very expensive to replace it, if you accidentally hurl the phone face-down towards Mother Earth. In fact, if those Galaxy S7 teardowns are any indication, it will be pretty tricky to open both the S7
and the S7 edge
, and still keep the watertight certification, meaning authorized repair shops, meaning big bucks if you crack or break the display.
Fret not, however, as barely has the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge order mania begun, and there are already a few reputable accessory makers that offer screen protectors for your precious, unlike last year when the S6 edge
took everybody by surprise, and it took a while to get a decent film protector for the device, let alone a tempered glass one. Well, the situation with glass protectors is no different for the S7 edge right now, as it is pretty hard to nail the curve, glue it right, and still have no touch sensitivity issues from the sides, so there are only a few glass ones on the market at the moment, which are yet to prove themselves fully.
That's why we'd recommend to go with a simple film one until more info trickles down on the harder protection, but still, take a peek at what's on offer in terms of glass or plastic screen covers currently available for the S7 edge, as you might want to grab one now, and start protecting your precious investment right from day one. These below are not the official manufacturer prices, as you can usually find those protectors for much less on places like Amazon and the like.
Best Galaxy S7 edge screen protectors
Best Galaxy S7 edge screen protectors
Don't want to spend a fortune on a decent film protector for your curvy S7 edge before a real tempered glass solution arrives? The Super Shieldz one has got you covered - it's as good as any other film cover, yet costs next to nothing for a pack of two. Here's user ebpman review on placing it over the 5.5" S7 edge screen (photo courtesy of Pilz):
"The Supershieldz screen protector for the S7 Edge are much thinner than others and take time and patience to install. But once installed they work well. To get the best alignment I had to use the included dust stickies to lift and align both sides (top and bottom). I have not had them curl on the edges as it happened to me with the Samsung S6 screen protectors. At first the screen protector feels rubbery but after a few hours of use, it feels very smooth. I did notice that they mark easily. So if you have long fingernails you will see light dents in the film. The film does a nice job of keeping the outstanding colors and clarity of the S7 edge and it's hard to tell you have a protector on. My other problem was removing the top pink film. It's too hard to peel off. The last item to watch is when you put a case on. It can cause the film to lift.
- Doesn't Curl
- Clear Screen
- Feels good to the touch
- Not as forgiving to install like tempered glass
- Watch your case it can cause the film to lift"
If you want something a bit more upscale (and a bit more expensive), and aren't afraid of wet-apply protectors, this IQ Shield LiQuidSkin might fit the narrative. It is almost full coverage, sticks well and, above all, doesn't feel like rubber when you touch it, which is a problem with the vast majority of wet screen protectors. Here's the photo and review by user Xcal12:
"...after years of soul searching for the perfect protector, when I received my S7 Edge, I gladly went back to using IQ Shield protectors. This is by far the most durable protector, from my experience. I’ve tried other wet-install protectors including Zagg, Armorsuit and Skinomi but I hated the rubber feeling those protectors left. The IQ protector has a smooth glass-like finish that doesn’t feel like cheap rubber.
The worst part of the shield is the installation so I hope these tips help:
-Apply enough solution on the back of the protector, if the protector doesn’t slide around when you apply it to the device, you don’t have enough. (this was my first mistake)
-As the solution dries, it will start to stick to the device. Use the palm of your hand to hold down stubborn areas as the solution evaporates.
-Be patient, at first you’ll see some bubbles, but as the liquid dries the protector will start to clear. Within a few days you won’t even notice it."
If you are clamoring to be an early adopter of a curved tempered glass protector, these won't come cheap, at least until the market gets flooded with Chinese efforts. The G-Color is expected to start shipping as soon as next week, and has the advantage of already been tried on an S7 edge, and confirmed working fairly well by some, 3D curved edges and all.
If you are going to use the S7 edge outside under bright sunlight, a matte screen protector is probably the best idea to avoid extra glare. Skinomi's solution is a bit pricier for that reason, but they did update their initial S7 edge protector design, and sent out free replacements, which shows how the company is glued to their perfectionist principles. Applying this protector will take a while if you want to do it right, but it is worth it, and the matte protector is made of elastic polymer that will self-heal minor scuffs and scratches. Here's user's The Wright Family review of the Skinomi protector:
"As described this is a matte finishing type of screen protector so the usual glare and fingerprints will not be a factor. It only comes with one screen protector and none for the back of your phone. The overall appearance of the film is clear, thin and light weight. Be sure not to attempt peeling off the screen protector before deciding to apply it to your phone, as lifting will cause air bubbles. I would recommend a spray and set type screen protector which in my opinion last longer, is more durable and the micro- air bubble/ streaks or any imperfections usually disappears within 2-3 days/ over time. What i love the most about this screen protector is the fact that it has an elastic polymerization technology that actually allow fine scratches, scuffs and marks to disappear over time."
Zagg, the maker of all things case-y and accessory, said they will have a few screen protector models for both the S7 and S7 edge when they hit your doorsteps. Their protectors are great, though a bit pricey - expect to pay about $20 for the "HD" version of the S7 edge film protector, for instance.
We are most interested in the Glass Contour option, however, which protects the screen of the device with tempered reinforced glass layer, and if previous experiences with Zagg are any indication, would fit like a glove. Zagg is pricing it at a preliminary $40 tag, though, and it will be available at a later date that hasn't been announced just yet, though it might be worth the wait.