Galaxy S8+ vs Galaxy S7 edge interface comparison: here's what's changed

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ unit used for this article was kindly provided by Samsung Romania.

To say that the Galaxy S8 is an improvement over the Galaxy S7 will be the understatement of 2017. While the differences might not seem that big on paper and in pictures, one has to hold Samsung's new flagship in their own hands in order to really see what the fuss is all about. Believe it or not, last year's S7 edge feels archaic when used alongside a shiny new Galaxy S8 or S8+. We've already had the chance to compare the new flagship against its predecessor (you can read said article right below) and already concluded that Samsung did a great job with its 2017 Galaxy S lineup, and that's especially true for the hardware. 

But what about the other two legs of the tripod - software and user experience? We took upon ourselves to find out and compare how the Galaxy S8 Plus fares against the Galaxy S7 edge.

Oh, and it's also worth mentioning that both devices are currently running the same version of Android as well as Samsung's refreshed interface. There aren't many differences between the two Nougat devices, though you'll find plenty of those if you compare the S8/S8 Plus with a Marshmallow-running Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. We've done a similar comparison already - you can find it right below.

Lock screen and home screen

Not many differences here. Aside from the different aspect ratios of the screenshots below, you'd be hard-pressed to find any differences. Both phones allow you to customize the shortcuts in the bottom left and right corners; both show your notifications and general information about the charging status of your device. 

You are also quite likely to notice the refreshed iconography on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. It helps create a more coherent look all around, though we can easily see lots of peeps not liking this one. Luckily, you can still change things up by downloading and applying a system-wide interface theme from Samsung's store. The same applies to last year's Galaxies, so not much has changed here.

App drawer

Whether you'd use an app drawer on the Galaxy S8/S8+ or not is totally up to you. There's no app drawer icon by default, which is great — you open this one by swiping your home screen up or down; you can also close it by doing the same thing inside the app drawer. Meanwhile, all of your icons are scattered across the horizontal pane. That's convenient and intuitive, though we can easily see why some folks might not be thrilled with this change, but fortunately for them, there's 

Notifications and quick settings

You can hardly discern any differences between the notification shades of the Galaxy S8/S8 Plus and S7/S7 edge. It's worth noting that the new crop of Galaxies lacks a search bar in the quick settings 


Let that sink in — the settings menu on the Galaxy S8/S8+ fits all of its entries on a single page. Meanwhile, thе S7/S7 edge requires you to swipe a bit before you can see all the options. The reason for this is not only the extraordinarily tall display.

Both phones also flaunt Samsung's new streamlining philosophy inside the Settings menu. That's a double-edged sword, though - while that's making everything look clean and streamlined, you might have a hard time guessing where some of the not-so-obvious settings are tucked in. It will be a trial and error for many users.

Edge panels

Being the spiritual successor to the S7 edge, the S8+ comes along edge panels that can be activated by swiping a certain handle on the left or right portion of the screen. The edge panels on the two phones are pretty much similar in terms of appearance and overall functionality. 

Stock apps

Little has changed in the stock apps as well. Whatever you have on the S7/S7 edge you'll also find on the Galaxy S8/S8+. Of course, the additional screen real estate fits more contacts or messages or even photos in the gallery, which is beneficial to the user experience, all things considered.

Split-screen multitasking

Same old, same old, but that's not a bad thing. Never change a winning team, we guess.


Both phones employ similar-looking camera apps that are sleeker than ever. The interface on either phone is now mostly gesture-oriented: you swipe up or down to change cameras, left for camera modes, and right for filters. You will only have to meddle with old-school buttons when you want to change enable/disable HDR, the flash, or access the settings menu of the camera. All in all, the camera app is now a joy to use and looks way, hmm, sexier than before (if apps can look sexy at all, that is).

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

I still don't get it, why they don't optimize the navigation to the bottom of the phone with all the bigger phones.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The gs8 is the most aesthetically pleasing piece of tech in recent memory. As for touchwiz has totally transformed from the ugly duckling of the android world to the most sexy, nastiest bitch on campus.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wow you're commendating the S8 now after bashing it for the past weeks during the leaks? What a 360! Nice of you to actually digress and be reasonable.

18. RoryBreaker

Posts: 236; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

I think you mean 180

15. KingSam

Posts: 1472; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Why not put the quick toggles on the edge panel too and make the edge panel useful and easier to reach than the top.

2. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Put a screen shot of the soft keyboard when messaging on whatapp or sms or email. That's an area in which longer screens really shines.

3. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

They did that. See second photo under stock apps.

7. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

One change that I would still want is a full screen wide - edge panel instead of around say, 20% of the screen, that will open a whole new world of full screen widgets in the edge panel

4. Tech_fan

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 28, 2017

touchwiz improved alot through these years and now i can say its best UI both visually and functionallity and it runs really fast and smooth..really good job sammy

5. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, look how dope the galaxy s8 looks next to the s7. Just wish the note 8 wouldn't be too big so as to not keep the note series as a niche product and negate the design. The s-pen and big screen is sufficient enough to differentiat it from other devices. Theres a reason the note series never sold nearly as much as the s series despite always being historically better.

12. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

I think Samsung wanted to woo the iPhone plus customers. So they did not go for 5 inch mobiles. Most people will be tempted to buy s8/s8+ instead of iPhone 7 plus. Considering iPhone 8 is generating so much hype, a phablet type device will be a better bet than a 5 inch mobile.

13. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Also the sale of s7 was not as good as s7 edge.

8. Cat97

Posts: 1932; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I don't get the "massive improvement": S7 Edge has a 3600 mAh battery, S8 Plus has a 3500 mAh battery. Where is the improvement ? :)

9. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Preliminary battery tests show that even the regular S8 runs circles around the S7 edge(SD820) and gets about the same battery life as S7 edge(E8890). S8+ is a bit better.

10. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

I think battery performance of s8+ will be at most similar to s7 edge . Even Samsung in its presentation did not brag about Improved battery performance in s8 + launch event. Generally the manufacturers brag a lot even if they improve something a little bit.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Fine with me. Battery life is great on my s7e

16. geordie8t1

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

some people may disagree but this s8 plus is shaping up to be one brilliant piece of kit, having just watched a youtube video of the pixel being beaten by the s8+ camera in almost every test, and the battery life being improved over the S7E with the new tech and bigger screen my wallet is struggling to contain my cash LOL, im sure this wont be for everyone and thats fine but for me this will fit my needs perfectly

17. kerginaldo17 unregistered

We already know that the digital sensor has changed to a very bad place.

19. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Again, I see no point as to why the top and bottom of the edges (above/below the slider tab) do anything. Does anyone know of any case where different parts of the edge do different things? ... I don't mean after the edge functionality has been slid onto the main screen, I mean before. I think the non-tab edge should be disabled.

20. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009


21. zeoranger5

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 18, 2017

Does anyone use that software Samsung makes available for PCs and Macs (SideSync) that allows you to send and receive your Samsung Galaxy phone's messages and calls directly from your phone to your computer when they're both on the same network?

22. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

I use it everyday for work and at home for when I build my KLWP wallpapers. It works great. Side Sync is one of the reasons why I have hard buying another brand. Yes there are other services that allow you to do the same thing. But most cost money for a standard Samsung feature.

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