Pixel XL vs GS7 Edge Industrial Design – Beauty Is In The Eye
That’s up for you to decide. I do like how Samsung is able to get the same 5.5-inch display real estate into a smaller, more "pocketable" device, however. There’s something about the Galaxy S7 Edge as well, that’s more “solid” (dense?) to me, though again that’s subjective. Is it enough to deter me from making the jump to the Pixel XL, no but there are other reasons for my now steadfast migration to Google's latest bauble. I will say that, again for me and my personal tastes, there aren't many phones that I think compete with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge currently, from a design standpoint. However, the Pixel XL delivers a premium look and feel about as well as any other device on the market short of a GS7 Edge. It's better built than an iPhone 7 in my opinion and makes use of its footprint relatively efficiently as well.
That said, Google's copious allotment of bottom face bezel of the Pixel XL is regrettable, especially without the addition of even capacitive Home, Back, and Active Apps controls. However, its responsive, accurate, well-placed fingerprint reader more than makes up for it in my view. Why fingerprint readers were ever located on the front home button makes no sense to me. I like to pick up my phone when I want to look at it. That said, if you're the type that just wants to flip your phone on without picking it up, I can see a front fingerprint scanner might be more convenient. Since, in that case, I can still work a quick pattern trace, I find the rear-mounted scanner more convenient when actually using the phone, especially since Google Ambient Display notifications can give you quick glance information without unlocking the device.