鈥淚t鈥檚 like an iPod but a phone.鈥 Those were the first words I ever heard about the iPhone back in 2006, when Apple first announced their foray into cellular. I didn鈥檛 know exactly what that meant at the time 鈥 the only iPod I had was my frosty pink iPod mini 鈥 but I knew that I wanted it. (FYI, my phone at the time was a Motorola RAZR . How times have changed!)

When the first generation handset launched, I jumped on board and haven鈥檛 looked back. When questioned, I鈥檝e often attributed my love for the iPhone and all things Mac to the fact that I hail from Cupertino, the quiet suburban town in Silicon Valley where Apple is headquartered. Most people accept this as a real answer. But the truth is, I鈥檓 so indoctrinated into this Apple cult, I鈥檓 a little mystified 鈥 er, make that, intimidated 鈥 by everything else.

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When the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was released this year, it arrived with lots of fanfare. 鈥淭he best smartphone in the world 鈥 it鈥檚 a work of art,鈥 hailed Tech Radar . With its 32GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, 12MP rear-facing camera and its gorgeous curved OLED screen, it鈥檚 a total knockout. If there was ever an Android phone that might seduce me, this was it. When T-Mobile gave me a chance to test out the phone using their insane Binge On plan , I gave it two solid weeks. Here are my key takeaways.

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1. 12MP means different things in different cameras. As a power Instagram-user, most of my storage is dedicated to photos and video. Needless to say, a nice camera is up there next to 鈥渃an make calls鈥 and 鈥渉as a mic鈥 when it comes to deciding on a smartphone. While both the iPhone 6S Plus (my phone) and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge come with 12 megapixel rear-facing cameras, the images that the two cameras produce are vastly different. Samsung鈥檚 (image left) uses a new patented tech, Dual Pixels, in the S7 Edge that aids in auto-focusing by equipping each pixel of the camera with two sensors. Apple (image right), on the other hand, uses 鈥渁 state-of-the-art sensor, a new image signal processor, advanced pixel technology, Focus Pixels, improved local tone mapping and optical image stabilization.鈥 What does this actually mean? What I noticed consistently is that the S7 Edge takes cooler-toned pics. But there is no better or worse here 鈥 it鈥檚 entirely a preference thing.

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2. The screen is SO NICE. It鈥檚 easy to fall in love with the S7 Edge鈥檚 screen. It鈥檚 just so鈥 crisp. The OLED screen appears so three-dimensional, the widgets practically look like they鈥檙e resting on the home screen. Watching YouTube makeup tutorials is kind of unreal 鈥 I can see every pore. Plus, the curved screen seems to mimic peripheral vision, making me feel like I am really seeing the WHOLE picture. Throw in T-Mobile鈥檚 Binge On, and Netflix never saw me comin鈥.

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3. It鈥檚 a godsend for near-sighted, one-handed texters (me). Aside from the screen being so darn pretty, the hardware is in many ways more user friendly. Blame it on being born in Texas, but bigger is always better for me 鈥 which is why I鈥檓 all about the 6S Plus. But when it comes to trying to wrap my digits around the bulky 6.23-inch by 3.07-inch body, #thestruggleisreal. The S7 Edge also sports a 5.5-inch screen, but it fits waaay more comfortably in hand as it clocks in at 5.94-inch by 2.86-inch.

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4. Customization optionsare pretty endless. Sure, you can change the background to your iPhone (you can even set a Live Photo as your Lock Screen image, which is pretty cool) but the widgets and the Home screen setup all stays the same 鈥 unless you choose to jailbreak your iPhone of course, but that comes with its own can of worms. With the Galaxy, you can download and change the theme like Kylie Jenner changes her hair color. In fact, THERE鈥橲 A WHOLE STORE OF THEMES. It鈥檚 pretty much the best thing ever.

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5. There is no FaceTime, AirDrop or Live Photos. With all the amazing upsides, I have to say, Android鈥檚 Marshmallow OS is not as intuitive as the iOS 9.3. Also, I miss all of Apple鈥檚 built-in features like FaceTime and AirDrop. Since my whole family uses iPhones and they don鈥檛 live in NYC, FaceTiming is the most accessible video chat. Yes, there鈥檚 stuff like Google Hangouts and Skype, but it鈥檚 not quite as 鈥渁nytime, anywhere鈥 as FaceTime is. Also, sharing images immediately and without Internet between devices is a pretty sweet deal.

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6. It comes with its own set of nifty tricks. Watch this. See that? I just took a screenshot鈥 with the slide of my hand! Pretty cool, eh? When it comes to iPhone tricks, I like to think of myself as Encylopedia Brown, but it鈥檚 a whole different story with the S7 Edge. I am repeatedly having my mind blown. Life is pretty good with an Android, but I鈥檒l be honest 鈥 I鈥檒l probably still get the new iPhone in the fall because, 256GB iPhone 7 Pro , I have my eyes on you. But thanks, Galaxy S7 Edge 鈥 you were still out of this world (pun intended).

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(Photos via Kimberly Wang)