Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Review

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What impact can a small change make? Not much or very much. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, a phone with only the extra curved screen is the real difference that you feel when you hold the S6 Edge and S6 in your hands.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Introduction

If we look at the key features of S6 and S6 Edge, the two Galaxy phones share a few of the best components  that are present in the market, both have the same software that is built on new values that is matching the ideology of new hardware.

Before we dig deep into the aspects of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, let us have a look at the key features of it. However, while reading the key features, you may have a ‘Déjà vu’ feeling.

With the launch of Galaxy S6, Samsung has made the first attempt in such design approach where the metal frame with the dual-glass build – front and back – has come into the market by excelling in its implementation. The Galaxy S6 Edge has taken this approach even further to make it feel more special for people. However, with just minor change, is it worth making the device overly priced? We will figure it out.

To inform you, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will come with the 64GB of storage in its base version. Therefore, we may say that with this burgeoned price we are not only getting the more storage, but also a lot more things that we will check.

The size of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is completely same as the Galaxy S6. The curved edge at the side of the phone has not affected the width, length or the height of the phone. However, it does have reduced the thickness of the phone by 0.2mm, which is hard to notice.

Unboxing Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Unboxing Galaxy S6 Edge
Unboxing Galaxy S6 Edge

The most excited part is to check what is there inside the box. So, to end this excitement, let us unbox the Galaxy S6 Edge. However, there is no difference in the retail package of Galaxy S6 Edge and its sibling, Galaxy S6. Inside the box you can find the fast-charge adapter, which the company claims can charge the phone for 4-hours usage in just 10 minutes along with the 2-hours video playback of HD videos. Apart from this, you get a detachable microUSB cable, which you can use to transfer data and to charge your phone. There is also a brand new Samsung headset with the earplugs and a three button remote and flat, and a tangle free cable. One more thing you get inside the box is the ‘SIM ejector tool.’

Build Quality & Design of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

By introducing the bending screens in its phones, Samsung had just one goal in mind – to make the phone more attractive. With the attempt of bending one side of the screen in Note Edge, the Galaxy S6 Edge has both of its side bent. The primary aim of the screen bending is to enhance the UI and this idea has worked really great. However, these bent sides are treated as the part of the same screen.

In the Galaxy S6 Edge, sides are not as curved as in the Note Edge, but the side swiping experience is smoother in the S6 Edge than in the Note Edge. The design guidelines of Android to put options in either of the sides of screen have promoted the adoption of such gestures. Adding to that, Samsung has induced more functionality into it, which works well with the sideswipes and capitalizes the working of these gestures.

Not only the functionality, but the curved screens also improve the looks of the device. The screen shape of Galaxy S6 Edge is unique in the market and giving quite good looks to the device.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has a complete metal frame that is exposing the sides of the phone. As the curved screen is pushing the sides back, they are a little thinner than the usual size. Still there is enough space so that the volume keys on the left and power key on the right can fit. However, the SIM slot had to shift a bit.

As the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is one of the newest designs in the market, you may find it unusual while holding the device.  It is a bit wider at the back than its front, making you feel a bit odd. If you will provide the necessary grip to the device, it will dig inside your arms. Doing so makes you feel that the phone is thinner than it actually is and is extremely comfortable in your hands.

In the Galaxy S6 Edge, you get the no-swipe fingerprint sensor incorporated in the hardware home key at the bottom of the screen. The length of the key is taller than before and it is easy to position your finger on it, allowing it to detect your finger at any angle.

The Home key will also work as the quick launch key for the camera. You just need to press the key twice in a quick succession and instantly you can see the camera is ready for you to take beautiful pictures. The unique part is, it works even when your phone is locked and screen is off.

At the back of the phone and beside the flash, there is a heart rate monitor, which can measure the blood-oxygen saturation, also known as SpO2. It is used to grab the biometric data and is in conjunction with S health. You can also use this to start the selfies camera.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is fitted with two sheets of Gorilla Glass 4 on the back and front side with having a slight curve on the back around the edges.

Presently, you can get the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Green Emerald colors. You can see a subtle change in color of the device, depending on the color of light surrounding it. The Green Emerald color is the exclusive one of the S6 Edge, similar to the Topaz Blue color for Galaxy S6.

If you will have a look at the bottom of the phone, you may find it a bit buried. It has the 3.5mm audio jack, loudspeaker, microUSB 2.0 port and a mouthpiece, all gathered up at the bottom.

On the other hand, the top of Galaxy S6 Edge has got a new component, the nanoSIM slot and the secondary mic for noise cancellation.

Display of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

The Galaxy S6 Edge has a Super AMOLED screen with a 5.1” display and a QHD resolution of 1,440 x 2,560px. The brightness in the S6 Edge has got a little boost, which you can get it to approximately 470nits manually. On the other hand, if you will leave the brightness to auto, you can get it to an impressive 750nits, brighter than most of the LCDs present in the market.

With the Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung has completely nailed the accuracy of colors, displaying the uniform colors all over the device, including the curved section of the device. The legibility of sunlight is better than ever, and the lamination of Gorilla Glass 4 to the AMOLED display below it reduces the reflection to a great extent. However, you may find a little reflection from the curved sides but not enough to be an issue.

Display of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Display of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

In the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, you get three preset Display Modes to change the color saturation and white balance of the device. Depending on your personal preference, you can get more accurate and bolder colors options.

Battery of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

In the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, you get a 2,600mAh Li-Ion, non-removable battery. To get a four hours charge in just 10 minutes, use the fast-charging adapter from the retail box.

For the Galaxy S6 Edge, the company has enabled the wireless charging that support two existing standards. The first is Qi, which is used in Nexus and Lumia phones and the other standard wireless charging is the PMA, which you can find in some of the Starbucks locations and is extremely popular in the US. With the endurance rating of 73, we can expect a three days full casual usage of the phone and 20 hours of 3G talk time. However, with the Edge Strip on, the endurance rating of the Galaxy Edge S6 drops to 54 hours.

 

User Interface of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is loaded with the latest incarnation of TouchWiz and the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has almost similar features to the S6, adding a few features that are spanning around the curved edges of the device.

Home Screen of Galaxy S6 Edge
Home Screen of Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung has worked on the addition of new features along with simplifying its software. You get both the dialer and camera shortcuts on the lock screen. The private mode is back in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge along with the enhanced fingerprint reader.

Edge Screen of Galaxy S6 Edge

Curved Screen of Galaxy S6  Edge
Curved Screen of Galaxy S6 Edge

By default, the edge display features are turned off. Therefore, if you want to activate it, go to

Settings>Edge Display

Out of all the important features, Night Clock is the one that is highlighted in the edge screen display and shows the time and date at one of the strips.

 

Camera

The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is a 16MP Sony IMX240 sensor with a wider, f/1.9 aperture, allowing more light and gives a better bokeh effect. You get an option of quick launch to turn on the camera in the phone. To achieve this, you just need to double press the Home key from random UI location.

Camera of Galaxy S6 Edge
Camera of Galaxy S6 Edge

If we talk about the panorama shots from the Galaxy S6 Edge, they are of very high resolution – approximately 3,200px tall, if you are holding the phone upright and around 1,800px if you are holding the phone by side.

Disadvantages

Some of the disadvantages of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge include:

  • Pricier than its sibling, with only the curved screen to show for it
  • No water or dust protection
  • No user-replaceable battery
  • No microSD slot
  • No FM radio
  • No stereo speakers

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