The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is an amazing phone that carries the title of the world’s first dual-curve smartphone.
It catches the eye, puts butterflies in my stomach and weakens my knees. Finally, Samsung has developed a phone that not only has a strong impact, but also looks fantastic.
After the Galaxy Note Edge showed a single curved screen, it was said that the Galaxy S6 Edge would take a while, so its arrival was no surprise: it’s the natural evolution of Samsung’s curved screen technology.
- Curved screen, thin (7mm) profile, premium dual-glass design reinforced by a metal frame
- 5.1″ Super AMOLED of QHD (1440 x 2560) resolution, class-leading ~577ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- Exynos 7420 64-bit chipset, octa core processor with four 2.1GHz Cortex-A57’s and four 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 cores, Mali-T760 MP8 GPU, 3GB of RAM
- Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with TouchWiz and Samsung Pay
- 16MP camera, f/1.9 aperture, 4K video recording, LED flash, optical image stabilization
- 5MP front-facing camera, f/1.9 aperture, 1440p QHD video, HDR
- 32/64/128 GB of built-in storage (64GB comes as standard issue on some markets)
- Active noise cancellation via dedicated mic
- New generation of fingerprint scanner
- LTE Cat.6, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, IR port, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+
- Heart-rate sensor, barometer, SpO2
- Built-in wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
- 2,600mAh battery
- 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
In a sea of smartphones with almost identical shapes and proportions, the Galaxy S6 Edge stands out as a beacon. It’s a phone that will catch your eye: Samsung has clearly designed it as a masterpiece. The bold curve screen is complemented by brilliant metallic colors without any restrictions. The way it catches and reflects light lets you fall into your hands just to admire it.
The Galaxy S6 Edge manages to break new ground without undoubtedly being a Samsung phone. Our review sample was a brilliant gold that made it more glamorous than our white sample of the S6 galaxy. The front is entirely made of glass, and the metal sides frame it in majestic curves. The back is also made of glass, but the body color is clearly visible. He is so bright and so thoughtful that it was difficult to photograph him. If gold is not your thing, the Galaxy S6 Edge is also available in the colors deep blue and green or pure white.
The back is as slippery as the Galaxy S6, but this phone is even harder to grip thanks to its narrow and lively sides. In our time with the Galaxy S6 Edge, we were aware of the ease with which it would be possible to let go and how catastrophic it would be if this phone dropped onto a hard surface.
The power and volume buttons are located in the same places on the sides of both phones, but the Galaxy S6 Edge’s Nano SIM card slot is pushed up beside the IR emitter. The voluminous bulge of the camera is so pronounced on both phones, but it is the polite design even more in the way. The battery is sealed and there is no microSD card slot for memory expansion. Given the buyers Samsung has in mind, these disadvantages are easier to swallow than the conventional Galaxy S6.
Seen from the front, the Galaxy S6 Edge does not seem to have left or right screen edges, giving the set a longer look, even if its proportions are almost identical to those of the Galaxy S6. The physical start button on the bottom of the screen has a built-in fingerprint sensor that works at the touch of a button. So you do not have to pull it anymore. Next to them, the keys “Recent” and “Back” will light up when touched.
Before you move on, you should know the following: In addition to the obvious differences (the Edge has a wraparound screen and some software tricks that benefit from it), the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are basically the same. Screen the same size, the same 16-megapixel cameras, even Exynos 7420 octa-core brain, and so on. There are two devices made from the same metal, the same glass and the same silicon, which makes dramatic design differences between them even more important.
However, if you see him dead, the S6 is pretty simple. Your eyes will remain stuck on the 5.1-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD screen, but a 5-megapixel selfie camera is on top, the Home button underneath, flanked by subtle back buttons and current apps , , On top of the back of the S6 is a square tray housing the 16 megapixel camera. On the right side there is a small black slot in which the LED flashes and the live heart rate sensor is displayed. Unlike the crater that marked the back of the Galaxy S5, the set here is almost aligned with the back of the S6. It’s a bit tactile, but it’s easier to do heart rate and oxygen measurements in the blood.
In fact, it’s the details that make Samsung’s new design philosophy louder. Leave aside for a moment that Samsung has changed its signature plastic body for rugged metal frames and Gorilla Glass 4 panels lining the front and back of the S6. What is more important and therefore more difficult to put into words are the small details that connect everything. The rounded sides of the S6 are marked by a flat edge so your fingers can rest. The gaps between the metal and the gorilla glass are so thin that they are imperceptible. The only speaker has been moved to the back of the phone, so no songs can be played directly on your desk. I could go on, but the S6 just feels perfect, like its predecessor never did.
And no, your eyes do not fool you: The Galaxy S6 looks (and feels) very well on an iPhone. From these rounded sides to the chrome start button with fingerprint recognition, in place of the volume buttons on the left edge and the power button on the right, there is a strange look of familiarity around the object. (In short, one of Samsung’s speakers picked up my iPhone 6 during our training session in February and it took a while to realize what he really wanted). The flame wars in this area are already taking shape. but I’m not worried. The end result of Samsung is charming, and it’s the only thing that matters to most people.
Specifications and software
Samsung’s new twins have identical specifications, except for the battery capacity, which in the Galaxy S6 Edge with 2.600mAh is slightly higher than the Galaxy S6 2.550mAh. Both devices are available in 32GB, 64GB or 128GB memory without any expansion. The Samsung Exynos 7420 Internal SoC has four 1.5 MHz Cortex-A53 ARM processor cores and four 2.1 GHz ARM Cortex A-57 cores with integrated Mali-T760MP8 graphics. There are 3GB of RAM, Wi-Fi b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC. Learn more about the hardware and software in our review of the Galaxy S6.
While the screen is curved on two sides, it has the same dimensions and the same resolution as the apartment in double: 5.1 inches and 1440×2560 pixels. Samsung has used a larger screen on the Galaxy Note Edge compared to the Galaxy Note 4 to accommodate extra features and create new usage situations, but there is no intention here. While the Galaxy Note Edge curve stretched out on the side of the phone and you could see a lot of information at a glance, the curves of the Galaxy S6 Edge extend only slightly on either side, with no room to visualize the lines of text.
When the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge was announced at MWC 2015, concerns over the battery life of the phone were focused.
The 2600 mAh battery, 200 mAh smaller than the Galaxy S5 last year, could it really offer a decent performance? Unfortunately, the answer is no.
With a higher-resolution display and a more powerful processor to handle the battery in the Galaxy S6 Edge, he strives to see a full day on a single charge.
If you think that’s a bad idea, the Galaxy S6 has the same resolution and the same power indicator, but you have to settle for a smaller 2550 mAh delivery.Another thing that can be a dagger in the heart of a trusted Samsung owner is the fact that the battery can not be removed and can therefore be exchanged for fully charged packaging.
It’s a compromise Samsung has an improved design, and S6 Edge looks great, but also because he believes he can now have excellent battery performance.
During the moderate use during the whole day, which started at 7 o’clock. and included an hour or two Spotify, a game time, several messages to a variety of applications, some browsers and emails, some camera and made a strange phone call, I found the S6 toward the edge limping the charger about 22 hours
Considering that over one and a half days of battery life on 2014’s flagships with similar usage, this decline in resistance is really a shame.
The fact that the screen has on battery life is clear: I chewed the first 20% of the battery slightly during the first hours of the day, continuing to hear music on my Bluetooth headset.
A small advantage is that the Galaxy S6 Edge loses very little power in sleep mode. If your phone spends most of the day sitting at your desk, in your purse or bag, you should have a good amount of life when it comes to night.
Samsung’s answer to this rather dubious battery is its fast charging technology. The Galaxy S6 Edge is 1.5 times faster than the previous Galaxy S models and can be used with only 10 minutes of battery life for four hours.
The camera on the edge of the Samsung Galaxy S6 is absolutely the same as the Galaxy S6, borrows the 16MP Sony IMX240, which uses the Galaxy Note 4, but behind a lens with a wider f / 1.9 aperture. This allows more light to enter and significantly better bokeh effects. The camera software is also very demanding.
One of our favorite features is Quick Start: Double-tap the Home button anywhere on the interface, and the camera will be displayed in less than a second. If you do not like it, you can deactivate it via the configuration.
The user interface is quite simple, most configurations are available in the viewer. The selection changes as you switch between the different recording modes. You can download new recording modes from the Galaxy App Store: At the time of review, the new modes Sport, Sound and Shooting, Selfie Back Camera and Beauty Face are available.
The mode that deserves the most attention is the Pro mode, which allows you to manually control the focus, adjust the exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity, and adjust the white balance. You can save the current manual configuration in a preset for later retrieval.
The color settings are very advanced: you get multiple presets (like color effects), but you can create your own. There are sliders to enhance and highlight shadows, adjust contrast and saturation, temperature and color. These allow you to create Instagram-y filters or take full advantage of the camera’s dynamic range.
In automatic mode, occasional users can completely ignore the HDR icon. There’s an automatic HDR option so you do not have to turn it on and off every time.
There is also an automatic night mode that combats the handshake in the dark. Various color effects are available with others in the download area.
The automatic tracking approach automatically tracks moving objects and keeps them focused. However, this can not be used for 2160p and 1080p @ 60fps videos.Selective focus returns: Take two pictures and focus, focus, or anything else. The Galaxy S6 camera is good enough for macro photos and even creates a big blur, so this trick with some experience is not necessary.
Main conclusions of the test
1.Curved pages improve the appearance and extend the user interface by a small amount.
2.Excellent workmanship, top quality, very good grip, easy pocket size.
3.The best Quad AM AMED display of its kind with the highest ever pixel density per inch. The contrast ratio, the viewing angles and the readability of the sunlight are all good places.
4.The battery life is above average, surpassing the Galaxy S5 in the browser and video resistance
5.TouchWiz has become simpler and more customizable (theme downloads), fewer features, but less confusion.
6.Excellent overall performance, probably the fastest Android smartphone out there; fast storage
7.The speaker sounds better than the good grade you have
Excellent multimedia package outside the box
Solid audio quality
8.The 16 megapixel main camera is among the best in terms of resolution, noise and sharpness, as well as features, but our test graphics show that the Galaxy Note 4 is still a little better.
9.The video quality is excellent in 2160p and 1080p resolution, but here is the Galaxy Note 4 video a bit sharper