Curves are awesome.
The last Samsung Galaxy devices I’ve used were the S3 and S4, which was released a couple of years back. While I was using an iPhone at the same time I had them, I commended Samsung for making a very good Android device that made it one of the must have Android smartphones available. But it is not without its flaws. Despite the high pricing, the plastic build of the Galaxy smartphones somehow gave it a less premium look – until now.
Say hello to the new Galaxy S6, Samsung’s latest flagship. It comes in two flavors: a normal version and a rather more premium S6 Edge variant. The two smartphones are almost exactly the same in terms of specs and size, save for the curved edges on the Galaxy S6 Edge, which will also cost you more.
In this review we’ll be focusing on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
Edges are the new norm.
Upon closer inspection, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge certainly feels unlike any other Galaxy smartphone. Gone are the plastic glossy exteriors but is not replaced with a metal frame that holds two pieces of glass.
It’s hard not to compare it to the iPhone, but whatever Samsung is doing here, they’re doing it right. The screen itself curves on both sides, and at only 132 grams, it is definitely light. It doesn’t feel bulky or anything. Holding it is just a delight – something I’ve never experienced on a Samsung device before.
The all glass panels also have a downside: fingerprints and smudges. Unless you’re okay with constantly wiping all those oils accumulating on the screen I’d suggest you use a case.
Additionally, the curved edges are also tricky – there were times when my hand would unexpectedly be touching random points on the touchscreen. And to think Samsung should have some sort of edge detection technology to combat incidences like this.
Still the curved edges give the smartphone a more expensive feel to it. Even seeing the icons or text scroll across the side makes me smile with delight. Additionally, the edges can programmed to display related information or simply glow with a notification that you get.
No more Snapdragon
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is the first smartphone to ditch Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. This time they’re utilizing their own Exynos processors to power the smartphone. Here you will get an octa core Exynos 7420 processor along with 3 GB of RAM and you choice of either 32/64/128 GB of internal storage. Samsung has decided to ditch microSD card slot which some users my find as a letdown.
Samsung also kept the screen size at a modest 5.1-inches but bumped up the resolution to 1440 x 2560 pixels just like the Note 4. With that insane amount of pixels, you’d stand to have one of the best displays on the smartphone – and it shows. The Super AMOLED touchscreen enables it to showcase vibrant colors on images and video – easily edging out the iPhone 6 in some case. This is unarguably of the best displays we have seen on a smartphone.
Ports are limited to a minimum, and you still get the volume rockers and power switch on the sides. The headphone port along with the microUSB port, speaker grill and microphone can be found at the bottom while the SIM card tray, IR blaster and another microphone can be found on top.
All the usual connectivity options are present, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC along with 4G LTE support. One notable change is the fingerprint sensor on the home button. The new sensor can just recognize the fingerprint by simply touching the home button, as opposed to swiping it like how it was in the Galaxy S5.
It’s not just Android
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop along with a somehow revamped version of TouchWiz. Much has changed from the earlier version of TouchWiz – gone are the overly detailed menu items along with the reduction of the size it occupies on your smartphone. It still has some flaws and needs more refinement, but the current version features less lag and is more fluid and smooth when navigating.
Samsung also introduces Themes which lets users create themes for the smartphone. This includes changing the wallpaper, icon set, and the ringtones. Themes can be downloaded for free or for a price from a dedicated portal.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge features a 16 megapixel shooter with LED flash along with a front facing 5 megapixel one. Both cameras have been improved and now features an f1.9 aperture that would make the camera perform in low light conditions. They’ve also changed the camera software so you can easily download and add extra functions to it like filters or other shooting options.
And the change in camera optics shows that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is one of the best performing cameras we have seen on the smartphone. Close-ups show better detail when comparing it side by side with the same shots from the iPhone 6 and the HTC One M9.
I’ll let you be the judge on the images I have taken below:
A beautiful piece of hardware
Calls were great on the phone with no noticeable distortions present. Battery life is pretty much comparable to other smartphones, though I get about 7-8 hours of juice on normal usage.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge also supports wireless charging out of the box, which you can readily use with any supported wireless charger. Additionally, the new charger that comes with the box supports fast charging that basically gives you about 4 hours of extra usage only from a 10 minute charge.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge may be the most beautiful smartphone Samsung has made though this particular model comes at a price. The 32/64/128 GB versions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge would cost you 3099 AED, 3399 AED and 3799 AED respectively so be prepared to shelve out some cash.
With the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the company definitely has made its mark as one of the smartphone makers.