Galaxy S6 edgeby Samsung

  • Galaxy S6 edge
  • Galaxy S6 edge
  • Galaxy S6 edge
  • Galaxy S6 edge
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
86%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Galaxy S6 edge is arguably the best-looking smartphone on the market.
  • The phone's camera takes high-quality photos even in poor lighting conditions.
  • The edge's speedy performance is due to Samsung's own 64-bit Exynos 7 Octa 7420 processor.

CONS

  • At $100 more than a comparable S6, the S6 edge is pricey.
  • The edge has no expandable storage or removable battery like that found in previous generations of Galaxy phones.
  • The curved edges of the phone have limited usefulness, and the apps designed specifically for the Edge are limited in number.
The sleek Samsung Galaxy S6 edge comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop installed, skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. It has a metal body and a 5.1-inch curved screen. The quad HD super AMOLED display has a resolution of 2560 X 1440 pixels and is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. Its rear camera includes optical image stabilization and is capable of recording video in UHD 4K. The S6 edge also includes NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, a fingerprint sensor, and dual-band AC Wi-Fi. It has a fixed 2,600 mAh battery and is available in gold, white, and black colors.
NameGalaxy S6 edgeGalaxy S6Galaxy S6 ActiveGalaxy S6 edge+G4
ManufacturerSamsungSamsungSamsungSamsungLG
Techwalla Score
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List Price$672$650$595$768$550
93%

...the Galaxy S6 Edge has a camera I think performs better than the iPhone 6 while also offering fast and wireless charging, reliable finger…

...the Galaxy S6 Edge has a camera I think performs better than the iPhone 6 while also offering fast and wireless charging, reliable fingerprint security, and much more.

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90%

The iPhone 6 is better than the Galaxy S5 when dealing with tricky light sources, but not as good as the S6 Edge.

The iPhone 6 is better than the Galaxy S5 when dealing with tricky light sources, but not as good as the S6 Edge.

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90%

The Edge's rounded edges are so successful because the phone's smoothness draws you in the minute you hold it in your hands and behold its s…

The Edge's rounded edges are so successful because the phone's smoothness draws you in the minute you hold it in your hands and behold its slightly convex screen.

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90%

I left the Galaxy S6 Edge on my dresser for a whole weekend and it only ate through 20 percent of its battery life on standby—and that was w…

I left the Galaxy S6 Edge on my dresser for a whole weekend and it only ate through 20 percent of its battery life on standby—and that was with it receiving notifications and app updates.

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88%

...I'm considering dropping my iPhone 6 in favor of an S6 Edge as my full-time daily driver. Now, if only my friends would all use something…

...I'm considering dropping my iPhone 6 in favor of an S6 Edge as my full-time daily driver. Now, if only my friends would all use something other than iMessage.

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80%

With its glass-and-aluminum body and curved, dual-edge display (a first for smartphones), the S6 Edge is easily the sexiest smartphone yet.

With its glass-and-aluminum body and curved, dual-edge display (a first for smartphones), the S6 Edge is easily the sexiest smartphone yet.

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80%

While I more highly recommend the plain S6—save your $100 for something else—I won't be offended if you go for this one instead. After all, …

While I more highly recommend the plain S6—save your $100 for something else—I won't be offended if you go for this one instead. After all, it is very, very pretty.

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80%

If you're able to splash the cash you won't be disappointed, but you can get an almost identical experience with the Galaxy S6 for less mone…

If you're able to splash the cash you won't be disappointed, but you can get an almost identical experience with the Galaxy S6 for less money.

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Then there's the Night Clock. This feature almost makes the Edge a no-brainer purchase. The Night Clock will automatically show the time alo…

Then there's the Night Clock. This feature almost makes the Edge a no-brainer purchase. The Night Clock will automatically show the time along one of the sides (you can choose which one) for a set period of the day, for a maximum of 12 hours.

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I have to confess though, while I easily prefer the looks of the Edge, the curved screen does make it feel like it would be easier to drop. …

I have to confess though, while I easily prefer the looks of the Edge, the curved screen does make it feel like it would be easier to drop. I did on one occasion, but no damage was done, thankfully.

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The fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge has also been greatly improved. It's just as easy to use as the fingerprint sensor on th…

The fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge has also been greatly improved. It's just as easy to use as the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 6 — simply rest your finger on the home button and the phone unlocks almost instantly.

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Samsung has included some gimmicky features on its phones in the past, but the curved, dual edges of the S6 edge+ elicit a strong visual res…

Samsung has included some gimmicky features on its phones in the past, but the curved, dual edges of the S6 edge+ elicit a strong visual response that goes beyond practicality. Curved screens—whether on TVs or on smartphones—are still more of a novelty than anything else, but they sure look cool, don’t they?

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CHOOSEA SIDE
Positive Reviews
1
Pretty but gimmicky
No other phones on the market look as good or feel as premium as this phone. However, you shouldn't consider this phone unless you don't mind paying a lot extra just for the slick design (the edge features aren't useful). Aside from that, it's basically a regular Galaxy S6. The camera and screen are unmatched and you'd be hard pressed to find a better performing phone. It also has pretty much every feature in existence, from IR blaster to NFC.
Negative Reviews
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Mixed Review
This phone is not bad, but I can't recommend it wholeheartedly. The screen is gorgeous and the build is quite nice, but the Android experience is marred by Samsung's Touchwiz interface once again. The software comes pre-installed with a fair amount of bloat, which makes the phone sluggish for such a high spec piece of hardware. There are better options out there, with the next Nexus generation coming out (late 2015) and the new version of Moto X Pure recently announced.

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