Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ review
The most processing power on the market
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ delivers in every possible way, making this the cream of the crop when it comes to premium smartphones.
|✓Oversized display||✗Wireless fast charging is noisy|
|✓Most processing power in the market|
|✓Wireless charging ready|
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ presents an extremely large visual playground with a full 5.7” of sprawling display. This curves over at the sides to create the famous dual edge display. The Quad HD Super AMOLED display has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, which equates to a crazy 518ppi, making individual pixels indistinguishable to the human eye.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ also ushers in a new era of processing power with the octa core 2.1GHz 64-bit processor bringing with it a huge 4GB RAM. This amount of RAM ensures that there is no lag, even when dealing with the the most demanding high-graphic games or video steaming. This smartphone simply has the most processing power on the market!
Offered in either White Pearl, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium or Black Sapphire, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ weighs only 153 grams and is just 6.9mm thick. Consumers will also need to choose an internal memory, of which 32GB or 64GB is available.
Phone Set Up
The set up process for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is extensive, but that is simply a testament to the amount of draw dropping features that users will want to make full use of.
The basic set up includes selecting themes, widgets and wallpapers for the Android Lollipop v5.1 OS. This can be followed by downloading Samsung Smart Switch from Google Play or Galaxy Apps, for automatically transferring files, contacts and anything else that was saved on the users old smartphone.
After this, things get a little more interesting. Colours can be assigned to five favourite contacts and these can be placed on the People Edge, which as the name suggests is linked to the Edge display.
After the People Edge is set up, the Edge display lights up to the corresponding colour when a contact calls. A swipe inwards from the Edge Handle allows the user to reach out to these contacts quickly with a message, poke, emoticon or drawing through the OnCircle feature.
Next, the information stream, with selectable topics, can be set up for when the display is off. A swipe up or down allows this to be browsed on the Edge display. Private mode can also be set up at this point to enable the hiding of personal content.
The Samsung KNOX fingerprint verification can also be set up for use with the scanner, which is integrated into the home key. This service will become additionally useful with upcoming services such as Samsung Pay.
The features of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ are equally as abundant as the set up options.
The first feature of note is an Ultra High Quality Upscaler that works to improve sound by bringing the audio experience back closer to its original form, before compression. Support is also built in for Bluetooth audio accessories that use UHQ Audio.
For ease of use, one-handed operation mode can be activated. Making the most of the large screen can be done using multi window split screen views or pop-up views. The Edge display helps out as well with the Apps Edge feature, giving easy access to favourite apps with a swipe inwards to open.
The usual portfolio of Samsung apps are pre-installed including S Finder, S Planner, S Voice and S Health, which tracks fitness and overall wellness. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ can also use ANT+ to connect with health and fitness accessories and sensors.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ helps with productivity too. The Download booster uses Wi-Fi and the mobile network’s signal to simultaneously download files larger than 30MB. When connected to a computer, the phone can be used as a second screen by enabling keyboard and mouse sharing.
Control and performance management are never far away with Samsung’s Smart Manager. With this tool users can perform security scans for malware, free up RAM, delete files and uncover apps that are using excessive amounts of battery power in the background.
Camera & Video
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ has a main 16MP camera and a secondary 5MP selfie camera. The cameras can be accessed through the Quick Launch feature where a double-tap on the home button launches the camera in less than one second.
The standard camera features are present, such as Auto Real-time HDR, Panorama and Advanced Selfie filters. These are complimented by more advanced features accessible through Pro mode.
Individual elements can be adjusted such as ISO, white balance, shutter speed, exposure value and colour tone. It is even possible to select a subject or item and change its individual exposure level. The point of focus can also be changed to create artistic effects:
- Near focus - blurs the background and makes the subject stand out
- Far focus - blurs the subject and makes the background stand out
- Pan focus - spreads the focus equally to make the subject and the background stand out
Even though these camera features are pretty neat, Virtual shot takes the crown of best camera feature. In this mode the camera on the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is used to take a series of photos while circling a subject through 360 degrees. These images are then used to create an single interactive photo.
The selfie camera can be switched into Wide Selfie mode for group shots and the shutter can be triggered by showing a palm or by voice command. Beautifying features allow users to modify skin tone, adjust face shape and enlarge the eyes.
Any images taken on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ can be saved as a RAW file. This is extremely advantageous to photographers and novices as it keeps the image in its original state with all of its original data, collected by the camera and its sensors. These RAW image files can then be manipulated in any way, just like a professional photographer would during post production.
4K (UHD) video recording is possible with the Live Broadcast function opening up the possibility to Livestream to an individual, group of contacts or public forum such as YouTube Live. Steady Video uses Video Digital Imaging Stabilisation on both cameras to ensure the results are shake free.
The final piece of video trickery is Collage mode. Here it is possible to record video with friends and then combine the four videos for playback in a collage.
The 3,000mAh battery has a high capacity, which is needed to power that extra large display. Ultra power saving mode can make the most of battery reserves, while under extreme circumstances Emergency mode can be activated. This uses grey tones to preserve power and permits the use of basic features, while showing the time left before the battery runs out.
Regardless of the mode of operation used, the best news is that fast charging has been employed to help users keep the phone fully charged. With a wired charger it takes only 90 minutes to fully charge the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ has wireless charging built in, making it ready for use at wireless charging stations or with wireless chargers, sold separately. With wireless fast charging activated the phone can be charged in just two hours. Wireless chargers that support fast charging can be a little noisy, due to the fan dispersing the heat generated, so there is also an option in the menu to turn fast charging off.
Written by: Michael Brown