Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review
The next Galaxy is here
Launching on April 10th our Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review uncovers a cutting edge smartphone of the highest quality.
Tinted with Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum or Green Emerald, the full metal body of the Galaxy S6 Edge transitions seamlessly into a glass face for the ultimate premium feel. Overall the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is slightly lighter than the Galaxy S6 at 132 grams and has a super-thin frame that is only 7mm thick.
The screen instantly catches the eye with its unique dual curved edges which bend over onto the sides. The 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels but it is the life-like colour reproduction which truly stuns.
High brightness enables crystal clear clarity both indoors and out and the display is protected with durable Corning Gorilla Glass. The curved edges have their own function, quickly letting you check and respond to messages, calls and emails.
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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is ready to use sooner with the new 64-bit octa-core processor that boots twice as fast as before. The processor is also more energy efficient and has 3GB RAM. There is no microSD card slot on this smartphone but with the option of a 64GB or 128GB model non should be required.
Phone Set Up
One of the coolest things to set up is the colour coding of five of your closest friends or family members. Once set up the edge display presents a band of these colours allowing you to simply tap the corresponding colour to instigate a call, text or email.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is one of the most secure connected devices on the market and there is a new and enhanced fingerprint scanner. As Samsung Pay rolls out this will enable an all-in-one payment application with virtual credit card services. Samsung KNOX is also pre-installed and protects the device against malicious attacks.
If the ample memory provided isn’t enough or you wish to back up your files, photos and media online then Samsung offers a solution with 115GB of free OneDrive online storage for two years.
You can further set up your Samsung phone by downloading free Samsung apps. Read our Samsung apps review here.
Powered by Android Lollipop we once again get the best of both worlds where Google and Samsung services combine to create one of the richest experiences. Google delivers the Chrome web browser, Gmail, Hangouts, Maps, Voice Search and YouTube app while Samsung offers up S Health 4.0, S Finder, S Voice and enhanced audio with Sound Alive+.
The Samsung Smart Manager gives complete control over the inner workings with the option to clean up unnecessary data to improve performance and check the battery level, free memory and RAM.
One-click content sharing is also possible if you own a Samsung Smart TV. Under this scenario photos and videos can be mirrored onto the larger screen for enjoyment by all.
Camera & Video
The camera package is simply a joy to experience from the high definition 16MP resolution to control over every feature with Samsung Pro Mode. Having said this, Auto will be the preferred mode of operation for most and there has never been a smartphone camera yet that can truly deliver on this promise until now.
Optical Image Stabilisation, Fast-tracking Auto Focus, High Clear Zoom, Slow Motion, Fast Motion, Auto Real-time HDR and automatic IR Detect White Balance all ensure perfect results as you simply point and shoot. The camera has a larger aperture that lets in more light for tackling photography under low light conditions and Selective Focus puts professional grade post processing techniques into the palm of the hand.
A quick double tap on the home button launches the camera in just 0.7 seconds so you will never miss the moment, be that a landscape scene, sporting action or a selfie using the 5MP forward-facing camera.
The 2,600mAh battery has a fast charge feature which charges 1.5x faster than the Galaxy S5. This fast charge feature can within just 10 minutes offer up a further 2 hours of HD video streaming or 4 hours of mixed use.
Ultra Power Saving Mode is available for extreme extended standby needs and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has built in compatibility for wireless charging. The wireless charging pad is sold as an extra but Ikea have teamed up Samsung to launch a range of lamps, coffee tabes and bedside cabinets with the wireless charging pads built in, offering a new dimension of charging convenience.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge verdict: Anyone looking for a cool concept driven smartphone is going to adore the premium qualities of the Galaxy S6 Edge. But, how does the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge compare next to the flagship HTC One M9?
Written by: Michael Brown