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A close look at the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge

Last updated: October 2, 2018.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge

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Samsung recently released two flagship smartphones, the Galaxy s6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, which have both gotten good reviews.  But how do you know which of the two is better suited for you? We try to answer that question taking an in-depth look at both.

Design

  • Both retain the design features of previous Samsung devices.
  • Both have glass back panels.

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  • Width is the same.
  • Galaxy S6 is a little taller and (barely) heavier
  • Galaxy S6 Edge curves slightly on the right and left portions of the screen

PRO: Galaxy S6 Edge feels nicer to hold.

Display

  • Both have 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screens featuring Quad HD resolution for pixel density of 577ppi
  • Both displays are vivid, colourful and sharp.
  • Screen of the Galaxy S6 Edge comes down at either end, making it feel narrower and look more distinctive.

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Processor

  • Both use the octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, backed by the Mali-T760 MP8 GPU and 3 MB of ram
  • Both have a built in UFS 2.0 flash memory

Software

  • Both use the TouchWiz interface with now runs smoothly and quickly.

Batteries and Storage

  • Both have no capacity for the expandable storage or replaceable battery features that are otherwise a staple of the Samsun line.

Better Apps

  • Functioning fingerprint scanner in the home button
  • Vertical heart rate monitor that works faster and better than previous editions

Connectivity

  • Steady with the LTE networks.
  • Quality of voice calls are good.

Sound

  • Speakers located at a new position, the bottom of the phone.

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  • Adequately loud

Battery life

  • Standard for both

Camera

  • Both use a rear-facing 16 MP camera with a f/1.9 aperture and auto-HDR. They also both have a front-facing 5 MP camera.
  • Great photos in all but the lowest light in indoor situations
  • Auto mode performs well and takes out most of the guesswork

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User interface

  • Colorful
  • Theme engine can be used to change the look to suit your taste

Edge Panels

  • Only available with the Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Night clock, located on the bottom portion, allows you to see notifications, news tickers and a number of other edge panels. Good way of looking at notifications quickly.

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  • People Edge houses five of your favourite contacts with specific colors assigned to them. Allows easy access to calls and messages to and from these contacts.

Price

  • Galaxy S6 Edge is more expensive, costing about $150 more overall then the Galaxy S6

Samsung has really improved their phones with these two new flagships.  Which phone is better suited to you is ultimately a matter of personal choice.

Which one would you have choosen then?

JR

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