A Review of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
A review of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Samsung’s new edge features
Samsung is leveraging their years of experience to create a line of smartphones with new and improved build quality, revitalized software and hardware changes to forge a new identity for itself.
The Galaxy S6 Edge is the result of Samsung’s newfound identity and we take a look at just what it has to offer in this review.
- Beautiful and solid metal/glass design. A metal frame holds together two Gorilla Glass 4 panels, this use of glass in the front and back gives the phone a translucent appearance.
- The 5.1 inch Super AMOLED screen with 577 ppi is extremely vivid, Web browsing, games and videos look good. Color calibration can be toned down according to your preferences. The display is easy to see in broad daylight.
- The screen is “edged”, it curves at the sides, disappearing into the metal frame. This edge serves as extra space where extra software applications can e seen and accessed.
- Uses an octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420 processor which clocked at 2.1 GHz. This is backed by the Mali-T760 GPU and 3 GB of RAM for fast and stable performance.
- Storage. 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB variants
- 2,600 mAh.
- Uses the Android 5.0 Lollipop featuring a revamped version of the TouchWiz UI.
- Camera. Camera has a16 MP sensor and features optical image stabilization with a f/1.9 aperture. Takes sharp, colorful and detailed pictures. The camera can be launched in less than a second by simply double-tapping the home button.
- Camera modes. Slimmed down to panorama, selective focus, and pro mode with full manual control, though users have the option to download more if they want. The Virtual Shot mode is new and it allows users to have a 360 degree view.
- Fingerprint scanner. This feature has been improved and is now integrated into the home button. This feature is now touch-based instead of swipe-based for easier and faster use.
- The single, bottom-mounted speakers are loud and can be heard easily heard even if the surroundings are noisy.
- The built-in keyboard has been improved and it’s now extremely accurate and easy to type on with a dedicated number row.
- Edge software. These are features that can be set to appear on the edges of the screen. This includes: Edge Lighting which causes the edge to light up calls or notifications are received; People Edge which allows you to access up to five of chosen contacts by swiping the top of the display; Information Stream which lets you look at and access various streams such as Twitter and Yahoo News; and Night Clock which can be set to a time.
- Wireless charging
- No more expandable storage
- No more removable battery
- No more IP certification for dust and water resistance
- Battery life is limited to a single day use and screen-on time won’t go very far beyond the 4 hour mark.
- Edge software is still a bit clunky.
- Costs a bit more then the Galaxy S6
The Edge S6 is a reliable phone but currently, the only major difference between the Edge S6 and the Galaxy S6 is the cost and the edge features.
What do you think about the Galaxy Edge S6?