Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ review
Samsung’s premium curved handset is gorgeous, but you'll pay a high price.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ was something of a surprise product when it was announced alongside the Note 5 back in August 2015. Samsung already had a curved handset in its Galaxy range with the Galaxy S6 Edge, and the expectation was that it would accompany the Note 5 with a curved variant as it did with the Galaxy S6 itself. Instead, it opted for a larger version of the existing Galaxy S6 Edge without the S-Pen stylus that marks out the Note 5.
Here’s the basic specification rundown for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+:
|Samsung||Galaxy S6 edge+|
|Screen size||5.7 inch|
|Storage||32GB or 64GB|
|Processor||Octa-core 2.1GHz+1.5GHz Quad|
Upsides: Why you’d want the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
- Great design: Premium phones should have premium designs, and while it’s a very subjective matter, we’d argue strongly that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ has the best design of any large screen phone released in 2015. The curve on both sides is sleek and eye-catching, and while it’s a large phone, it’s comfortable to hold in the hand.
- It’s very powerful: The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is powered by two quad core processors along with 4GB of RAM, and the result is a phone that rarely if ever stutters even with very challenging apps running on it. Synthetic benchmarks don’t always tell the whole story when it comes to overall performance, but here’s how the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ compares to a range of popular premium handsets.
Handset Geekbench 3 Single Core (higher is better) Geekbench 3 Multi Core (higher is better) Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ 1492 4893 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 1324 4626 Google Nexus 6P 1251 4597 Samsung Galaxy S6 1347 4569 Apple iPhone 6S Plus 2491 4391 Google Nexus 5X 1188 3198
- Battery life is excellent: Large screen AMOLED phones can look great -- and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ does -- but you often pay for that with impaired battery performance. The 3,000mAh battery in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ isn’t the largest on the market, but the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ makes the most of it, with battery life that will rather easily last one day, and two if you’re not using it heavily. Using Geekbench 3’s battery test with the screen dimmed, here’s how the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ compared to a range of premium handsets.
Handset Geekbench 3 Battery Test Duration Geekbench 3 Battery Score Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ 8:24:10 5041 Apple iPhone 6S Plus 7:48:10 4681 Samsung Galaxy S6 6:51:30 4115 Google Nexus 5X 7:14:20 4062 Google Nexus 6P 6:39:20 3754
- Good camera and fingerprint sensor: Samsung’s premium phones have struggled with having acceptable camera optics and fingerprint readers for a couple of years, but with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ that problem has disappeared. It has a fast 16MP rear camera and a fingerprint sensor that’s easily as good as Apple’s TouchID or the Nexus 6P’s Nexus Imprint sensor.
Downsides: Why you might not want the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
- It’s comparatively expensive: The Galaxy S6 Edge + shares essentially the same internal configuration as the Galaxy Note 5, but the Note 5 is officially $100 cheaper at the same 32GB capacity than the Galaxy S6 Edge+
- The Edge screens are gimmicky: Samsung has slowly been iterating with its curved screens, and on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ that takes the form of a People and Apps Edge. The People Edge is just a fast contacts switcher, but the Apps Edge is somewhat pointless. The idea is that you’ll store your favourite apps there, but the reality is that this places them multiple fiddly screen swipes away. If you like them that much, quite why you wouldn’t just place them on your home screen eludes us.
- Lots of installed bloatware: Samsung loves to throw additional apps on its devices and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is no exception. Freebies are nice if you’ll use them, but if not, they’re just a lot of clutter to be removed.
- It’s a large phone: Premium phones have tended towards phablet sizes, and this won’t suit every smartphone user.
- Beauty Mode is freaky: Samsung’s inbuilt camera app incorporates a selfie "Beauty Mode" filter that attempts to smooth out your wrinkles and imperfections. The results are, more often than not, hilarious and disturbing, rather than sexy and flattering.
Who is it best suited for? What are my other options?
If you’re after a stylish-looking device in a phablet size, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is highly recommended, especially given its solid performance and good battery life.
Being amongst the most expensive phones on the market currently, the field is entirely open to you in terms of alternatives. If you’d prefer a cleaner Android experience, the Google Nexus 6P is worth considering. If you’d like a premium styled phone with waterproofing built in and a 4K display, consider Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium.
Where Can I Get It?
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is available both outright and on contract in either its 32GB or 64GB variants.