Thinking of buying a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge? Read this first.
The Samsung S6 Edge is the prettier and pricier cousin of the Galaxy S6. Both smartphones are Samsung’s latest offering to rival Apple’s iPhone 6 – the question is, have they achieved it?
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Design
This is where the Edge truly stands out. It features a wraparound screen, the first of its kind in any smartphone. It’s a thing of beauty, and something to truly stand out against every other smartphone on the market.
The curved portion of the screen arcs to meet the back of the phone, and provides another area to access new apps. You might think this might increase your chances of accidentally opening an unwanted app, but initial user testing shows otherwise.
The Edge, like the Galaxy S6, is available in gold, black, and white, as well as a unique emerald green. (The Galaxy S6 is also available in topaz blue).
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Specs
|Standard Battery Capacity (mAh)||2600|
|Audio Playback Time (hours)||Up to 50|
|Talk Time (3G WCDMA) (Hours)||Up to 18|
|User Accessible Memory*||22 GB / 54 GB / 118 GB|
|Screen Size||5.1 inches|
|Resolution||2560 x 1440 (Quad HD)|
|Main Camera||CMOS 16.0 MP, Flash, Auto Focus|
|Front Camera||CMOS 5.0 MP|
Battery & Battery Life
Like the Galaxy S6, the Edge does not have a removable battery. In previous Galaxy models this feature was touted as a standout (and from personal experience, an incredibly useful one), so it's unclear just why Samsung's remove this feature.
The Edge's battery life is exactly the same as the Galaxy S6:
- Internet usage time (3G): up to 10 hours
- Internet Usage time (LTE): up to 11 hours
- Internet usage time (Wi-Fi): up to 12 hours
- Video playback time: up to 13 hours
The Edge's Screen and "Five Favourite Friends"
One of the biggest advantages of the Edge's curved screen is as a storage space, if you will, for your five favourite contacts. Colour code each contact, and you'll know at a glance who's contacted you. The Edge then lets you easily answer their call, return their call, read their message, reply to their message, or – if you're at dinner / in a meeting and don't want to be rude – ignore their call with a pre-determined message.
Cool idea in concept, limited reviews thus far suggest it's not as useful as it might seem. There's also something vaguely "MySpace Top 8" about it. At what point in a new relationship do you promote your lover to your top five? Hmm.
Prices & Pre-Order
The Edge costs a cool $1149 outright, which is a significant leap from the $999 of the Galaxy S6. With many of the key specs the same, this may simply come down to a fashion choice: which one do you prefer? The Edge is the looker of the two, so if you can afford the extra cost for the extra looks, why not go ahead?