Samsung have been so shocked by the demand for the S6 Edge, which was released this year, that it has had to up its production of the silky smooth curved screen model to keep up with its popularity. Having said this, it does not mean that this expensive headset is automatically destined for greatness so let’s have a look at its stand out features.
Design and screen
It is impossible to deny that the S6 Edge is eye catching if not a visually impressive handset and the extra inches only serve to bolster this effect.
Size is a matter of taste but the extra screen really does boost the phones potential to be a superstar multimedia device. Where the S6 Edge really comes into its own is when viewing images or watching videos and the larger screen only enhances these capabilities.
Perhaps we have become used to oversized phones over the last few years but the S6 Edge doesn’t feel that big for a device with a 5.7” screen. It’s easy to handle with one hand although its glass shell does make it a little slippery so the best idea is to get a cover for it right of the bat.
All in all, the larger screen size of the S6 Edge probably increases the chances of being noticed and I dare you not to like it.
Edge and features
Is it design for design sake or is it aesthetics and functionality that win the day, Samsung would argue not, on the basis that the edges are useful due to the on-board software.
Samsung have come a long way since the inception of Edge tech, it feels less fiddly and more sensitive to activate and together with the apps edge which enables you to drag open a list of contacts as well as have app shortcuts appear down the screen.
This is particularly useful for apps you commonly use but what is less useful is that Samsung have only allowed this feature for one of the edges at a time.
As the Edge+ has almost the same internal specifications, it’s no great surprise that it has scored similarly to the to the original Edge and that Samsung has nailed performance it its top end handsets.
Benchmarking tests on the S6 Edge+ returned results that put it in the top 3 phones tested with superior general performance, strong gaming performance and average battery performance which still means it performed better than 50% of the phones tested.
When it came to battery life however, with a 3000mAh battery module did a reasonable if not spectacular job. The phone can be left on standby for several days but power users will see juice sapped by tasks executed by the phone however it does charge fast which Samsung pride themselves on. So the question is, does speedy charging compensate for average battery life.
As the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ has the identical to the one used in the S6 and S6 Edge it delivers! Live HDR technology is really impressive and produces some of the best, most crisp and well balanced photos you’ll see from a phone without editing.
Landscape shots are incredible however it’s a shame that this performance is not consistent across all lighting conditions as this means that Samsung falls just short of being the best around. While shots are balanced, it lacks detail which is evident when zooming in on the focal point of the shot.
There is no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is another cracking phone from Samsung and possibly those who went for the smaller Edge might be suffering cognitive dissonance and wished they had have held off.
If you love whacky design and top of the range technology, then you will love this phone however most smartphone buyers will be totally priced out and wont necessarily miss out on much by opting for a cheaper device.