Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review
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Writen by mobile88 Editor: By Andre Chan, on Thursday, May 07, 2015
With 2K (2560 x 1440) resolutions spouting a pixel-per-inch (ppi) count of 577, the Super AMOLED display on the S6 edge is simply astonishing. We all know Samsung has been making some of the best displays in a smartphone for years now but this is taking things to another level. Thanks to the double curve screen, viewing contents on the S6 edge presents a rather unique viewing experience.
It’s neither ground-breaking nor it will shake up the smartphone landscape, but you will appreciate that little bit extra of something the curve screen will give you. This is especially so when viewing videos that take up the entire screen.
Besides that, the curve side also makes “sliding out” the menu panel usually tucked at the left side of the app screen (especially in Google apps) feels more intuitive.
No Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, no problem. The Exynos 7420 chipset that is at core of the S6 edge is just as capable of giving the device the top billing performance it deserves. So far, our experience with it is silky smooth all the way with nary a hint of lag. We think it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that this is the fastest phone we’ve ever used, and possibly in the market as well.
like it or hate it, Samsung’s TouchWiz is still here to stay but it has gotten much better than its previous iterations. By better, we mean “lighter” of course. Native Samsung apps are kept to the minimum here and only the S Planner and S Health come pre-installed with the device. The rest of the Samsung apps can be downloaded through the Galaxy Apps store (though we are not sure how many users will even bother)
We had our first encounter with the Edge Screen with the Galaxy Note Edge and even though it shows potential by providing a few interesting and useful features, we feel that it doesn’t quite justify the few hundred bucks one would have to pay for it instead of just getting the Galaxy Note 4.
Second coming later, Samsung has added Edge lighting and People Edge to the mix. The former is a feature that lights up the Edge screen with a special color that is assigned to a contact so we know who’s calling without even to put a finger to the phone. Meanwhile, the latter allows users to assign five of their favorite contacts for quick and easy access by just swiping in from the outside. Nothing groundbreaking about both new features but they work as advertised, which should add to the usefulness of the curved screen beyond mere aesthetics and cool factors.
It should also be noted that although the S6 edge has two Edge screens, only one can be operational at any one time and users can set it to be either on the left or right side so it can be used on both hands.
If the S6 edge has a weak point, its battery life must be it. Often times, we find ourselves having to charge it at the end of the day but that’s what most of us have to go through with our smartphones these days anyway. The inability to swap battery like in previous Galaxy smartphones further compounded the problem.
In several occasions, we even experienced a significant amount of battery drain even though the device is left idle without any battery-intensive tasks running in the background, which is odd to say the least.
Unless you use the Fast Charger that is included together in the retail box, charging up the device from 0% to 100% with any other regular charger is going to take anytime between 3-4 hours. Unfortunately, we do not have a wireless charger on hand so we couldn’t test its wireless charging capability.