- Florence Ion , GreenBot
It’s fast and nice to look at, but the Edge+ is one splurge you'll really have to consider.
- Grant Hatchimonji , Brighthand
As long as you’re comfortable with the size and acknowledge that the edges really aren’t anything special, this is otherwise an Android handset at its finest.
- Beautiful, eye-catching design
- Crisp and colorful display
- Smooth performance
- Good battery life
- Excellent camera
- Curved display distorts images
- Awkward to use and hold
- Attracts smudges and fingerprint
In order to compete with the iPhone and HTC, Samsung has finally moved away from the all plastic construction to aluminum and glass. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ comes equipped with an aluminum frame and protects the screen and back with a layer of Gorilla Glass 4. While this glass is meant to protect the phone from scratches, experts do point out it attracts a lot of fingerprints and smudges requiring constant wiping. Still, many find it well worth the effort to own a phone they describe as "stunning," "futuristic" and "achingly desirable." As the name suggests, the main reason for its appeal is due to its curved, dual-edge display. Samsung was the first manufacturer to offer this display technology with the release of the S6 Edge and continues to build upon the design with the Edge+.
While the Edge+ shares many similarities with its predecessor, the biggest update is Samsung's move to a larger screen. At 5.7 inches, experts found the edge to be even more prominent with Digital Trends state, "[the edge]…feels like a real feature of the phone." Still, the curved edge does come with its disadvantages. With such a large screen, experts had a difficult time using it one-handed and the curved screen compound the issue as there is less frame to hold on to. While they wouldn't describe it as uncomfortable, when compared to the iPhone or Note 5 they did find it a bit awkward to hold. Samsung states the main reason for the curved display is for a better viewing experience. Unfortunately, reviewers didn't found the exact opposite to be true as the curve actually distorted pictures slightly and reflected back light. Still they go on to say it is one of the best screens around thanks to its Quad HD resolution (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) and its Super AMOLED technology that produces bright colors and deep blacks. As with many AMOLED displays, there was a bit of over saturation and they also noticed a slight blue tint to the whites when viewing it at angle.
As expected of a flagship phone, the S6 Edge+ comes with impressive hardware: an octo-core processor (4 2.1 GHz and 4 1.5GHz) 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. Like other octo-core phones, the S6 Edge+ uses the lower quad processor for more basic tasks like web browsing and then activates the more powerful one during more intensive tasks like 3D gaming. With these specs, it is no surprise reviewers called the performance "butter smooth." No matter what they threw at it, they did not experience any lag or hiccups. As well they were able to get 13 hours of juice when performing battery draining tests, which translated to about 1.5 days of light to moderate use.
On paper, the 16MB rear camera might not seem that impressive, but when coupled with optical image stabilization technology and lens reviewers were able to produce colorful and finely detailed images in both bright and low light situations. They add this is due to the fast focusing and shooting ability of the camera even when in HDR mode. Besides the basics, it also comes with a Pro mode that allows you to change a range of settings from focus to ISO and a number of filters.
While they had some qualms with the curved screen, reviewers still have no problem recommending the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. Trusted Reviews states, "the…Edge+ proves that beauty is more than skin deep." The Verge adds, "It's without a doubt a very capable and beautiful smartphone, perhaps one of the prettiest smartphones ever produced."
Reviews (8.6/10 Avg. rating)
A premium smartphone with the performance to match its good looks
Bigger screen, extra battery life and more memory but not good value
Edge of superstardom
Striking design, speedy performance
A top quality product which oozes class and style
I’ve grown used to having a microSD card which has my stuff on. There’s nothing I don’t want on that microSD. Just my stuff. Here though, a sizable chunk of storage is removed thanks to pre-installed apps that I may not necessarily want. Sure, the Microsoft apps are good and it’s understandable on a phablet like this, but I should be the one making the decision, and although 100GB is available online it’s my local storage that I’d like to take charge of.
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Poses a threat to the iPhone 6S with its fantastic screen and slick performance
On first impressions the Galaxy S6 Edge+ failed to wow us, largely due to its OTT design and bulky size. It soon managed to win us over, however, so much so that it's impossible to deny the smartphone is one of the best on the market.
Its screen, thanks to Samsung's dual display technology, is unrivalled when it comes to the overall viewing experience it offers, nor is there a phone that could likely best it when it comes to overall performance.
It does have its flaws, however, namely Samsung's TouchWiz user interface, which despite the firm's efforts to tone it down,... Full review
Tweaking the winning formula
A beauty and a beast
Supersizing the superphone
It’s hard to give a universal recommendation on the Galaxy S6 edge+. After all, the size will scare away many right off the bat, and the remaining will have to decide how much they truly value the edge display. The Galaxy S6 edge+ is a terrific phone — one of the best out there, but especially when taking into consideration the Galaxy Note 5, with nearly identical specifications and the much more useful S Pen, not many would argue that the edge+ is the practical choice, and even fewer will be so confident in that assertion as to shell out the extra cash for one. But that doesn&r... Full review
It looks like just a fashion statement, but it has the specs to back it up
Samsung has made the S Pen on the Note feel like something you need to use. It’s not just a gimmick. The same can’t be said for the Edge screen just yet. It can be very useful, but it can also be very useless.
One thing the Edge screen does do well is look great. The Edge+ is one of the coolest-looking phones you can buy right now. People are going to notice this phone when you use it. But it’s not just a fashion statement. You’re also getting a beautiful display, great performance, and the best camera on the market.
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