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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ review

8.6/10 AVG.
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8.6/10
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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ currently has an Informr score of 8.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 28 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Beautiful, eye-catching design
  • Crisp and colorful display
  • Smooth performance
  • Good battery life
  • Excellent camera

What's bad

  • 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."


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.1 GHz
Screen Size
5.7"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Reviewed

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ isn't just a ho-hum phone in a pretty package. With a few exceptions, its performance is just as good as its beautiful design would lead you to believe.

- Michael Desjardin, Reviewed
Tech Advisor

With more memory and excellent battery life the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a powerful phone and a great choice if you want a large screen. However, it's expensive, unwieldy and Samsung has dropped the IR blaster and hardly added anything to the edge screen. With the regular S6 available for less than £...

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
Mobile Choice

The S6 range has stunning displays and the curved edges give them the kind of kerb appeal other phones can only dream of. After Samsung slashed the prices of the Edge+, you can pick one up for less than the S6 Edge even though the absence of the 128GB model on the Edge+ is baffling. If you work on t...

- Sunetra Chakravarti, Mobile Choice
Fone Arena

If you liked the S6 Edge for its design but wanted a bigger screen, the S6 Edge Plus is for you. It’s a big and beautiful phone with a splendid camera. Also generally, it gives tough competition to the other big sized flagships out there, but you might also want to consider the Note 5 (a coupl...

- Bharadwaj Chandramouli, Fone Arena
Coolsmartphone

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&rsq...

- Leigh Geary, Coolsmartphone


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Samsung released the Galaxy S6 Edge+ on August 21, 2014.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ user manual here.


Samsung backs up the Galaxy S6 Edge+ with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
5.7"

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+'s screen size is 5.7 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.1 GHz

There is a Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa core 2.1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1200 minutes, 720 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy S6 Edge+ Specs

Overview
Release date August 21, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop

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Processor Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa core 2.1 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.25 W/kg
Body: 1.42 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 900 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 720 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 660 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1200 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.4 x 7.6 x 0.7 cm (6.1 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 153 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 518 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Dual edge screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR, Metering, Exposure
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, ASF, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Additional Sensors
- Barometer

Additional Features:
- ANT+
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