When Samsung launched Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in the Spring of 2015, it marked a dramatic departure of Samsung. Samsung finally gave people the metal phone they wanted. Gone were the utilitarian plastic build of every Galaxy S past. What Samsung brought with S6’s were glass and aluminum alloy, and, in the case of S6 Edge- a uniquely curved screen. Samsung Galaxy S6 has been a higher-end “designer” version of S6, for which you will pay a premium amount. We had an experience testing this device in our lab last week.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge comes with a 142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm (5.59 x 2.76 x 0.28 in) body with Cornering Gorilla Glass 4 back panel. It has a Nano-SIM support, and is Samsung Pay enabled with Visa and MasterCard certification. It weighs around 132 gms. 5.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1440 X 2560 pixels ( ~577 PPI) and a blazingly fast octa-core processor make the Galaxy S6 Edge a great choice for any smartphone buyer.
The curved display on its edges and the thin body easily marks it to be one of the most gorgeous and eye-catching handset to date. The phone pretty much follows the same steps like in Galaxy Note Edge, which had one curve along the right hand side of the screen.
Just that, S6 Edge has display on either side of the phone. The angles are much subtler than the Note Edge’s, as there is no separate sidebar to make screen appear like it’s simply falling away round the side. The thin body, rear glass panel & curved edges makes it rather slippery with a feeling that it could fly out of your hand. But its features give you enough reason to ignore the slippery phenomena. Since Samsung has ditched the sidebar, S6 Edge’s small translucent tab at the top of the screen which you can slide out to access your five favourite contacts.
Using this feature, you can send SMS or Emails. It’s an important feature that works incredibly well when you have both hands free. In fact, you can also color code the contacts and when these contacts try to call you, the phone will then flash in that particular colour you chose. However, this only works when the phone is face down on the table. If you are unable to pick the call, cleverly place your finger on the rear heart-rate monitor and the device will auto-send a text message explaining that you can’t answer the phone right now. Likewise, if you turn the phone back over and have missed any notifications from your key contacts, the phone display will show a coloured tab on the side of the screen. The phone also features a night clock.
The buttons on the Galaxy S6 Edge are also brilliant– firm and with just the right amount of spring. The phone’s button location is excellent. Like the power button is a few inches from the top of the right edge, the volume ones rest a little higher on the left. There is no complain about the confusion. But one bothering factor is it’s back camera that pop’s out slightly from the back panel like a unsightly pimple. The primary camera comes with 16 MP, f/1.9, 28mm, OIS, autofocus and LED flash. The secondary camera features 5 MP capture. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge also enables you to authorize your deice using powerful security solutions: KNOX and fingerprint scanner.
With Mobile World Congress 2016 lined up next, Samsung would be looking to launched Galaxy S7. Reports have already showing the leaked Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge images. Considering this to be true, it would be great to see what advancements Samsung brings in the next edition of Edge. Samsung, one of the biggest champions of Android, still haven’t found the rhythm to update the android versions in timely manner. Android, Marshmallow, also known as Version 6.0 or Android M, has been out for four months and Samsung is yet to announce it for major devices of its own. As per the recent leaks- Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge+, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Note 4, Note Edge, and S5 on US Cellular, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint is expected to receive Android Marshmallow updates.
The device is powered by Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop), upgradable to v5.1.1 (Lollipop). The phone comes with 3 GB of RAM and 32 of Internal Storage. The device supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, NFC, IR and MicroUSB V2.0. The phone supports Wireless charging, which means that you can simply pop the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge onto a compatible charging pad for a wire-free charge.