Samsung suggests that this unique Galaxy S6 edge feature makes the handset superior to others

Samsung suggests that this unique Galaxy S6 edge feature makes the handset superior to others
Samsung today released a new promo video that showcases the Galaxy S6 edge, and, in particular, one of the smartphone's unique features: Edge Lighting. When this feature is enabled, the curved screen of the new Galaxy lights up when the device is face down and you get a call or a message from one of your favorite contacts. You can pick up to 5 favorite contacts, and assign different colors for each of them (the available colors are green, blue, purple, orange, and yellow).

But the S6 edge only shows up at the end of Samsung's new video. Before that, we can see various non-Samsung smartphones, including a bunch of iPhones, a Lumia, a Moto X, a Moto Droid Turbo, an LG G4, and even a BlackBerry Passport. Samsung suggests that all these handsets can be a bit annoying when notifications are received and they vibrate, while the S6 edge is bringing "a whole new way to see alerts", thus being superior (well, at least when it comes to seeing alerts).

What do you think? Is Edge Lighting a feature to brag about, or is it not that important?

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Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)



1. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015


3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

lol i was just thinking to myself. where the hell is Gagakiller.

46. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

I am always here reading comments, but less commenting myself than before because PA doesn't like my comments and delete them :)

4. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I find it cool, they made AD that fits exactly in real life scenario. Plus its cool just tap your phone on back an silence/drop the call.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I like the idea of waving my hand over the phone to silence it like the 2014 Moto X, cause that's how Jedi's roll... yeah, I know I'm a nerd. The ad was cool, but like I said with the Note Edge from last year, the curved screen was cool, but it was a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. It feels to me like they're struggling to find reasons to have the curved display, Yes, it looks really good, but beyond that, pointless.

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Curved screens are just cool but about as useful as infinity displays. Although infinity displays tend to pop out of the frame like the One X did and when you bend an iPhone 6. This method is much better. Bravo.

6. willard12 unregistered

They should have come up with something sending heartbeats and doodles.

50. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 2011

It's cool. If i had a S6 Edge i would probably use it.

65. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

OH MY GOD, they have a phone with glass back and a metal frame! OMG!!! How innovative...

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I dont know about the rest of you, but i almost never put my device facedown. maybe thats just me. What about you guys?

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Never, what's the point if you have a device with an active display and you get detailed notifications, not just an LED notification. It seems that Samsung is willing to go backwards in functionality to justify the curved display.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I do. But I have a protector on it. I turn mine upside so when the screen pops on, the light isn't in my face all at once. It's a usable gimmicky idea. I like it. More useful than sending good heart beats and doodles

47. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It is tough coping with all that phone light in your face at once. I've resorted to wearing sunglasses 24/7 and wrapping my phone in thick black velvet. I've joined a group - "Hurty Eyes from Bright Phones Anonymous", they've recommended turning the brightness down but no way dude! I've got these lumens to use and I'm gonna! This has got me all riled up, I'm going to go and sunbathe in the garden, it's 1:30am but I've tied my S6 Edge to a rope above me and set it to a blank white screen, I think I may already be burning, better whack some Factor 30 on...

58. TBomb

Posts: 1666; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Alright Straw Man, no need to exaggerate to that extent.. it got stupid half way through. Turning it upside down would come in handy in multiple situations when youre in a dark place, like watching a movie. Also, if you dropped your phone under the car seat (or anywhere that may be dark) and it landed upside down, you can see it light up. Sure, maybe you don't like the idea of putting your phone upside down, but some people can find it useful. I put my phone upside frequently. espeically when i find myself checking it more often that i'd like to. TechieXP1969, I agree with you.

51. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

100% agree. Maybe they want the beautiful curve display will scratch even they said that it's very tough gorilla glass 4. I use transparent silicon back case for my iPhone 6 with screen protector so avoid scratch. So when the iPhone 6S or 7 will release on October I can still sell my iPhone in a higher price and just a little extra money to upgrade, right.

5. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

I like cats

7. AlikMalix unregistered

The only thing that I like about these curved edges - are curved edges themselves - the phone looks great and modern. But usefulness is... well... I heard this phrase a while back (and I'm not trolling) "a solution in search of a problem". Either way Samsung got something good here - who cares of there's actually a use for it. But, Yeah - I leave my phone face up at all times. It may change once I get the new iPhone with that ugly protruding camera - probably be the first phone that I'll buy a case for (to even out the camera bump).

19. Nicko97

Posts: 49; Member since: May 25, 2015

What!? You call the small protruding camera on the iPhone ugly yet samsung and nokia have them.

28. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The ones on the Samsung's and Nokia's are symmetrical. Right in the middle and balanced on a table.

31. AlikMalix unregistered

Bro, they're all ugly... one of the reasons I stayed away from Samsung phones was for the huge nipples they call camera design. I rather they all make phones as thick as the thickest point of the camera - many flagship Android phones are the worst of protruding cameras or beveling the entire back side of phones so it rocks left to right... Apple just had to go and do the same things - at least it's minimal that a thin case flattens it - but I dont like cases at all...

42. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

If you swap the backplate of the Note 4 with the Official OEM Samsung Qi backplate, it makes the camera flush with the new backplate, so no more camera bump.

44. AlikMalix unregistered

That's nice... But I prefer iOS for many reasons... (not starting a flame war - just my preference) I do like Note4 - great phone, awesome s-pen... If I was into Android - this would be one of top 3 I would consider...

48. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I did exactly the same, hate the camera bump (especially as it renders all "thinness" measurements as redundant Marketing bull****). I got the leather Apple case for the iP6 to solve it, it's also saved the phone from one nasty drop onto concrete so that's a bonus! :D

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Edge lighting is particularly useful but I do require a notification light. It's pretty pathetic how Apple doesn't even have one and Moto and Google decided to remove it for some crappy wake feature. The notification light should tell me what's happening at all times, not just when then call or message happened.

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Sorry should read isn't particularly useful.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Wait, you think that a notification LED is more useful and informative than Active display? How so?

18. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Because I see it 24 hours later. Active display I don't see it 24 hours later. It's redundant. If I feel the vibrate or hear the ring I don't need the screen to light up to show me whether or not I should reply or answer or not. I just pick it up. Or I can just hit the power button if the phone is in front of me to check if there is anything. If my phone is half way across the room with a notification light, then I can see if I need to even get near the phone or not. It's color coded with the flashing lights too. It tells me from far away if I need to check it and active display doesn't. A smart watch is even better than a notification light but the light is still good when I am not wearing it.

32. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

If you need an LED to notify you of something that happened 24 hours ago, then I question if you actually require a smartphone to begin with as you don't necessarily need it in your day to day life. As for active display, it will continually pulse notifications on the display until I unlock the phone even after 24 hours (I'm not sure why you think it has a time limit as to when it stops flashing the notifications). Right now in fact I have it notifying me that I have a new mail and that I reached my daily Google Fit goal at the same time without the need to have multiple colored LEDs. I find it far more informative and functional as I can actually use Active Display to launch specific apps when unlocking my phone.

34. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That's a waste of battery. How often does it pulse on a Moto X? Every 5 minutes? Either way, its still not constant. If it pulse constantky, then why would you need to do the lame Xbox hand waving thing to show it? The iPhone shows the notification once and will never show it again until I unlock my phone. I wasn't aware active display was constant, no wonder the battery life sucks on the new Moto X and Nexus 6. I can do everything my phone can on my tablet while leaving my phone on the wireless charging pad at all times. At home I don't even need the phone. If you need more than more than a simple notification light, then I question

37. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Your sanity. As you say about active display, its looking for a solution for something that doesn't need one. The notification light tells me exactly what I need to know for as long as its needed constantly and at any distance. I can't say the same about active display where I need to do some xbox kinect s**t and I need to be close to the phone to boot to do the same thing.

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