Your Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge questions answered: on design, software, cameras, battery life, and more
Each and every high-end smartphone that enters our office is subjected to a thorough review – one meant to gather as much valuable information about it as possible. We cover anything from the phone's look and feel to the character tics of the hardware that goes inside it, from the way phone calls sound to the number of frames its GPU can draw when pushed to its limits. but as exhaustive as our reviews may be, we might still miss bits and details you might find interesting. That's why not long ago, we invited you to ask us anything about the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge that you wanted to know – anything that our reviews and news coverage have not been able to answer. Today is the day we respond to your questions, or at least to those we can provide the answer to. Read on to learn more about the hottest phones around.
Purchasing and pre-orders
Ahmed96: Can I pre-order an unlocked Galaxy S6 from a carrier?
Technically, it is possible to buy a phone from AT&T or T-Mobile and then have it unlocked, as long as it has been fully paid and all service commitments have been fulfilled. However, you may have to be an active subscriber for a certain period of time before requesting an unlock. Verizon's phones come with unlocked GSM SIM slots, so that's one more option, but in this case, network coverage and compatibility might be an issue, depending on the carrier you're moving to. Perhaps your best option is to keep an eye on online retailers such as Expansys, where pre-orders for unlocked Galaxy S6 phones should start soon.
The edge is very slim, which makes the phone feel rather sharp in the hand. We can definitely say that the Galaxy S6 fits better in the palm. The S6 edge isn't terribly uncomfortable to hold by any means, but you may need to be extra careful while handling it.
jcru2001: Does the shape of edge cause a lot of "mis-touches" as your hand wraps around the slanted edge up onto the screen?
No, not really. The touchscreen's edge is very close to the user's palm during regular use, but not close enough to be triggered accidentally. Also, there seems to be some palm rejection built into the software. Of course, the way one holds their Galaxy S6 edge and the way their palm is shaped might cause "mis-touches" on rare occasions, but in our case, such didn't exist.
repenter: Why Samsung still uses physical button? I want to know the philosophy behind it.
The design of a phone is guided by what users like and what the company assumes they'll like – there are many smart people at Samsung whose job is to figure this out. Besides, the Galaxy S6's physical home button doubles as an excellent fingerprint reader.
walkman800: Is Galaxy S6 at least splash resistant?
Several days ago, a video on the internet showed a Galaxy S6 edge being submerged in fresh water for over 20 minutes and surviving the dunk. This is just a video on the internet, however; neither the Galaxy S6 nor Galaxy S6 edge are specifically advertised as water-resistant or splash-proof. We've inquired with Samsung on the matter. (By the way, rumor has it that a water-resistant Galaxy S6 Active phone is in the works,)
phljcnth: Is the camera bump really prone to damages?
The camera does stick out quite a bit on both, but if you take good care of your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, its camera should be fine.
If a solid red color is displayed, a diagonal grid is kind of visible when you take a really, really, really close look – like when your nose is about to touch the phone's screen. Pixels are never noticeable during regular use.
Scorpion: Is it just me or the screen on the Edge is greener somewhat, or is it just the wallpaper?
If you look at it from a very specific and extreme angle, then yes, you might notice some color shifting. Not a big deal, in our opinion, since you have to tilt the phone a lot to see any color degradation. The Galaxy S6 edge can produce very accurate colors, as our benchmarks demonstrate.
phonearenarocks: Is there a way to achieve high contrast mode with manual brightness setting in place at least with some kind of app or hack?
You don't need hacks or apps. As long as the phone's sensor detects that it is being hit by strong light, it enables the mode you mentioned even when the screen brightness is set manually. We tested this by shining a flashlight at the sensor, and in a few seconds, the screen brightness and contrast increased. Understandably, the effect is much more noticeable with automatic brightness enabled.
Software and features, fingerprint scanner
yashlg97: Does the S6 have the same one handed mode like on the note 4 where the whole interface shrinks to an adjustable screen size?
No, the mode isn't available, but the screen is pretty manageable with a single hand.
zer02hero: Does the s6 / s6 edge support mute-mode like on "old" android 4 phones?
Pressing on the volume down button lowers the volume, subsequently getting into silent mode with vibration, and if you press it once more, it'll go into full mute mode with no vibrations. You may also do this from the toggle button in the notifications panel.
TheGunnyPT: Really curious about the Note 4 vs S6 in terms of Fingerprint Scanner.
It's like upgrading from a Ford Pinto to a Shelby GT. The Galaxy S6 fingerprint scanner is much better.
gersont1000: Is the fingerprint data stored locally on the phone in a specific secure place, like on the iPhones, or is it stored somewhere inside the phone in an insecure place or even someplace outside of your phone on Samsung servers?
Encrypted data is stored in "secure device storage". That's all we know.