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.


Japultra: How did the edge feel in the hand for daily use? Did it seem to be "slipperier" than the s6 due to the thinner edges?

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. 


Kakarotto: Can you see any pixels when you try to do it from a very small distance?

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.

Related phones

Galaxy S6
  • 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 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
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. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

gsmarena has a new battery results for the two beasts and these are significantly better than the initial test

2. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Thanks for answer to my question ;)

3. jgechev

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Still the article doesnt explain why the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge perform very different with the same hardware in Phonearena reviews, GPU, and CPU. Benchmark show a big difference. Antutu arround 4000 and 5000, like more than 20%. On other sites they perform the same, so still dont know why is that.

4. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

maybe the s6 they used in there benchmarks test wasn't on its final software build or something. and i guess pa doesn't have an answer to why the s6 they test produced such low scores, when other reviews by other websites has the s6 getting that 5000 geekbench score same as the edge.

5. TerryTerius unregistered

I have a question, that I've seen one time and haven't seen anyone else address. When I looked at Erica Griffin's YouTube channel, there was a video she did in which she showed a greenish tinge on the sides of the galaxy s6 edges display when she was looking at web pages, or anything else with white backgrounds. Was that something you experienced in your time with the edge? She has stated it was an issues she's had with every s6 edge she has looked at thus far. Granted, they were all display models. It was specifically an issue with white backgrounds and not everything she looked at. If you actually look at the video, it's pretty clear that there is a greenish tinge there. I was wondering if this was a defect of that particular device, or if it was something you noticed as well?

6. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

I haven't seen any "green tinge" on the Edge. As a response to me hearing that previously before I got my hands on the Edge, I spent some time looking for this "green tinge" and didn't find.

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

maybe it was a defect model

8. chris2k5

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

9. shimanto1123

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

This is getting old. Get some new jokes ...

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

66lb causes the iPhone 6+ to bend and deform permanently 110lb causes the S6 Edge to bend and deform permanently That's almost double the force, its a not issue for the for S6 under "normal use"

10. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

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. You MOTHER F..... PHONE ARENA.. You guys said so many things about HTC ONE X camera bump. Pure BIAS.. BUt becasue its S6 Taking care of it shouldnt be a problem SMH...

12. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Lol. They just can't say it directly but it's a common engineering knowledge that cameras bumped out in any phone, no matter how sturdy their metal protection are will have the risk of getting scratched or damaged if you don't use third party case. I'd love to see phones in the future using graphene instead of aluminum if graphene cost will get lower.

11. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"15.26GB used by the operating system and the TouchWiz interface. What's left are about 104GB of free space." And I though HTC M9's Sense 7 UI hog too much space out of their 32gb variant. I thought Touchwiz was getting sliced of bloatwares and crappy add-ons, how come it's still going to eat 15gb in their 128 variant?

14. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

"128GB are equal to about 119.2GB when formatted" Why on earth is this allowed??? this goes for EVERY storage space on every electronic

15. gaming64 unregistered

Well said, PhoneArena. Still prefer the Note 4 though.

16. Elwhite1

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

I have a question. Other than the specific "Edge" features is there any difference in performance or features between the S6 and S6 Edge.

17. ashkan1993

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

Hello I had many pictures and videos in my gallery,but now,when I open it, there is not any thing!what shoul I do?? I use internal storage without sd card.and I restarted it,but nothing change...

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