Call Quality

Average, that sums up the call quality here.

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Review
When two devices are very close to each other in several ways, we’re not too thrown back to find the Galaxy S6 edge giving off the same, average-like performance with its call quality experience. Volume through the earpiece is decent, allowing voices to be easily heard, but the subtle hiss that accompanies it at times distorts the quality. Well, at least our callers fare better on the other end of the line. Going hands-free and using the speakerphone, voices don’t drown under noisy conditions – so it’s pleasing to know voices are still more than audible through it.

Battery

The battery capacity shrinks, but it still pulls out average results – plus, wireless charging is included!

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Review
Somehow, Sammy is actually able to stuff a battery capacity that’s a smidgen higher than what in the standard Galaxy S6. In particular, a 2600 mAh resides in the streamlined chassis of the S6 edge – versus the smaller 2550 mAh battery in the S6. Based on our usage, we feel as though the S6 edge eats up battery quicker than its sibling, resulting in mandatory sporadic charging throughout the day to keep a good level.

To combat this problem, however, the phone offers fast charging courtesy of the included rapid charger – one that juices the phone from 0 to 100 in a matter of 83 minutes. Additionally, it should be noted that the S6 edge now offers the convenience of wireless charging built-in (Qi & PMA standards), so there’s no added accessory purchase to gain the feature.

Our custom battery life test returned the respectable result of 8 hours and 11 minutes for the Galaxy S6 edge. While this isn't chart-topping, we have to take into account just how thin and compact the phone is. For comparison, the HTC One M9 survived for the shorter 6h 25 min, the iPhone 6's run was even shorter, at 5h 22 min, while the Xperia Z3 topped all of these with its result of 9h 29 min. Still, the S6 edge's result suggests that battery life with the handset will be far from a concern. As it can be seen from the benchmark results, the Galaxy S6 edge has managed to run for close to an hour longer than the regular Galaxy S6. We believe this should be attributed to two things: 1) the S6 edge has a slightly bigger battery, and b) the S6 edge's screen brightness couldn't be manually set to 200 nits (our standard benchmark brightness), so it had to go through the test with brightness set at 180 nits. This has most probably caused the difference in the battery life results of the two Galaxies. In real life, though, we expect both phones to exhibit almost the same battery longevity.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 8h 11 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S6 7h 14 min (Good)
HTC One M9 6h 25 min (Average)
Sony Xperia Z3 9h 29 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 83
Samsung Galaxy S6 78
HTC One M9 106
Sony Xperia Z3 235

Conclusion


Cost aside, if we’re to choose a phone in this latest series, we’d have to go with the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge mainly because it’s every bit the class-leading performer of its sibling, but in a more aesthetically pleasing design. Superficially, the two Galaxy smartphones share several qualities with one another – in the design language, specs, and performance, they’re no doubt quite similar.

As we’ve seen, however, the dual curved display of the S6 edge is mostly there to supplement the handset’s already established attractive looks – one we view to be the most premium thing to come out of Sammy’s camp. Functionally, though, there’s not a lot going for it in terms of practical usage, since we find most of what it offers to be gimmicky, or simply ineffective. Regardless, when we look at the entire package, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is a formidable phone that ensures it’s going to be very relevant for a long time.

Although exact pricing will be revealed through carrier announcement here in the US, there’s no denying that it’ll more than likely receive a cost that’s higher than its sibling. If you have the money, we would vouch heavily to go with this one. Being an attractive looking, solidly constructed smartphone gets it to a higher level, especially when it’s accompanied with the same impeccable performance that already graces its sibling in the Galaxy S6.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 5.0.2
Build Number: LRX22G.G925TUVU1A0C9
Kernel Version: 3.10.61-4351282




Pros

  • Attractive, futuristic design
  • Premium choice of materials
  • Camera deliver impressive qualities
  • Themes support with TouchWiz

Cons

  • It’s a magnet for finger prints and smudges
  • Some features of the dual curved display are gimmicky
  • Average call quality

PhoneArena Rating:

9.3

User Rating:

8.8
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90 Comments

1. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Personally I prefer Edge over regular S6. Especially in emerald...sexy beast.

5. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I think if the price would be the same everyone would go for it. But the $150 you need to cash for something that is just an aesthetic difference it's going to be a tough pill to sallow for most of the people. But if you have the money, I understand that you would rather get the edge.

9. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

I'm only dreaming about getting it in the following months, but I believe people must support advanced innovation in technology, and S6 Edge is definitely something new. :)

32. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Might get a unlocked Emerald Green if it supports AT&T bands. Nothing is set in stone yet though. (:

48. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It is faster than the s6

61. tdslam720

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Why the massive difference in benchmarks between s6 and edge?

64. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Either the S6 is defective or PA did the tests on bad conditions. Both have the same SoC and should have similar results.

69. coolrx

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

IMO, with better design and perfomance(a little) than s6..., s6 edge should have a rating higher than the 9.3 rating s6.

14. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

NO REMOVABLE BATTERY AND MICRO SD = NO SALE

15. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

20. guil.power

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Just buy the 128GB model instead, trust me, SD cards slows your phone and drains your battery faster.

31. maherk

Posts: 6673; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Even if Samsung offered the S6 with 2TB of memory and a 15000mah battery, he will find a reason to hate on it, since it's a Samsung device. He trolls on every S6 article with the same old cr@p.

41. jmonteiro829

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I don't really have a problem with the battery being non-removable but I already have multiple high end SD cards and the fact that they are charging a huge premium to get more storage is a hard pill to swallow. This will turn many away when Android has other options. Not bashing.... everyone has their own opinion.

50. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It means nothg about how fast your sd card are, by just adding an sd card reader the note4 r and w slower the then 1+1 and way slower than the iPhone, it does big time damage to the bandwidth of any phone tha adds it, the s6 uses ufs 2.0 that needs more bandwidth to work so sd card reader can not be added, this then make it way more than 2x the speed of the iphome 6 r and w speeds and removes the lag on the phone

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Jesus Christ this comment once again? You really need to find better things to do than flood Samsung articles.

75. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Funny how last year you said the same thing against others vs S5 XDDDD

34. AlexA1824

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Fast charging and with everything center around cloud storage no biggie to me. The S6 active is rumored to have the removable battery and sd card slot maybe that'll work out for you.

40. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Please, F off!

43. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

I own both the Note 4 and OnePlus One and I found that actually use very little of my microSD card for storage (none on the OnePlus obviously). I have a Google Play Music (All Access) subscription and also listen to most of my music on Soundcloud so most of my music is streamed and not on my phone. All my photos and videos are auto backed up on Photos/Picassa/Google+ so I can safely delete them from local storage on my phone if needed. I also have 1.117TB storage on Google Drive (15GB included +2GB free from updating security settings+100GB I pay for +1TB for 2 years promotion for buying a Chromebook). As far as battery is concerned, I have invested in an external battery charger and I already have 2 Qi chargers (for my Note 4 with Qi charging back and Nexus 7 2013) that I can use. More likely I won't buy the S6/Edge because I'm a Note buyer (maybe my wife will since she's due up for a new phone), but if they did this for the Note, I would still buy it. The only thing I'm looking forward to the Note 5 would be hopefully a switch to USB 3.1 Type C.

45. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

There is only one phone that will potentially have removable batteries and Micro SD cards. So far LG screwed up the LG Flex 2. You're just making your choices very limited. Consider those options dead until more than one manufacture brings them back in flagships.

49. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sd card reader do damage to r and w speeds the note 4 is lower than the 1+1 and adds lag to the phone and that's before you put the sd card I to the phone

57. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

20 milllion pre-order unit on the way. Go cry somewhere else

42. waddup121 unregistered

A 9.3 though. Hella great score for a hella great flagship device! Great work Sammy!

47. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Can you please redo all the m9 benchmarks as they all gone down with the new update in software as the main cpu as now been underclocked from 2.o to 1.5' the test you bad a big deal about the m9 doing damage to the edge as now gone as it overheated the phone

56. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

No one cares about HTC anymore. S6/edge is the real talk topic here.

2. derivativex

Posts: 176; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

So pa identical scores for the s6 variants but which one should have gotten a higher score?

6. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Edge! Even more perfect display calibration, and much better battery endurance. Quite expensive, however.

3. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

strange. the s6 edge with its smaller battery lasted 1h longer than the regular s6.

8. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

no the s6 edge has the bigger battery. s6 2550mah s6 edge 2600mah

35. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Damn the battery life would be BEAST if it had 3000+ mah battery (Waiting 4 Note 5) :D
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

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