Call Quality

Average, that sums up the call quality here.

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!

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 (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S6 7h 14 min (Average)
HTC One M9 6h 25 min (Poor)
Sony Xperia Z3 9h 29 min (Good)
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




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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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Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 3GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat Samsung TouchWiz UI

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