Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review
Introduction


When the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge was announced alongside the S6 earlier in the year, there was no arguing about Samsung’s decision to push forward with curved screens. Between the two of them, we found the S6 edge more fascinating, thanks to the undeniably exotic aesthetics of its dual-curved display. Generating such attention, it’s no wonder why Samsung is on the fast track to give consumers just a little bit more variety with one of its newest offerings.

From what we’ve seen so far, big phones are big business for the companies making them. Knowing that, it’s no surprise at all to know that the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ includes everything we know and love about the existing S6 edge, but takes things to a bigger scale – and by that, we mean a phone with a 5.7-inch display. Now, some might think it’s merely a larger edition of the S6 edge, but that’s not exactly the case, as the S6 edge+ is accompanied by a number of its own unique features to differentiate itself. While its addition to Sammy’s already diversified lineup is appreciated, it’s actually trying to make a name for itself in the phablet world.

Or is it just Samsung’s way of trying to capitalize on what’s hot and trending at the moment?

The package contains:

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Stereo headphones
  • SIM removal tool
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty card

Design

Aside from the larger footprint, it’s the same premium design we know and love. It’s still gorgeous, but we’re not as enthused because we’ve seen it before.

One look at the Galaxy S6 edge+, it’s hard to deny the obvious assertions about its design right from the onset – it’s just a bigger-sized version of the Galaxy S6 edge. That’s the undeniable reality, so in a way, it doesn’t achieve the same level of intrigue that we first experienced with its smaller sibling. Don’t get us wrong, it’s still an attractive phone paired with premium materials to accentuate the stylish aesthetics brought on by its dual-curved display. The metal and glass combination, much like other high-end offerings from Sammy’s camp, makes it one of the best-looking phones around right now!

In terms of size, it’s clearly more of a handful to use than the S6 edge, but that’s the expectancy for something categorized as a phablet. Comparing it to Sammy’s other notable phablet, the Note5, the S6 edge+ is technically longer, at 6.08-inches, but also narrower, skinnier, and lighter. Interestingly, though, it’s not quite as sharp around the edges where its metal trim bezel is skinnier. And of course, we can’t forget about the mesmerizing show produced by its design as light bounces off the glass surfaces to produce a shimmering effect at certain angles.

For all of its aesthetic acclaims, it's still a finger print magnet, so its pristine looks can quickly be overpowered by smudgy prints on its glass surfaces. Even though it’s still largely an attractive looking thing in the space, we’re less enthused this time around with the design, since it merely replicates the design language of its sibling. On the flip side, for those who’ve never seen the S6 edge, this will certainly draw attention and significant admiration.

Nearly everything found on the S6 edge is present here again with the S6 edge+, so that includes the handy fingerprint sensor, heart rate sensor, rapid charging microUSB 2.0 port, and built-in wireless charging. The placements of its ports and buttons are also unchanged here. However, there’s one thing missing from its arsenal that’s available with the Galaxy S6 edge – that’s the IR blaster on its top edge. Most folks might overlook this decision, but we feel that it’s a bit unsettling considering that it’s something they were able to squeeze into the crammed confines of the Galaxy S6 edge.


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Dimensions

6.08 x 2.98 x 0.27 inches

154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm

Weight

5.40 oz (153 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Dimensions

5.96 x 3.24 x 0.33 inches

151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.14 oz (174 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.76 x 0.28 inches

142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm

Weight

4.66 oz (132 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Dimensions

6.08 x 2.98 x 0.27 inches

154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm

Weight

5.40 oz (153 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Dimensions

5.96 x 3.24 x 0.33 inches

151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.14 oz (174 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.76 x 0.28 inches

142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm

Weight

4.66 oz (132 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review

Display

Bigger than before, we have more real-estate to work with this time around, but the dual-curve edges once again add to the aesthetics.

Naturally, its gorgeous-looking design is primarily attributed to the curved 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 (Quad-HD) Super AMOLED display fashioned onto it, which is a few steps up in size from the 5.1-incher found with the Galaxy S6 edge. Technically speaking, its pixel density is lower at 518 ppi, but regardless, it’s still incredibly sharp and detailed. It’s a visual feast for the eye to see, that’s certain! And of course, pixel density with the S6 edge+ is equal to that of the Note5, which has a panel of the same size and resolution.

As we’ve realized, Samsung has nearly perfected the art of producing perfectly calibrated screens – and it continues to show here with the Galaxy S6 edge+. Even though there are subtle anomalies with its color reproduction in the sRGB color spectrum over what’s found with the Note 5 and S6 edge, it’s still largely very accurate in reproducing true-to-life colors. Better yet, its color temperature of ~6700K is pretty close to the 6500K reference point, so it’s a panel that appears very neutral in its color tone... as long as you stick with the 'Basic' screen mode. As always, there are a few other modes, which mostly pump things up to deliver colors that tend to be perceived as punchy and vivid, but also artificial.

In terms of visibility, its 502-nit luminance is less than the Galaxy S6 edge’s achievement of 553 nits, but it’s still pretty visible outdoors – even when it’s looked at in direct sunlight. It also appears to be superior than the Note5's display, which peaks out at 470 nits of brightness. Typical of AMOLED technology, the screen delivers outstanding viewing angles as far as retaining brightness and contrast goes, but on the downside, colors exhibit dramatic shifts in their quality as we turn the screen even slightly. Meanwhile, thought, we continue to appreciate the deep black levels of this AMOLED display, which helps things on screen appear that much livelier and contrasty. All told, everything about the display is expected.

Going beyond the specs and objective benchmarks, the dual-curved edges of the display are what makes it unique-looking and different in the space. The curve is pretty much unchanged from the S6 edge, so it’s subtle and doesn’t slope as much as the one found on last year's Galaxy Note Edge. Indeed, it’s accompanied with certain features that aren’t at the disposal of other displays, giving it some unique features against the competition, but the curved edges are still there primarily for the slick aesthetics. We’ll explain their new features a bit later in the interface section.



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70 Comments

1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

No. Removable. Battery. F.A.I.L.

2. AME85

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

can people stop whining about removable batteries. With fast charging, power banks, power saving modes, etc. removable batteries have become less important unless you like old school bulky battery chargers and you keep three batteries on standby

8. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

No they can't. I never had a third battery. There's no need for it. Only a second. My phone very rarely sat connected to a charger. Battery cradles are not bulkier than power banks, and they sit home. And batteries are very much slimmer than power banks. Any info about preorders and availability in UK people?

14. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Its ok he is the PA loser that we all know.

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Why, Why, Why is there no video review. I REALLY can't stand that. You read a full review & then no freaking video review... WTF!!! SMH!!! Why does PhoneArena.com keep doing that!!!

37. plck74

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

i think we found IFan.....

51. MarinoVladimir

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

lmfao - Totally right. You know, people have to hate on about something, in this case it's something stupid, cause they ain't got a better thing to.

4. KRISTIJANJE

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

@phonehome. You being born. FAIL

18. ydl08

Posts: 51; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

I recommend you the LG G4

22. Shocky unregistered

Why? It's slow, the battery life is horrible and the display isn't accurate or as bright. The LG G4 has a good camera and that's it.

47. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Let's see, the iPhone doesn't have a removable battery, HTC phones don't, Motorola phones don't, Sony phones don't. Pretty much LG is the ONLY one still offering removable batteries. So please tell me how does Samsung fail and all of the others don't?

63. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

HTC Fails, Moto still has removable battery, iPhone only offer one/two models per year (real marketing), Does Sony exist?

64. 65caliente

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

IPhone offer 4 models a year now, iPhone 6, plus, 6s, and 6s plus. And if they have a 6c it will be 5.

54. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Continuing to be ignorant after the age of 21 - F A I L !!!!

68. tredstone

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

that means all those millions of people that will wait in line for a iphone 6s are wasting there time . shssss don't tell em the battery is non removable , wait they already know. and still the phone will sell millions .

3. donralph

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

No removable battery in IPhone but it has never recorded any FAILURE as far as I can remember.....2007 I think!

24. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Thats cause Samsung used the removable battery and SD card as marketing and bragging about it every year in all its presentations. Its like Apple suddenly dropping the fingerprint scanner. Apple never hard the removables in the first place so it never had to remove them to be considered a minus.

55. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It is not equal to Apple dropping the fingerprint reader. Not even close!

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2251; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I thought this would be a 9 pointer, oh well G4 and S6/ edge had better score.also the s6 active,.

10. -Shadow-

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

tbh except for the first CON all the others are very weak

48. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Not the IR blaster. That's a big fail.

6. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Eh, I thought it would be at least a 9. And more expensive than the Note 5? Huh, how about that.

7. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

You've posted the EXACT same pics from the galaxy note 5 test here...... naughty

9. romeo1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I believe the note 5 is the better phone of the 2. It's better for multimedia as it has a flat screen and had the s pen for extra functionality. Here in europe we probably won't get the note 5 which could be a problem for samsung. I went in the store to play a bit with the s6e+ and i liked the normal s6e better. The s6e+ feels to big as it is pretty sharp on the sides. But the battery lifebon the normal s6e is worthless so that could be the only thing i would consider for upgrading if i had an s6e. Also could someone help me out with a problem of the normal s6e. My dad has one and sometimes the microphone isn't working. It didn't fall and i wanted to restore the software to check but I couldn't find out how to do it with samsung software.

32. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

search "factory reset samsung S6 edge"

52. romeo1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Ok I'll look it up thnx

11. Shocky unregistered

How can they give the Galaxy S6 Edge 9.3 and the Edge + which is basically the same but bigger 8.7? Consistency, Phonearena's scoring has none.

13. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

The plus even betters it in some areas so it makes no sense

19. Shocky unregistered

True, improved battery life, better speaker and sound quality and fast wireless charging to name a few.

23. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

100% on this the + is a way better phone, more battery more ram, the edges are less eage to them, supper fast wireless charging better speaker, the only bad thing over the the normal edge as in it is the ir blaster, no way it's out by 0.6 marks, get real, who reviewed this crap, they up note 5 bum
Galaxy S6 edge+
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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