Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs Samsung Galaxy S5

Introduction


Samsung simultaneously outed two flagships this year – the regular Galaxy S6, and a uniquely designed handset that has its screen sloping on both sides – the Galaxy S6 edge. As customers will be mostly divided between the regular S6 and the S6 edge this year, we find another important decision some consumers will likely face: the Galaxy S6 edge or last year's Galaxy S5, which is still a superb phone, now at a more alluring price point.

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs Samsung Galaxy S5
There are many things that make the new Galaxy S6 edge highly desirable by tech heads, such as its impressive Quad HD display, or the new, much more premium design language. Still, the Galaxy S5 can in no way be called a slouch, as it too has a trick or two up its sleeve.

Can the unique screen and stellar specs of the S6 edge compensate for ditching the waterproof rating and replaceable battery that the now cheaper Galaxy S5 has? Read on to find out...

Design

Galaxy S6 edge is a uniquely designed handset that will probably stay cool long after the S5 has sunk into oblivion.

The Galaxy S6 edge has one stark design difference with the S5, or with any other handset this side of the Note Edge, for that matter, and it is its “dual edge” display, wrapped around both sides of the phone. While you can argue about the practical applications of such a curved solutions, the cool factor is undoubtedly there.

Furthermore, the S6 edge flaunts an elegant metal chassis with reinforced reflective glass surface, nanocoated in several colors, including an exclusive emerald green. The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, might sport a lowly dimpled soft touch plastic back, but the cover lifts off, letting you swap the battery, even though the phone has an IP67 waterproof rating, allowing you to submerge it in up to three feet of water for half an hour.

The S6 edge is easier to hold and operate with one hand, as it is narrower, thinner and lighter than the S5. When it comes to physical keys, they are conveniently placed around both phones, and with good tactile feedback.

Speaking of buttons, the home key underneath the display of the Galaxy S6 edge still incorporates a fingerprint reader, just like on the S5, but this time it is of the more convenient touch sensor variety that recognizes your prints with a simple tap only, instead of swiping over the whole thing. Samsung also intros a double-tap gesture for launching the camera with the S6's home key directly, without even unlocking the handset, which is a great feat to have.

Looking at the back, we find both handsets donning a 16 MP camera placed right in the upper middle, which is a fine placement, so that your fingers won't try to get into the frame while shooting in landscape mode, for instance, as it so often happens with cornered cameras. In a nutshell, the Galaxy S6 edge is uniquely positioned to become one of the coolest handsets design-wise out there, which can't really be said for the S5.


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)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 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)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

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


Displays

The side-sloping S6 edge panel doesn't add some exorbitant value, but looks cool, and sports way more credible colors than the S5.

The phones have the same screen diagonals – 5.1” - but different screen resolutions. The Galaxy S5 dons a 1080 x 1920 resolution, while the S6 edge has the most pixel-dense display on a mobile, with a 1440 x 2560 pixels screen that has a record 577ppi count, so you'd never notice individual pixels with a naked eye, no matter how close you look. The flexible AMOLED display is made with a plastic, instead of a glass substrate, allowing Samsung to bend the screen left and right, wrapping it around both sides, and placing a thermoformed reinforced glass on top for added protection. The Galaxy S5 has a more orthodox flat panel with Gorilla Glass 3 cover.

We've grown accustomed to expecting very cold, oversaturated and incorrect colors from Samsung's AMOLED screens, at least until the Note 4, and the Galaxy S5 is no exception. The S6 edge, on the other hand, carries over the nice trend from Samsung's latest phablet, and exhibits accurate colors in its Basic mode, plus a white point that is very close to the reference 6500K mark, unlike the outlandish, cold tint of the Galaxy S5 display.

Outdoor visibility is excellent on both handsets, given that, in auto light sensor mode, both phones get boosted to a very high peak brightness under direct sunlight, and they have low screen reflectivity ratio, too. The phones offer a super-sensitive touch layer that can be turned on and off at will, allowing you to operate the screen with gloves on, for instance.


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9 Comments

1. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

And during S5s reign you'd think there's not much you could do any better but look at S6 edge blow! Btw I like the fact that she uses gloves to hold these two phones lool.

2. adecvat

Posts: 578; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

S5: cheaper, microsd, removable battery, same camera.

3. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

same camera HAHA, no one cares about the stupiud sd slot and battery, look at the pre orders. NO ONE

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

Apparently, the same number of megapixels = the same camera to you. Your opinion officially means nothing now because it's clear you know nothing about tech with that comment.

5. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

+1 for this reply.

6. M4th3u54ndr4d3

Posts: 67; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Well, I care. I need a MicroSD slot. Galaxy S5 camera=more accurate colors. Galaxy S6 camera=more quality in low light. That's my opinion

7. kevin91202

Posts: 637; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Wrong wrong wrong. The maximum luminance for the S6 is not 553. It's 750+. According to one website, it's 784 nits. There's something called Automatic Brightness in High Ambient Light. Why doesn't this website get it? Anyone can test this themselves. Put the phone in direct sunlight and watch the display get much brighter. Or you can use the light from your car's headlights or something really bright. A flashlight is not bright enough and won't work.

8. guil.power

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

yeah just like the S5 , its over 698 nits if im correct. they are basing on the maximum screen brightness slider. not the automatic.

9. guil.power

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I have the S5 and I found this comparison very very offensive.

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