Call quality

Decent, but not stellar – this about sums up call quality on both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S5.

The Galaxy S6 edge offers a decent call quality in the earpiece, which is nothing exceptional in terms of clarity, but does the job when it comes to strength. The Galaxy S5's earpiece is strong enough, too, but leaves something to be desired in terms of depth and clarity of the voice timbres passing through. Both the S6 and the Galaxy S5's noise-canceling microphones do a good job at weeding out ambient fluff, relaying are voice to the other end in a recognizable manner.

Battery

Galaxy S6 edge manages to outlast the S5 in out battery test, despite the smaller battery and the nutty specs.

The S6 edge comes with a 2600 mAh sealed battery, which is smaller in capacity than the swappable 2800 mAh unit in the Galaxy S5. Samsung hasn't outed official talk times for the S6 edge, while the S5 is cited for 21 hours of talk time in 3G mode. When it comes to our grueling battery benchmark test, though, the Galaxy S5 managed 7 hours and 40 minutes – a rather good result.

Surprisingly enough given the smaller battery and better specs, the Galaxy S6 edge achieved more than that - 8 hours and 11 minutes – bringing it into our “excellent” category. It should be noted that the screen brightness couldn't be brought up to our standard 200 nits mark that we use for testing, but stayed about 180 nits, which might explain a part of this superior battery life for the S6 edge. The phone also offers built-in multistandard wireless charging, and rapid juicing for 10 minutes will provide you 4 hours of usage, according to Samsung.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 8h 11 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S5 7h 38 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 83
Samsung Galaxy S5 122

Conclusion


The Galaxy S6 edge launches a multipronged assault on any handset that dares to challenge it, and last year's S5 inevitably falls a victim to its uniqueness. It's not only the futuristic dual edge screen that the S6 edge wields, but also the premium glittering chassis that runs circles around the Galaxy S5's soft plastic, scoffing at the fact that the S6 edge doesn't have a waterproof rating like its predecessor.

With its not-that-useful, yet rather extraordinary looking curved display, record-breaking silicon, a better camera, longer battery life, and Samsung Pay service, the S6 edge is very easy to pick compared to the Galaxy S5. Until you arrive at the pricing, that is.

The S6 edge is more than twice as expensive as the S5, so you should really consider if you need the curved display premium. If you are into new and cool, though, the S6 edge is as futureproof as they get at the moment, and will probably hold its value for a long time, unlike the S5's assets that started depreciating rapidly the moment it launched.



Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Pros

  • Premium design
  • Highest pixel density on a phone
  • Color-accurate display in Basic mode
  • Top-shelf processing power
  • Great camera with OIS

Samsung Galaxy S5

Pros

  • Much cheaper
  • Removable battery
  • Expandable storage
  • Longer battery life


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