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 (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S5 7h 38 min (Good)
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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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: 640; 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: 642; 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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