Introduction


Last year, Samsung did something memorable with the Note line. For the first time ever, it split the new generation into two separate entities, two new Note phones. One was the regular Note 4 – the standard, feature-packed upgrade to the Note 3 that all of us expected. The other, however, managed to take us by surprise. It was another Note, very similar to the Note 4, yet markedly unique and way more futuristic. That second handset was called Galaxy Note Edge, and its main standout characteristic was that the right-hand edge of its sizable screen was curved inwards towards the back of the body. Samsung made sure that this so-called Edge screen served some practical purpose, but it was more or less an experiment, devised to find out how the consumer is going to react to Samsung's promising new technology.

It turns out the reaction hasn't been too negative, seeing that Samsung is now ready to repeat the same process with its flagship smartphone line, the Galaxy S. Replacing last year's Galaxy S5, here come the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge – a flagship duo, which once again shows that Samsung — as hopeful as it is about its high-tech, curved displays — is still reluctant to bet on them as its exclusive form factor. This year, consumers will not only need to decide what brand they want their new smartphone to be, but, should they go for Samsung, they'll also need to figure out which of the two options is worthier of their hard-earned cash. But have no worries – that's why we're here: to help you decide if you should put your hands on the sexy curves of the S6 edge, or you should stay conservative and opt for the impressively flat S6.

Design


The bodies of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are built around the same unmistakably Samsung-ish concept, but the curved screen of the Galaxy S6 edge gives it a considerably differentiated look and feel. While the S6 has the appearance of a leaner, more elegant S5, the S6 edge looks like a phone from the future, thanks to its screen and front glass, which are both slightly curved towards the edges (unlike the Note Edge, only one edge of which had the curved treatment). This 'dual-curved' design is undeniably flashy, but it also makes the phone more uncomfortable to hold, due to the thin side frame proving to be a bit too sharp. Then again, we can't think of too many instances where "sexy" and "comfort" have played well together. On the other hand, the more conventional looking Galaxy S6 has better, more relaxed in-hand feel.

Material-wise, Samsung has finally stepped its game up, avoiding any excessive use of plastic and instead sculpting the duo from glass and metal. The phones feel decidedly more premium compared to the S5 or Note 4. The glass backs are nice and grippy, but they do have a major drawback – they get grotesquely messy, covered in fingerprints, as soon as you pick the phones up. Depending on the color variant that you've chosen, this effect may be a bit more or less apparent.

As far as dimensions go, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge both qualify as relatively compact by today's standards. The S6 edge is the slightly smaller of the two in terms of length (5.59” vs 5.65”) and width (2.76” vs 2.78”), but it's also ever so slightly thicker with its 7 mm, compared to the S6's 6.8 mm. Both are also sufficiently lightweight: 4.66 oz (132 g) for the S6 edge, and 4.87 oz (138 g) for the S6.

So, no major differences between the two when it comes to dimensions, though, as we mentioned earlier, the Galaxy S6 is considerably more comfortable to hold than the S6 edge, due to the latter's sharp side edges. Sadly, such lean profiles obviously have a cost. Neither of Samsung's new flagships possesses any of the water- or dust-proof specifics that the Galaxy S5 had. Design ambition eschewed other practical features too – both devices lack removable batteries and omit microSD card slots for memory expansion.


Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 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 S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 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)

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


Display


For the most part, screen characteristics are the same for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. That is, both of them measure 5.1 inches by diagonal and have sky-high resolutions of 1440 x 2560 pixels. This is great news, unless you prefer larger screens.

The displays on the Galaxy S6 & S6 edge boast exemplary color accuracy, with the former having a color temperature of 6584K, and the latter hitting around 6800K. Both values are very close to the reference color temperature of 6500K, where white balance looks just right - neither too warm, nor too cold, provided that there isn't excessive or insufficient green. But obviously, when it comes down to the minute differences that entertain keen eyes, the Galaxy S6 wins over its curved screen sibling. Although its colors are pleasing as it is, the Galaxy S6 edge's whites appear ever so slightly blueish. Then again, Samsung knows it can't possibly please everyone, and that forcing pinpoint-accurate colors on users who like sweet, if artificial shades, isn't a winning move. So both the GS6 & GS6 edge graciously let you choose between multiple display options - 'Basic' mode for types like us who favor accuracy, or any of the others for more glamorous colors in games, multimedia, and general use.

Moving on to another important factor, brightness levels, the Galaxy S6 is adorned with the brightest Super AMOLED display out there, capable of outputting 563 nits of maximum brightness. That's enough for comfortable use under direct sunlight, and this happily applies to the Galaxy S6 edge, which hits 553 nits. On the other side of the scale, the Galaxy S6 gives a fine example of minimum brightness output with just 2 nits of illumination, making it a display suitable for night reading. The GS6 edge is even better in this regard, with just 1 nit of illumination.

Gamma is another important metric for display quality, as it shows whether a screen provides an adequate amount of luminance while displaying various colors and shades. With 2.2 being the reference value, the GS6 hits 2.11, while the GS6 edge hits a perfect 2.2. Both screens are all-around excellent here.

Viewing angles determine how well a screen's image quality holds up when it's being viewed at an angle. In our test, we hold devices at a 45-degree angle, and measure the percentage by which brightness levels, color temperature, gamma, and Delta E values deviate from the original. It turns out that the Galaxy S6 generally holds up better, deviating by lesser percentages in the aforementioned aspects.

As a whole, the display on the Galaxy S6 is a bit better than the GS6 edge's in terms of color reproduction, maximum brightness, and viewing angles - but certainly not in amounts that should impact your purchase preference. The major factor in deciding between the two is whether you'll develop an acquired taste for curved screens upon trying out the GS 6 edge - or not.


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23 Comments

1. SamsungEU

Posts: 147; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

is the S6 on final software ???

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

It's the T-mobile variant, which has some battery bugs. But elsewhere, the software is final. So expect the endurance to be a little bit better on other US carriers and international models but otherwise, it's as final as it gets until the android 5.1 arrives and fixes the lollipop issues.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

PA just said that S6 is less gimmicky, S6 Edge is gimmicky. PA just said that S6 is more ergonomic, S6 Edge is more harder to hold.

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i have the edge. it isnt too bad. (i only left people edge and removed the rest) the edge is abit harder to hold compared to the s6 but if you use a slim case, boy it does wonders. still, the design is sexy.

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Edge is cool, but I'd probably take normal one and use the extra money for something useful.

4. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

Mistake. Comment deleted.

7. gaming64 unregistered

Is there even a difference? I mean, the edge is just the S6...with gimmicky edges!

11. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Apparently technobuffalo says the swipes and gestures feel smoother on the edge but the gs6 also has a slight curve so it's really not much. Either way, looks go a long ways and no one should have a problem with them using a half glass frame vs a full metal frame. Durability seems improved from it.

8. SZCZUN

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Why there is so huge difference in antutu (10k points) ?

10. TheAsh

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

There's difference in almost every department. Camera, performance and speed, battery life etc. S6 edge is slightly better than S6.

16. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Not according to other tech sites. They are identical except for the curved screen and slight software differences.

22. TheAsh

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Yes ur right. But I compared photos taken from both phones side by side in Photoshop @ 100% crop. I saw difference and S6 Edge was better in all photos.

18. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlV0naJ3ZHo There isn't. The editors here just don't bother to fact check.

9. TheAsh

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

S6 edge is slightly better performer in camera department. S6 washes out a lot while S6 edge retains solid colors.

12. Plaxy

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Everyone says they have the same specs, but the benchmarks say differently. the slightly larger battery shouldn't have this much effect, and while everyone touts they have exact same internals, they are overlooking one thing. The Edge's Amoled Screen is made of a Plastic Substrate, while the Standard S6 is a Glass Substrate. Makes me wonder if the difference in material is impacting the overall performance of the phone.

17. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

If you look at other tech sites, they score pretty much the same on benchmarks.

13. SZCZUN

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

It makes me annoying, since both phones release I was sure about buying s6 cause edges are not so important to me, now we get information that the specs are the same but s6 are much slower than edge..... In this price level when both phone are flagships performance should be identical. Whole this situation lead to to think more about s5 g901f than about s6.

14. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Looks really a hit this time for Samsung. Out of stock almost everywhere on release date here in Sweden. WTF! Wanna test out 64GB Green S6 Edge before decide, but delayed until May/June!!! Come on Samsung, take mine freaking money and find a way to improve the yield for S6 Edge display.

15. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

How many times do we have to post that your AnTuTu scores are screwy? The phones are basically identical and EVERY OTHER tech site has them benchmarking the same. Just makes you guys look less that truthful.

19. kreemer

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Finally got to play with the edge. Its an excellent display and the camera is very impressive. The review is right though-its sharper edge takes getting Used to in the hand

20. Rajkamal

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

hii guys, i am hoping to buy a GS6 or GS6 EDGE soon, but i am confused which one to buy. I like the EDGE look not the feel.Its a new tech and i wish to have it, but it felt more comfortable using the GS6 than the edge version and it feels little different watching video on GS6 EDGE. I am hoping to use this devise for a couple of years. so my question is will the EDGE version be more useful in the future or will it end up the same way the galaxy Round did ? And which one should i opt for fresh tech and long lasting performance? i know both are almost similar in all ways but the curved display makes lots of difference.

21. vanessasyno

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

I have had both the GS6 as well as an IPhone 6 and I personally enjoyed the IPhone's ability to conform to multiple other people's phones (because IPhone's and Apple software on mobile devices is much more common and sought after) because with a Galaxy, or any other phone besides an IPhone it is much more of a hassle to communicate and participate in things such as group texts without having the iMessage software available.

25. ruffhowzin

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Say if these two phones had the same type of case, would there be any differences in ergonomics or usability?

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