Interface and Functionality


Samsung has talked loudly about how the latest iteration of TouchWiz has been toned down in terms of its feature-set and UI presentation. And true to Samsung's claim, the user interface on the GS6 and S6 edge forgoes the exorbitant features from the past, opting for more straightforward and meaningful functionality. The result is a familiar, but more direct TouchWiz experience that (mostly) eschews redundancies. Both smartphones run Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, bringing along new features such as Pinning and Android Smart Lock, while bearing some of its visual design elements as well. The TouchWiz of present looks dynamic and is definitely more personal thanks to its newfound theming abilities - wallpapers, color accents, icons, and the layout of some core apps can be styled in a myriad of ways.

Additionally, both the Galaxy S6 & S6 edge are top performers in the one-handed usage department, thanks to their reasonably compact sizes and well thought out user interface elements one could easily reach for with their thumb. Checking your email, checking the weather, or calling a contact using one hand feels just right. Also, power users will be pleased to know that TouchWiz’s staple feature of Multi Window is still here, accessed by simply long pressing the Recent Apps button or going through the Recent Apps menu to select the two apps we want to run side-by-side.

You are probably wondering whether TouchWiz on the Galaxy S6 edge looks and feels a little different compared to the original due to the curved screens. The answer is yes, it does, but not to any extraordinary extent. In terms of software functionality, the edges act like icing on the cake, bringing aboard stuff like "Information Stream", "Night Clock", "Edge Lighting", and "People Edge". Behind these edgy names lies pleasant, if rather basic functionality - notifications, clock, and favorite contacts show up on the sides, and they get illuminated in cool flashing colors whenever you are called by someone important. This stuff is there purely for the eye candy, but we have to say, it does deliver at that.

The new TouchWiz is more toned down for sure, but it does preserve the TouchWiz that we all know on the surface. The new option to modify the look of the interface with downloadable themes is a welcome step forward, but even with its inclusion, TouchWiz lags behind the streamlined modern attractiveness we see in other Android interfaces.

Processor and Memory


Keeping it in-house, Samsung has chosen to power the Galaxy S6 & S6 edge exclusively with its very own chip, an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor based on 64-bit architecture. Interestingly, it shares some commonalities with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC, since the two consist of four Cortex-A57 cores running at 2.1GHz, while another four Cortex-A53 cores clock in at 1.5GHz. What’s most profoundly different between the two, is that the Exynos 7420 is manufactured using a 14nm process – whereas the Snapdragon 810 relies on a 20nm process.

The result, theoretically speaking, is that Sammy’s chip should be more power efficient – but more on that one later! Complementing the processor is the Mali-T760 GPU, along with a generous 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM. All this talk regarding its hardware is nothing if it can’t perform flawlessly with its operations, but we’re happy to report that the cutting-edge goodies in tow make the S6 & S6 edge the fastest Galaxy smartphones to date.

One would suspect that employing Quad-HD resolution would stall performance, but that’s hardly the case, seeing that operations are accompanied with buttery and fluid responses. Both devices are unequivocally powerful enough to handle the most demanding gaming titles out there. The Mali-T760 GPU does a commendable job, but in looking at some graphics benchmarks, namely the T-Rex and Manhattan tests of GFX Benchmark, the results lag behind those of the, say, HTC One M9.

As much as we’d like to say that the S6 & S6 edge are universally flawless in their performance, there’s always that nagging voice in the back of our mind, clamoring about how it’ll maintain its smooth performance long-term – more so when additional apps are installed on the phone and new services are added to the background process. For what it is now, however, we can’t deny these Android ubersoldats are utterly unstoppable!

In the past, Samsung focused on the fact that its Galaxy smartphones offered expandable storage via their microSD card slots – a point they’ve kept on harking in its commercials. Sadly, though, the GS6 & S6 edge strictly stick with internal storage. Some won’t have too much of an issue with this loss, but others will miss the added versatility that the slot offers. Therefore, you’ll need to choose wisely on which model to go with: 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB. This matter is especially pressing since the 32GB versions of the devices ship with about 23GB of usable space. Depending on your usage habits, this space could fill out pretty quickly.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 58382
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 69042
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 2237
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 2616
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 5751
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 5745
Sunspider Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 354.5
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 780.6
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 37
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 39
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 16
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 15
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 1767
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 1842
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 1440
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 1473
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 5127
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 5181

Internet and Connectivity


Running at full throttle, there’s no surprise that the Galaxy S6 & edge are perfect web browsing machines. Once again, there is choice in what browser to use – either Samsung’s own Internet app or Google’s Chrome. Whichever one you decide to use, be sure that you won’t be disappointed by their offerings and executions. And just so you know, the quad-HD Super AMOLED displays on both devices picture the tiniest of things with an outstanding level of detail! Overall, the experience is accentuated by its effortless handling of complex sites, instantaneous responses with navigational controls, speedy page loads, and 2K-resolution details.

Since both smartphones feature a new finger print sensor, you can use it to automatically sign into certain sites Rather than having to input your user name and password, all you got to do now is to use the finger print sensor to sign in.

On the mobile network connectivity side, Sammy doesn’t disappoint, as the Galaxy S6 and edge are tooled out with many connectivity features. Being GSM-enabled smartphones, they have a high degree of compatibility with networks from around the world. Throw in expansive LTE band support while you're at it, in conjunction with category 6 downlink, and these bad boys will deliver download speeds of up to 300Mbps. Beyond that, they share all the standard-fare connectivity of today’s high-end phones, supporting things like GPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.1, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, NFC, DLNA, MHL, and the ever-important microUSB 2.0 port.

Samsung Pay


The Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 edge are the first devices to come stock with Samsung's new Pay service, which, as you might guess, is a bona-fide Apple Pay competitor. Right now, Samsung has completed deals with Visa and MasterCard, but it's yet to extend this partnership to other major players, such as American Express, Bank of America, or Chase. However, the company claims that it's working on it. From a technological standpoint, the most interesting thing about Samsung Pay is the new Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) proprietary technology, which should widen Samsung Pay's compatibility with shopping terminals significantly. In addition to NFC for making contact-less payments through terminals that support near field communications, Samsung Pay will also be able to communicate with traditional magnetic stripe terminals, thanks to MST. Unfortunately, the bad news is that Samsung Pay will not be available to use with the Samsung Galaxy S6's launch, as the service will be enabled sometime during the summer, first in the Unites States and South Korea, followed by Europe and China a bit later.

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23 Comments

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?

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.

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.

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

15. baldilocks

Posts: 1554; 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.

14. xfire99

Posts: 1207; 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.

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.

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: 1554; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

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

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: 1554; 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: 1554; 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.

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.

4. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

Mistake. Comment deleted.

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.

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: 1705; 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.

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.

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