Call Quality


Call Quality apparently isn't on Samsung's (or anyone else's) innovation radar, so it's not surprising that the S6 & S6 edge are decidedly average in this regard. Voices are audible for the most part, but are also accompanied by a subtle amount of hiss owing to the noise cancellation.

The mics on the handsets are good, though - callers on the other end of the line are able to comprehend us even in noisy conditions, although tones favor a thinner quality. The speakerphone, which you might use every once in a while, is powerful enough to use in noisy environments without having us to ask our callers to repeat themselves.

Otherwise, there's nothing great or poor about the two devices when it comes to call quality. We're satisfied, but an improvement would be welcome.

Battery


Looking at the seriously important factor of battery life, the S6 and S6 edge both deliver decent, although not class-leading results. The GS6's battery capacity is 2550mAh, while the S6 edge has a 2600mAh unit - both make do with less than what the Galaxy S5 had last year (2800 mAh). Of course, this doesn't do the whole picture justice, as both smartphones pack energy-efficient 14nm processors (the one in the GS5 is 28nm) and have been through a year of technological progress.

Samsung took advantage of this and confidently stuck a smaller battery in to make the GS6 & S6 edge thinner. Did the confidence pay off? Well, in our custom battery life test, the GS6 returned 7 hours and 14 minutes of on-screen time, while the GS6 edge got further along at 8 hours and 11 minutes, though it has to be noted that it had to run the test with a slightly lower screen brightness, due to software limitations. In real life, we expect both phones to exhibit almost equal battery life.

To put the achievement in perspective, last year's GS5 lasted 7h 38 min with a battery bigger than this year's devices have. And since we talked the technological progress talk, we can't pass by the inclusion of Samsung-developed quick charging. The engineers made a small wonder happen by getting the GS6 & S6 edge to charge themselves good for up to 4 hours of on-screen usage in a mere 10 minutes on the charger! If you rely heavily on your smartphone and drain the battery a tad too quickly, short charge burts here and there will let you have it by your side all day.

To lay down a final perspective on things, the S6 & S6 edge outlast the HTC One M9 (6h 25 min), and the iPhone 6 (5h 22 min), but the Xperia Z3 still carries the crown with its result of 9h 29 min.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 7h 14 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 8h 11 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 78
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 83

Conclusion


So, do you have a better idea now of which smartphone is a better choice? Well, if you don't want to shed a hundred dollars over the GS6's price for the S6 edge, that's more than fine, but you will be missing out on a louder speaker, and an innovative design. Then again, you might end up not liking the way the curved sides feel in the hand, or you might not be able to get used to the subtly different way movies and websites look on the curved screen.

But if money isn't an obstacle and you admire the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge's futuristic looks, they you might as well go for it! After all, it's every bit the class-leading performer its sibling is, but in an even more aesthetically pleasing way. However, the dual curved display of the S6 edge – its key point of interest for the majority of users - is mostly there to supplement the handset’s looks. Functionally, there’s not a lot to be found in it, as most of the features are just gimmicks, or ineffective.



Samsung Galaxy S6

Pros

  • Better ergonomics

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Pros

  • Attractive design


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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: 1562; 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: 1562; 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: 1562; 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: 1562; 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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