Coming off positive results with its drastic change to the Galaxy S series, they decided to bring another change to its phablet line of phones. Last year, they had the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Note Edge which was considered the most unique phone in years. They absorbed some feedback and released the Galaxy S6 Edge, which came with not only one curved side, but both. Which leads us to this – a blown up version of the S6 Edge for those phablet lovers. So we have been using the Edge Plus for quite some time now – How does it stack up against the competition?
(Disclaimer: This phone has a very familiar software and hardware experiences to the Galaxy Note 5, so this review will fill in the differences between them. If you’d like a full review, click here.)
As someone who had the opportunity to try the Galaxy S6 Edge, I was excited to get my hands on the bigger, better version of the phone. Lets just get one thing out of the way, the device is gorgeous. You cant help but stare or catch yourself admiring what makes this phone so unique. The aluminum frame with the sealed (fingerprint prone) glass just grabs your attention immediately. I’ve noticed that peoples reaction has gone from “what phone is that?” To “that’s the edge, right?” quicker than any Samsung phone in the past.
That’s where the design hits its first flaw for me. If you thought the Note 5 was slippery, the S6E+ feels like its ready to depart from your hand at any given moment. Even though the edges dig into your hand a bit more than the Note, its still one of the more slippery devices of this year. I have pretty big hands and still felt pretty worried and that’s where my second problem comes in. The phone being this big (5.7-inches) and with such a unique design demands the use of two hands. I could never seem to stretch across the screen without hitting something unintentionally. It may help if you get a case, but its something worth mentioning.
The display was updated so that it also functions like the Galaxy Note Edge display where it’ll give you brief information without having to completely turn on the device. This is particularly useful when you’re trying to find out what time it is in the middle of the night without trying to get blinded. Another important update to the edge software was the new page added to the “People Edge”. This page allows you to add a row of applications for quicker access which is very useful if you don’t want to go into your library of apps.
As mentioned before, software is extremely similar to the Note 5 in running the a very similar version of Android, excluding all the special Edges features and apps. The S6E+ also comes with the same 16-megapixel camera sensor, and it works beautifully. For more info on this check out our Note 5 review.
Samsung is doing a great job in making the Galaxy line of devices even more “premium”. The Galaxy S6E Plus will go down as one of the most unique devices I’ve ever used without seeming gimmicky. If you have no use for the S-Pen and want a stunner of a phone, then this is the device for you. Just be well aware that it is not a one handed device.
Another job well done Samsung!
- Battery Life
- Size is a bit weird in the hand
- More apps need to take advantage of the Edge display