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13 Best Smartphones and Mobile Phones

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Originally reviewed by Evan Kypreos 20 August 2015

From £43.50 a month

Key features:
  • 5.1-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 AMOLED screen
  • Octa-core Exynos 7420 chip
  • 16-megapixel camera with OIS
  • Stunning design
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is possibly the best smartphone on the market right now. Interestingly, that’s not actually down to its headline feature – the curved screen. We still think it’s more showy than useful. The handset as a whole is nothing short of brilliant though. If you can afford it, buy it.

It’s the best-looking of Samsung’s mobiles, with an aluminium and glass design that really highlights the aesthetic shortcomings of the Galaxy S5. There’s a fingerprint scanner built into the home button, which allows you to unlock the phone or make purchases through Samsung Pay with a touch.

It’s also not much bigger than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, despite packing a larger 5.1-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 AMOLED display. It’s incredibly sharp, offering great vibrancy and colour accuracy, as well as pure blacks. Our only complaint is that the edges can pick up glare. The 16-megapixel main camera is the best on any smartphone right now, coming with OIS, an effective Bokeh app and the option to tinker with the finer points of photography far more than you usually would.

Performance is astounding. The Edge is the fastest phone we’ve tested to date, thanks to the octa-core Exynos 7420 chip and 3GB of RAM. It makes mincemeat of complex games, and doesn’t suffer from any overheating issues. The battery is easily good enough to last a day and charges speedily too.

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