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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ review

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Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Pros

  • Stunningly beautiful
  • Fantastic screen
  • Decent battery life
  • Speedy performance
  • Great camera

Cons

  • Tricky to handle
  • Hugely expensive
  • Lacks Note features

Update: Less than a month after launch Samsung has dropped the price of the S6 Edge+ to less than £600/$600(or around £40 per month). That's a significant price drop and makes it a far more attractive proposition for those wanting a large-screened phone, or phablet.

What is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung has made a bold statement with its Galaxy S6 range of smartphones. Plastic painted as metal and faux leather backs have been consigned to Room 101 and Samsung has finally put style and design at the core of its smartphone offering.

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is born of that new philosophy. That’s not to say it’s all about style. For the eye-watering price of £749/$768 contract-free we would hope not.

Just like the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge the 5.7-inch phone is a solid all-rounder and needs to be considering its key competitor, the iPhone 6 Plus.

The Edge+ is also the big-screen phone European Samsung fans will have to live with in lieu of the Galaxy Note 5 – Samsung has no plans to sell the Note 5 outside of Asia and the US at the moment.

Related: Samsung Galaxy S8

Galaxy S6 Edge+ Design – The best looking phone ever looks even better

154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm, 153g, Aluminium 7000 frame, Gorilla Glass 4

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ makes you feel like disappearing down an underground cavern while keeping a close eye out for tricksy hobbitses. It is precious. It is achingly desirable. It is futuristic. Slap it down on any beer stained pub table and it will make every other phone look old school.

The main allure comes, of course, from the unique, curved dual-edge display. There’s nothing else like it, apart from its smaller sibling the S6 Edge. It’s streets ahead of the Note 5 and iPhone 6 Plus when it comes to sex appeal.

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An aluminium alloy frame is sandwiched between the tough Gorilla Glass 4 screen and back. It’s an upgraded version of the metal on Samsung’s previous phones and should help it avoid the (in our experience unfounded) Bendgate furore caused when the latest iPhones were released.

One thing it hasn’t managed to resolve is quite how easily the rear glass attracts greasy fingerprints. It’s a problem the S6 and S6 Edge also suffers from and it’s not too bad on the Sapphire Black version we’re testing here. Opt for the new silver coloured Edge+, though, and be prepared to regularly look like a cricketer getting ready to bowl.

Samsung has finessed the S6 Edge+ in some ways. The frame now has a fine tapered edge along the top and bottom and the curved screen seems to fit a little closer around the corners than it does on the smaller S6 Edge.

Not only is the Galaxy S6 Edge+ a stunner, it’s also brilliantly crafted.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S4 VS S5 VS S6: Which is the right upgrade for you?

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Looks aren’t the be-all and end-all of design – ease of use is also key. The Edge+ doesn’t excel here.

For a start it’s a big phone, and that comes with its own set of challenges. Using a phone with a 5.7-inch screen is tricky to do one-handed, particularly when trying to reach the top corners. Your other hand will need to get involved sooner or later.

It’s an issue compounded by the curved screen. Yes it’s great to look at but you will, sometimes, find yourself wishing you had a little more frame to grasp. The bottom of your thumb can also interfere with the screen when stretching to tap an awkwardly positioned icon.

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The S6 Edge+ is not too uncomfortable, but neither does it feel as welcoming as the curvier iPhone or Note 5 – the latter conforms to your palm making it super comfy.

Whether these issues turn you off the S6 Edge+ depends entirely on how much you value its aesthetics. Sometimes beauty demands sacrifice. The huge screen will also be worth a little one-handed juggling for many.

Galaxy S6 Edge+ – Screen

5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, 2,560 x 1440 resolution (Quad HD), Curved edges

Samsung’s Super AMOLED screen technology is one of the best you can get on a phone or tablet and the super-sharp, Quad HD S6 Edge+ makes the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pale in comparison, literally. Colours pop and blacks are deep – this is the best screen you can get for watching movies on the go.

If we’re being very picky we’d say the screen could have better viewing angles. Whites get a blueish tint to them when you’re not looking at the S6 Edge+ straight on.

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Samsung suggests the curved screen adds to your viewing experience, it doesn’t. The curves distort the picture slightly and reflect light, but since it’s just the top and bottom edge it’s not too noticeable. While the Note 5’s flat screen would be our first choice for watching videos on, the Edge+ comes a close second.

Adding to the multimedia credentials of the Edge+ is a decent (for a phone) speaker that’s both loud and clear at top volume. It lacks depth, but we’d happily watch a few episodes of our favourite series without headphones if we had to.

Plug a set of cans into the 3.5mm jack and things get even better. Samsung has added a dedicated clock to the S6 Edge+ to minimise sound distortion as well as upscaling. This aims to improve the quality of compressed audio, like MP3s.

It works too. A bit more fullness and timbre is added to proceedings, high-hats are sharper and everything is tightened up a little. Nothing seems to be lost and it has an overall pleasing aural effect. Once I had tried it out of few times I decided to keep it on.

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Prem Desai

August 29, 2015, 6:16 pm

Kudos to Samsung for trying to be innovative.

However, this edge thing is not it. It's expensive and has no real use as yet, making it pointless.

iFrank

August 29, 2015, 9:19 pm

I hope it doesn't go too badly for Sammy, though they deserve to be punished for abandoning core attributes.

Worry is, if this thing flops they might view the Note 5 as too big a risk for distribution here.

PS. Loved the little movie next to the text about using the Edge's edge.
Don't agree about S Planner being superfluous! Still my favourite app.

LeeTronix

August 30, 2015, 10:22 am

Too many models in the Samsung range, they need to trim them down firstly.
I feel Samsung just do not listen to their customers, I agree they try to keep innovating and that is good but do not lose what already works well they seem to do this all the time.
The Edge is not used properly it is more of a material shape really, if you look at the Note Edge now that really does work and works well. Maybe they should reduce their brand to two types the Edge series and the Note series and keep it simpler and more fluid and most importantly listen to their customers.

Johnny Walker

August 30, 2015, 8:52 pm

Samsung has abandoned power users. I will not be buying another Note, instead I'm asking a friend bring me a LeTV Max from China. Google the specs.

AHYL88

August 30, 2015, 9:39 pm

Same here I don't understand what direction Samsung is taking with their product line-up lately. They said they listened, would stop the scatter-gunned approach of releasing so many smartphones so often as well as cut down on software bloat the previous phones had. But they have not lived up to any of their claims or learnt from them.

Yes, they've released less smartphones, but just like before, we've got several variants of smartphones bearing the flagship name (S6, S6 Edge, S6 Active, and S6 Edge+) in about as many months, and the S6 Edge+ is basically a curved version of the Note 5. And it's likely there will be a S6 Mini, as the flagships have had a Mini version released. The Edge gimmick definitely doesn't work anywhere near as well as it did on the Note Edge. Both sides can't be used at once (maybe deliberate to cater to left and right handed users) and it doesn't really add anything this time.

And even though the S6s have more storage capacity than before, despite losing memory expansion, the S6s have even more bloatware than before, useful or not.

So yeah, Samsung has done a lot of damage to themselves and alienating their customer base, and have a heck of a lot to fix for when the S7 comes out.

kenny dunning

September 20, 2015, 11:16 pm

why does this reviewer make a point about is it worth the upgrade ? its a bigger s6 edge .they have a small one and a big one just like the iphone does with its 6 plus .you pay more for a bigger screen simple as . its called choice . when has choice become a negative ? i would feed this reviewer only porridge for the next 12 month see how he likes it ! then give him a choice of porridge or steak, as for the curved screen it took balls to come up with something this radical just look at apple, at first they say phablets are too big and then they see how well samsung was doing and hey presto we have a phablet iphone . again , you have to give samsung kudos for having the guts to be different unlike apple who have phones that don't change and don't stand out, its like they dont want to do anything different because it might rock the boat . i purchased every iphone up until the iphone 6 and realised i was being sold the same phone every year tied to awful itunes for my music .android is liberation and will get better and better

Ryland Johnson

November 12, 2015, 5:40 pm

I lost patience with Samsung after the Note 3. I was sick and tired of paying uber prices for plastic metal and plastic leather like the customer couldn't tell the difference.
I went Sony with the superb Z range, then had a spell with the iPhone.
The S6 group of mobiles drew me back to Samsung. Made with the engineering quality of a Swiss watch and highly technically advanced. The aesthetics will, of course, be choice. I find it stunningly good looking and to hold it reminds me of holding a true flagship device. Well done Samsung on selling your customers what you could and should have produced 4 years ago. Better late than never though.
Never thought I would purchase another Samsung mobile. Amazed at this one.

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November 27, 2015, 1:06 pm

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Abdul Basit

March 2, 2016, 6:23 am

AOA
adil ahsan how are you. i also bought edge plus few days back. i have i issue while using it, that is right side of mobile is getting heated just after use of 10 to 15 minutes. so you have the same issue or i have to claim the supplier.

Aaron C

March 10, 2016, 4:50 pm

So I loved my s6 edge plus, until recently. It seems that almost every time I play games on it while holding it sideways it brings up this welcome to vr screen like I'm using the oculos, and I think it knows when it fucks up because it will freezes a little after bringing up the page. I have had to many hearthstone matches soiled due to this problem, so I had to get this out to somebody.

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