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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Review

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Written by Rakesh Bhatia

At 5.7″, Calling it a Smartphone does not justify the Statement, I would love to call it as a Phablet with amazing Design and Features

Galaxy S6 Edge+ Retail Box Contents

  • Galaxy S6 Edge+ Unit
  • Sim Tray Pin – 1
  • Data Cable – 1
  • Travel Charger – 1 ( 9 V )
  • EarPhones – 1
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card

Major Specs @ S6 Edge + 32 GB – 57,900

  • 5.7″  Quad HD Super AMOLED display. 2560 * 1440 ~ 518 ppi, Gorilla Glass 4, Dual Edge Display
  • 64-bit Exynos 7420 chipset with 14nm architecture; octa-core CPU (quad 2.1GHz & quad 1.5GHz)
  • 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM,  32 / 64 GB Internal Memory
  • 16 MP / 5 MP
  • Image stabilization (Rear); Recording Mode(Rear): Fast Motion, Slow Motion, Video Collage; Recording Mode(Front): Video Collage; Live Broadcast, UHD 4K (3840 x 2160), Quick Snap is 0.7 secs
  • Wifi – 2.4 + 5 GHz, a/b/g/n/ac, VHT80 MIMO
  • Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, HR, Light & Proximity Sensor
  • 3000 mAh Battery
  • Fast Charge – On Power 90 minutes and Wireless charge 120 minutes from Zero to 100 %. 
  • Wireless Charging
  • SAR Value : Head 1.25 W/kg; Body 1.42 W/kg

Design / Display – 5.7″ Super AMOLED display / 2,560 x 1440 resolution ~ 518 ppi (Quad HD) / Curved edges

A bigger screen 5.7″ as compared to Galaxy S6 Edge. guarded by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The main X Factor of Edge+ is Dual Edge Display. Firmly secured on Aluminum frame. Aluminium frame and CG4 gives phone a totally solid and premium look.
The best part is Content on Curved Display gives a 3D immersive look.
Body to Screen Ratio is ~ 75.6 %, almost 30 % sleeker than iPhone 6 Plus.
The only issue faced in sunlight is the appropriate brightness. If brightness level is dropped too low, Display is not so visible.
Fingerprint scanner is based at bottom centre part and is very convinient to use and yes speed is good for scanning. You can assign upto 4 fingerprints and it’s way too easy.

The only precaution in fingerprint scanning is ” No wet / dirty / greasy fingers ” or else keep repeating the scan and face the failure. Only handicap you may feel is the big size while trying to operate keys with one hand. Bigger the palm , more convinient is the usage.

Viewing angles are great, colors are awesome and having that edge either side actually brings something new to the table.

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Hardware – Quad-core 1.5 GHz / Quad-core 2.1GHz Exynos 7420 processor with 4 GB RAM and Mali-T760 MP8 GPU

On Performance Front. S6 Edge+ has beaten all the smatphones with flawless gaming, Video playback and Multi-tasking.
Specially gaming and Video went well with high frame rate and minimum loading time. Tried Racing games and candy crush, performed smooth. The good point was phone maintained a certain level of heatness , not Like LG or other smartphones which get heated up like Oven.
The key reason for smooth performance is coupling of 2.1GHz processor with 1.5 GHz.

In the flagship Models, Samsung purposely rejected Snapdragon 810 processor owing to Thermal issues which created a negative image in the consumer mind and Samsung never wanted a negative review in the S6 Series, preferred to use it’s own Exynos Chipset.

4 GB RAM is a real benefit and switching between the apps is way too fast. Geekbench 3 results have proven the faster performance at a score of 5158.

Summary – Benchmark Results
Antutu 5 69465
Geekbench 3 5158
OS II – Single Core 3567
OS II – Multi Core 16856
Multi Touch 10

Two key benefits : No negative image of Snapdragon / Samsung Revenue and more trust on own R&D. The Exynos 7420 uses ARM big.LITTLE Architecture.

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Software  / Apps

Galaxy S6 Edge+ uses a TouchViz UI coupled with Lollipop 5.1.1. Flick Thumb on the screen over a tab on the edge to bring up five favourite contacts, Notifications like message or missed call can be viewed on Edge. Swipe again and contacts are replaced with five favorite apps.

  • S-health
  • Smart Manager
  • Microsoft Apps need installation
  • S-Planner
  • Split Screen
  • Side Sync

Camera Review – 16 MP Sony IMX 240 with f/1.9 

Camera is the part which impressed us a lot. Very fast interface and impressive pictures in Dark.  The best part is quick snap shots in succession. No lag, its lighting fast. Camera is ready to capture images in less than a secs time, as claimed by Samsung.

For Video, main feature is Video Stabilization and live posting / streaming. Video capturing is upto 4K. f/1.9 is really helpful for pictures in dark, but slightly conditional, You need to have  some background / object light, or else the pictures are little blur. Wide angle lens does the work perfectly.

Camera is way too easy to use and most of the features can be found on View finder. In Pro mode , you can adjust focus manually, exposure and ISO, white balance. Images can be captured in RAW mode also.

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Panorama View

For More amazing Professional Pictures , Go to Samsung Library

Battery Life

Galaxy S6 Edge+ is equipped with 3000 mAh non-removable battery. On standby mode, Galaxy S6 Edge+ may go upto 90 hours on Single Charge ( depending upon the Signal Strength / wi-fi connectivity ).

Battery life on Video Mode approx 11 hours. In Flight Mode approx 12 hours 40 minutes.

In Power saver mode, Phone can live approx. 46 hours. Fast charge in 90 minutes from 0-100 %.

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Call Quality

Call quality and voice clarity is good on internal speakers. In S6 Edge+, there is a option of Loud mode , but it does not have much impact. Call Drop is not an issue if signals are ok or slightly weak.

Summary of Review

If you have Budget and believe in STYLE Statement with Performance ” Beauty with Brain “. No two doubts, Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a good option. The best competitor of Edge 6+ is Samsung Galaxy Note 5, where in you can sacrifice curved Display for a S Pen.

In Favour

  • Amazingly Wonderful Design
  • Eye catching and stunning screen
  • Impressive battery life
  • Speedy performance is good for multitasking and gaming
  • Camera is impressive specially Video with VDIS
  • Apps on Curved Display / TouchViz UI is amazing
  • Sidesync 4.0 lets you operate phone from PC
  • Fast Finger Print Scanner
  • Ultra Fast Chrging
  • Wireless Charging

Needs Improvement

  • Difficult to operate
  • Slightly Expensive
  • Fingerprint Impressions on Back Glass
  • Single handed operation on a 5.7″ Display
  • Sound is average
  • 32 GB Variant gives approx 25 GB User memory
  • No sd Card
  • Non Removable battery

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