Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Review – Is The Sleek Design Worth The Extra Money?
When you want the size of a Note 5, paired with the sleekness of the S6 Edge, you get something a little interesting. You get the S6 Edge+, a phone I absolutely fell in love with as soon as I got it in for review. It has a beautiful design. There are plenty of reasons I really do like this phone. It’s fast, it has an all metal and glass body, and it packs a fast and reliable fingerprint sensor. All pretty good things. Behind the design lays the specifications. The specs are actually pretty impressive, exactly what you expect from a flagship device.
- Super AMOLED display at 5.7” (same as the note 5)
- Quadcore 1.5 GHz Cortex A-53 and Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex A-57
- 32 or 64 GB of storage non-expandable
- 4 GB RAM
- 3000 mAh Battery
- 16 mp rear facing camera
- 5 mp front facing camera
Hardware & Design
Hardware on the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a feat of engineering. Like I mentioned, it has an all metal and glass body, giving it a premium feel. It’s sleek and the edge gives it a nice touch. The Fingerprint sensor works well and never gave me any issue. You just have to make sure your thumb or finger is correctly on the button, otherwise it’ll be tough opening your phone. What bugs me just a tad is how the camera sticks out from the body of the phone, causing it to be at a weird angle when laying on the table. It also makes you feel like you are scratching the camera when you put the phone down.
Display & The Edge
Let’s talk about the display. It’s pretty big at 5.7”, and with a big display comes a beautiful and pretty pixel density. About 518 ppi. That’s because fo the 1440 x 2560 resolution. Now, the whole thing about this phone is the “edge”. It’s cool, and you’ll definitely get a lot of looks with it, but I didn’t find myself using it all that much. Maybe I wasn’t using it correctly. Because of the edge, there’s barely any bezel, but there is still a chin big enough to house the home button and capacitive buttons. The display is absolutely beautiful and colors pop. It makes watching videos on youtube a great experience. One of the problems I did have though, was when the fat of you palm touches the side of the phone and messes up the video and ruins any chance you have of typing without making any grammar mistakes. That’s just a little problem I ran into with the edge. Speaking of hands, the Edge+ is an absolute fingerprint magnet!
Performance is pretty impressive too. Only bearable for me if I change the theme and or change the launcher on the phone. Other than that, it runs smoothly and perfectly without missing a beat. Mainly because of the 4 GBs of RAM inside this beast. The S6 Edge+ can actually handle a lot at once which is a good thing. With size, you usually want speed to accompany it. Unfortunately there are no micro sd card slots available, so you are going to have to stick with the 32 or 64 GBs you chose.
I didn’t like the battery life too much, sometimes it would get me through a day and sometimes it wouldn’t at all. It comes with the Fast Charging both wired and wireless, but I would rather have a full day of battery than save a few more minutes charging it. I just wish it has a bigger battery to power the beast that it is. Wireless is a nice touch, though. I’m glad they added that to give it a little freedom.
The camera on the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is quite spectacular. I got some great shots with the Edge+, and I never had any problems with it. The shutter is fast and reliable and the resolution is very nice. It is a 16 mp camera after all. Which honestly doesn’t mean much, but they sure made an awesome camera in this phone. The camera app in the phone is really quite detailed as well. It gives tons of options such as letting you shoot in full manual and in RAW. That is a really neat touch for photography buffs. I enjoy shooting in manual in general, but I never thought about doing it on a phone.
All in all, I have to say I do love this phone. If you don’t want the edge because it might be a little uncomfortable for you, I would definitely recommend the Note 5. But is it worth the extra money? Well, maybe it is. It’s a bigger, faster, and sleeker version of the S6. But I would still choose the Note 5 over the S6 Edge+.
– The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus was provided by AT&T for the purposes of this review.