Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge

The latest flagship phones from Samsung were unveiled on the World's stage by Samsung earlier this week. While we all expected it to be just the one, a duet were launched.

Here we will look at all the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge to see and compare them with Samsung's previous flagship to see what has really changed and if the changes on paper do actually translate to material difference in hand.

Samsung tasted real commercial success with the Galaxy S range of handsets. Every iteration sold more and more millions of phones than its predecessor until the flashily decorated juggernaut came to a grinding halt with the S5. 

Back then, Samsung had gotten the specs right... Expandable memory, robust internal memory, Gorilla Glass, IP67 rated dust and water-resistant and best-in-class processor. Howevwer, they had forgotten to pay attention to that one key feature that consumers had woken up to, having been spoilt by the likes of Apple and HTC- looks.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 was a faux leather look plastic clad number with faux (yes, again!) chrome sides reminiscent of a 1960s Cadillac. And as if that was not enough, the S5 was available in a range of uninspiring colours. 

The S6 and S6 Edge have not only blown the competition out of water but is also responsible for some die-hard Apple fans to reluctantly say that they would consider one of the two as their next blower.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: The Looks

Drop-dead-gorgeous. Metal, curved and rounded with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection, the Galaxy S6 range is stunning. 

Both phones are the same size with the edges on the S6 being completely rounded and the display of the S6 Edge curving over the sides so when the phone is on and left on a floor, the display seems to ooze off it. It is a sight for sore eyes.

Samsung's flagships resemble Apple's iPhone in more ways than one. When viewed from the bottom up, you'd be hard pressed to correctly distinguish one make from the other. Rounded metal edges coupled with a sleek finish, the Galaxy S6 weighs 138 grams while its curvier sibling, the Galaxy S6 Edge weighs a mere 132 g, just 5 more than Apple's flagship.

The volume toggle button has been made a lot smaller and the power button is on the left.

While we are talking about looks, it should be mentioned here that both phones are available in a range of colours but both iterations have one slightly left field style colours that they are available in. While 'that' colour for the S6 is electric blue reminiscent of the scores of Galaxy S5 adverts, the emerald green of the S6 Edge is just something else.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: Memory and storage

Bye bye SD Card, hello Cloud! There are no SD card slots. The phones come in three flavours: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB alongside free cloud storage for a set amount of time. While it will be easy to lament the sudden death of a feature that Android phones were known for, especially Samsung but even the 64GB should provide plenty of space for a happy snapper.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: Battery and charging

The difference between the NON REMOVABLE battery sizes of the two phones is merely 50mAH. And now you will ask why we paid extra emphasis on the phrase non removable... Samsung phones were known for this- your battery gets knackered, you buy another one and your phone's as good as new. But obviously, with competition heating up so much, we dont blame Samsung for not thinking too much about mili Amperes and instead making the charging of the phones almost revolutionary.

A 10-minute charge on the S6's 2550mAH battery and S6 Edge's 2600mAH battery will juice up your phone enough for 4-hours worth of discussing the latest plot twist on Wolfhall. And they deserve a special sticker for making the charging wireless. Oh, how I hate trailing wires being crushed underfoot! None of that any more!

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: Display

Both the curvy and the regular versions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 have a 5.1in quad-HD Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of an eye-watering 576ppi. The screen resolution is 1,440 x 2,560 and even though we shall soon be in the realms of picture clarity that will not be visible to the naked human eye, just to those of bees and flies, we are happy to report that in terms of dislay, it has blown the competition, namely the LG G3 out of water.

During our hands-on review, colours were accurate, without the blue tinge we have come to expect of some smartphones and brightness and contrast were spot-on.

If asked to pick the one with the better display, we would pick the S6 Edge only because the two sloping sides make the display seem almost fluid and contour-less. 

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: Camera

Samsung have not messed with the feature that worked really well on the Galaxy S5- they have left the camera intact. It is the same 16MP ith phase detect autofocus should go together to produce top quality photographs and video.

There are some improvements, though: the aperture is larger at f/1.9 (the S5’s was an f/2.2 snapper), and the S6 Edge now has optical image stabilisation, which should improve the sharpness of images shot in low light. It also boasts a new quick launch feature: double-click the home button and the camera app will launch in a claimed 0.7 seconds.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: Touchwiz, the Edge and Lollipop

Samsung have always had a heavily modified, rather bulked-up user interface overlay on top of Android. Touchwiz always used up a lot of the internal memory and garnered bad reviews for making the user experience laborious and complicated. So, this time around, the Korean manufacturer has taken the bull firmly by its horns. The new Touchwiz overlay is easy, simple and colour coded.

On the edge of the Galaxy S6 Edge, the colour coding comes into its own. Phonecalls, messages and emails all glow in different colours and so when you recieve a phonecall from a contact, even face down, the phone glows a different colour so you know whether it is the boss ringing or your partner.

Android 5.0 Lollipop is light, bright and as smooth as ever and the edge of the S6 Edge makes scrolling through notifications easy.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 difference

There is no difference between the two phones apart from the curved edges. The S6 is a look-alike of the iPhone 6 with a beautiful metal body and the Gorilla Glass 4 front. The S6 Edge weighs a mere 6 grams less than the regular version but apart from that both are identical.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge : Verdict

Both phones score 10/10 for their sheer beauty but the pageant winner in this instance is the S6 Edge. Different, beautiful, premium with the ease of use hitherto found only in iPhones.

With the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung have finally delivered what we have waited for a long time.

Not just a competitor of the iPhone 6 but an iPhone beater.


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