Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge? Samsung surprised no one when it announced two versions of the Samsung Galaxy S6; the standard ‘plain’ version and the Galaxy S6 Edge. We’ve lived with both Android phones to help you decide between two of the best smartphones rolled out by Samsung.
So how do you pick between these two great Samsung phones and how do they differ?
We look at those differences in more detail below to help you pick the right handset for yourself.
Let’s start with the similarities.
THEY BOTH SHARE THE SAME BASIC FEATURES:
Both feature a 5.1-inch Quad HD display that’s 1,440 x 2,560, up from 1,080 x 1,920 on the Galaxy S5. Next is the Samsung Exynos 7420 processor, an octo-core processor with four cores clocked at 2.1GHz and another four at 1.5GHz. They both run on the same Android Lollipop 5.0 Operating System and have 16-megapixel rear cameras with optical image stabilization 5-megapixel front cameras.
Also, they both feature wireless charging.
And now, the differences…
POWER: THE S6 EDGE HAS A BIGGER BATTERY
One of the key changes for the S6 is that it is the first flagship Samsung phone that has a non-removable battery. This battery will last for 12 hours of continuous web browsing with Wi-Fi according to Samsung. Its biggest trick is the fast charging- Ten minutes of charging equates to about three to four hours of use and it can charge from 1% to full in about an hour and 20 minutes, faster than any other rival phone.
Because the SIM-tray on the Galaxy S6 Edge had to be placed at the top of the phone, Samsung managed to squeeze in a slightly larger capacity battery than the Galaxy S6 – 2,600mAh vs 2,550mAh. It shouldn’t make a huge difference, though, as it’s only 2% bigger. But in use, there seem to be some slight disparity in battery performance. For instance, approaching the end of a working day, the S6 Edge seem to have about 10-20% more battery left.
3D gaming hits both devices pretty hard and will drop the battery by about 40% in three hours, but that will be closer to a 45% drop off if you’re using the non-Edge S6.
There isn’t a huge amount of difference in battery performance of these two phones, but the S6 Edge does have a fractionally larger battery and thus appear to last a little longer than the standard S6.
DESIGN: THE S6 EDGE IS LIGHTER, BUT THICKER
Again, we’re talking about tiny margins, the S6 Edge is marginally lighter and thicker than the S6. The S6 Edge weighs 132g and is 7mm thick while the S6 is 138g 6.8mm thick so that’s 6 grams lighter and 0.2mm thicker.
Both phones make use of Corning Gorilla Glass on the front and back and have metal rims. Both phones also have protruding cameras, which is slightly less apparent on the Edge. The camera units only stick out by a couple of millimeters, so it isn’t a big issue.
ABOUT THAT CURVED SCREEN…
Beyond its good looks, the curves of the S6 Edge provides some additional functionality, none of them are killer features other than making the phone have a look and feel of being a little bit sleeker than the S6.
A few examples, however, are how the edge displays the time even when the phone is asleep, it’s very similar to the ‘glance’ feature seen on some Microsoft Lumia smartphones.
Notifications and messages can be accessed from the edge using the new ‘People Edge’ mode. You can designate up to five contacts from your list to appear as one of five coloured lines on the edge of the home screen. One of the smaller, but more intriguing features is how you can set the edge to function as a notification light when the phone is faced down. It can also combine with the People Edge mode and be set to glow a specific colour when a particular person calls. This means you can work out who is calling when the phone is face down. If nothing else, it looks cool.
The edge can also double as a bedside clock with Night Clock mode. When the phone is in sleep mode, a quick swipe up and down will illuminate the edge. The night clock can only remain active for a maximum of 12 hours, but it will disable automatically if the phone’s battery hits 15%.
Both phones are currently shipping in SIM-free 32GB, 64GB and 128GB sizes. Neither phones has a built-in microSD card slot and each is available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, but each also has an exclusive colour – Blue Topaz for the S6 and Green Emerald for the S6 Edge.
The S6 Edge is generally more expensive because the curved screen is harder to manufacture.
Oh… if you want to go bigger than the S6 and the S6 Edge, keep your fingers crossed. Samsung has officially announced that the new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be released on Friday, March 11, 2016.
As we noted above, the main appeal is simply the novelty factor and style that the edge display provides. The S6 Edge truly stands out in a crowd of phones that are becoming increasingly difficult to tell apart. How much you’re willing to pay for that difference, however, is entirely up to you.
These are two of Samsung’s finest phones available on Vconnect and for whichever one you pick, you’ll be getting a fantastic smartphone at an affordable price.