Recently, Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. As the new devices come under the Galaxy series, it has inherited the same design language, and it seems that that Samsung will continue with the formula for a while. As compared to Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ predecessor, the successor doesn’t have features like S Pen, and it has a larger display. So let’s find out that the handset justifies the Rs 9000 premium (approximate) over its smaller sibling.
Look and feel
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge + sports Silver Titanium finish and gives a rich look but it is very slippery and not easy to hold. The power button and the volume rocker are placed within the reach and have good tactile feedback. The sensors, notification LED, earpiece and 5-megapixel camera sit above the screen while the home button includes the integrated fingerprint scanner and the capacitive Back and Recent buttons are placed below it.
The Nano-SIM tray and a microphone are placed on the top of the handset, only to leave infrared (IR) blaster. The feature is present on the Galaxy S6 Edge. While on the bottom of the handset, there’s the headset socket, Micro-USB port, and speaker grille. On the rear-side of the smartphone, 16MP camera, LED flash, and heart-rate sensor are found, along with that a ‘Made in India by Samsung’ inscription are placed at the bottom.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ comes with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 1440×2560 resolution, which keeps the pixel density well above 500ppi.
However, by the excellent weight distribution the handset feels light, but the larger curved display and narrow sides make this phone very tricky to use with one hand- almost impossible in many situations. There are more chances of dropping the phone while using it.
Specification and Software
Specifications of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are pretty much same. And the Galaxy S6 Edge+ includes new updates like Bluetooth 4.2 (instead of 4.1) and a larger serving of RAM, which brings the total to 4GB. However, the RAM up-gradation has little influence on smartphone’s performance, unless your app data grows and Android receives updates down the line, the additional gigabyte might prove to be useful.
The S6 Edge+ comes with 32GB of onboard storage with no microSD slot for expansion- a big drawback. But USB OTG can be another way of expanding the onboard storage. Users get Samsung’s TouchWiz interface on top of Android Lollipop 5.1.1.
There are the sub-menu feature on the screen which lets users to customize and can position a tab on either side of the screen and quickly access any five contacts and apps of your choosing by swiping up on it. Features like Night Clock that shows the time, alarm time and battery level along the edge. Edge Lighting and People Edge works for those contacts that you’ve added to the edge screen. Information Stream lets you manage feeds and other general notifications from apps. You can download more feeds from the app store. Theme support is another great feature which lets you change the entire look of your Galaxy S6 Edge+.
It also includes pre-loaded apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Skype and OneDrive, and you also get 100GB of OneDrive cloud storage space free for two years.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ works smooth and blazing fast. The smartphone is a multi-tasker between heavy apps such as a game and the camera. The fingerprint scanner is included in the smartphone and works much better than it did on the Galaxy S5 and a simple touch is all it takes to unlock the phone. But the only problem we face was heat. While playing games on the handset, the byproduct is a lot of heat.
The handset has scored 67,401 points in AnTuTu and 24,060 points in 3DMark IceStorm Unlimited in our benchmark test. The call quality and audio is very good, but the earphones don’t offer ambient noise isolation as they don’t block your ear canal completely.
Moving on to the camera, Camera performance is very good, regardless of the lighting condition. Nicely saturated colours and the level of detail is amazing, even when zoomed in. Optical image stabilisation (OIS) does a very good job of getting rid of unwanted shakes, and video quality is pretty stunning, even in low-light.
In our video loop test, the large 3000mAh battery lasted for 14 hours and 7 minutes, which is more than what the smaller Galaxy S6 Edge sibling managed.
The software and hardware updates make the phone a bit more future-proof but that at a cost of Rs 9000, which is more expensive than its smaller sibling, and we don’t really see what extra value it offers to justify this.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is not a bad phone by any means, but it really isn’t the smartest buy at its current price of Rs 55,500. If you like its performance and its look but the cost of the phone is stopping you, then the Galaxy Note 5 is a more sensible choice.