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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Review

Ben Andrews reviews the premium Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Smartphone with a 16 megapixel camera and a curved 5.7inch screen.


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Galaxy S6 Edge+The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is an enlarged version of Samsung’s flagship S6 Edge smartphone and features a curved 5.7-inch display. It’s positioned to rival the iPhone 6S Plus, LG G4 and Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. Apart from its larger screen, there’s also a bigger 3000mAh battery, but otherwise the S6 Edge+ is essentially the same as a regular S6 Edge.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Features

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The most notable feature of the S6 Edge+ is its 5.7-inch display, which is 0.6 inches larger than the screen on a standard S6 Edge. Resolution remains unchanged at 1440x2560 pixels and you get the same bevelled edges which extend partly over the left and right sides of the phone. Apart from the style benefit, these curves also host a few new features, like People Edge, which provides a quick-access list of favourite contacts that’s revealed by swiping the edge of the screen.

Internal hardware remains mostly unchanged from the S6 and S6 Edge as the Edge+ is powered by the same 8-core, 2.1GHz processor, though RAM has been increased from 3GB or 4GB. The Edge+ also receives a larger 3000mAh power pack, as the S6 Edge and standard Galaxy S6 use 2600mAh and 2550mAh batteries, respectively.

The camera in the Edge+ is also carried over from the standard Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, with a 16.0MP, 1/2.6-inch back-side illuminated CMOS chip paired with a 28mm-equivalent, f/1.9 lens that features optical image stabilisation. The camera can also record Ultra HD (3840x2160) videos, albeit only for 5-minute clips. Since the release of Android version 5.1.1, all Galaxy S6-series phones now have the ability to shoot DNG raw files.

In addition to raw image capture, the Edge+ camera can also shoot panoramas, burst sequences of up to 30 shots, slow and fast motion clips, and there’s a Virtual Shot mode, whereby you move the camera around an object and it takes consecutive photos to create a 3D wraparound interactive image.

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Key Features

  • 1/2.6” 16.0-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • Fixed 28mm-equivalent lens, f/1.9
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED touch-screen, 1440x2560, 515 ppi
  • GPS / Wi-Fi / NFC
  • Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) video recording
  • HDR / panoramic shooting / 5MP front-facing camera
  • Available in black, gold, silver, or white

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Handling

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Like the regular Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the Edge+ sports a unibody chassis with an aluminium bezel sandwiched between glass front and rear panels. The styling bears more than a passing resemblance to the iPhone 6S and is a distinct departure from the plastic construction of previous Galaxy S-series phones.

However, this new premium design does mean the battery is no longer user-accessible, and Samsung has copied another Apple trait and done away with a Micro SD slot, so you’re limited to the phone’s internal storage. The Edge+ is available in 32GB or 64GB capacities, but strangely there’s no 128GB model.

But while the storage capacity may be on the small side, the phone itself certainly isn’t. Where a standard 5.1-inch Galaxy S6 Edge measures 142.1 x 70.1 x 7mm, the 5.7-inch S6 Edge+ is notably larger at 154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9mm, but it manages to stay smaller than the iPhone 6S Plus, despite this having a smaller 5.5-inch display.

But don’t go thinking the Edge+ is a triumph of design packaging. The curved screen means the already wafer-thin 6.9mm thickness feels even thinner at the edges, making this one of the most uncomfortable and drop-prone phones on the market. What’s more, if you try to get a firmer grip, your palm and fingertips will partially cover the edges of screen. These also don’t display quite the same colour and contrast as the flat portion of the display.

Fortunately the screen’s eye-popping colour vibrancy and stunning 2560x1440 resolution and are extremely impressive. The latter is no higher than the normal S6 and S6 Edge, which means the Edge+ has a lower 515 ppi pixel density, though this is still incredibly high and around 30% crisper than an iPhone 6S Plus’ LCD panel.

 

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Activating the Edge+ camera is as simple as double-pressing the home button or swiping the camera icon upward from the lock screen. The volume buttons can be customised to either function as a shutter release, video record button, or they’ll control digital zoom.

Samsung’s TouchWiz skin of the Android Lollipop operating system provides a very clear menu design that’s easy to read and navigate. The camera app follows the same theme, and by pressing an arrow in the top left of the screen you reveal options to control the flash, self-timer, HDR function and select effects filters. The remaining camera settings are also accessed from this menu bar, and include available video resolutions as well as the raw capture option.

By pressing the mode icon to in the lower left of the camera app screen, you can choose to switch from the default Auto mode to Pro mode, where you’re able to control exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity (up to ISO 800), white balance, focus distance and metering options.

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Battery life - The 3000mAh battery in the Edge+ is rated for 15 hours video playback time; up from the 13-hour rating of the normal S6 Edge, while audio playback is also increased from 49 hours to 66. There’s no CIPA rating to measure how many photos the camera can capture per charge, but avoid power-hungry apps or extended periods of web surfing and the Edge+ should comfortably out-snap a conventional point-and-shoot.


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josa 7 25 Czech Republic
17 Dec 2015 5:16PM
Impressive performace, RAW in phones is little over kill...

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