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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Review - Verdict

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus In Hand

Value For Money

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is available for £599 sim-free with 32GB of internal storage or £699 for the 64GB model. That compares with £479 for a 32GB Galaxy S6 and £549 for a 5.1-inch S6 Edge.

Similar smartphones which prioritise camera quality and sport 5.5-inch screens are the 16MP LG G4, which can be had for around £420 with 32GB internal memory and also includes MicroSD expandability. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium features the same memory setup and screen size, but adds a huge 4K display resolution and a 23MP camera. It’ll set you back around £600. The iPhone 6S Plus comes in 16Gb, 64Gb and 128GB flavours, costing £619, £699 and £789 respectively.

Have a look at more smartphones in our Top 10 Best Smartphone Cameras 2015. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Verdict

The camera in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge has proven to produce terrific image quality, so it’s no surprise that it generates the same quality results in the new S6 Edge+. Detail is incredibly well resolved for such a small image sensor, while Samsung’s focusing, exposure metering and colour reproduction are spot on. Even low light performance – which was less impressive with the original Galaxy S6 – has now been improved with software tweaks, though if you look closely, detail smearing and image noise are still apparent.

But while the camera and lens perform very well, the Edge+ is less accomplished on the outside. Its bevelled screen edges have little real world benefit and are best suited to attracting admiring glances, or looks of pity when those super-slippery tapered edges eventually slip out of your hand and onto the pavement. These ergonomic shortcomings also plague the standard S6 Edge, but upping the screen size to 5.5 inches only exacerbates the problem.

There’s no doubt that the Galaxy S6 camera is superb, but the Edge concept is hard to see as anything other than a gimmick, and one which will cost you a noticeable premium over a regular Galaxy S6. This is still our pick of the S6 range, but if you’d rather a larger 5.5-inch display, consider the excellent LG G4 which boasts similar specs and camera quality, yet offers expandable memory and a user-accessible battery for less money.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Pros

Superb image quality in good light
Optical image stabilisation
Wide f/1.9 maximum aperture
High resolution, vibrant screen
High-resolution panoramas
3000mAh battery provides superb battery life
Ultra HD video recording

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Cons

Curved screen provides little benefit
Extremely awkward and slippery to hold
Improved low light image quality, but not exceptional
No optical zoom
No MicroSD slot
Inaccessible battery
Relatively pricey



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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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