This is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and it’s my own personal device. I bought it off-contract and I bought it to use it, to enjoy it, and to also compare it to other smartphones coming out later this year.
This is the Samsung Galaxy S6, a review unit that I got in not too long ago from Verizon. And first of all, before I jump into this video topic, I want to say that both of these devices are some of the best smartphones Samsung has ever made beating out the Samsung Galaxy S5 in nearly every way. But between the two devices, after using them on a daily basis for at least a couple of weeks now, I find it hard to recommend the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge over the standard Samsung Galaxy S6 no matter who you are, whether you’re a tech enthusiast or just a casual user.
There’s really one or two main reasons why I find it hard to recommend the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge over the standard Samsung Galaxy S6 and the first reason (and probably the most significant reason) has to do simply with its hardware.
The Galaxy S6 Edge looks really sleek. It looks really futuristic, premium absolutely. But since both edges of the display curve around the side, it actually makes it really hard to get a good grip on the device. We’re talking about a few millimeters of space on each side of the device for your fingers to grip onto compared to the Galaxy S6, which doesn’t have the curved display but does have much more room to actually grip the device. You also have to consider the fact that the Gorilla Glass front and back cover actually makes this thing even sleeker when it’s on a flat surface or your pocket. Based off my daily use, I did find the Galaxy S6 to be just easier to hold and grip overall.
The other reason the Galaxy S6 is better than the Galaxy S6 Edge just has to do with the fact that it’s a $100 less. That’s $100. I don’t care who you are. A $100 is $100 whoever you are. And that’s a good amount of money. For $100 more, you get a screen that curves around the left and right hand side of the device ever so slightly more so than the Galaxy S6 and less than the Galaxy Note Edge. You get the same resolution, same display size, same display technology—it’s all the same except the curve. That’s really it. Technically, it has a slightly larger battery. It’s 2600mAh as opposed to the Galaxy S6, which has a 2550mAh but it’s almost not even worth mentioning the difference.
So does the curve display create a unique effect when watching videos or getting content? Yeah, it looks great and you can notice the effect. It makes it appear as if content is raised above the display ever so slightly making things appear slightly 3D. It’s pretty cool but it’s something you actually stop noticing after a while, after you start to use the device more often.
You also get several different Edge screen features like Edge Lighting, People Edge, Information Stream, and Night Clock. Edge Lighting lights up the edge of the display when calls and notifications are received from 5 people that you contact most frequently. People Edge allows you to store up to 5 of your most contacted people on the Edge Screen, working in conjunction with Edge Lighting. Information Stream allows you to view feeds related to your interests on the edge screen while the main screen is turned off. And then dash clock shows a clock on the edge of your screen while the main screen is turned off as well. So you do get some unique features but they really aren’t very practical. At least I don’t think so.
The most practical is People Edge, but even then it’s not like it takes any longer to open up the Dialer app or the Messenger app and contact whoever you like that way. Plus, you kind of have to retrain yourself to use the People Edge feature. It doesn’t really come naturally.
You have to consider those features to be worth $100. And in my opinion, they aren’t. I actually like the S6 display in the sense that it appears slightly larger since the edges aren’t tapered. If it were up to me, the displays on both of these phones would be bigger. But the display on the Galaxy S6 does seem slightly bigger than the display on the Galaxy S6 Edge.
So that is my opinion on whether or not the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is worth it over the standard Galaxy S6. I would say, save your money. But if you have your mind set on the Galaxy S6 Edge, chances are, you’ll probably it anyway and my opinion wouldn’t influence you. But $100 is $100. I’d say save your money.
If you have a Galaxy S6 Edge, I’m curious to know whether or not you still find the Galaxy S6 Edge features worth it or if you use them at all. I’m just curious to know.