Samsung introduced its latest and greatest smartphone venture with the launch of the Galaxy S6 Edge. At the basic level, the Edge is nearly identical to the more basic Galaxy S6. The Edge, however, is slightly smaller in size and weight, and has sleek, curved edges that give the crystal-clear 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen a cool wrap-around effect.
There are a few other notable changes that set-apart this Galaxy from previous models:
- Exterior body materials have been upgraded from a sort of chrome/plastic casing to metal/glass. The Edge looks sleeker and slightly resembles the iPhone 6. Unfortunately, the new glass backing eliminated the ability to remove the battery, which is a change that has disappointed some users.
- The capacity to add expanded storage via microSD is removed from the S6, but with double the internal storage (models start at 32GB) and a faster processor than the S5, users won’t notice the missing feature.
- The new Edge has an upgraded camera with a wider f/1.9 aperture. If you’re an avid smartphone photographer, you’ll love that it captures 40 percent more light. Wider aperture = higher quality photos in low-light situations, such as concerts and sitting around a campfire.
I spent two weeks testing the Galaxy S6 Edge and have been pleasantly surprised with the device. As an iPhone user, I’ve been hesitant to give the Android operating system an honest try. I used it a few times, but it didn’t grab my attention.
The Edge, however, is different. It is easy to customize, quick to maneuver, and launches new apps in a snap. One of my favorite features is the split-screen, which allows you to view two applications simultaneously. Exclusive to the Edge, Samsung has added a feature that reveals the time, date, weather, and basic news headlines when the phone is locked by swiping along the edge of the phone.
Another interesting feature is the “People Edge” tab, which makes your top five contacts accessible from the home screen. Each of the five contacts are assigned a color, and when they call, the edge of the phone illuminates the assigned hue, so you’ll know who’s calling even if your phone is face down on the table.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is an aesthetically pleasing device with a zippy processor that leaves me wondering if I should make the switch to Android. The Edge has a number of great features, and its customization capabilities are intriguing. If you’re on the fence about making the transition from iPhone, or even upgrading your current Android device, I encourage you to give the Galaxy S6 Edge a try.