Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Review

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The Samsung Unpacked event last month brought us the younger but larger brother of the Galaxy S6 Edge, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ brings in the S6 Edge’s unique design with a 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen and latest Samsung has to offer in physical specs and features. If you’re into the larger of the mobile devices out there and Samsung’s in your radar, then you’re probably looking into this or the Galaxy Note 5. Well, we are definitely looking into the Galaxy S6 Edge+… Looking into reviewing it for you, here and now.

Galaxy S6 Edge+ Specs

OS Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Network LTE Cat.9 / LTE Cat.6
Dimension 154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9mm, 153g
Processor Octa core (2.1GHz Quad + 1.5GHz Quad), 64 bit
Memory 4GB RAM (LPDDR4)
Storage 32/64GB (UFS 2.0)
Display 5.7” Quad HD Super AMOLED 2560 x 1440 (518ppi) Dual edge screen
Camera Rear : 16MP OIS (F1.9) , Front : 5MP (F1.9)
Battery 3000mAh
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MIMO(2×2), Bluetooth® v 4.2 LE, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC, Location

Let’s start off with what makes the Galaxy S6 Edge+ internally different from Samsung’s current flagship, the Galaxy S6 Edge. At the “core”, Samsung uses the same Exynos octa core processor but bumps up the RAM by 1 gig for the S6 Edge+. Instead of 2600mAh, you also get an increase in battery size at 3000mAh. Like the S6 Edge, the S6 Edge+ doesn’t have expandable storage or a removable battery. Yet, an odd drawback in comparison lies in the fact that the S6 Edge+ has only 32 and 64 GB storage options while the S6 Edge has those and a 128 GB option.  The Galaxy S6 Edge+ also lacks an IR blaster, for those of you that use your device as a remote control.

Looking past these take-aways, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is indeed a smidgen step up from the already well-established Galaxy S6 Edge. Power users will benefit from the additional RAM and obvious increase in screen real estate. The increase in battery capacity is a bit more negligible thanks to the fast 90 minute charge time when charging with a cable. Just 10 minutes of charge time will give you 4 hours of use. Should you push the battery to its limits early, it won’t take you long at all to at least bring the battery back up to a temporarily comfortable level.

Pumped with the latest and greatest in specs, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ powers through your daily tasks without so much of a frame-skip or delay. I ran an irrational number of apps concurrently in efforts to force a hiccup. I either didn’t experience a fall in performance or simply couldn’t tell that I did. The 1 second transition from an “Off” screen to a ready camera was mostly likely a product of the Galaxy S6 Edge’s raw power. That’s something I wanted to leave for the features section, but thought it was worth mentioning in the discussion of the raw performance of the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Definitely nothing to knock against the device in the specs department, no matter how hard I tried to find something.

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Exteriorly speaking, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is as comfortable to hold as it is a joy to look at. Straying farther and farther from plastics, Samsung has made their latest innovation with glass and metal. Glass resides on the front and back, encased by a metal frame along the sides. That metal comes in the most contact with the hand when held and is quite graspable. Even with the added bulk of the Galaxy S6 Edge+, the phone doesn’t feel as if it was going to slide out of your hand. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ has a fine construction with internals that are ready to keep up with anyone’s day to day habits.

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