Some things just change everything. Just like what the S6 did for Samsung.
Samsung is the largest manufacturer of Android phones and has had record sales with some of its older flagships. However, the last few years haven’t been all that rosy for the Korean company. The highly unpopular Galaxy S4 and S5 weren’t all that great phones: they were overdone beasts in plastic. Samsung’s legacy of bad quality build materials became a huge concern for the company, and they just couldn’t compete with phones like the HTC M8, OnePlus One and of course, the iPhone.
Samsung seems to have build the S6 just to correct its mistakes.
The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge aren’t just beasts, they are beautiful pieces of art. The octa-core processor, 3 gigs of RAM and 5.1” quad HD display are just amazing specs to say, but holding the phone in the hand is a different experience altogether.
First up, it isn’t shabby. Its sturdy, classy (and really iPhone like) looking. Its metal around the edges, making it solid in the hand, and the glass front and back add a neat touch of glam to the phone. Many comment it’s iPhone looking, and sure it is! Its a perfect hybrid of the iPhone 6 on the sides and iPhone 4 on the front and back. And the S6 Edge is even more better looking - the curves really give it character and make swipes off the edge a charm.
All that said, the internals and screen are perfectly up to date as well, and the processor will handle anything from the camera to the movie making software with ease. The 1440 x 2560 pixels display is very sharp with outstanding contrast ratios. The camera is a good 16MP shooter, and although megapixels don’t matter, the pictures taken are nice and sharp. I couldn’t try low-light photography though, but with reference to other sources, it sounds promising.
So, the big question: the S6 or S6 Edge?
If you care of design, of aesthetics and those few more features (I’ve covered below), get the Edge. For its price, it is a great buy and won’t leave you disappointed. But if you are budget oriented and just need all the performance, the normal S6 is a good buy. If I were to pick, I’d choose the Edge.
The S6 Edge has about 4 more features than the S6. That edge display can be used to view glances, notifications, tweets, and some basic information of your motion activity. You can swipe off the edge to reveal a few selected contacts, to whom you can directly contact via the touch of a button. Moreover, you can give these contacts special colours, and when you receive a notification from them when your phone is kept flat on the screen, the edges glow the selected colour and provide a halo effect to tell you who is ringing you. Beyond these, the edge doesn’t do much, but what it does best is enable smooth, comfortable swipes from the edges onto the screen; and that's what sells the Edge to me over the S6.
The S6 and Edge are great buys, and of you are in an Android ecosystem, you can pick any of these up without any hesitation. Its surely some of the best flagships Samsung has made.
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