Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
- Quality camera
- Resolution and contrast of the screen level
- Integrated wireless charging
- Weight and ergonomics
- Some reflections on the screen
- Scarce features curved display
- High price
- No microSD card slot
- Footprints and mirror housing
SpecificationsOperating system Android 5.0.2
Size 5.1 inch
Resolution 2560 x 1440
Cameras 16/5 mpx
2600 mAh capacity
Memory internal 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Performance and power are qualities innate to all the first swords from the Korean manufacturer, but their unconditional asked for something else, a leap in quality in the form of design and new materials that would allow them to compete on equal terms in all areas.
A radical renewal that is able to cover all the cracks against possible attacks. Welcome to the website of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
They say that "to be handsome you have to suffer", something that Samsung has taken to the letter in the S6 Edge unibody design, which have been on the path elements as the memory card slot or so publicized resistance to dust and water, which personally, and is only an opinion I have never given excessive value.
In addition, the S6 Edge battery isn't removable and people of iFixit, which has dedicated itself to gut it, says that its service is really complicated. It is to be compensated? Personally I think Yes.
The usual touch controls are located at the bottom of the screen and the Start button, which despite the fact that it retains its oval shape has suffered a deep update. It is now more robust and, most importantly, incorporates a new fingerprint sensor that has evolved significantly.
On an aesthetic level, the back is perhaps the least graceful of all. Disappear stylized curves on the front side and we find ourselves with a surface completely flat making that attention will focus on a single item: the camera.
A very bulky camera - flanked by the LED flash and pulse sensor-protruding up to 1.5 mm from the floor of phone, something that we understand as inevitable to accommodate a more powerful optics, but in addition to breaking the aesthetics of the Samsung Galaxy S6, making this balance somewhat when we handle it while resting on a table or flat surface.
A few colors that are altered depending on the shape and intensity that incised the light on the surface, as well as add is a effect peculiar mirror. In our case, black turns to blue with direct light.
Not only to prevent this mirror effect that fails to "kill me", also to hide a little. And it is that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the so-called layer despite fingerprint in the glass, it is a magnet for fingerprints from the first contact, something that may tarnish with a view to the most demanding.
In the upper and lower part of the structure of aluminium we find a pair of small plastic strips, responsible for isolating the antennas. Do you sound? Indeed... Although admittedly that Samsung has a more discreet and more elegant.
ScreenSamsung has always presumed to have some of the best displays on the market, something that seems to have endorsed with the 5.1 inch Samsung Galaxy S6 QHD Super AMOLED screen.
Screen, 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, equals the of Note 4 but it is a smaller 5.1-inch screen, dots per inch density is superior, nothing less than 577 ppp. By what though to share resolution, the sharpness of the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge should be slightly higher.
One significant aspect that should make us think about the real need of so high a smartphone screen resolutions, perhaps with QHD have reached the limit.
Even go a little further, Super AMOLED Full HD screen or the screen Retina of the iPhone 6, which in definition is concerned, not detract too much against the this Edge S6 QHD display.
Despite that this analysis of Galaxy S6 Edge we have spent you long time to compare, the conclusion is that you need to have very good view to appreciate the improvement in sharpness, even taking into account the significant increase in pixels per inch.
Even is not unreasonable to assert ourselves against one of the best displays on the market in terms of definition, contrast, color gamut (although for my preferences, it is too warm) and visibility outdoors, an aspect, this last one, he behaves, by the way, pretty well.
|Note 4||iPhone 6||S5 Galaxy||iPhone 5S||HTC One M9|
|Resolution||2560 x 1440||2560 x 1440||1.334 x 750||1920 x 1080||1136 x 640||1920 x 1080|
|Contrast||Very high||Very high||Very high||Very high||725:1||879:1|
Screen Edge why?
Here the lateral curvatures are much less pronounced, for what cannot be used, for example, as screens auxiliary permanent for quick access to the most used applications, as we already saw in the analysis of Galaxy Note Edge.
More curves mean inexorably new angles of incidence of the light, which results in a greater number of reflections on the screen. In fact, it is very common to find reflections that run up and down the whole side.
On the other hand, in the vertical reading, if the document or web page in excess justifies the text, the beginning of phrase are curved slightly creating an effect somewhat annoying when reading.
Certainly, small inconveniences, which added can make the user opting by a Samsung Galaxy S6 S6 Edge instead.
Hardware and performance
He Exynos of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge processor has eight divided nuclei (four Cortex A57 2.1 GHz + four Cortex A-53 1.5 GHz) with 3 GB of RAM and GPU Mali-T760MP8.
In the benchmark of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, little to say. AnTuTu, perhaps the best-known perm and performs a general mean of performance, it is positioned well ahead of all his rivals, still the advantage with the HTC One M9 - his contemporary - almost sonrojante.
For ease of reference, the following table you can see a small comparative summary address some of its main competitors:
|S6 Galaxy Edge||iPhone 6||HTC One M9||Google Nexus 6||Galaxy Note 4|
|AnTuTu (overall performance)||70.727||-||43.235||49.555||40.020|
|Geekbench 3 (processor)||1454 / 4704||1,633 / 2.928||1,080 / 3.972||1.045 / 3.219||1.093 3.188|
|3D Mark Ice Storm Unlimited (graphics performance)||21.331||17.238||22.177||23.008||14.350|
In relation to the graphics, the Mali GPU-T760MP8 fails to scratch so many differences, positioning itself even slightly below the HTC One M9 or the Google Nexus 6.
Samsung justifies this decision in the popularization of cloud storage services -includes 100 GB of space in OneDrive of Microsoft - and the increase in the internal memory, the S6 Edge is available 32, 64 and 128 GB with a new storage type UFS 2.0 universal flash.
A type of standard using the SSD, and according to Samsung provides access up to 2.7 times faster than the conventional internal memory which incorporates, for example, the S5 Galaxy and about 12 times faster than memory cards, in addition to consume half of energy.
Battery and connectivity
In this contact of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the battery life can be classified from right: a day of moderate use, extending the day and half/two drastically reducing interactions. In short, nothing new in this type of smartphones.
It should be noted that certain processes were as authentic devourers of battery, with a special mention to the video recording, a real predator of energy. Although in general all functions associated with the camera were actually voracious. By the way, forget about taking pictures when the battery threshold to 5%.
In laboratory tests performed to this our test of the battery Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, remained under intensive use behind its predecessor. While the S5 reached the 10 hours and 42 minutes hours, his successor was in 9 hours and 42 minutes. Far behind the 11 hours and 11 minutes of the HTC One M9, and is situated on the same line as the iPhone 6.
By way of compensation S6 Edge has an ultra-fast charging function that returns up to 30% of energy to the battery in just 10 minutes. For this purpose it is necessary to use adapter series Adaptive Fast Charging, which can vary the voltage output between 9, 0V and 1.67 A or 5V and 2, 0A) included in the box.
As we mentioned the battery it is not replaceable, at least in a simple way. Until now Samsung has not provided official figures, although the latest rumours are running the price of battery change could haunt the 45 dollars, and can be replaced in a day.
In addition, integrated system of charging wireless compatible with the WFP standard Qi, which means that it may use, besides the Samsung charging base, other bases of wireless charging as which is beginning to add Ikea to their products, or even the Nokia.
In the test of the Galaxy S6 Edge the full charge of the battery lasts more than one hour, while if we use the Wireless charging base the process of dilated to 3 hours, without fast load option.
Little or anything can be asked more. as regards refers to this S6 Edge connectivity : USB 2.0 support 4 G up to 300 MBps, WiFi 802. 11ac of dual-band (2. 4 G + 5 GHz) MIMO (multiple antennas in parallel), 4.1 Bluetooth and NFC.
Although on this occasion, and compared with previous versions, TouchWiz has been implemented in a much more subtle way, elegant and, above all, less intrusive.
Includes Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram pre-installed and the Google app remain unified in a single folder, as well as applications in the Microsoft cloud: OneDrive, OneNote, and Skype.
In total there are approximately 8 GB of memory storage of Galaxy S6 Edge occupied between the operating system and pre-installed applications, which represents little more than 1 GB more in comparison with a version of Android as the Nexus 6 stock.
S6 Edge offers also some exclusive extras, associated with the curvature of the screen. The shortcut mentioned above, when the phone is face down on a table side illuminate the color associated with each of the 5 favorite contacts, and can automatically reject the call only with cover pulse sensor located next to the camera, and even send a text message personalized to the person who is calling us.
The main house includes CMOS sensor of 16 megapixels, the same as its predecessor, but with opening of f1, 9, and optical image stabilizer similar to that already incorporate Lumia 930 and 830, and 6 Plus for Apple iPhone.
The camera can be activated in just 0.7 seconds simply by pressing the Start button twice. An option that once you get used it is really practical.
The focusing system is really fast, and the tripping time delay is only 0.3 seconds, somewhat slower than the iPhone 6 (0.12 seconds), but so tiny that it is impossible to realize this.
The Edge S6 camera mode has a system of auto focus on movement, focus selective for more precise control of the depth of field, enhanced widescreen mode, a new mode of virtual photography that is possible to capture objects in 360 degrees, and the usual photographic filters that often like.
In addition, incorporates a PRO mode that, despite that not being compatible with RAW, allows you to control some advanced parameters, such as the depth of field or Bokeh, white balance, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, or the brightness measurement area.
In terms of video, the S6 Edge recordings you can record video UHD 4 K (3840 x 2160) at 30 fps, and incorporates recording mode in slow motion at 240 fps with a maximum resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, what matches you to the iPhone 6 from Apple. The maximum recording duration is 5 minutes in each mode.
In general terms, regardless of its price and a slight anger to see that Samsung, despite having all the tools to avoid attending charger every night, it has prioritized the design to the autonomy, not can cast anything at face to the new Galaxy with curved screen.
His fluency in handling and performance are outstanding; the screen, the best on the market; and the camera has almost no competition in it comes to speed, lightness and definition.
Price of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge part of the 849 euros for the 32 GB version, passing through the 949 euros, if you opt for the 64 GB storage, or the 1,049 euros if you want the 128 GB. Meanwhile, the price of the Samsung Galaxy S6 normal, non-curved screen, is reduced by 150 euros for each of the versions, a difference from the S6 Edge to more than one considered crucial to opt for one or another model.
- Design 9 9/10
- Screen 9 9/10
- Hardware 10 10/10
- Software 9 9/10
- Camera 9 9/10
- Battery 6 6/10
- Connectivity 10 10/10
- Quality/price 8 8/10