Featuring twin Edge displays and all the perks of Samsung's Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S6 Edge is an innovative, powerhouse Android smartphone. However, a lack of decent applications and services for the custom screens means that it fails to fully deliver on its promise.
Innovative design, fast processor, decent camera, robust security services
Lower than average battery life, lack of Edge display features, expensive
Screen: 5.1in Quad HD 2560x1440 577ppi Super Amoled with twin Edge displays
Processor: Octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420
Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2600mAh
Camera: 16MP, 2988x5312 pixels with OIS, F-1.9 lens, LED flash rear, 5MP front
Samsung has enjoyed iron-clad control of the Android smartphone market over the past few years, but many people have recently accused the firm of resting on its laurels.
This accusation gained momentum in 2014 when Samsung released what in many people's minds was its dullest handset to date, the Galaxy S5.
Featuring a design that many felt was functional but woefully light on technical innovations, the Galaxy S5 failed to deliver on Samsung's and analysts' sales projections.
One year on, Samsung has worked hard to rectify the situation and released what it claims is its most advanced smartphone to date, the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Design and build
Visually the Galaxy S6 Edge has a similar look to Samsung's Galaxy S6 and features a metal chassis and Gorilla Glass back. In fact the only noticeable difference is that the Galaxy S6 Edge is slightly thicker at 7mm, and has twin Super Amoled Edge Screens, like those on the Galaxy Note Edge, wrapped around its left and right sides.
The custom 'Edge Screens' reduce the amount of metal used on the Galaxy S6 Edge and make it a full 6g lighter than its Galaxy S6 sibling.
While this sounds small, we found that the change in weight and size is noticeable and made the 142x70x7mm, 132g Galaxy S6 Edge feel different in the hand to the Galaxy S6.
The curved edges make the handset slightly more ergonomic and give it a much more distinctive look than the Galaxy S6, which borrows heavily from the Sony Xperia Z3 and iPhone 6 designs.
The mix of glass and metal, combined with the curved screen edges, also makes the Galaxy S6 Edge feel suitably premium and solidly built.
The Galaxy S6 Edge's build quality is also noticeably better than past Samsung handsets, which tended to feature flimsy-feeling polycarbonate backplates and sides.
That said, the glass sides did give us some concerns about whether the Galaxy S6 Edge can survive accidental falls onto hard surfaces without the screen cracking.
The Galaxy S6 Edge comes with a 5.1in, 2560x1440, 577ppi, Super Amoled main display paired with Edge Screens on its right and left sides.
The Edge Screens are designed to complement the main screen and offer increased display space. We were very impressed with the display quality when testing the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Samsung claims that the screens display 70 percent more pixels than the Galaxy S5 and are the sharpest ever seen on a smartphone.
We always struggle to spot differences when handsets break the 400ppi mark, but we found the screen a definite cut above most competing smartphone displays.
Text and icons are among the sharpest we've ever seen and made document editing and reading on the handset a pleasant experience.
Brightness and colour balance levels were also excellent, and we have to applaud Samsung for the work it's done in calibrating the Galaxy S6 Edge's display.
Unlike many Amoled displays the Galaxy S6 Edge's screen doesn't appear oversaturated and, thanks to its brightness levels, remains usable in bright lighting conditions that render many smartphone screens unreadable.
Viewing angles are impressive and text remained readable even when viewed from the side.
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