Review: How is it using the Galaxy S6 edge more than a year later?

2015 saw a drastic change in Samsung’s vision for its smartphones. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge brought the company’s flagship lineup into the big league in terms of design; Samsung did away with the plastic bodies and substituted them with one that incorporates glass and metal for an extremely premium look and feel. Of course, those curves on the Galaxy S6 edge were another major attraction, and that phone was probably the most beautiful smartphone of all time when it launched last year. Samsung also overhauled TouchWiz, making it smoother, faster and hiccup-free and more pleasing to the eye as well.

Not everything was rosy, however. Their premium designs didn’t leave much room for large batteries, and Samsung decided it would make up for that by offering wireless and fast charging. There was no microSD slot either, limiting users to 32GB and 64GB of storage (the 128GB model was extremely hard to get), depending on which variant they managed to get their hands on. But other than these limitations, the S6 and S6 edge were at the top of the game and a welcome departure from Samsung’s pre-2015 smartphones.

With the Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung improved on everything it introduced with the S6 and S6 edge, including putting in larger batteries and adding features like fast wireless charging to the mix. Then came the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge – these phones brought back the microSD slot, had really big batteries (at least the S7 edge did) and cameras with amazing low-light capabilities, and were also water resistant. If there was ever a thing called a perfect smartphone, you could argue the S7 and S7 edge came closest to the definition.

The Galaxy Note 7 is now official, but it has been burning up and orders here in India have been delayed, so I decided to switch to a Galaxy S6 edge (one I borrowed from my friend) to see how the device fares a year and a half after it went on sale. The S7, S7 edge and Note 7 might be newer, but even today the S6 lineup’s hardware can be considered very high-end, and I was interested in seeing just how hard or easy it is to live with the S6 edge after being used to the excellent Galaxy S7 edge.

Just a few minutes into using the device, I realized how amateurish the Galaxy S6 edge’s design is compared to the S7 edge. While the 5.1-inch screen felt more comfortable in the hand, the sharp edges around the phone are an eyesore and also cut into your hands when you’re using the phone with two hands. The particular unit that I used also has its metal rim somewhat separating from the front glass (as you can see in the picture below). It’s not surprising to see these problems though, as the S6 and S6 edge were the first time Samsung produced such premium smartphone bodies on a large scale.

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The Super AMOLED display is still excellent though, even if it is not as accurate as the one on the S7 and S7 edge (the default screen mode is a bit too blue, and Basic mode is yellower than it should be). The rear camera doesn’t offer the same level of picture quality in low-light conditions, but otherwise it takes great pictures with high detail; the front camera has pretty much the same performance as the one on the S7 lineup, which wasn’t a surprise as the S7’s front camera only has the benefit of a wider aperture (f/1.7 vs f/1.9 on the S6).

What about software performance? The S6 edge is still extremely capable, and except for a few stutters here and there, the phone handles everything with aplomb. Well, given I factory reset the phone before using it, the stutters shouldn’t really be there and I’m not sure how it continues to perform for those who have been using the device for more than a year. Still, given how optimized Samsung’s software has become, I’m sure most people are still happy with the phone’s performance. It’s also nice to see Samsung keeping feature parity across all of its flagships. A feature or two might be missing, but for the most part the Galaxy S6 edge has everything the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge offer.

Naturally, the battery life on the S6 edge isn’t great. In fact, it seems to have degraded even further after all this time, and I had trouble getting through to the end of the work day without reaching for the charger at least once. Thankfully the battery charges quickly as it has a rather small capacity, but that’s not saying a lot considering how often it needs to be charged. Samsung has recently said that time constraints made the company think of where it could make some sacrifices, and it’s clear the battery shouldn’t have been part of the specs that got compromised.

There are a few other points I should note. The Galaxy S6 lineup was the last to feature an IR blaster. I didn’t use it once in my short time with the device, but given the feature can come in quite handy sometimes, Samsung might as well have stuck with it. Also, the Galaxy S6 edge’s loudspeaker sounds better than the S7 and S7 edge’s, since it isn’t surrounded by a waterproofing membrane and hence produces clearer, louder sound. Last but not the least, the Edge screen features are on par with what you have on the S7 edge. But like the IR blaster, I never used any of these Edge features. Not because they are bad, but because they aren’t something I need.

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There was a time when Samsung phones offered the best hardware in the Android market but ran software that became slow and laggy after a couple of months of usage. They also didn’t feel worth their price tags, and it seemed Samsung was continuing to make its phone designs worse with each passing year. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge were a breath of fresh air, and from my time using the latter a year and a half later, I have to say Samsung did a stellar job, all things considered.

Battery life is pretty much the only problem with the S6 edge, in addition to the fact that most folks have probably run out of storage. All other aspects have held up really well. Okay, so the build quality feels rather amateurish compared to the Galaxy S7 edge, but that’s only because Samsung was dipping its toes in what were uncharted waters for its smartphone division. The Galaxy S6 edge has become quite affordable these days, and for anyone unconcerned with having to charge the phone’s battery too often, it’s actually still a great 5.1-inch smartphone to buy.

What do you think of your Galaxy S6 edge? Do you continue to enjoy using the device, or are you wishing you could upgrade? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

 

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XUZAX
3 months 18 days ago
XUZAX
I still own a galaxy s6e but its one of my backups. Along with droid turbo iphone se htc 10 iphone 5s. Currently use an lg g6. But when im home i use my backups to read news play games and much more. My main phome tends to sit unless i get a message or call. Keeps my battery ticking for days. My lg g6 lasts upto 3 dayz with moderate use . Currently 34 hours on battery with 63% remaining. Only about 2.5 hrs sot but who is counting. Great phone many features loveit. About the s6e great backup… Read more »
Skockkute
6 months 10 days ago
Skockkute

fix

kuzeyyusuf06
8 months 17 days ago
kuzeyyusuf06

We are still waiting for turkey rum we did not go out SM-G925FQ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sleepypandauk
1 year 1 day ago
Sleepypandauk

Additionally I have the unlocked g925f model and Samsung has done a great job with the monthly security updates. Have received monthly updates on time and frequently. Currently on August security update and imagine will get September soon. Perhaps unlocked phones get faster updates?

Sleepypandauk
1 year 1 day ago
Sleepypandauk
Still using my s6 edge after a year(purchased September). Battery life was amazing before. I would frequently get 4.5-5 hrs sot now get only 3 sot max. I’ve noticed ever since I moved to 3(UK netwrok) my Battery has gotton worse. The countless updates I get can’t help. Other then that performance is just as fast as it was when I first got it. No stutters or noticeable lag, disabling allot of bloat seems to help, and I still have around 10gb free of storage. Battery also use to frequently overheat but greenery and cool down seem to keep that… Read more »
Behzaddarklife
1 year 1 day ago
Behzaddarklife

Still waiting for MM on s6 edge G925FXXU3COI9!!!!!!!!!!

Reshock
1 year 2 days ago
Reshock

I have 2 batteries and a Samsung chargeing case, no down time under very heavy use. Note 4, work on the go computer type.

Reshock
1 year 2 days ago
Reshock
After buying 2 S5s (for wife and daughter) . I had to wait for my contract upgrade. When the S6 was unveiled, I decided to get a Note 4. Best decision ever! As function is the most important thing, I have yet to find anything fit to replace it. The specs are awesome for the S7 but it has no S-pen, but it does have the same fatal flaw as the Note 7. Samsung would have saved a fortune if the battery was replaceable. Note 8 maybe? The only thing that I could complain about is the poor security update… Read more »
djroobs
1 year 2 days ago
djroobs

using my s6 edge and didn’t change to s7 or s7 edge…if my current girlfriend is greater than other B**tches why should i break up with current one right ?? ha ha..yep s6 edge being my obedient lover for more than a year… i own both s6 edge and iphone 6s… s6 edge giving me better battery support and more user friendly support than the iphone 6s… 🙂

ddn2005
1 year 2 days ago
ddn2005

Been using S6 Edge since May last year. Only complaint is about battery, under heavy use can charge 3 times a day. Otherwise is an excellent phone. Not even thinking of switching to S7…

snowpey
1 year 2 days ago
snowpey

I owned s6 edge for a year.still a very good phone.i used a lot of edge features because i only used 2 page of my home screen and the other apps i most used i placed it on edge.and of course the direct access on my favorite contacts.i think the downside of this is only the Battery.that is the only main reason why im thinking of buying s7 edg is the battery life other than that s6 edge is still a very good phone no other issues to me.

rmbln01
1 year 2 days ago
rmbln01
I appreciate the effort for writing this article. However, it would have been a good read if the writer actually used the device as the title says. Or he could have ask the long-time users of this device of their experiences before writing this article. There are too many items to tackle than just comparing the s6 with latest models. Software & performance: – How many times have you updated its software. Did the performance improved with every updates or you ran into some issues? Display: – Have you noticed any changes in the display quality? Battery: – How long… Read more »
sammobilerockz
1 year 2 days ago
sammobilerockz
I strongly disagree with one point that edge screen isn’t of much use, even if you say it isn’t of much use to yourself, I would say that you should really start making use of it. Below are the things I use the edge screen for. 1) Direct access to compass. 2) Access to control the light intensity of flash, mostly when used as flash light. 3) App Shortcuts. 4) Direct dialing to favourite contacts. 5) RSS Feeds from most tech sites including AA(Android Authority), AP(Police), PA(PhoneArena), GA(GSMA) and dont feel bad, I use yours too. 6) News updates. 7)… Read more »
manojmcn
1 year 2 days ago
manojmcn

The edge design has come a long way. They perfected it in Note 7. I think the Note7 design is going to be the base for S8 next year.

matturl
1 year 2 days ago
matturl

My only issue with the S6 Edge now is my battery life with it. After the update to Android Marshmallow and everything after that, I struggle to get more than 3 hours SOT. I used to get between 5-7 hours of SOT with 5.1.1

white266
1 year 2 days ago
white266

still a good phone, but the battery lasts 6h. Samsung really needs to improve their batteries if they want to overcome its rival companies and exceed in the customer eyes

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