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Galaxy S6 Edge review: the high-end Samsung revolution

Following the poor reception of the Galaxy S5, Samsung brought two Galaxy S series flagships to the table: the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, which showcased an all-new curved display. The demand for the Galaxy S6 Edge has been high, but is Samsung's flagship all it's cracked up to be? Find out in our Galaxy S6 Edge review.  



  • Inventive new design
  • Simplified software interface
  • Stunning display and video quality
  • One hour charge for 100% battery


  • Non-removable battery
  • No microSD card support
  • Steep asking price

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge release date and price

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge release date was April 10 2015, and the Galaxy S6 Edge price is around US$580. At the time of its release, the S6 Edge cost US$800 off-contract.

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The Galaxy S6 Edge is one of the more expensive Android phones. / © ANDROIDPIT

While these prices are considerably high, it's important to note that with this device, Samsung has set the bar for premium smartphones in 2015 – and perhaps even started a revolution – with its clever innovation. Much like in 2011 when Samsung introduced the term 'phablet' with the Galaxy Note, it's entirely possible that the S6 Edge is the beginning of a new smartphone trend.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge design and build quality

The Galaxy S6 Edge is one sleek machine. It has the glass and metal finish that many have been crying out for from Samsung, the first time that the manufacturer has used these materials on a high-end smartphone. It's slim, sophisticated and surprisingly lightweight.  

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge from the front. / © ANDROIDPIT

The side-panels of the Galaxy S6 Edge are narrow and slim, making it feel slightly sharp. After using it for several weeks, we can't say that the design got any more comfortable to hold. This seems to be the current price to pay for a dual-edged screen though.

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The front camera is to the right of the speaker, the sensors are on the left. / © ANDROIDPIT
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The volume keys are conveniently positioned at the top left of the right edge. / © ANDROIDPIT
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At the top of the Galaxy S6 Edge is IR blaster, pin hole mic and SIM hatch. © ANDROIDPIT
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The Galaxy S6 (left) with the Galaxy S6 Edge. / © ANDROIDPIT

The dedicated volume buttons are located at the top of the left edge, and the lock/power button is just above the middle of the device on the right-hand side. The button placement is well-suited to right- or left-handers, but your index finger might naturally sit a little higher than the lock/power button if you're holding the S6 Edge in your left, and your thumb will be a little higher up when holding it in your right.

It feels slightly awkward to have to slide down to access the power button every time you unlock the phone, but it's not uncomfortable, as such.

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The Galaxy S6 Edge is a wonderful machine to look at. / © ANDROIDPIT
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Side view detailing how the top of the device slides around to the side edge. / © ANDROIDPIT
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The lock/wake button is on the right edge of the Galaxy S6 edge is . / © ANDROIDPIT
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The back of the Galaxy S6 edge is identical to the back of the Galaxy S6. / © ANDROIDPIT

In daily use, the smartphone can be held and operated in one hand without any problems, and it has a strong grip. Maybe too strong – the rear glass will quickly become masked in fingerprints. Still, this is preferable to a device that slips out of the hand too easily.

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The Galaxy S6 (left) has wider sides than the Galaxy S6 Edge and is more comfortable to hold. / © ANDROIDPIT

The design of the Galaxy S6 Edge does favor style over comfort. It's beautifully thin, but this means that it's not an especially pleasing device to hold. How much this matters will depend on your personal taste; it's certainly not a deal breaker. I'd predict that the majority of those who purchase an S6 Edge will never complain about its thin sides. 

What people might complain about, however, is the lack of removable battery and microSD card slot. Samsung has done away with these features on both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, but despite a mass of complaints, the lack of expandable storage and removable battery doesn't seem so significant to us. There are plenty of online storage options available to users now, and Samsung has included some excellent charging solutions to pacify removable battery fans (more on this later). 

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge display

The Galaxy S6 Edge has one of the highest resolution displays that can currently be found on an Android device, and it’s one of the best we’ve ever seen. The display comes in at 5.1 inches, similar to that of the Galaxy S6, and it's loaded with pixels; picking them out individually is near-impossible. 

The screen technology is super AMOLED, which Samsung has been using since the Galaxy S, and it has a QHD (1,440 x 2,560 pixels) resolution. The Galaxy S5, by comparison, has a Full HD (1,080 x 1,920 pixels) display. 

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The quality of the QHD display is stunning. / © ANDROIDPIT

The biggest thing that sets the Galaxy S6 Edge apart from other devices is, of course, the sloping sides of its screen. These sloping sides provide additional functionality, but also work to great when watching videos. It's not 3D, but it somehow gives videos a more "energetic" feel that you don't get with other smartphones.  

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The bottom of the Galaxy S6 with home button / fingerprint scanner. / © ANDROIDPIT

The S6 Edge displays houses around 577 pixels per inch. This is an impressive number, and the Edge has an impressive screen tone to boot. If you find it too garish, however, it is possible to change the contrasts with four pre-set options (adaptive, cinema, photo and basic).

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You can easily adjust the colors on the Galaxy S6 Edge to suit your taste. / © ANDROIDPIT

The S6 Edge is protected by Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and the back. The fourth generation of Corning's glass improves display durability by an estimated 80 percent compared with conventional glass on other smartphones and tablets.

The screen is a joy to look at; it's extremely detailed and has rich color and contrast. It is hard to avoid some glare from the sloping sides, but this is a small complaint, and the subtle 'wipe' animation when you lock the device is an elegant overtone. In terms of screen responsiveness, taps and swipes on the display are interpreted almost instantly by the S6 Edge. It's a real gem.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge special features

Among the standout features of the S6 Edge is the fingerprint scanner which can be accessed in lock screen settings. You can configure multiple fingerprints to unlock your device, as well as adding a backup password to use in case the fingerprint scanner malfunctions. Not only can your fingerprint be used to unlock your device, you can also connect to the Web, check your Samsung account, or make a payment with Paypal.

Some argue that the fingerprint reader greatly enhances security, but we're not sold on this. What's more, you must place your finger at a specific point on the home button in order for it to be recognized, and it occasionally doesn't work. It’s a good idea, but it's not 100 percent perfect yet.

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You can use your fingerprint to make payments with PayPal. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Galaxy S6 Edge also incorporates a heart-rate monitor, just like the S5 did. You can find it within the S Health app, and it measures your heart rate using a sensor below the flash on the rear of the camera.

When you hold your finger against it, a red light is displayed while it monitors your heart rate. It's more consistent than the previous iteration on the Galaxy S5, and is a neat function for anybody concerned with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

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S Health integrates with Samsung's heart-rate sensor to help monitor your health. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge software

The S6 Edge arrives with Android 5.0.2 and Samsung's TouchWiz UI, but it's now been upgraded to Android 5.1.1. It's expected to get Android Marshmallow, but Samsung hasn't officially confirmed this.

Samsung's latest user-interface provides the freedom to uninstall most of its pre-installed applications, except those that are crucial to the system, which is a welcome change from typically bloatware-filled Samsung devices. 

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The Galaxy S6 Edge comes running Android 5.0.2. / © ANDROIDPIT

With the curved edges, Samsung has introduced a brand new concept to the smartphone market, but what use do they have, besides looking good?

First up, People Edge. This feature lets you configure up to five favorite contacts which can be assigned to a side of the screen. Swiping in from the side of the screen will bring these favorite contacts into view, where you can easily SMS or email them.

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You can assign five favorite contacts to the side-screen of the S6 Edge. / © ANDROIDPIT

The second feature, Edge Lighting, works in combination with the first. When your phone is on its stomach, the side screen will project a color onto the surface it rests on when one of your favorite contacts calls you. Because each of your favorite contacts has been assigned their own color, you can see who is contacting you at a glance.

It's a fantastic USP because it produces such a strong visual effect, making it excellent for Samsung's marketing campaign. For the end-user, though, the novelty quickly wears off. 

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On its front, the side screen is capable of the color of the contact who has contacted you. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung's Information Stream is more interesting. This feature is activated by sliding your finger along the screen edge. The edge will then display information such as the current temperature, time, date, news feeds and even Twitter updates. Samsung's intention is for it to be used at night (or early morning) while the device is lying flat on a bedside table; it means you can see useful information without having to pick up the handset.

This seems like a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, though. I'd rather pick up my phone and use if properly than perform a slide motion gesture to access to some limited functions. Information Stream just isn't all that relevant. 

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This is what the favorite contact notifications look like. / © ANDROIDPIT

There are many other features to be found with the new version of TouchWiz, on top of those relating to the side display. TouchWiz now provides access to a wide range of customization options, as well as all-new themes, while Download Booster makes a welcome return.

Located in the additional connection settings, Download Booster combines Wi-Fi and LTE networks for faster download speeds for files larger than 30 MB. This feature isn’t new, but it’s still excellent.

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Samsung's Download Booster speeds up downloads by combining mobile data and Wi-Fi. / © ANDROIDPIT

There is also a new gesture command, which enables you to launch the camera by tapping twice on the home button. It’s convenient, super fast, and reduces the chances of you missing a perfect photo opportunity because you were waiting for your camera app to launch. It's a fantastic idea, which has been perfectly implemented.

Sadly, Samsung has not followed LG's lead with a "knock on" effect, in which you can wake the screen by tapping on it twice. If you've never had a phone with this function before, you probably won't mind, but if you have, you'll miss it. 

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge performance

The performance dished out by the Galaxy S6 Edge is generally very impressive. During our first few weeks with the device we noted how Samsung's UI would stutter from time to time, but a few updates later, it seems that this has now been addressed. 

When we discuss performance, this concerns all of the device components including the touch screen, processor, graphics chip, RAM, internal memory, cameras and connectivity.

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The AnTuTu and Geekbench 3 verdicts on the Galaxy S6 Edge. / © ANDROIDPIT

After splitting with Qualcomm, reportedly over fears that the Snapdragon 810 chipset was overheating in some devices, Samsung decided to use its own Exynos 7420 processor for the S6 Edge release in the west. Whether this was a good decision or not, I'm pleased to report that the S6 Edge suffered no overheating issues throughout my time with the device, even after running an intensive performance test for 30 minutes.

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The Galaxy S6 Edge will get you through a few winters before it starts to slow down. / © ANDROIDPIT

The graphical capability of the Galaxy S6 Edge is outstanding, the only disappointment is that few apps and games can make full use of such power yet. 

With powerful components together and well-optimized software, the S6 Edge is one of the fastest devices around. Its Antutu benchmark results provided an average of 61,493, which is a very respectable score. To provide some context, in our independent tests, the S6 Edge+ achieved an average score of 69,456, the Nexus 6P came out with 52,845, and the Galaxy S5 averaged 44,095 when running Android Lollipop.   

What this means is that the Galaxy S6 Edge is a capable handset and will be for the next few years. Check out our fastest Android phones article for further insights into current flagship performance.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge audio

When confronted with a high-end smartphone worth more than 800 dollars, I expected superior audio quality. With only a single speaker for music playback, the Galaxy S6 Edge audio is substandard compared with other modern flagships, although Samsung has introduced a Sound quality and effects section to try to make up for what it lacks in hardware.

Within this menu there are three options, the first of which is called Adapt Sound, which allows you to configure a personal sound setting for when you make calls, listen to music or watch videos.

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The settings of sound effects on the Galaxy S6 Edge. / © ANDROIDPIT

The second option is SoundAlive+, which simulates a surround sound effect, and the third is Tube Amp, which recreates the warm tone of a tube amplifier. It’s an good package of sound enhancements for use with headphones, but none of them add anything substantial to the single speaker playback.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge camera

Both the rear and front cameras on the Galaxy S6 Edge are best-in-class. Samsung can always be relied upon to deliver on its flagship smartphone displays and cameras, and once again it proves itself in the photography stakes with truly outstanding image quality. 

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The 16 megapixel camera of the Galaxy S6 Edge includes optical image stabilization. / © ANDROIDPIT

The rear camera has approximately 16 million pixels, meaning it can take photos with up to 5,312 x 2,988 pixels in 16:9 ratio. On the video side, you can choose any resolution from VGA (640 x 480) up to UHD (3840 x 2160). There are a number of devices out there right now that are capable of the same raw numbers, and have been since last year. It's Samsung's image processing software that sets this handset apart. 

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Sony's IMX240 sensor on Galaxy S6 edge is staggeringly good. / © ANDROIDPIT
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Notice the strong contrast in the picture above. / © ANDROIDPIT
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The Galaxy S6 captures light and dark as well as any camera we've ever seen on a smartphone. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung has optimized its own image processing technology to ensure that photos and videos taken in dark environments look better than ever before. The image quality is always lower at night than during the day, but low-light photos taken with Samsung's S6 and S6 Edge show significantly less noise than the competition.

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Here is the first picture in the low light test. / © ANDROIDPIT
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The lack of noise generated by the S6 Edge camera at night is impressive. / © ANDROIDPIT
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The OIS (optical image stabilization) ensures quality even when shooting moving objects. / © ANDROIDPIT
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The camera color balance is accurate and true. / © ANDROIDPIT
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A test photo taken in the AndroidPIT offices. / © ANDROIDPIT

The camera installed on the front is a 5 MP snapper, capable of taking pictures up to 2,592 x 1,944 pixels in 4:3 aspect ratio. Here once again the pictures are of an excellent quality. Video calling in Hangouts or Skype looks great, as do selfies.

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A selfie taken with the Galaxy S6 Edge's front camera. / © ANDROIDPIT

It was recently confirmed that not all Galaxy S6 Edge models use the same camera, but whether you end up with the Sony IMX240 image sensor or the Samsung ISOCELL equivalent, it's still possible to capture stunning photos and videos both indoors and outdoors. Check out video below for an explanation of some of the Galaxy S6's camera features – the same can be found on the S6 Edge.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge battery

The Galaxy S6 Edge's glorious QHD display and lightning fast processor come at a price: the Edge can't survive for more than a day under intensive use. This is somewhat unsurprising given that this could be the best display currently on the platform, and the display is where most of the battery life is used up. Still, be prepared to charge the Galaxy S6 Edge often.

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The Galaxy S6 edge is able to offer a day of heavy use, but no more. / © ANDROIDPIT

Thankfully, Samsung has introduced some solutions to soften the blow of quickly diminishing battery life. The first is a quick-charge function provided by the Samsung charger, which enables you to charge the S6 Edge to 100 percent battery life in about an hour.

This is an outstanding feature and should be a regular fixture on every smartphone in the future. While it's useless if you don't have access to a power source, the chances are most people will encounter one at least once within a 24-hour period, and the ability to significantly top up your phone in just 10 or 15 minutes is wonderful. 

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The supplied quick charger can get the Galaxy S6 Edge to 100 percent charge in just one hour. / © ANDROIDPIT

The second feature is the ability to charge the device wirelessly with an optional Qi charger. This doesn't charge the S6 Edge as quickly as the regular charger does, but it makes things a little more convenient. Neither of these solutions affect how battery life is consumed, necessarily, just how it is recovered.

Beyond the charging features, it is possible to extend the Galaxy S6 Edge’s battery life with two power saving modes. The first can limit processor performance, frame rate, screen brightness, and device vibration to add minutes, or even hours of battery.  

The second, Ultra Power Saving mode, can double or even triple the battery life. It turns your device to grayscale and limits the number of usable applications, effectively reducing your device to minimum processing. The features that remain are: Phone, Message (SMS), Internet, Calculator, Voice Recorder, Facebook, Google+, Clock, Notepad, Twitter and WhatsApp. Here you can expect two days of battery, but it comes at the cost of a significant reduction in functionality.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge technical specifications

    • Type:
    • Phone
    • Model:
    • SM-G925
    • Manufacturer:
    • Samsung
    • Dimensions:
    • 142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm
    • Weight:
    • 132 g
    • Battery size:
    • 2600 mAh
    • Screen size:
    • 5.1 in
    • Display technology:
    • AMOLED
    • Screen:
    • 2560 x 1440 pixels (576 ppi)
    • Front camera:
    • 5 megapixels
    • Rear camera:
    • 16 megapixels
    • Flashlight:
    • LED
    • Android version:
    • 5.0.2 - Lollipop
    • User interface:
    • TouchWiz
    • RAM:
    • 3 GB
    • Internal storage:
    • 32 GB
      64 GB
      128 GB
    • Removable storage:
    • Not available
    • Chipset:
    • Samsung Exynos 7420
    • Number of cores:
    • 8
    • Max. clock speed:
    • 2.1 GHz
    • Connectivity:
    • HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1

Final verdict

With the Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung has proven it is capable of the innovation that many thought it lacked. This smartphone opens up unexplored horizons and bring new ideas to the market, which has long since revolved around iteration rather than revolution. 

Samsung has cut the fat from its typically bloated interface, presenting an airy UI with no unnecessary additions. What's more, the S6 Edge has introduced inventive features such as lightning-fast charging and a quick-launch camera gesture, as well as delivering on the essentials with outstanding performance, a sensational display and probably the best smartphone camera on the market.

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is one of the most impressive smartphones of the year. © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung has taken a big risk introducing the curvy S6 Edge, but I think that it could be the start of a whole new line of smartphones – from Samsung, and other manufacturers alike. The Edge functions might not set the world on fire right now, but we can't wait to see how this technology can be developed in future. 


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  • lfc red 6 months ago Link to comment

    Ignore the review and stay away from this phone guys.... I have it 2 months and it is problem after problem, I had an S4 and it was a far more reliable phone, this S6 is muck...

  • reviewers seem a little brain washed when talking about this phone? screen is alright but no better than any other top end phone, edges serve no real purpose, sound is mediocre to say the least, you say the camera is brilliant? but when you took a photo of a moving object it was blurd, battery is bad really it's alright having fast charge but it's no good if your always charging it? very fragile front and back so definitely need a case, and you pay a very expensive price for this?

  • When you get a new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, follow this video and transfer data from any old smartphones to the Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge +

  • a b Aug 13, 2015 Link to comment

    as a long time samsung phone user, s2, s3, note 2 , 3 and 4, i got to the first paragraph where it says "no removable battery" and "no sd card" slot and thats it, i wont be buying one. id just read the same for the note 5 and was hoping that the galaxy 6 would be different, but no dice.

    its a shame you wrote so much of an article because the rest of it is wasted.

    what a shame, looks like samsung are doing a nokia. so - where to look for a replacement for my note 4? any ideas anyone?

  • Joe Danka Jul 19, 2015 Link to comment

    why am I so fixed on Galaxy,Android & Samsung? I dont know. Family n friends said get an iphone. No I enjoy the freedom Im android feel i get. This phone is really nice. I changed the launcher to a smart pro 2 & added my own wallpaper. I have 2 cases that just fit the back providing a feww mm ridge higher than the front glass. This phone is great, I have been with Galaxy for 6 yrs now. Happy happy happy.

  • Great Smartphone and Awesome Design i just check out and see the features of this mobile at

  • Picked the S6 edge a little over two weeks ago. It's pretty damn good. Possibly great! Amazing screen, and I mean jaw-dropping resolution. Watching as well as taking video in 4k is wicked! Like the edges and the various uses for them. This phone is fast,really fast. Like the gorilla glass 4 too. It's a sturdy, attractive well built phone. The camera is mind-blowing too. Can't say enough. Get this phon! If you're an android fan look no further. I tested it against my sons iPhone 6s and it blew it away at every level. 5 out of 5!

  • What about the Sprint pricing, or is Sprint simply not carrying this phone?

  • Had an S4 great phone, As the S6 has no removable battery, no micro sd slot. Will look elsewhere this time.

  • I want to know since I have heard that the curve screen is just a gimmick unlike Note Edge. So can someone who review this phone clarify this feature? I already know that the curves screen on both side does not powered on independently from the main screen. Or that it does not act like two independent screen like Note Edge. But what about notification and other app that will make this curves useful??

    • Eric D8 Apr 1, 2015 Link to comment

      Yes, you can set the edges to display the same information that you normally see at the top of your phone.

    • Only one side can be set to display info-you choose left or right.
      You activate it by swiping your finger back and forth on the edge.
      You can choose from a set of info to be displayed-weather, rss feed, etc.
      You scroll through the info by flicking it up or down.

  • Sanjai Joseph
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    Mar 28, 2015 Link to comment

    Can some one buy this beauty for me ?

  • Incredible device

  • The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are elegant in design and top notch in software and performance these are the GOLD STANDARD headsets till the #Note5 and #NoteEdge2 or #Note5Edge.

    I am definitely proud of Samsung and will be buying on April 10th to add to my Galaxy Note 3, Note4, and GearS.

    • Sam Brown Mar 27, 2015 Link to comment

      I think you should have posted this to twitter instead, no need for the hash tags. And Samsung products are hardly "gold standard" They don't even come close to it, get rid of touchwiz and they may have a chance. Also the glass back will end up like 95% of iPhone 4 and 4s'. Give me wood or leather back any day.

    • Eric D8 Apr 1, 2015 Link to comment

      Yep, I'm right there with you. Gonna have to trade in my M8, which is a wonderful phone. I'm going to be after the blue-black edge 128 GB. I'm giving up my beloved boom-sound speakers for the mind blowing display on the S6 Edge.

  • No removable storage, for me its a no no. The HTC M9 looks interesting and it has an SD card slot

  • Idiots be like "Samsung copied Apple because iPhones are white and this phone is white" or "The earbuds are white and are a nock off of Apple's earbud". Or "the bottom of the device where the speaker is located is practically exactly like the iPhone 6"

    • Ethan Mar 2, 2015 Link to comment

      Just about the entire design is Apple. Yes the bottom speaker in near identical. But really look at the whole phone. Glass back? Non removable battery. Metallic matte frame? Not trying to start anything, and I am a huge fan of samsung. But this is no better than a Note 4 with all the looks of the iPhone

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