One of the most eagerly awaited phones is the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. I have had some time with both of these phones, so have detailed below my thoughts with both devices, included photos of the phone, photos from the camera, a video of the Edge and then comparison photos from the Note 4.
First a quick video of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
I have viewed the footage I took of the S6 Edge and it so does not convey the real feel or beauty of this phone. More on that in a minute. Below are some shots of the S6 and S6 Edge.
First up some photos of both phones. These were taken with the Note 4. The first photo is of the black S6 Edge. I tried to capture this a bit closer to try and recreate the sensation of the curved screen and how it manages to create a bezel less experience.
And now for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in white. Personally, I thought the white finish looked better than black. I was told the green and gold look even better.
Notice on the white finish the fingermarks are not as obvious. The same would apply for the gold finish, but the darker colours will highlight finger prints like no tomorrow.
And now looking at the edges. Just the power button.
On the other side, the volume controls.
Just look at how grubby the black finish becomes after a short time.
Ok, not the best conditions for taking photos, but nonetheless these are probably the conditions you might be faced with in everyday scenarios.
Photos from the S6 Camera – Just click on each to see the full resolution.
So what do you think of the S6 photos? One observation I had was the S6 struggled a few times to get the shot in focus. In fact, it did snap an out of focus shot. So I then used my Note 4 camera. So here goes. Same place and lighting with the Samsung Note 4 camera. Also the Note 4 did not have any out of focus photos. It is worth noting that the Note 4 has received many firmware updates since release. Since taking these photos I read the S6 manual, and it confirmed what I noticed when taking photos. The S6 camera app lacks touch to capture as an option, something I use on the Note 4. The S6 manual does suggest tapping the area on the screen you want to have in focus. Over the Note 4 it also has Tracking Auto Focus, which I tested and it worked fine, AE/EL lock and separation, the same as the iPhone 6 option.
I must be honest, but as I keep looking at the photos I felt the Note 4 took some that were better than the S6 and vice versa. The wow factor of the S6 camera is its speed.
In fact, my impressions of the S6 are its the fastest Samsung phone I have ever used. No lag. But I would still say a HTC One M8 is nimbler. But then the S6 has an absolute stunning 577 PPI QHD screen. The screen is phenomenal beyond belief. Comparing both the S6 and S6 Edge, I really did not like the standard S6. It looked nothing special. In bright light the glass might shine super flashy, but one has to remember we all we don’t all spend 24/7 on a sunny beach! The S6 Edge just stands out as far superior, in a different class with a visual appearance of no bezels. You really have to see it to believe it, as none of the photos 100% convey that wow factor. Size wise, the S6 feels like a baby versus the Note 4. Both phones were really easy to hold, even the Edge.
Touchwiz. Rumour had it the software had been decluttered and as I whizzed through all the options and settings it felt like a stripped down phone. The menus and material design looked good. Lots of neat touches but also a lot omitted in the sake of simplicity.
With all the tech Samsung packed in to this handset, I really think the do have one of the best smartphones, providing we are talking about the S6 Edge.