Hands On With The Samsung Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge: The iPhone 6 Has True Competition

This Inquisitr writer was able to spend more than 15 minutes with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge on Sunday afternoon. Needless to say, Samsung might have hit a home run, especially with the Galaxy S6 Edge. Holding the S6 was a pleasure, but wrapping hands around the Galaxy S6 Edge was a surreal experience that’s hard to explain. You must handle it to understand the feeling that words can’t describe.

The Galaxy S6 is a great device, but the Galaxy S6 Edge is the device you will not only want to hear about the most, but the one you will want to buy. The S6 Edge costs $100 more, but it is definitely worth it. It’s obvious Samsung has been listening to their customers, because the S6 Edge has a premium feel that matches the iPhone 6. The smooth glass build on the top and bottom with the aluminum edges is downright impressive. However, the back may be able to scratch easily, even as Samsung claims it’s made of Gorilla Glass 4.

Galaxy S6 Edge

The screen is by far the best that has ever existed on a device. Instead of you looking at the screen, it’s as if the screen is staring at you with all its colors and Super AMOLED 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. Everything is crisp and clear, especially text. David Pierce from Wired is probably correct in saying that the curved screen on the Galaxy S6 Edge doesn’t create many extra functions. However, the screen is the true definition of futuristic beauty.

We know the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge looks beautiful, but how does it run? Android 5 (Lollipop) has made things run more smoothly on the Galaxy S6 Edge than the Galaxy S5 or even the Galaxy Note 4. Since the device is smaller than the Galaxy Note 4, the keyboard is slightly easier to use. But the experience still isn’t as smooth as it is on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Android has made a lot of improvements on its operating system over the years, but it still has a way to go to provide the same consumer-friendly experience that the iPhone does.

Those of you who love to watch videos without plugging in your earphones will be happy to find out that, finally, a Samsung device doesn’t sound like a tinny sound device from 1982. The sound on the Galaxy S6 Edge is louder, clearer, and has more “oomph” to it. When paired with the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Bluetooth headphones, the sound was excellent. However, the iPhone still makes a better music player. But the Galaxy S6 Edge makes a better still and video camera.

The back of the Galaxy S6 Edge is made of glass.

The camera on the 6 Edge takes beautiful 16MP pictures. Thanks to built-in image stabilization, which works better than it does on the iPhone 6 Plus, you will barely come out with a blurry picture no matter how much your hand is shaking. In terms of video quality, the Galaxy 6 Edge blows the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus out of the water since it not only takes 4K videos, but records them in realistic stereo sound. It’s hard to believe that no matter how advanced Apple has become, they still haven’t included a camera that takes stereo videos. The Galaxy S6 Edge can easily replace still and video cameras as long as you don’t need to constantly zoom.

Samsung’s latest smartphones will no doubt turn around Samsung’s recent decline. Consumers will still be more comfortable with the iPhone. However, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge will have consumers drooling — this is all Samsung needs at the moment.

[All Photos by Daryl Deino]