Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge : Hands-On Review

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6 Edge alongside its conventionally flat S6 sister at Mobile World Congress earlier this month, the general consensus was one of ‘cool, but why?’ After all, curvature in smartphones is nothing new, as the Edge follows in the footsteps of last year’s Galaxy Note Edge (curved on the right-hand side only), and LG’s experimental Flex series.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

The Edge is clearly a maverick offering compared to the linear S6, a physical tribute to the innovation Samsung prides itself on. That mantle has been called into question in recent years, after a series of disappointing financial results as their smartphone sales fell and arch rival Apple Celebrated its biggest quarterly profit ever. Does the Edge have what it takes to help turn the company’s fortunes around?

Design and screen

Is there any need for a smartphone with dual-sided curved display? Not really, no.

Does it look great? Yes. The company has revealed the inspiration for the design as the modern affliction of fear of missing out, but while it’s unnecessary, it’s also what sets it apart.

The device feels balanced and pleasant to hold, and the tempered Corning Gorilla Glass and metal body is a world away from the sticking-plaster feel of the Galaxy S5’s plastic back. Samsung have been keen to push their focus on the Edge’s premium materials, produced using “first-of-its-kind glass crafting technology and unmatched quality control”. Marketing chat aside, the White Pearl version I tested looked and felt expensive, despite a propensity for quickly becoming grubby with fingerprints.

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