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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus review

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus review

Samsung's Galaxy S6 line-up was quite a departure. Unlike Samsung's previous flagship phones, these models were made of premium materials and didn't feature removable back panels.

But most radical of all was the Galaxy S6 Edge.

It was home to a screen that curved over the left and right edges of the phone.

Not only did it look rather cool, it also provided a handy place to see information at-a-glance, such as calls and messages, tweets and headlines.

samsung galaxy s6 edge packshot

Now Samsung has pumped the S6 Edge full of steroids and supersized it to make the Galaxy S6 Edge+.

If you're after a big new Samsung phone, this is your best bet, seeing as the Galaxy Note 5 still doesn't have a UK release date. Let's take it for a spin.

Pros

  • Huge, beautiful screen
  • Excellent camera
  • Design really stands out

Cons

  • Expensive, even for a high-end phone
  • No expandable storage
  • Some aspects of Touchwiz

First impressions

  • Solid build quality
  • Slim and feels good in the hand
  • Back not removable

samsung galaxy s6 edge rear angled

The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is big without being unwieldy, and feels suitably premium. Which is just as well, as you'll pay a premium price for it.

It also looks unlike anything else on the market. Two thumbs up.

Design

  • Looks gorgeous
  • Back is a magnet for fingerprints
  • Less exciting colour options than its smaller siblings

samsung galaxy s6 edge detail

If you've used the Galaxy S6 Edge, you know what to expect; that screen tumbles over the edge of the phone, looking like it wraps around the back.

It's unlike anything that's come before it.

The plastic construction of previous Samsung Galaxy S phones is gone too, replaced by all-metal and glass build.

It can be tricky to reach the top of the screen though, because a) it's so big, and b) there's not much frame to grab hold of.

  • Build: Glass and metal
  • Weight: 132g
  • Dimensions: 154.4x75.8x6.9mm

Screen

  • Readable in bright sun
  • Excellent colours
  • Some distortion

samsung galaxy s6 edge plus side

With mammoth 5.7-inch dimensions and QHD (Quad HD) resolution, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus’s screen is one of the best we've seen.

Colour reproduction is excellent, with a yawning gulf between the blacks and whites making for lifelike, vivid still and moving images.

The image does tend to distort around the edges, though, and the curves reflect a little light. But these are minor gripes about what's an excellent screen.

You can use the edge of the screen as a night clock, to display notifications from your favourite contacts, and as a news feed on chosen topics when the main screen is switched off.

It's a fun toy, but we found it more of a novelty than a killer feature.

  • Size: 5.7 inches
  • Resolution: 2,560x1,440 pixels
  • Technology: Super AMOLED

Camera

  • Very quick to fire up
  • Dual LED flash means good resuts in low-light
  • 4K video recording is impressive

samsung galaxy s6 edge plus bezel angle

Samsung's cameras have improved a lot over the last couple of years. In fact, they're now among the best in the business. And the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is no exception.

It has the same imaging hardware and software as the rest of the Galaxy S6 line-up, which means great shots, and excellent low-light performance.

It's lightning quick to snap, even when using HDR mode (high dynamic range – this takes a few shots in quick succession and merges the best of each to make one superior image).

It's very easy to use, and if you want more control, the manual settings of Pro mode are still pretty intuitive.

The front-facer packs an impressive 5 megapixels, and it too is fantastic in low light. Your selfies will have bags of detail. Whether that's a good thing or not, we'll let you decide.

  • Camera: 16MP
  • Optical image stabilisation: Yes
  • Unique features: None

Performance and battery life

  • Zips between apps and options screens
  • Bafflingly small storage space
  • Decent battery life

samsung galaxy s6 edge packshot

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ performed brilliantly at everything we threw at it – browsing, streaming 4K video, playing the latest games, it all went off without a hitch.

Which is hardly surprising when you consider the grunt at its disposal. It's an octa-core beast, with the same quad-core 2.1GHz and quad-core 1.5GHz chips as the Galaxy S6 Edge.

The main difference? It has a whopping 4GB of RAM, compared to the standard Edge's 3GB.

However, if you only use the phone for emailing, browsing and texting, the S6 Edge Plus’s brawn will be wasted on you.

You really don't need that much power unless you're pushing what the phone can do, so you'd be better off with something cheaper.

One curious anomaly: it only goes up to 64GB in size. That's half the maximum storage on an iPhone 6 Plus, and half what the standard S6 Edge offers.

This is baffling, especially given that there's no expandable storage.

The S6 Edge Plus features a bigger battery than the standard Edge to compensate for the bigger screen.

We had no complaints – it easily lasted a full day, and with power saver mode we got close to two.

  • RAM: 4GB
  • Battery capacity: 3,000mAh
  • Storage: 32GB or 64GB
  • OS and version: Android 5.1 Lollipop

Value for money

samsung galaxy s6 edge plus back

As you'd expect, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus doesn't come cheap. It starts at £40 a month (plus an upfront fee of £59.99), and on SIM-free it'll set you back a penny shy of £600.

That's slightly cheaper than the iPhone 6S Plus, which starts at £619, but pricier than the S6 Edge, which is £529.99.

Verdict

  • Awesome camera
  • Gorgeous design
  • Extremely powerful
  • No 128GB model
  • Wraparound screen looks great, but is of limited use
  • No expandable storage
  • Impressive battery life

The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus looks fantastic and is an absolute powerhouse.

If you want a big phone, but don't want it bearing an Apple logo, this is the handset for you.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus handset we reviewed was supplied by Vodafone

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