Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge is available now at Verizon, Best Buy, T-Mobile and other stores. This is the hot looking new Android smartphone with curved Gorilla Glass edges on its right and left sides. Unexpectedly high demand for the Edge phones has led Samsung to open a new plant to handle screen production, according to GSMArena.com’s April 25 article. The S6 Edge smartphone is fun to use and has received excellent reviews. Here’s how it compares to the latest iPhones.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge’s most outstanding features are its excellent camera and, no surprise, its curved screen. The odd shaped edges are actually functional, not just visually interesting. The entire curved area is part of the active touch screen and it’s easy to hold in one hand and touch the edges.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge’s screen, measuring 5.1 diagonal inches, is larger than iPhone 6’s 4.7 inch screen and smaller than the 5.5 inch screen on the iPhone 6 Plus. With 2560 by 1440 pixels, S6 Edge’s screen displays more detail than the screens of the new iPhones: the much larger iPhone 6 Plus uses a 1080 x 1920 display while iPhone 6 has a 1334 by 750 display. So S6 Edge is the clear winner in pixels-per-inch as well as total pixels per display.
The only worrisome feature about the screen: because the curved glass edges need to be touched to be used effectively, the protective cases for the S6 Edge smartphone do not protect its edges. And the curved-edge screen is more expensive to replace than a flat screen, as VentureBeat.com reported April 24. The curved-edge screens cost $200 to $300 to replace. Compare that to iPhones: Apple Store employees have been known to replace iPhone screens for as little as $50.
So the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge probably isn’t the right phone for the person who cracks screens often. It’s not the best choice for people who use phones in situations where phone drops are bound to occur.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge’s camera seems great. Reviewers note the new camera allows more light into each photo than previous Samsung cameras. As is typical with today’s Android smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge captures big photos with more pixels than the iPhones capture: S6 Edge records 16 megapixel photos while iPhones take 8 megapixel photos. More pixels make a better photo, in general; however the bigger photos are slower to email and, naturally, they take up twice as much storage per photo on your phone, in the cloud, or wherever you save them. Another nice Android improvement: the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge software now offers you options to shrink photos before mailing them. The iPhone email interface has offered a similar option for years.
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