Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge + (My Review coming from a G4)

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  1. scottysize

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    OK, so I’ve been around the block with phones, but so far I’ve stayed away from Samsung for the past 3 years. It started with the Samsung Charge. I hated that phone. It was buggy, laggy, short battery life, and overall one of the worse phones I’ve ever owned. Not the worse mind you. (I did own a BlackBerry Storm.) Then I tried a Samsung Galaxy 3. I thought it was ok, but it was huge for the time. I ended up dropping it within 2 days of owning it and completely destroying the glass. I still have it by the way and it does act as a fill in phone when I need one. So, after that I started down the Motorola path. Loved the Droid Razr line. Great phones, but eventually they’d become laggy. Then they just stopped making new Razrs and moved on to the Turbo, so I moved on to the LG line. Loved that line until the Verizon version of the G4. After seeing the Edge + and watching several reviews regarding it, I decided to order one. I’m glad I did. I don’t know if it’ll rank up there with the iPhone 6+ or HTC Droid Incredible (Dinc) as one of my favorite phones, but so far it’s pushing its way to the top.


    Finger Print Sensor – Sammy finally made one that works almost as good as Apple’s. It’s close enough for me. I’ve only had to try again 3 times since setting it up.


    Screen – I mean what can you say? It’s gorgeous. The most beautiful screen I’ve seen in a long time. It is bright enough to see outdoors. If I had a complaint it would be that it doesn’t get very dark in a dark room, but there are screen filters that can be added for that. Watching NetFlix on it is perfect. Gaming is sweet. No complaints. It is very interesting to note however, that the extra .2” screen size is not noticeable. In fact, I had to put it up against the G4 to see any difference in the two screen sizes.


    Build Quality – Something to behold. For years I’ve been saying that Apple makes the highest build quality devices. Well, Sammy’s giving Apple a run for its money now. The aluminum finish is great. It feels solid and has some heft when holding it which is a good thing. Plastic phones always seem difficult to hold on to because they are too light. If I was going to complain, it would be the back. You cannot keep the back clean. As soon as you even think about touching it, it gets a finger print on it. I do have the Sammy slim case on order and hopefully it’ll arrive today. This should help with holding on to it and keep the back from looking like a 3 year old’s been playing with it.


    Camera – Coming from the G4, I didn’t expect the camera quality to be even par with LG’s, but I have to say it takes great photos. At least for the few I’ve taken. Wifey’s got the Sammy G5 and it’s a piece of crap as far as cameras go, but so far the shots I’ve taken with the Edge + look nice.


    Sammy UI – They’ve cleaned up the UI a lot since my last Sammy product. I have to say it is less intrusive. While it’s not the stock Android, it seems to run smoothly and respond as fast as you would expect. I’ve never been a fan of TouchWiz, because it got in the way of my Android experience, but so far I am not finding that to be the case with this version.


    Edge Display – This is something to keep in mind if you’re trying to deside between the Note 5 or the Edge +. Personally I’ve never been a fan of the Note line and doubt I’d ever use the S Pen, so for me it was all about the look and feel of the phone. I really dig the look of the Edge + over the Note 5. However, the edge display seems like a gimmick to me. I’ve setup a few things, but really, I’m not using it hardly at all. Maybe I will in the future, but so far it’s eh. I will say I like the fact that movies “fall off the cliff” so to speak and look good watching them using it. However, not the same experience with gaming. Since the game also flows into the edges were you normally hold it, I have accidently pressed the screen when I didn’t want to. I do wish the games didn’t use the entire screen. Maybe some updates from the gaming developers will fix this. Or at least they need to turn off the touching ability on the edge during their game app. It’s a developer problem though, not a Samsung problem.


    Battery Life – It seems to be a little better than my G4, which is good as they both use a 3000 mAh battery. I’m really hard on phone batteries, but I have been able to squeeze another hour of the phone. Before you say that’s why you need a replaceable battery, batteries do not go bad now days as they did in the past. I have no doubt this phone will be long gone and a memory by the time the battery gives up the ghost. (More on the battery in a minute.)


    Problems:


    Why no SD Card slot? They could have integrated it with the dual SIM of the European models. I do see me running out of space quick with this 32GB version. I’m already thinking that I have to clear out the old photos quickly and can only put 1 or 2 shows on it at a time, so an external SD Card would have been highly desirable on my list of needs. Can I live without it? I’m going to find out.


    Lack of removable battery. This one doesn’t bother me as much. Let’s face it, with today’s external battery backups, there’s no reason to run out of power in your phone. In fact, I’ve only had a few phones with replaceable batteries since switching from my beloved Dinc, so I don’t see this as a problem. I’m sure some will, though.


    I’m not going to say that this is the phone I’m finally keeping for years to come. Let’s face it, I’m not that guy. I can say that this is a great phone and one that I’m very happy I purchased. Who knows, maybe I’ll keep it for a year? I do really like it and I do rank it up there with my beloved Dinc and iPhone 6+.
     
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    Congrats on the new phone and thanks for sharing your experience! Great write up. I'm looking to jump off the Sammy boat myself, but think their new phones are great devices (depending on your needs of battery/sd card). I'm just ready for another brand and liking the looks of the new Moto X.

    I totally agree with your assessment of Touchwiz, especially if you've been gone from Sammy for a long time. It seems they're slowly making their way towards figuring out what Moto already seems to have realized. Less can be more.

    In any case, I'm looking forward to seeing how the phone continues to work for you.

    I wonder if gaming is really a dev thing and not a Sammy thing on that edge screen though. To me, unless you're gonna make a version of the game ONLY for edge devices, I feel like you'd have to kill the top and bottom of the screen on any device, which could be a bit ridiculous on phones that don't have that same problem. Not that I really know, just how it seems to me.

    Enjoy the phone! Think I'll go see if Moto Maker is live for the new X yet... :D
     
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    You're not the only one I've heard moving toward Moto. Good luck!
     
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    Thanks! No luck yet. Still just a page to sign up for info. Haha! I've had at least 3 Moto devices since the OG Droid and my Note 4 makes 3 Sammy devices in a row. There's nothing that the other guys are doing that grabs me, but I know I want a change from Sammy.
     
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    @scottysize, great review! I am really enjoying my Edge+ as well. I really like the screen....it is just beautiful!
    I have been a bit concerned about the battery life....I am currently getting between 13-15hrs a day which is much less than I was getting on my Note 4. I am definatly going to be looking into a battery pack to keep on hand.

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    Any updates after a week of use, @scottysize? Still liking the device? Holding up to your expectations?
     
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    Love love love it! Already sold the G4. I think I've found the phone for me forev... well, for now. :D
     
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    I don't think it is a developer problem. I don't have that issue on my Note Edge.
     
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