When it comes to mobile phones I have never been one for having the latest and greatest. For a long time, I was of the opinion that so long as I could text and make voice calls what else could I need, internet access version came and went. First there was WAP, my god was that slow it took five minutes to open a reduced text version of a webpage and that was dependant on the website making a WAP version of the page available, certainly to my mind as useful as a chocolate teapot on a motorbike. Next along came 3G, this looked promising but I never did get any great satisfaction from it, wonderful full colour pages would tease you but never quite load properly and never quite useful owing to the unreliability of the connection to my mind only slightly more useful than a chocolate teapot on a motorbike. Then came 4G and for the first time I thought to myself, actually this could be useful in addition to which it was the first time we started to see reasonably priced data bundles that took the fear of using this amazing new technology, threw it away and made us all into a confident mobile surfers with no fear that looking for the time of the next bus would cost more than the price of the bus ticket or that I could actually leave my connection open to receive the next incoming email or Facebook update, not long after this we started seeing generations of better and better phones, they got thinner, faster, brighter, smart phone screen had become clear and legible, everything was coming up roses in the mobile industry and for the first time I went out and bought a serious, up to the minute, whizzy smart phone.
I had seen the S6 Edge advertised around and I really liked the curved edge screen so off I trotted and found myself a good deal and walked away, excited, new phone in hand. From the minute you open the box you can tell you are handling an object of quality, it has a lovely feel of solid construction and an absolutely beautiful aesthetic look to it. I chose the champagne and gold version, all my previous phones had always been black but this colour looks a lot more sophisticated than it sounds and really compliments the phone, there is no doubt that the curved screen made it stand out and look unique and gorgeous you almost want to hug it, it looks so good.
Fortunately, my previous phone was also a Samsung because between the google features of the latest Android 5.1.1 lollipop (I imagine the latest will now have marshmallow) and Samsung’s own smart switch migration app I had everything from my old phone installed, copied and running in no time at all
The first real plus of the phone is the first you see, the amazingly high quality of the duel edged super AMOLED screen, the colours stand out and are vibrant, the definition is perfect highlighting every edge of fonts, icons and pictures beautifully, and this is not just a luxury, when dealing with so much information on a small screen this size it needs this quality to make it easy and clear to read and operate and it is certainly that.
Android lollipop is easy to use and follows the basic format of all previous Android releases by just adding features and updating old ones it feels comfortable and familiar to use, and to think there was a time when I couldn’t quit windows, now I wouldn’t dream of any other operating system when it comes to phones, or tablets for that matter. The S6 Edge run the OS smoothly and reliably with its 2.1Ghz Octacore processor and its built in 3gb Ram and 64Gb Rom. The S6 Edge is one of the first generations of Samsung phone to make use of a sealed back and has no memory expansion ability like previous phones and I understand why, there was a time when I would never have considered a phone with no storage upgrade capabilities but the S6 Edge, in addition to the latest 4G capabilities, has the latest Wi-Fi capabilities making the later AC standard available from compatible access points giving a phenomenal rate of speed and this has made cloud services really viable for the first time on phones, in fact google drive which comes as part of Android and is available for access to all operating system types out there and gives you free space is an absolute must as it makes saving, storing and transferring files to any device anywhere in the world simple, so who needs lot of storage just ship it up to the cloud. This is exceptionally useful for storing photos and clips, the S6 Edge is fitted with 16 megapixel CMOS camera in the back, a 5 megapixel CMOS camera in the front for those all essential selfies and is capable of shooting video up to UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps, A special note of appreciation is that not only can it shoot UHD vid but it can also play it back which is something a lot of the other smart phones that can shoot UHD cannot do. Viewing the video or pics on the screen is a delight, UHD does suffer from degradation when shooting under low light conditions but considering that I spoke to a Sky rep once who told me it would be a while before Sky shoots in UHD as the Cameras cost £4 million pounds each so a little degradation in low light for the £150 pound extra it cost me to upgrade is nothing and under good natural light it is absolutely stunning. A special bonus of the cloud is being made available directly to smart TVs and playing the clips on a Samsung UHD 55” screen is incredible and so are the picture slide shows.
For everyday operation the S6 Edge is again brilliant, The Edge screen feature enables you to choose from various functions to display the info along the phone edge without entering the phone, answering and making calls is easy and the sound and signal quality is definitely better than anything I had tried before. Accessing the phone has been made easier with a new generation of finger print access only requiring you to rest your finger on the pad, long gone are the days of repetitively swiping your finger over and over again to be told unrecognised, I don’t think I can even remember a time it hasn’t opened first attempt. Samsung have used a new fast charging system on here and whilst the battery life is great the charging speed is exceptional, it has a built in wireless charger too for easy charging if that is your thing. It features GPS, Bluetooth and is capable of handling the next generation payment apps, it has all the standard array of sensors built in for various application functions too as you would expect these days, I found keeping the GPS on ran the battery down a lot quicker but none the less when it comes to pinpointing where I am, turning it on is easy and got me where I was going every time.
All in all, I couldn’t be happier with my purchase, it really is everything I could want in a smart phone, it does have one issue however, because of its curved screen I found holding it cupped in your hand in the usual way could cause the screen to jump around because of how your palm touches the edge but apart from that I found it delivers everything it promises and it is certainly a solid, beautiful, tactile and aesthetically pleasing bit of tech that I highly recommend. If you are looking for something a little cheaper the standard S6 has all the features minus the curved screen and both the standard s6 and Edge are available in plus sized versions too.