Galaxy S6 Edge review: Samsung has done well to be brave

After a few years of almost absolute reign in the high-end of Android, the Korean manufacturer has begun to suffer in results and its S range no longer represents the same as before the reference range in Android smartphones nor the image of a great rival to the iPhone of Manzana.

The Galaxy S5 was the best Galaxy to date, as it should be, but both because of the fierce competition and because of its continued commitment, the effect on the market was not anywhere near what all previous versions had had. He had to turn his strategy around and so the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge arrived. The Korean giant had understood that change was necessary.

In Xataka we have started with the test of the most groundbreaking model, identical to the S6 but with the differentiation of the curved screen. If you want to know in great detail how the Galaxy S6 Edge is, how it works and the best and worst of this new Galaxy, stop by and read carefully the review of the Galaxy S6 Edge in Xataka.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: features "made in Korea"

As befits a high-end, although not everyone understands it that way, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge comes to the market wielding the best possible specifications in almost all its sections.

In the case of this smartphone, two important notes to keep in mind for a previous assessment: the 2K screen with double curves on its sides, and the use of the Exynos 14nm processor instead of what would have been logical: the Snapdragon that will mount part of its competition on Android. Here Samsung delves into a trend that other manufacturers such as Huawei are also testing: not depending exclusively on a single manufacturer or having to choose the latest.

Samsung's bet has gone quite well, and the overall photo of the team is brilliant. To start we leave you with a summary of the main specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge:

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, technical characteristics Physical dimensions 142.1 x 70.1 x 7.0mm, 132 grams screen SuperAMOLED 5.1 inch Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (577 dpi) Processor Exynos 7420 (64bit and 14nm) 4x2.1 GHz (A57) + 4x1.5 GHz (A53) // GPU Mali-T760 RAM 3GB Memory 32/64/128 GB (not expandable) Software version Android 5.0.2 with TouchWiz Connectivity LTE Cat 6, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi ac, Ant +, GPS, IR Cameras 16 MP main (f1.9) with stabilization // UHD video // Secondary 5 MP (f1.9) Battery 2550 mAh (non-removable) Wireless charging (Qi / PMA) Additional features Heart rate sensor // Blood oxygen // (not waterproof) Price From 849 euros (32 GB model on Amazon)

Galaxy S6 Edge video review

A smartphone like the Galaxy S6 Edge, not only for its importance in the market, but also for its risky and different proposal at the design level, deserved a complete and in-depth video review to accompany this analysis in Xataka.

Suddenly, Samsung jumps to the top positions at the design level

Project Zero. This is how the change that was cooking in the prototypes for the S saga for this 2015 was baptized from Korea. Although this new philosophy is already notable in the Galaxy S6, it is in the Galaxy S6 Edge where we can appreciate and begin to value the new path that at the design level they have chosen in the Samsung headquarters.

The first change that you will notice in the Galaxy S6 (and S6 Edge) is that the plastic and back shell is converted to a unibody design where the materials used are aluminum and glass, the latter protected with the new Gorilla Glass 4 that on paper should being able not only to withstand day to day in different environments, but even a fall. It is a risky bet when it comes from a plastic finish that, although it did not convey the same quality sensation as other materials, has always been able to boast of being resistant and practical.

On a personal level, I would have expected a completely metallic finish more, given that the company's novelties in the second half of 2014 were focused on testing designs where metal was the main protagonist. Being able to offer colors is the most likely reason for choosing glass.

As I was telling you, the most logical evolution would have been to reach the market with a design similar to that of the Galaxy A, but Samsung's movement has been 180 degrees and it suddenly happens to be the only major high-end manufacturer that maintained the plastic in its designs, to be positioned surely as one of the best design offers, especially if we add the curved screen with the combination of metal and glass.

Samsung was one of the few major manufacturers in the high-end that obviated the use of better finished materials. With the Galaxy S6 Edge, you are suddenly in the lead squad in design

This complete revolution at the design level has left almost no loose ends. The Galaxy S6 Edge is very light, very thin and very comfortable in hand. Despite using glass as the main finish, it has not been slippery at all thanks to the metal frame and very successful dimensions for its screen diagonal.

Back glass and fingers, especially if we talk about colors such as black or green, are a risky combination of fingerprints and stains. But the Galaxy S6 Edge surprises a lot in this section and although in the prototypes we tested in Barcelona the tendency was to register each fingerprint because they lacked anti-fingerprint protection, with it we have been surprised at how well it goes with this topic . It will not always be spotless but in general it is not a worrying thing.

Despite the hard days of the Galaxy S6 Edge with us, the back remains literally perfect, as well as the edges

And for what it seems in the first days using the Galaxy S6 Edge, the glass with Gorilla Glass 4 is a good guarantee against friction, because the terminal, despite the war we have given it, remains like new.

Although the Galaxy S6 Edge is generally very comfortable in hand, some users may find its edges a bit aggressive due to its chamfered finish.

The physical ignition and volume controls have a good build quality, excellent travel and operation, and their placement seems quite successful. The ignition and lock has been placed on the right, just at the height of the middle finger, while the volume ones are on the left at almost the same height and perfectly accessible.

The metal frame houses all the connections and elements. At the bottom we have the headphone port, the microUSB charging port, microphone and the speaker holes. Although we will deal with it in detail in the sound section, I already tell you that their quality does not accompany anything to the multimedia possibilities of your screen. In general they offer a flat sound and not very powerful.

Already in the upper area of ​​the frame we find a second microphone, the area to access the nanoSIM slot (you will need a tool to remove it) and a small infrared emitter that will serve to give the remote control function to the Galaxy S6 Edge . Here the option of Samsung has been to reduce to a minimum that emitter even at the risk that the precision is not very high. In our test, it must be said that we did not have any problem handling the television with the help of the Peel Smart Remote application that comes standard.

Although it is not a functionality that convinces everyone, it also misses the resistance to water and dust in high-end terminals, since Samsung has already offered it to us in a brave way in the Galaxy S5.

Another downside I have for the design of the Galaxy S6 Edge, and this is more associated with my particular use of the terminal, is the choice of Android touch controls just next to the start button. It may only be because one tends to take the terminal from the table differently when the screen is on due to the absence of side frames, but I have found myself more often than I would like with the situation of wanting to pick up the terminal off the table and end up hitting the back button or recent apps inadvertently.

Finally it is time to talk about the photo camera, which protrudes considerably from the back, although Samsung has done it quite elegantly. The considerable reduction in the thickness of the high-end in this 2015 will leave us more than one camera module standing out. Personally I prefer balance on that back and that the extra protrusion of the camera could be used to include more battery, but I have to say that in this Galaxy S6, that the camera protrudes does not bother even when you take the terminal in your hand or when the Galaxy S6 Edge is placed face up on a flat surface. It does not have the stability of a terminal with the back completely straight, but neither does it dance excessively (but it does) nor does it make it unfeasible to use the terminal placed on a table.

Regarding the colors, there are four available: white, gold, black and green. The latter is exclusive to the Edge range (as is the metallic blue of the classic S6), and in reality the "real" colors will depend on how the light falls on the glass and how you observe it.

In our case we have tested the terminal officially black, but there are few situations in which it really seems of that color. Most of the time it should be said that it is a rather interesting navy blue.

Although its official color is Black Sapphire, 90% of the time the color is bluish and very visually appealing

Fingerprint reader, now we really like it

The last element we want to talk about in this long part related to the design and controls of Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge is the fingerprint reader. You have seen it working in our complete video, but I want to insist that nothing, but that the implementation in the Galaxy S6 has nothing to do with what the Korean manufacturer did in the model of last year.

Not only has it gone from having to slide (something incomprehensible on a smartphone) to just putting your finger on it, it works luxuriously, instantly and without having to search for strange finger positions. Honestly it has left us very satisfied and it is a functionality that invites completely to be used for how well it works. If you are one of those who choose complex passwords or patterns for the security of access to your smarpthone, the reader of the Galaxy S6 Edge will convince you. I assure.

In our tests we have tried to deceive you with the imprint of another person and it has not worked for us.

Samsung has managed to improve the fingerprint reader of your smartphone until it is really functional

In addition to safely accessing the terminal (we can always choose more possibilities such as the pattern, code or simple swipe), Samsung allows fingerprint identification to give us access to websites as well as Paypal payments.

An important note: the fingerprint reading to access the terminal does not work if the smartphone screen is not on.

The other important sensor on the Galaxy S6 Edge is the one located just below the LED flash (single) on the glass back. This is the heart rate sensor that is used to feed information about the heart rate and also the blood oxygen saturation of the S Health service, which has matured a lot and we like it.

This element is also used by Samsung to offer the occasional control. For example, we can put our finger on the heart sensor to activate the shot with the secondary camera or mute an incoming call. Curious that, although it does not seem the most common, Samsung strives to offer solutions for when we have the terminal placed with the screen face down.

Edge's curved display, not much more than a design differentiation

The screen of the Galaxy S has always been a prominent element in its technical sheet. And it is not less in this Galaxy S6 Edge. The 5.1-inch panel (we are glad and we think it is a success that not a tenth of an inch has been touched its size) maintains the SuperAMOLED technology, which has evolved and matured to the level of having nothing to envy in terms general to IPS panels.

The panel offers absolute contrast and blacks, while viewing angles are nearly total. The brightness is also correct, and outdoors there is no problem to view the screen of the Galaxy S6 Edge, although at 50% and automatic mode, which is how I usually evaluate the brightness because it seems to me a more common use, the amount of brightness does not It is at the top of the high-end, and even the Galaxy S5 beats it.

Here it is convenient to differentiate the two operating modes of brightness (automatic and manual) because the results are different. The automatic mode works quite well, it adapts judiciously to different lighting environments, but it moves at extremes that are quite high in the case of minimum brightness, and not very high in the case of maximum brightness. We are talking in this second case of a sufficient level but not an impression, above 300 nits, a figure that explodes at levels above even 600 nits when it is deemed necessary, but without being able to control it on our part.

When we activate the manual brightness control mode, the minimum brightness level is quite low and the maximum also reaches above 450 nits without problems.

If the curve of the screen does not convince you at the design level, better save the surcharge of 150 euros compared to the classic Galaxy S6 because at the level of functionality, the double curvature does not contribute practically anything

The SuperAMOLED panel of the Galaxy S6 Edge offers a resolution of 1440p, which in its 5.1 inches means that we touch a pixel density of 600 dpi. You can already imagine that this figure means absolute clarity, both in videos and high-resolution images and when reading text.

The Galaxy S6 Edge has several display modes. The one that comes activated by default is called Adaptive Display and automatically optimizes the images. We also have the basic, with a more controlled intensity and contrast, and AMOLED Photo and Cinema. The latter is especially intense in the color it gives the panel.

But let's go now with what makes the screen of this Galaxy S6 Edge more peculiar: its double curve on the sides. Real curve.

Samsung itself was surprised by the number of reservations that the Galaxy S6 Edge model had achieved, being in Spain bordering on 50% of all reservations made before it was put on sale. This balance in demand was not expected mainly because the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, except for that curved screen, share the rest of the specifications and behavior. And the Edge model is 150 euros more than the classic one.

Is it worth paying the premium for having the screen folded at both ends? The answer is not going to be very complicated to answer and you will understand it the first time: it is a decision exclusively associated with design. If, or you do not think that the curve gives the Galaxy S6 Edge the best appearance, or even you find it inconvenient, do not hesitate to save yourself the 150 euros difference. I tell you this because as I am going to tell you, at the level of functionality, the curve does not contribute anything. Or almost nothing.

If we talk about design, it seems to me that the curve gives the Galaxy S6 Edge a lot of personality, and although this already depends on the tastes of each one, it also raises the quality of its overall design to a level that for me is one of the highest in the world. current market.

And at the level of functionality? Well, a surprise (expected by what Samsung had already revealed) when leaving almost all the extras that Samsung associated with the curve of its Note Edge model. Here we are not talking about a double screen but the same panel folded at both ends (by work and thanks to the application of 800 degrees of temperature).

In the Galaxy S6 Edge, the curve (you can only include the extras on one of the two sides, not both at the same time) has exclusively these 4 uses:

  • People Edge: direct access to 5 favorite contacts.
  • Illumination when notifications are received and the smarpthone is face down.
  • Information teletypes.
  • Night clock.

Of all of them, the most useful is the first. With it, launching from the side, we have access to the five contacts that we have previously selected, from which you can directly call, send a text message or email. But just that. Ideally, Samsung would have allowed us to choose what quick action we want to launch from this side panel. But it has not given us that freedom.

It does not stop surprising the obsession that Samsung has because we keep its Galaxy S6 Edge supported on the table by the screen, perhaps to avoid a possible instability due to the protruding camera?

Each of those contacts has a color associated with it, and that is the basis of how this feature works when we have the smartphone upside down. Again Samsung's obsession with having the smartphone without the screen facing up.

But suppose we get used to (not my case) having the smartphone upside down. When a call or message from those contacts that we have marked in People Edge arrives, the curve lights up on the active side with the color associated with the contact, and not white, as is the general rule. In addition, when you rotate it, there will be an extra tab on the side of the contact color and from where we can slide a summary of the notifications and missed calls associated with it.

The rest of the options of the cuvas are more anecdotal. The one of night watch leaves us the time and date, and does not consume excessive energy. As for the information teletypes, they include default Yahoo News headlines and the notifications that we have lost. To access them you have to slide back and forth horizontally along the side and then move vertically through them. Nothing worth paying 150 euros more for. And on top it doesn't always end up working.

For those who have doubts about the curve of the screen on the sides when we use applications or the keyboard, both the interface of the first ones (which take up the entire screen, no frames) and the keyboards are fully functional and there is no problem or mode. for specific use in that area. Perhaps if we are reading text with small fonts we can see a slight loss of definition in the curvature.

The curve also has value when we play video. It is difficult to explain it in words or watch it on video, but really the video playback seems more immersive with the curve of the two sides.

The downside of that curvature at the ends is that the reflections can increase in that area in certain circumstances. For example, playing a video with natural light incident on the back and the terminal on the table, the screen does not show a reflection but it does the right upper band, something that is annoying and even tires the view.

A photo camera to dominate the market

At the same resolution as the Note 4, it might appear that there has been no improvement to the Galaxy S6 Edge's camera. But around the camera there is much more, and for example, the aperture has been substantially improved and the results confirm that step forward.

What is most surprising about the camera on the Galaxy S6 Edge is the level of detail when there is light and the brightness of night scenes

The camera of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge includes a 16-megapixel sensor with f1.9 aperture that combined with better image processing, leaves us with very good results.

When the light conditions are good, the photos we can take with the Galaxy S6 Edge camera are bright, well exposed in general, with a wide dynamic range (and if necessary, we have the HDR that Samsung always implements so well) and a very high level of detail.

The camera is also very fast and that is appreciated when we want to take a photo of an action scene, which in most situations is well collected. In the scene below, without using any special mode, only the automatic, the jump of the little one in the red boots is frozen enough to appreciate the movement of the scene.

And what about night mode and low light? Well, improvement is also very important. It really surprises the luminosity of the night scenes that the camera of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge collects, in enough detail without the noise making an appearance of blatant appearance.

In the scene above, the lighting was almost non-existent but the Galaxy S6 Edge's camera achieves a photograph that has surprised us with its brightness.

Another example of what we say is seen just before shooting. In the following indoor scene we shot in low light, just a light bulb (not white but warmer on top), the image we were seeing on the screen of the Galaxy S6 Edge while preparing the shot was not in doubt: the scene was complicated We anticipated a lot of noise and we were also very concerned about the color level result. The low light made the intense tones of certain elements of the scene appear completely muted and lacking intensity and detail in the preview.

However we shot and the result left us with a very correct scene for the real situation. The scene was well exposed, the sharpness was more than enough for the situation, there was no excessive noise or loss of detail and the color was just as intense in reality. Great work at the level of image processing by Samsung, with the only downside to a more neutral white balance than what we actually saw in the scene, which was warm due to the type of ambient light.

The interface of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is simple but it leaves us many possibilities without the need to take too many menu steps. Shooting modes are just a touch away, and there we find the options to pan, selective focus photos, slow and fast motion videos, virtual photo and other modes that we can download, such as one for food, sports, Dual Camera or beautification of the face.

Also switching to front camera, video, gallery, flash, HDR, timer and basic effects are accessible with one step. Those shortcuts are not customizable nor can we change them.

Already in the camera settings menu we have the options to change the image size, video mode, location or different settings. The most interesting is AF Tracking.

This mode has worked quite well for us.Once we mark on the screen the object to "chase" so that it is always in focus, the system maintains it quite effectively, although when there is a lot of contrast the tracking is lost in the shadow areas. You have to take the precaution of deactivating it once you have finished using it (it will be at specific times) because otherwise we could lose some quick photo since the focus will move without us telling you anything.

A very interesting mode has been named by Samsung as Pro. In it, in addition to filters, we can manually manage some parameters such as sensitivity (Auto and from 100 to 800 ISO), exposure compensation, white balance, depth field (auto or macro to panoramic) and measurement modes (Center offset, matrix and point).

The option given by Samsung to have up to three profiles of controls saved on a personal level also seems to us a success.

If you are using the secondary camera a lot, either for selfies or video calls, you are in luck. The chosen sensor has a resolution of 5 megapixels (f1.9 also) and offers very good performance especially in good light conditions.

Video mode is also important on this Galaxy S6 Edge. There have been no doubts here and video recording can be done in UHD (2160p), QHD (2560x1440) or Full HD, with one mode at 30 and the other at 60 fps. There's also 720p HD and 480p VGA.

As a shooting mode there are two options at the video level: fast camera (from 4 to 16X) and slow motion, which includes the possibility of playback at 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8 of the real speed and with quality 720p. The result is very good too.

In both cases, in the video gallery we can indicate which piece of the video we want at a certain speed and which at normal speed, and even change it once everything has been recorded. And it includes the possibility of direct export in MP4 format.

It seems incredible that something as basic as a double click on the start button to access the camera can make you so happy with a smartphone

With maximum resolution or FullHD video at 60fps, keep in mind that neither stabilization nor continuous focus, HDR or the possibility of taking a photo when recording video is possible.

By the way, and before I forget: Samsung allows a double click on the start button to directly access the camera. Even with the terminal locked. This simple gesture that makes the camera ready to shoot in less than half a second, is simply addictive and one of those details that make you end up hooked to a terminal.

See complete gallery »Galaxy S6 Edge samples (42 photos)

Fast and wireless charging, two accessories for correct autonomy

What to do with battery capacity should be quite a nightmare for some manufacturers. The number that they put on their specifications sheet is for a group of users a first filter to consider the purchase or not of a certain smartphone, although in the end it is not directly related (or not at least exclusively) to the autonomy that it is capable of get the terminal.

In this Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge a 2550 mAh battery has been chosen that is also not removable. We have already discussed the sacrifices that Samsung had had to make in its new terminal to change the design, and that of the removable battery may have been the least consequences or rejection among potential buyers. With external portable batteries, the second battery for a smartphone is hardly any longer on the market.

The battery of the Galaxy S6 Edge meets the minimum that we must demand of a high-end in 2015: that it arrives without commitments at the end of the day

With this battery capacity, Samsung has entrusted the lower consumption of 14 nm of its Exynos processor in combination with the greater efficiency of the SuperAMOLED panel (over a 25% improvement in consumption is valued by the Korean brand) the hope of good autonomy . And so it has been.

In our daily and intense use, we have had no problems reaching the end of the day with a load, which, these days, seems to us to be the limit that no one should fail to reach but which is also not critical to exceed by far. Typically, when night falls, the terminal ends up charging regardless of whether we have 20 or 50% of battery left at the end of the day. The consumption of this load can never be an excuse to ask for more autonomy of entry.

In cold figures, the PC Mark test has given us 8 hours and 5 minutes of autonomy and the day (and a little more) of autonomy that we have seen in our test is consistent with other similar tests from reference sites.

In addition to reaching the end of the day without trauma, there is a feature related to the battery of a smartphone that is key to us today: fast charging. This Galaxy S6 Edge includes it, and a compatible charger comes in the original box, no need to purchase a separate one.

The Galaxy S6 not only carries wireless but fast charging, and comes with a compatible charger as standard

This charger does not give an initial push that puts the charge at a level of about 4 hours of use with only 10 minutes of charge. In addition, the Galaxy S6 Edge has integrated wireless charging, compatible with the two most important standards on the market: Qi and PMA.

The average load times we have measured in our tests in the different modes available are as follows. In all cases we have measured the time needed to reach 100% battery starting from 15% charge and with the terminal on, with connectivity but the screen off.

In addition, we have measured the charging time in fast and normal mode to reach the 20% that Samsung more or less promises can be reached with 10 minutes of charging in fast mode:

Time (15% to 100%) Time (0-20%) Normal load 96 minutes 23 minutes Fast charge 72 minutes 10 minutes Wireless charging 155 minutes --

As you can see, wireless charging is an implementation that is not very efficient in terms of charging time, but it did seem practical. In our case we have used not the base that Samsung sells but the floor lamp that Ikea will start selling in a few days. It has been very comfortable for us to have a place where, just by leaving the terminal on it, charging starts, without any search for a cable.

Performance and connectivity

The biggest surprise on the Galaxy S6 Edge datasheet is the processor. In the high-end we had become accustomed in recent years to Qualcomm prevailing on Android but for its franchise this year, the Korean brand completely separated from the giant of processors.

Instead of the Qualcomm 810 and all its controversy around, Samsung opted for its new Exynos 7, a 14nm processor that in previous tests had shown to be practically on par with the Snapdragon and even exceed it in some situations. And so it has been in the tests that we have subjected to the Galaxy S6 Edge.

In addition to the eight-core processor, Samsung introduces two new features in its franchise that have benefited the overall performance of the team and are not always brought to the attention. We are talking about the new UFS 2.0 memory and DDR4 RAM.

UFS 2.0 memory enables not only higher bandwidth and better read and write times, but better power management and greater security extensions. Also in the line of improvement of the consumed energy is the DDR4 RAM memory.

Perhaps the biggest sacrifice that Samsung's new design leaves us in its Galaxy S6 is the elimination of the microSD card slot

In daily use, this eight-core processor from Samsung along with the 3 GB of RAM and the new memory make the operation of the equipment "without problems", which surely contributes to the faster internal memory, which part 32 GB of good form since the possibility of expansion with microSD cards has disappeared.

At the benchmark level, these are the data that the Galaxy S6 Edge offers us:

HTC One M9 Nexus 6 Sony Xperia Z3 Galaxy Note 4 iPhone 6 Plus Antutu 63422 56335 48175 41271 46248 46942 Geekbench (Single / Multi) 1442 / 4469 1145 / 3758 -- -- -- 1623 / 2906 Quadrant 36379 -- 13088 20808 23222 --

For the issue of warming up, in this Galaxy S6 Edge there is nothing to worry about. Despite the use of glass as a material for the rear, only during loading and passing benchmarks have we seen significant heating of the rear. In use, even with games, there is a temperature increase but if we do not abuse the game time, it is difficult to appreciate it.

The connectivity associated with the use of the Samsung Exynos 7 is LTE Cat 6., and we also have WiFi ac, bluetooth 4.1 LE, apt-X, Ant +, GPS, NFC (key to the future contactless payment of Samsung itself) and up to an infrared sensor to use the terminal as a remote control. The microUSB connection takes the step back and stays at USB 2.0, compatible with MHL 3.0.

Although the integrated speakers, which are not stereo, leave a lot to be desired, the same does not happen with the rest of the sound sections of the terminal. The noise-reducing microphones do their job very well, and on the other side we've always been told that it was "loud and clear."

As for the sound that we get via headphones, we are facing one of the best options on the market, and if you usually use the terminal to listen to music, rest assured that you will not be disappointed.

Less TouchWiz but still present

From total divorce to intense love. This has been the relationship between Google and Samsung in recent years. In just a couple we have gone from a more loaded and powerful TouchWiz layer than ever, to a fairly light version on Android 5.0. But it is still there although in his favor it must be said that he has tried to adapt to the idea of ​​Material Design in his own way.

Something that Samsung does maintain in this Galaxy S6 Edge despite its 5.1-inch screen is the possibility of having two applications at the same time. To access the multiscreen, press and hold the Recent Applications button and the screen will be divided so that we assign the application we want to each place.

Otherwise, in the Galaxy S6 Edge we have a complete and useful notification center, the best on the market by far. and where the control options represented by icons now include in some cases extra information, such as the Wi-Fi network to which you are connected. But there are more details that we like.

One of them is that, when we are adjusting the brightness with the potentiometer that appears in the notification bar, they disappear so that we can see the desktop or the application we were using, and check if the brightness is what we wanted directly, without notifications that hinder.

No more than two main notifications appear on the locked screen. If there are more, they are identified by application icons and only by clicking on this area will all stored notifications be displayed.

One detail that we really liked is being able to choose whether or not the notifications show information in the preview. Surely there are times when you want to maintain maximum privacy and this function comes from pearls to know that you have received an email, a message or that you have a missed call, but without giving clues to anyone exactly what its content is.

We are also convinced by the way the Settings menu options are displayed. In a few terminals there are aspects to change in such a direct, visual and simple way.

Speaking of appearance, the option of being able to download and install themes in the terminal, with an important customization of almost all the elements, including menus, is sure to hook more than one user.

And what about the applications that come by default? Well, the biggest surprise will be when you see a folder with Microsoft applications and where OneDrive, OneNote and Skype are already installed. These applications, like others from the system or from Samsung, cannot be uninstalled and we can only remove updates or disable the application.

Then we already have the customization that Samsung makes of general applications such as the music player, the video player, the mail or the calendar. More important is S Voice, which is included as standard, or S Health, a full service that includes the management of everything we may want to have grouped in relation to our health: diet, exercise, parameters such as heart rate or oxygen in blood and even the coffee or water we drink every day. At S Health there are programs, goals and even badges that will cheer us up for the day.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the note and opinion of Xataka

After a 2014 where the competition and a terminal from the company itself, the Note, had made nobody almost remember the Galaxy S5, we expected surprises from Samsung. And boy, have there been.

The new Galaxy S6 Edge is a new design where the finish is already relevant, the commitment to its own processor definitely and a curved screen that gives the terminal a tremendous personality.

The result has been a very light terminal, visually attractive and with a large screen that curves on the sides almost exclusively to appear. Beyond that we could save the extra 150 euros that must be paid compared to the classic Galaxy S6, already with a high price.

But personally, you have to stay with two aspects above the others: the camera of the Galaxy S6 Edge as the feature that can make a difference with the competition, and the innovation that Samsung has presented.

There we have from its own processor that has proven to be perfectly solvent for its high-end, to better memory and RAM, without forgetting the curved screen as technology. In the complicated part of autonomy, it has remained on that day and little more than we consider fair if it does not require commitments to achieve it. And in this Galaxy S6 we do not have to do any.


Design9.5 screen Yield9.75 Camera9.5 Software8.5 Autonomy8,25

In favor

  • A design with a lot of personality and effective
  • Excellent performance
  • Fingerprint reader works and is useful
  • Magnificent photo camera
  • High-level display


  • The battery makes no difference
  • High price
  • No microSD card slot
  • Curvature almost without functionality

For the realization of the video of the article we have the help of Pedro Santamaría
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