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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Review

Joe Fedewa Sep 11th, 2015 publishUpdated   Sep 14th, 2015, 12:13 pm

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is a very strange device (and a mouthful to say). It’s the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, but lacks the S Pen and all the other Note functionality. It’s simply a larger version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

Therein lies the major question about the Edge+. If you’re going to get a Note-sized device shouldn’t you get a Note phone? Samsung made people want giant phones by including a cool stylus. Can they do it again with a curved display? Let’s find out.

We already mentioned that the Edge+ is basically a blown up version of the original S6 Edge. The specs are nearly identical, save for two big differences: 4GB of RAM and a 3,000 mAh battery. It has the same Exynos Octa-core processor, same display, same cameras, same fingerprint sensor, and same heart rate sensor.

The extra RAM makes multitasking even better. Samsung’s Exynos processor remains to be one of the fastest on the market. Our only concern is how it will age. The original S6 Edge started slowing down after a few months of usage.

Battery life is much improved, as you might expect from a big device with a big battery. We typically got anywhere from 12-15 hours on a single charge. If that’s not good enough, you can use the Fast Charging cable to get up to 50% charge in less than 30 minutes. You can also use Fast Wireless Charging to get a full charge in two hours.

The Edge+ has the same poor speaker arrangement as the Note 5. While most manufacturers are switching to dual front-facing stereo speakers, Samsung gives you one small speaker. To make matters worse it’s incredibly easy to block with your hand.

We should also mention that the Edge+ doesn’t have an IR blaster like the S6 Edge. There are ways to remedy missing features like a SD card slot or removable battery, but an IR blaster is something you can’t replace.

Alright, let’s talk about the feature that gives this device its name. The Edge screen is the portion of the display that wraps around the left and right edges. Samsung uses this space for a few special tricks.

The main features of the Edge screen revolve around something called “People edge.” By swiping on the Edge screen “handle” you can see your five favorite contacts. People edge can be opened from anywhere. You can use the People edge as a quick way to contact your friends, but it’s more than that. When you have a notification from one of these contacts it will show a colored tab on the Edge screen. You can swipe on the tab to see details and take action.

The Edge screen can do other stuff, too. Like light up the side of the display when the phone is on its face, display a ticker of information with a gesture, shortcuts to your five favorite apps, or show a small clock on the edge at night. All pretty cool.

Are any of these features actually useful? The answer to that question is a resounding “sorta.” If you use Samsung’s stock dialer, SMS, and email apps, People edge is great. If you use 3rd party apps it’s basically useless. The Edge screen features are neat, but not everyone will use them.

The Edge+ is equipped with the same great camera as the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and Note 5. We have praised this camera in the past, and it is still the best on the market.

The 16MP camera on the back uses a Sony IMX240 sensor with f/1.9 aperture and optical image stabilization.The front-facing camera comes in at 5MP. Photos look simply stunning, in nearly every condition. Samsung has really done a great job with their cameras as of late.

Even Samsung’s camera software is great. They default “Auto” mode has simple controls for beginners. “Pro” mode offers controls for ISO, shutter speed, exposure, and white balance. Samsung also offers a handful of downloadable modes and effects in their store.

Perhaps the best thing about the camera software is its speed. Double-tap the home button from anywhere (even with the screen off), and the camera will open in less than a second.

  • Futuristic design
  • Beautiful display
  • Excellent camera
  • Speedy performance
  • Battery life is good
  • Uncomfortable to hold
  • Poor speaker placement
  • Edge screen features are gimmicky

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a flashy phone. It looks like just a fashion statement, but it has the specs to back it up. You’re getting a really good phone with some gimmicky features you may or may not want to use.


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge + Software Update

To help you with the software update for your Samsung device, this page contains the following information:

  • Wi-Fi Only Over The Air (OTA) Programming
  • Server-Initiated Software Update Instructions
  • User-Initiated Software Update Instructions
  • Software Update while Roaming

Note: Estimated software download time is 6-10 minutes. Estimated software update time is 6-10 minutes.

Wi-Fi Only OTA Programming - Wi-Fi Exclusive Update

If Wi-Fi is enabled and your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network, your device will be able to receive and download new software updates.

  1. The download will take place when the device is in Wi-Fi coverage, but coverage does not need to be consistent. You can use multiple Wi-Fi networks and disconnect from/reconnect to Wi-Fi, and the update will continue to download from where it left off until complete.
  2. When the download is complete, you'll receive a notification that there's a new software update available for installation. Tap Install Now to continue with installation. The device will power off and back on and the installation process will begin.

You've successfully updated your software.

Server-Initiated Software Update

You'll be notified on your device that a software update is available.

  1. Select Install now and your device will power off and back on and the installation process will begin. Tap OK to begin the installation.

    Note: If you choose Defer, this will delay installation and you'll be taken back to the Home screen. The software update message will appear periodically until you install the update.

  2. After you've received first notification of the software update, you can manually initiate by going to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > Software updates. Under System updates, tap Restart & install to install the update. Your device will power off and back on and the installation process will begin.
  3. Once the installation is complete, the device will power off and then back on again.

You've successfully updated your software.

User-Initiated Software Update

This process allows a user to navigate through the device options to seek updates.

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Menu Key > Settings > About phone > Software updates > Check for Updates.
  2. If your device finds a new software update, tap Download now. When complete, a screen will appear advising you that the new version of software is ready to be installed. Tap Install update.
  3. The device will power down and power back on. A screen will appear stating that the installation has been completed. Tap OK.

You've successfully updated your software.

System Update while Roaming

If you're roaming, you won't receive a software update notice. To update, you'll need to either enable Wi-Fi and wait for the update notice to appear or manually update by going to Home > Application > Settings > About device > Software updates. To enable Wi-Fi:

  1. Go to Settings > Wireless & networks.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. To connect to an available Wi-Fi network, select Wi-Fi settings and select an available Wi-Fi network or manually add a Wi-Fi network.

If the software update fails to install, you'll get an error screen. However, this only means the software didn't install properly. The device will power back on with original software and will prompt you again to install the software update.

If you don't have a strong connection to Wi-Fi or the Verizon Wireless network, you may not be able to perform a software update over the air. Instead, you can connect your device to a computer with Internet access. Connect your device to your computer using your USB cable, then download the Software Upgrade Assistant tool to your computer, which will check for software updates and initiate the software update process.


Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

Samsung has a knack for releasing a couple variations, every year, on their most recent of flagship phones and this is no exceptional case. The Galaxy S6 Edge had just burst onto the scene in April, and Samsung couldn’t wait to add a ‘+’ to it in August. The phone, as the name suggests, will bear a huge resemblance to the S6 Edge, therefore I will be covering just some of the changes that make the Edge+ stand out.

It starts out different from its predecessor, in the physical department, as the new device is bigger. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ has a screen size of 5.7 inches compared to the 5.1 of S6 Edge, has the same Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. and a very familiar Super AMOLED display. The resolution, however, remains the same at 2K which means the ppi is lower on the S6 Edge+ compared to the S6 Edge but it doesn’t make much of a difference since at a normal viewing distance, our eyes won’t be able to tell much of a difference.

The S6 Edge+ comes with Lollipop v5.1.1, out of the box and isn’t upgradable as of yet. It makes use of the same chipset in the Exynos 7420 with quite literally the same set of processors and graphics. The Edge+ does add another gigabyte of RAM to the 3GB of the S6 Edge.

The camera remains the same as well which takes pictures at 16 megapixels and has an aperture of f/1.9 for some great low-light performance. It also provides Optical Image Stabilization for keeping your pictures as stable as possible. The video recording is very standard, compared to the recent flagship phones from all the smartphone manufacturers, recording at 4K, 1080p and 720p resolutions with a slow-motion of up to 120 frames per second.

The front camera is also the same using a 5 megapixels sensor with an aperture of f/1.9, keeping your faces lit even in low-light environments. It also records videos at 2K resolution of up to 30 frames per second. Overall, there isn’t much of an improvement over its predecessor in terms of specifications and such, other than the fact that the RAM has been given an extra 1GB, compared to the S6 Edge. But it’s more of a phablet than just a phone as it targets the same market as the iPhone 6 Plus which is probably why Samsung decided to release another S6 Edge, in the first place, with a ‘+’ as well.


10 tips every Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus user should know

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus has a long name and a long list of things it can do. Just like the original Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the Plus version has dual “Edge” displays. The Plus can do everything that the original S6 Edge could do, plus a few more neat tricks.

You might be wondering why a device this large wasn’t called the “Galaxy Note 5 Edge.” Samsung’s naming conventions might seem strange, but in this case it makes things easier to understand. The S6 Edge Plus may be the size of a Note, but it doesn’t have any of the Note functionality. It actually has more in common with the Samsung Galaxy S6. We’ll be focusing on the Edge features in this list, but everything from our “Things you should do with the Galaxy S6” list will also apply.

1. Set a primary side for the Edge Display

Before we get into the hardcore tips you want to pick a side for the Edge display. Whichever side you pick is where all the cool tricks will appear. It can be on either the left or right side, but not both.

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Scroll down to Edge screen position
  3. Choose your Edge screen side

You can also choose where the Edge screen “handle” will appear. The handle is a small semi-transparent tab that makes it easier to swipe open the Edge screen menu. Drag it to you desired location and decide when you want it to appear.

2. Choose your five favorite people for quick access

The most useful aspect of the Edge display is a feature called “People Edge.” When you swipe in from the Edge you will see five round bubbles. Each one of these bubbles can be used as a shortcut to contact your favorite people and see notifications from them.

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Tap People edge
  3. Make sure it’s ON and tap My people
  4. Here you can add people, assign colors, and reorder the list

3. Decide which notifications show up in People Edge

Now that you have your five people selected you’ll want to decide which notifications from them will show up in the Edge screen. Samsung gives you three options: missed calls, messages, and email. If you get one of these notifications you’ll see in People edge and Edge lighting (more on that later).

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Scroll down to Select notifications
  3. Enable all that you wish to see

Note: in order for Edge notification to work you must use the Samsung phone, messaging, and email apps.

4. Pull on the colored tabs to see notifications and respond

When you get a notification from one of your favorites you’ll see a small tab on the edge of the display with their assigned color. Slide your finger in a motion like you’re trying to pull the tab and you’ll see a cool animation as it bubbles open. Here is where you can see information about the notification, sometimes the contents of the message, and quickly respond by tapping on it.

5. Use the Edge Screen for quick access to your favorite apps

Another great feature of the Edge display is called “Apps edge.” It works basically the same as People edge, but it’s shortcuts to your favorite apps. When you swipe to open People edge you’ll notice you can swipe again to see Apps edge. Let’s set it up.

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Tap on Apps edge
  3. Make sure the switch is ON
  4. Tap (+) Add application and choose from the list
  5. To reorder the apps tap on EDIT in the top right corner
  6. Simply swipe in from the Edge display to show the People or Apps

6. Get cool light-up notifications when your phone is on its face

One of the coolest features of the Edge screen is called “Edge lighting.” This nifty feature will illuminate the edge of the display when your phone is flat on its face. Edge lighting notifications only show up from contacts in People edge. Since you already set that up we’re good to go.

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Tap on Edge lighting
  3. Make sure the switch is ON

7. Send quick replies to your favorites without turning on the display

While enabling Edge lighting in the previous tip you may have noticed an option for “Quick reply.” This handy feature will allow you to reject incoming calls or send a preset message by placing your finger on the heart rate sensor for 2 seconds while the device is on its face (the heart rate sensor is directly under the LED flash).

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Tap on Edge lighting > Quick reply
  3. Make sure the switch is ON
  4. Tap on the prewritten message at the bottom to customize

8. Get news, weather and Twitter updates on the Edge display

Another way the Edge display can help you when the display is off is with the “Information stream.” This is where you can get your own personalized “ticker” or information on the Edge of the display. Things like weather, news, sports scores, Twitter updates, and more can be added. All you have to do is slide your finger on the edge of the display to see the stream.

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Tap on Information stream
  3. Make sure the switch is ON
  4. Tap on Manage feeds to enable, disable, or download more feeds
  5. You can decide how long the screen stays on with Edge screen timeout

Note: In orde to have weather information in the stream you must have the Samsung weather widget on the home screen.

9. Show a clock on the Edge screen at night

Most phones are much too bright to be used as a clock at night, but the super-dark AMOLED display and Edge screen on the S6 Edge Plus make it perfect. The night clock is a small low illuminated clock that can appear in the Edge display at a set time. Unlike most Edge features, this one is not enabled by default.

  1. Go to Settings > Edge screen
  2. Tap on Night clock
  3. Flip the switch to ON
  4. Choose the start and end time

10. Get more help and explore the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus forums

The S6 Edge Plus is a very interesting and unique device with a lot to offer. Android Forums is a great destination for help, tips and trick and other helpful discussion, such as where to find the best cases, screen protectors, wireless chargers and other accessories. Check out these popular threads in the Edge Plus forum.


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