Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - AT&T

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    S6 Edge+ and the Note 5, Samsung’s Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge still deliver the kind of excellent performance its users enjoy, making this pick one of the best smartphones available. But even "smaller" smartphones are considerably bigger than they were just a few years ago, and the S6 Edge with 5.1 inches of screen, is easily pocketable by users looking for a device that’s portable and that has a usable screen.

    At 577 dots per inch, the S6 Edge’s screen is easily readable and images are rendered beautifully. It comes equipped with a 16 megapixel camera, the same sensor that’s generally regarded as among the best among mobile devices and possibly the best among Android devices. The S6 Edge also includes optical image stabilization (OIS), which makes it easier to capture an image in real world conditions; comparably, Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6S, which are similarly sized to the S6 Edge, don’t offer OIS. The S6 Edge also can output RAW image files, which are preferred by professional and serious amateur photographers.

    S6 Edge also offers a very usable and very functional fingerprint scanner to lock the phone down. It can also restrict access to third party apps. It also offers an NFC chip that allows short range data transfer and mobile payments. There’s also a magnetic stripe emulator, making the device complaint with Samsung Pay.

    Eclipsed by its larger and newer cousins, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Note 5, Samsung’s Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge still delivers excellent performance, making it one of the best smartphones available. But even "smaller" smartphones are considerably bigger than they were just a few years ago, and the S6 Edge with 5.1 inches of screen, is easily pocketable by users looking for a device that’s portable and that has a usable screen. At 577 dots per inch, the S6 Edge’s screen is easily readable and images are rendered beautifully.

    Like its larger cousins, the S6 Edge comes equipped with a 16 megapixel camera, the same sensor that’s generally regarded as among the best among mobile devices and possibly the best among Android devices. The S6 Edge also includes optical image stabilization, which makes it easier to capture an image in real world conditions; Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6S, which are comparably sized to the S6 Edge, do not offer OIS. The S6 Edge also can output RAW image files, which are preferred by professional and serious amateur photographers.

    However, the decision to seal the battery and storage of the S6 Edge has divided the Android faithful. Unlike previous iterations of the Galaxy line, replacing batteries and upgrading data storage just isn’t possible. Samsung had used the flexibility as a point of differentiation between its devices and Apple’s, but in the end, aesthetics won out. However, this continues to be a very sore point among some Android users. The device comes in 32GB, 64GB and 128 GB (strangely, the larger cousins of the S6 Edge, the Note 5 and Edge+, max out at 64GB).

    The Galaxy S6 is virtually the same device as the S6 Edge, with one very important difference: the Edge’s curved display is used to display additional status information. For this reason, the Edge is a more useful device and wins our vote as one of the best devices you can buy; however, the Galaxy S6 is the same device and is worth taking a look if the Edge’s curved display doesn’t appeal to you.Rating: 4/5

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