Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

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    Released in mid-2015, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is still a good buy and an excellent performer in an industry where six months can mean all the difference between a great device and an also-ran. For those who want a smaller smartphone option, the Galaxy S6 Edge continues to be a very compelling device, especially if you’re someone partial to Android.

    Its screen comes in at 5.1 inches, and is one of the best of its class. Its resolution is 2560 by 1440, with a dots per inch of 577. To put this into perspective, print is usually about 300 DPI. The excellent screen and its pixel density means that text is easier to read and images are much more lifelike than its competitors. Meanwhile, its 16 megapixel camera is widely hailed as the best on an Android phone and features optical-stabilization, something the smaller iPhone 6 and 6S can’t say. It’s not just a check box feature as optical stabilization is important for anyone interested in taking clear photos and photos in low lightor in real world conditions.

    The phone is also security-conscious and while Samsung’s previous attempts at integrating a fingerprint scanner into its devices were mixed, the S6 was noted for getting it right and securing the phone with very usable biometric security. Samsung Pay, the company’s mobile payment scheme, is usable with its built-in NFC chip and magnetic stripe emulator, making it compatible with more point of sale devices than Google Wallet or Apple Pay.

    Like its newer, larger cousins (the Note 5 and S6 Edge+), the S6 is also notable for sealing phone and storage into the device. This was a major break in the company’s design philosophy, which touted how Galaxies could change batteries on the fly and the easy access to add additional storage via microSD cards. The phone comes in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities; it's worth noting that the larger Note 5 and Edge+ don't come in 128GB capacities.

    Samsung created two, nearly identical flavors of the device, the Galaxy S6 Edge and the Galaxy S6. The only difference between the two is the curved display of the Edge (the edge, if you will) that allows additional information to be displayed. It’s for this reason the Edge comes out as a slightly more superior device than than the S6. However, both devices are excellent choices for your consideration.
    Rating: 4/5

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