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Review: 6 things to know about the Galaxy S6 Edge+

JR Raphael | Aug. 31, 2015
Samsung's latest curved-screen smartphone looks great, but does that make it a better device?

After handling the Edge+ alongside the Note and experiencing that curved panel on the Note's back — the same configuration, in other words, just flipped around — it struck me: The Edge concept is completely backwards from an ergonomic perspective. Whereas having the curved glass on the back makes the Note feel more natural and comfortable in the hand, having it on the front makes the Edge feel less so.

The sloped glass on the front causes the part of the frame where you rest your fingers to feel unusually narrow and sharp. It also leaves you with a flat back panel pressed awkwardly against the curve of your palm. No joke: It feels as if Samsung built a backwards phone, with the screen on the wrong side. The counterintuitive nature of the arrangement is immediately apparent when you hold the two phones together — and once you've seen it, it's impossible to unsee.

3. Like the smaller S6 Edge, the curved screen looks cool but isn't the most practical thing in the world.

Even without the ergonomics, the Edge+'s curved display actually makes the phone harder to use in many normal day-to-day situations. Don't get me wrong: It's a sleek and distinctive design, and quite impressive from a technological standpoint. But form shouldn't get in the way of function — and that's precisely what happens here.

When you're looking at text on the Edge+ — be it on a Web page, in a document or in any random app — parts of words frequently fall along the sloped areas of the glass and end up curving over the edges as a result. That makes things more difficult to read than if they were on a regular flat surface. The same sort of effect happens with photos and videos, too, which can be visually jarring.

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On-screen elements can curl around the curved screen of the Edge+.

The phone's curves create a similar challenge when it comes to active input: Whether you're using the on-screen keyboard or trying to tap icons in an app or website, buttons and keys often extend partially into the sloped sections of the screen and become awkward to press as a result. I've frequently found myself having to tap something multiple times to get it to work — and suffice it to say, that's neither fun nor productive.

4. The S6 Edge+ gives you the same outstanding camera, display quality and fingerprint sensor you'll get in Samsung's other current flagships.

Remember when I said the Edge+ is pretty much the same phone as the Note 5? That means it has the same exceptionally good camera, which delivers consistently superb images in almost any condition. It's the same imaging setup you'll find in the Galaxy S6 and regular S6 Edge as well.

 

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