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6 months with the Galaxy S6 Edge

Florence Ion | Nov. 13, 2015
How does Samsung's flagship phone hold up over time? Here's what it's been like living with it every day.

I don’t know exactly why my Galaxy S6 Edge has become so much slower. My own anecdotal experience leads me to believe it has to do with the memory management issues that were rampant shortly after the phone’s release. I haven’t been able to confirm whether Verizon sent out a fix for that in this summer’s Android 5.1.1 update, either. At the very least, it’s not like the Galaxy S6 Edge is slow and sluggish all the time, but when it’s processing a few things at a time, it struggles to keep up with how quickly I expect it to move.

Still the best point-and-shoot

The Galaxy S6 is still one of the best camera phones on the market. It has a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with an aperture of f/1.9 and auto real-time HDR capabilities. Samsung is so proud of it, it put the same sensor on the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5, which arrived months later.

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An untouched photo of New York City through my hotel window.  Credit: Florence Ion

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An untouched photo of San Francisco taken with the Galaxy S6 Edge. Credit: Florence Ion

The only smartphone that’s manage to edge by the Galaxy S6’s camera is the LG G4, but that phone is a bit too big for me. The S6’s smaller size means that it’s a camera I can easily take anywhere, which is why I pop my SIM inside when I know I’ll need a proper point-and-shoot device on hand. It fits easily inside the smallest of my purses, and its fantastic low-light performance means it snaps some of the best bar selfies with my pals. I also don’t have to worry about it falling out of my jacket or bulking up my pants pockets like I do with the larger Nexus 6P.

Battery life is inconsistent

Battery life was so good on the Korean variants of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge I originally reviewed. Our benchmarks told the story of a pair of phones that could outlast other high-end phones. But, when I brought home my Verizon version of the S6 Edge, I had a decidedly different experience.

The Galaxy S6 Edge usually teeters around 30 percent in the early evening, after ten hours off the charger. I have to constantly remember to charge my phone before I leave the office so that I have enough juice to listen to a podcast on my commute home. If I don’t do that, I whip out the portable battery pack I’m carting around and plug the phone into that. It’s a frustrating dance to perform.

 

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