Still the best Samsung flagship
This is still a pretty darn great phone. But it needs Marshmallow to help with some of its battery-sucking issues.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are still two of the best phones to come out this year, though I’m hoping that next year the company focuses less on bundling its devices with software and app specials, and sticks closer to the standard Android interface design. In a phone that costs $700, the company can afford to let marketing and bundle deals go, and should at least sell an unlocked and bloatware-free version online. It should instead focus on the sort of unique features that add real value, like Samsung Pay, camera features, and wireless charging that supports both Qi and PMA standards.
Regardless of the memory management issues—which some carriers have fixed through a software update—and the inconsistent battery life, I keep the Galaxy S6 Edge charged up and updated so that I can switch it to it when I need a capable smartphone camera in tow. Its smaller size is also better for travel. I bring along a laptop and the Galaxy Tab S2 with me everywhere I go anyway, and the smaller size of the Galaxy S6 Edge ensures it stays in my pockets on the plane so I can keep it on my person for the entirety of the flight.
However, I recognize that I’m in a particularly privileged position given that it’s my job to switch between Android devices. I can choose to toss aside Samsung’s phone for a Nexus device if I want to, whereas most people are stuck with one choice for a couple years. The good news is that if you have a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge on you, there’s no need to swap it out in a panic. But until the Marshmallow update comes through, I’m staying with the Nexus 6P. Once you Doze, you can’t go back.
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