Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ (front) and Apple iPhone 6s Plus. Credit: Brian Sacco
If you're a "phablet" user, plan to be one in the future or you're just interested in the latest and greatest gadgets, you're likely aware of both the new Samsung Galaxy S6 (GS6) edge+ and Apple iPhone 6s Plus. The two grande smartphones are perhaps the most popular, high-end phablets on the market today. But despite the shared letter "s," numeral "6" and "plus" in their names, they have little else in common.
I've been using the GS6 edge+ for more than two months, and I purchased my iPhone 6s Plus two weeks ago, on iPhone launch day. After some side-by-side use, I found a number of clear strengths and weakness for each smartphone.
The following sections detail the features, functionality and other options I miss most when I switch to the iPhone 6s Plus from my GS6 edge+.
This post is not a review and it is not designed to suggest the GS6 edge+ is a "better" smartphone than Apple's new flagship phablet. I also found a number of ways the iPhone 6s Plus outshines the GS6 edge+, and you can find details in my companion post, "6 Things iPhone 6s Plus does that Galaxy S6 edge+ can't."
Things Apple iPhone 6s Plus does that Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ can't
1) Galaxy S6 edge+ 'Edge screen'
The most unique thing about the GS6 edge+ (and its more diminutive brother, the original GS6 edge,) is its "Edge screen," or curved display, which lets you interact with the device and trigger certain functions using the sides of the screen.
For example, "Edge lighting" options make the curve of the display light up custom colors when the phone is placed face down and your receive notifications from your most frequent contacts, or "Edge People." (You can add up to five contacts.) The "People edge" displays similarly color-coded tabs along the curved side that show you when you have notifications from those specific people. The "Apps edge" gives you quick access to the five apps you use most often — or whichever apps you want to show up.
When the phone is asleep, you can quickly slide a finger up and down the curved edge to see a variety of information without fully waking it, including the date and time; battery status; news updates; and alerts from your applications. And the GS6 edge+ "Night clock" feature displays date, time and battery information on the curved edge when the phone is asleep, during a designated time period.
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