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I usually don’t like to use the tired old refrain that Samsung copies a certain manufacturer’s plans – but there’s something familiar here.

A brand releases a top-of-the-line phone, and then decides to make a phablet version by adding a ‘Plus’ to the end. That’s precisely what Samsung’s done here, and there’s very little difference between the S6 Edge+ and the original Galaxy S6 Edge that debuted a few months before it.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Apple’s seen some great success by bringing out a larger variant of it’s normal phone – it’s not sold in the same numbers, but it’s given Apple fans that were getting a bit tired of having to compromise on screen something to pick up

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus review

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus price and release date

  • It replaced the Galaxy Note 5, but the Note range has had some issues since then
  • The release of more Samsung phones has seen the price of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ drop

Samsung clearly thought it could do the same thing – and even went as far as using the S6 Edge+ to replace the Note 5 in some territories, offering a phablet without the stylus.

The price, understandably rose as well. Like the Note 5, the South Korean brand whacked a premium onto its phablet to allow for the larger battery and screen size, as well as a little bit extra in the RAM department.

Since then Samsung has introduced the Galaxy S7 and a larger 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge, which pushed the price down from its original £629/$959 to £579/$583.

But then there was the Galaxy Note 7. That was a phone we rated four and a half stars – it was fantastic – but there was the issue of batteries which caught fire.

You can no longer buy a Note 7, so if you want a larger Samsung the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus or the Galaxy S7 Edge are your only two choices.

With the S7 Edge offering a phablet-like experience the S6 Edge+’s USP has been somewhat squashed, making it now a slightly more difficult sell.

Design

I can’t help but love the curved side of the Samsung Galaxy Edge screens. While not as impacting as the Note Edge’s single display from 2014, the fact everything melts into the side of the phone adds something that most other phones simply can’t.

It’s a clever way of Samsung making a phone without bezels, in terms of appearance anyway, while maintaining the sides needed to hold the thing. The edges themselves are utterly redundant, despite what Samsung is trying to tell us, but in terms of pure aesthetics, this phone really has no equal.

That’s an area where the S7 Edge has an upper hand. Its edges are more curved, and Samsung’s new TouchWiz interface for Android Marshmallow brings some genuinely useful features to it. The hope is the S6 Edge+ will also benefit when it finally receives the Marshmallow update.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus review

I’m actually surprised at the job the brand has done in terms of making the S6 Edge+ a decent phone to hold. The metallic rim is comfortable in the hand, and the smooth glass creates an effect that goes some way to offsetting the high cost of the phone.

Despite packing a 5.7-inch screen, I was actually able to stretch my thumb right along the screen a lot more than I was expecting, again thanks to the curved display. It’s still a phablet though, and as such you’ll need to use a two-handed grip a lot more than with the normal S6 range.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus review

Design-wise though, Samsung’s done phenomenally well again. Sure, it’s just a larger version of the S6 Edge, but that’s no bad thing. That phone was well-crafted, and the larger device doesn’t add in any creaks or wobbles – it’s solid in the hand, thin enough to not feel chunky and yet still has elements like dual wireless charging that add something extra to the mix.

I suppose you could fault the camera protrusion, but given the quality of the snapper (more on that later, but it’s worth checking out) I can’t say I’d rather Samsung had made things flat just to preserve the look of the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus review

Given a lot of people will be upgrading to this from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, it won’t feel like much of a hindrance.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus review

I’d like to start by talking about that last point actually: the idea is that a couple of cheeky strokes of the phone on the edge display will show you the time, date, interactions on social networks and news from Yahoo. It utterly, completely fails to impress for one simple reason: you have to rub it so hard to get anything to pop up.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus review

Imagine trying to summon a tired, hungover genie and you’ll have some idea of the issue. After stroking up and down two or three times (if you’re lucky) you’ll get said information… but the same thing could have been achieved by just tapping the home button and firing the screen up.

When you look at Motorola’s Active Display, which fires when you just wave your hand over the screen, this is just terrible form from Samsung.

The other elements of the Edge screen are equally useless – I set up my favorite apps and top people, and tried to remember to use the side of the screen to access them quickly. I never did – it’s just not an intuitive gesture.

There were a couple of times when I saw I had a message from my partner that glowed a different color on the table when I had the phone face down in front of me, which would have been useful in a meeting or somewhere that constantly looking at the phone would be rude, but it wasn’t an earth-shattering moment.

The other new functionality here is the ability to poke and send little notes to other Edge users (called OnCircle) – but that’s such a niche amount of users that I nearly didn’t mention it.

Imagine the stuff Apple Watch users can do to one another, but with fewer choices and people to do it with. You’re there. This is a feature that’s destined to go the same way as ChatON, Samsung’s failed own-brand WhatsApp.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus review

I couldn’t show how it works as nobody else has an Edge phone.

Simply put, it’s a stretch to use the Edge screen for anything worthwhile. There are some cool parts in theory, but in reality the large screen is a bit too cumbersome here. Swiping one-handed isn’t the easiest given the bigger dimensions, and I was constantly worried I’d just flip it out of my hand.

While we’re here talking about the display though, let me just remind everyone: it’s brilliant. Yes, it’s the same resolution as seen on the S6 Edge, and at 5.7-inches it’s theoretically less sharp.

But it’s not perceptible. It just makes everything look clear and crisp, and no matter what you’re looking at it’s colorful, rich and sharp. The display on the Galaxy Note 5 was rated as the best on the market, and the same one seems to have been used here.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus review

Just no need. Too hard to activate.

The larger size has also been used by Samsung to add another line of icons, making better use of the QHD screen compared to the S6 Edge.

So just be aware that the Edge display is on there for aesthetics. Samsung may improve that in the future, but with such a subtle curve I doubt it.

Higher battery

While I don’t want to ruin the battery testing coming up, I’m glad that Samsung has decided to bite the bullet and increase the power in the S6 Edge+.

The smaller ‘normal’ S6 Edge has a tiny 2600mAh unit, and it’s just not big enough. That phone just about manages the day but it’s not comfortable – if it wasn’t for the fact the other handsets on the market were equally as bad, Samsung would have been in all sorts of trouble here.

The extra size on the S6 Edge+ has thankfully been used for a bigger 3000mAh battery, which should mean the phone will last a little bit longer, given the screen resolution is the same, the software slightly better optimised and, generally, the power of a phablet is used properly.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus review

Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus has a much better battery life than the smaller and lower-res iPhone 6S, which bodes well for what Samsung’s done here.

(Although I’ll offer a small spoiler – it’s actually somehow worse. Check out the battery section to see why).

Fingerprint scanner

Apple launched the fingerprint scanner onto the wider world with Touch ID in the iPhone 5S, and it’s not looked back since. It wasn’t the first out there to do so, but it was the first biometric authentication that was easy to use and didn’t mean you needed to compromise speed of unlocking.

Samsung tried the same thing with the Galaxy S5, but that was a swiping method and it, well, sucked. This time around, the S6 Edge has a very simple ‘click and hold’ method of opening the phone, and it’s virtually faultless.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus review

The speed of the fingerprint scanner is superb

The speed with which you can unlock your phone is amazing, and the obvious benefit is that you’re now more secure than ever before – lose the phone and you’ll be safe, especially if you enable the reams of locating and wiping services Samsung offers through its secure Knox platform.

There were a few instances when the Galaxy S6 Edge+ didn’t want to accept the fingerprint – more than I was expecting, given the performance of the S6 Edge and its flawless unlocking – and I needed to enter the backup password, which is a bit disappointing.

When Samsung Pay lands, this element comes into its own, as a simple swipe upwards from the home button into the screen (even with the display turned off) will start the payment method, which will be ace when you’re trying to quickly pay for transport or shopping on the go.

Given Samsung also lets you pay using the magnetic stripe on the side of card readers, and it’s got that hardware built into this svelte body, it’s impressive.

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