There wasn’t much time between the release of the Edge and the Edge+, and there’s not much difference between them either. The biggest difference is literally the biggest – the Edge+ is a much larger phone.
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Whereas the Edge was 142x70x7mm, 132g with a 5.1” display, the Edge+ is 154x76x7mm, 153g and has a 5.7” screen. This is great for those who love more screen real estate, but not so great for those who like controlling their phone with one hand.
The screen itself is amazing – it’s incredibly bright and clear with extreme detail. And, of course, it wraps around the edge of the phone.
Just like its smaller sibling, the Edge+ uses the sides of the screen for functionality. You can quickly bring up a list of your favourite contacts and a list of commonly used apps for fast launching. The downside of the extended screen is that some apps felt like they were stretched at the edges, and it also makes the edge of the phone very thin.
Holding the Edge+ with two hands was fine and it was a great phone to use like that. But with one hand it was hard to balance and the thin edge made it uncomfortable (for me at least).
The size of the Edge+ has one clear advantage beyond screen size: battery life. The battery lasts for ages with constant use. It can also recharge fast, so a quick top-up before you go out should last you all night. It’s the type of phone that if you forget to charge it overnight you’ll still have enough juice to get you through the next day.
Overall I liked the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. It was gorgeous to look at and very nice to use … as long as I was using two hands. It’s powerful enough not to slow down when I was running multiple tasks on it and the touchscreen was responsive over the entire surface.
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By Hadyn Green.
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