Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
This is a first for an AMOLED smartphone, and dramatically boosts screen clarity when you're outdoors. Colours look punchy and I had no trouble using it in direct sunlight.The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge's wraparound screen transforms an already great phone into Samsung's best-looking handset. Ever. The QHD display complements the sweeping, curving design by giving you something visually stunning to look at. It's not a huge step forward from the full HD panel on the Galaxy S5, but it looks great. For a long time now Samsung has used Qualcomm Snapdragon processors in its flagships, at least in the West. In Asia it's been using its own-brand Exynos processors, which it's now opted to put in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. And it looks like the right decision.
The Exynos is a 64-bit processor, so some 64-bit compatible apps should see a modest performance boost. More importantly, and just like the 810, it uses ARM’s big.LITTLE configuration. This allows a ‘big’ quad-core CPU (2.1GHz) to be paired with a ‘little’, low-power quad-core (1.5GHz). Smaller tasks like browsing the web and listening to music use the little quad, which uses less juice. Intensive tasks, like 3D gaming, use the big quad.
Even in power saving mode, the S6 Edge has a higher Geekbench 3 score than the HTC One M9 running at full speed. When it comes to 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited test – a test that focuses on gaming performance – full power results are a lot closer, but even here the S6 Edge comes out on top. What makes the Exynos 7420 special is that it uses a 14nm manufacturing process, like the latest Intel chips, that puts it ahead of the 20nm process used by Qualcomm on the Snapdragon 810. In layman’s terms, smaller manufacturing processes provide benefits to processing speeds and help reduce the use of battery power.
Not only is the Exynos 7420 super-fast, it also seems to run a lot cooler than the Snapdragon 810 on the HTC One M9 and LG G Flex 2. Even during a prolonged gaming session the Edge remains cool to touch, although battery drain rises significantly.
Gaming performance is top-notch with intensive games like Riptide 2 running like a dream. We didn’t experience a single dropped frame or stutter. The S6 Edge is a real powerhouse thanks to that beast of a processor. Samsung made the right move dropping Qualcomm’s effort.
but,That supercool design comes with a big price tag, and the screen doesn't deliver any real killer apps. Like the regular S6, the Edge doesn't support swappable batteries or expandable storage. The lack of expandable storage isn't a huge issue as the S6 Edge comes in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB flavors with the added bonus of 100GB of free OneDrive cloud storage - but battery life isn't up to standard. You'll struggle to see out a whole day with moderate usage, and that's a real shame. If you're a heavy user you'll be dashing for a charger mid-afternoon.
THE BOTTOM LINEThe Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is one of those phones that sets a line in the sand for smartphones. It makes curved edges viable, offering them in a phone that doesn't look bonkers just for the sake of it. Samsung's striking, high-end Galaxy S6 Edge has the beauty, brains and brawn to take down the iPhone 6 and all the Android competition. Key Features: 5.1-inch 1440 x 2560-resolution screen; Octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset; 2,550mAh non-removable battery; 3GB RAM; Wireless charging; Samsung Pay mobile payments; Android 5.0 L with TouchWiz
Price:$624 VS Lenovo A7000 The Lenovo A7000 is a phone that could very well be ideal for anyone like me.The Lenovo A7000 packs an identical 5.5-inch HD display with 720x1280 pixels resolution at 267ppi pixels count. The screen can be considered “Retina” (the eye can’t distinguish separate pixels) when viewed from a distance equal or greater than 33 cm. The display offers ample brightness with decent viewing angles, but lacks the Corning Gorilla glass 3 protection which is common in most of the budget devices. The A7000 has a 8 megapixel rear (primary) camera, which will produce high quality photos. Its 5 megapixel front camera makes it a good selfie phone. The Lenovo A7000 camera lens aperture maxes out at f/2.2 which is standard for smartphone cameras. While lens aperture size shouldn't be a deciding factor when choosing a phone, some camera fanatics might prefer a larger one. The Lenovo A7000 comes in a built in 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE network support.The A7000 is running Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. Android isn't quite as easy to pick up as Apple's dead-simple iOS operating system, but considering this phone is a fraction of the cost of a pricey Apple gadget, Android 5.0 is a more than worthy alternative. Google's OS is slick, packed with features and grants you access to Google Play, which is crammed to the gunwales with downloadable apps and games. The phone comes with Octa core processor at 1.5 GHz. For gaming fanatics it has Mali-T760MP2 GPU and 2GB RAM that is enormous. Lenovo A7000’s internal storage comes with 8 GB expandable memory up to 32GB with micro SD card support. The camera specs are amazing with 8 mega pixel rear camera coupled with an LED flash and 5 mega pixel camera front snapper. The battery life is incredible with 2900mAh that gives you longer talk time and stand by battery. For sound quality, you can enjoy the loud speaker and 3.5 mm jack in a Dolby Atmos headphone, vibrations and ringtones are there for calls and messages. Connectivity features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS with A-GPS, FM Radio and micro USB v 2.0 that connects you with other integrated devices to receive and share files. This is a large phone, measuring 152.6 x 76.2 x 7.9mm, but it only weighs 140g. I’d have expected a slightly larger battery considering the size of it, but 2900mAh isn’t too bad. Price:$169
VS Samsung Galaxy S6's The new super-skinny build does mean that this Samsung gets very warm in use, however. Actually, not warm, it gets plain hot. Finger-burning hot. This is something that's becoming more and more common with today's increasingly thin smartphones, particularly those that have metal bodies. But I'm pleased to report that even when it's got a fever on performance doesn't appear to be affected. The upscale Samsung Galaxy S6's smooth glass-and-matte-metal body, improved fingerprint reader, and convenient new camera shortcut key make the phone a stunner. Samsung's decluttered take on Android 5.0 brings the beauty inside, too.
But,Longtime fans will bristle at the Galaxy S6's nonremovable battery and absent expandable storage. The phone has an intensely reflective backing and looks embarrassingly like the iPhone 6. Battery life, while good, falls short of last year's Galaxy.
THE BOTTOM LINE Worldly looks and top-notch specs make the impressive, metal Samsung Galaxy S6 the Android phone to beat for 2015.
Octa-core Exynos 7420 big.LITTLE Processor; Mali T760 GPU; 3GB RAM
The Galaxy S6 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop integrated with a newly streamlined version of TouchWiz and it’s incredibly snappy to use. One of the best features is the multi-window functionality – I used it frequently.
Multi-window lets you open and use two apps simultaneously by holding down the option button or dragging from the top left corner of the screen. It’s great for writing an email while checking details online, or sharing posts from social media while talking about them with a friend on WhatsApp, for example.
Overall, the streamlined look and feel of the TouchWiz is a winner. We did experience a couple of instances where downloaded and native applications would randomly stop working, but we imagine this will be smoothed out fairly easily with updates.
TouchWiz gets a huge helping hand by the fact this is the most powerful smartphone on the market right now. Only the HTC One M9, with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, gets close to matching its performance.
The credit goes to the 64-bit Samsung Exynos 7420 octa-core processor and 3GB RAM – it’s the first time Samsung has used this chip in a phone. It seems that switching away from Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon processor in its flagship phone has paid off handsomely.
The Exynos 7420 processor has an advantage over the powerful Snapdragon 810 processor used by the HTC One M9 because the chip is smaller and more energy efficient. You can read the software and performance sections of our Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review for a more detailed breakdown of how it compares to the competition, but needless to say the S6 impresses.
One of the best demonstrations of the Galaxy S6’s power is how smoothly it handles graphically intensive games like Real Racing 3 or Asphalt 8. There are no dropped frames whatsoever and the games are rendered better than we’ve seen on any other phone. Battery life
Battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S6. Now we get to the real issue of this phone. It's not good enough, and that's hugely frustrating.
Let me put this into context: it's as good as the HTC One M9 and iPhone 6 in terms of being able to last just about through the day. Given that last year we were seeing phones that could easily make it to bed time without running out of juice, it's maddening that Samsung, like others, has gone backwards here.
The reason is simple: the battery pack in the new S6 is smaller than last year, 2550mAh compared to 2800mAh. The reduction is there solely so Samsung could make a slimmer phone, focusing on design over functionality. And unlike previous years, the battery can no longer be removed, taking away one of the big things fans loved about the phones. Key Features: 5.1-inch 1440 x 2560 resolution screen; Octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset; Wireless Charging; 3GB RAM; 2,550mAh non-removable battery; Android 5.0 L with TouchWiz; Samsung Pay; IR Blaster