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One of the breakout devices this year is the Galaxy S6 Edge, which bought the world’s first dual-curved smartphone screen in a package that appealed to millions of people. Announced alongside the Galaxy S6, Samsung’s “true flagship” bought a new era in design for the Korean manufacturer and while it was thought that the Galaxy S6 would be the most popular, customers turned to the unique and more expensive Galaxy S6 Edge instead.

The handset was released in April this year and in our review, we rated the handset 9.0 (out of 10), with Lanh saying that “the Galaxy S6 Edge is the beautiful result of Samsung’s newfound identity”.

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Our initial impressions were certainly very positive, but having spent three months with the handset, does it continue to live up to its lofty review score? One of the biggest problems with all smartphones is the eventual slowdown in performance as usage increases, but how has the Galaxy S6 Edge fared in three and a half months of use? Let’s find out.

Hardware

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Curved displays on smartphones are certainly not unique but the Galaxy S6 Edge is, simply because it has the dual-curved display that rights one of the biggest issues with the Galaxy Note Edge: the curved display could only be seen when held in the left hand.

Samsung’s new design strategy certainly delivered a compelling flagship smartphone and like many users, I was sold on buying one as soon as they announced the handset. For me, the appeal of the dual curved display was two-fold: first, the handset stands out and second, I was hoping for some useful functionality in the edge screen.

Three months on, the curved edge still retains its appeal, but aside from the aesthetic appeal, I don’t actually use the Edge Screen features. The few times the Edge Screen has been activated – aside from the night clock which activated every night automatically – it has been by accidentally swiping the edged screen.

Aside from the curved display, there’s very little that sets the S6 Edge apart from its non-curved namesake. Some of Samsung’s hardware decisions still remain peculiar (as they can’t be fixed), but on the whole, the hardware is premium and definitely worthy of a flagship device.

The display itself remains one of the best on a smartphone display and although I’ve used most flagships released this year – including the LG G4 which has a Quantum Display – the oversaturated colours on the S6 Edge display provide a more emphatic experience.

The curved edge on the display of the S6 Edge can be a little jarring – especially when recording a video while panning or watching a film as the image wraps over the edge of the display – and the regular S6 is much better in this regard.

The back of the Galaxy S6 Edge is made from glass, which is both a blessing and a curse: the glass finish makes the handset more premium than past Galaxy flagships but also means the handset is susceptible to overheating. I’ve found the handset overheats quite often and while it’s not usually too hot to touch, it can be unbearable when charging and using simultaneously.

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One surprising thing about the glass finish is that despite appearing to be fragile, my S6 Edge has survived several drops. When I used the original Galaxy S6, a few choice unintentional drops to concrete or stone floors resulted in significant damage in the body work, but the Galaxy S6 Edge seems to hold up remarkably well. Corning Gorilla Glass 4 provides significant protection and aside from a few scratches and a small chip in the bezel, the Galaxy S6 is mostly free of harm.

Cameras are definitely an important feature on modern flagships and the Galaxy S6 Edge is no different with the 16MP camera proving to be one of the best all rounders on the market. Having used most flagships over the past year, I have a fair reference point and for me, the S6 Edge still has the best smartphone camera, although the LG G4 comes very close. For the past few days I was visiting Vienna, Austria and the Galaxy S6 Edge took all my photos; apart from a few noisy low light shots, the results were very impressive.

Three months on and the Galaxy S6 Edge hardware has mostly lived up to its initial appeal but emotion towards hardware doesn’t change too often during the first few months with a handset. The real changes are seen in the handset’s software and performance, as usage of the features changes and software updates tweak parts of the experience.

Software

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Aside from the design changes, the other big philosophy change in both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge is Samsung’s TouchWiz UX. Looking back to last year, the Galaxy S5 had one of the worst software experiences on a Samsung smartphone for many years thanks to loads of bloatware that couldn’t be uninstalled, but this year’s flagships changed that.

With the latest TouchWiz UX, we saw Samsung adopt the motto that “less is more” and as a result, there are just a handful of preloaded apps and all of these (including the entire Google suite of apps) can be disabled to prevent them from running in the background.

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When it announced the S6 Edge, Samsung made a pronounced effort to introduce the favourite contacts as a key reason to buy the Galaxy S6 Edge and on paper, it certainly has an appeal; the premise is that you set up to five favourite contacts and when your phone is upside down, the screen will light up with the colour of that contact when they call or message you. On paper, it’s a very useful feature but in actual practice, it’s rare that I leave my phone upside down, mainly because doing so increases the chances of scratching that lovely display (which I’ve done a couple of times).

The Edge screen also has different available panels and if you’re someone who relies on your news or stock feeds, you’ll find the panels are really useful. As a social junkie, the Twitter panel definitely appealed to me but when I have activated it, I’ve found it only displays a few trending items and doesn’t scroll across the list as you might hope. For many months, I’ve been hoping for new additional panels but it seems that – at least for now – 3rd party developers have very little interest in the Edge Screen. With the rumoured Galaxy S6 Edge Plus set to launch in a few weeks and presumably additional curved display devices planned for the future however, there’s still plenty of time for this to change.

The Galaxy S6 Edge launched running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and this bought its own inherent Android issues, primarily around RAM management. Promising fixes for a host of issues, the Korean manufacturer then delivered the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and while this did fix a couple of things, it also impacted heavily on performance (more on that below) but a couple of software tweaks were a little strange.

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As an example, the update delivered the ability to sort the App drawer in alphabetical order, but by doing so, it removes any customisation to the app drawer and there’s no way to revert the change (other than redoing all the customisation).

Furthermore, when an app updates and you’ve added it to a folder in the app drawer, it removes it from that folder and adds it to the last screen while also deleting any shortcut you’ve saved on your home screen. Not unbearable but frustrating indeed.

Yes, the Galaxy S6 Edge software experience is positive on a whole – and unbelievable if you’ve used past Galaxy handsets that are full of bloatware – but on the flip side, there remain a few things that don’t quite make sense. In a bid to streamline the entire UX, Samsung went too far towards a simplified UI and its updates have done very little to fix the quirks that remain in the software.

Performance

The Galaxy S6 Edge is powered by some of the latest specs including an octa-core 64-bit Exynos 7420 processor with a Mali-T760MP8 GPU and 3GB RAM. On paper, the specs are fantastic and performance should match. For a while it did, but the Android 5.1.1 update changed this. Sadly, it changed for the worse.

As mentioned above, the latest update delivered a few fixes but also introduced a lot of issues, primarily in the performance and stability of the handset along with the battery life. The biggest difference between the Galaxy S6 Edge before and after the update is the stability and reliability of the handset; prior to the update, the handset was generally stable and rarely forced closed apps or rebooted. After the update, the list of performance issues is almost endless and some of these do make the experience very frustrating.

Clearly, the Android 5.1.1 Update did more bad than good

As an example of why Samsung should be concerned, a week ago I took a picture and went to show it to a couple of journalists I was with. Instead of just loading the picture, the handset became unresponsive, overheated and finally restarted once I gave up and put it in my pocket. After taking a couple of minutes to finish powering up, a trip to the gallery revealed that the handset never saved the image I’d just captured and this is a common issue I’ve found since the update.

Earlier I touched on the handset overheating and the Android 5.1.1 update made this worse, with the handset regularly overheating even when performing the most mundane tasks. Furthermore, the update also results in the handset becoming slow, sluggish and very unresponsive. Before the update, I could open an app or switch app within a second but since the update, there is often a large and very noticeable delay, even when trying to go back to the home screen.

The handset also randomly vibrates as if something has delivered a notification (even though nothing shows) and on the subject of notifications, I’ve found that a lot of notifications are delayed since the update. Even when using Google’s own apps, I’ve waited over 20-30 minutes for an email to come through even though it has come through on other Android devices (and before you ask, it’s not related to my internet connection).

The last key issue with the 5.1.1 update is the fingerprint sensor performance; before the update, it worked pretty much flawlessly for me but since the update, it’s hit and miss whether it recognises my fingerprint and the no match error message is becoming ever more frequent. When adding a new fingerprint, I’ve found that occasionally it doesn’t recognise that a finger has been placed on the reader and even wiping the home button (as the handset suggests) doesn’t improve this.

That being said, the Android 5.1.1 Update has delivered an interesting fix – since the update, the network antenna appears to be a lot stronger. As we covered in our Best for 4G testing, the Galaxy S6 Edge had issues with holding onto a connection and delivering fast speeds but the latest update improves the antenna strength, with coverage and reliability appearing to be a lot better.

Sadly, this is one positive in a swarm of negatives regarding the Android 5.1.1 update and given it took a while for the handset to gain 5.1.1, it’s possible we’ll be waiting a while for fixes.

Battery Life

While the unreliability and instability of the handset since the Android 5.1.1 update is partially manageable, the knock on effect on the battery life is certainly not. As we’ve covered, the handset regularly delivered 14 to 18 hours’ battery life with around 4 hours’ screen on time at launch but sadly, this is a thing of the past.

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Believed to be delivering fixes and improvements in the battery life, the Android 5.1.1 update has introduced considerable battery drain; before the update the handset could usually handle around 10 to 12 hours of heavy usage including considerable usage of the camera but as I write this, I’ve now had to charge my phone twice since taking it off charge this morning. In just under 17 hours, it has drained to below 10 percent twice and when using it for a lot of camera shooting in Vienna, 70 percent of the battery was drained in just 2 hours and 57 minutes.

The lack of removable battery means this is actually a major problem for Samsung and looking at feedback on the update on social media, it’s clear that the issue is not local. In fact, I have seen many users report considerable battery drain since the update (including some rather prominent members of our own industry), which should definitely be a concern for Samsung.

Rather than rely on the battery holding out for a normal working day, I’ve had to resort to carrying a portable Quick Charge 2.0 battery pack to ensure I’ve got enough juice for a day, which is unlikely with the handset in its current state. The marked reduction in battery life is definitely a shame as anyone buying the handset with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop pre-installed will believe this to be an accurate reflection of the handset, which is definitely not the case.

Specifications

As a reminder, here’s a list of the key Galaxy S6 Edge specs:

Display5.1-inch Super AMOLED
2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi
ProcessorExynos 7420
RAM3 GB
Storage32/64/128 GB
Camera16 MP rear camera with OIS
5 MP front-facing camera with 90 degree wide angle lens
ConnectivityWiFi a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS + GLONASS
NetworksLTE cat 6 300/50
Battery2,600 mAh
Fast charging
WPC and PMA-compatible wireless charging
SoftwareAndroid 5.0 Lollipop
Dimensions142.1 x 70.1 x 7.0 mm
132 grams
ColorsBlack, white, gold, green

Wrap up

Wrapping up, I was certainly very impressed with the Galaxy S6 Edge during my first month with the handset but a couple of months later, the handset has certainly lost some of its appeal. Yes, the handset looks fantastic and still stands out, but the software experience has definitely impacted my opinion of this handset. This should be a big concern for Samsung.

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For Samsung, it’s certainly worrying especially as the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus are both likely to launch next month running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and some of these issue may remain (although hopefully not). As part of the handset’s Q&A process, we’d hope that Samsung uncovers any software issues and resolve them before releasing new handsets on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

In order to ensure that a software issue does not impact on perception of what is otherwise a very good smartphone, Samsung needs to deliver a fix and promptly. At the moment, millions of customers use the Galaxy S6 Edge, but if it doesn’t fix the issues in the latest update, many of these customers may not use Samsung devices in the future.

As for me personally, my next step is to perform (another) hard reset of my Galaxy S6 Edge in the hope it fixes the issues. If it does, great. If it doesn’t, I’ll need to take a long look at what my next smartphone is. The Galaxy Note 5 will definitely appeal – the lack of S Pen means I probably won’t go for the S6 Edge Plus – but I may opt for another brand. I guess we’ll see!

  • M3D1T8R

    Just as I figured. I never liked this device at all (besides the display), and figured once the “sexy” factor wore off it would be eventually remembered as the lackluster overall device that it is.

    • it’s me tim-cock.

      Lackluster device? Laggypoop is lackluster. It’s a monstrosity from inception.

      • Anthonydotcom

        Lollipop on my Nexus 6 is godlike; Your words are false. It’s okay to have buyers remorse. I do. I hated touchwiz before I got this phone, and hate it even more now.

        • it’s me tim-cock.

          Buyers remorse? Who say I have none? I’m loving my s6 edge daily. There’s nothing better at the moment, and I don’t think any devices to come other than the note5 will be any better.

          • Anthonydotcom

            Im glad that you love it. I wish I did. I just don’t feel like Im getting my money’s worth. I paid for a Ferrari, but there’s a Dodge engine inside. But back the the comment that you made about Lollipop, it’s not laggy at all, nor is it a monstrosity (Vanilla Android is quite the opposite). It’s your pretty GS6 that’s lagging.

        • Dinsy Jones

          Godlike? Stock lollipop can’t even get the volume controls right. I’d rather have the stutters.

  • KenanSadhu

    So glad I stayed with 5.0.2

    • Pleezzzz

      U on Verizon

    • Pleezzzz

      Just because I haven’t got it and I and I no red is last to the party but I wonder if they, in there checking off the update of slowly letting Android updates out slowly fugue out better off roll next time cause my s6 works fine just a little memory leak but I got that fixed sort off

  • Josué Gutiérrez

    I have the normal S6, worst battery life than my old LG G3, same overall performance issues. Android is so bad, doesn’t matter if they use the latest tech on RAM, storage and processors with 64 bit and 14 nm with 8 cores. It just goes reaaaaally slow and lags every time. I bet you can use a Intel Core i7 Extreme on this and still lags badly. And is just not a Touchwiz thing, is Android overall. I’ll go back to Windows 10 Mobile and keep my S6 as a backup phone. The only good thing about this phone is the camera and performance with the games (ironic). The bad? Battery life and lags. The screen is nice but nothing wowing either. I tried Samsung but always disappoint me.

    • retrospooty

      As always, any Android phone needs to be rooted and debloated to run perfectly smooth. I have a G3 that runs like absolutely perfect. You need to take the time to root it and then disable every single OEM and carrier app and then, perfection.

      • Josué Gutiérrez

        Rooted every android phone so far, didn’t do it with this S6 because the lack of AOSP ROMS and the Knox counter (rooting my Note 3 gave me a lot of problems for that). Changed the official roms for AOSP, changing kernels, a lot of things. Still lags, from a Nexus 4, Note 2 and 3, Lg G3, and now this S6. It’s a shame that WP doesn’t have the apps, because my old Lumia 1320 rocked with amazing battery life and performance with a simple Snapdragon 400. I’m not gonna buy another Android flagship again, just chinese like the Meizu MX5.

        • Anthonydotcom

          Windows phone is a fantastic OS. If they had the apps I would pick one up as a second phone. I noticed that you didn’t have HTC listed in your phones. You should try them one day. They might always miss the mark in the camera department, but they do the best job when it comes to software optimization. Zero lag with those phones.

          Lol I just noticed, you buy LG and Samsung. You really should switch to Motorola and HTC for great performance. :p

          • Josué Gutiérrez

            Looking very closely the New Moto X and the Next HTC. Is very hard to get one here in Costa Rica dude.

        • rakeshrai

          Just bought a Lumia 640. Fantastic phone. Amazing battery life.

          • Josué Gutiérrez

            And the price! I’m trying to hold it until the 940 xl is out.

      • Anthonydotcom

        You shouldn’t have to root for great performance in 2015. My HTC One M8 and Nexus 6 run freaking great. My Zenphone 2 on the other hand could use a little TLC. Custom roms always fix one thing and break two. True story.

        • retrospooty

          “You shouldn’t have to root for great performance in 2015” You are right, you shouldn’t… But you do if you buy Android. It’s not a great platform for a beginner. If you do root and debloat (or at least aggressively debloat) it is by far the best platform available, fastest as well. That is just the nature of it.

          • Anthonydotcom

            But that’s what I’m saying. I used to have to root all of my devices, but that’s no longer the case. My M7 didn’t need it, but I did out of old habit. My M8 is stock and is perfect. What I was saying is that in this day and age you shouldn’t need to root your device, and if so then you bought the wrong phone… as in this case. Any consumer should be able to buy a phone and expect it to work properly right out of the box without any mods. This is where Samsung and a few others still fail, and in doing so they give Android a bad name.

          • retrospooty

            Not all devices lag, historically Sammy was the worst of the worst. Some do OK, and on some it depends on what software and apps are installed.

            I totally agree, you shouldn’t have to root and debloat, but on many Android devices you either do that, or deal with lag. And it’s not a CPU thing, last years GS5 with an awesome 4 core CPU bogged down and operated slower than the lowly Moto E with 1/4 the CPU power and much slower NVRAM… Its not horsepower at all, its just bloat and crappy ROM’s. If I were not able to root and/or not into that type of thing I would be kind of pissed off about the lag.Annoying as hell.

            /Edit If I were not able to root and/or not into that type of thing I would get a Nexus or maybe some WP model. LOL

          • Josué Gutiérrez

            Yeah it was the same when I tried Linux years ago. Customization and other advanced stuff were nice and funny but now I need performance and productivity. That’s why I use Windows 10 on desktop. I want the same priorities on mobile.

          • Anthonydotcom

            It’s also why I love my Nexus. It’s pure and clean.

          • V-Phuc

            You realize that a lot of people, likely more than half if not more of the users, just want to use their phone as is. Root, debloat, etc. can be done but not a lot of people are not interested. It’s like buying a car and take it to the shop, spend as much if not more money to put in another engine, new mufflers, new tires, new wheels, new hood, spoilers, etc etc. Who does it except some car junkies, and they’re not a majority.

          • retrospooty

            I don’t disagree. I didn’t say most people want to do that, or should have to… I just said Android can tend to be laggy, especially OEM/Non stock versions with all the extra bloatware. Clean it up and Android flies… If not, it can (often but not always) bog down and get laggy. Moving from Dalvik to ART was supposed to help, but it doesnt seem to.

    • Anthonydotcom

      It’s not an Android thing. It’s purely Touchwiz. I have an M7, M8, Zenphone2, Nexus6, and this stupid phone. Yet only the GS6 suffers from lag, reboots, and crashes. It’s definitely not an “Android thing”.

      Yes, battery life is shit.

  • Mah

    Mine works fine. As with all android devices a factory reset after an update is mandatory. Here’s the real problem. These ppl review tech for a living which means they know the grass is greener and they just get bored easily with devices. They never really use a device for the length of time us regular Joe’s do. Take everything with a grain of salt.

    • Anthonydotcom

      A factory reset after a factory reset should never be mandatory. I do agree that a reset is good maybe once or twice during the lifetime of the phone, but not three times since launch. The phone is still plenty fast, but I use this guy side by side with a Nexus 6 and HTC One M8, and both should not feel faster or more responsive than this. On a fresh boot this phone is in BEAST MODE! After that is slows down considerably. If you think yours doesn’t suffer from this, then that’s super awesome. I wish I didn’t notice the app redraws, or random lock ups. But I do. The writer is merely stating it how it really is for once, which is really nice. I was beginning to think that Samsung was paying all of them…

      • Mah

        Agreed about the resets but I’ve had to do the same with my nexus devices after updates. My s6 edge is one of the fastest devices I’ve owned. All phones slow down a bit. TouchWiz is better now. My note 4 did have some lag tho. I don’t think my phone doesn’t suffer from it I know. I know the difference. I’ve had enough devices and am objective .

    • Bad_Attitude

      Mine works fine. As with all android devices a factory reset after an update is mandatory.” That’s hilarious! I’m sorry dude but that is absolutely the funniest (and saddest) endorsement for touchwiz I’ve ever heard! I’ve dirty flashed system image updates on Nexus devices for years and have never had to do a factory reset and you’re saying you have to do a factory reset after every OTA update? Wow!

      • Ryan Wallace

        Lol! I’ve heard from so many Nexus users who performed OTAs that they had to do a factory reset to clear up some nagging issues. Don’t act like it’s a Touchwiz thing cause it’s not.

        • Bad_Attitude

          “Don’t act like it’s a Touchwiz thing cause it’s not” Of course it is, especially once the honeymoon is over. Most everybody that’s been in the android community for a few years has heard different from too many Samsung owners. Most every follow up review alludes to the same problems that this review did. Which is disappointing because I’ve always wanted a Note but for that kind of money I want something that runs as good two years later as it did on the first day. I want it to run as good as my N5 does now 19 months after I bought it. Is it possible? That’s a damn expensive question to answer. For one thing I have never had to do a factory reset because of an update, never. Not on my N4, not on my N5 or the 1st or 2nd gen N7. Always have been rooted and with too many modified system files to bore everyone by listing here. Never had a problem with an update. Neither has my brother who has a N5 (we both pre-ordered our N5’s) or his 1st or 2nd gen N7, he still has both, none of those have ever needed a reset after an update. His devices have never been rooted, pussy lol, like all of mine have right after opening the box. Any device, even a Nexus device could possible need a reset after an update, shit happens. But to say “a factory reset after an update is mandatory” is something I’ve never seen a Nexus owner claim. I’ve never seen any claims like that even though I’ve spent a lot of time over on xda. If I’m wrong please provide a link to an example!!!!

          Why a factory reset? It doesn’t change anything in the firmware. It doesn’t replace or modify anything in the system. like the system image, boot image, recovery image, radios or bootloader. Any changes to the system before the factory reset will still be there AFTER the factory reset. A reset will only remove updates to system apps which are mostly google apps, remove user installed apps, wipe the cache and wipe the storage. Is it a problem with cache management, touchwiz not playing nice with google apps, TRIM not working right, or what I don’t know. But something has been going on for a long time.

      • Mah

        Dude. I’ve dirty flashed and been roming for years now. There is a difference between flashing a system image and downloading an Ota, otas jack things up more . I’ve waited for Ota updates from Google for nexus devices and had to factory reset those devices as well. Get off your high horse and get googles balls out of your mouth. Lol
        Also only after major updates do I have to factory reset. I’m not just talking about samsung. I’m talking about android period. I like all the oems actually I’m not some fanboy.

        • Bad_Attitude

          Dude, get off your little rocking horse and calm down! For someone who just claimed to have “been roming for years now” to say “a factory reset after an update is mandatory” makes me very skeptical of the whole “roming for years” claim. So far you’ve made two different claims, “with all android devices a factory reset after an update is mandatory” AND “only after major updates do I have to factory reset.” Apparently your recommendations are multiple choice recommendations. Hey, I absolutely have to give you credit for trying to cover all the bases! That’s hilarious… thank you…I always appreciate a good laugh to start the day.
          And, you are right (whoop whoop) there is a difference between flashing a system image and flashing an OTA. One is done with fastboot and the other in recovery. I will agree though that the Big OTA updates can be less reliable than flashing images but the small OTA updates are pretty safe and most OTA’s are pretty small. I’m an equal opportunity updater. Depends on what I get my hands on first. Sometimes I win the lottery and it’s pushed to my device early, sometimes I can find a link to the OTA and sometimes the new factory image is released before I can get access to the OTA. And I’ve almost always done major updates without a factory reset wiping my device and with your years of experience I’m Sure you know there is more than one way to do that.
          I’m not telling anyone to not do a factory reset but if you are having problems after an update a reset can help but is too often just a temporary fix especially if you are reinstalling all the same apps, same config, same settings. JMHO
          “get googles balls out of your mouth” Seriously? What are you like 12? Is that some kind of fetish of yours? The whole world knows that if you were standing 2′ in front of me you would end up crying for mommy! You silly silly little boy! SMH

          • Mah

            Obviously you have comprehension issues. My first post was about factory reseting after the 5.1.1 update. That’s a little larger than a little 54 mb security update. You’re just another wannabe know it all. Also if I was standing in front of you, you’d be the one crying. You can act like a bad ass over the internet. I find it funny that you can’t take someone being aggressive towards you in a comments section and telling you the truth. You definitely could not handle a real confrontation. You’re a little fanboy and since I called you out, you got butthurt. It just shows that you’re soft dude. Lol.

      • Martin Lane

        That’s nothing to do with touchwiz, sometimes you need to do factory reset with all Android devices after an update.

  • Aki I.

    If one hard reset didn’t fix the issues, I don’t see how another would…

  • Carlitos

    Interesting about the android 5.1.1 update. Majority of people actually did get bug fixes overall performance improvement and better battery.
    I did hear of cases like this one but they were isolated

    • Anthonydotcom

      My best friend also has the phone and has the same problems that I do. Most people just don’t seem to know how good Android is supposed to run. The phone does run really good, until you really start using it. Then it takes a dump.

      • Mah

        I prefer stock as well but my s6 edge has not disappointed me . The ram management does need fixed tho. I agree about that.

  • Clark

    I love the idea of a curved screen, but can’t see myself living with it for two-three years. That’s why I went with the regular S6, not only did I spend the extra $100 on more memory, but I’m getting a device that is still sexy but at the same time not gimmicky.

  • Anthonydotcom

    Finally someone reports on all of the bugs. After 5.1.1 my biggest complaint is still memory management. You guys have to understand that Im coming from a Nexus 6 (It can multitask properly and it runs the same version of Android). Lately I’ve been switching back and forth between the two, because the constant app re-loading is driving me mad. I had Waze close out on me because a phone call came through while I was listening to Spotify. LOL, I’ve never had that happen on any other device! It’s like the phone couldn’t handle everything that was happening, “Oh noes, too many things… can’t compute”.

    My phone acts okay but only if I restart it every other day. I’ve performed 3 factory resets, and have not rooted my device, nor have I installed any nonsense software. Just the usual Google Keyboard, Nova Launcher, etc. I thought maybe mine was defective, so during a trip to Best Buy last week I looked at the available RAM on their display units and they were the same as mine, and just as choppy and poor at multitasking. I don’t know if a lot people understand that 3GB’s of RAM should allow you to swap between quite a few apps without forcing them to restart. This GS6 does it more so than HTC One m7 with only 2GB’s of ram. Want to know why? Because that phone is only using 800MB for the system leaving me with over a GB of free unused RAM. My S6 has 1.5GB used for system, 750 for apps that I cannot kill. What is Samsung doing with all of my RAM?

    I love the way the phone looks, and the photos that it takes are really great for a cellphone, but i’m ready to get rid of this for a Moto X pure, because at the end of the day it isn’t about the curved screen, it’s about the usability of the device. And this software simply isnt doing this powerful hardware any favors. Im selling mine, and it’s going to be another long while before I consider getting another Samsung phone.

    • V-Phuc

      Agree. Glad to see some longer usage reviews and report of these bugs. That’s the primary reason why I never trusted initial reviews where these people spend barely 10 minutes with the phone in hand and start saying “Ouh, ahh, wow, superb, fantastic”. It’s funny that many of such issues were said almost immediately when S6 was released: battery life, gimmick of the Edge (compared to a true functionality in Note 4 Edge), glass built material prone to scratch or break.

  • TobesEtc

    Power button sticks, no click. Not at all a premium product. This is very common on the Edge, basically the norm as far as I can tell. Mars the whole ownership experience as it is the first thing you touch every day.

  • Karly Johnston

    laggy overheating buggy wallhugger… sounds like the Exynos powered S4.

  • RH

    For what you have to pay on these “flagships” (even on contract they are not cheap!), it is just not worth it.
    I got off that flagship update every year merry go round thanks to the screwy OnePlus One invite system last year. On a lark, just for fun I bought a mid range Huawei Mate 2. Cheap, 720p screen, snapdragon 400, JB4.3 Only plus was the 4,100mAH battery. Boy, was I surprised! Stable, fast, great camera, 2 day battery life. Just got a 5.1 update end of June (got a couple bugs, but livable for daily use). It still a great device, and HALF the price of these overpriced devices. Software hasn’t caught up to the ability of the hardware it runs on, so people are falling for the more is better garbage…faster processors, more megapixels for the camera just don’t do you any good.
    It’s like having a souped up hot rod, that you just drive around town. Why bother spending that amount of money just to have something flashy, you never really use to its potential?

  • Mkeditor

    Mine doesn’t freeze or have most of the problems the author expereinces. It’s the best phone I’ve owned in a long time.

  • Matthew Fry

    I take no satisfaction in saying that the s6 edge is the worst Android phone I’ve ever owned.

  • Ian

    Hype! That’s all it ever was! I too gave into it. When the S6 came out I had initially sold my iPhone 6 (at a loss) bought the S6 (at a premium due to the ridiculous supply shortage of the 64gb version). But I’ve had nothing but issues. Apart from having that pink tint display issue (some of you might know what I’m referring to) I just didn’t know what Samsung was charging so much for. The software was horrendous! Memory leaks, lags and bloat. To add to it any photos taken in low light turned out worse than my iPhone and to top it off the Samsung support was just not there. Prior to my iPhone I was a very proud owner of a Note 3. Now I don’t know if Samsung put better testing and QC around their Note line up but I can honestly say in a chase to become the next Apple Samsung seems to have forgotten what made them the worlds most popular smartphone manufacturer. Keep this “aesthetic over functionality” trend up and watch your profits and sales shred away Samsung! I’m back to using my iPhone (but I’m really not a fan of the way apple does things) and can’t wait for the Nexus 5 2015!

  • Keg Man

    My wife and I are die hard android fans. More specifically, worship the note series. She decided to try the edge as a work phone and has regretted it ever since. The battery blows and although everything is stock, this phone loves to freeze. I mean, can’t turn the phone off freeze. After holding down buttons for 10 minutes, it eventually resets. That’s her biggest complaints. It also doesn’t play nice with her ford sync.

    TLDR: We love the note phones, wife hates her edge.

    • Sancheezymo

      Ford Sync, especially Version 1 is one of the worst interfaces made. Version 2 is a little bit better, but it still always has issues with a a lot of handsets. Don’t blame the phone on that.

  • Sancheezymo

    I’ve had my S6 edge for 4 months now with a non rooted (stock) 5.1.1 and I’ve never experienced anything the author mentioned in this article. I think the software push issues for 5.1.1 are more carrier specific than anything else (He should mention that in this post), I’ve had 2 updates for 5.1.1 and the second one made the phone seem more responsive. I still get 17-19 hours of phone time, I use it for gaming (league of angels, coc, boom beach), emailing (2 accounts – work and personal), SMS and calls daily. I don’t get stuttering at all when multi tasking and 4G signal has been better with the last update. I’m running G925FXXU2BOGG 5.1.1. As for additional apps for the edge maybe one should check out XDA developers and see that there are at least 2 non root apps one can add on to the edge swipe feature like having media controls and launching all your apps from the edge.

  • Chase Masters

    I am very disappointed with this phone. Its battery life is appalling. Add to that its constant unresponsiveness. It gets very slow and needs constant reboots to return it back to normal, albeit temporarily. Combine that with its crap battery life and this is an unreliable phone that needs way too much intervention. Although its display and camera are very nice all of that is but forgotten by its annoyances of just it trying to be a smartphone. Not happy! Thinking about this phone? Don’t do it! Save yourself the frustrations.

  • Big McLargehuge

    I’m still left wondering why the edges need to be curved. Even the media writeup seems to struggle to find an actual practical purpose for it beyond “it looks neat”.

  • Jeannette Rg

    Mine freeze all the time, since I work from home, I don’t have lots of problems with the battery, but the freezing drives me crazy, it freeze yesterday for 6 hours until the battery died. Arghhh. I will change to the Note 5 ASAP.

    • Martin Lane

      Why would you put up with freezing? your phone is obviously defective, get it replaced.

      You would have to pretty stupid to think that was normal.

  • Martin Lane

    Not experienced any issues the author has highlighted and I’ve had my Galaxy S6 since launch.

    No overheating, performance if anything has improved with updates and I’m still getting just over 4 hours screen on time through a day.

    I really don’t know what he’s talking about, user error.