It wasn't long ago that reviewers and consumers were harping about Samsung's use of plastics in their flagship smartphones. Samsung shattered expectations in 2015 with the introduction of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. While delivering a pair of flagships is usually more than enough, Samsung decided to also deliver the S6 Edge Plus and Note 5. Fortunately, we were able to get our hands on the former and have been using it for close to a week. While we won't have a full review up for a little while, we thought it might be good to share some initial thoughts on using the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
For those who have not used a larger device before, the Edge Plus will seem like an enormous phone. Luckily, the thin profile and curved edges make the device easy to hold, but many will still struggle with one handed use, especially when trying to reach for the upper portion of the display. Speaking of the display, the 5.7" QHD Super AMOLED looks great in most conditions, although it can look a bit washed out under sunlight - which is a common problem for many devices.
As far as performance is concerned, this device is extremely quick thanks to Samsung's use of its Exynos CPU and 4GB of RAM. Although speed is important, so is battery life and the Samsung has struggled to make it through a full day in its first week. For those trying to get the most out of the battery, Samsung still offers its "Ultra Power Saving Mode" that allows limited activity and turns the display monochrome.
In some limited shooting with the camera, it seems to be fairly fast and accurate during the day, but does have a tendency to over expose images taken at night. Samsung's inclusion of a "Pro" mode mitigates this issue as you can customize the settings to compose a proper shot, but the auto mode is not ideal for night or lowlight scenarios. This seems to be polar opposite when shooting video as the auto settings seem to be spot on during the day and night. This is luckily the case, as the video mode does not offer support for manual tweaks.
This is just a sample of the experience so far, with a more thorough review in the works. If you have anything you'd like me to test or have further question, be sure to ping me on Twitter or send a direct message through the site. I'll also be keeping an eye out for the comments section.