What Makes Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge+ Worth Your Cash

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-08-28
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    What Makes Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge+ Worth Your Cash
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    What Makes Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge+ Worth Your Cash

    Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge+ is expensive, but that's because of its high-end design and its many features, including its "Edge" and support for Samsung Pay.
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    There's a Newer Version of Android Bundled
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    There's a Newer Version of Android Bundled

    Customers who already own a Galaxy S6 Edge or are wondering whether they should go with that device or the Galaxy S6 Edge+ should know that both handsets are running Android's Lollipop. However, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ ships with a newer version of Lollipop, offering enhanced security and usability. It's unknown whether Samsung will automatically update the Edge+ to Marshmallow when that operating system launches later this year. Image 1: Please use this image:
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    The Galaxy S6 Edge+ Is Slightly Larger Than Its Predecessor
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    The Galaxy S6 Edge+ Is Slightly Larger Than Its Predecessor

    Since the Galaxy S6 Edge+ comes with a larger display than its predecessor, it's also larger overall. The Edge+ is slightly taller than the Galaxy S6 Edge at over 6 inches and is 3 inches wide, compared with 2.76 inches in the previous model. Due to the addition of some extra components, the Edge+ is also slightly thicker at 0.3 inches. While the phone is still awfully slim, its dimensions suggest it may be a tad too large for some people with small hands.
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    A Great Display for Viewing Video
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    A Great Display for Viewing Video

    The Galaxy S6 Edge+ comes with a 5.7-inch screen, much bigger than the 5.1-inch option in the Galaxy S6 Edge. Better yet, Samsung has delivered a quad-HD display with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels. The bigger, nicer screen should make for an appealing video-viewing experience.
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    The Battery Size Is Best-in-Class
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    The Battery Size Is Best-in-Class

    With a 3,000mAh battery, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ should last all day without trouble. Considering most other high-end smartphones come with batteries in the 2,500mAh range, it's a smart move for Samsung to deliver a higher-end battery that can last longer. After all, the more talk time a customer gets, the more value he or she will see in it.
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    It's the Same Octa-Core Processor
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    It's the Same Octa-Core Processor

    Don't expect to get an extra powerful processor in the Galaxy S6 Edge+, which ships with the same octa-core processor found in the S6 Edge. The processor has a 2.1GHz quad-core component alongside a 1.5GHz quad-core chip to deliver its octa-core processing.
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    The 'Edge' Adds a Little Extra Glitz
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    The 'Edge' Adds a Little Extra Glitz

    So, why is the "Edge" a better option for customers? For one, the feature adds extra usability to the handset that users wouldn't find with typical smartphone screens' bezels. The Edge can be used to list contacts that users call often and can light up in different colors to alert owners to a particular person's call. The Edge is also customizable, so if users want it to include an icon to a camera or something else, it can accommodate that.
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    Enterprise Integration Is Built-In
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    Enterprise Integration Is Built-In

    The Galaxy S6 Edge+ has enterprise features baked into its software to make it a bit more appealing to the corporate world. The device has integration with Samsung's enterprise-security service Knox and allows for remote device management. That doesn't necessarily mean that the corporate world will love the Galaxy S6 Edge+, but it may make it more attractive to the IT department.
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    Full Support for Samsung Pay
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    Full Support for Samsung Pay

    Arguably the most important addition to the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is support for Samsung Pay, the mobile-payment platform that will allow users to make payments with their credit cards from the devices. Samsung Pay is the company's answer to Apple Pay and Google Pay, and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be among the first Samsung handsets to support the platform.
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    It Works on All Four Major U.S. Mobile Carrier Networks
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    It Works on All Four Major U.S. Mobile Carrier Networks

    In order to be successful in the U.S., companies must deliver devices that have strong carrier support. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ works on the nation's top five carrier networks —Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular.
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    That Is One Expensive Smartphone
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    That Is One Expensive Smartphone

    Considering its many features and its high-end design, one should expect to spend significant cash on the Galaxy S6 Edge+. But it's still worth noting just how expensive the smartphone is. The 32GB version of Samsung's handset goes for $768 off-contract or $32 per month with a carrier service contract. The 64GB version retails for $864 or $36 per month. To put that into perspective, the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus—the closest competitor to the Galaxy S6 Edge+—is available for $850 or $35.41 per month.
 

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is now available and earning positive reviews from people who have gotten their hands on the company's latest smartphone. While the handset is expensive and is clearly designed for well-off consumers in developed countries who want a high-quality mobile handset, it has a lot of appealing features. From its sleek design to its top-notch specifications, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is essentially an attempt by Samsung to bundle every high-end component it could find to take on Apple's iPhone. But do Android smartphone buyers really care how it measures up to the iPhone? Perhaps the most important question for consumers and business buyers alike is whether the handset as designed is actually worth the price. Other potential buyers may be wondering if the handset is really a better option than its predecessor, the Galaxy S6 Edge, which has similar design and components. This slide show will try to answer those questions and end the speculation about whether the features and price make the Galaxy S6 Edge+ a good buy.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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