When the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were launched, all eyes were drawn to the shiny new curved-display variant. In my gut, I preferred the regular Galaxy S6, but was as intrigued by the Edge variant as everyone else. After spending more time with it I wasn't convinced, and weeks later I'm still not. I simply think the Galaxy S6 is the better buy. Here are six reasons the Galaxy S6 is better than the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Everyone is so overwhelmed by the fact the S6 Edge has a curved screen that no one seems to notice how slightly it is curved. Look at the phone from the side and you'll see it is mostly curved glass with very little screen to be seen. The Note Edge, for example, had a whole separate screen on the side, but the S6 Edge is all smoke and mirrors. The benefits it brings are marginal at best.
2. The Edge costs heaps more
The S6 Edge variant brings a slightly curved screen that must be placed face down for some of its features to work (because we all love to do that with our phones). All this and it costs a hundred bucks more than the regular S6. Sorry, but a screen that doesn't do much that I have to lay face down is not worth a hundred dollars to me.
3. You can get Edge features on the S6
Apart from the bedtime clock on the side screen of the Edge, the Edge features can all be enjoyed on the regular S6. People Edge, where you assign colored bars to your favorite contacts for quick access, appeared in XDA about thirty minutes after the S6 Edge was revealed. Edge Lighting, the face-down illumination trick, can be achieved simply with an LED blinker and I see no reason for why Information Stream is any better than lock screen information.
4. The Galaxy S6 feels better
You may disagree with me on this point, but the S6 Edge just feels a little weird. Like you're holding onto your phone the wrong way round. The S6 on the other hand is much more comfortable because its edges are rounded, not sharp like the S6 Edge. The button placement on the regular S6 also feels much more natural than on the S6 Edge, which is practically crammed onto the back of the phone due to how thin its grippable edges are.
5. The S6 Edge screen glares
When you're looking at the S6 Edge front on, you also get weird reflections from the edges of the screen. Sure, you get more of an immersive viewing experience when in full screen mode, but those reflections are just plain annoying and actually detract from the immersive experience. Another issue of placing the S6 Edge face down continually is that the corners of the display are going to get scratched up sooner or later as well.
6. The S6 is less likely to crack
The S6 Edge is already harder to hold onto than the S6. When you do drop that thing, which you invariably will, it is also more likely to suffer damage than the regular S6. Not necessarily because the non-curved display is more resilient but because the S6 Edge's exposed glass sides increase the likelihood that impact will be directly with the glass. This simply isn't the case with the regular S6, whose front and back glass panels are entirely surrounded by the metal frame.
Do you think the Edge is really worth $100 more? What is about it that makes it better?