The Galaxy S6 Edge looks cool, that’s for certain, but it also serves a really big purpose. Samsung didn’t just toss the curved front panel and leave it sitting pretty, and instead added several new features that you can interact with. A lot of them differ from the Galaxy Note Edge, too, so we figured we’d walk you through how they work.
One neat feature is the ability to swipe in from the edge on the lock screen to see any missed calls or text messages. You can also swipe a small panel on the home screen to see your five favorite contacts, and easily get in touch with them through a phone call or an SMS. Of course, the panel can also be used to show you sports scores, the news, the weather, stock price information, your battery status, clock and more. The bedside clock, which we first saw on the Galaxy Note Edge, is still here, too.
One feature we really like, however, is that you can view incoming calls from your color-coded five favorite contacts while the phone is face down. When someone calls, the edge will glow in that special color, alerting you of who’s calling or texting. It seems to work well, at least in the demos we tested.
You can see how to manage the edge panel and all of these features in action in the video above.