I’ve been using the Galaxy S6 Edge for about three days now, and have a few tips and tricks to share that I think you’ll really enjoy if you end up picking one up for yourself. Here are a few to get things started, and I’ll keep digging for more.
You should have this on by default when you pick up your phone, but mine wasn’t – for whatever reason – and it’s amazing. You can quickly launch right into the camera in about 0.7 seconds flat by just double tapping the home button twice. It’s fantastic for grabbing a quick picture right out of your pocket, and the camera launches without any delay.
If it’s not on out of the box, you can turn on Quick launch by going into the camera, tapping Settings and then choosing “Quick launch.” Then, any time you double tap the home button, you’ll be snapping pictures in no time.
Samsung lightened up TouchWiz quite a lot on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. That means the end user isn’t overloaded with options out of the box. You can still easily tweak Quick Settings to your liking, however.
First pull down the notification shade and tap the small “Settings” icon in the top-right corner. Next, tap the small “Edit” icon and you can easily add in the option to toggle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Mobile hotspot, Data usage, mobile networks, NFC,printing, your ringtone, sounds, do not disturb mode, app notifications, the display brightness, font, the edge screen, motions, applications and more.
The camera defaults to a really easy-to-use automatic mode, but if you really want professional looking shots, you might want to shoot in the pro camera mode. To enable this, launch the camera, tap “Mode” and choose “Pro.”
You’ll then be able to tweak the ISO, white balance, macro mode, colors and exposure, all with different slider bars. This can help you take clearer pictures for each situation, and it’s perfect for when you have a bit more time to line up your shot.
If you’re interested in other modes, there’s also an option for selective focus, fast motion, panorama, virtual shot and more.
Samsung introduced motion and gesture controls a few Galaxy models back. Again, it lightened up TouchWiz this time around, so a couple aren’t always on by default.
If you navigate to settings > Motions and Gestures, you can allow the phone to automatically answer a call when you put the phone to your ear. Another option buzzes the phone alerting you of missed calls or notifications when you pick it up, or you can mute a ring by putting the phone face-down.
Finally, there’s an easy way to snap screenshots by swiping your palm across the screen, which Samsung has included several times before.
Also – Smart Stay is still available on the Galaxy S6 Edge but it was another feature that was off by default. You can turn it on by visiting Display settings and tapping “Smart Stay.” It’s invaluable for keeping the screen on when you’re reading a book, browsing the Web and more.
The Galaxy S6 Edge has a truly stunning Quad HD Super AMOLED display, and it’s worth taking advantage of special settings that are pre-loaded into the phone for viewing photos and videos. You can easily access the special settings inside of Settings > Display.
Here, you’ll find the option to change the screen mode from adaptive display to “AMOLED cinema,” “AMOLED photo,” and basic. You’ll notice AMOLED photo adds a bit of a warmer orange tint to the screen, while AMOLED cinema is much colder, and whites are much brighter.
If you want the display to guess the content you’re viewing, you can just leave Adaptive mode on, though it’s not always supported by third party apps.
One of the awesome features on the Galaxy S6 Edge is the actual edge, which you can use to quickly access favorite contacts. If you swipe in from the right-side of the display, the “People Edge” menu will automatically populate.
You’ll have room for five different contacts, and you can tap an empty circle to select who you want to reach on a moment’s notice. Once these are setup, you’ll be able to swipe in, click a contact, then choose to call, text or e-mail that person.
More to come
We’ll be back with plenty of additional coverage of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. We’re super impressed with both phones so far, and you can see there’s plenty to do right out of the box. Sure, we know you can download some third party apps to add this functionality to some Android phones, but we also wanted to show you that the Galaxy S6 Edge is a super capable handset the second you turn it on. Stay tuned for more.