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Review: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge for AT&T

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To put it simply, Samsung killed it with the Galaxy S6 Edge. This is by far the company's best effort. It's well designed and well made with quality materials. The phone is a winner in most respects.

The metal and glass design lends a premium feel to the Edge not previously available from Samsung's lineup. The phone is small and light enough to use comfortably, and the quad HD screen will knock your socks off. Some may be put off by the locked-in battery and lack of memory card, but these are acceptable trade-offs to me to gain such an attractive phone.

The phone performed great on AT&T's network in terms of data, and call quality was slightly improved compared to competing variants.

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I do wish the phone coughed up a few more hours of battery life. In fact, at 14 hours, it's almost a deal-breaker. You can squeeze more from the S6 if you use Power Saver Mode, but that defeats the purpose of owning such a powerful device. For some, the charging features may mitigate the poor battery life. The Quick Charge feature works as advertised and being able to drop it on any wireless charging pad is a bonus. (It might be time to invest in one.)

Samsung and AT&T stuffed the phone to the max with unwanted and unneeded apps, but they all work perfectly thanks to the zippy processor. The camera does a fantastic job and the new camera app is a joy to use. With advanced features such as Samsung Pay coming in a few months, there's hardly anything the S6 can't do.

If you're in the market for a premium Android phone, this is the one to get. Sure, it's pricey, and you can get most of the same experience from the standard S6 model, but the Galaxy S6 Edge is an excellent phone and worth the extra cash.

Our Ratings

4
Overall
4.5
Reception
3
Battery Life
4
Hardware Usability
4.5
Hardware Quality
4.5
Display
4.5
Interface Speed
4
Audio Volume
4.5
Camera
 

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