Why the Galaxy S6 Edge+ was Samsung's greatest achievement

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The Galaxy S6 Edge+ has character like no other smartphone. We named it the best phone of 2015 because it could do everything. But it was more than that – it’s so stunning that it seems almost charismatic. What do I mean? It's that the Galaxy S6 Edge+ was Samsung's greatest achievement.

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The S6 Edge Plus has buckets of charisma. / © ANDROIDPIT

Pinnacle of design

Last year, Samsung became a world-class smartphone designer again. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge felt and looked great. It was what we were all waiting for when they arrived in early 2015 bearing glass edges and aluminum. This made headlines for attractive design rather than Samsung's usual over-engineered processors, megapixels and bloatware.

Then the S6 Edge+ came along last August. It was a larger S6 Edge with a more immersive display and finely-machined metal frame. It seemed Samsung had thrown an extra ingredient into the S6 Edge+ that refined its moonshot designs of 2015.

The edge design is gorgeous to look at and has been further improved with this year’s S7 Edge. Do I think the S7 Edge is a better phone? Objectively, yes. But it’s essentially a polished and beefed-up version of last year’s complete Galaxy redesign – a shift that was capped off by the S6 Edge+.

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S6 Edge+: simply stunning. / © ANDROIDPIT

Because chocolate

The name Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is almost impossible to pronounce. Have you tried? Enjoy 10 seconds of beatboxing. Just like its name, the Edge+ is not a practical phone, nor is it cheap at around US$780. Don’t bother trying to fit this 5.7-inch beast in your pocket after spending the year’s savings on it. You could get the functionality the S6 Edge+ provides from devices which cost half as much, such as the Moto X Pure or the OnePlus 2.

People who own the S6 Edge+ are a bit crazy. They want a phone which stands out. Which literally stands out of their pockets. Practicality is not a concern of theirs; they simply want the most badass phone they can get. If Samsung’s edge design has filled a new niche in the smartphone industry, the S6 Edge+ rammed itself into that niche so hard that edge displays have broken into the mainstream.

But it isn’t for everyone. The S6 Edge+ is an unnecessary but irresistibly delicious device. It’s as decadent as chocolate coated choc-chip cookies dipped in double-choc chocolate. Yum. Why would anyone want to own such an oversized, overpowered and high-priced phone like this? Well – put simply – because it’s awesome.

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Why own a big, expensive phablet? Because it's awesome. / © ANDROIDPIT

A niche filled

But Samsung has now released the 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge to replace last year’s S6 Edge. This was a smart move, as last year’s Edge was easily the more interesting device when compared to the regular Galaxy S6. Dividing this year’s S7 devices (the Galaxy S7 is 5.1 inches) makes it easier for customers to decide which to buy. Big, or small? Done.

Between this device and the Galaxy Note 6 phablet, there doesn’t seem to be a viable place for a Galaxy S7 Edge+ within the family anymore. It would be an indulgence for Samsung to manufacture one. I can’t imagine many customers would choose it over the S7 Edge or Note 6, either of which would do anything a new Edge+ could.

With the S6 Edge+ released in August of 2015, we’ll have to wait until the end of summer to see if a successor is coming. If it is, great. If not, then we should sit back and remember with awe at how unnecessarily awesome, how niche-smashingly decadent and how impossibly unpronounceable the Galaxy S6 Edge+ was.

How do you rate the Galaxy S6 Edge+? Let me know in the comments section or get at me on Twitter.

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  • Dale Huhtala Apr 12, 2016 Link to comment

    It's a great phone but I hate that I can't add an SD card and make it perfect... And I am certainly not buying an s7 just because they reversed their biggest bone head decision to remove it. I actually don't like the look of the S7 edge as much... The corners look cheap and they removed the bluish tone of the black phone.

    Maybe the S9 when that comes around...

  • Gsm info zone Mar 21, 2016 Link to comment

    It's a nice smartphone

  • Tochukwu osakwe Mar 20, 2016 Link to comment

    Its a beautiful device and i love it however without s pen expandable memory its nothing much than what its name says...a bigger s6edge. With s7edge i think s6edge plus is a bit of a let down. While the exge looks more appealing on a large screen we both know phones are more than just larger screen. Bundle it with xpandable memory and possibly ip68 just like s7 and u have a wonderful device.

  • Mike Mar 20, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm still sticking with my Note 4.

  • Robert Smith Mar 20, 2016 Link to comment

    I have one of these Samsung Edge Plus phones. It's the first smartphone I have ever had and I must be the last person to do so. I am a 25 year Windows user and a POWER PIG ! The biggest problem I seem to have is that the memory at 4 GIG isn't enough ! I mean I don't like to see 60 % if the RAM used up when I turn it on. I it also isn't easy to get videos , music ans other files out of it. The replaceable battery can be delft with by buying extra recharges and re charger batteries. Frankly I would have put 6 GIG of ram in it. CALL ME CRAZY BUT THAT'S MY IMPRESSION !

    • Dale Huhtala Apr 12, 2016 Link to comment

      Android doesn't work like Windows. It continues to use RAM until it gets to a certain level and then starts shutting down apps. It shouldn't sit idle with 70% free memory like Windows. 4 GB is actually overkill and only makes any sense because of Samsung's bloated Touchwiz.

  • Anthony Pifer Mar 19, 2016 Link to comment

    I love my edge+,it is by far the best phone I have ever had.I would say owed but I am on a lease, so I don't own it.I do kind of wish I waited 6 months for the s7 edge,but I am sure when the lease is up I'll sign up for the galaxy forever plan with sprint if they still offer it.

  • raveydavey1967 Mar 19, 2016 Link to comment

    I had a s6 edge plus and loved it.only got rid because i couldnt get a screen protector to fit its curved screen.i now have a galaxy note 5 which solved that problem and is basicaly the same design but reversed and has the same hardware so gappy now.

    • Dale Huhtala Apr 12, 2016 Link to comment

      You got rid of your phone because you couldnt put a screen protector on it? I have never used a screen protector on any phone and I have never scratched or broken a screen. Why would you buy a phone designed around a curved screen with millions of dollars worth of research invested to protect it with Gorilla Glass and then cover it up with an air bubble filled $5 piece of plastic? That makes no sense!

  • Luka Mar 19, 2016 Link to comment

    I think this wasn't Samsung's greatest phone. It is the most beautiful smartphone ever hands down. Even more so than S7 edge.
    However I think Samsung's biggest success was the Galaxy S3. That's how lots of people started considering Samsung when buying a high end device. And it was the iPhone killer in every way. S6 was the biggest (and the only real) change in S line that had a lot of things right, but removed done key features. S7 is here to fix it. There are now only 2 things left for Samsung to fix to have the ultimate smartphone. TouchWiz (get rid of it) and their update policy. Nexus like would be ideal. But then who would buy TheNextGalaxy... So we'll be here discussing one key feature missing every year that will get fixed next year, yet will miss another one that will also get fixed in the year after and so on...

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    Deactivated Account Mar 18, 2016 Link to comment

    With the removal of Micro SD, the replaceable battery, and IP68 rating. I personally think it was their biggest fail. Other than looks and processor speed it was a major down grade from the S5. The S7 brought two of the features back, just one more and Samsung will win me back.

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