Samsung Galaxy S6, Edge Reviews Start

Though Samsung's latest flagships have yet to hit shelves, early reviews of the Galaxy S6 edge claim it may be the new best Android phone.

The Galaxy S6 and its three-sided sibling the S6 edge are being called Samsung's most elegant phones to date. The S6 edge is getting more attention than its more-standard counterpart, but both phones have a sense of class and prestige surrounding them, much like Apple's "luxury" iPhones. What makes these phones feel spiffier is their all-metal chassis, where previous Galaxy S devices featured a somewhat cheap looking plastic back. The specs of the S6 and S6 edge are nearly identical; both phones feature a 5.1-inch 1440×2560 Super AMOLED display, 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, and a quad-core Exynos chipset. The S6 edge adds a little extra with its dual-curved display that reaches around the right and left sides of the device. Earlier reports suggested that users would be able to uninstall bloatware on the devices, but on Monday, Samsung clarified that some pre-loaded apps can be uninstalled while others can only be disabled.

While most reviews of new S6 devices are positive, others claim the Samsung phones are just as vulnerable to bending as their Apple counterparts. In what is being called "Bendgate: part 2," Samsung's phones are being accused of bending and shattering under pressure. Warranty provider SquareTrade tested the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge's bendability, and it wasn't impressed. At 110 pounds of pressure, the Galaxy S6 edge's screen cracked but Samsung says that 110 lbs of pressure is "excessive" and beyond the "normal force generated" on the device in everyday use. Samsung is likely being called out so aggressively due to its mockery of Apple's iPhones in a similar situation last year.

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