With the release of the Galaxy S6 Edge, it looks as though Samsung have finally got the message: Plastic and cheap feeling phones are awful - especially when they cost £600. Previous Galaxy headliners all had a certain nastiness to them - in particularly the S4 which felt slippery when held for more than a few minutes.
There was also that dreadful software with the over-bloated Touchwiz, the flimsy design and the overall build was just not good enough for a high end device.
Then along came the Galaxy Alpha: A beautiful and metal framed phone that felt almost as good as the flagship alternatives from the likes of HTC. There was a glimmer of hope. Samsung were getting it.
The S6 Edge however shows just how vastly improved the Galaxy range has become.
With build quality that rivals other pricey handsets, a camera that beats most others on the market, improved software and the greatest display I’ve ever seen on a phone, this device is Samsung on top of its game and could be the best phone we’ll see released this year.
I say ‘could’ for good reason: Although the screen is absolutely tremendous with its vibrant colours and a mind-blowing 577 PPI making videos look stunningly sharp and lifelike, there are a few things that could have been better.
Firstly, there’s not really much functionality offered with the curved edges.
All the edge really offers is a ticker of customised feeds and messages and a funky contacts widget.
It also lights up while notifying of incoming calls when the phone is face down. But it has to be asked whether it’s really worth splashing out £100 extra for the curved screen against the price of the standard S6?
Well actually I think it is, but then again, I’m insane with this kind of thing. But for the average user, there’s not really much need for the edges except to show people how awesome it looks.
Samsung also excluded a few goodies this time round.
There’s no longer the waterproofing seen on the S5, there’s no longer an SD card slot, and they made the phone so thin at just 7 mm that they couldn’t fit a battery big enough to manage two days usage.
For some, a lack of memory card isn’t a deal breaker, but it’s just seems to be another USP missing from what could have been one of the greatest phones ever made.
But there is some good news: There’s a custom built octo-core processor making the software a smooth Android experience, the double-tap shortcut to camera works as it should, and improved figure print unlocking feels on-par with the 5S or iPhone 6. There’s a solidness to the device with a premium feel - especially with the gorilla glass 4 back panel which feels exceptional.
The question that most people will be asking is whether the S6 Edge beats the iPhone 6? And it almost does, but there’s still a little Samsung-ness holding it back. Perhaps next time they’ll opt into offering a Google Play edition, and then maybe Samsung will finally have the edge over Apple.