Past this, you should find some pretty solid system performance, with a benchmark that manages to push beyond what we saw on the S6 Edge, but only marginally.
Most of the time, the phone handles itself well, with apps opening quickly, seamless multitasking, and a general feeling that the phone is functioning at a good 99 percent, though you may find the odd hiccup here and there, usually when you bring the S6 Edge+ back from sleep, as this doesn’t always work in that split second after pressing that all too familiar home button.
We noticed the S6 Edge+ behaving this way a few times — once in the morning when we got up, with the home button not waking the phone, with another time several hours later — and while it doesn’t appear all the time, it is something to keep in the back of your head as it does appear to be semi-normal, just not frequent. We certainly couldn’t recreate it by force, and this would just happen, so to speak.
But that was, for the most part, the limit of where the bugs were, with the performance being pretty decent across the board.
Except, of course, in regards to the battery life, which struggles in a way similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Maybe that’s because the phone is pretty much a larger carbon copy of the regular S6 Edge, and that phone managed a maximum of a day of life, pulling a few hours out if you decided to switch Bluetooth on and operate wirelessly for extra elements of your phone beyond that of mobile internet and forcing you to run to a charge point later in the day if you wanted to make it through to your home.
In the Plus, Samsung has found a way to squeeze 400mAh more juice in, equating to a 3000mAh battery found inside this phone, likely due to the bigger screen size allowing more to be thrown behind it.
Through testing, we found much the same life on offer, with a maximum of a day available on the S6 Edge+ provided Bluetooth wasn’t being actively used. That said, it was a more comfortable day, and if you had to, you could probably stretch those last few hours using Samsung’s ultra-low power saving mode, if need be, provided Bluetooth wasn’t on.
In fact, the moment you switched on Bluetooth and used something like a smart band and a pair of wireless headphones — which is definitely a possibility given how common these things are these days — we saw the battery life fall, dropping to 35% in four hours.
Over the course of a day, we found with Bluetooth on that you could not, in fact, reach a full 24 hours of life, but rather something closer to a work day. As a point, our test had us run from 7.30am to around 11.30 at night, ending with 14 percent at that time. That’s over 12 hours of use, and in a regular working environment, means you’ll be charging it when you get home, which many of us do anyway.
Now you might baulk at the idea of not quite a day of life being useful, but this is normal for flagships these days, and as a note, this life is actually better than what we manage on Bluetooth with the regular sized Galaxy S6 Edge, telling us the extra 400mAh is making a difference in some way.
Overall, it’s not the best battery life we’ve seen, but for a phone produced by Samsung this year (2015), it is easily acceptable and one of the company’s strongest efforts. Obviously, the bigger the battery the more the impact when you’re talking about a Samsung Galaxy-class phone.