If the “+” on the box doesn’t give it away, then this description will: the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is quite literally an oversized version of the regular-sized Galaxy S6 Edge people have been picking up since April.
That’s not a bad thing either, mind you, as we can only imagine some fell in love with Samsung’s wonderfully unique screen design and only wanted it bigger, even if it does bring very little to the overall functionality of the phone altogether.
If you count yourself in that category and love the edge display but prefer a phablet, the S6 Edge+ is definitely worth taking a look at, but it’s also worth a look-in for people unsure of the phablet size altogether, and that’s because there’s a question of value.
Ah yes. Value is one of those troublesome areas with smartphones these days, especially in the category of top tier flagship models, as these devices start to encroach on laptop territory, with similar prices for tech you keep in your pocket.
We’re not sure we agree with the $1500 pricing some of these new phones ask for, and at that pricing, we’d probably say “buy a mid-range phone and a decent laptop”, but everyone is different.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ brings a different set of value questions into play, because while it’s still expensive — $1299 for a 64GB phone! — its pricing is spot on with the Galaxy S6 Edge, that smaller “regular-sized” version we checked out earlier in the year.
That’s not likely to arouse suspicion, especially since as we’ve noted several times in this review, the S6 Edge+ is basically an oversized S6 Edge, except for a key point worth raising, and that’s this: the hardware in the S6 Edge+ is technically better.
For the most part, it is technically identical hardware, with the same processor, storage supply, WiFi, Bluetooth, Android, etc, making that price more and more logical. Because something that is the same should be the same price, right?
Except for that the new bigger S6 Edge+ delivers more RAM which in turn increases the performance, and that you get a faster modem which ends up providing much faster mobile broadband speeds if you can get them. There’s even that bigger screen, which while it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and technically delivers the same resolution does manage to pack in more battery life.
And thus you have the confusion of Samsung’s S6 Edge+ price dilemma: by paying the same amount for the Plus, you get a little more than the one without the plus.
That is provided you can handle the bigger screen and the omission of an infrared port, which we think most people will be able to deal with.