Review Roundup: Samsung’s Galaxy S6 leads the Android charge, Galaxy S6 edge not so much

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are the newest flagships from the company, and reviews of the handsets are starting to make the rounds.

Many of the reviews agree on several different aspects, with many of them noting the removal of features like a removable battery and microSD card support are sad, but not deal breakers. The 16-megapixel camera on the back of each handset is a point of contention for many reviewers, though, as some note that it’s better than the competition’s — meaning, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — while others believe the shooter on Samsung’s newest flagships trail behind Apple’s by just a small margin.

All-in-all, though, it’s very clear that the Galaxy S6 puts Samsung at the head of the Android Army all over again, with a new design, changes to the software and performance that many reviews rave about. However, the Galaxy S6 edge is not seeing the same rave reviews, simply due to its $100 price increase over the Galaxy S6 and little justification for that leap. While the edges on the display are certainly noteworthy, they offer little to the owner, and many reviewers suggest going with the Galaxy S6 rather than the Galaxy S6 edge, as it’s attractive enough.

Here’s the breakdown:

The Verge

The first thing to know about the S6 is that it doesn’t feel much like other Samsung phones. Instead of a plastic or faux-leather back, it’s glass on the front and the back with metal around the rim. We’ve seen other phones do this, but none have done it so well. The Galaxy S6 looks great and feels even better.

PC World

Samsung’s design hit a nadir with the Galaxy S5. I have no problem with plastic phones; the Moto X, the Google Nexus 5, and Nokia’s lineup, for instance, all show how embracing polycarbonate can lead to bold, beautiful devices. But Samsung acted like it was ashamed of the S5’s plastic, and made it play pretend in a bunch of embarrassing ways: The fake chrome trim and “sheepskin-soft” back all worked hard to hide, rather than celebrate, the phone’s materials. If you’re going to be something, be it.

Associated Press

Gone is the cheap-looking plastic back. The design is more stylish, with metal sides and a glass back, similar to older iPhones. Although I like the look, the glass makes the phone feel slippery, like a shiny marble countertop. Get a case; the regular S6 phone slipped out of my hands a few times. Apple’s iPhones now have metal backs and feel sturdier to grip. That said, the Edge version doesn’t feel as slippery, perhaps because I’m gripping the back part tighter given that the screen curves halfway down the sides.

Yahoo Technology

These are easily Samsung’s most attractive devices, though the standard S6 in particular isn’t exactly original, as it looks like an amalgamation of the iPhone 4s and iPhone 6, an opinion shared by the majority of the people I showed the handsets to.

So, how do you feel about the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge? Is this going to be your next flagship?