Living on the Edge: my week with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

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Aerosmith references aside, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is a rockstar. I haven’t gotten this much attention sporting a phone since I bought the Samsung Galaxy S II when it first hit the streets and all the iPhone wielders with their tiny screens stopped and stared at my smartphone’s majesty.

Unfortunately, like a rockstar, there’s a lot of glamour and glitz on the outside, but does it add value over the basic Galaxy S6?

In this review of the Galaxy S6 Edge, I’ll be walking you through the device and giving my thoughts on various things. And if you’re curious about the non-edged Galaxy S6, check out Rob’s review of it by clicking here. He goes into some fantastic detail about things I won’t cover, like the camera, processor, and overall software because the two devices are the same in that regard. For this review, I will be concentrating on the Edge display, the software regarding the Edge display, and the battery life.

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Designer exposes unreleased version of TouchWiz

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Much has been said about Samsung’s software over the years. People have complained about TouchWiz yet plenty of consumers continue to buy the company’s devices. TouchWiz has certainly matured and evolved, looking the best it ever has. However, it could have looked even better. Designer Gerald Mark Soto, who claims to have worked with Samsung, posted two videos exposing an unreleased version of TouchWiz. Everything about the software is sharp with flowing animations.

The software seen in the videos is the same captured in photographs that leaked prior to the launch of the Galaxy S5. So perhaps the overhauled version of TouchWiz that leaked last year was being considered for the Galaxy S6 (and did not make the cut).

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Samsung’s new TouchWiz UI for Galaxy S6 may have a touch of Tizen present

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Over the years, one complaint that surfaced about Samsung smartphones was the TouchWiz UI that Samsung deployed. While Samsung was always adding in lots of interesting and unique features, critics also felt the interface was becoming too bloated and busy. Samsung took that input and started to trim things back some for the Galaxy Note 4. However, for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, it was clear that Samsung was being more aggressive in trimming things down. Many believed a lot of this was due to the influence of Google’s Material Design framework. However, it appears that Samsung also leaned heavily on their work with the Tizen OS, recently employed on the Samsung Galaxy Z1 released in India. Read more

Say goodbye to bloatware #2: The Galaxy S6 allows you to remove (most) pre-installed apps

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One of the things that users frequently complain about smartphones is the amount of pre-installed apps, or bloatware if you will. It’s something that is present on many handsets, with Samsung’s offerings being one of the worst offenders thanks to its own suite of Galaxy Apps that come pre-installed. There are signs though that users will be able to say goodbye to bloatware from the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets thanks to a post on the XDA Forums by Jeshter2000, who has managed to get his hands on a Galaxy S6 Edge running pre-release firmware. Read more

Galaxy Gifts for the Samsung Galaxy S6 includes Fleksy, Evernote and Life360 and 19 others

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It’s been a couple of days since the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets were officially announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and we are still finding out new things about them. What we have today is confirmation of the 22 premium apps and services that Samsung will give Galaxy S6 owners via its Galaxy Gifts program.

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Leaked apps for TouchWiz provide a glimpse of Samsung’s changes

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Someone over on the XDA Forums has posted what are allegedly Samsung applications that will be featured on the upcoming Galaxy S 6. The apps included by user Albe95 are Optical Reader, Geo News, Gear Manager, and Kids Mode. The layout and amount of text seems simplified while a wide amount of colors are still being used. Basically, TouchWiz looks like less of a circus while maintaining its flavor.

The Samsung Galaxy S 6 will be announced on Sunday, March 1, at MWC 2015.

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Say goodbye to bloatware, the Galaxy S6 will only have 2 Samsung App’s pre-installed

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The Galaxy S6 is due to be officially revealed on March 1st at MWC in Barcelona, after a steady drip feed of leaks and rumours. The pressure is on Samsung to deliver, and deliver big this year after the Galaxy S5 failed to meet expectations in 2014, both in terms of sales and what the mainstream consumer wanted. This time round though, it seems that Samsung has indeed listened to what its fans want by producing the Galaxy S6 (and Edge) out of metal, optimising TouchWiz as well as toning down the bloatware. Yes, you heard it right, according to Sammobile, Samsung is apparently only pre-installing two of their own apps, along with the other apps in the list below.

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Samsung Galaxy S 6 will feature noticeable software changes

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When the Galaxy S 6 is unveiled at MWC 2015 in a few weeks, the software behind the handset will be very different than any Samsung device before in history. Practically every Samsung device released to date has been filled with pre-installed apps from both the company itself or third-party providers. The company is known for its inclusion of ‘everything but the kitchen sink.’ The Galaxy S 6, though, will change that.

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