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  1. Adranalyne's Avatar
    anandtech has some initial benchmarks up

    AnandTech | Samsung Galaxy S 6 and S 6 Edge: Preview

    damn i thought this would blow the iphone 6 out of the water, but it really doesn't.

    most of the initial browser tests have the iphone 6 way ahead.

    one large margin is the speed of memory, which s6 has the advantage.

    out of 4 graphics tests, the samsung only beats the iphone 6 in 2 categories so they're basically tied there.

    screen tests show the max brightness is barely any different from the iphone 6 as well. while saturation, colour and grey and overall colour accuracy loses out to the iphone 6 as well.

    not that impressed right now.
    You do realize the difference in resolution is a huge factor here, right?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-26-2015 09:36 AM
  2. Alex_NJ's Avatar
    Phonearena review is up. They did both regular and edge model in separate review. Interestingly edge model does a bit better than regular model on battery, slightly edging out S5.

    Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Review - Performance, Battery and Conclusion
    I am shocked at the benchmarks and battery life being far far superior in the edge... it's kind of weird?
    03-26-2015 09:37 AM
  3. STEVESKI07's Avatar
    I know it's just "Stuff.tv", but they are calling it "Galaxy S6 is the best phone in the world right now - and it’s hard to imagine a rival matching it any time soon"

    Samsung Galaxy S6 review | Smartphones | Stuff
    03-26-2015 09:40 AM
  4. STEVESKI07's Avatar
    I am shocked at the benchmarks and battery life being far far superior in the edge... it's kind of weird?
    Yeah, I don't really believe it. Hardware wise there is no reason for that. Software wise, they should be identical or the regular S6 should be better. 50mAh shouldn't add 1 hour of usage. Personally, I'm taking the average of the 2 results and considering that the actual number for both phones.
    03-26-2015 09:42 AM
  5. STEVESKI07's Avatar
    BGR: "Why can’t I find anything to complain about?"

    Galaxy S6 Review, Part 2: Hands-on impressions of US Galaxy S6 | BGR
    03-26-2015 09:45 AM
  6. Alex_NJ's Avatar
    Video: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review: edge of glory - Telegraph

    If there was a single point I'd fault the Edge on, it would be battery life, or lack thereof. After using it to check emails and watch the odd video throughout the morning, within just a few hours the battery had fallen to around 60 per cent. Given this was only light to moderate use, it's not brilliant.

    That sounds awful...
    03-26-2015 09:48 AM
  7. Adranalyne's Avatar
    Video: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review: edge of glory - Telegraph

    If there was a single point I'd fault the Edge on, it would be battery life, or lack thereof. After using it to check emails and watch the odd video throughout the morning, within just a few hours the battery had fallen to around 60 per cent. Given this was only light to moderate use, it's not brilliant.

    That sounds awful...
    She most likely had the phone for less than 24 hours. Take these early reviews, at least regarding battery life, with a grain of salt.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-26-2015 10:04 AM
  8. STEVESKI07's Avatar
    Video: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review: edge of glory - Telegraph

    If there was a single point I'd fault the Edge on, it would be battery life, or lack thereof. After using it to check emails and watch the odd video throughout the morning, within just a few hours the battery had fallen to around 60 per cent. Given this was only light to moderate use, it's not brilliant.

    That sounds awful...
    While I don't ignore any reviews, I weigh certain sites more than others. Her review is pretty heavily on the "don't pay much attention to" side.
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    03-26-2015 10:11 AM
  9. cwise222's Avatar
    The thing with battery life tests is, well, they are entirely dependent on the circumstances at that moment. Is there an app hanging in the background that is using GPS or eating things up? Are you on Wi-Fi or cellular data? How strong is the signal, is the phone having to search for a decent signal? How bright is the screen? Does streaming a movie for 8 hours really prove much of anything for average use?

    There are a many things that can alter a battery test, so like always, it’s up in the air until it’s been in people’s hands for a good month or two. So far we’ve see a vast majority of the reviews show average battery life, so about a days ‘average’ use. I’d say the very few short battery life reviews are more an outliner and that Edge result may have been because screen brightness was lower and that extra 50mAh was just enough to eak out anther 50ish minutes.
    03-26-2015 10:23 AM
  10. Jdroids's Avatar
    Yeah, I don't really believe it. Hardware wise there is no reason for that. Software wise, they should be identical or the regular S6 should be better. 50mAh shouldn't add 1 hour of usage. Personally, I'm taking the average of the 2 results and considering that the actual number for both phones.
    I didn't expect this much difference either. PA uses their own battery rundown test program. Maybe firmware driving the screen is different and/or edge screen has better power efficiency, etc. But yeah, I guess it's good idea to take average of two.
    03-26-2015 10:55 AM
  11. Jdroids's Avatar
    I am shocked at the benchmarks and battery life being far far superior in the edge... it's kind of weird?
    Just one hour more and average puts it right in line with S5. Still quite better than M9 (more than hour) and far superior to iPhone6, S4.
    03-26-2015 11:04 AM
  12. ramsv94's Avatar
    Excellent review by Phonearena
    Samsung Galaxy S6 Review
    03-26-2015 11:39 AM
  13. stevelam's Avatar
    You do realize the difference in resolution is a huge factor here, right?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    sure. but i got to try out the s6. theres definitely diminishing returns in resolution on a relatively small screen. the screen didn't blow me away compared to any other high density smartphone screen. exacerbated by the fact that its colours, brightness level, grey and accuracy are for the most part (s6 is slightly brighter) subpar to the iphone 6's screen.
    03-26-2015 11:56 AM
  14. stevelam's Avatar
    When you look at the rest of the smartphone field, only a select few offer removable batteries or SD card storage. I can't think of one that offers both outside of Samsung and the G3 (I can't remember if the G3 has an SD card slot, but I think it does). To say removing those things is a negative is subjective. Smart phones that don't have them don't get docked for not having them.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    i think the first thing a new phone is compared to is what the phone before it was like. when you take away features in a previous model, thats a negative (unless of course it didnt work that well in a previous model, like the swipe touch with the s5).

    if a phone model NEVER had a certain feature before, then of course it generally doesn't get docked for it.

    either way, i personally dont care about removable battery or SD card slot. i love the new form factor with the s6, coming from an iphone user.
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    03-26-2015 12:04 PM
  15. John Kar's Avatar
    sure. but i got to try out the s6. theres definitely diminishing returns in resolution on a relatively small screen. the screen didn't blow me away compared to any other high density smartphone screen. exacerbated by the fact that its colours, brightness level, grey and accuracy are for the most part (s6 is slightly brighter) subpar to the iphone 6's screen.
    Real on-screen graphics will render in 1080p, not 1440p, so Anandtech's benchmarks won't reflect real-life usage.
    Also, those browser results are not on stock browser.

    As we've previously discussed, the stock browser will often give far better results due to OEM and SoC vendor optimizations. As a part of our updates to the benchmark suite for 2015, we'll take a look at Basemark OS II 2.0, which should give a better picture of CPU performance in addition to overall device performance.
    Also, I would trust displaymate over Anandtech when it comes to display performance.
    03-26-2015 01:06 PM
  16. STEVESKI07's Avatar
    I didn't expect this much difference either. PA uses their own battery rundown test program. Maybe firmware driving the screen is different and/or edge screen has better power efficiency, etc. But yeah, I guess it's good idea to take average of two.
    Actually after reading it more thoroughly, they state the difference. "the S6 edge's screen brightness couldn't be manually set to 200 nits (our standard benchmark brightness), so it had to go through the test with brightness set at 180 nits. This has most probably caused the difference in the battery life results of the two Galaxies. In real life, though, we expect both phones to exhibit almost the same battery longevity."

    So I think it's safe to assume that the S6 battery life is more accurate when it comes to comparison with the other devices. Really makes me realize how much of a difference a little screen brightness can make though.
    03-26-2015 02:35 PM
  17. stevelam's Avatar
    Real on-screen graphics will render in 1080p, not 1440p, so Anandtech's benchmarks won't reflect real-life usage.
    Also, those browser results are not on stock browser.
    well thats unfortunate because i would never use the stock browser.
    03-26-2015 02:50 PM
  18. Alex_NJ's Avatar
    well thats unfortunate because i would never use the stock browser.
    What is the best browser? Chrome?

    I'm an android noob
    03-26-2015 03:03 PM
  19. stevelam's Avatar
    What is the best browser? Chrome?

    I'm an android noob
    samsungs own stock browser will inevitably be optimized for the device. but chrome is definitely my favourite browser.
    03-26-2015 03:11 PM
  20. unashamedgeek's Avatar
    What is the best browser? Chrome?

    I'm an android noob
    Chrome is good, especially for syncing. But I think Firefox is great too.
    03-26-2015 03:12 PM
  21. Jdroids's Avatar
    Actually after reading it more thoroughly, they state the difference. "the S6 edge's screen brightness couldn't be manually set to 200 nits (our standard benchmark brightness), so it had to go through the test with brightness set at 180 nits. This has most probably caused the difference in the battery life results of the two Galaxies. In real life, though, we expect both phones to exhibit almost the same battery longevity."

    So I think it's safe to assume that the S6 battery life is more accurate when it comes to comparison with the other devices. Really makes me realize how much of a difference a little screen brightness can make though.
    20 nits difference is pretty small on the scale of display brightness. Maybe like 5% on the display bar setting. So it's hard to believe it makes hour of difference.
    There is heated discussion on PA forum over there and it's suspected PA tested final firmware version of edge but pre-release version of regular S6. PA didn't answer that question yet. Will see about it but I think it makes more sense with firmware difference than 20 nits difference on brightness.
    03-26-2015 05:13 PM
  22. John Kar's Avatar
    Something's wrong about PA's batterylife figures.

    There's no way a 50 mAH battery capacity difference and a mere 20 nits brightness difference can make up 1 hour in SoT.

    Something's gotta be up with the software/kernel.

    In any case, I'm glad to see that the S6 Edge's battery life is better than the S5. I was expecting slightly inferior battery life to the S5, but to see it above the S5 is a pleasant surprise.
    03-26-2015 05:53 PM
  23. msavic6's Avatar
    Something's wrong about PA's batterylife figures.

    There's no way a 50 mAH battery capacity difference and a mere 20 nits brightness difference can make up 1 hour in SoT.

    Something's gotta be up with the software/kernel.

    In any case, I'm glad to see that the S6 Edge's battery life is better than the S5. I was expecting slightly inferior battery life to the S5, but to see it above the S5 is a pleasant surprise.
    If you read into it, the difference is caused by their inability to calibrate the S6 edge to 200 nits of brightness, instead they ran their test at 180 nits for the S6 Edge and 200 nits for the S6. This is a small difference but nonetheless it is still a difference and there could be other factors at play.

    I would still consider the regular S6's result to be the more accurate one in this case. I don't put too much credibility into PhoneArenas battery test though as some devices score poorly yet do exceptionally well in real world use. I'm waiting for Anandtech to post their review, I find them to be the most credible with their findings.

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    03-26-2015 06:16 PM
  24. Coney718's Avatar
    I dont put much stock into benchmark scores. I'm more concerned about real world everyday performance and judging from most of these reviews the S6 is excellent.
    03-26-2015 06:50 PM
  25. jcp007's Avatar
    Excellent review by Phonearena
    Samsung Galaxy S6 Review
    9.3 for the GS6 vs 8.3 for the M9 enough said.
    03-26-2015 08:13 PM
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