03-31-2015 07:08 AM
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  1. jcp007's Avatar
    Got to play with the regular S6 earlier at BB. Feels VERY nice in the hand. Very light but still premium. The build quality is top notch. The screen is insane. Puts my iPhone 6 screen to shame. Like others have said everything is super quick. No lag at all. double pressing the home button launches the camera almost immediately..every time. Snapped a couple pics and quality was quite nice. Did quick camera comparison with my iPhone and the pics almost identical quality wise. This is the first Samsung camera phone that can truly compete. Just the white balance seemed a bit better on the iPhone. Every app i clicked on launched and loaded up very fast. I couldnt play with the Edge version someone else was on it but it did look very nice as well. Really can't go wrong with either. I haven't been this excited for a Android phone since....ever
    I agree. When I got to play with both models after preordering, I was impressed by the premium build of both and still how light they were. The GS6 felt better in hand and had a more solid feel. The Edge bezels were very thin but sharp making the grip and feel somewhat awkward feeling.
    03-27-2015 09:37 PM
  2. Inders99's Avatar
    I was considering going from my Note 2 to the S6 until I found out Samsung did away with the SD storage and removable battery. I'm now looking at the HTC One M9.
    Have fun with that...

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    03-27-2015 09:55 PM
  3. chickweedblur's Avatar
    Stopped by Best Buy on the way home today as well. They really should have promoted it more, there was absolutely no one there the whole time I was there. Went back and forth to each of the 4 they had on display. The white does hide fingerprints and smudges better but it looks SO much better in black. I honestly went in having no interest at all in the regular S6, just the Edge. If Verizon had pre-orders today I might have very well ordered it online. My take mirrors alot of what some of you guys said. The Edge is VERY cool looking and the rolled screen gives it a completely unique look. BUT the bezel is really not well done. I'm guessing there is a production reason or simply a need to protect the edge of the screen but the bezel has an abrupt edge and is somewhat uncomfortable. Something about how the bezel hits your hand on the back of the phone and on the top as your thumb rubs across it is annoying. The regular S6 feels 10x better in the hand. Also, the screen is a nice party trick but I'm not sure how useful it's going to be. There's a very slight but noticeable distortion at the very edge of the screen in the browser and when viewing pictures that's a bit odd and the transition from the traditional top and bottom to the rolled sides is not as nice in person as it is in pictures. I'm a die hard "no case" guy but I suspect if the phone is going in a case anyway most of my minor complaints won't matter at all.

    It's a shame the Edge has gotten almost all of the attention because the S6 is really a great phone as well. If the Edge is a super model the regular S6 is at least an Anna Kendrick! Beautifully balanced, premium feel and so comfortable to hold. It feels completely solid but is crazy thin and very light. The iPhone 4/4S had the same kind of solid feel but it felt like a brick by comparison. As others have said the camera starts almost instantly and the screen is really sharp with great whites and deep blacks. As an M8 owner I'm not at all a fan of the standard Samsung screens - almost a shame to have such a nice display stuck with such a cartoonish looking theme. I run Nova Launcher on my M8 but I'm not sure that's an option without loosing functionality on the Edge.

    In the end they are both awesome and you can't go wrong with either. I'm still undecided. If you have an option to go see one, I would before plunking down 800-1000 for a new phone. You might be surprised. I am definitely going back to see them again this weekend.
    03-27-2015 10:01 PM
  4. jcp007's Avatar
    Have fun with that...

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    Perhaps there is a need to watch the comparison video in this sub forum and the numerous posts from respected reviewers who were disappointed with the M9. In at least two reviews, the GS6 got a 9.3 out of 10 whereas the M9 got a 8.3 out of 10. The M9 reviewers were disappointed with the camera and the battery life given how large it's battery it is. This could be due to the chipset and firmware. No QHD screen display. Having an sd card even with a faster processor, this could result in less than expected performance.
    03-27-2015 10:09 PM
  5. gtg465x's Avatar
    Anyone else notice that the white and black colors are different between the standard S6 and Edge?

    On the standard S6, black is just straight black, but on the S6 Edge, it has an obvious bit of blue tint to it, which looks better in my opinion than straight black.

    As for white, the standard S6 is again just a straight color, white, but on the Edge, white is really more like a pearl color with more sheen to it, which actually looks worse than straight white in my opinion.

    If I go with a standard S6 (most likely), then I will choose white, but if I were going Edge, I would choose the black version as the white Edge looks a bit girly and weird to me with that pearly sheen.
    03-27-2015 10:10 PM
  6. jcp007's Avatar
    Anyone else notice that the white and black colors are different between the standard S6 and Edge?

    On the standard S6, black is just straight black, but on the S6 Edge, it has an obvious bit of blue tint to it, which looks better in my opinion than straight black.

    As for white, the standard S6 is again just a straight color, white, but on the Edge, white is really more like a pearl color with more sheen to it, which actually looks worse than straight white in my opinion.

    If I go with a standard S6 (most likely), then I will choose white, but if I were going Edge, I would choose the black version as the white Edge looks a bit girly and weird to me with that pearly sheen.
    Wasn't able to compare them. The Edge demo in Best Buy was gold platinum and the GS6 was black sapphire. To me the black sapphire was like a very dark midnight blue depending upon the light. I was impressed with the "glass" premium powder coat type finish.
    03-27-2015 10:15 PM
  7. STEVESKI07's Avatar
    Anyone else notice that the white and black colors are different between the standard S6 and Edge?

    On the standard S6, black is just straight black, but on the S6 Edge, it has an obvious bit of blue tint to it, which looks better in my opinion than straight black.

    As for white, the standard S6 is again just a straight color, white, but on the Edge, white is really more like a pearl color with more sheen to it, which actually looks worse than straight white in my opinion.

    If I go with a standard S6 (most likely), then I will choose white, but if I were going Edge, I would choose the black version as the white Edge looks a bit girly and weird to me with that pearly sheen.
    I wasn't particularly looking for this but no I definitely did not notice this. Maybe it was just due to the lighting and the fact that the edge front reflects more light from more angles? I haven't seen a single review mention this difference either. So I'm pretty sure your eyes or the lighting in the store were just playing tricks on you
    03-28-2015 06:06 AM
  8. jcp007's Avatar
    I wasn't particularly looking for this but no I definitely did not notice this. Maybe it was just due to the lighting and the fact that the edge front reflects more light from more angles? I haven't seen a single review mention this difference either. So I'm pretty sure your eyes or the lighting in the store were just playing tricks on you
    I didn't notice it either. Possibly the curved bezels catching the light differently when powered on? If I get a chance this weekend or next week when GS6 accessories roll into Best Buy, I will take a look. Maybe a reviewer will catch it. As we get closer to release, there should definitely be an answer.
    03-28-2015 08:27 AM
  9. DWS44's Avatar
    Stopped by Best Buy on the way home today as well. They really should have promoted it more, there was absolutely no one there the whole time I was there. Went back and forth to each of the 4 they had on display.
    That was the same experience I had at Best Buy. I drove up just before they opened and was kinda surprised to be the only one there. First one in the store, and they were clearly expecting more than just me...they had several employees in the cell phone dept and another 4 or 5 milling around the Samsung Experience. Even worse, I couldn't get one yet, since Verizon isn't till next week (I knew that going in...just wanted to see the phone). Played with the display phones for probably 10 minutes or so, and no one else came by. Slowly all the extra help dispersed to other areas of the store.
    03-28-2015 08:57 AM
  10. droidguy1964's Avatar
    I think that there is a big perception that the S6 will sellout and be hard to find. This isn't an iphone. I'm sure that you can stroll into any store on launch day and pick one up. Pretty simple, believe it or not
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    03-28-2015 09:04 AM
  11. Jaycemiskel's Avatar
    I think that there is a big perception that the S6 will sellout and be hard to find. This isn't an iphone. I'm sure that you can stroll into any store on launch day and pick one up. Pretty simple, believe it or not
    I don't think it'll sell out everywhere, but their system was getting hammered because of all of the pre-orders. Took them 40 min to finally get mine to go through. I was the first to get it at my store but they said other stores were getting a lot of them. So some particular stores might actually sell out.

    I played with both phones in store and the S6 felt better in hand. I still went with the edge though. I feel like I'll get used to it, not to mention it'll probably feel differently with a case. It was just too beautiful to pass up. Glad they were taking Verizon pre-orders early.
    03-28-2015 09:12 AM
  12. mhettrich's Avatar
    Those who have looked at it, is there a significant difference in fingerprints showing between the white and black versions, or is it only minor?
    03-28-2015 09:21 AM
  13. Gekko's Avatar
    Yes. You can use the $50 gift card towards payment when you pick up. It basically just gives best buy some sort of benefit if people cancel their preorder. Even though they didn't necessary lose money, you have to use that $50 at best buy. Pretty smart move by them.


    As far as the person above asking about the main clock widget going to different areas, you can just install Beautiful Widgets and you can get that functionality back.
    i've pre-ordered a phone from Best Buy before and i was able to cancel the pre-order and they refunded the $50 gift card back to cash. i wasn't stuck with the gift card. i also checked with them up front that this was their policy and they confirmed. this was about 3 years ago so their policy may have changed.
    03-28-2015 10:00 AM
  14. karmamule's Avatar
    Perhaps there is a need to watch the comparison video in this sub forum and the numerous posts from respected reviewers who were disappointed with the M9. In at least two reviews, the GS6 got a 9.3 out of 10 whereas the M9 got a 8.3 out of 10. The M9 reviewers were disappointed with the camera and the battery life given how large it's battery it is. This could be due to the chipset and firmware. No QHD screen display. Having an sd card even with a faster processor, this could result in less than expected performance.
    In the past I've always strongly preferred the HTC One line to the Galaxies, (better design and feel, Sense > TouchWiz, smoother operation, etc etc) and as a matter of habit just plunked down a pre-order on the HTC M9 the moment it became available. But, then I started reading the reviews.

    First, I read Phil's review and that was discouraging. But, hey, different strokes and all that so read a couple more and they all had the same tone: yeah it's got that typical great design, but, nothing innovative, new Sense features don't really add anything to the experience, battery life is so-so, and the new camera (which I initially was VERY excited to hear about) and its lack of OIS was still quite disappointing.

    After that I started reading the glowing S6 / S6 Edge reviews. I expected to hear they nailed the physical design, but was surprised to hear how much they'd also improved TouchWiz. I also was immediately jealous to read that their camera was even more capable than before. At that point I realized "What the hell am I doing?!?!" In the past I was happy with my decision, but this time it's clear that Samsung deserves a shot, so I cancelled my HTC order (and fortunately it was backordered so received a refund the same day) and ordered an S6 Edge from T-Mo, due Monday.

    It feels a bit odd to be on the Samsung side of the fence now!
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    03-28-2015 10:14 AM
  15. SharkyNY's Avatar
    I went to two stores yesterday and surprisingly there didn't seem to be much activity around the S6. So its hard for me to say, but from what I saw there wasn't much of a difference. I handled the black S6 for a few minutes and didn't notice much smudging. I'd imagine that one more people start touching it it'd be easier to tell.
    03-28-2015 10:27 AM
  16. karmamule's Avatar
    A lot of reviewers are speculating that this is just a bug in the initial release software. Just speculating yes, but with a bigger battery and nothing anyone can pinpoint as to why it's not lasting when there's nothing they can find to cause it since display is still at 1080, I agree that it's likely a software optimization glitch that HTC will fix. Considering that's the only real shortcoming of the M9, once it's addressed there's nothing of significance to complain about

    Unfortunately there's some things you can't fix, like physical home buttons that should have gone the way of the dinosaur and a barely improved Touchwiz
    I've owned the past two generations of HTC One, and while HTC inevitably does improve battery life they never got to the point that I'd say they were better than average. As far as the new version of Touchwiz I'm seeing others saying it is substantially improved; enough so I'm willing to give it a shot. (For the first time) And, I'm willing to forgive the physical button with the raves I'm reading about the screen.
    03-28-2015 10:32 AM
  17. Adranalyne's Avatar
    A lot of reviewers are speculating that this is just a bug in the initial release software. Just speculating yes, but with a bigger battery and nothing anyone can pinpoint as to why it's not lasting when there's nothing they can find to cause it since display is still at 1080, I agree that it's likely a software optimization glitch that HTC will fix. Considering that's the only real shortcoming of the M9, once it's addressed there's nothing of significance to complain about

    Unfortunately there's some things you can't fix, like physical home buttons that should have gone the way of the dinosaur and a barely improved Touchwiz
    The home button serves a purpose with the fingerprint sensor. Barely improved? It's extremely quick and fluid. The recent apps button opens almost instantly. Their core apps like the dialer/messaging/gallery are very quick to open. The design is much closer to material than before. The fact you can theme it, especially when that gets opened up and more themes are created, is a huge addition. I know it was the cool-dude thing to do last year and some years prior to dog Touchwiz, but that's come to an end this year. If you don't like the design, that's cool, but let's not pretend like it's still the laggy mess it used to be.

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    03-28-2015 10:33 AM
  18. Ken Allen3's Avatar
    Agree with the OP. Didn't really like the feel of the edge. The screen felt smaller and narrow and where it meets the chassis was sharp. The S6 though felt really good. April 10th feels like a lifetime away.

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    03-28-2015 10:36 AM
  19. npaladin-2000's Avatar
    A lot of reviewers are speculating that this is just a bug in the initial release software. Just speculating yes, but with a bigger battery and nothing anyone can pinpoint as to why it's not lasting when there's nothing they can find to cause it since display is still at 1080, I agree that it's likely a software optimization glitch that HTC will fix. Considering that's the only real shortcoming of the M9, once it's addressed there's nothing of significance to complain about.
    I don't think it'll be addressed...I don't think it's a software issue. I think it's a systemic problem with the Snapdragon 810. There has to be a reason HTC is using MediaTek for the M9+, and I bet it's because of the heat on the Snapdragon...and heat comes from power consumption generally.
    03-28-2015 11:35 AM
  20. Cobravision's Avatar
    I like my physical home button and would miss it if moved to another OEM. Very convenient for answering calls, bringing up, Google Now, housing a fingerprint reader, and launching the camera.

    Have faith that your M9 will have a competent battery or camera in 3-12 months. Tough to see how you're comparing your dream phone to something that actually exists. If a Galaxy owner insisted that all the shortcomings would eventually be fixed by software updates, you'd roll your eyes so much they'd fall out of your head. And yet when the shoe is on the other foot...
    03-28-2015 11:59 AM
  21. Adranalyne's Avatar
    Went back to play with both phones today. Threw as many apps open as I could, multi-windowed, and started scrolling/using the recent apps menu to switch. No lag whatsoever. I've got zero idea why anyone would say performance is just "good" on this phone. I'm using it side by side with my Nexus 6 running 5.1. It handles QHD better than my Nexus. Recent apps doesn't stutter. Scrolling through the home screens and app drawer doesn't stutter. The keyboard is actually really quick, although I'll use the Google keyboard when I get it.

    Everyone is going to have their own opinion, but mine is that the performance on this phone is extremely fast. People who've used prior versions of Touchwiz should immediately notice the difference.

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    03-28-2015 12:05 PM
  22. jcp007's Avatar
    Went back to play with both phones today. Threw as many apps open as I could, multi-windowed, and started scrolling/using the recent apps menu to switch. No lag whatsoever. I've got zero idea why anyone would say performance is just "good" on this phone. I'm using it side by side with my Nexus 6 running 5.1. It handles QHD better than my Nexus. Recent apps doesn't stutter. Scrolling through the home screens and app drawer doesn't stutter. The keyboard is actually really quick, although I'll use the Google keyboard when I get it.

    Everyone is going to have their own opinion, but mine is that the performance on this phone is extremely fast. People who've used prior versions of Touchwiz should immediately notice the difference.

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    I also noticed that both models were extremely fast with no detectable lag. They were very smooth and transitions were impressive.

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    03-28-2015 12:20 PM
  23. Daspoo's Avatar
    In the past I've always strongly preferred the HTC One line to the Galaxies, (better design and feel, Sense > TouchWiz, smoother operation, etc etc) and as a matter of habit just plunked down a pre-order on the HTC M9 the moment it became available. But, then I started reading the reviews.

    First, I read Phil's review and that was discouraging. But, hey, different strokes and all that so read a couple more and they all had the same tone: yeah it's got that typical great design, but, nothing innovative, new Sense features don't really add anything to the experience, battery life is so-so, and the new camera (which I initially was VERY excited to hear about) and its lack of OIS was still quite disappointing.

    After that I started reading the glowing S6 / S6 Edge reviews. I expected to hear they nailed the physical design, but was surprised to hear how much they'd also improved TouchWiz. I also was immediately jealous to read that their camera was even more capable than before. At that point I realized "What the hell am I doing?!?!" In the past I was happy with my decision, but this time it's clear that Samsung deserves a shot, so I cancelled my HTC order (and fortunately it was backordered so received a refund the same day) and ordered an S6 Edge from T-Mo, due Monday.

    It feels a bit odd to be on the Samsung side of the fence now!
    Ditto!

    I've really enjoyed owning the M7 these past couple of years minus the horrible camera. I always thought Samsung phones looked cool from a distance but were disappointing once in your hand. I was definitely proven with the S6. Such a beautiful phone and so surprisingly light and tiny in-hand considering its specs. One of my co-workers and I stopped into Best Buy yesterday afternoon during a long lunch (heh) and played around with both the S6 and Edge. (To our surprise, *no one* else was even considering them.) My decision to grab an S6 was definitely confirmed - amazing device. My co-worker was initially considering the Edge but after seeing it in person and playing around with it, and comparing it to a Note Edge that was sitting around close-by, he wasn't impressed with it vs. the S6 at all, and has decided to take the extra hundred he'd spend on the Edge and apply it towards an S6 with double the capacity.

    Regardless of the arguments related to Edge vs. S6, Samsung did or didn't copy Apple's iPhone design and some of its ideas, blah blah blah, Samsung did something right - I'm all ears and eyes now, and my money is being diverted from the HTC camp to them. Heading to pre-order that puppy in just a few...
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    03-28-2015 01:18 PM
  24. rsk2mc's Avatar
    I have been an HTC fan since I owned the Dinc and I have always had an HTC. I had the S2 and was unimpressed by the quality of Samsung and even through the years they made crap phones imo. The s6 changed me, I pre ordered it today. Samsung hit a home run this year.
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    03-28-2015 01:31 PM
  25. ffejjj's Avatar
    Don't care for the speaker quality and that's the only bad comment I can make about this phone.

    I've disliked Samsung for a long time but the S6 is amazing. Might be my first Samsung since my daughters S3

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    03-28-2015 01:47 PM
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