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It's been rumored for months, but it's finally here: Samsung has unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6. But this time it's accompanied by a cooler, better-looking brother — the Galaxy S6 Edge — which features an eye-catching design with a screen that curves around both sides.
Yes, we've seen this before, sort of: The Galaxy S6 Edge borrows heavily from the Galaxy NoteEdge, which came out last fall and had a curve on just one side. But where the Note had a versatile side screen that doubled as an app launcher, news scroll and occasional ruler, the S6 version is more limited: The curves are mainly a design ornament, and there are no "panels" to swipe through.
So what good is it? Besides giving you something to brag about to your friends, the S6 Edge still has the side clock and news scroll, although you can only call them up in standby mode. You can also instantly call up a list of recent contacts with a swipe of your thumb, and if the phone is face-down, the sides of the phone will light up when someone calls you.
Galaxy S6 Edge
The curved sides of the Galaxy S6 Edge are more design accoutrement than feature. They give the phone a distinctive look without warping imagery much at all.
Swiping in from the side on the top right will reveal your most commonly used contacts.
Tap the contact, and ways to reach them are displayed. The functionality incorporates layers and animation consistent with Google Material design.
The curves on the S6 Edge aren't really large enough to include a secondary screen.
Improved fingerprint scanner
Instead of a swipe, the new fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge only needs a finger press.
Samsung simplified the menus for the S6, including this one for the cameras.
The smart manager lets you easily control some of the most basic functions of the phone.
The rear 16-megapixel camera is a quick draw: Samsung says it can go from in your pocket to snapping your first pic in less than 0.7 of a second.
The camera can also track objects as they move, keeping them in focus for still pictures and video.