Have high-end smartphones lost the plot? Looking at the price of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, you could think so. The RRP for its 64GB version is over £800. Madness.
There’s an antidote, though. It’s called the OnePlus 2, a phone that seems to have similar specs to phones costing upwards of £500, with a starting price of under £250. But is it too good to be true?
We’ve been using the OnePlus 2 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ side-by-side, putting our plucky bargain blower against one of the most expensive phones on the high street. You might be surprised at how well the cheaper OnePlus 2 comes off in the comparison.
But what do you lose when you spend just half the price on a phone from a brand no-one without a BA in geek has heard of? Let’s find out.
Design: how do these phablets size up?
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
One of the most luxurious phones Samsung has ever made, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is basically what you’d get if you fed the original S6 Edge growth hormones. Its front curves around perfectly at the sides, earning the phone its name. There are no seams, just a single piece of beautifully-formed Gorilla Glass 4.
This is matched with a flat piece of Gorilla Glass 4 on the back, while a band of smoky-finish aluminium separates the two. Mentioning the particular kind of glass is important. Glassy phones can feel fragile, but the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ has about the best kind of glass available for this purpose right now. It may feel delicate, but it isn’t.
It’s an incredibly slim 6.9mm thick too, although those who like to poke holes in things will note that the camera lens sticks out from the back a bit. Allowing that to keep the rest of the body pocket-friendly is important, though. This ain’t a small phone, thanks to its large 5.7in screen. Being thin makes it a bit easier to handle.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+’s in-hand feel is a bit severe, but after about 20 mins it’s a dream to use. As well as having a thumb-friendly power button, the great S6 fingerprint scanner is back. It’s accurate and pretty fast, letting you unlock your phone just by resting your thumb on the Home button.
As long as you’re up for a slightly larger phone there’s very little to dislike about the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+’s hardware. Aside from its lack of an sd card slot, that is. Like the OnePlus 2, storage is non-expandable, so make sure you pick between the 32GB and 64GB versions carefully if you side with team Samsung.