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3/29/2015
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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Night At The Museum

We took our review model for a whirl at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It's a great mobile phone, weighed down by unwanted apps.
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Unboxing Day

So far, so good. The S6 Edge is nicely packaged. You will probably want a case for protection and a better grip. The phone is slight enough that I could easily see myself dropping it.

(Image: Thomas Claburn)

Unboxing Day

So far, so good. The S6 Edge is nicely packaged. You will probably want a case for protection and a better grip. The phone is slight enough that I could easily see myself dropping it.

(Image: Thomas Claburn)

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Mogwaidtd
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3/29/2015 | 12:39:10 PM
Mis-info - user error
Your post's first quip, is a user error. If you double tap the home button from anywhere, even if the phone is off the camera fires up extremely quickly. Most other reviewers say faster than an iPhone 6. 
Mogwaidtd
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3/29/2015 | 12:44:16 PM
Bloatware
Not justifying the bloatware, but at least you can hide, disable, or delete them. There are a lot of useless Apps on my iPhone, and that list grows, and I have no choice only to fire up my phone and find new Apps installed on my iPhone all the time. But instead of being able to hide, disable, or delete, I have to maintain a folder called "useless crap" that I dump everything into. 

You fail to mention a few positives, the best looking screen on the market, blazing fast speends, NFC that works at many many many more locations than Apple Pay, and OIS that the i6 does not have. Not to mention a better battery, etc... if you ask me I'm moving from the i6 to the S6 (even maybe the gimmicky Edge - has slightly better battery and screen performance than the S6).
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3/29/2015 | 9:47:09 PM
Swiping camera icon?
I stopped reading when you compared how long it took to swipe open the camera app from the lock screen on the iphone and S6. You do realize no one would ever do this on an S6 right?

I doubt I'll be buying one but the simple S6 innovation of opening the camera app with a double-click of the home button has to have even Apple going, "Why didn't we think of that?" It is such obvious common sense for the most time-critical app on the device to have the quickest hot key.

You will see this feature on the iphone 6s or 7 without the slightest doubt.

 
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3/30/2015 | 3:09:37 AM
Camera
I think he forgot to mention the double tap home for the camera...
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3/30/2015 | 12:19:47 PM
Crapware/bloatware/ spam... whatever you call it, it's become a dealbreaker for me.
I can't wait to get rid of my Galaxy S5. This thing is infested with a ton of stuff I don't want and can't get rid of without rooting, and Verizon has made rooting almost impossible, from what I hear. The S5 is noticeably slower since I bought it, and noticeably more loaded with this junk. I'm switching to an adult phone -- the iPhone, but am faced with the 6 vs 7 decision. Don't know if I can wait long enough to even see what the 7 will offer.
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3/30/2015 | 3:56:42 PM
Where's the specs?
Nice review but what about the specs -how much memory? is it expandable? To what size does it expand? Ports on the phone? Not info included in the review to be very practical. 
Thomas Claburn
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3/30/2015 | 4:31:03 PM
Re: Where's the specs?
Eric Zeman wrote about the specs so I didn't. There's a link to on the first slide...
Charlie Babcock
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3/30/2015 | 6:08:32 PM
Boxing Day vs. unboxing day
I guess I thought Tom was a Francophile. Then on slide 2 he comes up with a pun on Dec. 26 in England, which of course is Boxing Day. Why do they call it that? It's the day you box up the gifts you don't want and send them back to the store.                  
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3/31/2015 | 10:31:14 AM
Re: Crapware/bloatware/ spam... whatever you call it, it's become a dealbreaker for me.
Bloatware is a fact of life, the Apple 6+ comes with bloatware as well.  The only smartphone sans bloatware is a Nexus but I'm not sure how long this will last.
jhumphries483
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3/31/2015 | 11:28:28 AM
Re: Swiping camera icon?
Me new to iphone and too was tryin to get rid of all these apps I dont use - now I get it create a junk folder and dump them all into it - nice thanks sir
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