aNewDomain — I took the opportunity to purchase a Samsung S6 Edge, and I picked it up at my local Verizon store. Here’s my first look.
The major plusses for this phone: the screen, the fast charging, the wireless charging, the quality of the camera and several under the hood enhancements that other smartphone vendors have overlooked, which I’ll get to in a minute. Android 5.02 Lollipop is the build that came with my 64GB phone.
Right off the bat, I was seriously disenchanted with the quality of the audio. HTC does this right, and I had hoped for more from Samsung with this new phone, especially because the company took such a beating on this from the HTC One M8.
Things that surprised me that should not surprise me anymore: a lack of any good sound effects for ring tones and other system events. Smartphones that use Lollipop generally make increased use of Themes. HTC, for instance, created some really nice ones for the M9. But Samsung fails in this regard. With the Samsung Edge you just get the default, plus two others that look like someone’s child built them.
There is, however, a great Avengers theme. Great if you don’t mind your phone advertising the movie launch date every single time you need to hit the power button.
I have also noticed that the Amazon app keeps crashing, but the smartphone is just out, after all.
I’d heard this phone was supposed to show off Microsoft apps, too. So far it looks like I will be loading them myself.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying that I don’t like this phone – I do. In fact, I was really about ready to finally go all out iOS but the Samsung 6 Edge kept me on Android for a couple of good reasons. One, I really like Android, and this phone does have a great look. Two, I really wanted the fast and wireless charging. The Samsung Edge is a leader in this respect.
I found a new fast charger for the car, a new clear case and screen protector built just for this phone. Now I’m busy reinstalling the apps. But I definitely have to load some new ringtones that sound newer than 2000.
Oh wait, Verizon forgot to activate my hotspot. Got to call tech support first.
For aNewDomain, I’m Alan Wallace.