A Shooting Star

Samsung Galaxy Edge 6 Plus, Part 2

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The S6 Edge+ on the celestial backdrop of an Alki Tee

I’m among the legion of baby boomers who have chosen iPhone for its ease of use, clean design, reliability and impeccable craftsmanship. The iPhone is a symbol of prestige, too. They’re expensive. Having the latest and greatest iPhone says, “I can afford it.”

iPhone isn’t just for boomers—it appeals to everyone. The millennials in my life, all now earning solid incomes, love their iPhones. I’ve seen a group them influence a lone Android user to switch.

So, how can an Apple fangirl learn to love “Android?” 

I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge Plus (S6 Edge+) for about two months. I was able to “get on board” quickly after an initial adjustment to the user interface, and the more I use it, the more I like it.


Edge notifications save your battery

I’m spoiled by some of the conveniences, like the notification feed on the S6 Edge+ screen (visible without opening my phone), or the bar along the top displaying icons for emails, messages or updates. With a simple wipe down from the top of the screen, it opens small summaries that I can select and open, or swipe out of the way.

And even the keyboard seems friendlier. I don’t have to toggle to access numbers, and emojis are easily accessible. Predictive text  is automatically on, and I like how the device seems to learn from my activity what I might say, or which hashtags I might use. Some people hate predictive text, but it works for me. If you don’t like it, you can easily disable this feature.

A great comparison of the Apple and Samsung devices can be found here.

The S6 Edge+ camera is amazing.

The image resolution on the S6 Edge+ is 16 megapixel (MP) and it shoots video in 4K.

What does 16 MP mean? 16 megapixels captures twice the amount of visual information compared to an iPhone 6. Why should you care about the “pixel depth,” or the amount of megapixels?  For one, it allows you to capture enough information so you can enlarge and crop a picture and still retain sharpness. It gives you more room to play around with the photos you shoot.

More MP also enables the image quality to be closer to the quality of film. More MP makes it possible to blow up an image and to turn into a large print or poster, retaining crispness.

The beautiful high definition display has 3.6 times more pixels than the iPhone 6.

Its clarity is stunning. When our youngest son stopped by few weeks ago, it was the first thing he noticed when he picked up and inspected the S6 Edge+.

And as I mentioned in my earlier post, the screen casting feature works fantastically! Screen casting means you can share what’s on your phone onto a smart TV. That means it’s large enough for everyone to enjoy. (How to mirror)

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Menu of some of the options available

More great features for the taking

Object tracking autofocus will follow what you’re shooting and keep it in focus as it moves; and optical image stabilization will keep your image steady. Anyone with active kids or grandkids will really appreciate these two features when shooting video.

Virtual shot is cool, too. You can shoot a stationary object by circling it, and get a dimensional view of it. Wild!

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Virtual Shot captures an amazing 360 degree view

With the holidays quickly approaching, I’m sure some great deals can be found on the S6 Edge+. The regular retail price is $768 (slightly more than the iPhone 6s Plus at $749.99). But you get an awful lot of bang for your buck, including Samsung Pay.

Samsung Pay

You can leave your credit cards at home when you use Samsung Pay. it uses your fingerprint to identify you, so it’s very secure. It didn’t take me long to get into the habit of using it because it’s super easy and convenient. Samsung Pay is accepted by more merchants than Apple Pay. and works well with older retail credit card terminals.

It’s fun it is to see the raised eyebrows from merchants who totally don’t expect it to work. Two days ago I went into Walgreens, and the cashier tried to get me to hold the phone up against the NFC receiver. I simply held the phone over the credit card swipe area, and Voila! He just sighed and said technology is changing so quickly—it’s hard to keep up!

So I hope this post is helpful. Leave a shout here if you have questions about this device, and if I can’t answer them, I’ll find someone who can!

As Samsung says, it’s not a phone—it’s a galaxy.

Verizon Wireless has given me the opportunity to use some of their products.

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16 thoughts on “A Shooting Star

    • Hi, Odin and thanks for reading and commenting.

      A friend has the smaller version of the Edge, which might be of interest to you. If you check it out in store, I think you’ll like it. I didn’t think I’d like the curved edge, but it’s actually quite cool. And it’s not just pretty—there is a lot of functionality to its curved edges.

      Really appreciate your feedback!


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  1. My millennial son bought his Boomer dad this phone and I have to admit it is Badass! It quickly allowed me to be more connected and more effective in my coaching business. Kudos to you for this excellent recap of features!


    • Wow, Grady!

      You are one lucky dad! Not just because you have an awesome son, but you have a son who chose a great phone for you! No doubt he’s pretty well informed and realized what an amazing device it is!

      Thanks so much for reading and for the comment. It’s nice to find another Edge 6 Plus user who can confirm what is true — it’s a terrific device!

      Wishing you a great weekend, and happy holidays to come!



    • Dear George!

      Thanks for the shout!

      Yep, the camera is something else. And it’s easy to use like the iPhone. Other Androids are not as intuitive as the S6 Edge+, plus as I mentioned, the display and pixel depth helps ensure really superb pictures!

      BTW, the photos in this post weren’t taken by the S6 Edge+ because (duh) it was in the picture! 😀

      Love ya! Terri


    • Dear Greg,

      Thanks for reading and for the comment. Your iPhone is great, and I think you like the size. The S6 might be a bit much since it’s similarly sized to the iPhone 6S Plus — in other words, HUGE!

      But it’s a pretty amazing device. If you ever consider moving to a large screen, be sure to check out this device!

      (((HUGS)) Terri


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