Fast charging is one of the most prevalent solutions nowadays to the problem of battery life in modern smartphones. Battery capacity hasn't changed a lot in recent times, yet we keep on demanding more and more out of our phones, so fast charging was introduced as a way to juice them up faster than usual. However, not all fast charging phones are created equal, whether it's in terms of technology, charger used, or battery capacity to fill up. To figure out the fastest charging phone(s), Tom's Guide set out to test 7 different smartphone models in a variety of situations.
The list has the Galaxy S6 (proprietary Samsung technology with its high-wattage charger), Asus Zenfone 2 (Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 based "Boostmaster technology"), LG G4 (Qualcomm QC 2.0), Motorola Nexus 6 and Droid Turbo (Qualcomm QC 2.0 branded as "Turbo Charge"), and finally the OnePlus 2 and Apple iPhone 6 (no fast charging technology). Putting aside the logistics of the test, which you can read in details on the original article, here are the noteworthy results.
While the Note 5 and S6 edge+ are far from the first Samsung phones with reported issues killing background tasks with unusual aggressiveness, they are the first ones with four freaking gigabytes of RAM to do so. We've long assumed that Samsung's background task issues on certain handsets are related to a lack of RAM headroom due to TouchWiz, and yet, the Note 5 and S6 edge+ may exhibit the most aggravating task killing of any Samsung devices we've yet seen. Let's cut to the video for a complete explanation. (I realize it's long, but I'd recommend watching all the way through to see what's going on here.)
The issue was readily reproducible on both our S6 edge+ and Note 5 review units, and we aren't the first people to point this out.
The hot ticket for Samsung seems to be its Edge models, but if all you want is a solid flagship at a good price, great deals can be had on the standard Galaxy S6 model. If you head over to eBay's Daily Deals portal, you'll see a vendor selling an unlocked 32GB model for $469.99, a solid $130 off the unlocked retail price and $10 less than our previous best price for the phone. Get an order in quick if you want one, this isn't likely to last very long.
This is a brand new phone, not refurbished as many eBay deals tend to be, and it's available in black, white, gold, and "blue" (read: teal).
Samsung isn't leaving its flagship of yesteryear completely high and dry in this age of Stagefright vulnerability. An update is being sent to the Verizon Galaxy S4 today that patches the Stagefright vulnerability, and adds a few more fixes for good measure.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 are going to launch in a huge number of countries around the world starting next week, despite having been unveiled just a few days ago.
The general take of the Android Police team is that both phones are essentially blown-up Galaxy S6s. The S6 Edge+ is, of course, a giant S6 Edge. The Note 5 is basically an S6 with a stylus. (Oddly, though, both lack the S6's infrared blaster.)
They use the same basic version of TouchWiz, the same basic version of Android, and have very similar styling. They have the same chipset, the same RAM, the same storage, the same cameras, and the same display technology and resolution.
If you've been watching today's coverage of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ with bated breath, you won't have to wait too long to pick one up from an American carrier. All five major US networks have confirmed that they'll be carrying Samsung's new flagships, with varying degrees of availability and pre-order status. The official release date from Samsung is August 21st, and AT&T is already selling phones. Here's the breakdown for the other carriers:
Big Red is already taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. The S6E+ can be had for a whopping $768 in its standard 32GB model or $864 for the 64GB model (ouch) at unlocked prices.
The Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ were just announced, but Spigen already has a slew of protective measures primed and ready for these new devices. Eight different models of case for both the Note 5 and S6E+ are available, with each catering to a particular need.
Spigen's newest lines, the Neo Hybrid Carbon, Neo Hybrid Crystal, and Rugged Armor all offer advanced protection for your Note 5 and S6 Edge+, and look good doing it.
If you're looking for a Samsung flagship with an enormous amount of storage and a relatively low price, then look no further than B&H Photo today. The online retailer is selling a GSM unlocked, off-contract version of the Galaxy S6 in the top-tier 128GB capacity for $599.99. This is a brand new phone in black or white, and the SM-G920I model includes LTE radio bands for AT&T, T-Mobile, and most of the GSM-based MVNOs in the United States. It's a hell of a deal - and it's only available today.
At the moment the going rate for the 128GB model seems to be about $800, which means you're saving a cool 25% at this price.
A couple of days ago Evan Blass posted what looked like a render of the upcoming Galaxy S6 Edge+ - Samsung's new flagship expected to be announced at the Unpacked event on August 13th - wrapped in a gadget that doubled as both a phone case and a Blackberry-style physical keyboard. We passed on the story at the time, but more evidence has come to light that makes it seem a bit more plausible. Here's the original tweet from Blass: