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Get to know the Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has a cool, new double-curve screen design, but Samsung wants to give you something to look at on that display.

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A different display

Samsung created a completely different animal from the Note Edge's always-on interface.

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Peek-a-boo

Now, the S6 Edge is hidden from view until you slide out this menu.

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Pick your pals

Choose five friends to add to this quick-contacts list. In typically clunky fashion, Samsung calls this feature "People Edge."

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Color-coded buddies

Each contact maps to a color.

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Reach out

Tap the contact bubble to send a text or place a call.

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Subtle tab

Messages appear at the edge of the display. If you've missed a call or alert, you'll see a sliver of tab in the contact's designated color.

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Missed message

Pull that out and you can interact with the alert.

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Switching sides

Lefties can move the menu.

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Southpaw support

See, you can swap sides!

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Pull it out

A closer look at the tab. Pull it out to see the friends menu.

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Settings

Press the gear cog for settings.

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More settings

Additional settings live in the Settings menu.

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Opt in, opt out

There's a short list of options.

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Notifications

Missed notifications appear along the Edge display, but it won't link up to your apps.

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Let it glow

If you turn the phone over on the table (say, to be polite during dinner), you can get it to light up the edge in your contact's color so you can see who's calling.

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Glow, baby, glow

The light will pulse, then fade.

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One more, for effect

The color is apparent when the edge faces you, and only works because of the screen's curve.

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Night mode

You can also use the Edge display as a night clock. Pick your hours in the settings.

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More to see

There's a lot more to know about this phone and its settings. Check out our Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge video and first impressions!

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