With the Galaxy S6, Samsung has finally taken the high-end plunge, releasing a device poised to make Samsung fans forget about the cheap-feeling plastic-clad Galaxy S5. Samsung has made a bold shift with the Galaxy S6, moving the device’s design in-line with other high-end smartphones. It actually shares a lot in common in terms of aesthetics with the lacklustre Galaxy Alpha, a smartphone Samsung released in the middle of last year.
The S6 features an all metal band and a strong-feeling glass case. I actually dropped the phone accidentally from about half a metre off the ground onto the solid tile floor of my kitchen, and the phone suffered no damage. However, the glass body makes the S6 a fingerprint magnet. If you opt for the white version of the phone this issue will likely become less apparent.
It’s also great Samsung has opted to avoid the “phablet” territory with the S6, sticking to a reasonable 5.1 inch screen, unlike Google’s latest flagship smartphone, the Motorola-manufactured Nexus 6. In general, the S6’s high-resolution screen looks phenomenal regardless of what tasks you’re performing with the device, whether that involves watching movies, YouTube videos or simply just browsing the Internet.
In terms of the device’s camera, the Galaxy S6’s 16 mega-pixel rear camera and five mega-pixel front-facing camera, are superb, edging closely to matching Apple’s iPhone smartphone photography supremacy, perhaps more than any Android device ever has before. Unfortunately the S6’s camera falls slightly short of the iPhone 6 due to white balance issues. However, the ability to launch the camera with just the home button is a useful addition to the Galaxy S line.
Better performance with High-end hardware;
Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Edge are powered by a 64-bit Exynos 7 Octa 7420 system-on-chip, consisting of four 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 cores, and four 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 cores, and 3 GBs of RAM. Essentially this is an extremely powerful smartphone that can can go head-to-head with the most powerful devices on the market. The significant horsepower in the Galaxy S6 allows it to run two apps in split screen or in windowed mode with relative ease. This feature is impressive, although not exactly useful on a smartphone of this size. The additional hardware power as well as the smartphone’s high-resolution screen, seems to have resulted and a slight hit on battery life though. With regular use, I typically needed to plug-in the smartphone immediately after work to keep it running, although the S6’s fast charging feature allows you to charge up to four hours of battery life in just 10 minutes.
New screen technology and an impressive camera;
Samsung is known for creating beautiful displays, and just like with previous Galaxy smartphones as well as Samsung’s televisions, the Galaxy S6’s Super AMOLED display offers a crisp viewing experience. It also packs more pixels than the S5 and matches the Galaxy Note 4’s screen resolution (1440 x 2560 577ppi), which makes it one of the sharpest smartphone displays available right now. This level of resolution featured in the S6 is overkill and more than anyone will likely ever need in a smartphone for years to come, but it’s still impressive Samsung managed to pack this many pixels into the S6’s display.
Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are high-end smartphones so expect a high end price tag. The 32GB Galaxy S6 starts at $699.95 and the Galaxy S6 Edge $809.95 with no contract. The 64GB S6 will set you back $860 while The 64GB S6 Edge is $960. More Smart Phone Articles Now Available.