SAMSUNG GALAXY S6 REVIEW: THE GALAXY REBORN
THE GOOD: With a metallic body, improved fingerprint scanner and convenient camera shortcuts, Samsung Galaxy S6 is a truly amazing phone. And on its altered version of Android 5.0, Samsung puts a lot of beauty inside.
THE BAD: Long time fans will not like the non-removable battery and lack of expandable storage capacity on the Galaxy S6. The phone has a bright glass rear end embarrassingly similar to the iPhone 6. Moreover, the battery life, although good, does not come close to last year’s model
CONCLUSION: The elegant style and top-notch specifications makes the impressive Samsung Galaxy S6 an Android smartphone to beat in 2015.
The Camera of the Galaxy S6 retails the 16 Mega pixels but has been refined
THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S6 REVIEW- THE GALAXY S6 REBORN
Instead of utilizing plastic materials that it used on every Galaxy S device in the past, the electronics giant presents you with a phone clad on both sides in glass and aluminum alloy on the side. Samsung even went ahead to extend the goodness by adding a curved screen variant, the Galaxy S6 Edge. Both phones will be available on the market on 10th April.
The Galaxy S6 carries over little or no DNA from the Galaxy S5. Perhaps even more amazing is the fact that this change of materials is the reason for implementation of a non-removable battery and removal of the microSD card slot, undoubtedly so on the basis of thinness. These omissions are common in the smartphone market, but Samsung has always been a defender of both the removable battery and memory expansion until now. It is a decision that also makes a difference in terms of power. The S6 drains faster than last year’s model on a single charge.
In many ways, Samsung had no choice but to choose a slim metal chassis and a simpler version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, to quell the customers complaining about building Plastic Galaxy S5 (and the S4 and S3…) It seems Samsung was preparing to battle for the staggering profits the iPhone is making and escape an army of decent low-cost rivals like Lenovo, Xiaomi and Huawei.
Fortunately, for Samsung, the S6 is good enough and it might return to the fold users who had strayed, while seemingly overtaking the HTC One M9, which is an all-metal device, with additional features, battery life and the camera quality.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Review – Tech KenyaOn top of that, the Samsung S6 follows the example of Apple Pay by implementing its own mobile payment system, Samsung Pay, and took a bold step by using its homebred Exynos processor, which solid (instead Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 used by most of its Android rivals). The S6 also features support for wireless charging and compatibility with a new version of the virtual reality accessory, Gear VR, two functions you will not find on any iPhone.
Does the new phone from Samsung offer enough in terms of style and specifications to reverse its weak smartphones sales trend? Without doubt, it does. Samsung continues to build on the strengths of its camera while providing interesting extras than all other Android rivals. The only real issue is that Samsung is punishing fans of microSD cards and those of removable batteries. Nevertheless, Samsung’s hardware has never been able to battle the iPhone for a long time, but finally its physical design can be compared with the design giant.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S6 REVIEW -DESIGN:
Metal and glass goodbye to plastic
With an aluminum alloy frame and Gorilla Glass 4 in both front and rear, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge notably stand out from the plastic construction on the previous five generations Samsung’s flagship devices. Obviously, this is a completely new design, one that fans have been asking for throughout the years.
However, Samsung did not just turn away from plastic overnight. The Note 4 and midrange Galaxy Alpha had metal frames, Galaxy A5, and A3, had an all-metal chassis.
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Lets talk about how the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge look. Both phones have rounded corner-design Samsung is fond of, with rounded top and bottom and straight sides. The power button is located on the right hand side; in S6, that side hosts a nano-SIM card slot, while on the S6 Edge, the slot is at the top instead. Both phones have a charging port/micro-USB and a headphone jack at the bottom. On the left side, they have separate buttons for volume control.
Two capacitive buttons for viewing recent notifications and a back button flank the home button, bordered with metal. At the top is an infrared for those who would want to use the phone as remote control.
At the rear, youll find a 16-megapixel camera (same as that on the Note 4) with a LED flash, and a heart rate sensor.
These are a couple of negatives though: the camera protrudes slightly at the back, which some do not like, and the glass surface easily harbors fingerprints. Moreover, unlike the S5, S6 is not waterproof.
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The Galaxy S6 feels smoother and thinner than it looks, especially compared to the slightly thicker Galaxy S5. Along with its sibling, the S6 Edge, the Edge feels much thinner than the S6, despite it being a hair thicker at its thinnest point.
The Galaxy S6 is very similar to iPhone 6. The shape and placement of things like the headphone jack, speaker area and volume keys are remarkably similar when the Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6 are viewed alongside each other. Even the color of the white models is very similar, or impossible to distinguish the shades in matte silver areas.
It is also notable that the S6 comes with small in-ear earphones that closely resemble those that come with the iPhone 6.
Although the colors are not flashy, the two models, the S6 and the S6 Edge come additionally with the black gold platinum sapphire and pearl white Samsung has included more colors to the line with topaz blue, which looks good when you hold it against light and appears black or dark otherwise. (The S6 Edge, moreover, has an emerald green version).
The incredibly bright rear dazzles and reflects light. Samsung says this is to add depth and warmth, but the skeptic in me says that permanent brilliance is annoying. (The white version minimizes this effect, but it is apparent outdoors).