Samsung Galaxy S6 Review
It could be better, but it suffices at least for basic calling needs.
The battery capacity shrinks, but it still pulls out average results – plus, wireless charging is included!
wireless charging built-in (Qi & PMA standards), so there’s no added accessory purchase to gain the feature.
Regarding the lower capacity battery, it’s something of concern for those who regard themselves as power users – more so when this one is packing a quad-HD screen, which generally requires more juice than its 1080p counterparts. For daily, real-world usage, we don’t find the Galaxy S6 extraordinary with its battery life. Rather, it’s enough to get us through a solid-one day of normal usage, but heavier use will require a recharge at some point. Thankfully, Samsung realizes this potential problem by giving it fast charging. In fact, they mention that 10 minutes of charging with the included rapid charger will provide 4 hours of use. And boy does it charge fast, as quickly as 78 minutes in our testing!
Being evolutionary is good thing in the industry, but nothing evokes excitement than something gunning for the revolutionary approach. A continued force to be reckoned with, Samsung’s momentum might’ve been weakened recently from the fierce competition in the space, however, they’re seemingly going getting back on track with the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6 – a phone that’s undeniably revolutionary for them.
Before we pass our final judgment, we really have to be fair and sum up all that’s new to the phone, different, and missing. First and foremost, it’s probably the biggest redesign to the series in recent memory, one that embodies the qualities that give it a more serious, substantial feel – in comparison to the unflattering feel of plastic. Secondly, it’s a specs demon wherever you look! From the quad-HD Super AMOLED, to the 16-megapixel rear snapper, and its 64-bit based octa-core Exynos chip, this is ensured to be future proof in almost every way imaginable.
The software, too, receives a fair degree of change as well – one that tones down the “in your face” attitude of previous TouchWiz efforts, favoring instead for a “less is more” approach. And finally, it’s a solid-performer in the areas that matter to us. From the phone’s responsiveness with operations, to the quality produced by its camera, and the high qualities exhibited by its Super AMOLED display, Samsung has paid a great deal of attention to everything.
Even though its design receives much acclaim, it should be noted that it no longer offers some of its predecessor’s unique features – such as expandable storage via microSD card slot, user replaceable battery, and a water resistant construction.
In all fairness, the good outweighs the bad with the Samsung Galaxy S6 – we’ll gladly forgo some of those previous offerings in favor of its new, premium design. Here in the US, it’s expected to sell for the usual $200 with a 2-year contract. Change is good, that’s unquestionable. If this is the beginning of a new era for Samsung, we’re encouraged by the prospect of the Galaxy S6’s arrival. All phones should fear, just because the Galaxy S6 is setting the bar really, really high for everyone.
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