What better way to determine how drastically Samsung's flagship phone line changed this year, than to lock horns between the Galaxy S6, and the 2014 darling Galaxy S5. Not only do we have a premium chassis (blasphemy!) on the S6, but this time Samsung also pulled out all stops in the specs department.

While last year the Galaxy S5 shipped with a 1080p display “only”, this year the new S6 highlander comes equipped with a Quad HD panel, 3 GB of RAM instead of 2 GB, optical image stabilization for the camera, and a scorching fast chipset. Will these be enough to soothe the pain that comes with a sealed battery compartment and no memory card slot for nearly twice the S5's price? Let's find out...


With a premium unibody chassis, the Galaxy S6 runs design circles around the S5, but lacks its watertight casing.

The Galaxy S6 has a pretty glaring advantage before the S5 when it comes to design, and we don't mean its reflective nanocoating only. Instead of the S5's soft, dimpled plastic cover, it has a very elegant casing with metal frame, and reinforced glass cover in several colors for every taste. The Galaxy S5 is somewhat more flexible in its orthodox design, though, as it sports an IP67 waterproof rating, allowing you to submerge it in up to three feet of water for half an hour, and a removable battery cover, so that you swap the battery quickly if needed.

The new S6 is easier to hold and operate with one hand, as it is narrower, thinner and lighter than its predecessor, while the protruding camera on the back serves as a comfortable base for your index finger to prop. When it comes to the physical lock and volume keys, they are conveniently placed around both phones, and with good tactile feedback.

Speaking of buttons, the home key underneath the display of the Galaxy S6 still incorporates a fingerprint reader, just like on the S5, but this time it is of the more convenient touch sensor variety that recognizes your prints with a simple tap only, instead of swiping over the whole thing. Samsung also intros a double-tap gesture for launching the camera with the S6's home key directly, without even unlocking the handset, which is a great feat to have.

Looking at the back, we find both handsets donning a 16 MP camera placed right in the upper middle, which is a fine placement, so that your fingers won't try to get into the frame while shooting in landscape mode, for instance, as it so often happens with cornered cameras. Overall, the Galaxy S6 design is leaps and bounds before the S5, while still keeping the unmistakeable rounded corner form of Samsung's recent flagships, and the signature clicky home key.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6


5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm


4.87 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5


5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm


5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6


5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm


4.87 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5


5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm


5.11 oz (145 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


From the outlandish Galaxy S5 hues to the color-accurate S6 panel - Samsung's AMOLED display tech has gone a long way in just a year's time.

The phones have the same screen diagonals – 5.1” - but different screen resolutions. The Galaxy S5 dons a 1080 x 1920 resolution, while the S6 has the most pixel-dense display on a mobile, with a 1440 x 2560 pixels screen that has a record 577 ppi density, so you'd never notice individual pixels with a naked eye, no matter how closely you look.

We've grown accustomed to expecting very cold, oversaturated and incorrect colors from Samsung's AMOLED screens, at least until the Note 4, and the Galaxy S5 is no exception. The S6, on the other hand, carries over the nice trend from Samsung's latest phablet, and exhibits a credible color presentation in the default screen mode, plus a white point that is very close to the reference 6500K mark.

Outdoor visibility is excellent on both handsets, given that, in auto light sensor mode, both phones get boosted to a very high peak brightness under direct sunlight. That's about the only display quality category which is almost on par – in everything else the Galaxy S6 display trumps the S5 panel, and then some. Case in point - the Gorilla Glass 3 protective cover on top of the S5's panel gets upgraded to the latest Gorilla Glass 4 on the S6, too. The phones offer a super-sensitive touch layer that can be turned on and off at will, allowing you to operate the screen with gloves on, for instance.



1. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

note 4 still the best out there i think :D

10. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

NO. The S6 failure to offer a removable battery and SD makes it the OPPOSITE of "Futureproof".

18. g2a5b0e unregistered

Did you even read his comment before you posted that? It has so little relevance. And you have the nerve to say that some of us lack intelligence & logical thinking ability. Work on your own before you point fingers.

19. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

my post had nothing to with his comment. And, YES, anyone dumb enough to buy a $700 phone without a removable battery IS and idiot.

21. g2a5b0e unregistered

Cool story, bro. The record skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped skipped.

22. poster55

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Odd thing to say, considering how successful the iPhone is, and was before Android. Don't get me wrong, I somewhat agree with you, but in my experience of owning several phones over the years, I have never once had to replace the battery. If charging is as fast as they claim, then I don't see a problem with it, because by the time the battery starts to die, I'll be looking at my next upgrade.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I think S5's camera assembly looks better than S6.

3. surethom

Posts: 1720; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

It was Stupid for Samsung to make the S6 Ultra Thin & there for a smaller battery, 7.7mm thin & a battery the same size & bigger than the S5 would have been more sensible.

4. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The only place the s5 wins over the s6 is battery department. Removable battery and micro SD is subjective. I've used previous Sammy phones and I have never used a micro SD or remove my battery before. Sure it's good to have the option but I haven't had any need for it. I'm perfectly fine with my iPhone 6 plus so I can leave with a similar phone like that. The s6 is not a marginal upgrade unless you're being very picky or just a troll. This is how you do an upgrade. It beats the s5 in every way possibly needed.

5. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I am a "typical user" and feel insulted that Samsung would think I wouldn't miss some of these features. Shall I elaborate? Next to screen damage, water damage is the most issues experienced for servicing. Commanding millions in deductibles and insurance costs, Samsung helped curb a major issue in handheld devices. Batteries are next in line for common handset failures. A whopping 35% of issues can be attributed to problems associated with today's smartphones. Larger screens, more powerful processors, gaming, and heavy internet browsing, downloading and streaming has proved to increase the amount of battery failure or degradation within 13-15 months of ownership. With the batteries being sealed, the cost for repairing the device has risen 50%. Seriously! Last comes the memory card. I've been able to use my sd card in the last three devices owned. No info lost. No music lost. No pics lost. I have been able to purchase the least memory device and still be able to expand on the amount allocated without fail and less expensively. The benchmarks transfered to everyday use, have been found neglible in responsive commands with the exeption of gaming. The ability to transfer the card to another device is just as simple and valuable as the argument for GSM phones vs CDMA SIM cards. The cloud is not yet perfected and has resulted in security breaches as well as lost info. So, the manufacturers now give you a choice to either purchase a subpar memory intensive device or fork over far more money to purchase the next device up. This means that all three options eliminated, will cost the consumer far more Benjamins in costs while the manufacturers skate on building the devices with less, forcing customers to purchase third party products. This all boils down to a "Flagship" product costing only around $250 to build but yet generate over this amount to maintain or repair it. In the scope of economics, this industry has successfully accomplished what no other industry would be able to get away with because the average consumer is getting lost in the technology. And to make things worse, the so called technology enthusiasts that claim they are tech geeks, seem to remember ignore these facts. As a technology enthusiast, I have fought for using the technology to help consumers. Today's society has helped launch prosperity for industries while forfeiting individual control in augmenting and servicing. In short, it seems this generation cares nothing for money. John B.

13. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I absolutely agree with you... though I did sacrificed removable battery when I chose to get Xperia devices, but for my needs they still remains the best option.

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1930; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Samsung did a great job on the S6. While the built in battery, and lack of expandable storage is kind of a let down (although USB OTG should work), it certainly isn't a deal breaker. The camera is where this thing is really going to shine.

8. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I can agree that Samsung did a good job with the S6. But just the mere fact it is a let down for many and will claim: "I guess we can get around it with other options," concurs with what I've been trying to say. We are being forced to resort to purchasing third party products to get what we've always had for free in a flagship phone. This is unacceptable. John B.

20. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

"Built in battery and lack of expandable storage isn't a deal breaker" SPEAK FOR YOURSELF.

7. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Hope samsung release a FHD version of the S6. I will like to have an s6 with great battery life.

9. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Reviewer sure loves using run-of-the-mill

11. RiotSloth

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 05, 2014

Galaxy S5 has "over saturated and inaccurate colour"? Are you serious? The S5 had the best and most colour accurate screen of and phone or tablet ever when it came out. See the page The days of Samsung AMOLED screens being inaccurate are long gone.

14. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

What explains the 10,000 point difference in AnTuTu benchmark scores between the S6 and S6 edge on your website? Every other website had them bench-marking withing a percent of each other....

16. northman

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

I love my plastic S5, very durable and I have absolutely destroyed phones in the past. Best phone I've owned. Best screen I've seen. They all should be plastic (waterproof), have removable batteries, and a slot for additional storage. These changes in the S6 are all steps backwards and as such insulting to Samsungs customers. That being said I'd like the faster hardware, but it isn't going to get me to buy one for now.

17. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Galaxy S5 LTE-A with 3 GB ram, 32 GB internal QHD display Beats this with removeable battery and microSD support..

23. poonam9898

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

MosKart is a Electronics Online Store. Also Providing SmartPhone Lowest Price.

24. Bubu1

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 24, 2015

Built in battery and lack of expandable storage is a deal breaker, the system files now take up a whopping 6.5GB which means it would leave me with 25GB usable memory, totally unacceptable. An estimated 36 to 40 present won’t upgrade and thousands have returned the phone within a couple of days using it.

25. AfritxAlchemy

Posts: 1; Member since: May 04, 2015

A drop in battery life, no removable battery, no expandable memory < high speed hardware... I heard about the S6 and immediately got excited...then I learned of the above. I'll be sticking with my S5, thank you. No expandable memory is especially bad... you can move apps to SD and make room for more vital things. Having removable battery is a good option. Carry around a fully-charged extra battery. Phone's gonna die? Swap outbatteries. High speed hardware is good yes, but three small inconveniences backed up by a smaller battery...wall hugging will start again, Samsung. And that's exactly what you dissed iPhone about WITH THE S5.

26. sunsnub

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Personally I had the Samsung galaxy s5 active, and now have the s6 active. And I will chime in here. Seems like I actually get better battery life with the s6. Although I wasn't able to migrate all my apps, so maybe that is why. Stat wise it certainly has a better one, although computing wise the phone is more demanding. But I can go days now without changing, and I used to have to charge daily. Stats wise, s6 was a win. I was however quite disappointed to find out my old SD card (or any for that matter) would no longer work. Its a mini computer, and anyone who knows computers appreciates the fact that storage size matters. My biggest gripe though is the fact that so many things that I used to have easy access too on my s5, either I no longer do, or they are really difficult to get to. I don't know if it is a problem with the S6 active, or the OS it is using or what. But I used to be able to get into "my documents" with ease. In fact could even put a icon (shortcut, or whatever you want to call them on google OS) on a "homepage". Now I can't even get into my documents through the phones interface. I have to use a third party file explorer app to find my document (word docs, PDFs, powerpoints, ect...) Not only that simple tools are no longer easily accessible. There isn't even a tool icon under the app menu any more. If I am lucky I can get s voice to find the app (e.g. my flashlight), although it can't bring up my documents. S5 was way more accessible and user friendly (unrooted, I can't speak to rooting either one.)

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