Samsung Galaxy S6 review
The next Galaxy
Our Samsung Galaxy S6 review uncovers the latest smartphone innovations.
Update: Read the Samsung Galaxy S7 review ahead of its launch on February 21st 2016.
The full metal and glass construction looks simply superb and the extremely thin 6.8mm body lets you know that the Samsung Galaxy S6 is cutting edge. It is quite a surprise to feel just how light the Galaxy S6 is when you pick it up for the first time at only 138 grams.
Hit the power button and the 5.1” Super AMOLED display lights up with extreme colour richness that is absolutely life-like. The resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels gives us 557 pixels per inch and this is as detailed as anything we have seen yet and far exceeds that of its main competitor, the Apple iPhone 6.
The display has been enhanced for outdoor visibility and is protected behind Corning Gorilla Glass 4, making it almost indestructible. There is a new colour scheme that surrounds the sides and rear of the phone and these jewel tones include White Pearl, Gold Platinum, Black Sapphire and Blue Topaz.
The 64-bit octa core processor (quad core 2.1GHz and quad core 1.5GHz) with 3GB RAM uses the new LPDDR4 memory system and UFC 2.0 flash memory. Ignoring the jargon this simply means higher performance with less power consumption on memory heavy tasks such as slow motion video, media streaming and graphic intensive gaming.
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There will be three internal memory options to choose from including 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB and with no memory card slot this will be a tricky decision to make where memory will tip the scales on price.
Phone Set Up
The first noticeable difference when you start to move around the home screens is a lighter interface that enhances usability by de-cluttering the view. The Android Lollipop v5.0 operating system gives you access to Google Play so now is the time to download your favourite apps. You can also visit Samsung’s own app store for apps specifically made for Galaxy smartphones.
Bouncing back onto the memory topic, you will find free OneDrive online storage to the tune of 115GB for 2 years, so this could be the solution for those who pick the 32GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S6.
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The Samsung Galaxy S6 features will keep you entertained and include the popular S Health 4.0 fitness app, S Voice and S Finder which allows you to search for a file, photo or video from one location.
The enhanced touch-type fingerprint scanner addresses the consistency issues seen on the Galaxy S5 and the new Bluetooth v4.1 protocol removes the interference that some users experienced when using 4G for internet browsing.
The Samsung Pay mobile payment service is included and protected by Samsung KNOX for real time protection against malicious attacks and this works with the new fingerprint scanner. The new Samsung Galaxy S6 also uses Sound Alive+ technology to enhance your music and videos, an IR Remote for controlling home entertainment systems and the Chrome browser for surfing the net.
Camera & Video
The 16MP camera has all of the definition you may need but it is the camera software that really makes this Galaxy S6 feature special. Optical Image Stabilisation and Auto Real-time HDR work with IR Detect White Balance to ensure that photos are perfectly exposed with colours that are true to life.
If you wish to take complete control of the results then you can switch the camera from Auto, which gives you a nice uncluttered viewfinder, to Pro Mode. But, even the complete photographic novice will love to use features like Selective Focus which brings elements in and out of focus for a professionally styled result.
There is a big f1.9 aperture for great results under low light conditions and a quick double tap on the home key launches the camera in 0.7 seconds, so there is no risk of missing the action. There is a 5MP secondary camera (up from 2MP on the Galaxy S5) for taking a selfie or making video calls. Your recorded videos can be played back in Normal, Slow or Fast Motion.
The 2,550mAh battery on the Samsung Galaxy S6 takes charging to a new level. The phone can be charged 1.5 times faster than the Galaxy S5 and if time is short then a quick 10 minute charging session can give you up to 4 hours of use or 2 hours of HD video playback. Of course Ultra Power Saving Mode is on hand as well just in case you really get caught out!
The Galaxy S6 also has embedded wireless charging built in. The wireless charger however is not included but with the new range of Ikea lamps, coffee tables and bedside cabinets with wireless charging built in, there are plenty of excuses to go shopping!
Samsung Galaxy S6 verdict: Available from the 10th April, the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be the most desired for phone in 2015 and with good reason. It will be priced slightly less than the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge so dropping those curved display elements will make this the economical choice for savvy consumers.
Written by: Michael Brown