The Galaxy S6 is one of two new flagship devices by Samsung this year, and alongside the Galaxy S6 Edge, the S6 features a completely refreshed design that drops all of the plastic that Samsung devices have been known for in the past. To get unlocked your Galaxy S6 please click here!
Does the Galaxy S6 look like a top contender for 2015, or is it somewhat lacking? We’ll be finding out in our review.
This is perhaps the most important aspect of the Galaxy S6. The new S6 has a completely revamped build design that is very different to the devices predecessor. In fact, instead of using the plastic body and back that has been seen on older Galaxy devices, the S6 has been built completely out of glass and aluminum.
On both the front and the rear of the Galaxy S6 there are two sheets of Gorilla Glass 4, and holding it together is a incredibly sturdy and durable aluminum frame. Besides from the fact that the glass front and back of the S6 pick up fingerprints like nobody’s business, this new design is a huge step up from previous devices.
Even though Samsung has gone for a different non-plastic design approach, the S6 still feels like it’s own device, unlike the Alpha lineup, which feel awfully similar to the iPhone. In terms of design, the S6 has the crown so far this year.
The Galaxy S6 has the standard non curved display, with a size of 5.1 inches. This is fairly large, but it’s pretty much the standard, or at least at the very top end of standard sizes for flagship devices.
As expected, the Galaxy S6 is packed with a Super AMOLED display, and it boasts great colors and awesome saturation. Low light viewing is also on point. In terms of resolution, the 5.1 inch display on the S6 has a mighty 1440 x 2560 QHD display. This is a massive 577 pixels per inch.
Some may argue that you just don’t need that many pixels in such a small space, but there’s no denying that the S6 display does look very pretty.
UI and Apps
The new TouchWiz UX on Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Galaxy S6 takes a further step into the realm of minimal design. Looking back at the TouchWiz of the S4 or the S3, it’s clear to see that Samsung made a few bad design choices. TouchWiz eventually got swamped with features and functions, making the OS a confusing user experience.
Fortunately, the S6 UI is even more minimal than the Note 4’s, and besides from the very basic and immediate features, all of the extra functionality has been neatly tucked away into settings menus you rarely have to delve into.
The end result is something that is easy to learn, pleasing on the eye, and great for Samsung’s new user-friendly approach. We’re hoping more Samsung devices follow the minimal TouchWiz UI this year.
Here is another area where the Galaxy S6 is really going to excel. Samsung have dropped Qualcomm to support their own chipset, which will be placed into both North American and international handsets.
The SoC in question is the eight core 64 bit Exynos 7420. This SoC is packed with two quad core CPUs set up as a big.LITTLE array. This means the more powerful CPU will kick into play when needed, and the less power-heavy one will be used when performing small tasks or when idle to save battery life. The first quad core is a 1.5GHz Cortex-A53, whilst the other, more powerful
quad core is the 2.1GHz Cortex-A57. The GPU used on the Exynos 7420 is the ever so powerful Mali-T760.
In terms of storage, the Galaxy S6 has no microSD support unfortunately. Instead, the S6 has internal storage options of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. This is a pretty big blow for Samsung, but it is a choice they have taken to make the overall design of the device far superior.
Finally, the battery life in the S6 is a 2,550mAh battery, which is non-removable. I personally think this is a step down for Samsung. Users can no longer swap out or upgrade their batteries, and even with the power efficiency of the Exynos 7420, you still may struggle for battery life.
The final point to discuss is of course the camera. The camera features the same 16 megapixel shooter seen on the Note 4, but it has had a significant upgrade when it comes to low light shots, thanks to the newly installed F1.9 aperture. The camera app itself has had a buff, and the front facing camera has an improved 5 megapixel shooter.
The Galaxy S6 has a few sacrifices, such as the lack of removable battery and microSD card slot, but as a trade off we have a much nicer looking and feeling device. The S6 feels as premium as it gets, and it’s beautiful UI works amazingly on the QHD display and Exynos octa-core 64 bit processor. To unlock other Samsung phone models just visit here!
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