- Avram Piltch , Tom's Guide
The Galaxy S6 combines an eye-popping display, sexy new design and the top smartphone camera, making it the best Android phone.
- Joshua Vergara , Android Authority
With much needed changes inside and out, Samsung finally brings to the table what you’d expect from a high-end flagship with the Galaxy S6.
- Display quality
- Wireless charging
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- No microSD support
- Non-removable battery
It’s time for another round of flagship upgrades from the big names in mobile devices. With the Galaxy S6, Samsung has finally made some recognizable changes to the familiar Galaxy S formula that users have either loved or hated. Will the S6 help Samsung claim the best phone of 2015? Let’s see what the initial reviews are saying!
One of the first things mentioned in many reviews of this new flagship device is the switch to a metal chassis design with Gorilla glass on the front and rear. At a thin 6.8mm thick, the phone appears to fix one of the biggest problems that many had with the design of the S5. Many reviews compare the design and sturdiness to the iPhone, with Trusted Reviews noting, “The fine detail on the S6 is on another level.” Forbes declared that it “makes some great gains in terms of style.”
Unfortunately, this upgraded design comes with a few drawbacks and two of the most criticized changes to the phone compared to previous models. To create a unibody design, Samsung decided to remove microSD card support and go with a non-removable battery pack. However, to help account for this, they have upgraded the storage of the base model to 32GB, with 64 and 128GB models available as well. The phone also supports both Qi and PWM wireless charging as well, a feature that Samsung is touting heavily about the new handset. They claim that with a single 10-minute charge you can pull more than 4 hours of battery life out of the phone.
Fortunately, this is virtually the only potential issue that reviews had with the S6. All reviews were positive for the phone’s 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. Running at a resolution of 1440-by-2560 pixels, it packs in more than enough pixels for watching a movie on the plane or checking email. Trusted Reviews put the display through its paced and found that it “impresses with the brightness of its colours and outstanding contrast evident in videos and photos.”
Pushing all those pixels is a Samsung-exclusive octa-core Exynos processor with speeds up to 2.1GHz and 3GB of RAM. Samsung claims that the processor offers a 35-percent increase in efficiency while boosting performance as well. This is good news if you’re worried about the non-removable battery. Overall, performance appears stellar in most reviews. Engadget tried to find a hiccup in the device and failed, stating, “Thumbing through webpages, jumping in and out of open apps with the manic frenzy of a rabid squirrel and generally just trying to be a jerk didn't phase the S6 or S6 edge in the slightest.”
The S6 also runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. While reviews of past versions of TouchWiz were often less than great, Engadget, Trusted Reviews and Forbes all noted how much they liked the latest edition of Samsung’s interface. Most reviews found that it is less cluttered and more streamlined than previous versions, fixing many of the issues that reviewers and users had with it. The Verge noted, “Samsung also trimmed back the software features, claiming that there are 40 percent fewer features in the Galaxy S6 than the S5. Overall, the software feels largely the same as before, however.”
Lastly, if you like to snap photos and post selfies with your phone, reviews indicate that you’ll be more than pleased with the camera on the Galaxy S6. Boasting a 16MP rear-facing camera and optical image stabilization, reviews were surprised as just how fast the camera launched and captured shots. Both the front- and rear-facing cameras see upgrades to f/1.9 lenses and optimized software from Samsung. One of the biggest claims from Samsung is low-light performance and according to Trusted Reviews, the handset delivers, stating, “the low-light features blow the competition out of the water.”
Overall, reviews indicated that the S6 is one of the most refined Android devices to date. While die-hard fans of removable batteries and expandable storage might be disappointed, there are plenty of other reasons to love the phone. From wireless charging to LTE Cat 6 support, the phone offers plenty of cutting edge bells and whistles to keep even the most tech-savvy gadget lover happy.
Reviews (8.5/10 Avg. rating)
Simply can’t go wrong with this
Attractive design, a brilliant display, a powerful processor, and a crisp new camera
Great design, great device
The Galaxy S6 is clearly a new lease on life for the Galaxy S line, with significant changes made to the design and TouchWiz UI, and I can safely say that it has been for the better. While Samsung decided to kill off two of its most defining characteristics – the removable battery and microSD card expansion – the Galaxy S6 has made up for these with impressive battery, processor and software optimizations, as well as the option of a 128 GB storage capacity variant (if you're willing to pay for it).
Perhaps most importantly though, Samsung's engineers decided to s... Full review
Well built, slim and gorgeous to look at
Another strong and capable handset from Samsung. I’m sitting on the fence about the lack of microSD card in particular, because I’ve got so used to having the ability to extend my on-board storage. The presence of the Microsoft Onedrive cloud storage is a help, but if you don’t have a good data plan or don’t fancy pushing your photos up to the cloud automatically then you have to choose the appropriate handset right from the get-go.
With the S6 I was impressed with the speedy charging in particular. I’m so sick and tired of looking at phones and seei... Full review
Android at its finest
Once again, consumers in the market for a new Android phone have tough decisions to make. While hardcore Android purists will understandably opt for the Nexus 6 to get fast updates and greater tinker capabilities, the Galaxy S6 is the better choice for all others. It is a more well-rounded experience.
Samsung has crafted a phone that is not only a piece of art, but is a comfortable size and has superior security with biometrics. The fingerprint reader is more important than having the ability to run custom ROMS. In 2015, there is no excuse for any flagship smartphone to ship without... Full review
Gorgeous new design, fastest processor
All risk all reward
First and foremost, hands down the Samsung Galaxy S6 is one of the best Android smartphones on the market. While it still resembles the look of yesteryear Samsung devices on the front, the introduction into glass and metal is welcome. Omissions of microSD and removable batteries may alienate dedicated Samsung customers but I think if you give it a chance you might not miss it. The Galaxy S6 runs fast as hell and takes some of the best pictures out there. The battery does leave a bit to be desired but with options such as Wireless charging and Quick Charge 2.0 you can’t go wrong.
... Full review
Image is everything
Attractive and powerful
A complete reinvention of the Galaxy S line
The Galaxy S6 is in many ways a total departure from the Galaxy S phones that have come before it. The exterior changes are the most obvious, and from the seamless glass and metal construction to the Quad HD screen, this phone looks like Samsung leapfrogged a couple generations in the often evolutionary advancement of the Galaxy S line.
For those that valued the removable battery, microSD expansion or even the waterproofing found in the S5, I can only say that thankfully with Android, you always have options, and the Galaxy S just isn’t the option for you anymore.
Had a S5 loved it. No problems, durable, long lasting. Moved up to the S6, big mistake. Lasted 6 months and decided to fry itself. Sent it in for warranty, they said it's my fault. How it's my fault is a mystery to me. It overheated on its on and wouldn't shut off. They have record of my p... More
Had a S5 loved it. No problems, durable, long lasting. Moved up to the S6, big mistake. Lasted 6 months and decided to fry itself. Sent it in for warranty, they said it's my fault. How it's my fault is a mystery to me. It overheated on its on and wouldn't shut off. They have record of my phone call when it got extremely hot and wouldn't shut off. One Samsung worker said it is a board defect and should be covered under warranty and the other one said it was users fault. Guess which one Samsung went with. Don't offer warranty if your not going to honor it. Last Samsung I will ever buy. Going to call Apple at least they have warranty and you won't be without a phone for 4-6 weeks, that's if they fix it. Was without mine for 3wks to be told sorry about your luck.
Because love Samsung Galaxy s6 good
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