Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

The all new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Welcome! Today I will be reviewing the new and awaited flagship phone of Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S6. This time, the company’s flagship phone comes in two variants. There is the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, which has a similar curved edge as the Note 4 Edge. But this time, both sides of the phone are curved! Questions like:

  • What are the features of these devices?
  • How about TouchWiz OS?
  • What is the cost of the device?
  • When is the release date?

Well.. we’ll get to that in a sec. First thing’s first, what are the specifications of these devices? Let’s find out.

Design

At first glance you’ll definitely notice a huge change in the Galaxy S series design. We’ve all came to know Samsung as plasticy and a not so premium feel product, unlike the HTC and Apple smart phones. This time, they’ve decided to make some changes, and I mean HUGE changes, in their design. If the previous Galaxy S5 had a overall plastic feel to it, the new Galaxy S6 now has a very premium feel to it.

The white version if Galaxy S6

The white version of Galaxy S6

The flash and heart-rate monitor has been moved from bottom to the right side of the camera

The flash and heart-rate monitor has been moved from bottom to the right side of the camera

The S6 now has a all around aluminum body and is sporting the toughest gorilla glass in the market, the Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The Gorilla glass is on both front and back of the phone. This makes the phone more durable on accidental falls.

Samsung Galaxy S6

The side of the Galaxy S6

This device is an insanely thin and light. The image above shows the thinness of the phone. Though it has some similarities with the iPhone 6, especially the bottom part of this phone, the 3.5mm jack and speaker are now in the bottom.

The Galaxy S6 Edge

The Galaxy S6 Edge

I don’t know about you or anyone but for me, the S6 edge has a thinner feel in my hands. Maybe because of the thin aluminum sides of the phone because of the curving screen. Look at the image below.

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Left side of the S6 Edge showing the thin aluminum border and volume controls.

The curving screen on the S6 Edge is not the same as with the Note 4 Edge. As you can see, the screen is not that curved and is barely seen on this perspective. Although, for me, this has a more premium feel on the hand and because this doesn’t look like a iPhone 6 rip-off (Sorry for the immature reason lol).

The glass and aluminum sure has a elegant and premium look to the phone but Samsung has give up some major feature that most Galaxy users have come to love. They removable battery and expandable memory is now gone. (Nooooooooooo!) Yeah, I know. It’s really hard to bear but let’s see where this product will go to.

Screen

Samsung sticks with the excellent Super AMOLED displays they have come to perfect for their flagship products.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Much like the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy S6 comes with a 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD resolution. Just by looking at it, you can see the crispness of the display without any pixels in sight. Still, many are asking if this will affect the battery especially the power pack  is lower than before.

Camera

Samsung has made the camera one of the key-feature of their new phone but stayed with a 16MP sensor on there. The rear camera has a 16MP sensor, with an aperture of f1.9  this thing is going to be excellent for low light, and an improvement of 34% over the Galaxy S5, as show on their Unpack.

S6 Camera

Galaxy S6 Front facing camera

It still has the same auto HDR. Samsung said they’ve improved the HDR for low light capture plus the Smart Optical Image Stabilization.

The front facing camera has been upgraded too, with 5MP sensor and great low light performance.

The camera is slightly protruding  on the back which means you cannot lay this phone flat on its back. This and the front and back glass cover might be a good reason to buy a decent phone case.

Battery

Now this is the major worry on the new Galaxy S6; it only has 2550mAh, compared to the 2800mAh of last years phone. Also like what I’ve mentioned earlier, there’s no more removable battery on this one. Bummer.

Hopefully their new processor will be more energy efficient than last year, because if it’s not then you’ll be needing to bring your power bank with you at all times.

Memory

The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will have a internal memory of 32/64/128 GB memory to choose from and has a 3GB of RAM. Sadly, this device will not have a card slot for additional memory.

Features

  • Both phones boast the new Exynos 7420 processor. According to samsung, this new processor processes data faster while being energy efficient.
  • A new fingerprint scanner
    • You no longer need to swipe your finger. Just tap and scan, like what you see in the iPhone 6.
  • Samsung pay
    • Samsung Pay makes use of both wireless Near Field Communication (NFC) and more traditional magstripe credit card readers, through a technology called Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST). NFC is the newer of the two and can be found on newer terminals and pay points. It is also used for data transfer between phones and connecting to NFC tags.
  • Fast and Wireless charging
    • Samsung says that the charging is up to 1.5 times faster than the previous models
    • The wireless charging is built in so you can immediately put this onto a compatible charging pad for a wire-free recharge.
  • Enhanced KNOX security
    • KNOX is a encryption and security software developed by Samsung and has been enhanced for the Samsung Pay feature and finger print scanner.

Galaxy S6 TouchWiz OS

Samsung said that they’ve listened to the complaints on TouchWiz because of it being a bloated software, making it lag at times. Samsung has bumped down TouchWiz and promised that it’ll be faster and efficient than before.

I, myself, am using the Galaxy Note 4. Although I don’t see any lag on my device, I really don’t like all the bloatwares pre-installed in my phone. When using the device, I significantly saw the change in the OS. There are no more bloatwares and everything just runs smoothly than before. There’s no more lag when you push the multitask button, as well as when you go in and out of any applications. Pushing the home button twice now open the camera, even when you’re in any application or on the lock screen.

Costs and release date

I’m currently based in UAE so the price will be in AED. You can pre-order this now on any major electronic stores in Dubai (Sharaf DG, EMax, Plugins, Axiom, etc.) Here are the pricing if you don’t want to pre-order. The pricing list is not yet complete but at least you get some price ideas:

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB: 2,599 AED
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 32GB: 3,099 AED
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 64GB: 3,399 AED

Verdict

Pros:

Cons:

Improved OS(TouchWiz) 2,550mAh battery
Improved Camera No memory expansion
Great display Non-removable batter

This would be a great device to upgrade to. But in my case, I will stick with my Galaxy Note 4. it’s not practical to switch devices immediately. But if you have a 1 or 2 yrs old device then this will be a great choice for you. If you’re an iPhone user then this will be a familiar sight for you because the device is somewhat a combination of iPhone 4 and 6 design. In the end it’ll be up to you and your needs for the device.

Thanks for reading all the way through. I’ll do some more tech reviews and keep you guys posted. See ya.

~Albert

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3 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

  1. no se si comprarlo, siempre he sido fiel a la serie S pero la verdad es que no he notado mucho cambio entre cada generacion, pero muchos dicen que ahora si es sorprenderte ya no se si creerle a los de Samsung

    1. I dont speak spanish but thanks to google translate I managed to roughly understand your comment.

      At this point we cannot tell whether there are a lot of changes or none. I think this is still a experimental phone. They will be studying if people would like this jind of build on their phone. I just hope people wont stray away from Samsung just because of this phone. Thank you for the comment btw!

    2. I like how they’ve cleaned touchwiz. That was the biggest change I’ve noticed, aside from the non removable battery and non expandable memory which was a deal breaker for me.

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