Samsung Galaxy S6 Review, Hail to the King!

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Spring came with some great devices for all of you flagship-hunters out there and one of the most impressive belongs to Samsung, I’m talking about their Galaxy S6, which is already famous as you may know. The latest and greatest addition to the high-end Galaxy S series is something that brings some major changes in terms of design and separates itself from the outdated materials and appearance that used to define the respective line. The most important improvements that found their way into this year’s flagship are a killer chipset (which is probably the best, at the moment), a splendid design that consists in glass and metal, a better fingerprint scanner, an enhanced camera and much more. Follow the next review and find out everything worth knowing about the Galaxy S6.

In its retail box, the Galaxy S6 comes joined by a microUSB cable which serves for making data transfers and re-charging your unit, a fast charging AC adapter and a pair of headphones with in-ear buds.

Let’s get to my favorite part about the phone – its appearance. The Galaxy S6 is definitely something else if we compare it to its predecessors and has a design that will certainly turn a lot of heads due to its elegance and beauty. It measures 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm and has a weight of 138 grams, being very thin and lightweight too. Not to mention compact, thanks to its slim bezels. Anyways, let’s return to admiring it: the handset keeps the shape, but says goodbye to the plastic that was once used in the making of its previous siblings. Instead, we have Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4, which covers both its sides, while the whole body is surrounded by a metallic frame that adds a big touch of elegance and beauty to the whole appearance. Of course, I should also mention the downgrades that were made in favor of making the phone look and feel this way. The handset isn’t waterproof anymore, lacks a microSD card slot and doesn’t have a removable battery either. These aren’t deal-breakers, if you ask me, and even if they’re important to you, you should still give the handset a chance.

The frontal part of the Galaxy S6 is occupied by a splendid 5.1 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, a pixel density of 577 ppi and is protected, as I previously mentioned, by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4. As you were probably expecting, we’re dealing with an excellent screen that will deliver some gorgeous colors, a wonderful contrast, some extremely wide viewing angles and a stellar sunlight legibility. What more can you ask, really?

In terms of user interface, the Samsung Galaxy S6 comes loaded with the latest and greatest from Android, Lollipop v5.0.2, which was tweaked with the company’s proprietary TouchWiz launcher. It has been simplified by Samsung and has nothing to do with the annoying lag that occurred before, and also features some new additions, which are most welcome and don’t burden the user experience by any means. The lockscreen greets you with the date and time, two shortcuts for the dialer and camera, weather info and also displays two notifications. Beyond the lockscreen is the homescreen, which hasn’t been changed too much; you now have support for themes for customizing the appearance by changing the icons and wallpaper and they can also add ringtones. The notification area is almost the same as before, displaying the notifications, a brightness slider, buttons for S Finder and Quick Connect, and a row with the quick toggles.
All in all, the interface has been significantly improved, running as smooth as it gets. You’ll surely befriend it quick and enjoy its offerings.

At the hardware department, the Samsung Galaxy S6 comes packed with an Exynos 7420 64-bit chipset, having a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor and a quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 processor, Mali-T760 GPU, 3 GB of RAM and comes in three versions, with 32, 64 or 128 GB of internal storage. There’s no card slot on board, so you can’t expand the memory with a microSD card. In terms of performance, the handset is truly impressive and will deliver a flawless user experience, mark my words. Gone are the days when lagging came around to ruin your day, the S6 has nothing to do with anything like that and will charm you the moment you’ll get the chance of browsing through it and admiring its capabilities.

The Galaxy S6 is also well set in terms of connectivity. It comes packed with support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, LTE Cat. 6, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP and LE, NFC, microUSB 2.0 with Quick Charge 2.0 and MHL 3.0. There’s also an Infra-Red port for enabling you to remote control your home appliances.

For taking pictures, the Galaxy S6 features a 16 megapixels snapper that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 5312 x 2988 pixels and features optical image stabilization, a LED flash and more. The camera application is rich in features, among these being manual settings for adjusting the white balance, focus, ISO or exposure compensation, HDR, Panorama and more. The Galaxy S6 is an excellent performer when it comes to taking pictures and will deliver some gorgeous results, with accurate and beautiful colors, a great amount of resolved detail and very good contrast.
The video camera is also an impressive performer and will produce some excellent 4K videos.
A 5 MP front-facing camera is also on board for taking some nice selfies or making video calls.

Some other cool and useful features that are on board the Galaxy S6 are two excellent browsers for surfing the web (the Android one and Google Chrome), OneDrive for cloud storage (you get 100 free GB), Skype, OneNote, S Health for tracking your exercising or health data, Google Now as a personal assistant, S Voice for receiving voice commands, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps and much, much more.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with a 2,550 mAh battery inside and will endure two days under a moderate usage.

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