Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

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Introduction

Samsung is currently the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world, however, many aren’t aware that it had recently lost its crown to Apple — its arch rival. That was mainly due to the low number of sales of its last year’s flagship device, the Galaxy S5, and Apple introducing two new iPhones with large screen displays. The biggest let down of the Galaxy S5 was its hideous design and Samsung’s bad choice of materials; it didn’t feel premium at all and the back of the device literally looked like a golf ball (or a band-aid).

Now, don’t get me wrong. The GS5 wasn’t a bad smartphone, it was an excellent smartphone with a bad design and cheap-feeling build quality. And, that’s where the Korean firm’s competitors had an advantage. Flagship devices from other OEMs had a similar spec sheet, a better design, and a similar or lower price point than the Samsung’s offering.

For 2015, Samsung needed a revolutionary device, not for the smartphone industry, but for its own Galaxy brand; instead of one, it gave us two: the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. We are going to take a look at the Galaxy S6 right now, and the S6 edge in a separate piece.

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Design

Let’s start with the design. The Galaxy S6 features a design language never seen before from the Korean giant. For the first time ever, Samsung decided not to go with plastic as its build material of choice, instead it went with an entire metal and glass construction. As per the company, it’s using a special metal frame on the device, which is 50% stronger than the metal in other high-end smartphones, and it features the toughest glass to date — Gorilla Glass 4 — on both the front and back of the smartphone.

I haven’t done any aggressive drop or scratch tests on the Galaxy S6, but I have been using the device without a case since more than a month now, and it’s still in excellent condition with no scratches on the glass or any chips on the metal frame. So far, the new materials seem durable enough, nevertheless, only time will tell if the GS6 will age faster than its plastic predecessors or not. One thing’s for sure though, the new metal and glass build will be more vulnerable to drops, so you’re more likely to crack or dent your phone if you drop it, than you would have with a plastic build. If you drop your smartphones way often than you should, you would definitely need to put a case on this thing.

The rounded metal frame, in combination with two sheets of glass, gives a look and feel of an almost unibody design, which makes the device very comfortable to hold. Also, the metal is a bit recessed on both sides of the frame which help increase the grip of the device. At 6.8mm and 138g, it’s very thin and light.

From the front, the GS6 looks very similar to its predecessor, some might even confuse one for the other. Under the display, we have our home button, a recents app button, and a back button. Over the display, we have our front-facing camera sensor, proximity and ambient light sensors, a notification LED, and the speaker grille. At the back, we have our main camera module, a heart-rate sensor, and an LED flash. Due to such a thin design, the camera lens protrudes quite a bit, and is prone to scratch and get smashed upon a drop.

In terms of port and button placement, Samsung has done some major changes here. The headphone jack and the loudspeaker has been moved to the bottom of the device. There are now two separate volume buttons, which have been moved a bit higher up the frame than their usual position, so people don’t accidentally press the power button while pressing the volume keys and vice versa. And, to give some company to the lonely power button, the OEM has shifted the SIM slot from underneath the battery door to the right side of the frame. While we are talking about buttons, the volume and power button have a very solid tactile feel to them, they don’t feel flimsy like their previous generations.

Before the Galaxy S6, Samsung always went with a function over form strategy, it would sacrifice design over features; this time it’s doing the complete opposite. To accomplish this bold and gorgeous design, Samsung had to make a few major sacrifices. For instance, the battery cover is now no longer removable, the battery is not user-replaceable, there isn’t a microSD card slot available for expandable storage, and the IP67 water and dust-resistant certification has been removed as well — a feature which made its debut with the Galaxy S5. To compensate for removing the MicroSD card and making the battery not user-replaceable, the Korean firm did add some alternative features, but they aren’t true substitutes to the removed ones (I’ll explain these features further down the review).

Just like with the design, Samsung has also experimented with the paint job of its flagship device. The Galaxy S6 comes in a variety of jewel-tone colours — White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Blue Topaz — which beautifully complement the design, and simply look spectacular. The glass incorporates a special micro-optic colour layer that gives the colour a shifting ability. For example, depending on how the light reflects the device, the Black Sapphire variant sometimes looks black, sometimes blue, and sometimes even purple. I think it looks pretty cool and unique, it’s nothing like I have ever seen before on a smartphone.

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Display

The Galaxy S6 sports a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, exactly the same size as its predecessor, but not the same panel. The new display boasts an impressive Quad HD (2560x1440) resolution, which means it has 78% more pixels than its Full HD (1920x1080) counterpart. I know some of you have probably already done the math, but if you haven’t, that’s more than 3.2 million pixels in the palm of our hands. That’s a lot of pixels! Combining such a high resolution with a 5.1-inch panel gives a pixel density of 577ppi — as of now, highest in the entire world. Now you’re probably thinking, didn’t the Note 4 and Galaxy S5 LTE-A also feature a QHD resolution display? You’re right, they did. But, the Note 4 packed a larger 5.7-inch screen, which gave it a pixel density of 518ppi, which is a bit lower, compared to the GS6. And, the GS6 is using a much better and newer panel than the Galaxy S5 LTE-A.

If you’re the kind of person who does a lot of late night reading on your smartphone before going to sleep, you’ll be happy to hear that the Korean giant’s latest AMOLED tech features a Super Dim Mode which takes the brightness down to 2 cd/㎡, which means you can now easily read your twitter timeline or an article on a website without straining your eyes in dark environments. Just like the company has a Super Dimming Mode for the night, it has a Super Bright mode for the day. But, you can’t manually activate it, as it’s meant for outdoors and is extremely bright for regular indoor use. Also, it won’t work if you have manually set the brightness of the display, you have to use auto-brightness for this particular feature to work, it will then automatically trigger itself. 

Moreover, Samsung allows the user to tweak colours of the display — under settings — according to personal preference. There are a total of four screen modes: Adapt display, AMOLED cinema, AMOLED photo and Basic. By default, the screen mode is set to Adapt display, which automatically optimises the colour range, saturation, and sharpness of the display. However, it’s not 100% colour accurate; it’s a tad over-saturated. Now, i’m not saying a bit of over-saturation is bad, I personally prefer it, and many of the customers would do as well because that’s what makes the display pop. However, if you’re the kind of person who likes his colours true-to-life, maybe you’re a professional photographer, then simply change the colour profile to Basic, and you’re golden.

Watching any type of content on this AMOLED display is simply breath taking. The display is sharp, features fantastic viewing angles with no colour-shifting whatsoever, and produces deep blacks, bright whites and vibrant, punchy colours. Samsung has truly made the world’s best smartphone display, period.

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Software

Software has never been a strong suit for Samsung, yet it’s the most important aspect of a smartphone. This time around, the Korean manufacturer’s main priority was to make it intuitive and simpler. It has literally rethought the entire thing and has built it from the ground up, hence the codename of the device: Project Zero.

The first thing you get to experience on your brand spanking new Galaxy S6 is the initial setup, and the user experience is simply fantastic. Android smartphone manufacturers usually never get this right, because it’s a mixture of three frameworks: core device settings, Google services, and OEM features and services, when combining them into a single setup, the user experience suffers. Nevertheless, the Korean giant has finally got it right; from selecting your language, choosing your Wi-Fi network, setting up your fingerprint, to signing into your Google and Samsung account (which you can now log into with your Google account as well), it’s flawless. In addition to that, It also allows the user to restore core data — like call logs, messages, wallpaper, etc — from its old Galaxy device to the new one, using Samsung account.

The overall look and feel of the interface is still very similar to the one found on the Galaxy S5 and the Note 4 running the new Lollipop update, and that’s understandable. Samsung has a huge user base, a significant change to the user interface would result in a big learning curve for previous customers upgrading to the new flagship. To be honest, the Korean giant’s user interface was never bad, especially after the Lollipop upgrade. It just needed a few tweaks here and there, and had to get scrubbed by a professional cleaner. And, it has finally received the treatment and attention it deserved.

To enhance the user experience, Samsung is using a Material Design-esque, flat, colourful interface with squarish, natural icons. Company’s own proprietary system applications have received a complete design overhaul as well, they are now easy to use and simply look stunning, especially the new card-based UI in S Health. The only annoying thing about them is that some of the apps go fullscreen and hide the statusbar, which creates inconsistency and disturbs the user experience.

Furthermore, Samsung’s engineers replaced abstract icons with clear, precise text; removed unnecessary options from the menus and settings; and reduced the number of useless system prompts a person gets before actually doing something useful. Plus, the use of animations throughout the OS makes the software feel connected and alive. I also really like how the clock and calendar app icons update in real-time with the actual time and date; contributing to the liveliness of the system.

Let’s talk about the infamous bloatware now. Most of it gone, some of it is here, and there are a few new additions. The OS is now free from all the Samsung hubs, majority of the gimmicky features, and the company’s own S branded applications — except S Voice, S Health and S Planner. However, if there’s an S branded app which you regularly use, you can still download it from the Galaxy App store. The carrier bloatware still exists, and it’s here to stay, because that’s a revenue stream for Samsung. Having said that, if you only buy unbranded (SIM free) devices, you don’t have to worry about that. To make amends for removing their own useless apps, the company is now bundling a few of Microsoft’s applications — OneDrive, OneNote, and Skype — on its devices; again a revenue stream for Samsung.

Unfortunately, while removing unnecessary features, engineers got a bit carried away and removed some very useful features. For example, one-handed mode and Toolbox don’t exist anymore, I can’t change the view of my settings to tab or icon mode, I can’t disable pop-up view, there’s no setting for screen mirroring — only a toggle, and, until I received the Android 5.1.1 update, I couldn’t even sort my apps alphabetically. Which is still kinda broken, as whenever a new application is installed, it goes to the last page of the app drawer. So every time I install a new application, I have to press the A-Z toggle to sort that particular application alphabetically.

Multi-Window, Samsung’s flagship multi-tasking feature has been highly improved as well. To access it, instead of long pressing the back button, we now have to long press the recent apps button. Previously, when you activated the multi-window feature, a floating app tray used to appear on the side of the display from where you could select the apps you wanted to run in split-screen mode. Now, instead of a floating app tray, the screen itself splits into two parts, with one part showing all the supported applications (you can also choose an application which is already running in the background through the recents panel), and the other part being blank waiting for you to select your first split-screen app. I have always liked the concept behind Samsung’s Multi-Window feature, and now it’s even better. It’s faster, responsive, and resizes all supported applications perfectly. If you think you are a multi-tasking professional and would like to run more than two apps at once, Korean firm’s Pop-up view feature is at your disposal. Pop-up view allows the user to run more than two applications at once, however, once it reaches the RAM limit, it will start closing the apps automatically — more on RAM management a bit later.

Moreover, Samsung added a new Smart Manager which provides an overview of the status of the device’s battery, storage, RAM, and system security. Battery section allows you to monitor battery statistics and enable power saving mode. For storage and RAM, Samsung has partnered with Clean Master, you can clean up unnecessary files and stop applications from running in the background. Cleaning junk files is useful, stopping background processes is harmful. The Korean manufacturer has also teamed up with McAfee for the security of the device, but it’s not that useful as It only scans for malware, which you’re device is very unlikely to get injected with. Honestly, I only used this app once, on the day I got the smartphone itself, afterwards I forgot it even existed. Same is likely to happen to you, so don’t worry about it too much.

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Themes, Fingerprint sensor

THEMES

Yes, you read that right. Themes. TouchWiz themes. The Korean giant is giving its customers the ability to truly make the Galaxy S6 their own, by bringing its theme engine, which made its debut with the company’s Galaxy A series, to its latest flagship smartphone. And, it’s not just about changing the icons and the wallpaper, i’m talking about full blown customisation. For example, if you apply a theme it will literally take over the entire operating system, from the keyboard, sounds, lockscreen, icons, wallpapers, to the interface of Samsung’s own applications. Samsung’s theme engine literally customises the system to its roots, except the boot screen. The only thing wrong with it is that whenever I apply a theme to the system, it slows down the smartphone, everything starts to lag, and it takes at least a few minutes until the system finally settles down again. Pro tip: To avoid the lag, reboot your Galaxy S6 after applying a theme.

By default, the Galaxy S6 only comes with the stock TouchWiz theme, and with a placeholder of two downloadable themes: Pink and Space. Don’t worry, you have access to a lot more variety than only those three themes, thanks to Samsung for developing a store dedicated entirely to themes. Moreover, the Korean firm has opened its theme engine SDK to 3rd party developers so they can create custom themes as well, and submit it to the theme store.

Speaking of customisation, users can now also change the layout of their homescreen to a 4x5 or 5x5 grid, which will allow them to fit in more widgets and app shortcuts on a single page. This will help reduce the total number of home pages on their screen, which means less scrolling.  What I don’t like about this particular feature is that it doesn’t emulate your homescreen grid size of choice to the app drawer, so no matter what layout you choose, the app drawer remains in a 4x5 grid. Samsung has also introduced a new wallpaper motion effect, also known as the Parallax effect in iOS, which fetches positional data from a wide array of sensors like the accelerometer, gyroscope and the compass, and moves the wallpaper accordingly. It creates an illusion of depth on the homescreen, it simulates the wallpaper and widgets and icons as two separate layers, so the icons and widgets look as if they were floating on top of the wallpaper. I loved this feature on my iPad and always wanted it on my Android smartphone, now I finally have it.

FINGERPRINT SCANNER

Galaxy S5 was Samsung’s first device to incorporate a fingerprint scanner, but it was a swipe-based sensor which required the user to swipe the entire pad of his finger, from base to tip, across the home key to register the fingerprint properly. The implementation wasn’t that great, and caused a lot of frustration to the user whenever the sensor didn’t recognise the fingerprint properly.

On the Galaxy S6, the fingerprint scanner is still integrated into the home button, however, this time the Korean giant is using a touch-based sensor, which is very similar to Apple’s TouchID on its iOS devices. You no longer need to place the finger at a certain angle to get it to work, it works at any angle. For better accuracy, Samsung has also slightly increased the size of the home button. The company has finally got the fingerprint scanner right this time, It’s a significant improvement over the last generation, it’s actually remarkable.

In terms of software, Samsung has brought back all the legacy features from previous flagship devices to the Galaxy S6 including fingerprint unlock, web sign-in, Samsung account verification, private mode, and PayPal authentication. Moreover, it will work with Samsung’s upcoming Samsung Pay service as well.

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Camera

Samsung’s flagship smartphones have always taken great images and videos, however, the Galaxy S6 takes it to the next level, both, in terms of hardware and software. The device boasts a 16 megapixel rear-facing camera sensor with an aperture of f/1.9, OIS (optical-image-stabilisation), Auto Real-time HDR, object tracking autofocus, 4K video recording, and a ton of software modes for example Auto, Pro, Virtual shot, Selective focus, Slow motion, Fast motion, and plenty more which can be downloaded. Most of these shooting modes were present on the Galaxy S5 as well, however, the Pro mode is completely new and unique to the Galaxy S6. Imagine having control over ISO sensitivity, exposure value, white balance, focal length, and colour tone, that’s exactly what the Pro mode offers the shooter, and it’s fantastic. On previous Galaxy devices, I hardly used to use any shooting modes except Auto, but now I find myself using the Pro mode way more often. Furthermore, there’s a new built-in Infrared sensor which is used to detect white balance.

Samsung has improved the user interface by making it super easy, all of the camera controls are now right in front for the user, no more need to fiddle around with the settings just to access a feature, the controls are also labelled as well for better recognisability. Furthermore, the camera app can be accessed by doubling tapping the home button and you can capture a moment in less than a second, the Korean manufacturer is able to achieve these speeds by keeping the app running in the background constantly — it never gets killed. Now, that’s what Samsung says, but due to the RAM management bug, it does get killed and sometimes takes ages to load. Nevertheless, once that’s fixed, you should be able to open the app and capture an image in 0.7 seconds, just like advertised.

Quality-wise, the Galaxy S6 has one of the best cameras in a smartphone, it’s simply exceptional. And, that’s mainly due to the lower-aperture of the lens and improved post-processing. Thanks to the f/1.9 aperture, more light enters into the lens which generates a much brighter, less noisier image with rich colours and more depth of field, especially in low-light conditions. Speaking of colours, the company’s post-processing does overdo the contrast a tiny bit, but it’s not that big of a deal and is actually pleasing to the eye. Also, I really like how easy it is to change the exposure, while focusing on an object — a feature taken from iOS. Real-time HDR is also a very neat new feature, depending on the lighting, it automatically enables or disabled HDR and gives a live preview of the effect before even taking the actual picture, and it really helps brighten up a low-light scene. In low-light situations, I have noticed the colours to be on the yellow side of the spectrum, however, it’s not that bad, considering the noise level is down.

Just like pictures, the device shoots amazing video as well with plenty of resolutions to choose from, for example 4K (3840x2160, 30FPS, 48MB/s), Full HD (1920x1080, 60FPS, 28MB/s), Full HD (1920x1080, 30FPS, 17MB/s), HD (1280x720, 30FPS, 12MB/s), and more. It can also shoot slow motion video in 720p HD at 120FPS (48MB/s). One thing which really impressed me was the autofocus while recording video, the sensor was quickly able to focus on objects with not much of a delay. The only two gripes I have about the camera is that I can’t shoot 4K video for more than 5 minutes and I can’t shoot pictures in RAW, using the stock camera app.

These days the front-facing camera is as important as the rear-facing main camera, and the Galaxy S6’s secondary camera sensor doesn’t disappoint at all. It’s a 5 megapixel sensor, a significant upgrade over its precursor, with an aperture of f/1.9, Real-time HDR, Low Light Shot, and a 120-degree wide-angle lens. Just like the rear-facing camera, the front-facing camera has an amazing set of features as well. For instance, the f/1.9 aperture allows me to take bright, sharp pictures in low-light conditions, the Low Light Shot features captures a bunch of pictures at a single shot and combines them to make the brightest image, and the wide-angle lens helps me include more people into my world-class selfie shot. 

Checkout Galaxy S6's camera samples here.

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Performance

Device performance is a combination of hardware and software. Let’s talk about the hardware first. Before the launch of the Galaxy S6, there were numerous rumours about Samsung dropping Qualcomm’s silicon for its own in-house Exynos SoC. That was mainly due to the thermal issues with Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 810 processor. Many were a bit skeptical about Samsung’s Exynos CPUs, because they weren’t doing well in the company’s previous flagship devices like the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Note 4, and more. You are probably thinking right now, didn’t those devices ship with a Qualcomm processor? They did. Well, most of them. In the past, the Korean firm used to produce a few Exynos-based variants of all of its previous flagship devices as well for some countries, mainly Asian countries.

At the end, the rumours turned out to be true and Samsung did swap out Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor for its very own Exynos one — Exynos 7420, to be exact — for all variants. It’s the world’s first 14nm-based, 64-bit, octa-core processor. And, it’s paired with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM, which is 50% faster than LPDDR3 and has double the memory bandwidth; a new UFS 2.0 flash storage technology, which provides faster read and write speeds to the internal storage over eMMC 5.0 / 5.1. If you don’t understand any of this, it simply means that the hardware is marvellous, and is capable of delivering impeccable performance.

UFS 2.0 is also one of the reasons why there isn’t any microSD card slot on the Galaxy S6, because it uses a new type of memory controller which isn’t compatible with microSD cards. Furthermore, a microSD card has significantly low read and write speeds than UFS 2.0, which would have resulted in a performance bottleneck. Initially, I was a bit heart-broken that Samsung had removed the microSD card slot from the Galaxy S6, as I always used to carry my local music and pictures on my 64GB class 10 microSD card. Because, whenever I used to switch devices, I simply used to take out the microSD card from my old device and put it inside the new one. This way I didn’t had to copy all the media to my new device, which would take ages. However, this change made me backup all my pictures to the cloud, and use Spotify for my music. As an alternative to having no microSD card slot, Samsung bumped the base internal storage from 16GB to 32GB and is giving away 100GB of cloud storage on Microsoft’s OneDrive for free.

Now, back to the performance of device. No matter how much RAM or CPU cores you have, if the software isn’t well optimised, it would result in a bad user experience. And, that’s exactly what’s been happening with the Korean firm’s previous flagship devices; top-notch hardware, bundled with poorly optimised software. Having said that, I’m pleased to let you know that Samsung has finally managed to eliminate most of the infamous TouchWiz lag. Either it really started optimising its software, or this is because of the new UFS 2.0 flash storage technology. Whatever it is, it has made the Galaxy S6, Samsung’s most responsive smartphone to date. The recents app panel used to lag before the Android 5.1.1 update, however, after the update that lag is gone. The device is insanely fast, and doesn’t break a sweat while performing any CPU and GPU extensive tasks.

Performance-wise, Galaxy S6’s biggest problem is RAM management. The system is unable to keep background running applications in memory for long, so it’s constantly killing them. So whenever the user opens an app, it takes more time for it to load, which in outcome creates lag. The worst part of this bug is that it can’t even keep the TouchWiz launcher in memory, which makes the system redraw the launcher whenever I press the home button, as it gets killed by the LowMemoryKiller (Android’s RAM police). This issue is also responsible for the tiny bit of TouchWiz lag that remains.

The issue is mainly caused by excessive memory leak, which is a bug introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop by Google. Although, Google fixed it with the Android 5.1.1 update, but in Samsung’s version of 5.1.1, the issue still persists. I would blame both Google and Samsung for this mess. I just hope the Korean giant is able to fix this problem real soon, because, except this major issue, i’m very satisfied with Samsung’s software.

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Call quality, Battery life

CALL QUALITY / SPEAKER

It doesn’t matter if a smartphone is equipped with a never-ending battery or comes with super powers, if it can’t handle phone calls properly, it’s a bad mobile phone. Fortunately, the Galaxy S6 isn’t a bad mobile phone and handles phone calls like a champ. It comes with a pretty loud and clear internal speaker and two microphones. The secondary microphone does a splendid job of cancelling out background noise, and the device performs really well in loud environments. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a never-ending battery or any kind of super powers.

As mentioned before, the Korean firm has moved the main primary speaker from the back of the device to the bottom, alongside the microUSB port and the headphone jack. And, this time around, it has actually fitted the device with a really good, loudspeaker. The sound might crackle a bit at the highest volume, but considering it’s just a single speaker, it’s absolutely fine — much better than before. However, while using the smartphone in landscape mode, the hand covers up the speaker which is really annoying sometimes.

BATTERY LIFE

Samsung’s latest flagship packs a 2550 mAh lithium-ion battery, which is 9% smaller than its predecessor, yet sports a display with a much, much higher-resolution and a more powerful eight-core processor. Considering the size of the battery, It shouldn’t even last us a couple of hours, but yet it still manages to get me through an entire day. How’s that possible, you may ask? Well, the word here is: efficiency. Even though the Galaxy S6’s display has significantly more pixels, its processor has four additional cores, they both consume less energy than their counterparts. Moreover, the new LPDDR4 RAM and UFS 2.0 flash storage are both more energy efficient than their forerunners as well. In simple terms, the updated hardware components are very powerful, and at the same time energy efficient as well — it’s the best of both worlds.

Initially, I was getting terrible battery life with the Galaxy S6, It couldn’t even get me through an entire day on a single charge with 2 / 2.5 hours of screen-on time. However, after a few days, I started to notice a significant improvement in battery performance. I was no longer charging it two times a day, it was easily lasting me an entire day with 4 / 4.5 hours of screen-on time, sometimes even closer to 5 hours. Now, it won’t be the same for you because battery performance depends entirely on usage, your usage might be higher or lower than mine. Just for reference, with the exact same usage on the Galaxy S5, I wasn’t getting a day of use out of it, I had to always charge it two times a day.

To get the most out of your charge, there are two kinds of power saving modes available on the Galaxy S6 as well. One is your traditional power saving mode, which limits the maximum performance, reduces screen brightness and frame rate and turns off the touch key light. The second one is a bit special, it applies a simplified greyscale theme to the home screen, so the AMOLED display consumes less energy, limits the number of usable apps, and turns off a lot more things. It’s called, Ultra Power Saving Mode. It can’t be set to automatically turn on when the battery falls a certain level, while the other one can. During my testing, I saw significant improvements in battery performance while having them enabled.

Just to remind you, the Galaxy S6 doesn’t have a user replaceable battery, so you can’t swap out one battery for the other, like you could on previous Galaxy devices (due to design restrictions). As a compensation, Samsung included Fast Charging which charges the device to 50% in 30 minutes, and Wireless Charging which supports both Qi and PMA wireless charging standards, so it works with all the wireless charging pads out there. I’m a big fan of fast charging, I would like more devices to support this technology. On the other hand, I find wireless charging to be extremely slow, I like the concept behind it though, so I usually end up disconnecting the power cable from my wireless charger and inserting it directly into the phone itself.

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Verdict

With the Galaxy S6, Samsung has given its customers exactly what they wanted, albeit sacrificing a few of its major selling points in the process. Samsung’s latest flagship is nothing like what I have  ever seen from the company in the past, it has given the Galaxy brand the long-awaited reboot it needed to keep itself relevant in the mobile industry. The device is a combination of innovations, from the design to its powerful and power efficient hardware components, most of them being the world’s first in a smartphone.

Altogether, the Korean giant has done a stellar job with the Galaxy S6, it’s a true successor to its predecessor, the Galaxy S5, in almost all departments. I’m highly impressed with the design and build quality of the smartphone, It’s something we have been desiring for a long time from Samsung, it’s now finally worthy of the heft price tag the Korean giant charges for its flagship devices. With such a high-res, beautiful AMOLED display panel, immersion is guaranteed. Furthermore, the device is easily lasting me an entire day with a relatively small 2550 mAh battery and a display with a Quad HD resolution, this is a real breakthrough right here. Also, you can get rid of your compact cameras now, because this thing packs phenomenal camera sensors with excellent post-processing algorithms and plenty of software modes for almost every situation.

I also like what Samsung has done with the latest version of TouchWiz. It features a intuitive and simple user experience, beautifully designed stock applications, clean and simple settings, and theming capabilities. It’s much, much better than before, however, there’s still room for improvement. But, one thing's for sure, this is the best version of TouchWiz to date. In terms of performance, I don’t have any issues with it, except the RAM management bug, which I hope will be fixed soon. This beast can handle anything with ease.

If you’re due an upgrade or just on the look outs for a high-end Android smartphone, and don’t care about the device not packing a user-replaceable battery and a microSD card slot, I would recommend you to get the Galaxy S6. You simply can’t go wrong with this thing, it’s easily one of the best smartphones money can buy right now. However, if you’re someone who can’t use a mobile device without a removable battery and a microSD card slot, look out for my LG G4 review!

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