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Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge – Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

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Samsung may have just re-written the book on how to reboot a flagship product. With the plastic Samsung Galaxy S5, many expected and indeed cried out for Samsung to take a bigger step with the S6, demanding a more premium device in every sense of the word.

With the Samsung Galaxy S6 & Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the company have lived up to demands and some by completely overhauling the design and internals of their flagship device.

Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 edge Design

The removable plastic backs are gone (at last!)  There’s been a complete redesign with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge now sporting a full-metal body and Corning Gorilla Glass back. It looks and feels sublime.

With a new curved screen, the Galaxy S6 Edge variant of the flagship houses a unique design, providing a solid grip and an immersive viewing experience with the world’s first three sided display, being curved on both sides. This looks great and the new design, according to Samsung required first-of-its-kind glass crafting technology to pull it off.

When I initially heard rumours about the edge-like design, I wasn’t keen but in this new full metal and glass body, I actually favour it to the regular design and it feels a lot lighter than I anticipated.

Both variants pack a 5.1-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 (577 ppi)

Wireless Charging

Andy Griffiths, President of Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland stated: “With the all new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung is offering what’s next in mobility, along with a new standard to drive the global mobile agenda.”

To me the above references my favourite new feature of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and that’s the awesome WPC and PMA wireless charging. The great thing about the wireless feature is that it works with any wireless pad available in the market that supports the WPC/PMA standard.

Yes the S6 and S6 Edge still come with wired charging but this has now been improved with a ‘super charging’ feature. I’m yet to test this, but according to Samsung, from just 10 minutes of charging at the socket, you’ll have 3-4 hours of juice to keep you going. That’s handy!

Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 edge Camera and Video Recording

The camera is pretty nifty, with both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge equipped with the revolutionary F1.9 lenses and a new high-resolution sensor on both the back 16MP camera and back 5MP camera. This gives a sharper image in low-light situations.

At the Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge launch, an example was given showing the results of a photo taken by an iPhone 6 next to one taken by a Samsung Galaxy S6- both in low-light conditions. Obviously, the S6 showed a remarkable difference; however Apple could dispute the actual fairness and accuracy of this ‘test’.

But here’s the main reason I love playing with this camera. We’ve all been in the situation where you’ve reached for your phone in a rush to capture a once in the life time photo opportunity (mine was my 5 second encounter with Paul Weller in Soho) In such a situation,   you have literally seconds to capture the moment but by the time you whip out your phone, unlock it and open the camera app… Moment’s gone! Fear not, with the Galaxy S6 you won’t miss a thing with new Quick Launch, which allows you to access the camera app in an alleged 0.7 seconds!

You can also now shoot video in glorious 4K and the app works and feels very much the same as the Note 4.

Incorporating Popular Aspects of the Samsung Galaxy S5

You’ll still find the heart rate sensor on the back of the S6 & S6 Edge, working just the same as before. The fingerprint scanner round the front however has been greatly improved. This time around, Samsung has completely rethought the inner-workings of the scanner and it works much better than the one found the previous flagship and even better than more recent models such as the Alpha, Note 4, and Note Edge.

Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 edge Internals and Operating System

Both the S6 and S6 Edge house the best Samsung technology to date. The new flagships integrate the most advanced, cutting-edge core technology available to date with the world’s first 14nm mobile processor along with working on a 64-bit platform. The new LPDDR4 memory system combined with UFS 2.0 flash memory provides a higher performance, enhanced memory speed and lower power consumption, so it’s perfect for operating on the latest Android 5.2 Lollipop update. 

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy S6 impresses from the first time you hold it in your hand and the S6 Edge variant makes a unique impression at first glance. It’s so refreshing to see an end to the removable plastic back on the previous Galaxy range and the wireless charging is more than welcome in 2015. The S6 generation is an upgrade in every sense of the word.The only way is S6!

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