REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S6

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“Great equipment to keep you connected in the digital world”

I’ve been using the new Samsung Galaxy S6 for about two weeks and I am convinced that it is a great piece of equipment to keep one connected in the digital space.

In short, Samsung finally has a premium smartphone to take its main rivals head-on.

However, I feel that the South Korean manufacturer has been influenced by iPhone when it comes to the design of the Samsung Galaxy S6.

That said, the Samsung Galaxy S6 has a dazzling design. I love it.

I also fell in love with the Gorilla Glass 4, which came in Black Sapphire for the Galaxy S6 that I was reviewing, that provides a beautifully crafted glass body. This enabled the phone to produce a unique visual texture as it reflects natural light.

So far I have accidentally dropped the phone twice, but it survived intact.

The Galaxy S6 comes with the F1.9 lenses and high resolution sensors on both front (5MP) and rear (16MP) cameras provide the most superior image quality in a smartphone, even in the dark.

I was impressed by both the front and the rear camera, which takes fast, quality, vivid, superior and beautiful images.

The “Quick Launch” feature was a plus as it provided me with a fast and direct access to the camera from any screen in just seconds. It also boasts features like virtual shot, fast and slow motion, which are likely to be a hit with users that like taking quality images while on the go.

The screen resolution is just out of this world.

Furthermore, I was amazed by the wider selfie features on the phone, which generate vivid and quality images.

This is a huge plus for Galaxy S6 as most South Africans love to spend their time taking images and sharing them with friends and families on social media platforms. This will be a powerful draw card for potential customers.

I must confess, the more I used the Galaxy S6 the more I felt that my Samsung Galaxy S5 was out-dated. Besides it is less expensive with underlying chromed plastic construction.

The Galaxy S6 is faster and the battery life lasted longer than I expected. I was completely taken in by the wireless charging.

The devices work with any wireless pad available in the market. It also sports incredibly fast wired charging, 1.5 times faster than the Galaxy S5, providing about four hours of usage after only 10 minutes of charging.

Samsung has created an outstanding smartphone with a careful design finished in high quality materials.

It is also great that the Galaxy S6 comes with the upgraded Samsung KNOX, end-to-end secure mobile platform, offering defence-grade features for real-time protection from potential malicious attacks.

This also comes with a Find My Mobile app for securing lost devices and protects personal information through a number of services, including the all new remotely controlled Reactivation Lock.

The handset has a 5.1inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen that offers the highest pixel display.

The phone comes with the world’s first 14nm mobile processor with 64-bit platform, new LPDDR4 memory system and UFS 2.0 flash memory that provides higher performance and enhance memory speed with lower power consumption.

The call quality on the Galaxy S6 is very good.

Like the Galaxy S5, the phone also comes with a download booster feature that allows the device to download large files (over 30MB in size) faster using a Wi-Fi connection and mobile data connection simultaneously.

It also has S Health 4.0 feature, an upgraded health app, Quick Connect, Private Mode, S Finder, S Voice and Sound Alive+.

It also include Google Mobile services and apps such as Chrome, Drive, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube.

The phone also includes Microsoft’s OneDrive 115GB for two years and OneNote apps preinstalled.

However, I was disappointed that the phone doesn’t have a micro SD slot and removable battery.

That said, the Galaxy S6 is on par with high-end rivals such as iPhone.

All in all, I actually like the design of the Galaxy S6 with its beautifully crafted glass body.

Aces

  • smart design
  • crafted glass body
  • best screen experience
  • great processor
  • Find My Mobile app for securing lost devices
  • light, fast, brilliant camera, amazing screen
  • wireless charging, fingerprint scanner
  • Great ‘wide selfie’ feature

Cons

  • no removable battery
  • no Micro SD slot

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