I’ve long since been a fan of the Galaxy S line since the beginning. Samsung has faced some
adversity recently. Declined sales. Criticism for not using premium materials and having
inconsistent software experience. Samsung needed a killer flagship for 2015 and that is
exactly what they have delivered. This phone feels like they literally went back to the drawing
board and decided to rebuild it from scratch. We’ve grown accustomed to one or two major
upgrades with minor evolutionary upgrades sprinkled in here and there but the S6 is one of
the biggest single iteration leaps that I can remember. In my opinion, this phone is definitely
worth a one year upgrade if you can afford it. Although there are a few, I have listed my
favorite upgrades below.
Samsung completely revamped the design of last year’s Galaxy S5. The S6 features
aluminum around the edges and Gorilla Glass 4 on both the front and back a
definite upgrade and a complete 180 degrees turn away from the typical plastic that we’ve become
accustomed to from the Galaxy S line. The device is thin and gorgeous. There are a couple
drawbacks that may turn off some users. Gone are the removable battery and memory card
slot. Samsung is betting that consumers will value the sleek new design over those two
practical features. I tend to agree when it comes to the removable battery. The fast charge
works so quickly that I have not felt the need for a spare battery. The memory card slot on
the other hand I would’ve loved for them to squeeze it in somewhere but I guess that’s the
price you pay for beauty. Still 32, 64 and 128 GB versions are available for those that
absolutely must have more storage.
Last year Samsung debuted their version of the fingerprint scanner on the S5. For the most
part it seemed to work fine however it required swiping your finger across the home button
which made it a little awkward to use with one hand. This time around Samsung has hit a
home run with the fingerprint scanner. I was able to set up fingerprints for my thumbs and
index fingers on both hands in less than 5 minutes. There is no more swiping required. All
you have to do is put your registered finger on the home button and voila the device does the
rest. After a couple weeks of using the fingerprint scanner I have come to the conclusion that
it simply works. Every single time!
Sammy didn’t just focus on hardware upgrades. They also focused on refining the software
experience as well. The user interface, dubbed Touchwiz has had a love/hate relationship
with Galaxy series owners for some time. It’s been known to pack tons of added features and
some of what many would call gimmicks however it’s caught the most flack for being a little
inconsistent at times. This time around, the software feels much lighter and more efficient.
Rather than completely dominating the OS it actually seems to complement Android Lollipop’s
Material Design language. Navigating from one screen to the next is fast and the multitasking
is very smooth as well. It’s not just the user interface that has been updated however.
Samsung apps such as S Health, the stock email app and the stock internet browser app
have all been improved as well. Even the Samsung Keyboard (which I’ve never been a fan
of) feels much more user friendly and accurate. Oh yeah, remember the annoying water
(bloop) sounds that were turned on by default? Gone! The default sound is much more
subtle and because of that I’ve actually decided not to turn it off as I would in the past.
Feel free to comment on your experiences or thoughts about Samsung's new flagship.
See you soon,
Product Ambassador Team
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