Analytics apps would give Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge more enterprise heft

27 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge On Sale, But Best S6 Coming Soon.

Consumer Reports’ engineers are already pouring over T-Mobile versions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, the company’s brand new flagship phone, and edgier sibling, the curve-screened Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. It’s likely to be a pivotal handset, heralding either the dawn of a resurgence that takes it back to the top of the smartphone pile or continues the falling revenue and profits that have dogged Samsung since the launch of the Galaxy S5. They’re also considering how well they stack up against earlier Samsung Galaxy S models, which have occupied the top slots in Consumer Reports Ratings for several generations. And you’ll have to be quick… The headline news is both models will be made available for pre-order starting tomorrow (March 27) on AT&T , Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S.

While we’re waiting for those results, here are our some initial impressions of these intriguing devices. (For any copy editors out there: Samsung told us today that the phones are officially called the S6 and the S6 edge—no space between the S and the 6 and no capital “e.”) Looking at them head on, these phones—whose fronts and backs are made of ultra-tough Corning Gorilla Glass 4 held together by a polished-aluminum edge—look very much like the Galaxy S 5 they succeed. With the first full reviews of the hardware now appearing in the world’s press, it’s worth looking at the reaction from a wide range of the writers to find out if Samsung’s hardware is ready to meet the challenge of saving the company, or if the collective of reviewers have found any flaws in the design of the handset. TouchWiz has always been a weak point of Samsung’s handsets in reviews, with an overabundance of icons and options, multiple applications for matching functions, and generally not looking as professional as other handset manufacturers.

For instance, sliding your finger from the upper side of the display (left or right) pulls out a vertical stack of circles containing five of your favorite contacts. The circles of this feature, called People Edge, have different-colored borders, and the phone’s LED will flash the appropriate color when that a person calls you. Samsung succeeds in embracing a simpler layout without shedding all the software it’s built over the years, though Android deserves much of that credit for providing the framework. While Samsung has said it will be reducing the levels of bloatware in the handset, that doesn’t mean that the heavy levels of additional software have disappeared.

I suspect that the financial rewards of bundling certain key apps is too much for Samsung to sacrifice: A few folders prepopulated by vendor apps buttresses the simplified look. But one of the first things most people will notice is how easy and quick it is to launch the camera: All it takes is a quick double press of the home button.

That said if you are a Samsung fan who laments the new phones’ loss of water resistance, removable batteries and upgradeable storage then you might do well to hold fire. As for preloaded apps, a few Samsung programs remain, like Milk music and video and S Health, which are Samsung’s answers to the iTunes Store and Apple Health, respectively. The downside is the Galaxy S6 Active is expected to be thicker at 8.8mm, but that is just 2mm more than the standard Galaxy S6 and a penalty I expect many would be willing to pay.

To get more Samsung apps and partner apps, you’ll need to open a shortcut and select them from the buckets marked Galaxy Essentials and Galaxy Gifts. Personally I’d be tempted to wait… Gordon Kelly is an experienced freelance technology journalist who has written for Wired, The Next Web, TrustedReviews and the BBC. To put things into perspective, the HTC One M9 survived for the shorter 6h 25 min, the iPhone 6′s run was even shorter, at 5h 22 min, while the Xperia Z3 topped all of these with its result of 9h 29 min. While this will keep the overall cost down for Samsung, and help drive more recognition of its own chip business, there’s a wariness from the geekerati because of the move away from the more popular and well-known Qualcomm chipset.

Sure, it gets a bit warm when put under pressure for a while, but nothing like what some people experience with the Sony Xperia Z3, another metal and glass phone. We’re not quite sure how Samsung has soldiered so far ahead, but it really seems to have done so – and it could prove a huge advantage through this phone generation. Williams also notes the lack of MicroSD card support, and while many reviewers point out this makes a unibody design more practical, he thinks there’s another motive involved… and it’s one that is key to making the S6 a success for Samsung: We’re fine with that, but Samsung has also removed the memory card slot. Every reviewer has noted the high-resolution of the screen, but it’s also a resolution that doesn’t seem to have a discernible benefit when placed next to rival handsets. That’s not to say there are no benefits to the higher resolution: There are some significant advantages in going higher than the visual acuity for 20/20 Vision at typical viewing distances.

For Smartphones they include a closer match to digital photo resolutions, the ability to display Full HD 1920×1080 images with an additional 1.6 Mega Pixels left over for displaying additional content at the same time, plus efficient and simple rescaling (with small integer ratios) of various HD and Quad screen resolution formats to improve speed processing efficiency and resulting picture quality. The balance point has now moved all the way up to 65 percent APL: the OLED Galaxy S6 is more power efficient for all APLs from zero up through 65 percent, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus LCDs are more power efficient for APLs above 65 percent.

What’s most impressive is that the S6 actually took better images than the iPhone in low-light situations, something that Samsung has struggled with for years. A portrait of a handsome man [in fact it was Howley himself] taken with the S6 under office lights was equally colorful, while the iPhone 6’s shot was a bit too white.

It continues in Samsung’s quest to deliver the most powerful handset possible, and it follows modern smartphone design trends so it is not going to look out-of-place or awkward. The flaws of the previous generation have been smoothed off, new flaws have been introduced, and there is very little ‘wow’ that makes the handset stand out.

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