Galaxy S6 price starts at $650 off-contract, 19% more for Edge

26 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge Hit Pre-Order. Why You Should Wait.

Samsung Electronics Co expects its total sales of smartphones, smart devices and tablets to outpace peers in this market next quarter in Taiwan, driven by its new flagship smartphone models, an executive of the company’s Taiwan branch said yesterday.

The S6 and S6 Edge are on their way into the hands of the masses, so we thought we would fire up the cameras and see how the newbies fare against tried and true competitors for the title of best smartphone camera. Last month, Apple Inc’s smartphone shipments topped the local market, followed by HTC Corp (宏達電) and Samsung Electronics, Chinese-language Apple Daily reported, citing industry sources. 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.

Samsung’s two new products will officially hit the Taiwan market on April 10, with the S6 32GB model priced at NT$22,900 (US$729.18) and the 64 GB model costing NT$25,900. While our scenarios provide an accurate overall picture of how these cameras stack up, there are always unique conditions where one camera might unexpectedly overachieve, so don’t be surprised if your personal experiences vary slightly. The company’s curved display Galaxy S6 Edge, which was awarded the “Best New Handset, Tablet or Device” at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this month, is priced at NT$26,500 for the 32GB model and NT$29,500 for the 64GB device. These tests also don’t take into account camera interface, filter options, or other more subjective extras you might factor in; we’re strictly focused image quality.

About 15 years ago, I wrote a story about the then-newish Harry Potter phenomenon, pointing out how the “boy wizard with an owl” idea had already been done by Neil Gaiman, John Rieber, and Peter Gross in Books of Magic, and the “English boarding school full of wizards” concept was a mainstay for children’s fiction writer Diana Wynne Jones. Gross and Jones understood, of course, in a way tech companies don’t seem to, that there’s a deep difference between inspiration and “copying.” They were honored and tickled, not offended, by JK Rowling’s success building on elements of their works with her own style, plot, and ideas. You can’t deny that Apple is a great design company, or that the iPhone has been an amazing success in the marketplace, just as you can’t deny that Marvin Gaye was an epochal talent, or that Citizen Kane innovated new idioms in filmmaking.

But where the courts got the idea of inspiration right by denying Apple’s “look-and-feel” lawsuit against Microsoft Windows back in 1994, now they seem to be swinging towards clamping down so hard that they’re really going to damage the kind of stepwise innovation, and the patterns of inspiration upon which art, fashion, and science all rely. I’ve been thrilled to see how Tim Cook’s Apple has rolled back Steve Jobs’s policy of courtroom vengeance-seeking and focused instead on building great new products. 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.

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. The phrase in the Constitution goes like this: “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” That explains who should hold copyrights and why. Again, despite having lower resolution, the Lumia 930 is the sharpest with a fine noise pattern, however it’s doing very odd things with color casts (only visible on the full size image). 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.

The Gaye family isn’t protecting any future art or any actual artist; they’re just rent-seekers. (This all gets more complicated when the “inventor” of something isn’t a solitary genius but a corporate team, of course, as we see in technology. In that case, you need to look at the ‘artist’ as the collection of business practices which led to a particular innovation.) The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were tremendous sellers, sans lawsuits, with the 6 Plus’s new design inspired in part by Samsung’s move into phablets.

For example, while the Lumia did great in key areas like detail and low light, it also showed weird results like this picture of a shrub with an ugly blue haze overtaking the top of the frame. In light of the recent launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6, we can definitely say that the camera has improved from the S5, mostly when it comes to how the images are processed.

Choosing a phone for its camera really comes down to what you shoot the most, what camera software rubs you the right way, and how you personally react to the images.

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