Review: Galaxy S6 phones are Samsung’s best yet

27 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

Although Samsung has been praised for its improved hardware, much of what I like is in the software — specifically, what’s not in it. 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. 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. That said, the Edge version doesn’t feel as slippery, perhaps because I’m gripping the back part tighter given that the screen curves halfway down the sides. 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.

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. 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. 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.

On S6 phones, it simply says “SEARCH.” Same goes for controls such as “EDIT” and “MORE.” This applies only to Samsung features and apps, though. Both models come with a fingerprint scanner for unlocking the phone and, when Samsung Pay launches this summer, making payments with a tap of the phone at retail stores. To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

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