My only issue with this review (and I love GSM and their reviews, always fair) is that the handset hasn't been released yet, and all of this is based on pre-release handset... surely this review should have been done after the official retail handset has been used (there is still a month of tweaking that can happen) as well as day one updates, etc. I fear this has been rushed out to get net hits and to beat other sites as opposed to giving the handset a decent review... :/ which is far less than what this flagship deserves...
I believe they will have more success with the S6. Most contracts will cover a 2 year period and this is where build quality keeps phones relevant. It's unfortunate they couldn't include expandable storage, but considering why they left it out, its understandable. Unless phones can reach diving ratings for waterproofness I would not attempt to get it wet,phones are not moisture magnets and as it is there will always be people who will let you know that their Sony Xperia failed the water test, so why risk it? I agree that it would've been better to add it especially since they managed to do it on the S5 mini with no terminal cover, but that's why they have the active model coming out. I stll feel that shock proof should also be considered and not just water and dust. This phone is meant to be beautiful and wont fit in wet, dusty and rocky environments.
Who would actually buy this phone and why?? What the.. are Samsung thinking really??
No water or dust protection
Rather pricey at launch, including really steep memory upgrade premiums
No user-replaceable battery
No microSD slot
No FM radio
No stereo speakers
It's a fail. If s6 was better looking than iphone or htc m9, than the removal of sd card slot and removable battery was justifiable. But It's not better looking than any of those phone that I've mentioned. So it failed to achieve what it tried to do in the first place, hence an utter failure. We are not sheeps or insects, who are attracted to shiny good looking objects, we are intelectual beings. We don't want another iphone.
Samsung copied Apple's design with the S6? Right. Samsung Active S anybody?
jrs88, 16 Mar 2015Don't expect that Samsung will put everything in this flagship device. It's business guys. If ... moreIts not about not putting things in... its about taking out features that were in...
IP = gone
Removable battery = gone
sd card = gone
good battery life = gone
Don't expect that Samsung will put everything in this flagship device. It's business guys. If all the features are here, what will be next with s7,s8, s9 and so on?nothing..Probably s7 will be waterproof, s8 with sd card and s9 with removable battery. That's their business timeline.
Anonymous, 16 Mar 2015On wireless charging, nice idea but is it practical?
I either charge at night where it won'... moreIndeed. looks like a promising phone and true no product is perfect. Having said the unit tested might be pre-production model. So battery life will be much better with the production model.
With regards to wireless charging it depends on the person. I don't mind just leaving the phone on charging pad instead of hooking it up to power supply. So in my opinion it's not a bad feature, but that's just me.
On wireless charging, nice idea but is it practical?
I either charge at night where it won't matter (other than less wear on the port), or during day when needing a top up.
The latter means I have to leave the phone flat on the charging pad, where as wired charging I can pick it up and use the phone which is more comfortable.
Anyhow mute point as heard no charging pad supplied, just cable charger.
With the lower battery performance than s5 I can see a lot of top up charging... Sure there's a fast charge option, but not great if you're out and about.
Looks like promising phone but like all phones has it's compromises .
Looks like a brilliant phone.
Interesting how PenTile displays are making their way back.
I wonder if no microSD slot is a sign of the times more than anything else. Hmm..
Hahaha..., 16 Mar 2015Maybe you mean "dream of..." Look, who's got the record for sales profit and unit sa... moreApple's sales and profits will decline drastically now that they've played their last card. I expect a decline to $20b profit in 2-3 years.
Also, Apple has lost more cases to Samsung than they have won. They were even forced to publicly apologize to Samsung in one case.
Kyembe, 15 Mar 2015...But they have beaten apple in everything you can think ofMaybe you mean "dream of..." Look, who's got the record for sales profit and unit sales? This tells so much of the apple products... You sell one 1 yr old Sammy phone and the value is very low. Now, you sell another 1 yr. old iPhone and the value is still higher than the Sammy's. This is just one of the "premiums or value" of the Apple products.
Even in court battles, Sammy always lose.
why is galaxy s6' design looks like iphone 6?
is iphone 6 the benchmark of phone design? ^^,
Be Cool, 16 Mar 2015"Fanloving"???? LOL I wouldn't buy S6 or S6 Edge and will never recommend it, becau... moreIs fine. You have your views on S6. Samsung will not feel the pinch at all because its orders will going to be rocket high. People nowadays are going for the looks of phones because phones are becoming more like a lifestyle thing instead of a necessary tool. Go for the M9 or something else if you need sd slot. But looking at M9, I already got bored by its look.
Steak Man, 16 Mar 2015Battery life is mediocre. You've been warned, small tank on big engine won't take you that far.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdVA...ature=youtu.be
"Unfortunately I was told on the 12th of march to avoid battery testing because I have a a 'training device' and there will be new updated software on the retail version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 upon its release (April 10th in the UK). Therefore any tests I do wouldn't be a true reflection of the device. Everything else on the phone I should be able to test in full."
Every battery life testing on the S6 right now is inaccurate.
lets face it Samsung is trying to ripoff its customer-base with the removal of 2 key features: removable battery and the microsd slot that made Samsung desirable, with their smoke and mirrors charade... the only thing we can do is not buy their new crappy phones in hopes they wouldn't make the same mistake with the note 5...