First of all, I am not a fanboy of any brand/phone. I have owned many different flagship phones from many different brands.
I actually dislike iPhones for many reasons.
No, don't cheer, Samsung fans of GSMA.
I personally find the GS6 quite disappointing.
1. Design: Is it just me, or does the new design fall short of all the praises it gets from review sites? I find the Edge variant to be all right, but the normal version definitely does not live up to the standards of a premium phone. I own a Z3 - which also uses a "glass sandwich" philosophy, but it is definitely better looking than the S6, hands down. I would much rather have an S6 designed like the note 4.
2. Display: I dislike AMOLED to start with. Until now, no matter what the reviews have said, I could see from my eyes that they were less white, less accurate, less sharp and and less bright. Perhaps because of the sharpness issue, they had to make the screen QHD. However, this drops graphical performance from top-notch to "mediocre" when looking at framertes. The resolution also leads to my next point.
3. Battery life: It is clear that the battery life is worse than recent phones. Samsung has done great optimizations to meet the battery life it has achieved with the S6, but it is simply not enough. I can just last a day with my Z3, and previously my G2 - both devices had amazing battery life. Unless you're only using your phone for the occasional texts and some browsing, this phone will not last you a full day. This is especially due to the low brightness of AMOLED screens - you'll be keeping it on max brightness a lot. Perhaps it would have been acceptable if the battery were replaceable on the go, but it isn't.
4. Expandable storage: No expandable storage? Bummer. Micro SD expansion is so much help in many cases. They are much cheaper than buying a device with more storage, can be used to quickly share files across devices, much easier for users who root their devices, etc. Oh, did I mention they are MUCH cheaper? Well they are.
I know there will be people who say things such as "but X minutes of charging will give you X hours", "there are many cloud storage options out there" and "design doesn't really matter since everyone uses a case". However, when you're paying that much for a flagship device, one mustn't rely on alternatives to compensate for the lack of something.
Everything must be given, and it should be up to the user to use and appreciate the features or not. If you really must have the phone and are fine with everything, go for it; it's a great devices.
But if you're someone who's buying a flagship phone for reasons other than bragging rights, I suggest you purchase something else.
Sorry for the long post everyone, I'm in the process or procrastinating lol
BTW to everyone who is saying it's not an iPhone ripoff: the bottom of the phone and the new earphones just tell you that the design was "inspired" by the iPhone.
Never really thought the Galaxy series copied the iPhone that much, but this phone definitely is the most similar so far
if note 5 is like s6 with no sd card and non-removable battery, then i'll just stick to my note 3.
They said the speaker was going to be 1.5 times louder..but looks like its not.I think its deep sounding instead of loud just like Htc.As Gsmarena said,They improve the sound quality.Also the audio quality,is not among the loudest,but hope it will be loud enough for most of us,just hope so.Because music is my life.
This phone will leave a discombobulated market in its wake. Phones of this ilk are bound to appeal to a multitude of people and, hence, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Samsung has opted to go this route.
Thank you Samsung, you make life simple.
Want phone without sdcard slot or removable battery? Get iPhone 6.
Want waterproof phone? Get Xperia Z3.
Want phone with sdcard slot and removable battery? Get Xiaomi Redmi 2.
Obviously Galaxy S6 is not on list.
[deleted post]Well see when the phone comes out. I have no idea as I have not felt the need to upgrade from my S3 until this phone. Even still I'll wait for it to come out and see it in person before I consider making a purchase. My s3 with a custom ROM still works great for me.
My-Note4, 14 Mar 2015This wasn't expected from S6, such a big let down. Poor loud-speaker and average battery is no... moreGo look at the a7 and a5 reviews. This battery life makes no sense. 2600mAH battery is plenty. The iPhone 6 scores decently and only has 1810mAH. Ppl need to get over this whole bigger battery need. Huge efficiency improves have been made that allow for a battery like this to keep the phone going longer than the previous generation. I even checked Samsung's keynote for this year vs last in the S5. The S6 lasted about 1 hour longer in each of their test. Check both keynotes and you'll see they show the battery life specifications.
Why did you do the offscreen tests at 1080p? The gpu has to render everything at its native resolution which is higher than 1080p. The onscreen tests confirm that the gpu is not powerful enough for this resolution. Running 3d games on this phone will be challenging as i've yet to see an android game that can play at non-native resolutions like windows. This should really caution manufacturers from chasing higher resolutions, you need a far more powerful gpu to render everything smoothly. They will get complaints of lag and frame rate drops with intensive 3d games when consumers get their hands on this phone.
S5 owners will be quietly happy... The S6 turned out to be a cosmetic upgrade in terms of it's build and that too due to some serious competition from rivals like Sony, Apple and HTC... But these use of 'premium materials' like glass and metal has come at a VERY HEAVY price... I mean Non user replaceable battery, No micro SD slot and No Ingress Protection..... How could Sony keep it's phones IP certified when it has a similar build for it's Z series...???
To add to it's woos... the battery capacity is a mere 2550mah when it should've been a minimum 3200+mah...The endurance hours reducing by 20 hours compared to the S5 is very unappealing... The speaker seems to have taken a hit as well it seems...
To consider S6 just because of it's build will not be a rational decision... remember the phone will be draped in cases and covers for most, if not all... Talking of the internals... i.e. the Soc and the other components, they definitely seem impressive but it's real life performance should not be revolutionary specially with touchwiz around... What's left is the display which seems the best but S5 owners can definitely manage with the second best FHD display for now...
I think S5 folks should definitely wait for the S7 where all these shortcomings should be ironed out while retaining the premium build...
Samsung should have just released the S6 edge as just the S6 of this year... that would have made some serious case... The camera itself has seen minor upgrade with the addition of OIS and a larger aperture which would be an advantage over the S5 in terms of night photography otherwise the S5 camera will compete every bit with the S6 camera...
Samsung should have made the device a millimeter thicker and accommodate a much larger battery... It was a must along with IP certification...
S4 owners... it's time to upgrade...
S5 owners... can happily and peacefully wait for S7...
Nice review... I really like the Samsung S6 and especially the Samsung S6 edge... but I believe that they are too expensive for my pocket.
One question though... I check the performance test and it seems to me that you exlude (on purpose or not) specific phones from your charts.
For example, on Antutu you have rightly S6 first with the impressive 68k but on 2nd place you have Nexus 6?
Where is the best phone in Antutu of 2014, Meizu MX4.. I can't see it even in the lower places from 3 to 6. Why is that?
My MX4 has 52k score verified.
Anonymous, 14 Mar 2015Either you are not a note 4 owner or are that foolish. Note 4's existence contradicts your cla... moreI base the 1-2% comment on the fact that i have never seen a post in the GN4 forum from someone owning VR glasses.
Personally i'd rather a 1080p GN4 with better battery life.
AnonD-77443, 14 Mar 2015Your smoking something... he was comparing the S5 to the S6. (Are you confusing the S5 and the... moreEither you are not a note 4 owner or are that foolish. Note 4's existence contradicts your claims.
And no. That troll was all over the place with wild claims
AnonD-11974, 14 Mar 2015I think you need another test unit. Every other reviews shows the loudspeaker blowing away ear... moreThat is right, Samsung itself says S6 speaker is 50 % louder than S5, and on Youtube video test the phone is super loud...
AnonD-77443, 14 Mar 2015Your smoking something... he was comparing the S5 to the S6. (Are you confusing the S5 and the... moreNo, I'm not smoking anything and yes,I know that he was comparing the S6 to the S5, but I'm also aware that he's actually an isheep troll so it's only fitting to give him the comparison that he deserves.
And you're wrong about VR only gonna be used by 1-2% of the owners. How do I know that? Because VR is so amazing that almost every big players in the industry is prepping for it. It's the next big thing. It's the future that arrives early. Facebook already bought Oculus for billions of dollar, Samsung got the gear VR, Google have their cardboard and YouTube is already opening up 360 videos channel, HTC is prepping the valve and even Apple is interested, but like always, will be a couple of years late to the party. So there's definitely gonna be more than 1-2% are going to use it, don't you think?
You definitely should give it a try with your Note 4, because it will such a waste if you don't. I can almost guarantee that you won't look back. You can thank me later. :)
This wasn't expected from S6, such a big let down. Poor loud-speaker and average battery is no go. Its battery capability will start depleting within a year and get ready for S7. It should have atleast got 3000mah battery. Who cares if its slightly thicker than iphone6, its power-packed already with 14nm Exynos 7420. But battery and loudspeaker with crapWIZ is still failures in this device. Who will pay 55K for a days battery and sluggish TWiz. Why can't they use stock android with custom icons ! 64hr endurance is not expected from 2015 flagship. G4 will definitely win in this department by using high quality loudspeaker and more close stock android theme, plus LCD is way to go on phones. My S2 is dead now after years and refuses to start. My Note-4 is doing good on kitkat no problems so far in last 5 months. but TW is worst customization of sammy. MIUI 6.0 is far better in animations and customization. S6 orders will go down after this Report of gsmarena. Now Note-4 still a winner, but little too big for my palm. I'll look for g4 or m9. No sammy you've crossed the limits of greediness !!
I'm so laughing at the battery. They said they use more efficient processor but the reality.. Laughing so hard.
We (The "haters", or the people with common sense and self-respect) told you so. The can "optimize" all they want, the battery is just not enough. Also keep in mind another "arena" site always gets lower results in tests, meaning you can get even lower results when you use it. AND the battery is non-removable, meaning even the slightest deterioration will matter and will be a problem. Unless you carry a power bank, of course...Now tell me, is it normal for such an expensive, "premium" device to require a power bank?
Jovan, 14 Mar 2015But do you realize that this QHD 5 inch phone has more battery life than the HD 4.7 inch iPhon... moreYour smoking something... he was comparing the S5 to the S6. (Are you confusing the S5 and the 5S?)
Apart from looks & performance i'd take the S5 anyday.
VR is cool but i'm guessing only 1-2% of owners would use it. Why charge more and reduce a phones graphics and battery performance just for these people? Why not bring out a QHD device just for those people?
Note 4 owner.