Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Six is the New Sexy: A Samsung Galaxy S6 User Review

the NEXT generation in mobile phones IS here NOW!

This is the first time that I will be doing a Samsung review, having received a Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos from Sun Cellular (Plan 999 with PHP 800 Amortization), this is my personal experience with the device. All the stuff I wrote here is based on my experience and usage of this device for more than a month now. 

Samsung has been a trusted device in the market having created innovations in design and usability. The old analog Samsung models were known to be difficult to use, however, when the advent of the touch screen phones and the arrival of the Android platform, Samsung became a leading innovator when it comes to Android touch phones. Now, let's review their latest flagship phone. 

With this S6 review, I will only look at five very basic things that consumers and techies would be looking for in a phone. 


Samsung Galaxy S6, the sixth phone in the series is by far the classiest looking among the bunch. Gone are the days of plastic body/rubber body as you wont find any in this sexy looking device. Samsung Galaxy S6 is made of glass and metal all over. Covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on both sides, these ensure that your precious phone can handle scratches and marks. Though I would still suggest getting a Spigen Slim Armor (or Wolnutt) to fully protect it. With a very compact body, the S6 is feels good in your hands (You can still use one hand to text and navigate the phone). The new Samsung Galaxy S6 comes in four different colors- Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz and the one I have, White Pearl. 


The Samsung Galaxy S6 is by far the most powerful phone in the market today. Sporting a 64-bit Octacore processor using Samsung's own Exynos chipset, I noticed that my S6 can do multi-tasking effortlessly and the responsiveness of the device is simply amazing. The Samsung Galaxy S6 also comes out of the box with Android L and based on some articles that I read, would also get an update to Android M once it is out. With 3gb of RAM, this phone can handle heavy games and apps. 


For people who love to watch videos, pictures and play games, Samsung Galaxy S6 is the best phone there is. Although not the biggest screen in the market, Samsung Galaxy S6 has a 5.1 inch display with 576 pixel per inch (PPI) display. Colors are very vivid when you watch it on the Super AMOLED display found on the phone. One of the things that I also like is the Screen Mode where you get to choose between Adaptive display, AMOLED cinema, AMOLED photo and the basic. All of these modes change and show different saturation, sharpness and colour range.


In this age of "Selfies" the Samsung Galaxy S6 sports one of the best camera in a smartphone. Armed with a 16mp camera, the pictures taken with this device is one of the best I have seen so far. I tried taking a picture with my DSLR in low light (without flash) and was amazed that the shots I got with my S6 was way better than the digital camera. I also had fun taking macro shots using this phone. One of the most noticeable feature of this phone is it's very fast access to the camera, all it takes is double tapping the home button and the camera opens in less than a second. 


Well to end our user review I just want to highlight some features that I find amazing on the Samsung Galaxy S6.

1. The Fingerprint Scanner- this feature adds extra security to your phone. All you need to do is set your lock screen to "Fingerprint" and nobody can open the phone unless you put your finger on the scanner (No need to swipe down).

2. Private Mode- This is a very helpful feature especially if you do not want people seeing your embarrassing pictures and dorky videos. This Samsung Galaxy S6 feature hides those photos and videos from prying eyes. All you need to do is long press the album (or specific pictures), click more and then move them to private. Nobody can open this private stash until you put your password, or in my case , my fingerprint.

3. Theme Store- for people who likes to personalize their phone, Samsung Galaxy S6 offers a variety of themes that you can choose from. There are cute, girly, nature, black, flowers, cartoons and my favorite, the Avengers.

4.  Samsung Galaxy Life- this feature I think is already present in all the new Samsung phones. This gives you exclusive privileges (and BIG DISCOUNTS) to online shopping (example-Zalora), services, restaurants, hotel accommodations and many more. If you are the type of person who loves to travel, shop and dine, then this feature is perfect for you. 

5. S Health- finally, this feature is very useful to people who are very particular with their health. The S Health feature of Samsung Galaxy S6 uses the infrared sensor at the back of the device to measure your heart rate, oxygen levels, stress levels (very important), number of steps, etc. You can even customize them to monitor your diet, caffeine and water intake. 

Overall, Samsung Galaxy S6 is a powerhouse of a device putting together style and design, features, display and camera, and functionality. It is one of the most sought after devices that can really topple over flagship phones from other brands. Though there are some known challenges with the Galaxy S6 (like battery life, storage capacity, etc.), Samsung gave us fixes that address these problems (fast charging, Cloud access, 64 and 128GB variety). With these amazing specs that was thrown in on the new Galaxy S6, I could definitely say that the Samsung Galaxy S6 is more than just SIX APPEAL.


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