Samsung Galaxy S6 Review:

A nice option for an Android phone.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review 3I’m going to start this review with full disclosure: I am more of an Apple guy than an Samsung guy. So, this review has the potential to a little biased. With that said, I did try to maintain an objective opinion about this phone and used it daily for a couple of weeks before writing this review.

Design
If design were the only criteria for this review, the Samsung Galaxy S6 would get 5 Stars. However, it seems that Samsung was ‘inspired’ by the iPhone 6 design and I’m a big fan of that style. In all fairness to Samsung, this is not a cheap knockoff of an Apple product. The phone feels nice in your hand and it is well made. One thing that I dislike about the S6 is how large the camera lens area is on the back of the phone. I tend to have my index finger in that area when making a call and it makes the S6 feel more bulky than it actually is.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review 4Screen
The screen on the S6 is lovely. It’s main display resolution is 2560 x 1440 (Quad HD), which compares to the iPhone 6 with 1334×750 Retina HD display. Its color is very bright and is definitely on par with the iPhone 6 in my opinion. I found the touch screen to be responsive and saw no performance issues while using the phone throughout the day.

Camera
I hate to admit it, but I think this phone in general takes more crisp pictures than my iPhone 6. Sometimes more megapixels and the quality of the image sensor matter and it looks like Samsung found a nice paring for the S6. The Galaxy S6’s camera has an impressive 16MP, while the iPhone 6 has an 8-megapixel iSight camera.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review 5Software
Because this is the latest and greatest hardware from Samsung, it runs comes equipped with Android 5.0 – Lollipop. It’s important to point out that the phone used for this review was a Verizon device. So, this was not stock Android. However, after personally experiencing some nightmares with bloatware installed on Verizon phones, I can honestly say it is not too bad on the S6. The one thing that did irritate me is that the default messaging app is Verizon Messenger. But, this can, of course, be changed. I have read online that it is possible to install stock Android on the Verizon S6 if one desired to do so, but we did not test this.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review 6Using the S6
The S6 was pretty intuitive. If you have used Android before, it will be easy to find your way around because the bloatware is limited and the nuts and bolts are pretty similar to a stock Android experience. Call quality was great and I experienced no issues with connection speed on WIFI or Verizon 4G.

Final Thoughts
If you’re in the market for a new Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is probably one of the best Android phones on the market right now. It’s fast and offers a solid alternative to Apple’s iPhones.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review 7The Samsung Galaxy S6 retails for $699.99 outside of contract, or $299.99 with a 2-year contract through Verizon (prices with other wireless providers may vary).

For more information on the Galaxy S6, visit http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/all-products.

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