The Mobile World Conference was where Samsung unveiled its latest and greatest, the Galaxy S6. Now while many version upgrades have either been fixes to past mistakes or minor upgrades that should have just been firmware updates this phone is deserving of a full version release.
Full disclosure I know a lot more about the iPhone and the Galaxy series. This means that my Samsung knowledge may skew to the light side but I do know the S4 and S5 and given the number a changes over that short time working knowledge of the first iterations of the technology may be a bit pointless so I’ll continue. The S6 is sleek, powerful, and overall impressive.
The aluminum frame is surrounded by Gorilla Glass on the front and back. The much maligned plastic shell is gone and the phone is better for it. You can purchase the phone in four colors, black, white, green, and gold. You can also opt for the S6 Edge which has curved screens on both sides of it and will either be a breakaway hit or a mess. It’s hard to say but a multiple screened smartphone may be a step to far in the wrong direction.
The S6 and the S6 Edge will now have 32, 64, or 128 GB of memory and will no longer be upgradable so buy the one you want first. Microsoft also offers 100GB of storage on the OneDrive service to all S6 users in an attempt to get more people to actually use a cloud service. There is a lot of cloud storage out there that no one is using so you can bet most new device releases are going to have a ton of it.
The S6 is not water resistant like the S5 was, which is a weird step back given that this feature did drive some sales. Although I don’t know the numbers it is clear it was too expensive to make resistant phones for the market that it reached. They spent a lot on marketing to push this resistant feature. Here is some:
Speakers on the phone have been moved to the bottom edge of the phone from the back plate and this is a bigger upgrade than it sounds at first. For anyone who has tried to watch a YouTube video on your phone while you held it knows you have to shift around your fat monkey hands to actually be able to hear anything.
Another great add is that the S6 Edge can be set to flash different colors for contacts. You can now see who is calling without an audible ringer or looking at the phone face. Yes this sounds incredibly lazy but it will be a big player when upgrades are considered. Both S6 versions have a higher resolution camera than the iPhone and comes with a light sensor that actually works properly most of the time which is a HUGE upgrade all by itself.