Phone Review #2: Samsung Galaxy S6: High Performance Android Phone With Lollipop

Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6 is loaded with top of the shelf features and some of the best specifications in the market. Though the S6 is similar to its predecessor in terms of screen size, it has been significantly improved in almost all the areas. Right from screen resolution to the secondary camera, it has been improved. However, the battery capacity has been reduced but without any significant loss of usage time. With amazing features, Samsung has made the S6 attractive to the high-end smartphone market.

Features and Specifications

Weighing just 138 grams, the Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with a high-resolution Quad HD, 5.1 inch display. It has a high pixel density of 557 pixels per inch. This resolution easily beats its competitors like the Sony Xperia Z3 or theiPhone 6. The S6 sports a powerful 8 core, 64 bit processor with a clocking capacity of 2.1 GHz. It is capable of multitasking and running high performance games without a glitch.  It also comes with 3 GB of RAM and a fixed internal storage of 64 GB.  It contains a multitude of sensors with some new ones like the Heart rate monitor. It is a single SIM android phone running the latest Android Lollipop OS. It holds a 16 Megapixel primary camera, capable of capturing fast and high clarity pictures in any light environment. It also comes with an upgraded 5MP secondary camera for selfies and video conferencing. Finally, this phone includes a 2550 mAh battery but is lesser than its predecessor’s 2800 mAh battery. This leads to few questions as to how better this may perform or would be a compromise of some sort.

Design and Quality

Samsung is known for its state of the art design and build quality and it can be seen in this phone as well.  It comes with four different colour variants of Black, Blue, White and Gold. The S6 has an aluminium body and Gorilla Glass 4 on its display. It is rounded on the top but much flatter at the bottom. At the bottom of the screen is the Home button in the centre with fingerprint scanner. 2 capacitive keys on its either side for calling and navigating back. The left side of the device houses separate volume up and down button. The right side holds the Nano-SIM slot along with the power button. The audio jack and micro USB charging point is located at the bottom side of the phone. This phone is comparatively easier to hold than compared to the bulkierGalaxy S5.

OS and Tech

This phone runs the latest Android OS, the Lollipop. This OS brings with it the material design to the phone. This provides a fluid and comfortable usage with a veryuser friendly multitasking window. Lollipop is designed to make more use of bighigh resolution displays and thus fits perfectly within the S6. It is also highly customizable, thus making sure that the phone user can change the settings to his or her liking.Samsung has also added a few features of its own like gesture control to make the usage of the phone simpler.

Camera and Multimedia

The high resolution camera will not disappoint the user in any type of condition and will continue to take great quality pictures. This phone can capture real time HDR images which can produce very crisp images. The secondary front camera also is great for taking high quality selfies and video chatting. The user of this phone can get a rich and a very high quality multimedia experience. This is mainly because of the 2560 X 1440 pixels display, which is just perfect for watching HD Videos or playing graphic intensive games.

Battery and Memory

Battery on the S6 is not that great. It is a non-removable battery and it doesn’t stay long. On a moderate usage, it is expected to give around 6 to 7 hours of backup. In the competitive world of smartphones, 7 hours of up time seems to be less. This model comes in 3 variants of memory that is: 32, 64 and 128 GB. It also houses a 3GB RAM which makes the phone suitable for high performance usage and multitasking.

Pros and cons

For Pros:

•             Metallic design for rich look and feel

•             Very powerful processors

•             Excellent high resolution display

•             High camera quality

•             Latest Android OS

For cons:

•             Not satisfactory battery life

•             No expandable storage

•             Not weather proof

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a strong competitor to phones like Apple iPhone 6, HTC One M8 or the Sony’s flagship phone the Z series.  The improvements made from the Galaxy S5 are significant and is easily visible. High performance processors, High quality display and variety of other quality features place the S6 among the top desirable phones in the market. However, the not so good battery performance might be a cause for some potential customers to opt for another phone. User reviews on the e-commerce websites are mixed with majority of them providing high rating to this phone.

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“Traditional Android”- not the only one anymore

Android versions released by Google has been dominating the mobile market since quite some time. Though mobile manufacturers tweak it a little bit, its mostly like the original release which we can call  “the traditional android”.But now we can see that the windows OS for phones has become quite popular impacting the dominance of android by a tiny little bit. But now, a user gets a whole lot of choices on the OS (other than windows or IOS or traditional android) that we could have had on our mobile phones. Here are a few that I came across :-

Sailfish OS

Jolla recently  their phones running the Sailfish OS. The main motive of using sailfish was simplifying the users work by providing effortless, gesture-based controls, live multitasking and many other features. And being open source, it can be highly customized.

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Sailfish OS is based on the Mer project and QT5 The UI is built using QML and QtQuick2 and wayland.Sailfish OS is claimed to run most of the android apps, though google play doesnaot come by default with the phone there are ways to get the apps and run them on the phone. The Jolla phones are only released in Europe as of now and hopefully will be released elsewhere. For any one who hasnt seen it yet here is Sailfish OS at work:

Jolla – A new beginning (Official)

Ubuntu Touch (Ubuntu for phones)

Ubuntu for phone is a fast and an amazing OS. It provides some features like edge swipes for navigation, Like the Ubuntu dash for PCs it has a favorites screen where the frequently used apps will be stored and also a powerful search to search any kind of content on the phone as well as on the web simultaneously. The user can also reply to Facebook, twitter , text or picture messages right from the notification screen. it has all the native and useful apps pre-installed and many more can be found from the Ubuntu software center (app store).

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Firefox OS

The Firefox OS for phones is the Mozilla’s Linux based opensource OS programmed using HTML5 and other web standards. being a community based project , it provides some very good features like the adaptive app search which is not present in the other OS.

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Firefox debuted in the ZTE phones but s also available on alcatel one touch devices. All the usual standards apps like facebook, twitter,sporTV, SoundCloud, etc are preinstalled but lots of different apps can be downloaded from the marketplace.

CyanogenMod

Oppo released the CyanogenMod phones and got a go ahead from Google. So the end of 2013 saw the release of Oppo N1 with cyanogenMod in it which is a custom Android version.

This version is much more faster and provides features not present in the traditional Android. Those extra features included are native theme support or support for FLAC format. This Custom MOD has been installed more than 10 million times on android devices and now its officially released. The Oppo Phones also come with a legal version of the android market (google play).

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