It’s finally here! The wait is over for the lucky few who were able to get their hands on the Samsung Galaxy S6. Since its unveiling at Mobile World Congress, Samsung enthusiasts have been anxious to see the Six Appeal of the S6. Well, we were able to get our hands on one, and here are our initial thoughts.
Disclaimer: This is a ‘first impressions’ article; we will have a in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy S6 after we have some time to play with–I mean, operate it more sufficiently.
For years, smartphone owners–especially those who are not owners of a Samsung device–have judged past Samsung phones by their covers. Some have taken a look at the phone and tossed it aside because of its overall cheap feel and design. I don’t think foresee that happening with the S6. The S6 is completely redesigned and you can tell that Samsung worked hard to incorporate some of the feedback they’ve received over the years. Samsung has completely done away with the plastic body and incorporated a full glass body with a metal border. While the glass body does provide a superior look and feel, it does have its drawbacks. First, the phone is difficult to hold on to. The glass body makes the S6 slick and engenders the desire to constantly hold it with two hands. Because the majority of the phone is made out of glass, you definitely feel a need to be more protective as it seems the device will shatter much easier, compared to the durable plastic of yesteryear. Also, it’s nearly impossible to hold the phone without leaving fingerprint smudges all over the device. While this may not be a problem for some, if you are OCD, it might be a little difficult not to carry a glass cloth and impulsively wipe down your phone after every use. Don’t even get me started with ketchup fingers…
Another noticeable change is the location of the speaker and headphone jack. If you were to look at the bottom of the S6, you might mistake it for the iPhone 6. Only the USB port and loudspeaker distinguish the two. Samsung took a few pages out of Apples’ book, and it was a smart decision. The speaker placement makes a difference when comparing the volume of the loudspeaker to past models. You no longer need to cup the back of the phone when watching videos or listening to music.
The display of the S6 is one of a kind. Just when you think Samsung could not come out with a better display, they do. Images and videos are crisp and the colors are vivid. The screen gets surprisingly bright, and could be considered (for some) too bright. I have kept the brightness on past devices on the brightest setting, but with the S6 I haven’t had the same need.
Overall, I have been highly impressed with the Samsung Galaxy S6. First impressions are crucial, and so far the S6 has lived up to the hype. With its new design, updated hardware, and exciting features it’s unlikely you will be disappointed. However, all great things have their faults, and the S6 will be no exception. Though I have only spent a day with the S6, I have no doubt that it will be more successful than the regrettable S5.
For those who have had the chance to play around with the S6, what are you initial thoughts? What do and don’t you like? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.