Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge: Worth Buying?

Samsung introduced their latest Galaxy flagship devices this month on March 1st at MWC, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. A lot of fans were anticipating a lot of new features in the new Galaxy Smartphones. Let’s first take a look at the features of both the smartphones and compare whether they are worth buying or not.

Samsung Galaxy S6

We were expecting a lot of new features and heard gazillion of new rumors about the phone before the launch. As it was named “project zero”. Is it up to the mark and the expectations of the users? To some extent, Yes!

Samsung Galaxy S6

It is thinner (6.8mm) than Galaxy S5 and dual glass design reinforced by a metal frame. It comes with 5.1 inch Super AMOLED QHD screen with 1440 x 2560 screen resolution and massive 577 ppi. Samsung didn’t use Qualcomm processor instead their own Exynos 7420 64-bit chipset, octa core processor with four 2.1GHz Cortex-A57’s and four 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 cores, Mali-T760 MP8 GPU and 3GB of RAM. An upgraded 16 megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture. Front facing 5 megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture size for low-light pictures. It comes with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions without MicroSD expandable storage.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is pretty much the same in features as Samsung Galaxy S6 other than the curved screen in Galaxy S6 Edge and less thinner body than S6 (7mm). There is no other difference in both the handsets other than the price.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

What is missing?

Samsung gave up many things from Samsung Galaxy S5 to offer a new design, which is quite disappointed for many Samsung users.

  1. There is no MicroSD expandable storage anymore and Samsung users used to criticize Apple for not providing one, but now Samsung has ditched them.
  2. No water and dust protection for the new device, which means some users may switch to Xperia Z series.
  3. Non-replaceable battery for the first time, yes Samsung followed the footsteps of their competitors in this one as well.
  4. Same 16 megapixel camera as in Galaxy S5, but with some improvements. Rumors were that there is going to be a 20 megapixel shooter, but many users are disappointed.
  5. There is no Qualcomm Snapdragon, not an issue. However, considering the price of the Galaxy S6, they should have used Qualcomm Snapdragon.

Is it Worth Buying?

Overall, it is an average upgrade not what we were expecting before the launch of Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. If you decide to buy Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, then you probably be paying extra money just for the curved screen, which is quite useless other than the looks. You probably want to transfer all the data from your MicroSD card in Samsung Galaxy S5 or other smartphone and use the card in a camera or any other phone because it does not support expandable storage.

Battery performance is also about average, according to GSM Arena it has 64 hours of endurance rating. The other smartphones having 80+ endurance rating.

Sony Xperia users who were looking for an alternative for water and dust proofing will be disappointed as Samsung gave up on water and dust protection for the new device.

Finally, the starting price is too much considering the new features. We expect Apple iPhone 6 to stay stronger than Galaxy S6. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

One of our editors commented, “Samsung Galaxy S series users love the device because of choices, but now they don’t have a free choice. There is no expandable memory, non-replaceable battery, no Qualcomm Snapdragon and just a mare improvement in overall features and design.”

Bottom Line

It is a good powerful device, but not up to the expectation of Galaxy S series users who were loyal since years. However, it is a good upgrade and offer plenty of new features with beautiful new design that will surely make a difference.


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