We’ve seen Samsung improve over the years with regard to screen quality, and it was one of the first companies to embrace the whole 1080p screen thing, charging ahead of Apple and its claim of a Retina-grade screen with more pixels pack in per inch, but the latest screen manages to trounce Retina once and for all with the highest amount of pixels packed into a smartphone per inch ever.
From a technical point of view, Samsung is relying on a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED display like no other, showing the 2560×1440 resolution and revealing roughly 577 pixels per inch.
If that makes no sense, the better way of understanding this is that the human eye is comfortable at roughly 300 pixels per inch, not looking for pixels and what not, with Apple’s Retina clocking in on the iPhone 6 at 325ppi (pixels per inch).
Curious as to how different the screen clarity is between the Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung’s Galaxy S6? Drag the slider above to see the difference in our interactive comparison!
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is over 200 higher than this, and even clocks in at a higher pixel count than LG’s G3, which at one point compared its similarly impressive high-resolution screen to the viewing of art books, suggesting that this is as good as looking at a piece of art in a book, or a photo in a book.
The reality is Samsung’s screen isn’t far off that level of beauty, with a screen that looks phenomenal no matter where it is when it’s switched on, and a brightness that makes it usable in pretty much any environment.
We can only imagine how beautiful this screen will be when viewed up close and with Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Gear VR viewer, because with even more pixels packed in than the Galaxy Note 4, your eyes will be in for a treat.
Wondering what the difference is between the screen on the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S5? Drag the slider above to see what they look like on the pixel level…
Fortunately, the excellence continues when you get down to using the Galaxy S6, because it’s a little different from previous Samsung phones, and that can only be a good thing.
For years, we’ve seen Samsung’s Android overlay “TouchWiz” refined and modified as Samsung tried to straddle that line between what Google wanted, what customers expected, and what Samsung visioned would make it stand out.
In 2015, that line is simple, with more widgetised homescreens that advanced users love, a simple app menu screen with left and right swipe navigation that customers appear to like, and Flipboard integration for magazine-like news and media on the left most screen that can now be switched off.
But perhaps the best part is that for the first time ever, Samsung has removed practically all of the bloatware. Don’t like having apps that you can’t get rid of? Good, because on our review unit, most of it was gone.
Samsung’s S-Planner (calendar), S-Health (combined health tracker), and S-Voice (voice assistant competing with Apple’s Siri) are still here, but that’s pretty much it, and from our experience with the handset, you — the customer — are finally free to have a phone free of the crap and bloat that manufacturers typically install.
And it’s a nice change, because it helps to keep the phone snappy, speedy, and performing very well.