And beyond it, there are so many positive reasons to admire the Galaxy S6.
Without a doubt, this is Samsung’s best phone to date.
But it’s not perfect, and while Samsung has certainly had several years to bang out new products that constantly get better, the Galaxy S6 has a few misses that are very easily noticed.
The most important of these will likely reveal itself to be the battery life which unfortunately is just mediocre, and pretty much unchanged from what we saw in the Galaxy S5.
Last year, we could only hit a maximum of a day with the Galaxy S5, and this year in the Samsung Galaxy S6, we’re seeing much the same, with phone calls, music playing, web surfing, social networking, messaging, emails, the odd game, and the general mish-mash our day entails revealing roughly that one full day of service, and less if you’re a power user.
That’s not a fantastic result, though it is in line with what another 2015 flagship appears to be offering, so we can’t imagine Samsung will talk this up as a failure, but rather consistent.
No removable battery doesn’t help this, meaning you can’t just slip in a fresh battery if you want to gain more life, though Samsung has made things a little easier with fast charging, which can bring your battery back from the dead more speedily, and it shouldn’t be too hard to find a USB charger these days since microUSB is the standard.
That said, we argue that you shouldn’t have to, and a phone should be able to survive the full day, at least, especially if you’re being asked to hand over at least a thousand bucks for the privilege.
If you’re used to a day of battery life with charging in between, you won’t likely be bothered by this, but those of you expecting more, either look elsewhere or bring a microUSB cable or battery bank where you go, because you’ll probably need one. We keep one in our luggage at all times.
You’ll also find a few software quirks, such as the built-in file explorer having a few problems talking to on-the-go microUSB to USB thumb drives, with our test to get our photos from one side to the other (from phone to USB drive for use in a computer) crashing the file exploring app, though we suspect this will be one of those bugs Samsung will rush to fix.
Likewise, the fingerprint reader can be a little troublesome, not always getting a good read, even though the technology is vastly improved on the swipe mechanism Samsung used last year.