At least this year you can simply hold your finger or thumb on the home button instead of dragging it across, but it’s still not perfect, and even the fingerprint setup needs some refining, with a drawn out process that isn’t quite as user friendly as Apple’s (it gets close) often making you wonder what you’re doing wrong.
We’re also curious why the backup password can’t be more simple than requiring letters and numbers, because it would be much easier if you could just throw in a simple four digit passcode if the fingerprint scan doesn’t read your finger properly — something that isn’t your fault — rather than deal with six characters made from a combination of each.
But our other big problem beyond the battery stems more from how this phone appears to evolve, and that is by forgetting the steps of its predecessors.
We’re not going to be the only review that bangs on about this, but it’s a little surprising to see two of Samsung’s biggest features from the past year or two (at least) missing in action on its 2015 handset.
Take the water-resistance, which Samsung clearly did take because it can’t be found on the Galaxy S6.
Not because the S5 felt cheap in our hands, with a plastic body and faux-metal trim, but because it featured an IP67 rating, meaning dust and water were no longer the natural enemies of the smartphone, or this specific smartphone.
You could drop the phone in a pool and wash it off with water, and it would still work, or even use the phone while cooking, get it all floured up, and wash it off without any repercussions. Awesome.
Samsung Australia even took advantage of the dust and water resistance with its advertising slogan “made for Australia”, a play on the idea that our rugged landscape and water-loving people could have a phone that survived where they went.
But this year, that resistance is gone, and you’ll want to be as careful as possible not to drown the Galaxy S6, not to drop it in the dust or mud or cake mix, and make sure never to drop a beer on the phone, because it’s just not rated for liquids anymore.
It is apparently tested to make sure it doesn’t bend against your backside, because in the wake of Apple’s bendgate where several iPhone 6 Plus models did just that, warping the frame, that is apparently now important, though we’re not sure why both can’t have been thrown in, especially since Sony is still using water- and dust-resistance in its similarly built glass and aluminium smartphones.
The other thing missing is a bigger deal for Android users, and a big one for Samsung, and that’s the omission of a microSD card slot.