The Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone is a big improvement on the Samsung S5, with the glass and metal design bringing the phone up to the high quality look and feel we think the price demands.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 has gotten better over time thanks to the update to the Android Marshmallow operating system. Even Android Nougat is now being rolled out to it and the phone is the cheapest it's ever been, so you’re guaranteed the full, up-to-date Android experience for a lot cheaper than the phone cost at launch.
Samsung has used the same 16-megapixel camera as in the S6 Edge. This is the same resolution as on the S5, but this time around there's a brighter f/1.9 aperture lens, which Samsung claims lets in 34% more light than the f/2.2 lens on the S5. There's also Optical Image Stabilisation to reduce blur in low-light shooting, and a double clock of the home button/ fingerprint sensor will automatically fire up the camera in less than 0.7ms, ensuring you'll never miss an important shot again.
Just like the S6 Edge, we were very pleased with the quality of our test photos on the Samsung Galaxy S6, as colours were bright and vibrant with plenty of fine detail on show. There were a few patches of bright sky that it couldn't quite handle in some of our shots, but turning on HDR mode instantly fixed it. What's more, HDR left the rest of the picture intact, keeping the high level of detail and accurate colours we saw in Auto mode without making it seem unnaturally harsh or artificial.
There's no doubting that the S6 is a brilliant phone, both in terms of features and build quality. It also out-performs competing devices that were released around the same time, such as the HTC One M9 and LG G4, and gives iPhone 6 users something to look at. However, as good as the S6 is, there's one phone that just demands more attention: the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Identical in features to the S6, bar the curved screen, the Edge is not only more attractive, but it also has better battery life and slightly better performance.
In this sense, it would almost have been better if Samsung had just released the S6 Edge and said 'This is the S6', instead of having this flat option that sits awkwardly underneath the top phone. However, we understand that not everyone wants to pay a bit extra for a fancy display. If you're not bothered about the curve and want to save money, the Galaxy S6 is still one of the best Android phones you can buy today, so for that reason, we highly recommend it.