Revealed in March 2015, the Galaxy S6 used to be the best Samsung had to offer in their mobile lineup. But a lot has changed since then, and the phone is now 3 years old. So how does does it perform in mid-2017? Is it worth getting?
First, the design. It is quite safe to say that the S6 didn’t change much from the S5. The one notable thing is an unibody design, which doesn’t allow you to pop open the back. And because of that, the phone looks really awesome, especially in the color I got. Keep in mind that this surface is an absolute fingerprint magnet. On the back you have the Samsung logo, above which is the magnificent camera. Next to the camera is the flash and the heart rate monitor. On the right is the power button and SIM tray and on the left are the volume buttons. Up front is a 5.1 QHD screen, underneath which is Samsung’s standard button layout. I’ll get to the screen in a moment. The phone is really thin, only 6.8mm. Please get a case to protect your phone, or at least a skin to make it less slippery.
Inside the phone you can find really decent specs. Exynos 7420, 32/64/128 GB of non-expandable storage, 3 GB of RAM, and a 2550 mAh battery. For pictures you have an awesome 16 MP camera, which is 4K capable. For selfies you have a sweet 5 MP shooter.
When shipped, the phone came with Android 5, but is upgradable to Android 7.
I got my phone second-hand, refurbished. I paid 250€ for it, and you get a lot of phone for that price. The powerful components are more than capable of pushing all dem pixels on the 5.1” QHD Super AMOLED display. Even by today’s standards, the screen falls in the high-end range of screens, and with a good reason. The colors are really vivid, viewing angles are awesome, it gets really bright even under bright sunlight and is really, really crisp. There isn’t much to say, other than that the screen is still awesome.
Samsung Galaxy S6 in 2017 – still fast
Despite it’s “age” the phone is still snappy. Multitasking is a breeze and I haven’t experienced any slow-downs…well, except for the occasional hiccup here and there, but it’s so rare, you barely even notice it. Games also run really smooth. However, the phone does have a habit of getting really warm under normal use, but that doesn’t seem to be impacting performance. What’s odd about this is that the phone them runs cooler under heavier load. I haven’t found the cause yet, but the point is, it tends to get warm randomly for a short time.
While we’re talking about performance, the fingerprint scanner is also fast. It is not as fast, nor as accurate as the latest ones, since it does tend to miss from time to time, but I can’t blame it much since the fingerprint technology came a long way in a short time.
Now, battery. The battery is relatively small, so battery life is actually a weak point of the phone. You might need to grab the charger before going to bed. Luckily, the phone features Adaptive fast charging, which charges the battery to 50% really fast, then slows down. Awesome.
This being a Galaxy device, the camera is a hihe selling point. And the camera is nothing short of amazing. The pictures are really sharp with realla accurate colors that pop-up. Same goes with video. 4k looks awesome. The phone has optical image stabilisation for some smooth shots. I’m not a camera expert, but I think you can agree with me that the camera is really, really awesome. It will not disappoint.
So this is all fine and dandy, but is the Galaxy S6 worth buying in 2017? Heck yes! An alternative is the iPhone 6, which is also a sweet phone. When buying a used phone, just make sure it is in 100% good shape and ask for at least some warranty.
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