Samsung Galaxy S6 Review: A True iPhone 6 Killer In Every Regard
So 2014 wasn’t the best year for Samsung, it did ok with the Galaxy Note 4, but that was after the critical and commercial ass-paddling that came from the Galaxy S5, the firm’s then flagship. That was pretty much the first time a major Samsung device had been roundly greeted with a sharp inhalation of breath through gritted teeth. It didn’t sell well; people didn’t like it. The era of the plastic fantastic smartphone had come to an end, and for some reason Samsung hadn’t clocked it.
That meant something radical was needed – Project Zero. That’s what Samsung called the Galaxy S6 internally when it was in development; the firm was literally going back to the drawing board. Clunky, generic design made from plastic was to be replaced with something sleek and stylish, fashioned in metal and glass.
The plan didn’t exactly work, however, as Samsung’s sales, profits and ownership of the mobile space began to dwindle inside 2015. The main reason for this was Apple’s iPhone 6, which basically destroyed EVERYTHING in 2014/15. Unfortunately for Samsung, this looks likely to happen again this year with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which sold in excess of 15 million during their first week on sale.
Samsung’s only countermove to this is its Galaxy S7 series of handsets which are due out at some point inside Q1 2016. A lot has already been written about the Galaxy S7’s specs, hardware and overall design but you can bet your ass there’ll be plenty more leaks and information published between now and Christmas.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at how the Samsung Galaxy S6 stacks up…
Samsung has pulled out all the stops when it comes to processing power, battery tech, and camera hardware. The use of its own Exynos processor chip over the darling of the Android space; Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, tantalisingly promises an even more robust and powerful smartphone experience than many key rivals.
The Galaxy S6 also launched alongside the Galaxy S6 EDGE, essentially the same phone but with some advanced display technology featuring a unique curved design on the two longer sides of the touchscreen. However, neither handset has managed to match Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in terms of sales –– at least just yet. According to data, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 EDGE are seriously outperforming last year’s Galaxy S5, though neither are likely to give Apple’s iPhones any trouble anytime soon.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 EDGE are fantastic Android handsets. They look great. They perform great. They even have decent battery life and some of the best displays in the business. But Samsung just isn’t selling enough of them – and this is bad new for the company. Very bad news, indeed.
According to the company’s Q2 financials, Samsung’s mobile business took a massive hit in the nuts, dropping 37.6% year-on-year. Meanwhile, Apple experienced HUGE growth during 2014/15 and is now by far and away the most profitable phone maker on the planet – nobody else even comes close.
“Samsung misread demand for its unique curved screen Galaxy S6 Edge model, instead focusing production efforts on normal versions that went head to head against iPhone,” notes Apple Insider. “A report covering Samsung’s earning estimates earlier this month cited a source as saying the company thought regular S6 sales would outpace S6 Edge four-to-one.”
Counterpoint expects Samsung’s flagship devices to hit sales of 50 million units by the end of the year.
Anyway…on with the review of the Galaxy S6 flagship!