No doubt the Samsung Galaxy S6 is one of the best smartphones in the market this year. We’ve heard numerous positive reviews and have watched several stress tests already. It was even tagged as the Top 1 Performance Smartphone in Q1 by AnTuTu. The model was quickly followed by the Galaxy S6 edge for obvious reasons–they are very similar. This didn’t come as a surprise because premium Galaxy S phones always top the market every time they are launched.
It’s no different for ConsumerReport who agrees that the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are two of the best phones you could buy today. However, their scores are not as high as last year’s Samsung Galaxy S5. We’re guessing a lot of many reasons including its use of Exynos instead of Qualcomm and the non-inclusion of a microSD card slot for memory expansion and the non-removable battery. We don’t know how ConsumerReport does surveys and tests but their scores prove the Galaxy S5 is better.
Others may not agree that the Galaxy S5 is better because the previous Galaxy S4 is even better. Let’s not be confused furthermore but according to ConsumerReport, the S6 and S6 edge look more similar to the iPhone. That’s weird because Samsung has always been anti-iPhone. Even if the S6 edge has a dual-curved edge display, it’s like the iPhone 6 in the sense that it doesn’t have any removable battery and the memory slot has been removed. Just like an iPhone? Yes, to an extent.
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S5, the S6 and S6 edge are not water-resistant. We’ve sure seen an underwater test and the new S6 phone survived longer than the iPhone but it’s not as water-resistant and carefree to use compared to the Galaxy S5. As for the battery life, the S6’s is good but still not better than the Galaxy S5 and other smartphones available today.
Samsung may have made a mistake in removing the microSD card slot and the removable battery but the company is offering free battery replacement if it drops below 80% capacity within one year. After that, it will be $45 for battery or phone screen replacement.