Monday, 30 March 2015 11:31

On the edge of another Galaxy – first looks

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Samsung has launched the Star Ship Galaxy on a quest to conquer all Android smartphones. To go where no smartphone has gone before. Well no – but I could not resist the headline!

The Galaxy S6 and its sleek mate the S6 Edge are refinements, rather than redefining, smartphones. Better, luxury finish, stronger build, faster bits, and more features than its predecessor the S5 – it is - Itsip quiality martphones. Better finish, stronger build, faster bits, and more features than its predecessor the S5.

a true Android, flagship quality phone. More here.

I will tell you more over the coming weeks as I put it through its paces. For now I am impressed with the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on front and back and the 16MP, f1.9, OIS, HDR, rear camera looks great. The rest – the phone, Android apps, and Samsung support are all a given.

It will be available in stores on 10 April with pre-orders from 31 March in stores and via Telcoos.

I like the Edge – and now we know it is a A$150 premium – so the additional price is not off-putting. Whether the few extra pixels wrapped over the edge of the screen is useful remains to be seen. It may be a challenge to accessory case makers.

Samsung Pay – NFC credit card replacement - will be initially available from Westpac and Commonwealth Bank via separate applications. I am sure more banks will join up.

And wireless charging is standard – yea!!! (for those who don’t know I am a Qi supporter)

Samsung Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 edge Product Specifications

Galaxy S6

Galaxy S6 edge

Network

4G LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)

Display

5.1’’ Quad HD(2560x1440) 577ppi, Super AMOLED 5.1’’ Quad HD(2560x1440) 577ppi, Super AMOLED, Dual edge

AP

Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz, Octa-core application processor

OS

Android 5.0 (Lollipop)

Camera

16MP OIS (rear), 5MP (front)

Video

MP4,M4V,3GP,3G2,WMV,ASF,AVI,FLV,MKV,WEBM, VP9

Audio

Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, OPUS
Audio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Camera Features

Quick Launch, Tracking AF, Auto Real-time HDR (Front & Rear), F1.9, Low Light Video (Front & Rear), High Clear Zoom, IR Detect White Balance, Virtual Shot, Slow Motion, Fast Motion, Pro Mode, Selective Focus

Additional Features

Ultra Power Saving Mode
Download Booster
S Health 4.0
Smart Manager
Microsoft Apps (OneDrive 115GB for 2 years, OneNote)
Sound Alive+
Themes
Quick Connect
Private Mode
S Finder, S Voice

Google Mobile Services #4

Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube

Connectivity

WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MIMO(2x2) 620Mbps, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile hotspotBluetooth®: v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X, ANT+USB: USB 2.0NFCIR Remote

Sensor

Accelerometer, Light, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Fingerprint, Hall, HRM #3

Memory

RAM: 3GB, LPDDR4Internal Memory: 32/64/128GB #5, UFS 2.0

Wireless Charging

WPC1.1(4.6W Output) & PMA 1.0(4.2W) compatible

Dimension

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm, 138g 142.1 x 70.1 x 7.0mm, 132g

Battery

2,550mAh 2,600mAh

 

Price

Model

Memory

RRP

Galaxy S6

32GB

$999

Galaxy S6

64GB

$1,149

Galaxy S6

128GB

$1,299

Galaxy S6 edge

32GB

$1,149

Galaxy S6 edge

64GB

$1,299

Galaxy S6 edge

128GB

$1,449

 

Opinion

A little too early to tell but it is stylish and has enough extra features to make S4 owners upgrade – if only to get Android Lollipop.

My wife uses an S5 and she is completely happy with it. As the S5 will get Lollipop and many new features unlocked via that upgrade, the S6 is not as compelling. Its lack of a user removable battery and no microSD card support will ensure the S5 remains popular for some time to come.

It has just edged (to use a pun) ahead of the LG G4 and HTC M9 as premium Android phones – if just for its beautiful 2560 x 1600 screen and 16MP camera. The M9 has a 20MP camera but its initial reviews are disappointing.

I doubt it offers any compelling reason to iPhone 6 users to swap from Apples ecosystem to Android.

Similarly, Windows 10 Mobile looks enticing and will dominate the news later this year.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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