You can now buy the Samsung Galaxy S6. But should you?

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 is now available for sale in the U.S. and it's got plenty of fans and and plenty of detractors. Should you buy? I've got details to help you decide.

Why you should buy

The Galaxy S6 is a beautiful phone, and there are plenty of reasons to buy it. Start off with its screen, a 5.1-inch screen beauty, with 2560 x 1440 resolution at 576 ppi. It's the best screen you can find, and easily beats the iPhone's 4.7-incher at 1334 x 750 at 326 ppi.

The overall design is flat-out beautiful. Plastic is gone in favor of an aluminum alloy frame, with Gorilla Glass 4 on both the front and back. As for charging, you can throw your cables away. It'll charge wirelessly with a variety of standards, including WPC and PMA. Samsung will sell charging pads. The phone should also work with other charging pads.

It's got more than enough power to handle whatever task you throw at it, because it's powered by an Exynos 7 series quad 2.1GHz chip and a quad 1.5Ghz, Octacore application processor. It also ships with 3 GB of RAM. As for storage, there's plenty of it --- there are 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB models.

You'll get top-end cameras, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera on the front and a 16-megapixel back-facing one. And it comes with the latest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, with only a light layer of TouchWiz on top of it.

Why you shouldn't buy

All that may sound as if buying the S6 is a no-brainer, but there are plenty of reasons not to buy as well. In some ways, it's inferior to the Galaxy S5. The S6 isn't water-resistant and dust-proof like the S5. And if you like to replace a phone's battery, this phone isn't for you, because there's no removable battery.

An even bigger issue compared to the S5 is that there's no longer a microSD slot. So whatever storage is on the phone you buy is the storage you get, although you also do get 115 GB of free Microsoft OneDrive cloud-based storage along with it.

Then there's the software. Android is great for customization, but when it comes to ease of use, it's no iOS. And TouchWiz may be lighter on the S6 than on previous Samsung phones, but it's still there, a layer between you and the operating system.

The bottom line

So, is the S6 the phone for you? If you want a great screen, powerful processor, lots of RAM, a good amount of storage, and solid cameras, you'll want it, especially if you're an Android fan. But if you'll miss extras such as a the ability to increase storage and to change your battery, it's not the phone for you. And, of course, if you're a fan of iOS, you'll stay away.

This story, "You can now buy the Samsung Galaxy S6. But should you?" was originally published by ITworld.

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