Wow. That’s about all I had to say when I first saw the Samsung Galaxy S6. This phone is unlike its predecessors. It’s all metal, all glass, and it feels seriously good in the palm of your hand.
The Galaxy S6 is Samsung’s way of letting the world know it’s heard your woes. It even pared down TouchWiz so it isn’t as bloopy and bloaty as it used to be.
iPhone users, if you’re having a little deja vu you’re not alone—the Galaxy S6 does resemble a bit of Apple’s darling, but I don’t mind. If anything, Samsung just borrowed some of the iPhone 6’s trimmings and made it better—and a little less pretentious.
Let’s talk performance for a second: Benchmarks are still just numbers, but in this case the Galaxy S6’s performance is too impressive not to bring it up. Its octa-core Exynos 7 processor smoked both the recently launched LG G Flex 2 and HTC One M9’s Qualcomm innards by a significant amount. The Galaxy S6’s battery performance isn’t too shabby, either, and it gives credence to the fact that the phone’s insides are power efficient.
Oh—and let’s not forget to talk about the 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and its wondrous low-light performance. It’s equipped with all kinds of camera and video modes, not to mention a super wide front-facing selfie camera. Instead of tacking on unnecessary features and just upping the megapixels, Samsung refined the camera it put in last year’s phone, so now it’s good enough for vacation pics.
I’m really impressed with Samsung’s Galaxy S6, and though it still has a bit of bloatware, it actually comes with useful features, like the ability to double tap the home button to launch the camera.
If you’ve been avoiding Samsung because of its plastic past, the Galaxy S6 may change your mind. For the company, this truly is its next big thing.