Samsung Galaxy S6 (32GB) review: Simply, the best Samsung Galaxy

Can it turn Samsung's smartphone business around?

Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Expert Rating

    4.75 / 5

Pros

  • Metal and glass body
  • Leading 577ppi screen
  • Powerful computing innards
  • Good battery life
  • Great 16MP rear- and 5MP-front cameras
  • Improved finger scanner
  • Light TouchWiz software

Cons

  • No expandable storage
  • Battery is non-removable

Would you buy this?

What’s missing?

One noticeable feature is missing from the Galaxy S6 and that is its IP certification. This smartphone is not resistant to dust and water, and we couldn’t care less. Adding this feature to the Galaxy S5 made it wider, fatter and heavier. It made it ugly. Those interested in tough credentials can pursue one of Samsung’s Galaxy Active smartphones, or better still, Sony’s Xperia Z3.

Final thought

Samsung has gone from making the least desirable flagship to the ‘must have’ phone. How hard it must have been to concede the company’s older tricks were not working and that it was time for change.

The design needed change, and now it is at the forefront of the smartphone market. The hardware remains as innovative as ever, but it now works better with software that is easier to use.

A critical point was when the company had to recognise not everyone is going to be happy if it is to make the best phone in the world. Few people would dislike the lack of expandable storage, a removable battery or missing tough credentials. This is the price the company made to make a smartphone the masses can love.

Change would’ve had to ripple throughout the company’s many divisions. Five years of tradition and custom forsaken so that it could start again. And in recognising its priorities had to change to put customer needs first, Samsung revealed its greatest strength.

Read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge here

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