Despite the hype surrounding Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones, consumer sentiment so far suggests an experience of innovative features at the expense of sorely missed others.
Although the Galaxy S6 Edge with its impressive three-sided screen is Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the argument can be made that Samsung wasn’t all that confident in the potential success of the Edge. After all, they released the Edge along with the regular, more traditional-looking Galaxy S6, which begs the question, “Is the S6 a back-up plan in case the S6 Edge fails to become a hit with consumers?”
If Samsung is after innovation and technological evolution, then why not go all the way? No doubt, Samsung can defend their decision through the usual “giving consumers more options” PR talk, but that may not be enough this time around.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge overview
On closer scrutiny, the S6 and S6 Edge lack several features from their predecessors. In order to upgrade the quality of their smartphones from flimsy plastic to aluminum and Corning Gorilla Glass, Samsung had to ditch the removable battery and microSD slots. But perhaps worst of all, Samsung’s claim that the S6 line would have an exceptional battery life has not come to fruition. If anything, battery life suffered quite a bit. And although both phones offer meatier amounts of internal storage, taking away options that were previously present is never a good thing.
Another loss is the option of being waterproof. Considering all the hoopla Samsung made with the Galaxy S5’s waterproof build, it’s a bit jarring not seeing it return. Again, and in fairness, this was most likely a trade-off for the new look of the phones. After all, the S6 and S6 Edge offer the biggest visual changes since the Galaxy S3.
Curves, metal and glass
Just as Apple has been taking notes (pun intended) from Samsung’s larger phone designs, Samsung has been studying Apple’s premium builds just as closely. Like the iPhones, the S6 and S6 Edge are no longer made out of plastic, but with metal and glass, which will no doubt please most consumers given the new materials make the phones look and feel undoubtedly more luxurious. And like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, both the S6 and S6 Edge have a home button on the front that has a fingerprint reader to unlock the phone. They also include 4th generation Corning Gorilla Glass. And coupled with the curved edges of the S6 Edge, consumers will love the exceptionally pleasant tactile sensation the glass provides.
Of course, these changes also mean the slightest drop will cause noticeable damage. You could always purchase a case, but that would conceal the new changes made to the phone’s exterior, particularly the back. Perhaps If Samsung were to offer a free upgrade to those who can keep their Galaxy S6 phones in pristine condition, then we wouldn’t have to worry so much about purchasing bulky protective covers.
Despite the negativity, it can’t go without saying that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are well-made products. The beautiful designs and the exciting new features like the quick camera launch should not go unnoticed. Other welcome improvements include a 16-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization, and a front facing camera that has a 5-megapixel sensor. The S6 in particular offers 4K video recording (3,480 x 2,160 pixels) at 30 frames per second, and both phones feature built-in wireless charging with a fast charging option. According to Samsung, a 10 minute fast charge can provide up to 4 hours of battery life.
Samsung phones almost always deliver on their promises and claims, and the Galaxy S line was and still is massively popular for a reason. It’s just a bit disappointing to learn so much about what it took away from the previous models. For now, we’re looking forward to Samsung’s next generation of curved phones.