When Samsung initially released the S6 as their flagship back in March 2015, they blew the doors off the smartphone market by finally putting out a handset that could seriously compete with the industry heavyweights. And though it’s now been superseded by the Galaxy S7, the S6 still offers up everything a premium smartphone should—it really is a great piece of kit with some very impressive features.
First up, the bold design—the Galaxy S6 is all sleek metal, compact and elegant and featuring a 5.1-inch screen that takes up most of the front. And with 1440 x 2560 pixels to play with, the phone doesn’t just look great—everything, be it colours, text, photos or videos, looks great on it as well.
With a 64-bit Samsung Exynos 7420 octa-core processor and 3GB RAM, the Galaxy S6 is a bit of beast. It’s a real powerhouse that can go above and beyond most smartphones, whether that’s juggling multiple apps at once or keeping up with some serious gaming—it’s got more than enough oomph to keep everything running effortlessly and fluidly.
What really sets the Galaxy S6 apart from the competition though is its camera. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the camera alone makes the handset worth while as a high end smartphone choice. At a whopping 16 megapixels the rear-facing camera has fantastic image quality, and because it also includes a f/1.9 lens and Optical Image Stabilisation, photos still look great even in not so great lighting. On top of all that, it’s also fantastic for selfie fans, featuring a 5 megapixel front facing camera and loads of modes, like wide selfie (which helps you capture large group shots) and beauty shot that smooths skin, to help you take self-portraits.
Unfortunately, all this heft comes at a bit of a price—without taking advantage of power savings options, you’ll find the battery life can drain pretty quickly. However, if you’re not hammering away at the S6’s more extreme capabilities all day long, you should be able to keep its battery span ticking over.
All in all, the Galaxy S6 is still one of the best smartphones on the market. In fact, with the exception of the S7, it could arguably be the best Android phone available today. So if you want a handset that goes above and beyond the call of duty, but don’t need it to be the latest and greatest model, we couldn’t recommend the Samsung Galaxy S6 highly enough.