The Galaxy S6, worth the upgrade?

March 29, 2016

One of these days, you’re going to be looking down at your Galaxy S4 or S5, if you haven’t already, and ask yourself the big question, do I need an upgrade? We like to be consider every aspect carefully here at Callcom before giving a verdict, will you do that with us?

The camera

A smartphone’s camera has become a major selling point nowadays, with users demanding the best either for professional work or just personal use. That is why we’ll look at that first. Both the S6 and S5 have a 16MP camera, although the former has a smaller aperture which translates to better low-light shots. Unfortunately, photos on the S6 aren’t that great in low light, but the camera is definitely much faster. All in all, the camera experience didn’t change much, except for the front camera that was boosted to 5MP from 2MP.


After the Galaxy S5’s success, Samsung took a leap of faith by introducing some new ideas on the S6. One of those was the decrease of battery capacity from 2,800mAh to 2,550mAh in order to make the device slimmer. That didn’t work out; the Galaxy S6 became one of the worst performers in battery life in 2015 compared to other flagship devices. That makes this device quite unfavourable for those who like to use their device for longer periods before recharging.


The Galaxy S6 saw the introduction of a 64-bit processor which should make tasks much faster to process. However, most apps still aren’t optimized for 64-bit and this capability still goes untapped and make the S6 more of a lying than roaring beast.

Body and design

Just holding the S5 and S6 in the hand will tell you they are absolutely different in design. The S5 is mostly plastic with a leather back and aluminium sides which is comfortable to hold. The S6, on the other hand, is glass and metal, which give it a premium but delicate feel in the hand. The choice of body material is really just an option between premium feel and comfort.


This is the one sector Samsung failed on all counts. Not only is the battery smaller on the S6 but it is also non-removable; which is a complete bummer. On this issue, the S6 truly fails and is only slightly rescued by the quick and wireless charge options.


The amazing water resistance was done away with on the S6, further increasing to the care the device needed. Besides that, all the other features were returned and the fingerprint reader improved to eliminate the swiping.

The verdict

In sales, the Galaxy S6 didn’t do well at all, selling 10 million units short of the S5. Perhaps this was because of buyers’ feeling of ‘not much in it’, which you can see above. The S6 was more of an experimental device where Samsung tried a lot of new ideas and failing in most. Therefore, it’s not a great improvement over the S5 and most people felt comfortable keeping their previous device.

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