The new Samsung S6 and S6 Edge are important to 12 volters because they will be the first phones from a top-selling phone brand to ship with built in Lollipop (Android 5.0), making them Android Auto ready.
If the reviews on the new phones are any indication, the S6 will be a strong seller, with the new hardware design and improved functions winning over some of Samsung’s harsher critics.
Joanna Stern, a devoted iPhone user at the Wall Street Journal said, “I am not afraid to say it: I love Samsung’s new phones, maybe even more than my own iPhone 6. Like a child who just found out that Santa isn’t real, I have spent the past week questioning everything I know.”
Stern said the S6 screen was brighter, the camera better, the battery life longer, the charging faster, and the fingerprint sensor faster for unlocking the phone on the S6. But in the end she said she’d stick with the iPhone because she finds the software easier to use.
BGR.com, which has been critical of the S series in the past, gushed “the Galaxy S6 has the most impressive smartphone display the world has ever seen. It’s bright, vibrant, and the colors are full and vivid.” The Verge also called the S6 screen “one of the best.”
More than one reviewer called the new S6 “stunning,” with outstanding features that are useful and not just gimmicks (with the exception of the Edge notifications, as noted below). New features include built in wireless charging for both the Qi and PMA standards and an 8 core processor plus a 16MP camera and a super high pixel density of 577 PPI
The Verge’s Dieter Bohn summed it up this way, “The Galaxy S6 features a parade of specs, each one more audacious than the last. There’s the IR blaster, the heart rate monitor that doubles as a shutter button for selfies, the support for not one but two wireless charging standards, the insanely fast new processor, the 16-megapixel optically stabilized camera, and even a super loud speaker. But it all culminates in the display — and what a culmination it is.
The Galaxy S6 has one of the finest screens I have ever seen on a phone. It’s a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a completely unnecessary number of pixels, 2560 x 1440. Forget any gripes you may have heard about AMOLED screens in the past; they don’t apply here.”
AppleInsider, however, said the iPhone 6 benchtested better than the S6 when running apps.
The new S6 sister phone, the S6 Edge, while beautiful, was deemed it unworthy of the extra $100 in price. The Edge provides notifications on the side of the phone but many reviewers found them superfluous.
The S6 and S6 Edge go on sale April 10.