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Review: Samsung Galaxy S6 for Sprint

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As with the Edge, Samsung simply killed it with the Galaxy S6. It may not have the raw sex appeal of its curvy brother, but the S6 offers an experience that is almost entirely the same. The Galaxy S6 is well designed and well made, with quality materials. The phone is a winner in most respects.

The metal and glass design lends a premium feel to the S6 not previously available from Samsung's lineup. The phone is small and light enough to use comfortably, and the quad HD screen will knock your socks off. Some may be put off by the locked-in battery and lack of memory card, but these are acceptable trade-offs to me to gain such an attractive phone.

The phone was a star performer on Sprint's network in terms of both data and voice calls. Battery life was slightly better than the S6 Edge and it should be good enough for most users. The Quick Charge feature works as advertised and being able to drop it on any wireless charging pad is a bonus. (It might be time to invest in one.)

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Samsung and Sprint stuffed the phone to the max with unwanted and unneeded apps, but they all work perfectly thanks to the zippy processor. The camera does a fantastic job and the new camera app is a joy to use. With advanced features such as Samsung Pay coming in a few months, there's hardly anything the S6 can't do.

I think the Edge is the better of the two new Galaxy phones, but you're not missing all that much if you opt for the S6 instead. If you can throw caution to the wind (i.e., you're not constrained by money), I say go for the Edge. If you're more interested in a standard handset that still sets the bar for quality Android devices, the Galaxy S6 is an excellent selection. At $100 less than the Edge, the S6 is also more affordable.

The Galaxy S6 is the phone we've always known Samsung could make. I'm glad it's finally here.

Our Ratings

4.5
Overall
4.5
Reception
4
Battery Life
4.5
Hardware Usability
4.5
Hardware Quality
5
Display
5
Interface Speed
4.5
Audio Volume
4.5
Camera
 

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