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Review: Samsung Galaxy S6 for Verizon Wireless

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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. For me, these are acceptable trade-offs to gain such an attractive phone.

The phone was a star performer on Verizon's network in terms of data, and call quality was slightly improved compared to the Edge model. 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.) Thank goodness the S6 offers just enough battery life (but more would be appreciated.)

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Samsung and Verizon 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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