Well here it goes. This is something that is slightly different for me, but I hope to get some decent info out there about a new device that I have come in contact with. Specifically the Samsung Galaxy S6.
I am not one to normally do reviews, but I know what I look for when I read about new devices, and since I was able to get ahold of one so quickly (Thank you +T-Mobile
) I thought I would take a few minutes to give my impressions.
First let me give a few items about myself. If you don't care to get an idea of my perspective, skip the next couple paragraphs.
TLDR; I like it.
1. I love huge screens. The +OnePlus
One was what I would call about the smallest device I could "enjoy". Its been this way since i got the Note2, then Note3, Note4 and finally the Nexus 6. I just love huge hi-res screens. That is until recently. The Nexus 6 became just a bit over the top. I don't have unusually large hands, or large hands at all for that matter, and I found the Nexus 6 just a tad too much to handle reliably.
2. I don't go overboard on battery saving settings, I don't really do anything to save battery. I have a few different portable batteries available, but still I tend not to need them. It may be related to most devices I have use large batteries, or it could be related to the way I use my phone.
3. To sdcard or not to sdcard. Personally IDGAF either way. Sdcards can add convenience, but I think in the way we are moving in our ever changing mobile world the idea of data and media being accessible across several devices at the same time is invaluable.
4. I love custom ROMs. More so just knowing that I can choose to download the source and put in the time, or download something else already done, I can load it up make it my own, not to mention all the great features that the Android Community has brought to the table.
ON TO THE REVIEWISH THING:
1. Phone is designed well, fits great it in the hand, and it has a very usable size. I even find the back glass comfortable for my own use.
2. TW is getting better. Thats saying a lot, because I have always rated TW at the bottom of OEM Skins (Tied with LG.) Its not as in your face, and mostly tied to the launcher itself. The notification area is standard TW and did not follow the Lollipop update/style. (Downcheck) They added Themes and A Theme store! Much like HTC has had in the past. Limited options right now, but it appears someone can do quite a bit of theming to the device. Time will tell.
3. Between the LP updates to google services, and samsung smart switch it makes it very easy to move to a new device. Tap and Go from google with transfer your accounts, and smart switch will move your data/media over. (Including my wifes 29GB of photos/videos etc) It allows you to deselect items also.
4. Performance. I have to say, samsung did something good with the exynos 7420. With no changes, and actually I have not even restarted the device, it is snappy, fluid and responsive. (Not that you should expect anything else from a flagship phone.)
5. Bloat. Its there. We know that. It will continue to be there. But, this time its limited to a couple microsoft services like one note and skype, and a couple samsung apps (Office, Milk )
Everything else belongs. It has your standard Gapp replacements, like Calender etc, but they all bring a few little extra features that make them worth using. Overall less than before when it comes to extras. (Don't forget the obligatory TMO stuff).
6. I like it. Just the way it is. Would I like to see GPE on it? Yes, CM-12. YES. CM-12S YES!. But can I handle it as a daily driver the way it is. I definitely can for now.
I loved the note 3. I love it so much the note 4 was a slight disappointment. The S6 is not disappointing so far.
I am open to questions, I will answer as best I can.
And... I dont need a pissing contest, or fanboy riot in the comments.
And the now obligatory +Russell Holly