I’m still holding out for the Sony Z4 (though keen to see the LG G Flex 2 in the flesh!, though I like the looks of the HTC M9).
It’s good that Samsung has the ability to ditch the things that many saw as their strengths (removable battery, SD cards, use of durable, light wieght plastics…) and go nearer to the iPhone approach.
The lack of SD card is a plus in my eyes- helping with design; improved security; less faff with compatibility…
The use of metal and glass is good. Though as with the iPhone 4s and other devices glass isn’t good for fingerprint smudges. Not an issue if you use a a case. It’s a shame Samsung aren’t sticking with plastic. Some companies (notably Nokia) have shown you can have plastic AND make it feel like a premium material.
And the adoption on the S6 of the touchid approach of ‘press’ for fingerprint recognition is good to see. The swipe fingerprint on the previous models has been a limitation for one handed use (and the software on the S6 will be nicely familiar for iPhone users).
So whilst the iPhone 6 and Samsung s6 have similarities compared to those of other manufacturers it’s great to see that Samsung have made improvements.
Next step is to address their post sales service- the experience I’ve had been with them has been far from ideal - though, to be fair, I’ve had more hardware issues with my Samsung devices than from any other manufacturer and more of a need to engage with their customer service:((
Meanwhile, for android devices: my choice for audio and style is HTC; for innovation that’s practical and ergonomic LG; and for all round strength, combined with excellent waterproofing it’s Sony. And for good value for money the likes of Xiaomi, Huawei… are hard to beat. So still plenty of choice in the android world!