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  1. BioFanatic's Avatar
    Hey there,
    I've been wanting to do this for some time now. Here is my overview of the Galaxy S6 after the first 10 days.

    Hardware: Samsung Galaxy S6, 64GB White
    This phone is beautiful. My wife doesn't understand how I can use the word "beautiful" to describe a phone, haha, but I really do love the look of this hardware.
    I'm not going to get into stuff you already know about the hardware, you've all seen it and likely played with one by now.
    Notice that the Rogers (Canada) S6 does not say "Galaxy S6" on the back, and there is no carrier branding anywhere on the hardware.

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    Software: Touchwiz on Android Lollipop
    As someone that has always used Nova Launcher Prime, Touchwiz has never really bothered me much in the past. I've enjoyed a lot of the extra features that Samsung has included and I've simply turned off anything I don't use.
    However, this phone lets me take it one step further than my old GS3: Themes. Even with Nova for my launcher and custom icon packs and wallpapers, I love that the themes give me some play in the notifications section in terms of colour, and I love that these carry through to some of the other Samsung apps. The theme store still needs some more options, but that's just a matter of time... new themes seem to be released weekly.
    This phone is quick. Yes, you will see the occasional lag, but nowhere near what I've seen with certain other devices, even newer ones. The only time I see lags is when using apps that aren't well optimized, such as facebook and twitter (when scrolling).
    Launcher: Nova Launcher Prime
    Theme: BMW
    Icons: Elun
    Widgets: HD Widgets, Google Keep, Google Now

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    Screen: Remember when you could see pixels?
    This screen is just amazing. I leave it set to adaptive display and it's just phenomenal, zero complaints allowed!
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    Camera: OIS for the win
    I'm not even going to waste my time thinking of anything clever here, we all know this camera makes other cell cameras whimper in fear.
    The double-click on the Home button is such a welcome function. Also, be sure to turn on the "Tracking AF" function to maintain focus on moving objects (like children or pets, for example).

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    External Speaker: Gets the job done
    Let me get this out there, I'm not an audiophile. I don't suspect this is the best cell speaker, but it gets the job done. Honestly, I don't really use it much, other than for speakerphone sometimes. I have headphones, a tablet with speakers that I typically use over my phone, and computer speakers at home/work, or Chromecast/Nexus Player through my TVs at home.
    Is it the best? Probably not, but it works for my needs.

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    IR Blaster: Blast from the Past
    Yes, IR blasters are old tech. Really old tech. I don't really use it much, but it's helped a few times in a bind and it's great for pranks at friends' houses, haha. Last time I started controlling a TV, my friends with iPhones asked what app I was using. It was great to tell them "Oh, your phone doesn't have the hardware."


    Fingerprint scanner: "Use fingerprint to unlock"
    I've been very impressed with the scanner, I'd guess it works 90% of the time, and the times that it doesn't work is because I twist my finger or use a part that I didn't program in. I think re-scanning my fingers, knowing how I use it, could improve that.


    Samsung Pay: Shut up and take my money
    It may not be here just yet, but Samsung Pay is an interesting feature, especially since it has both MST and NFC functionality.


    Charging: The Fast and the Wireless
    I'm a little blown away by the charging capabilities of this beast.
    Fast-charging gets my phone to full in barely an hour if I get really low, it's unreal.
    I just received my wireless charger in the mail today and it works like a charm, even with the case on. Details below...

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    Battery: Rumors of its demise are greatly exaggerated
    This is one of those topics that's polarizing, and I'm not trying to ignore anyone having issues, but I'm personally getting great battery life, I have zero compaints. Please don't let all the responses to this thread be about the battery, this is NOT a battery post. Got it? Good.
    Here we all are, in the S6 corner of a site with countless forums for countless devices. I feel like we just feed bad battery vibes to each other... but hey, go take a look at forums for other devices. People are getting similar battery life to mine on the M9 and nobody is complaining. Some devices last longer, but not everyone needs longer.
    You'll find people in the S6 going through great lengths to maximize their battery life; some are turning of data when not using, some leave power-saving mode on all day, some turn off all of their syncing.

    Me? I'm not doing any of that:
    My bluetooth is always on (it autosyncs to my car, it autosyncs to my headphones when I turn them on, etc).
    My location is always on, and yes, I use Google Now.
    I have auto-brightness on and find it to be very accurate in adjusting to my lighting conditions.
    I leave my network set to LTE when I'm not connected to wifi (which is also always on).
    I don't use power-saving mode or any apps that try to maximize battery life.
    Anything that I want to sync is always syncing, I don't toggle anything.
    I usually have my tablet (Galaxy Tab S 8.4) with me and prefer it for long sessions of reading, etc., so that helps. I also do all of my gaming on my tablet... bigger screen!

    What DO I do? I just use the darn phone with zero compromises, but anything that I genuinely don't need or want, I turn off:
    I turned off haptic feedback when typing and almost everything else (I've just always had it off on other devices and I prefer it).
    I always have my sound on "vibrate". I don't do this for battery life and I'm not even sure if it has any effect, I just like being discreet with notifications, etc.
    I went through each "account" in my settings and turned the sync off for anything I genuinely do not use, such as G+, G+ photos, newsstand, most (if not all) Samsung things, etc.
    I disabled/uninstalled apps that I don't want/use, such as S Voice, etc. Possibly just as important, I didn't just add every app I've had on previous devices, I only installed apps that I actually use. I imagine that results in less syncing.
    I turned off Wifi Smart Switch, because I actually prefer not to have it. I'm fortunate to have strong wifi at home and work, and I wouldn't want it to switch to LTE when I'm using data heavily without me knowing, limited data on my plan.
    I leave NFC off, as I don't use it.
    I turned off all of the Samsung gestures, as I don't use them.
    I have a car charger in my car and a charger at work. I haven't even needed them once since I got the S6, but knowing I have options removes the anxiety. When I travel in new cities and I'm hard on the GPS, etc., I bring my external battery with me and I don't worry about running out.
    I unplug my phone around 730am and it goes until after 11pm for bedtime (roughly 16 hours). During that time, I still get at least 4 hours of screen on time (SOT) and have another 10-20% remaining.

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    Accessories: Popular devices get all the nice things
    Do you know what accessory manufacturers like? Money. Do you know how they maximize an investment? They make accessories for popular devices. Say what you will about S6 sales rumors, my point still stands:
    Do yourself a favour and take a look at websites for big accessory makers. Caseology, CaseMate, Otterbox, Spigen, etc. What phones have the most options? Ok, so it's Apple, lol. FINE. What about Android phones? The S6 appears to have the most choices of all of them, and by far.


    Compatibility: Click OK to connect
    I'll be upfront again, I'm sure other manufacturers have similar features/apps, but Samsung is great.
    The S6 wireless charging works with both (all?) the wireless charging standards, so you don't even have to worry about it.
    I can use Sidesync on my Tab S and control my S6. I believe there's even PC/Mac applications for it.
    Samsung just announced their new app, Samsung Flow, which allows you to move from one device to another, similar to Apple's Continuity feature.
    I can quickly connect to Smart TVs. I still have "dumb" TVs, but someone near my home has a Sony Bravia, if only they'd allow the connection from their end... haha.

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    Conclusion: I like
    Wow, I typed a lot. If you're still with me, you deserve a gold star... but I can't afford the shipping so you're on your own, sorry.
    10 days in, I'm in love with this phone and I don't have any serious issues. Without rehashing what I've said above, I truly feel that the combination of all of these features I mentioned leaves me feeling confident that I have a keeper, and that it does everything I want it to.
    It sucks to see so much negativity on the S6 forum, because it's truly a great device!

    NOTES:
    Mods, feel free to delete posts that go off-topic, or down a battery rabbit hole. This is a positive post!
    Everyone else, for the love of Pete (he's a nice guy), DO NOT QUOTE MY ENTIRE POST IN YOUR REPLY. Ain't nobody got time for that!
    05-22-2015 09:43 PM
  2. BioFanatic's Avatar
    Bonus - My current accessories:

    Caseology Daybreak in White (TPU):
    The white on white looks awesome, IMHO.
    This case has a lip to protect the screen, a lip to protect the camera (and still sits flat on a surface, no wiggle), and has cutouts for all ports and buttons. Also available in other colours...
    Daybreak Series – Caseology
    I got it from Amazon at a good price.
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    Niceeshop Wireless Charger:
    I got the black to contrast my white desk, but it also comes in white, yellow and light blue.
    It comes with a cable, but the wall adapter is not included, FYI.
    There's a green light that turns blue when you dock your phone. Works perfectly fine through my case.
    http://www.amazon.com/niceeshop-Stan...cUvbUpU4443338
    From Amazon... at under $10, I think I'm going to buy another 1 or 2.
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    05-22-2015 09:46 PM
  3. droidguy1964's Avatar
    Bonus - My current accessories:

    Caseology Daybreak in White (TPU):
    The white on white looks awesome, IMHO.
    This case has a lip to protect the screen, a lip to protect the camera (and still sits flat on a surface, no wiggle), and has cutouts for all ports and buttons. Also available in other colours...
    Daybreak Series – Caseology
    I got it from Amazon at a good price.
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    Niceeshop Wireless Charger:
    I got the black to contrast my white desk, but it also comes in white, yellow and light blue.
    It comes with a cable, but the wall adapter is not included, FYI.
    There's a green light that turns blue when you dock your phone. Works perfectly fine through my case.
    http://www.amazon.com/niceeshop-Stan...cUvbUpU4443343
    From Amazon... at under $10, I think I'm going to buy another 1 or 2.
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    Love that case and I don't even use a case!

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    05-22-2015 09:52 PM
  4. jcp007's Avatar
    Glad you are enjoying your device. I have never seen such a comprehensive overview. If I didn't already have the device or was on the fence, it would be the device that I would buy. Premium materials, great features (hardware/software), and great performance. There's nothing currently that would make hesitate after reading this post.
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    05-22-2015 10:09 PM
  5. mhettrich's Avatar
    Awesome write up man. Glad you are enjoying the device. It's definitely the best device available at the moment.
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    05-22-2015 10:12 PM
  6. BioFanatic's Avatar
    Awesome write up man. Glad you are enjoying the device. It's definitely the best device available at the moment.
    Thanks! I just want people to realize that this phone is more than a battery issue. People are so fixated on that and the negativity is frustrating. I really have no regrets with this phone and I hope people on the fence will feel more confident after reading this.
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    05-23-2015 08:26 AM
  7. jcp007's Avatar
    Thanks! I just want people to realize that this phone is more than a battery issue. People are so fixated on that and the negativity is frustrating. I really have no regrets with this phone and I hope people on the fence will feel more confident after reading this.
    Like the write up so much I read it again. I may have missed it but I remember seeing any comment on the lack of a card slot. I have 50GB free and don't miss it. Just a comment and not meant to be judgepmental or sarcastic or offensive in any way.
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    05-23-2015 08:44 AM
  8. BioFanatic's Avatar
    Like the write up so much I read it again. I may have missed it but I remember seeing any comment on the lack of a card slot. I have 50GB free and don't miss it. Just a comment and not meant to be judgepmental or sarcastic or offensive in any way.
    Nope, never had an issue about lack of SD. In fact, I may never buy a phone that lacks big internal storage again, after using this phone. Until using this, I didn't realize how much I would stress about making sure there's enough room on my internal... Constantly trying to maximize space and move stuff around to SD. That's my life on my Tab S sometimes.
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    05-23-2015 08:54 AM
  9. jcp007's Avatar
    Nope, never had an issue about lack of SD. In fact, I may never buy a phone that lacks big internal storage again, after using this phone. Until using this, I didn't realize how much I would stress about making sure there's enough room on my internal... Constantly trying to maximize space and move stuff around to SD. That's my life on my Tab S sometimes.
    I try to periodically move files and songs that I don't listen to. When I set up my GS6, did a new setup, downloaded the apps I felt I would use leaving the olds ones unloaded. The GS6 allowed me to confront my inner digital packrat. Even if you downloaded an old app that you don't use any more, you can uninstall it. Just my opinion based upon experience and not meant to be sarcastic or judgemental or offensive in any way. Like the positive tone of your thread and hope is doesn't get sullied by rude posts. Thanks for starting it.
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    05-23-2015 09:02 AM
  10. mhettrich's Avatar
    Nope, never had an issue about lack of SD. In fact, I may never buy a phone that lacks big internal storage again, after using this phone. Until using this, I didn't realize how much I would stress about making sure there's enough room on my internal... Constantly trying to maximize space and move stuff around to SD. That's my life on my Tab S sometimes.
    Agreed. I don't want to purchase a phone with less than 64gb internal storage anymore haha.
    05-23-2015 10:18 AM
  11. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    Bonus - My current accessories:

    Caseology Daybreak in White (TPU):
    The white on white looks awesome, IMHO.
    This case has a lip to protect the screen, a lip to protect the camera (and still sits flat on a surface, no wiggle), and has cutouts for all ports and buttons. Also available in other colours...
    Daybreak Series – Caseology
    I got it from Amazon at a good price.
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    Niceeshop Wireless Charger:
    I got the black to contrast my white desk, but it also comes in white, yellow and light blue.
    It comes with a cable, but the wall adapter is not included, FYI.
    There's a green light that turns blue when you dock your phone. Works perfectly fine through my case.
    Amazon.com: niceeshop(TM) Black QI Standard Round Cell Phone Wireless Inductive Chargers for Nokia Lumia 920,LG Nexus 4,Nexus5 Galaxy S3,Note 2,S4,S5,Note3: Cell Phones & Accessories
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    I have that charger....it charges way slower than the other wireless chargers
    05-23-2015 10:26 AM
  12. mhettrich's Avatar
    On a side note, looking at the pictures is making me want to exchange my Black Sapphire for a White phone haha.
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    05-23-2015 11:05 AM
  13. OceanView's Avatar
    Thanks for the glowing review!
    I also feel that the S6 is a fantastic phone and does not warrant all of the negative comments that it has gotten since launch.
    I honestly think that I can use this phone for the next 2-3 years without the desire to upgrade.
    That is a big statement considering I upgrade almost every 6 months
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    05-23-2015 11:12 AM
  14. BioFanatic's Avatar
    I have that charger....it charges way slower than the other wireless chargers
    Interesting. As long as it doesn't damage the battery, that's fine by me. It seemed to be charging at a decent speed, but I don't have anything for comparison. I use the fast charging if I really need juice, this is more passive at my desk.
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    05-23-2015 12:02 PM
  15. evoldroid's Avatar
    This is a excellent phone.I absolutely love it.I had to return my first s6 because of a bad pixel.But I knew I was only going to exchange it.This phone just fits my life

    Posted via Samsung Galaxy S6
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    05-23-2015 12:18 PM
  16. jcp007's Avatar
    Thanks for the glowing review!
    I also feel that the S6 is a fantastic phone and does not warrant all of the negative comments that it has gotten since launch.
    I honestly think that I can use this phone for the next 2-3 years without the desire to upgrade.
    That is a big statement considering I upgrade almost every 6 months
    The design departure makes it future proof compared to more traditional Android devices. Three to five years from now sealed chassis and 64 GB storage will the lowest level flagship device. Just my opinion and not meant to be sarcastic to judgmental or offensive In any way.
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    05-23-2015 12:26 PM
  17. felloffthetruck's Avatar
    What a fantastic post, Thank You.

    What kind of screen protector are you using?
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    05-23-2015 01:27 PM
  18. BioFanatic's Avatar
    What a fantastic post, Thank You.

    What kind of screen protector are you using?
    Thanks!

    The screen protector was a generic one, I'm guessing. I just got it put on at a local cell phone accessory place, not a brand name like Ghost Armor or anything. It does the job well and it was dirt cheap, haha.
    05-23-2015 01:42 PM
  19. Kalvin Kerns's Avatar
    Love that case and I don't even use a case!

    Posted via the Android Central App
    I'll second that. Love the case! I'll get one if it's grippy.... is it?

    Awesome post and review and basically mirrors my own thoughts on this kickass phone.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    05-23-2015 02:16 PM
  20. xdviper's Avatar
    Its whenever I see pictures of the white S6 I feel like I should've gotten the white one. But the black one just looks gorgeous under different lighting.

    Besides that, I have to agree, battery life will undoubtedly get better with future OTA updates. Overall this phone is amazing.

    Sent from my SM-G920T using Tapatalk
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    05-23-2015 02:35 PM
  21. warpdrive's Avatar
    Nice review. Love my S6 too.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    05-23-2015 02:39 PM
  22. jcp007's Avatar
    Its whenever I see pictures of the white S6 I feel like I should've gotten the white one. But the black one just looks gorgeous under different lighting.

    Besides that, I have to agree, battery life will undoubtedly get better with future OTA updates. Overall this phone is amazing.

    Sent from my SM-G920T using Tapatalk
    I totally agree but I wanted the gold platinum but the attraction of the free OEM wireless charging pad and the lack of an available Best Buy SKU on pre-order day.

    This post is only my personal response to the previous post and is not meant to be sarcastic or judgmental or offensive in any way. I am not a paid attorney spokesperson nor am I an employee of Samsung but I am the Korean Thor.
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    05-23-2015 02:53 PM
  23. mango1228's Avatar
    Refreshing to read such a positive post. I also love my s6. Best device i have owned (i haved owned alot of devices)

    Thank you for that

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    05-23-2015 03:06 PM
  24. BioFanatic's Avatar
    I'll second that. Love the case! I'll get one if it's grippy.... is it?

    Awesome post and review and basically mirrors my own thoughts on this kickass phone.
    Thanks!

    I don't find it slippery, but it is smooth, glossy TPU. It doesn't have any texture, so I could see some people avoiding it. I personally haven't had any times where I felt I would drop it, but there are definitely grippier (is that a word?) cases out there.
    05-23-2015 03:11 PM
  25. syspry's Avatar
    Poor battery size, no SD card, no removable battery...

    Just kidding I couldn't resist lol 😁

    Nice write up, you get a like and a thanks! I'm personally waiting for the Fall season launches because that's what I always do every upgrade year just because some of my other favorite brands do Fall launches but so far the S6 is topping my 2015 picks
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    05-23-2015 03:13 PM
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