So how does the Note 8 do in real life?
The LG V30 is official and we’re here to share our first camera samples with the phone with our readers! Keep in mind that we won’t be giving final judgement on how capable V30’s camera really is in our opinion, since we haven’t had the time yet to extensively test it and pit it against the other top players, but we’ll be sharing our first impressions from LG’s latest flagship!
There is so much to love about Samsung smartphones, especially the displays and cameras. There are things that some may find a little frustrating too, like inconsistent performance over time. It was the latter that always drove me from keeping my SIM card in a Galaxy S series for any appreciable period of time.
However, the Note series was different, despite the same hiccups I would inevitably encounter as I put the device through its paces, those perfect moments where the S-Pen was handy would prove invaluable – not in a sense of professional productivity, but out of propensity to make …
The Apple Watch Sport landed in our UK office this morning, so Cam unboxed it right away. Being the Sport model, it’s made from 7000 series aluminum and the display is coated in ION-X glass. This is the 42mm white model, and Apple has yet again produced a fantastic unboxing experience.
The oblong box is clean, white and minimal, while the watch itself comes in its own separate, plastic shell. Other goodies in the box include a spare S/M strap, the stupidly long charging cable, the power adapter as well as the usual paperwork.
Cam also sets up the device, gives a quick tour of the hardware and its controls and gives his first impressions of the design.
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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is a sign that Samsung is prepared to take chances with its phones. Sure the Galaxy S6 is fairly conservative, but this is an option for anyone who wants something a bit different.
As it shares a lot in common with the Samsung Galaxy S6 it’s also an all-round great phone as you’ll see from our first impressions.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is basically the Samsung Galaxy S6 with a more interesting screen, and what a screen it is. First, the bits that are the same on both: You get a 5.1-inch 1440 x 2560 QHD Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 577 pixels per inch, so it’s incredibly sharp, super bright, vibrant and all-round high quality.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 arguably has one of the best screens around and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge’s display is just as good. Or maybe it’s even better, because it also curves at both edges, adding new features in the process. For example it can display controls and notifications without obscuring the main display.
It can also light up in different colours for different contacts, so you can see who’s calling you even with your phone face down on a table. And of course it looks great and different and new.
Other than that innovative screen the design of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is very similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S6. So it has a metal frame and a glass back as well as a slim 7mm thick build.
It looks great, though perhaps not quite as good as Apple and HTC’s latest flagships. The main issue with it is that it’s not water or dust resistant, which is only really an issue because the Samsung Galaxy S5 is, so it’s a shame to see a feature get removed, but lots of other phones still aren’t, including the HTC One M9 and the Apple iPhone 6.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has 3GB of RAM and a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, with four cores speeding along at 2.1GHz and four slower ones running at 1.5GHz, so it’s as efficient as it is powerful, given that it can switch between the two sets of cores depending on how much power it needs.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge also supports Cat. 6 4G, meaning it can theoretically download things at up to 300Mbps over 4G, which in turn means it’s more than equipped to fully take advantage of the fastest 4G currently available in the UK.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has a 16 megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation, so not only does it have a high megapixel count to ensure that images are sharp and detailed, but it’s also able to effectively minimise the effects of motion blur and camera shake.
The front-facing camera should be pretty good too, as it’s got a 5 megapixel sensor for sharp selfies and there are numerous shooting modes on offer, such as auto HDR and face detection.
Things look just as promising when it comes to video, as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge can shoot 2160p video at 30fps, 1080p video at 60fps and 720p video at 120fps and there are a number of modes to play with there too, such as dual-video recording.
Other than the curved screen that gives it its name and its stylish build the main feature of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is probably its fingerprint scanner.
This isn’t an entirely new thing, as the Samsung Galaxy S5 had one too, but it’s much improved here as rather than requiring an awkward swipe motion to use you simply place your finger on the home button.
Tying into that there’s the new Samsung Pay service, which is seemingly Samsung’s creatively named answer to Apple Pay, as it allows you to use your phone to make contactless payments, with the fingerprint scanner securing the service.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge ships with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, which is basically the latest version of Android (Android 5.1 is out now, but it adds very little).
Samsung has put its TouchWiz interface over the top and this is much improved on previous versions, with a slightly nicer, flatter look and more importantly a lot less bloat, making it slicker and easier to navigate.
Battery life, memory and connectivity
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has a 2600 mAh battery, which is a little smaller than we’d have liked to see, but actually slightly bigger than the unit in the standard Galaxy S6. Its actual life remains to be seen, but however long it lasts it shouldn’t take long to charge, as it supports fast charging, which can theoretically give it up to four hours of life from just a 10 minute charge.
Or you can use the built in wireless charging and not even plug it in at all if you invest in a wireless charger.
The Galaxy S6 Edge comes in a choice of 32, 64 or 128GB, so there’s plenty of storage, which is good because one thing it lacks is a microSD card slot. Most previous Samsung phones have one but it seems the company may be moving away from them.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and infrared.
Smartphones are like anything else. When you pick one up it’s fresh and new, and the novelty overpowers everything else. You’re so excited to have this new gadget you’ve been waiting for that you can’t even see its flaws, serious though they may be. Then, over time, the novelty wears off and the flaws become more pronounced, gnawing at you each and every time you pick up your phone. And that’s when the complaining begins.
First things first: the Galaxy S6 is hardly perfect, and I’m not suggesting that it is. But when it comes to real flaws — serious issues that hurt the user experience — there really isn’t much to speak of.
The Galaxy S6 is particularly interesting to me because when it comes to Samsung’s flagship smartphones, I’ve had some serious complaints in the past. In fact, my complaints were show-stoppers; design and build quality are hugely important to me, and Samsung fell well behind the pack in this regard.
With the Galaxy S6, Samsung catapults from a distant last place to the top of the heap.
Android enthusiasts have two main problems with this phone. The first is the fact that the battery is not swappable, and the second is the phone’s lack of removable storage.
Neither issue concerns me at all.
Regarding the battery, I have yet to fully test it since Samsung didn’t deliver review units until yesterday. I haven’t seen any abnormal drain in the first 24 hours though, and it looks like the battery will easily survive a full day of typical usage, on par with other flagship phones.
Samsung also included quick charging compatibility so the phone charges very fast, and there are two different power saving modes to stretch out your usage time when you need to.
Where removable storage is concerned, it’s 2015. Samsung offers up to 128GB of internal storage in the Galaxy S6, and cloud-based services are readily available. For a very small group of users, the lack of microSD card support will be a deal breaker. For most people, however, it’s not even an issue — just ask Apple.
I covered most of the basics in my first Galaxy S6 hands-on earlier this month, but there are a few things worth stressing as I prepare my full review, which should be published early next week.
First, the Galaxy S6’s display is absolutely stunning.
Forget about the quad HD resolution and forget about the pixel density. Forget everything you’ve read on spec sheets, because there are far too many factors that impact display quality that aren’t represented at all on paper.
All that matters is how the display looks when you hold it in your hand — and the Galaxy S6’s display is simply amazing.
I have never seen anything quite so impressive on a mobile phone. The clarity is crisp and clean, the colors are bold and vivid, and the brightness is intense.
It’s the best smartphone screen in the world, end of story.
Also apparent now that I’ve been able to spend some more time with the Galaxy S6 is just how powerful this smartphone really is. Seeing the benchmark test scores are one thing — the Galaxy S6 absolutely obliterated everything else on the market in my tests, managing a multi-core score of over 5,200 in several Geekbench 3 tests — but the handset’s capabilities are far more apparent in the hand.
The Galaxy S6 is ridiculously fast, and it seems almost impossible to trip up during normal usage. The new 64-bit octa-core Exynos processor, 3GB of DDR4 RAM and UFS 2.0 storage combine provide a truly fluid user experience.