Samsung Galaxy S6: test and review

No more comfortable transition models of the Galaxy S, with its S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung finished moulting initiated by the Alpha range and Note 4, then exit the removable battery in the memory card, solid plastic , sealing, and input luxurious finishes.

breaking machines that take the risk not to talk to the historical tribe, would be to forget that the DNA of the Samsung mobile is not just a plastic shell and a removable battery.

Plastic free

How legitimate a premium hourly rate effective Smartphones less than 200 euros? Samsung draws inspiration from the side of Apple and Sony and offers a beautiful setting rewarding.

On the high end, it’s all about perception and it undeniably Galaxy S6 delivers a feeling, a premium perceived quality. The first grip is also confusing with the feeling of holding an iPhone or Xperia Z. The aluminum structure with rounded edges and beveled glass from enshrine two blocks Gorilla Glass 4 is necessarily no stranger to this very good impression.

A rear facade that despite an oleophobic treatment will keep it with fingerprints. To limit the visual impact of these traces, it will favor the white version, it’s good, it’s the one you prefer.

Another odd in terms of design, the block camera, sacrificed on the altar of the fineness exceeds nearly 2 mm of the back cover. More annoying, the prominent camera unit has a plastic rim and looks quite sensitive to friction or small shock. Wear at check in time.

For it is especially rare solid impression that emerges from the S6, not cracking under the fingers of any game on the mechanical keys, assembly is remarkable.

Even back positive side grip and space, facing the S5, S6 is less wide (72.5 mm vs 70.5 mm), although less thick (8.1 mm vs. 6.8 mm) and slightly higher (142 mm vs 143.4 mm). It is mostly lighter than its plastic grandfather, 138 g against 145 for the Galaxy S5.Samsung continues the trend of “almost borderless” popularized by LG G3 and reduces borders around the screen, it’s less room for lost to the screen on the front.


It is a historical forces of Samsung, the manufacturer control components. Dalles, SoC, NFC chip, RAM or Nand there are many in this Samsung S6. And among these components, there is a shining particularly, the screen.

Generation after generation Samsung pushes the limits of his expertise in the display. The S5 was already the best last year, again the Galaxy S6 excels. We pass the marketing pitch of Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels or 577 PPI on a 5.1 inches), it is the intrinsic quality of the slab and the processing software that will capture the retina.

A slab 5.1 inches Super AMOLED as usual with his qualities, deep black and infinite contrast and defects, color saturation. Except for the Galaxy S5, default saturation, there is almost more. The processing software is there to correct the excesses, simply switch from “Basic” to “Adaptive Display” mode to be convinced.

On a warm color, saturated yellow pulling, a more neutral white is obtained, although on this point the LCD of the iPhone still derive their game, the S6 is better than the S5 with its white blueish.

In the adaptive mode, colorimetry is balanced and offers an excellent compromise between fidelity and “pep”. To complete the picture, will produce a very high brightness, ideal to minimize sun glare outdoors. Again, the best market display, simply.

Less is more

Side comfort, we also appreciate the new philosophy of the overcoat TouchWizz, sober and well refined. Widgets Korean, those that once used for fun, are still present, but this time well camouflaged and better organized.

Android becomes more intuitive and more easily accessed in the desired application. The power user of Android will enjoy this logic closer to the “Pure Android” and iOS users should find their marks. Especially as Samsung has done things to facilitate the switch to S6 with its recovery given from iCloud or via a USB OTG cable.

By staying in front, note that the biometric sensor S6 has

evolved as better is one of our complaints about the S5, which, to use only

shone manages its simplicity. Taming is done with the S6

that responds perfectly to finger, at least, as well as the Touch Apple ID.

No change of heart rate monitor side however, always on the back. Like his grandfather, the S6 will attempt to replace a tracker of activity with the accelerometer to count steps and calculate calories burned and cardio to measure the heart beat. Note that it only works when it is stopped, so impossible to measure its full BPM jogging. All data is aggregated on the S Health app, which, if not worth the apps from a dedicated tracker like Jawbone, made the job.

The perf ‘yes, but autonomy?

More on Qualcomm Galaxy S, Samsung has chosen to implement its SoC house on its S6. A choice that seems sensible, the last S810 animating, or will lead, most of the competition with tendencies to overheat.

In fact, despite a design that does not specifically promotes heat dissipation, the Galaxy S6 does not rise too much in temperature, even when heavily used, as here by a game (Epic Citadel), a first good point .

Second good point, more theoretical this time the performance. The Exynos 7420 is 4 + 4 64-bit cores engraved in 14 nm clocked at 2.1 GHz and 1.5, all backed by 3GB of RAM DDR4. A spec sheet that sends heavy and raw performance that illustrate in the benchmarks, particularly on Geekbench where S6 is far ahead of its competitors.

Geekbench 3

Samsung Galaxy S6



HTC One M9



LG G Flex 2



Samsung Galaxy S5



Apple iPhone 6







The longest bar shows the best performance.

In use, the result is not as flattering, all is fluid, ultra-responsive, but if one goes the cursor will report final requirement is sometimes a little bit of slack with many apps in task bottom or certain content such as games. For if Exynos CPU side shines, the GPU, a Mali T760 in this case is substantially less than the Adreno Snapdragon 3D.

3DMark Ice Storm – Unlimited

HTC One M9


LG G Flex 2


Samsung Galaxy S6


Samsung Galaxy S5


Apple iPhone 6



The longest bar shows the best performance

The requirement or nitpicking is choice, because in practice and a good gourmand game, we do not really see any difference.

The octo-core Samsung is thought to conserve battery power by distributing the tasks on its 4 + 4 cores. Sobriety in the necessary consumption, S6 losing 250 mAh compared to his older (2800 mAh to 2550 mAh vs S5).

Smartphones 2015, the battle of numbers

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

HTC One M9

Apple iPhone 6


709 euros

859 959 euros

749 euros

709, 819, 919 euros


143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm, 138g

142 x 70.1 x 70mm, 132g

144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm, 157g

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm, 129 g


5.1 inch, 2,560×1,440 pixels, 557ppi

5.1 inch, 2,560×1,440 pixels, 557ppi, curved screen

5 inch, 1,920×1,080 pixels, 441ppi

4.7 inch, 750 x 1334 pixels, 326ppi


Android 5.0 Lollipop / Touchwiz

Android 5.0 Lollipop / Touchwiz

Android 5.0 Lollipop / Sense 7

iOS 8.x


Cat 6 (300 Mbps)

Cat 6 (300 Mbps)

Cat 6 (300 Mbps)

Cat 4 (150Mbps)


802.11a / b / g / n / ac

802.11a / b / g / n / ac

802.11a / b / g / n / ac

802.11a / b / g / n / ac





Limited to Apple Pay






Camera back





Camera facade






Octa-core Samsung Exynos

Octa-core Samsung Exynos

Octa-core Snapdragon 810

Dual-core Apple A8



32GB, 64GB


16GB, 64GB, 128GB

expandable memory



Expandable up to 128GB






1810 mAh

Loading wireless





Despite a capacity of any battery (not removable we recall) and a bright screen, autonomy does not flinch, it’s good this is still DNA from Samsung. The day and a half is reached on a mixed use with frequent consultation of email and social networks in the background, 3 hours ago from web in 4G, 1 hour of streaming music, games 1 hour. Samsung communicates of 17 hours talk time (21 for S5) and 13 hours of video playback, identical to S5. We consider the autonomy of S6 as satisfactory.

Satisfactory and especially fast with a fast charging process, a little over 1:30 near the connector allows for fully recharging the smartphone! A true ease of use that Quick Charge, pending the development of battery technology with a higher capacity. It also validates the presence of native induction and Powermat under the Qi standard which loads the wireless S6 from a base (optional Samsung) or via furniture chargers soon as those offered by Ikea. Class, but in this case rely on a charging time twice as long.

The beautiful picture and good sound

Prominent camera block portends new side video / photo capture. On this point, Samsung retains its excellent abilities as the S5, S6 is positioned as one of the best camera phones on the market.

First we note the addition of optical stabilization, a lens with a larger f / 1.9 against 2.2 of the grandfather and a wide-angle 28 mm equivalent, all supported by a simple flash LED. Behind, there is a larger sensor (16 Mw) of 1 / 2.6 inches against 1/3 for an iPhone 6, Galaxy S5. On the range of 2015 flagship, the One M9 only made better with a 1 / 2.3-inch 20.7 Mp. He did better in theory, the practice is quite different.

For a picture, it should not underestimate the impact of software optimization and on this point, Apple, Nokia / Microsoft and Samsung have lessons to give.



Comparing the two cameraphones market star, difficult to separate, each with its strengths and “relative” weakness. Clichés very detailed and effective in situations of low light side Samsung, balance and color fidelity for the iPhone, the S6 tend to pull warm (yellow), where the iPhone 6 pulls cold ( blue)



For details, towards our full comparison.

Note however the numerous settings available in Pro mode, selective focus to apply an update post in the idea of ​​a camera like Lytro plenoptic or slow motion mode that remains in 720p 120 fps (240 fps and 720p iPhone 6). The idle software evolves and eyeing the side of iOS with a timeline and the possibility of affecting slowed wherever you like in a video.

Capturing video in UHD (30 fps) as 1080p (30 or 60 fps) is impeccable, the quality of the sensor, the lens through stabilization and processing software are many.

The beautiful picture and good sound. If the S6 is satisfied with a single speaker, it is rather out correctly and does not saturate too. This is especially the helmet that Samsung sounds the best, what store it in the category of mobile devices audiophile? Obviously not for demanding / Ayatollah DAC / headphone amp, others appreciate however the implementation of sound signed Wolfson chips and Maxim which combined with software tools SoundAlive deliver a good quality of restitution with Tidal example.

In Search of Lost Go

No card slot so memory, but also and this is most unfortunate, limited proposal available storage. Where an iPhone leaves the choice between 16 GB (we forget) and 64 or 128 GB, the S6 is only available in 32GB currently. And according to our information, 64 and 128 GB are not going to happen in the hexagon, a limit to push the S6 Edge offered in 64 GB and 250 euros more commercialized?

Galaxy S6

Galaxy S6 Edge

32 GB

709 euros

859 euros

64 GB

Not available in France 959 euros

128 GB

Not available in France Not available in France

32GB and less practical, because the user can finally count on 25GB available.

THE 2015 smartphone?

Usually subscriber to second place in our selection of the “best smartphone” Galaxy S that there comes on strong. From the point of taulier dislodge the iPhone 6? Yes we believe. Drawing on his worst enemy, the flagship of Samsung has blurred the shortcomings of previous generations of the S range and excels everywhere, almost. Our major reserves are confined to storage capacities, not only in the lack of memory card slot, but especially in a proposal to be limited to 32GB.