She Tried It! The Samsung Galaxy S6
It’s not often we get the chance to review gadgets on MadameNoire so when Samsung gave me a Galaxy S6 to try out during the Essence Festival in New Orleans this past weekend, I was beyond thrilled. I’ve been an android user since before Apple vs. Android was a thing, but my enthusiasm for phone upgrades began to dwindle significantly as “new” iterations of mobile phones started to mean nothing more than a bigger screen or a different color case or an allegedly faster processing system. Hence, I planned to walk around with my cracked HTC M8 Harman Kardon until the wheels fell off — or the screen bled so bad I could barely read text messages, which is where things currently stand.
But along came the Galaxy S6, a major step up from my last Galaxy phone, the S4, which I used up until May 2014. If I tell you nothing else about this phone, you must know that the camera is exceptional. And don’t act like you don’t care. In this world of snapchatting, Periscoping, and Instagramming, a high-quality mobile camera is invaluable, and on this point the S6 definitely delivers. The phone offers a 5 megapixel front camera and 16 megapixels for the back camera, which is the reason more than one iPhone user told me they were seriously thinking about switching over to the S6 after they saw my pics this weekend. FYI, there’s also this beauty effect option on the camera phone that makes taking narcissistic selfies so much more enjoyable. One thing you should know is if you do decide to switch over to this device from an Apple or any other phone, Smart Switch will make the transition so much easier. All you have to do is download the app, select which info you want to move from the old phone to the new one, and then connect the devices via a USB cable, manual pairing, or wi-fi, and you’re good to go. More details on that here.
As someone who’s a sucker for big phone screens, (I wanted to buy the Galaxy note until the saleswoman asked me if I was an illustrator and told me since I’m not, there’s no reason I need a phone that big) I truly appreciate the large display of the phone coupled with its light weight. The organizational options are also pretty cool too, as I can find apps on my homescreen based on provider (Google, Samsung, Microsoft, etc.) or purpose, like social. There’s also a dual screen option that makes multi-tasking so much easier, and even images are meticulously categorized by where they were taken (camera, Twitter, screenshot, download) that it makes it almost impossible not to find an image when you’re looking forward in the midst of telling one of those great, “let me show you this picture…” stories.
The one drawback I noticed is the battery tends to drain rather quickly, but Samsung seems to be aware, as there are a few built-in features to help combat a I’m-stuck-on-the-side-of-the-road-with-a-dead-phone situation. The first is the Ultra Power Saving Mode which, at 10% charge, still gives you 24 more hours of texting and talking. The second is the fast charging mode which will allow you to boost your charge up to 50% in just about 30 minutes. And the third option is to charge wirelessly, via a charging pad that’s compatible with all Qi-certified devices which gives you a little more bang for your buck.
The bottom line? If you’re do for an upgrade on your current Android device or the only thing stopping you from leaving Apple is not wanting to have a green bubble on iMessage, make the switch to the Galaxy S6, which offers even cooler features in the Edge version. Trust me, at the very least your photos will thank you for it.