Samsung's Try for an iPhone Clone Succeeds Too Well With Galaxy S6

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2015-05-31 Print this article Print
Galaxy S6 Review

If you need those services and apps, they're available from the Google Play store. Other than that, the Verizon version of the S6 is little different from the versions of this phone available from other carriers, except that those may not support CDMA, and they may have a slightly different choice of LTE bands.

Verizon includes a number of proprietary apps, such as VZ Navigator, access to the Verizon cloud and even a Caller ID name service, which can be a lot more useful than just seeing the phone number. Verizon does not include WiFi Calling, which is available from T-Mobile and Sprint.

The phone is comfortable to use. The rounded metal edges are easy to grasp, and the glass front and back covers are attractive. The back is glass, presumably to enable wireless charging, which the S6 supports. Unfortunately, a wireless charger wasn't available for testing.

The very high Quad-HD resolution presents a very attractive screen, but while the resolution is higher than the iPhone 6, it's impossible to see a visual difference. The phone also supports HD Voice calling where that's available. The screen is similar to that on Verizon's Motorola Droid Turbo.

Samsung made a couple of unfortunate choices in the phone's user interface that I found made the phone harder to use. One is a poorly designed keyboard that was smaller than it needed to be and made typing harder than it should have been.

The other poor choice is a button for recent apps that is on the lower-left edge of the face of the phone, which results in scrolling through screens unintentionally when you handle the phone. The keyboard problem is easily solved by downloading a better keyboard. I chose the Google keyboard, but there are several others available.

Samsung includes a vast variety of features with this phone that you may find useful, such as gesture control, which means that you can control the phone with motions of your hand. The S6 comes with Near-Field Communication (NFC) and will support Android Pay when it's released. You can also use this phone with Google Wallet, and you can use the phone's NFC to do things, such as transferring photos and contact information.

The Galaxy S6 is also available as the Galaxy S6 Edge, which is the same basic phone, but with a snazzy glass front that wraps around the edges.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a very nice phone and it works well, and it is certainly sleek in its glass case. But if I were buying an Android phone from Verizon, I think I'd choose the Droid Turbo with its massive battery and water-resistant case. But the Galaxy S6 certainly is a better-looking phone.



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