The Galaxy S6 is a fantastic phone. I never thought I’d say that about a Samsung phone, but the results are in, and my first-hand use of one today confirmed it. The screen is amazing, the build and design are first-class, the camera is fast and solid and reliable, and the software is…well, tolerable, which is a big improvement for Samsung. I can’t wait for it to come out, though not because I’ll be buying one. Rather, I’m excited because the question I get asked the most by my friends is “What smartphone should I buy?”, and now I have a very simple answer.
Do you want an iPhone? Buy an iPhone.
Do you want an Android phone? Buy the Galaxy S6.
Before the S6, this was a much more complicated answer, usually involving a great deal of back-and-forth. What carrier are you on? What features are most important to you? What compromises are you willing to make?
Those days are finally gone. Like the iPhone, the Galaxy S6 isn’t the best phone in every category, but it’s one of the best all-around packages you’re going to find, and it’s hard to go wrong with it. HTC spent three years trying to be the “iPhone of Android” – the best all-around Android device with the fewest compromises – and while they came damn close, Samsung finally tried to make a premium-feeling device and they got it in one. It doesn’t have the best software, but it’s no longer offensively bad. It doesn’t have a removal battery or SD card, but it has wireless charging, which is pretty great. It’s not the perfect phone because there is no perfect phone, but it’s a damn good fit for a lot of people.
Of course, things could become more complicated if someone has to have an SD card or has to have a removal battery, or has to have a huge (or tiny) phone, or has to have the most possible battery life, or has to have stock Android. But if you have such specific requirements, there’s usually only one or two choices anyway. And if you don’t have any of those requirements?
Just buy the iPhone or the Galaxy S6.