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About Galaxy S6 - Review, Specs + more

The Samsung Galaxy S6 launched all the way back in 2015 now. However, does older necessarily mean worse? If you are looking for a cheap phone that makes use of apps, has a decent camera and still looks the part, then the S6 might be worth your time. Let's take a closer look...

At a glance

To summarise, the S6 and its larger cousin the S6 Edge are both smartphones with a sharp OLED display, powerful camera and high-quality processing units. A memory expansion and a removable battery are not included however, which proved to be controversial, and yet it was and arguably still *is* an outstanding performer from the high-end phone sector.

With great fanfare, Samsung presented its two new models of the Galaxy S family at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2015. In addition to the S6 Edge with the kinks on both sides of the display but in every other way is technically identical, the S6 certainly made its mark.

Improvements of a visual nature are already apparent at first glance. While its predecessors often had to face the criticism of wrapping themselves in a lot of polycarbonate, the new S6 model goes the other way; after all, glass and aluminum are the materials of choice and they give the model a noble, hitherto unknown look.

Also in contrast to its predecessors, Samsung's own Exynos 7 octacore processor with three gigabytes of RAM is used inside. The internal memory is now at least 32GB and in addition, there are 64 and 128GB versions on the market.

For the camera, the South Koreans set a resolution of 16 megapixels and a high light intensity of f / 1.9. From the 2550 mAh battery, the battery is somewhat of a negative and doesn't last as long as newer models. That saidl, you can probably expect a two-day duration with average use. The battery can not be switched, but at least via Qi technology the model is wirelessly rechargeable.  Of course, a heart rate monitor and fingerprint sensor are also on board again.

Crisp OLED display

For such smart technology, the manufacturer inevitably charged a premium price at launch, but this has now dropped considerably. That fact, in addition to capacity losses of the accumulator in the comparison to the predecessor with 2800 mAh must be taken in, is another criticism.

Apart from the comic-like look of the TouchWiz interface, there are many praiseworthy things to report: According to our tester here at oneCOMPARE, the S6 includes a very sharp display and a great design. Photo lovers are also in their element and can look forward to boosted camera performance and good results even when taking pictures under low light.

There are some huge drawbacks when comparing this with models out now, however — for example the lack of microSD slot caused a lot of people to complain. Much more serious, however, is the fact that it does not have the power reserves of its predecessor (a retrograde step). In addition, Samsung installed a barely tested chip and not, as usual, a well-known Snapdragon 810-CPU, so it remains to be seen whether the model met with the usual enthusiasm among its core users. Nevertheless, the inner elements ​​are promising and make you want more.

Power reserves are lacking

The 32GB model, which was subject to a closer look by the reviewers at TechRadar, praise first the generous internal memory, of which after deduction for the  installation of the Android operating system will still leave you with around 25GB at your disposal, even if this is not expandable. They however also found issue with the battery life.

When looking at the outer case, it soon becomes clear that the Koreans value quality, since not only have the finest materials been used with great succes but also a keen sense of aesthetics has been demonstrated with regard to the attractive and flat housing. Too bad that dust and water protection was waived, and a removable battery was not included (to mention this again!). The crisp OLED display once again proves its strengths and displays content with a sharp scalpel. Add to that a potent octa-core CPU with 3GB of RAM and in combination with the user-friendly UI and the extensive equipment including a very good fingerprint sensor, hardly any wishes remain unfulfilled.

In addition to the appealing, beautifully processed, but not waterproof housing, the sharp screen, the fingerprint sensor and the excellent camera this is a great phone. Although the battery is not removable, the model supports wireless charging. Desirable would be a memory card slot to give this a higher mark, otherwise it's a great choice.

Should I buy an S6 in 2019?

Probably not, we'd probably opt for the newer Galaxy S7 which fixes all of the above negative points , and for barely any extra cost. Saying that, you can get an S6 for as little as £14.99 a month with no upfront cost - a real bargain for those who don't need any of the bells and whistles from later models. After all, it's a phone that takes great photos, looks the part, and is cheap - what more could one want?

Samsung Galaxy S6 Specifications

  • Case
  • Dimensions: 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
  • Weight: 138 g
  • Operating System
  • Platform: Android
  • Operating System: Android Nougat v7.1
  • Display
  • Resolution: 1440 x 2560
  • Performance
  • Memory Card:
  • Processor: 1.5 Ghz
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Autonomy
  • Talk Time: 17 hours
  • Stanby Time: 73 hours
  • Battery Capacity: 2550
  • Camera
  • Front Camera: 5 MP
  • Back Camera: 16 MP
  • Connection
  • Connection Type: 4G
  • GPS:
  • SIM Capacity: 1
  • Network
  • WIFI:
  • WIFI Hotspot:
  • Bluetooth:
  • USB:

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We are currently comparing 42 Samsung Galaxy S6 contract deals on SIX major mobile phone network(s):

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We'll shortly be adding Three, Tesco Mobile, Plusnet Mobile and more! No other comparison website offers such a huge number of possible comparisons.

Not sure which Mobile network to go for?

OneCompare completely gets it, it's not easy trying to understand the differences of each mobile network operator. Is o2 any better than Vodafone for this smartphone, when it comes to coverage? Or worse? It's a real minefield. Another example, which is better? A Samsung Galaxy S6 ee contract or a Samsung Galaxy S6 Tesco Mobile contract?

The reality is, it can make a huge difference to your satifaction with the overall product. Who wants to have cruddy download speeds? But never fear - OneCompare is here. Don't forget to check our latest Blog posts below.

Before you decide to buy a contract or handset, it's important to know if you'll get a signal. Who wants to be walking around into mobile network's blackholes?! After all, ordering your brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 contract only to find you can't use your data (never mind going over the allowance!) in your own house will be pretty not cool.

A simple website a number of our visitors have used is Open Signal which maps signal across all major mobile networks across the UK.

So which network has the best signal?

According to Which?, In their latest research, covering June to August 2017, they focused on 4G performance and found that EE offered the fastest average 4G download speeds of the four networks (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone). While EE customers enjoyed average 4G download speeds of 29Mbps, those using the O2 network had to put up with an average speed of just 15.1Mbps.

EE's network was also at the top of the list when it came to the availability of its 4G signal, with customers able to access it 78.5% of the time. Customers with Three had the poorest access to a 4G signal - they were able to access it just 57.1% of the time - that's only just more than half the time, 24/7! extensive deals & contracts database includes 42 Samsung Galaxy S6 deals covering 1 model(s):

You can select for your desired Samsung Galaxy S6 handset and contract using our filters.

Should I buy SIM-Only, and will it save money?

In truth, this answer will depend on your personal financial circumstances, in combination with your mobile phone usage requirements.

Out of our 42 Samsung Galaxy S6 deals, our cheapest Samsung Galaxy S6 deal over the entire life of the contract is £407.76, this includes any upfront handset cost and cashback redemption.

We have seen a number of scenarios where our cheapest contract is actually cheaper than buying the phone SIM free without any contract, this loophole can be a great way to save on your new phone and is largely possible as the Mobile Networks subsidise the handset cost to gain you as a new customer.

A relatively simple SIM Only comparison calculation is to add up how much a Samsung Galaxy S6 SIM free phone would cost, this is where you buy the phone without a contract and pay for the full cost of the handset upfront. The benefit here is flexibility: you're able to then compare the SIM Only contract market where Mobile Networks often give you far better usage allowances and shorter contract terms. Once you've found a SIM Only contract that meets your needs, note the monthly cost over the course of 24 months and add this to your SIM Free Samsung Galaxy S6 handset cost. You're now in a great position to compare this cost to a regular Samsung Galaxy S6 Contract.

Pro Tip: A great way to save a few extra pounds when comparing SIM Only contract is to consider purchasing a pre owned Samsung Galaxy S6 phone from the likes of Music Magpie who provide warranties and flexible handset payment terms.