Galaxy S6 phones will start selling like hot cakes on 10 April 15 for those who pre order, and 11 April 15 to the public. Those who preorder will get the wireless charger free. Here are the price comparison between the telcos.
Green – Starhub
Red – Singtel
Orange – M1
Many are enraged by the prices as it seems like purchasing without a plan. A lot more are unhappy with the non removable battery, SD card etc. Will you still buy this?
I’ve just attended the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge event and the phone looks promising. Before that take a look at the silver and gold clear view cover. Soo sexy!
A simple breakdown of the official Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Cases. Just a first impression with no explanation. Up for you to decide.
- S View Case
- Soft Leather Option
- Tough textured Nylon
- Flip Wallet Case
- Soft Leather Option
- Tough textured Nylon
- Clear Cover
Thin hard cases with metallic looking rims
- Clear View Cover
Mirror effect to enhance GS6 aesthetics
Color Selection: Blue, White to Earthy Tan (Beige), Brown and Green
So which Case are you?
New native Apps
LG software experience has improved through many iteration, holidng the best apps and intorducing new ones. Its signature Knock Code has increased security and Glance View allow users to take a quick peek at the time and notifications without having to switch the whole display.
Does software take advantage of improved hadware?
Many other interesting software updates mange to use the advantage of improved hardware. Will LG take advantage of the latest Qualcom 810 snapdragon processor and Andoid Lollipop 5.0.1? Check out the video below.
Other apps that is not include in the video is LG Health,
LG provide an LG health embedded with the phone, showing sufficient information for your running speed, time, distance, with an included map. Nontheless, most of us who run fit our fitness trackers will be more comfortable with 3rd party fitness app that works with out existing setup. Nonetheless, LG do provide an option for external accessory to work FORA, AND and OMRON fitness accessories.
There are improvement on the apps and saofware aspect, mostly in the camera, lockscreen and customisation. However the star of the show of LG Flex version always lies in the curvature and physical sexy apeal of the phone. The bold flemenco red with silver rim further accentuate FLex 2 strengh with is the streamlined physical appeal. It favors the ladies due to the sleek contours and color. Wont this be a perfect present for Valentines.
If you have been living outside of the US, there are 12 other countries that you can purchase the phones from. The list of additional countries includes Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom.
They are of different prices.
- Although the base price for Australia might be cheap, it comes with a lot of taxes from the country.
- UK has exorbitant prices plus additional shipping taxes.
- Buyers living in the opposite side of the world (Asia) may choose Japan as the cheapest place to get Nexus 6. This cheaper price has been consistent since Nexus 5.
You may use VPN access to purchase from these countries. Prices have been listed for most of the above countries but they are not available yet till end of Novemeber 2014. Prices listed below are for reference and maybe subjected to change
When I first got my hands on this phone, I was expecting a typical Samsung plastic feel. I was pleasantly surprised that it felt very good on the hands. With the ever-growing trends of larger phones, this phablet doesn’t feel that big. The fantastic performance has definitely overpowered the larger size factor.
Design and Built Quality
My previous phones were Iphone and HTC One M8, which were all metal built. Note 4 built quality felt as good with the robust aluminum frame and magnesium brackets with chamfered shiny edge similar to HTC one M8. Best looking and feel Samsung ever built.
The chassis contours and curves at all corners to give that exclusive look. Even the physical buttons have silver trims and shaped differently for better clicking and esthetics.
It has a perfect weight and back faux leather texture with no more leather stitching. Samsung has truly spent 90% on hardware detail and 10% software improvement on this one.
Those shiny silver rims need to be taken care as scratches and dents are likely to occur in a long run. The 2.5D glass is thicker and raised up with sloping slides. Unfortunately this creates an un-noticeable gap between the sides of the 2.5D glass display. Nonetheless, these compromises can be resolved with a casing.
Performance & Android Software
Samsung has decided to future proof Note 4 with quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, clocked at 2.7 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 420 GPU and 3GB of RAM.
These are top notch specs for gaming and heavy 3d usage. U might find better phones out there but they marginally make any difference to the blazing fast performance. With these specs, Note 4 will constantly remain viable for at least 2 years of its lifetime.
Note 4 is a good example to show Touchwhiz at its most fluid. Addition to the new windowed apps is included when the user slides the finger from a corner of the screen (video). Long press back button will still allow you to split the screen in half for 2 apps.
You can now game and watch video simultaneously with minimum lag due to the good frame rates.
Multi tasking button a little slow. It takes about 2 to 3 seconds after pressing the multi-tasking button before the multi window appears.
Camera & Display
The 16 MP camera boasts the best imagery of all Samsung phones. The sharpening filter with vibrant colors especially in daylight and HDR make photos looks better than it actually is. The best thing is that it is configured right out of the box without any filters. Like all flagship phones, Note 4 is equipped with 4k video with OIS. You can now zoom in without losing quality.
Note 4 also added wide angled selfie. Basically, a panorama feature using the front facing camera. Perfect for the good-looking people who takes photos of themselves all day.
The Quad HD resolution panel with 515 ppi is currently the phone with the best image quality with highly vivid colors and contrast of Super AMOLED display
Not many software or apps is optimized for the great resolution of 515ppi Note 4 provide.
Battery Life & Call Quality
Note 4 battery life is descent as it last a whole work day day even with my bluetooth on the whole day to sync with fitbit and gear fit.
The fast charge feature to charge 50% within half hour (9V over normal 5V) prove useful as I often charge my phone right before leaving the house.
Call quality is crisp even in noisy environment thanks to the additional dual mics -noise cancellation. This function works for me as often receive calls from clients on the go.
Unique Note 4 Software Features
People who often doodle or scribble notes will definitely love the improved S-pen, which is thinner with more pressure sensitivity. It also acts as a mouse with hovering function as well as long press for various selections. Functions like this will never go stale. I tested a few apps optimized for S-pen in the video clip below.
- Sketchbook for galaxy (optimized for Note Uses)
- Autocad 360 (snapping)
- My Script Calculator (recognizing writing of equations)
- S Note
- Gallery with S-pen select
- Other Sketching apps (better pressure sensitivity)
New improved S Health (much improved interface as compared to S4)
The newly added large app is hilarious as the virtual personal trainer attempts to advise you on your walking, fitness and dietary habits. It’s a good attempt to keep it interactive and motivated for you to break the daily fitness habits.
Other than that, I thought the S-Health compiles and summarizes a comprehensive data of your daily health. Surprisingly it motivates me in achieving a healthier lifestyle with proper hydration, sleep and exercise. Challenging me to break my previous day’s records.