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10 years of Samsung Galaxy S flagships: Looking back at the Galaxy S6!

Welcome to part six of our 10 years of Samsung Galaxy S flagship series, in which we here at SamMobile talk about our experiences and memories of each of the nine Galaxy S flagships that have come before the Galaxy S10. Today, we look back at the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge brought about the most drastic changes ever to Samsung’s smartphone lineup. It also divided fans into two camps: One that loved the new glass and metal builds and that dual Edge screen on the S6 edge, and another that was pissed at seeing both removable batteries and expandable storage disappear.

Of course, no one was really happy as far as the battery is concerned, because Samsung removed the option to swap batteries and put in very puny batteries on the S6 and S6 edge. The lack of expandable storage was less of an issue as Samsung was offering multiple storage variants, but even that was not taken to kindly by most Galaxy fans. Yet the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge were extremely impressive. Samsung finally released phones with a premium build that could match Apple’s iPhone or HTC One smartphones, and the curved display on the S6 edge was particularly amazing, at least as far as design was concerned.

Samsung also finally admitted that their software had become bloated and laggy and optimized its software with the Galaxy S6 (yes, Samsung said it on stage that its new flagships won’t lag). Samsung also started cutting down on some of the gimmicky features that year, while introducing Samsung Pay, the best payment service that exists on mobile devices to this day.

So what are our fondest memories of the Galaxy S6? Read on to find out, and don’t forget to let us know your thoughts and memories about the Galaxy S6 down in the comments section afterwards!

Danny Dorresteijn

Man, I can’t believe it’s been almost four years since the Galaxy S6 came out. We actually had an image of the emerald green Galaxy S6 (the one you see below) almost a month before the launch event, but we decided to keep it a secret. Why? Well, we though the device was just too big to leak. The change many had wanted was finally there. A totally rebuilt Galaxy S line. Not just the glass and metal build, but those edges as well. We had already seen an Edge screen on the Galaxy Note Edge, but the S6 looked quite sexy and was a joy to use.

The software was fast, the cameras were crazy good compared to the S5, and the S6 duo felt like a huge upgrade. Even today, I believe the Galaxy S6 edge is the best-looking Samsung device ever. Compact and very stylish, and as a Samsung fan, it made me proud, a feeling I didn’t get with the Galaxy S III or Galaxy S5.

Abhijeet Mishra

My best memory of the Galaxy S6 is when, at the launch event, one of Samsung’s officials came up and told everyone that the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge don’t lag. As perhaps the biggest critic of Samsung’s bloated and laggy software, it was an important moment. What I didn’t like were the tiny batteries. Samsung told us it had to compromise on battery capacity because of the more premium design, and it was just one of the worst decisions the company had ever made in its entire time making Android phones. I loved how compact the phone was, though, and that camera was amazing as well.

Adnan Farooqui

The Galaxy S6 series has a particularly special place in my heart. I opted for the Galaxy S6 edge primarily because of the beautiful dual-edge curved display. Sure, the battery life left a lot to be desired, but the new direction that Samsung was taking with the design was worth the tradeoff. The Galaxy S6 was thus an important turning point in the design journey of Samsung’s smartphones. It set the stage for what the company would deliver in the future.

Martin Reinders

With the Galaxy S6, it was the first time Samsung stopped using swappable batteries, and while that was a downgrade by itself, Samsung also put in really small batteries on both S6 models. And perhaps that’s why when we went to the Galaxy S6 launch, we got battery packs as a gift to take home. I have to say the double-edge screen was very cool to see at the time, and I loved the emerald green version.


Don’t forget: We want to hear about your fond memories and experience with the Galaxy S6, so go ahead and get a discussion going in the comments!

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DanUKS8
DanUKS8

S6 marked the start of a new Era for me.
Getting the Worlds first dual edge and curved display. Having the S8+ now and hoping to upgrade to Note 10 (Been an S series fan since S2) i couldn’t ever see myself having a flat display again.

HenDrake
HenDrake

I had been using a S4 and when I saw the S6 it was the first time I thought “I want that phone, now, it looks so good”. I still think it is one of the most beautiful phones they have made, but the battery gave me a empty battery anxiety – sometimes the phone could get into som sort of overdrive, get hot and drain the battery in a few hours time. I now have the S9plus and the battery is just fine but I still feel uncomfortable going out without a powerbank 🙂 When looking back at the… Read more »

Biransahin
Biransahin

Was out with a friend yesterday who still has the S6. She loves it, but feels it’s getting dated now. She will probably upgrade to S10, though S9 would be still a great upgrade for her at a good price. She was very interested in my Note9 but she feels she won’t use the sPen.

torrellclement
torrellclement

Still have a Galaxy S6 to this day, alongside my Galaxy S9+. Gotta say still holding up strong in 2019 ! Speaker top-notch, fingerprint still works like new and display still popping those AMOLED colours.

Saranan Majilya
Saranan Majilya

Last Galaxy with IR blaster.

locarno
locarno

“My best memory of the Galaxy S6 is when, at the launch event, one of Samsung’s officials came up and told everyone that the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge don’t lag.”

“(yes, Samsung said it on stage that its new flagships won’t lag).”

Please someone share video where Samsung said this.

locarno
locarno

“image of the emerald green Galaxy S6 (the one you see below)”

But the front is black on this picture.

Yousef206
Yousef206

It was a leaked photo

locarno
locarno

“We actually had an image of the emerald green Galaxy S6 (the one you see below) almost a month before the launch event, but we decided to keep it a secret. Why? Well, we though the device was just too big to leak. ”

You were just scared about being sued from Samsung.

mancete 007
mancete 007

bad samsung ruin batery integret i hate for theat samsung phone removerbel bateryy for god sekcs

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

I love the s6 as this was the first premium phone they released. Biggest issue I had was the availability of the 128gb version and it took months before it was released.

Hope for the S10, they will have the 8gb/512 version in black available from day one

djcbs
djcbs

The Galaxy S6 was the first Samsung phone I ever considered buying (I wouldn’t touch Samsung phones with a 10 foot pole before that). It was pretty, the camera was great and that Emerald Green was amazing. If Samsung hadn’t made the stupid decision of skipping IP rating and not including a microSD slot, I would definitely have bought the Emerald Green S6. They did. So I waited and got the S7 when it launched, fixing the dumb decisions of the S6. Unfortunately the Emerald Green was never done again. Which is a shame (and no, the S10 green isn’t… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Samsung practically ruined this line up and Note 5 by removing the SD card, water and dust resistant IP rating and put small battery after ditching the removal battery. I currently have Note 5 (32GB) as my secondary device and it’s still a great phone a shame it has all this shortcomings like the S6 and variants.

antonmassoud
antonmassoud

I never bought the S6 because I had the S5, I was pretty impressed by the S6 and felt like “wish I waited one more year”
When the S7 came out, I saw it looks similar to the S6 so I waited a year, then got the S8+ which I currently have, and getting the S10+ ^^

exclusive_jeet
exclusive_jeet

I am currently using it. Didn’t had any problem till today except replace the battery last year.

halloo7
halloo7

The Galaxy S6 edge gold 32 GB was my second Samsung Smartphone. Before that I used a Galaxy S3 Neo and I have to admit that it was the best upgrade I have ever considered! The S6 Line had NO Lags and Bugs and Android 5 looked like a dream back then on it. Currently, it runs Android 7 and it still has no lag. When I look back at my S3 Neo it had soo many bugs and got no Software Update. Samsung is still pushing out Security Updates to the S6 line which just underlines that it is… Read more »

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

My first Samsung flagship device was the S6 edge+ and I still have it. Even when I upgraded to upgrade program there was little to complain about it! Just wish it had expandable storage.

s2insider
s2insider

It’s a shame at that time when Samsung think it’s a good idea to remove SD card slot. S6 is the only black sheep in the S family about the SD card slot.