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Samsung Galaxy S6: five things you need to know before you buy it

Samsung Galaxy S6: five things you need to know before you buy it

So you've read the indecently gushing notices in the tech press. And you've made your decision that the Galaxy S6 is the phone for you.

That's all well and good. It's a spiffy handset. And in many ways, it's every bit as good as those covetous week-of-release reviews suggest.

But before you take the plunge and sign up for a two-year contract, here's five things we've learned about Samsung's handset from actually living with it. Because forewarned really is forearmed.

1 The gloss, smooth glass-back is a fingerprint-smudged mess most of the time

samsung galaxy s6 smudges

You demanded a premium-feeling metal and glass Galaxy S phone, even though glass is a notorious magnet for smudges. So now Samsung has heeded your feedback, you’re just going to have to suck it up.

Would it have been too much to ask for Samsung to use metal for the back too, though?

2 The colours are "complicated"

samsung galaxy s6 colours

Don't expect your black S6 to just be black (or the green to be just green). The colours are iridescent. Radioactive, even.

The gold model isn’t any shade of gold you’d recognise. It actually gleams like treasure from El Dorado in the south American sun.

3 The S6 Edge makes the standard S6 look old the second you pick it up

samsung galaxy s6 edge contacts

We usually have to wait at least a year for a spanking new phone to look old, and it usually happens as soon as pick up the next version.

But with the S6 Edge you can go through the whole process in less than a minute.

Just pick up the S6 and play around with it. Then do the same with the suddenly instantly superannuated S6 Edge. Bang, it's like time-travelling.

4 Samsung could have made the battery last longer…

duracell bunny

But they didn't so you could have an insanely good screen. Swings and roundabouts.

5 The painted bezel around the camera lens tends to peel off

That might irk you if you like your gizmos to appear boxfresh well into their lifecycle.

Me? I think it makes it look better. Vive le difference, non?

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