Good things come to those who wait, so the old saying goes, and, as fans of Samsung's range of Galaxy smartphones can attest to, their patience has paid off in spectacular form. As of March 1st, the world is home to a bold new vision – the Galaxy S6 (and, for added pleasure, a larger sibling dubbed the Galaxy S6 Edge).
The South Korean tech giant said in an official release that these devices – hereby referred to in a singular sense unless otherwise referenced – are so state-of-the-art that they redefine what it means to be a smartphone.
"With the all new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung is offering what’s next in mobility, along with a new standard to drive the global mobile agenda," commented JK Shin, chief executive office and head of IT and mobile communications division at Samsung Electronics.
"By listening to our customers, and learning from both our success and missteps, we continuously push forward new technologies and ideas. With a re-imagined design, robust partner network and novel services, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge offer users the ultimate experience in smartphone options."
A beautiful and captivating design
Without a shadow of a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful smartphones to have ever been designed. Constructed out of metal and glass, the aesthetic of the Galaxy S6 is sumptuous, with a premium sensibility about it.
It is, says Samsung, an example of how best to mix "purposeful design with powerful features". It comes in a range of scintillating "jewel tone" colours, including White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz and Green Emerald, which "elicit a unique visual texture as it reflects natural light".
The grip on this model is exceptional, ensuring that you are always confident that the phone will not advertently slip. It addition, as far as screens go, the Samsung S6 delivers "an immersive viewing experience with the world's first curved display on both sides".
A camera built for the 21st century smartphone
Consumers have exacting demands these days, especially when it comes to smartphone cameras, as it is now the go-to device when it comes to snapping pictures and sharing them with friends and family.
The electronics company says that the model comes with "an incredibly vivid, bright and fast front and rear camera", which, courtesy of a F1.9 lens, offers exceptionally high resolution pictures across the board. The front camera delivers an impressive five-megapixel camera, while the rear packs in a brilliant 16-megapixel camera.
Recharging is a walk in the park
The Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with "fully embedded WPC and PMA certified wireless charging technology", which basically means, short of nothing, the model has set a new benchmark for universal wireless charging.
As for wire charging, you're looking at some breathtaking results. The latest Galaxy is 1.5 times faster than its predecessor, meaning that after only ten minutes, your device will have around four hours of battery life. That is real progress in battery capabilities.
Mobile payment 'gets real'
You can access your account from your smartphone, pay bills and shop online, but for a long time now, being able to use your device to make payments has been somewhat lagging. Not anymore. The Samsung Galaxy S6 offers users a viable alternative to card and cash, via both Near Field Communication and Magnetic Secure Transmission technology.
"Samsung has clearly listened to feedback – not just for the Galaxy S5, which just missed the mark last year costing the company greatly – but also the S4, which was a product that tried to cram in every piece of technology it could find," Ben Wood, head of research at the CCS Insight tech consultancy, told the BBC.
"The software has been made into a much more crisp and clear experience, the design of the product has clean lines and looks very nice, and the marketing campaign is expected to only pinpoint three things – and that's certainly something that had been missing from Samsung's products for quite some time."