Fit for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge from a variety of carriers
Moulded hard back cover, simple & easy snap on installation
with full access to the camera, volume buttons and other features
Good looking Gucci monoram leather coating delivers luxury taste
Protection for your device while showing off your Galaxy's design
Anti-finger printing coating to avoid excessive fingerprinting
The fastest phone going
The side holds the nano Sim slot, but no microSD card slot is present. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian
The Galaxy S6 line is the first to use Samsung’s own Exynos processor in US, EU andUKversions of the Korean company’s smartphones. Typically the Exynos chips have only been used in countries without 4G coverage, favouring Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips in the US, EU and UK.
The octo-core Exynos 7420 processor has two quad-core processors combined in a Little-Big combination. A lower power 1.5GHz chip (the little part) performs most undemanding tasks and a more powerful, but also more power hungry 2.1GHz chip (the big part) takes over when needed.
The new chip and 3GB of RAM make the S6 easily one of the fastest Android smartphones to date. But that speed and high-density screen come at the price of battery life.
Like the S6 Edge, if the big 2.1GHz processor fires up the battery takes a hit, but the flat S6 performed better in my testing. Generally it would last a day and a half before needing to be charged, which still isn’t the best – Sony’s Xperia Z3 lasts over two days per charge – but is better than some competitors.
Charging is fast, especially using the USB power adapter that comes in the box, while support for multiple wireless charging standards is convenient.
Samsung’s excellent power saving modes work well and extend battery life by days, but only by sacrificing usability.