If you just purchased a Galaxy S5 last year, then you’re probably reading Galaxy S6 reviews with envy.
But should you really sell your old S5 and upgrade to the S6? Or should you wait for the inevitable S7 or S8 down the road? Today, we’re going to help make your decision a little easier.
Reasons to Upgrade
You’ll notice one major difference between the S5 and S6 before you even turn it on: the Galaxy S5 feels cheap and plastic compared to the new and improved case design of the S6. The S6 was designed to look and feel more like an iPhone – and the difference is instantly noticeable. If you like your phones to look good, then you may be tempted by the sexy new design of the S6.
The Galaxy S5 features a Super AMOLED 5.1-inch screen with 432ppi and a resolution of 1080×1920. The Galaxy S6 one ups the S5 by offering 2560×1440 resolution and 577ppi across a stunning 5.1-inch screen. Early reviews have already called the S6 the best-looking smartphone display ever made.
The S5’s camera was widely regarded as “awesome”. It was capable of filming at 2160p at 30fps and 1080p at 60fps. Daylight camera photos looked stunning. Unfortunately, the S5 camera vastly underperformed at nighttime, largely because of its lack of optical image stabilization (OIS). The Galaxy S6 blows the S5 out of the water in low light conditions. It also intelligently uses HDR – like the iPhone 6 – to make colors pop in your pictures, especially in scenes with mixed lighting. In any case, if you take a lot of low light pictures, the S6 is your best option hands down. You can also double tap the home button on the S6 to instantly take a picture.
Reasons Not to Upgrade
The S6 Costs Money
If you want to upgrade to the S6, you’ll need to be prepared to pay money. The S6 costs $199 on a two year contract or $650 off-contract. If you’re buying the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, you can add another $100 to both of those prices. Obviously, you can sell your old S5 to recapture some of the costs – but you’re still going to end up a few hundred dollars in the hole (especially if you need to buy out your old contract or pay off your S5).
The S5 is Still Pretty Good
If you’re the type of person who believes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, then I don’t know why you’re even reading this article. In any case, the S5 is still a phenomenal smartphone that offers powerful performance, modern processing power with the 2.5GHz Krait 400 CPU, and 2GB of RAM. It’s no slouch and it won’t be for at least another 2 years.
The S5 Has Better Battery Life
The S6 pushed Samsung’s S line forward in many different ways. Samsung did not, however, improve the battery life. In fact, the Galaxy S6 sports a smaller battery than the Galaxy S5 (2550 mAh on the S6 compared to 2800 mAh on the S5). That difference doesn’t make a huge impact on your average daily battery life. But if you’re already struggling to make it through a full day with the S5, then the S6 might not fix your problems.
It’s also important to remember that the Galaxy S6 has Quick Charge 2.0 and wireless charging, letting you charge your battery to 50% in half an hour.