Samsung Galaxy S6 G920I Factory Unlocked Cellphone, 32GB, Platinum Gold
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- 16 Megapixel Camera (2988 x 5312 pixels) + Front-Facing 5 Megapixel Camera w/ Dual-Video, Auto HDR, Panorama, and Optical Image Stabilization,
- 4G: LTE Cat6 700 / 850 / 900 / 1700 (AWS) / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17), internal Memory: 32GB, 3GB RAM (not expandable)
- 5.1-inch Super AMOLED Multi-Touchscreen w/ Fingerprint sensor, Samsung Pay and Protective Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- Android v5.0.2 (Lollipop), Quad-Core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 + Quad-Core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 Processor, Chipset: Exynos 742, Mali-T760 Graphics
- Not compatible with VERIZON, SPRINT, NEXTEL, BOOST, VIRGIN, etc or all NON GSM Carriers
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What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
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|Camera Description||16 MP||16 MP||16 MP||16 MP||16 MP||16 MP|
|Screen Size||5.1 in||5.1 in||5.1 in||5.1 in||5.1 in||5.1 in|
|Item Dimensions||2.78 x 5.65 x 0.27 in||0.27 x 5.65 x 2.78 in||0.27 x 5.65 x 2.78 in||2.78 x 5.65 x 0.27 in||0.27 x 5.65 x 2.78 in||2.78 x 5.65 x 0.27 in|
|Item Weight||4.96 ounces||4.8 ounces||4.87 ounces||4.96 ounces||4.8 ounces||4.96 ounces|
|Operating System||Android||Android 5.0.2 Lollipop||Android 5.1||Android||Android 5.0.2||Android|
The GALAXY S6 embodies incredible performance, a beautifully sleek frame and an ultra-powerful 64 bit Octa-core processor.
Top customer reviews
I went from a Google G1 to G2 (HTC Vision) because I didn't want to lose a physical keyboard, but I'm happy to say that the screen on the S6 is so large that I have no problem typing accurately without a physical keyboard. The screen clarity and resolution are insane. Some big-name reviewers claim there's no point in having so much resolution, but it's really a joy to see tiny, clear labels with extra info in various apps, to look at photos with absolutely no pixelation, and to remote-control other computer screens with no loss of detail. The S6 at 2560x1440 pixels has more resolution than my desktop monitor at 1920x1200!
The camera is even more impressive with its 5312x2988 max resolution. It's got enough res to virtually zoom in to 8x during photo or video recording without complete loss of detail. The camera beats my Canon Vixia HF100 1080p camcorder by a mile with better resolution and much more detail in the lightest and darkest areas. Big review sites say this is pretty much the best phone camera on the market and it's nice to always have a good camera with you for unexpected shots. Even the focus speed is far faster than the camcorder and the phone has a built-in ability to do awesome things like stitching panoramic shots together as you pan the phone across a landscape or taking shots with multiple focus points and combining them to make everything clear. Of course the camcorder can still zoom farther with optical zoom to catch distant wildlife so the phone isn't a complete replacement for it.
Review sites consistently say the big negatives on the S6 are its battery and its delicate glass and aluminum construction. The construction can be fixed with a case like Spigen Capsule Ultra Rugged, but I was surprised to find the battery can also be fixed with a few tweaks that weren't mentioned by all those big professional review sites. During the phone's initial setup screens I chose to set up a Google account, but did not set up a Samsung account or enable any Samsung features it gave options for. I also declined sending usage/diagnostic info to Samsung or Google. The first night I went to bed with the phone fully charged and pretty much only stock software installed and it was down to 56% the next morning. Terrible! Using Settings > Applications > Application Manager, I disabled the following apps and battery drain went from around 44% that first night to 3% the next night!
ANT Radio Service, ANT+ Plugins Service, Briefing, Dropbox, Facebook, Gmail, Google Partner Setup, Google Play Books, Google Play Games, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, Google Play Newstand, Google+, Hangouts, Instagram, Live Weather, Memo, OneDrive, Photo Screensavers, Print Spooler, S Health, S Voice, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Link Platform Connect, Theme Store, Virtual tour, Weather Daemon
Based on what I've read, these are all safe apps to disable. In fact, unless you root the phone, I don't think the phone will let you disable anything unsafe because the disable button was greyed out on about half the things I looked at. Now I don't know which of the above apps are the real battery hogs, so if you see something up there you actually want to use, hopefully it won't kill your battery to enable it. The phone also comes with a "Smart Manager" app where you can click "RAM", then "Manage Apps" tab and set particular apps to be killed 10 minutes after the screen is turned off. So if you find a particular app is killing your idle battery, adding it to the list might help. It doesn't look like you can add any of the stock software to the "auto stop" list, unfortunately, but maybe if some of the things above were enabled they would appear on the list.
Over the next few days I installed all my usual apps, including Avast! antivirus which I was worried about, and the phone remains blazing fast and still loses almost nothing with the screen off. In fact I think it was 73% when I went to bed and 73% when I got up this morning. Batteries don't lose power linearly so it doesn't seem unreasonable that it's sticking in the 70s.
I kind of wish they'd have given it a larger battery anyway, since most of its competitors have larger batteries, but that would have added to the weight and for my use, the current battery seems to be more than enough. I don't go out a lot or spend much time using my phones, but when I do have a bit of down time, it will be nice to browse the web without the horrible lag. The other thing that worries me is previous phone batteries have always swollen after 2-3 years and forced me to replace them. This is mostly due to bad phone hardware not limiting the battery charge so extra current just gradually damages and swells the battery. I eventually worked around it using Tasker to turn the charger on/off using an X10 module and keep the phone between 70-80% charge. I've had zero swollen batteries since then and will do the same thing with the S6. But for those that always leave it on the charger to keep it at 100% most of the time, I'm worried the battery will swell and crack the glass back of the phone. Hopefully Samsung has set the charger system up to prevent that but it was a big problem with my last two phones. I recommend trying not to leave the phone near 100% charge just in case.
Another reason I wish they'd put in a bigger battery is that the phone would be thicker and they wouldn't need to leave the camera sticking out of the back. Having the camera like that is ridiculous and forces everyone to buy a case that protrudes enough to protect the camera from slapping down on a hard surface and cracking. That camera is definitely by biggest fear when it comes to damaging this phone and I'm sorely tempted to buy a case that covers the back with thick rubber right up to near the edge of the camera. Yet that ruins the beauty of the phone's back so the camera design just sucks. I've never bothered with cases on my previous phones because I so rarely drop them, although they've each survived a few falls over the years, but the S6 looks so fragile I ended up using Spigen Neo Hybrid EX to give it some protection and to prevent the camera from contacting a table surface when the phone is on its back. The case has feet at all four corners that give it enough thickness to prevent the camera touching, but if any of the small feet end up off the table the camera still touches, which is annoying. I had to add extra padding to CHOETECH QI Wireless Charging Pad to keep the camera from scraping on it.
If you do need a bigger battery there are cases you can buy with a battery built in. Such cases do add weight and usually block the wireless charging ability of the phone, though it would make sense if they developed a battery case that could charge itself wirelessly.
I doubt I'll use it much, but the phone comes with a special "adaptive fast charger" that will take the phone from 5% to about 50% in 30 minutes by dumping in 9V instead of the usual 5V. Charging speed is reduced the closer the phone gets to full. The fast charger is supposed to detect what it's connected to and operate at 5V on normal devices, but I read that someone plugged it in to a PS4 controller and fried the controller. They repeated the experiment 3 more times (dishonestly returning the broken controllers to the store to exchange for new ones) and it happened every time. Of course, maybe the guy was lying to get attention or had a defective fast charger, but he sounded serious so I figured I'd pass on the warning not to risk using the fast charger on anything other than the phone.
Samsung seems to have put its charging coil at a slightly non-standard height in the phone because every upright wireless charger I looked at had complaints that the S6 would only charge on its side or upside down. The CHOETECH charger I link above had the fewest complaints, but the phone still doesn't always link with it in the upright position. Interestingly, when I added the Spidgen bumper "case" to the phone, it connects to the charger with pretty much 100% reliability so maybe Samsung had their thinking cap on assuming almost nobody would use the phone without a case and they positioned the charging coil so it's appropriate only with a case. Still, I think the coil is barely within alignment tolerances and so the phone charges slowly. Also note that although I've seen sellers of wireless chargers claim they can "fast charge" the phone, the charging coil in the phone is not physically able to take in power as quickly as the 9V wired fast charger can put out. In fact, I've seen complaints that wireless charging can't always keep up with the amount of power this phone uses to play video or do other things with the screen on. I have a feeling that's because the charging coils aren't aligning well and/or the phone hasn't been tweaked to limit the amount of background crap it's constantly doing with some apps.
Samsung has special hardware protection that will permanently mark your phone as compromised if you root it using most methods, though there are some ways around it. When your phone gets marked, they call it "blowing the KNOX fuse" and supposedly if that happens you can't use Samsung Pay and your warranty might be voided. I've rooted my previous two phones but haven't generally found the extra "powers" to be useful so I'm leaning towards leaving the S6 stock.
This is a very cool way of protecting your phone from unwanted users, although it's really a false sense of security. It will likely guard against friends or family mucking with your phone, but a thief (or a techie friend/family) can reboot the phone holding power, volume up, and home button to enter a bootloader mode where they can overwrite the boot loader and get at the phone's data. So the thumb scanner and the "find lost device" features might slow or stop someone who doesn't know what they're doing, but a real thief will turn off the phone as soon as they have it and never boot it to let you find it again. Anyway, the thumb scanner itself is decent but I seem to hit it at the wrong angle at least a third of the time and have to carefully move my thumb to be perfectly straight and centered on the scanner. I thought maybe if I moved my thumb to various slight angles and off center during thumb print training it might help but it seemed to make it worse. Then I thought maybe I could set up three versions of my thumb - straight on, slightly left, slightly right - but you can only program four finger prints total. So I trained it for both my thumbs and one index plus one for my wife. It's a disappointing limitation. Using the thumb scanner is reasonably fast when it works, but it feels slower than a simple pattern I used with my old phone, so I'm not sure if I'll stick with it.
You can wake the phone by pressing the thumb scanner button but if you don't lift your thumb off and put it back down after pressing the button, it never scans it as a valid thumb print. This is very annoying. We also discovered that if you fail to scan your thumb too many times, the phone locks down and _requires_ you to type the backup password. I'm not sure how many failed attempts turn on lockdown, but my wife caused it to happen on a trip when she repeatedly unlocked the phone to take photos. If you don't have your unlock password memorized and it's written on a paper at home, this could ruin a trip. This "feature" is even more annoying in that it doesn't say the phone has disabled the thumb scanner. Instead it shows the normal lock screen but when you put your thumb down it does nothing - no unlock and no vibrate to indicate it didn't recognize your thumb. I thought maybe my thumb scanner had broken but after typing the unlock password it's worked fine for days.
In "Settings > Lock screen and security > Secure lock settings > Smart lock" you can enable other methods of unlocking the phone. These include saying "OK Google" in your voice, having the phone at a particular known GPS location, having the phone paired to a trusted bluetooth device (car, watch, etc), or having the phone up against an NFC (Near Field Communication) sticker. Of course, if you tell the phone to remain unlocked when near your watch, and a thief demands your watch and your phone, well... You can also tell the phone not to lock as long as you're holding it or have it in your pocket. I have no idea how it knows when you're holding it or have it in your pocket, but the description of the feature claims it knows that somehow.
"Gold" vs "Platinum Gold" color:
The Amazon listing shows a choice of Gold vs Platinum Gold color. I picked "Gold" and was excited to finally be getting a gold phone, but the box that arrived showed "Platinum Gold". ARGH! Researching online, it appears the S6 is only made in 3 colors: Black, white, and platinum gold. So the "Gold" option on Amazon is a mistake. The phone has a hint of gold to it in certain lights but most of the time it looks silver and the gold tone is never more than subtle.
Overall an amazing phone. Screen and camera quality are perfect. My only complaints are smaller than average battery and the camera that sticks out the back. For my uses, the battery size doesn't matter. If I ever crack the camera due to its ridiculous sticky-outy design, I'll probably come back and knock a couple stars, but for now I'm happy.