Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review : Samsung Galaxy S6 - The Best Samsung That Money Can Buy!

Pros: Looks, Build Quality, Power & Performance, Camera, Screen
Cons: No SD Card support, Battery life, Initially launched at exorbitant pricing - now rectified.



The Samsung Galaxy S6 has been launched in India in April 2015 and now priced at 40,000. The flag-ship model from the Korean giant is the world's most powerful phone available till date. S6 is powered by Exynos 7420 Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 Processors, 3 GB RAM, Mali-T760MP8 GPU, 32/64 GB Internal memory, 16 MP Primary camera, 5 MP Secondary camera, 5.1 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, and Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system coupled with Samsung TouchWiz UI.

Prologue





I have done reviews of many Samsung Phones including the Note 3, Note 2, Galaxy Grand, Galaxy Grand 2, S4, Galaxy Core etc. Out of all those phones, Galaxy S6 is one of the best offering from Samsung till date. Mobile smartphone market is growing day by day, the competition is fierce. From local players, to Chinese to well known established old players - all are trying their best to catch the attention of the consumers. Exactly two years back when I was reviewing Galaxy S4, I had this thought in mind that Samsung did too little to differentiate its flagship devices aling with its regular range of smartphones but with S6 they have crafted a wonderful phone that money can buy at the time of writing this text. Read on to find out more.

Screen & Build Quality

Grab a S6 in your hands and you will be astonished by it's lightness & build quality. Weighing just 138 grams is simply amazing for a 5.1 inch flagship smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S6 has brilliant build quality. Unlikely its predecessors, Samsung has genuinely made this device more premium yet superior in terms of build quality. The phone boundary edges are designed with silver chrome finish which makes the phone looks elegant. The back is sealed and made up of high grade glossy and laminated plastic panel. The rear camera panel is protruding though which is prone to severe scratches if handles improperly without a case.






Galaxy S6 sports a 5.1 inches super AMOLED capacitive multi-touchscreen, 16M colors offering resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~577 ppi pixel density) with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Screen quality is awesome with nice color and contrast levels. The screen is easy on eyes and watching movies, photos, videos and reading text is delightful experience. Above the screen panel, a 5 MP secondary camera is integrated along with couple of sensors.

Camera, Buttons & Call/Audio Quality

Samsung Galaxy S6 leaps a step further by introducing a 16 MP best in class primary camera which produces excellent quality photographs. Photo resolution results in 2988 x 5312 pixels. The camera is bundled with features including optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto HDR, panorama and many other modes. S6's camera can record videos in various settings & modes - 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, It features HDR, dual-video recording as well. Image quality is brilliant and satisfies the photographer in you.
The secondary 5 MP front camera can also record videos at 1440p@30fps including dual video call, Auto HDR.








Samsung Galaxy S6 has a physical menu button placed just below the screen along with on screen navigation and back buttons. The volume control buttons are on left side of the phone and the phone lock/unlock/power button is on the right side. The sim card slot is also placed on the right hand side. Along with the conventional buttons we have a power cum usb outlet and a 3.5 mm audio jack. Button quality is solid and premium and hopefully will withstand long time of use. The push in type ear phones which comes with S6 offers brilliant sound quality. Call and overall audio quality is also decent. However, dual stereo speakers are still desired for overall enhancing multimedia experience.

OS/Performance and Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has been rated as the most powerful smartphone available till date leaving behind iPhone 6 which stands at number 3 position. The mighty S6 has been powered by  Exynos 7420 Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 Processors, 3 GB RAM, Mali-T760MP8 GPU, 32/64 GB Internal memory, and Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system coupled with Samsung TouchWiz UI. Performance wise, this phone is a monster. With a flick of touch the app launches in no time. Responsiveness while switching between the apps is amazing. With 3 GB RAM there is ample of room for apps to be loaded. However, with phones like Asus Zenphone 2 pricing under 20k offering 4 GB RAM, there could have been scope of improvement. It also lacks an external SD card support.









Samsung Galaxy S6 will easily outperform any other phone in the segment as far as the performance is concerned. All apps, heavy gaming is delightfully handles by the powerful exynos chipset. The Samsung Galaxy S6 comes preloaded with Android OS, v5.0.2 Lollipop which is  upgradable to v5.1.1 Lollipop. Thankfully, the typical TouchWiz UI looks and feels more refined on S6. It comes preloaded with plenty of Samsung Proprietary apps like S-health, S-planner, microsoft apps etc. S6 has lots of sensors including Proximity Sensor, Geo-magnetic, RGB Ambient Light Sensor, Heart Rate Monitor, Hall Sensor, Barometer, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Finger Scanner etc. We haven't tested the device and apps for these sensors like for health monitoring  & heart rate monitoring etc. The Samsung Galaxy S6 has been powered by a  Non-removable Li-Ion 2550 mAh battery. The capacity of the battery though looks small on the paper but in real world it provides sufficient backup to last whole day. The Exynos chipset is powerful yet energy efficient. However, with great processing power capabilities of this phone, S6 deserves a slightly big battery. Samsung provides 1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories.

Verdict

At Rs. 40,000 Samsung Galaxy S6 is one value for money and powerful flagship smartphone that money can buy at this very moment. It is brilliantly power packed with features and now priced reasonably as well. A big thumbs up for Samsung Galaxy S6.

Ratings (out of 5 stars)

Build Quality *****
Screen *****
Camera *****
Performance *****
Value for Money ****

Overall *****

Specs at a glance

Screen
5.1 inches super AMOLED capacitive multi-touchscreen, 16M colors offering resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~577 ppi pixel density) with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
Processor

GPU
Exynos 7420 Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 processor
Mali-T760MP8 GPU
RAM
3 GB RAM
Storage
32/64 GB Internal memory
Camera
16 MP Primary camera + 5 MP Secondary camera
Battery
Li-Ion 2550 mAh battery
OS
Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
Dimensions
143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
Weight
138 grams

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Penning them down: Ek Kavita Likhta Hun Mai...


I am not a poet, I don't know about the nuts & bolts of poetry, yet I love to pen down few lines every once in a while whenever I feel like doing. I am not sure if these write-ups really qualifies to be called up as a poem but writing these gives me a medium to express myself in such a way that I can convey a story of thousand words. 

Most of my writings have depictions of a journey, a journey of everyone's life. A journey we undertake the day we enter this world and till the very day we live. This journey is not about just going on aimlessly after superficial things, it's about finding yourself along the way and cherishing the journey & keeping the hope alive to reach the ultimate destination... It's all about staying motivated...never to give up and just going on and on and on....

Some of the write-ups I penned down recently. Suggestions, criticism and feedback highly appreciated

"Kai Baar Mai Yun Sochta Hun..."


Kai baar mai yun sochta hun...
Ke khwab adhure kyu reh jate hai...
Dilo ke armaan yuhi kyu reh jate hai...

Jab jab wo pal yaad aate hai...
Mujh ko ye sochne pe majboor kar jate hai...
Ke yun toh ye zindagi hai itni hasin...
Fir bi dilo pe itne zakhm kyu ban jate hai....

Har pal har lamha intezaar karte hai..
Ab tak apne us sapne ka aitbaar karte hai....
Agar kaaynaat sacchi ibaadat sunti hai...
Toh Fir sapne chur.... aur apne dur kyu hojate hai...

Kai baar mai yun sochta hun...
Ke khwab adhure kyu reh jate hai...
Dilo ke armaan...bas....yuhi kyu reh jate hai...!

"Ek Kavita Likhta Hun Mai..."

Ek kavita likhta hun mai...
Apne dil ki dastaan likhta hun mai...

Us safar pe nikal pade hum jiski raahe thi badi mushkil..
Un raaho pe kisi ke saath ka milpana bhi tha namumkin..

Akele hi chalte rahe hum un yaado ka karwaan leke..
Jaise bhi safar kate.. piche mud ke hum naa dekhe..

Un raaho pe hi paya maine apne aapko..
Jo kho gaya tha kisi ke sapno me us raat ko..

Rukega nahi ye safar chahe ye kitna bhi mushkil hojaaye..
Hume h aitbaar apni tanhai ka.. bus ye kahi bewafa naa hojaaye...

Ek kavita likhta hun mai...
Apne dil ki dastaan likhta hun mai...

"Ye Mausam Diwana Banata Hai..."


Ye mausam diwana bnata hai..
Kuch anjane chehre yaad dila jata h...

Barish ki pehli boond pagal banaye...
Megha ke garaj ki goonj fir wo pal yaad dila jaaye..

Ye mitti ki khushbu, Wo hawa ka jhauka...
Wo Bematlab ka yaadon me yuhi khoya rehna...

Badalo ki iss garaj me dhundu koi sargam...
Duniya chale chalti rhe..tham jaaye ye pal mere liye hurdum...

Aitbaar hai in baarish ki bundo ko mera..
Jo in asuo ke sath mil jane pe bhi pehchane sapna mera..

Ye mausam diwana bnata hai..
Kuch anjane chehre yaad dila jata h...

"Waqt Ne Kiye Kya Haseen Sitam..."

"Waqt ne kiye kya haseen sitam
Zindagi ke sahe maine sare gum

Har pal maine sahi ruswai
Bheed me bhi sath rhi ye tanhai

Jab dekha us pal ko guzarte hue
Sab sapne sab armaan chuur hue

Aati h yaade, sehmati hai wo khamoshi..
Dil pe jab yun guzri, mit gayi zindagi ki har khushi..

Chalta rahun iss safar me dekhta rahu ye manzar
Kya pata inn raaho pe mil jaaye koi humsafar...

Waqt ne kiye kya haseen sitam
Zindagi ke sahe mne sare gum"

"Ek Aarzu Mere Dil Me Hai..."


Ek aarzu mere dil me hai...
Safar ye ab khatam hone ko hai...

Chalte chalte mili hume manzile kai...
Sirf kaamyabi me nahi....naakamio me bi dhundi ek khushi nai...

Is safar me mile muje musaafir kai...
Kuch ban gaye zindagi ka hissa...kuch degaye zakhm kai....

Jis manzil ki talaash me shuru kiya tha ye safar...
Wo manzil toh naa mili ...magar mile raah me mujh jaise kai hum safar...

Ab waqt aagaya hai bichdne ka...ajeeb yun silsila hua...
Manzil paane ki talaash me maine khud ko hi paa lia...

Jab jab un rasto ko hum mud ke dekhenge....
Hongi kabi humari aankhe num...kabhi hum yuh hi muskuradenge....

Ek aarzu mere dil me hai...
Safar ye ab khatam hone ko hai...

"Socha Naa Tha..."


Chala tha wo manzil ki talaash me...
Magar milega naa use koi sahil... ye socha naa tha....

Sapne dekhe hazaar umeeden rakhi baar baar....
Tutenge sapne hogi raaho me takraar... ye socha naa tha...

Shaam dhalegi milegi manzil aur thamega ye safar...
Par raaho me mile yun kaante... ye socha naa tha...

Milenge raah me kai humsafar
Magar saath chod denge wahi bich raah me...ye socha naa tha

Ummeedo ke iss akash ko dhakenge pal pal ye naakamio ke badal...
Par fir bhi nahi rukega ye pathik aur pa jaega ek din apni manzil....ye toh in mushkilo ne bhi... socha naa tha....

"Ye Zindagi Ajab Sa Ek Safar Hai..."


Ye zindagi ajab sa ek safar hai...
jisme musafir toh hai kai..
par har koi nahi apna humsafar hai...

aate jaate rehte hai yaha pe pathik kai...
kuch chalte dusro ke nakshe kadam aur yun hi dagmaga jaate hai...

kuch banate apne raste aur unki hoti riti nai..
kuch bich safar me hi idhar udhar bhatak jaate hai...

Kuch pohoch jaate apne antim lakshya tak aur likhte ek kahani nai...
Kuch dekhte dusro ke safar ko aur uphaas unka banate hai...

Kuch chalte chalte iss bheed me bhi sehte hai ek ajeeb si tanhai...
kuch akele chalte hue apna khud ka saath nahi hai chodte aur bus muskurate jaate hai..

Ye zindagi ajab sa ek safar hai...
jisme musafir toh hai kai..
par har koi nahi apna humsafar hai...

"Bada waqt ho gaya kalam uthaaye hue..."




Bada waqt ho gaya kalam uthaaye hue...
Likh deta tha kuch geet yun hi mai...
Ab arsa ho gaya unhe gungunaye hue...

Aaj fir dil ne lafzon ko pukara hai...
Ab lagta hai waqt ka yahi ishara hai...

Ab fir se naye sapno ko jagana hoga...
Ab dil me unhi ko saamana hoga...

Nikal padenge fir se kisi naye safar pe...
Jisme manzil se bada safarnama hoga...

Bada waqt ho gaya kalam uthaaye hue...
Likh deta tha kuch geet yun hi mai...
Ab arsa ho gaya unhe gungunaye hue...