So I wrote about the S6 Edge a little bit ago because it was the odd cousin of all smartphones at MWC 2015 and I was just fascinated by the concept and implementation of the curved screen. After the buzz and press, I have realized that the true flagship from Samsung is the normal smartphone: the S6. It’s normal, common but yet refined and powerful. Let’s jump into more detail.

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Looks

I’ve given Samsung a ton of flak for their design choices in the past few years. The plastic, the dimples, the more plastic, the fake chrome, just yuck. Thankfully, they’ve really stepped up their game with the Note 4, Note Edge, and now the S6 and S6 Edge. They’re all about the metal and glass and the specific attempt to use as little plastic as possible.

The end result is a gorgeous device, especially in the teal color that was on display. I never thought I’d say this but I actually like the look of the S6 more than what Apple and HTC bring to the table with their latest flagships. I know, I know, I’m an HTC fan but Samsung has made just a gorgeous phone. Unfortunately, that means no more removable battery but concessions had to be made.

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What It Does

The S6 has the internals to blow your mind. The screen is a QHD Super AMOLED display which means incredibly sharp and pixel dense viewing as well as superb color contrast that other screens just can’t match. The pixel density is an absurd 577 ppi on a 5.1 inch screen. I can only imagine how awesome it will be to watch videos on the S6. The S6 still has the amazing camera (upgraded slightly) and the heart rate sensor on the rear while the front facing camera has been upgraded a lot to be able to record QHD videos, a first in smartphones.

There’s also been improvements on the performance side, with a faster processor and more RAM and such but one of the more exciting improvements is to the software. Samsung likes to implement their own skin over the stock Android and previous versions have been extremely bloated to the point of obnoxious. Apparently the S6 sees a much trimmer version of the skin by placing most of the bloatware into the Samsung app store. The result is an even bigger difference in performance from the S5 to S6. What do you think, is the S6 premium enough for you?