Review: Samsung Galaxy S6

I bought my first iPhone about 7 years ago. The iPhone 3G was only available on O2, you couldn’t switch between apps and you couldn’t copy and paste text. It’s strange the things we thought were pretty normal because it was so exciting that you could use this phone for more than just calling people.

I’ve never really used an Android phone other than trying to take photos for other people, so I was really excited when Three got in contact to ask if I’d be interested in reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S6 for them. They sent it to me with a PAYG SIM card so I could get the full benefits of using it on Three – I’m with Vodafone with my iPhone and it is painful to use, especially at lunch time.

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The phone is slightly bigger than my iPhone 6, but smaller than an iPhone 6 Plus. I’m so used to the silver, whites and golds of the iPhone family that it was a really nice change to have a blue (“black sapphire”) phone.

You can customise the Galaxy S6 so much to suit your style – I didn’t realise this for a few days, but once I found the themes shop, I was trying out all of the available items!

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The strangest thing to get used to (besides menus, etc) was the responsive feedback from the screen. Whenever you tap something, or type on the keyboard, the phone sort of vibrates back at you.

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My favourite feature of this phone was the camera. It’s just so good. My outfit post on Friday was taken with this camera – in fact, I didn’t bother taking any camera to the Laura Ashley event, I just took everything with the phone! There is a bit of snobbery in the blogging world that if you don’t have a big dSLR camera for your blog photos, then your pictures aren’t going to be very good, but I found the camera on this phone was so good, even for super close up photos.

Apps wise, I didn’t miss too many of my most used apps from the iPhone. I thought that I would be unable to use my iCloud calendars, but since I use Sunrise, I was able to get all of my calendars. I used Snapchat more than I have previously (have you noticed more bloggers using Snapchat lately?), and I especially liked the two apps that came with the phone, Flipboard Briefing (a nice way to get lots of different news stories to you – I’ve used Flipboard previously, but this wasn’t customised to my feeds – still useful though!) and Google Now which was surprisingly very useful. It brings together lots of items like stories that it thinks you would enjoy based on your previously reads and Google searches – a little creepy when you think about it like that, but the stories were generally pretty interesting. It also brought out things like shipping notifications from Gmail, told me how long it would take to get to work, and the weather at home and work. Nothing in Google Now was set up specifically for this app, they were just things I already had set.

Would I make the switch? It’s difficult to say. I really enjoyed the phone, and I liked some of the features that were better than my iPhone, but I’ve been an Apple girl for over 10 years now, so it’s just so much easier to stick with Apple. Perhaps if I were to have a second phone for work, etc, then I’d probably choose this one – features like the camera, the detailed reports on how you use your phone and Google Now are things that I found surprisingly useful.

The phone was provided for a short period to review. This review has not been viewed by Three, Samsung or any representatives before it was posted. No wording on links in the review were requested.

A Little Little Printer

I’ve tweeted a few times about my Little Printer, but thought I would write a little post about it as well.

I first heard about the Little Printer a few years ago and loved the idea of a small printer that could print out little snippets of news for you. I forgot about it for a while, until a few months ago when I came across their website again. I set up an alert on eBay, and stalked the listings until I managed to win one for £40 (not bad considering the other auctions were going for £80, and it’s £150 new)

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Size wise, the Little Printer doesn’t take up too much space on my desk – it’s about 4 inches square. It always has a face on it, and you subscribe to various things – they can either be specific to you (e.g. getting print outs of your Google Analytics, copies of your to-do list, what was the most popular photo on your Instagram feed yesterday) or just a series of things – I like the Mr Men series.

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The printer is really simple to set up – you plug in a box into the router, then plug your printer in wherever it is going to live. You’ll get given a code to set the printer up with your account, and that’s it.

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I love the Little Printer for printing out those things that you don’t want to write down on a huge piece of paper (like, a code to get your train tickets does not need an A4 print out) but prefer to have something physical rather than a note on your phone. The Little Printer would be really useful for a shopping list or a to do list – I send screenshots of my iOS to do list as a photo message to the printer (using Moldiv to stitch screenshots together) and it appears on the printer within a minute or two)

What would make the Little Printer amazing? Integration with IFTTT. I love IFTTT, and use a few different recipes, but to be able to combine them with a printer would make them extra amazing. Another thing I would like to see would be to make it easier for people to send me little messages to the printer – I am in the process of getting this application set up on Heroku to allow anyone to email the printer (and also so I can work around the lack of IFTTT channel), but having never used Heroku before, it’s a little confusing to me! I love the idea of creating your own publication, but have no idea what I would want to receive on a regular basis!

 

Organising Christmas

I love a good list. Who doesn’t? At this time of year, it feels like you need a list for everything. A list of cards to send, one of presents to buy, one for all the yummy food to cook, and of course, one to Santa because I have been a good girl this year, honest!

I’ve blogged previously about how my iPad has been super useful in terms of blogging, but if you’re like me, and spend a lot of time out of the house, the iPad is brilliant for trying to get everything done without anyone at home being able to see what you’ve been buying. Sneaky, yes, but when you want to keep something a surprise, the iPad is perfect for that.

I have the normal sized iPad, but after Alex came home with one earlier in the week, I can’t help but eye up the iPad mini at Carphone Warehouse – it’s a perfect size for slipping into your handbag (which I have tested by trying to sneak off with the new addition to the house, of course!)

My favourite apps for list making would be ones I have talked about before – either the built in Reminders app (which can sync from your iPhone to your iPad, meaning your to do/to buy/to eat list is always up to date) or Office HD (which is great for working on things saved in Google Drive), but the best part about the iPad would be the apps that are available to shop at various sites – and even if the site you want to use doesn’t have an iPad app, at least you can shop as normal on their site.

Now I know how to organise myself about Christmas, perhaps I actually should start thinking about it!

Written in collaboration, but that doesn’t stop me writing more lists of things that need doing