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 Rare Sighting

I know! An outfit post! But one with a difference – the photos were taken and edited on a phone, and I’m writing the post on the phone as well.

I’ve been sent the Samsung Galaxy S6 by Three to test out as a long term Apple girl and without spoiling the posts I have planned about it (I’m going to post here and on Bonjour, Blogger! about the phone, because I have a lot to say!) I’m surprised to find that I’m really enjoying using the phone. (It doesn’t hurt that Three is SO much better than Vodafone (my current supplier) in BS1, so I can use my phone at lunch!)

Last Sunday, I headed over to At Bristol with some of my favourite bloggers for some crafting fun with Laura Ashley (which I also want to post about – you wait forever for a post to appear and then you’ve got two more promised for the next week or so!) and thought that I should wear a pretty outfit instead of my current love of jeggings and t-shirts. (mmmm, lazy)

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Blouse: ASOS* | Skirt: Boden* | Shoes: Primark (because no matter how much I spend on shoes, they always fall apart, sigh)

Now it’s time for work, where I’ll be impatiently waiting for my Apple Watch to appear. You know this mini movie from Despicable Me where the minion keeps typing and reaching for the banana? That’s gonna be me.

 

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Yes, It’s Another Voting Post

I know, I know. You’re hearing it from everyone around you. You should vote in the upcoming General Election because people died so you could vote, blah blah blah. I’m not going to tell you that. Partly because you already know it, and partly because it doesn’t matter how many times you hear it – if you weren’t persuaded the first time, you won’t be the hundredth time you hear it.

So registering to vote is difficult?

Wrong. It’s super easy – you just need your National Insurance number and this web page – www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Voting is a total faff!

Well, yes, going to the polling station can be a right ball ache. I’ve not voted in the past because it would take me 90 minutes each way to get to work, and by the time I got home, there was no chance I was leaving the house again. But then I realised that anyone can register to vote by post (I used to think it was just for old people and people who couldn’t get out!) and now it’s super easy to vote.

Who should I vote for?

Honestly, I had no idea. In my constituency, there are 8┬ápeople standing – from the main three parties to the not so serious ones and I had no idea (and not really time to go through all of their manifestos). But thankfully, there are sites out there like Vote for Policies and VoteMatch which I preferred the format of the questions asked – you’re given a statement, asked whether you agree, are neutral or disagree with it, then are asked how important it is to you if you’re not neutral about it. At the end of the quiz, you’re asked which parties you would never ever vote for, but I wanted to see what my choice was without any bias.

If you want to know everyone who is going to be standing in your constituency, YourNextMP is really useful – just pop your postcode in and get a list of who will be sending you a ton of leaflets.

Do I really need to talk about the election?

No! My mum always said that her vote was between her and the ballot box, so it was a bit of a shock when I went to uni and everyone was talking about politics so openly. I still don’t feel comfortable talking about politics openly – whatever my opinion is on who will be best for my area and the country, it’s not going to change your opinion on who is best.

 

That’s the last I’ll say about politics on this blog – back to your not at all regularly scheduled content.