Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S5: 8 reasons to upgrade (and 3 reasons not to)

6. It’s got a dreamy screen

Samsung might not have upped the screen size on the S6, but it has certainly upped the quality. Rocking quad-HD, the S6’s pixel density clocks in at 577 pixels per inch compared to the S5’s measly 432ppi.

What this means in real life is, well, not much unless you have pin-sharp 20/20 vision because on a screen only 5.1-inches big it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to discern much difference between the two. But you’ll know the S6’s display is better and that’s what counts.

7. It’ll stop you taking fuzzy photos

The Galaxy S6 comes with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), which should combat shaky-hand and leave you with clearer, fuzz-free photos. Very few smartphones currently have OIS, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 isn’t one of them.

8. It does away with the fingerprint swipe

This one goes out to anyone who’s ever felt like an idiot stroking their phone. The fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S6 works even if you just place your finger or thumb on it, just like the iPhone’s does.

Have these eight reasons got you convinced? Before you reach for your credit card, ponder these three drawbacks too:

1. No more microSD

The Samsung Galaxy S5 gives you a certain level of flexibility when it comes to storage - with a microSD card slot, you can just upgrade your storage as and when it gets full. No such luck on the S6, though - you’ll have to decide when you buy the handset whether 16GB, 32GB or 64GB is going to be enough.

2. You can’t remove the back panel

This might not be quite such a big deal, but if you’ve grown accustomed to personalising your phone with a jaunty back panel or feel particularly strongly that you’d like to take the battery out every now and then, this will be a blow for you. The price of the lovely metal and glass chassis is that it’s together forever: you can’t take it apart.

3. You can’t drop it in the bath

Or the toilet, or the swimming pool, or a puddle. Ok, so it wasn’t exactly wise to go submerging the S5 in pints of beer but the phone was at least able to handle “rain and sweat” without any bother. Samsung’s making no such claims on the Galaxy S6 - best to leave it out of the bathroom.