Samsung loads planes full of Galaxy S6 phones for US launch

In today's open source roundup: Samsung pulls out all the stops for the US launch of the Galaxy S6 phone. Plus: Save 40% on CrossOver for Linux, and why gaming doesn't stink on Linux anymore

Samsung in high gear for Galaxy S6 launch

Samsung seems to be pulling out all the stops for the US launch of the Galaxy S6 phone. The company has loaded planes with Galaxy S6 phones in order to meet demand, and the early buzz about the Galaxy S6 seems quite positive.

Christina Warren reports for Mashable:

Although Samsung isn't revealing preorder numbers for its new Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge devices, it's safe to say that demand is high. High enough, at least, for Samsung to charter several Boeing 747 planes packed with Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices from China headed for its partners in the United States.

The necessity of the phone-filled planes bodes well for the phone's success. Early reviews for the handsets, including Mashable's, have praised Samsung's approach with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Eschewing the plastic feel that made the Galaxy S5 feel cheap, the new Galaxy S6 is sleek eye candy with a great camera. (According to Mashable product analyst Ray Wong, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge absolutely wipe the floor with the beautiful, if flawed, HTC One M9.)

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Dieter Bohn at The Verge has a full review of the Samsung Galaxy S6 phone:

The Galaxy S6 is what happens when Samsung doesn’t try to copy Apple’s phones, but instead finally tries to copy Apple’s product philosophy. The first thing to know about the S6 is that it doesn’t feel much like other Samsung phones. Instead of a plastic or faux-leather back, it’s glass on the front and the back with metal around the rim. We’ve seen other phones do this, but none have done it so well. The Galaxy S6 looks great and feels even better.

The edges are subtly textured from flat to curved in all the right spots. The seams between the glass and the metal are nigh-microscopic, and the whole thing just feels fantastic. It weighs just a hair more than an iPhone 6, and it’s slightly bigger as well. But I actually find it easier to hold and to reach the far corners because the glass is less likely to slip than the iPhone’s metal finish. It glides into a pocket and stays in my hand.

...this is probably the closest any Android phone has ever come to the "just shoot" mentality I love about the iPhone. Especially with the real time HDR, I found myself trusting the Galaxy S6 to simply get it right instead of diving into the expert settings. I don’t know if I’ve ever just trusted an Android phone to get it right and been rewarded for it, but the S6 has been doing just that, consistently.

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The review by The Verge spawned an interesting thread on the Android subreddit:

Theriverramones: "So far, it's the only phone that makes me want to ditch my OnePlus One. To be able to even convince The Verge of it's qualities is really a statement from Samsung. After HTC's failure, it's up to LG and Motorola to show us an equally good phone."

SabreGuy2121: "Normally I feel insanely clever for my prepaid service and my lots-for-the-money Moto G. But the Galaxy S6 makes me wish I was still on the on-contract, two year upgrade treadmill. I haven't had a Samsung phone since my Galaxy S Captivate and that phone had me swearing off Samsung forever. This phone would bring me back, if I was able to buy it on contract. Sadly its off-contract price puts it out of reach."

Sleepinlight: "I feel like I just read a completely different review than everyone else in this thread. This is the most iPhone-like Android phone ever created, and the whole review basically praises all the design elements that are most like the iPhone.

If Samsung had accomplished something wholly different, and forged its own design direction and identity, then impressing the people in the Apple camp would be kind of cool, I guess. But just turning your Android phone into an iPhone as much as you possibly can -- it's not really surprising that the iPhone fans love it."

Munkyxtc: "All the 'premium ' devices all have similar designs and use the same quality materials. Honestly I can do without the glass back, it's just another part of the phone to break but to just imply this is an iPhone running Android is a bit of a stretch too."

RogueJournalEntry: "Have an all glass encased phone that still looks identical to last year's model from the front, a mediocre battery, two missing features that are traditionally VERY important around these parts (removable battery and expandable storage), and you suddenly have the phone of the century on r/android."

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