If Samsung is trying to convince us they're going all-out 'reboot', minimizing hardware for aesthetics and are serious about wireless charging - why didn't they just remove the USB port as well?
... maybe it's time for the S6 Active to shine??
Piyal, 16 Mar 2015It's a fail. If s6 was better looking than iphone or htc m9, than the removal of sd card slot ... moreI'm late to this huge comments list 'party' but I agree with the principle of what you're saying.
If they were prepared to sacrifice all the hardware benefits they've omitted fromthis device in order to achieve a more 'premium' feel - with Samsung's pricing, competition and sky high expectations - the last they had to do was better the aesthetics of the likes of HTC & Apple. I don't believe they've achieved that. Maybe the Edge does but I can't convince myself that what they've done is enough to justify this device bring a good idea and a success.
I could be wrong - time will tell!
Keep up the discussion people! :))
What I don't like:
1. Poor battery life.
2. No SD-card
3. Glass on the back (was a failure on Sony)
4. Again we get bloatware no one cares about. I wonder when this companies will get in their "heads" that we don't rent devices/software but buy them. I don't want a devices to spy on my habits, cloud sync my personal files or to act like targeted advertising; and eat my battery in the process.
Lastly, as a personal note, I don't like the design.
AnonD-359663, 16 Mar 2015I'm sure given lack of micro sd they would offer it. Also could use power bank if you can't fi... moreDo you really think that the power bank is better than removable battery, iboys? Makes the phone bulky , heavy, ugly......
On other hand, S6 will have one of the best batery life, after the first software update. Even on the release day.
My only issue with this review (and I love GSM and their reviews, always fair) is that the handset hasn't been released yet, and all of this is based on pre-release handset... surely this review should have been done after the official retail handset has been used (there is still a month of tweaking that can happen) as well as day one updates, etc. I fear this has been rushed out to get net hits and to beat other sites as opposed to giving the handset a decent review... :/ which is far less than what this flagship deserves...
I believe they will have more success with the S6. Most contracts will cover a 2 year period and this is where build quality keeps phones relevant. It's unfortunate they couldn't include expandable storage, but considering why they left it out, its understandable. Unless phones can reach diving ratings for waterproofness I would not attempt to get it wet,phones are not moisture magnets and as it is there will always be people who will let you know that their Sony Xperia failed the water test, so why risk it? I agree that it would've been better to add it especially since they managed to do it on the S5 mini with no terminal cover, but that's why they have the active model coming out. I stll feel that shock proof should also be considered and not just water and dust. This phone is meant to be beautiful and wont fit in wet, dusty and rocky environments.
Who would actually buy this phone and why?? What the.. are Samsung thinking really??
No water or dust protection
Rather pricey at launch, including really steep memory upgrade premiums
No user-replaceable battery
No microSD slot
No FM radio
No stereo speakers
It's a fail. If s6 was better looking than iphone or htc m9, than the removal of sd card slot and removable battery was justifiable. But It's not better looking than any of those phone that I've mentioned. So it failed to achieve what it tried to do in the first place, hence an utter failure. We are not sheeps or insects, who are attracted to shiny good looking objects, we are intelectual beings. We don't want another iphone.
Samsung copied Apple's design with the S6? Right. Samsung Active S anybody?
AnonD-241766, 16 Mar 2015Don't expect that Samsung will put everything in this flagship device. It's business guys. If ... moreIts not about not putting things in... its about taking out features that were in...
IP = gone
Removable battery = gone
sd card = gone
good battery life = gone
Don't expect that Samsung will put everything in this flagship device. It's business guys. If all the features are here, what will be next with s7,s8, s9 and so on?nothing..Probably s7 will be waterproof, s8 with sd card and s9 with removable battery. That's their business timeline.
Anonymous, 16 Mar 2015On wireless charging, nice idea but is it practical?
I either charge at night where it won'... moreIndeed. looks like a promising phone and true no product is perfect. Having said the unit tested might be pre-production model. So battery life will be much better with the production model.
With regards to wireless charging it depends on the person. I don't mind just leaving the phone on charging pad instead of hooking it up to power supply. So in my opinion it's not a bad feature, but that's just me.
On wireless charging, nice idea but is it practical?
I either charge at night where it won't matter (other than less wear on the port), or during day when needing a top up.
The latter means I have to leave the phone flat on the charging pad, where as wired charging I can pick it up and use the phone which is more comfortable.
Anyhow mute point as heard no charging pad supplied, just cable charger.
With the lower battery performance than s5 I can see a lot of top up charging... Sure there's a fast charge option, but not great if you're out and about.
Looks like promising phone but like all phones has it's compromises .