come on, sure this is a tech site, so people here are more likely to care about micro SD card slot and removable battery.
But the general public dont care. And the people that choose another device over Samsung Galaxy S series because of the design are more than those that absolutely need removable battery and micro SD slot.
Also keep in mind that micro SD doesnt work all that well with Android. Google no longer support moving apps, and if Samsung still support it in it's latest touchwiz, because of Google, there are few apps that you can actually move. Streaming services may support offline storage on micro SD, but not all do. And you cant switch sd card, cause that will confuse the service, so it will no longer recognize the content.
And most people will not exchange their storage, so what they get when they buy the device is what they will live with (the one micro SD card that was bought will the phone will never be replaced with a bigger one), so it's not really an over time advantage either.
Also if speeds are an issue, for example when it comes to the camera, the internal storage has an advantage. And lets face it, it's videos and images that you have most use of having saved to the micro SD as an backup if the device breaks. I think you rather have the performance and get the right image in the first place, than having the micro sd as a emergency backup system.
On reality if you need on the go storage back-up or a fesh set of conent, carrying a flashdrive and and OTG adapter will not be much more impratical than carrying a micro SD card. It will be larger. But it wont compromise the performance on the device. And it wont cause issues with offline streaming content that is saved.
Battery, well next to no one will cary a spare. And yhen you could at least as easily cary a batterypack. Sure, the batterypack will be larger, but it's self contained, a battery is best carried in a protective case, and then they are roughly the same size.
So the real advantage would be over time, that you can replace the battery. But most people don't. And yet again, if your battery after a couple of years dont get you through the day, a batterypack could help you with that, anyhow.
Sure there are so called power users here. And there are power users that have opted for samsung galaxy S series, because they offered those features. But in reality those power useres should have no real problem with carrying a batterypack (powerbank) and USB flashdrives and OTG adapter to get around their issues. In return they will get better peformance and a more sleek package.
But it some power users will skip on the S series bacause of their issues with non replaceable battery or no micro SD card slot. Samsung will more than make up for it, when it comes to people that will pick samsung over the competition, thanks to the better design of the S6.
Please GSM arena, rewrte some parts of this review to put less emphasis on the issues you have with the fact that the S6 doesnt have micro sd card slot or removable battery, cause it sure isnt as important as you make it out to be. You are quite unfair.
Anonymous, 15 Mar 2015It would be nice to know how much space a full hd video will take per min of footage. Especial... moreWhat for the review for the m9s camera quality... At Mwc it had unfinished software for the camera..
mixa, 15 Mar 2015By the way what's up with that inefficient Exynos inside?A bit of heavy usage and the battery ... moreIt's not the processor, the battery's just too small, and the screen is too high ppi. Another ridiculous fashion toy.
One thing you failed to mention in the review that I noticed, is the wider angle view of the new camera lens perhaps 24mm.
Guys if im correct this tested S6 has pre-release edition of software so lets wait for release version
any way let it be what ever specs might be there
with 5.1" screen only is real step back, 5.5-6.0 was better idea
By the way what's up with that inefficient Exynos inside?A bit of heavy usage and the battery goes flat in less than 3hrs.
Also it heats the back of the phone hard?
The S6 is the best looking phone from Samsung in a long time, and the Edge is just gorgeous.
Sadly, that battery life and mono speaker makes me prefer the HTC M9. The real surprise is the lack of a memory card. I'd expect that from a phone with a more closed OS, but an Android? Madness.
What I would like to see is a S6 compact: As fast as the S6 but smaller... with IP67, microSD, FM radio and good battery life.... I jumped from the S4 to the Z3c....
MHanz, 15 Mar 2015You are not supposed to ask such savvy questions it hurts the fanboys and the sites that try t... moreThese kind of samsung lacks are not to be mentioned, true...
Guess 3 gb should be enough for the memoryhungry touchwizz
sid.mierer, 15 Mar 2015Wht the crap are you talking about ?? S6 has less features ? Are u mad ? Read all reviews from... moreActually the S6 does offer less than the S5.... no micro SD card, no water resistance, no removable battery, worse battery life.
Bjey, 15 Mar 2015Galaxy S5' settings app consumes 100 MB RAM. My question is: Did Samsung fire the whole idiot ... moreYou are not supposed to ask such savvy questions it hurts the fanboys and the sites that try to put on a brave spin for the colossal flop the S6 and S6 edge are proving it be once you put it to use. Those people who made pre-orders will be mighty angry if they cant cancel their pre-orders with no penalty. They should simply go ahead and buy the Note 4 or if they want something smaller, the S5.
It would be nice to know how much space a full hd video will take per min of footage. Especially considering the storage cannot be expanded.
I'm really torn between this and the htc m9 (when's that review coming out), latter reported to have poor camera picture quality, but has sd slot and better ui. Guess it all depends on price when finally announced
(Current iphone owner)
This phone is much more expansive than the iPhone. Look at the value conservation of Samsung Smartphones and compare them to apple. A 800 $ SGS6 will by no more than 400 $ in one year I guess. A 800 $ iphone can be sold for maybe 550-600 $ in one year. Thats mainly due to Samsung's bad software update policy.
Galaxy S5' settings app consumes 100 MB RAM. My question is: Did Samsung fire the whole idiot team of programmers?
My SGS5 is super-fast after full wipe. Install some apps and RAM is out because system consumes 75 % of it. Then it just gets laggy as hell.
How does the SGS6 behave in real-world circumstances where you have a lot of apps installed? How high is the memory usage of a clean install?
Anonymous, 14 Mar 20152k is 1080p. You mean 2.5k for QHD.
And as stated the Note 4 already provided these claims b... moreSony at least uses real innovation, like dedicated screen refresh rate and x-reality chipset.
Go have a look at z4 tabs 10 inch 2k ips screen, with sd 810 soc and only 6000mah battery it accomplishes upto 17h onscreen video. Cant wait for that review...
Same will be in z4 flagship, so...it ll eat this devices underwhelming results
Samsung as Upset alot of Galaxy phone uses who have been Loyal to them,and they have not Realised there Big Mistakes they have made Creating the Galaxy S6,the Galaxy S6 looks like Samsung are Trying to get the iPhone uses to Switch to there Phones,But then losing Galaxy uses who have got used to the Offers Samsung Offered but the iPhones did not Offer,Thats Why people chose Samsung phones instead of the iPhones,Even the Note 4 uses will turn there backs on getting the Galaxy S6,an they will be Worried if Samsung will do the same idea with the Galaxy Note 5,What will Samsungs Reaction be if the Galaxy S6 Fails to be Succesful,and will we get another Galaxy S6 Version that will offer the Option of Removable Battery or Micro Sd Card Slot,Galaxy S5 worth Better Value now than the Galaxy S6,as i am Charging Up my Galaxy S5 Spare Batteries now before i Going Abroad
Anonymous, 14 Mar 20152k is 1080p. You mean 2.5k for QHD.
And as stated the Note 4 already provided these claims b... moreBrowsing time consists of on screen time and modem energy consumption...
Iff that is the logic....this exynos sucks bigtime in energy consumption