The Galaxy S5 didn’t exactly bring the laurels expected from the Galaxy series. So Samsung decided to go back to the basics and decided to fix it. The Galaxy S6 sandwiches a powerful phone between two glass sheets. While it has been receiving positive acclaim from all around the globe, it’s no secret that Samsung sacrificed a lot of features to make a great phone — Features that used to set Samsung apart from competitors.
No more pool parties with your Galaxy S6
The Galaxy S5 was rated IP57 which made it waterproof up to 1m depth. Samsung probably felt that waterproofing wasn’t a basic necessity and removed the waterproofing on the Galaxy S6. Waterproofing may not be a criteria when you are looking to buy a new phone, but the extra protection of mind it gave for a device that’s costing you a fortune was appreciable. Anyways, If you’re getting a Galaxy S6, remember it might not be able to shower with you.
Removable battery has been a key differentiator for Samsung flagships for a while. People loved the fact that you can swap batteries on the go without worrying about battery life. But thanks to the new “refined” design of the Galaxy S6, the battery is non-removable. I mildly care about this, but a recent survey on Android Police reveal that many people are more than mildly annoyed — with half of the people saying that it has only made the Galaxy S6 worse.
However, the battery woes on the Galaxy S6 don’t stop here. The Galaxy S6 comes with a non-removable battery of only 2550 mAh. To put that into perspective, Sony’s flagship from last year, the Xperia Z3 debuted with a monstrous 3100 mAh battery. There may be other factors which Samsung may have worked upon for a better battery life – however, with this number on the specs sheet, it doesn’t offer a whole lot of encouragement.
No more expandable storage
Another feature which Samsung fans orgasmed upon, the ability to expand external storage via SD card, is going away with the Galaxy S6. But we saw this coming in the offing – especially when Google itself is urging manufacturers to discard expandable storage. But Samsung, being the good guy, at least decided to upgrade the base model to 32gb.
Many TouchWiz features abandoned
Samsung decided to pull the switch over a lot of features in TouchWiz – and the Air View is a great example. I’m actually happy that Sammy decided to kill these gimmicks, but there will be always a fair amount of people who are going to miss these features.
There’s a saying that everything comes at a cost, and Samsung proved that it is no exception, sacrificing a lot of features that made it different, to make a great phone that caters to the masses. I’d love to hear your opinion on the Galaxy S6. Do you think that the sacrifices are worth it? or Samsung risked it way too much?