The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are now completely official, and as to be expected from a phone as highly acclaimed as Samsung’s Galaxy S line, the release has caused quite a buzz in a number of ways.
Firstly, you have the most obvious change which is the fact that the entire phone got a design overhaul. No longer are we plagued with the cheap, plastic feeling associated with this flagship – a prestigious phone like the Galaxy S should feel prestigious as well. Admittedly I do find both models to be gorgeous, but when you look past the lovely design you’re faced with another set of problems. As it turns out, in order for Samsung to bring critics what they’ve wanted most for some time now, certain sacrifices were made that probably shouldn’t have been made.
Namely, we’re talking about the loss of an external microSD card slot and a removable back door for easy access to the battery.
They are two arguably small features that many might overlook these days, but Samsung fans have long proclaimed their love for the fact that Samsung has managed to keep these features. It’s difficult enough to find a microSD card slot in flagship devices (or any devices) these days, and even rarer to find a removable battery. Even more rare than that was to find the two together. When the topic of Samsung possibly switching to metal over plastic in their smartphones, I don’t imagine that the anticipation would be to lose these two very important features.
And yes, you’ll have the argument that you do not need a microSD card slot anymore thanks to cloud storage, but microSD remains to be a cheap and effective option for expanding the amount of storage available on a device. As of right now, you’re stuck with the 32, 64, or 128GB options available to you, which is a real shame considering that SanDisk also recently announced a 200GB microSD card. Sorry, Galaxy S6 users; also, congratulations, HTC One users.
But perhaps the bigger issue here is the fact that Samsung took away the removable battery, which has pros and cons of its own. Yes, most of the time you can expect a phone to survive an entire day at this point, but for many people the convenience of being able to swap out a pre-charged battery without thinking twice about it was far more important. Samsung cites that the speed at which one of these non-removable batteries can charge more than makes up for the loss, not to mention now has built-in wireless charging, but you will be hard-pressed to find Samsung fans that feel it is a fair trade.
You also have the fact that the Galaxy S6 regresses from the S5 in that it’s no longer water resistant.
I think it would have been entirely possible to have made one of the models with, in the very least, the removable battery. The more “standard” Galaxy S6 should have kept the two things that help trademark the Galaxy S name, while the Edge version probably could have done without and just gone with the fact that they have those nifty curves.
I have wanted Samsung to switch from plastic to metal for a couple of years now, but I don’t think I would have pushed for it if I knew that it would have ended up like this. I still think that a premium design while keeping the same functionality of the Galaxy S line could have been achieved, it just didn’t happen this time around.
Which I guess, in the end, makes us all one big happy, "wall hugger" family.