Samsung Galaxy S6 hands on and first impressions

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In the smartphone market, for me, Samsung always stood out as having phones that had all the features you could possibly need. Although they’ve never incorporated them in a way I particularly admired, they offered something to those who cared little about premium design and materials, and cared more about features and flexibility. With the Galaxy S6, the Korean tech giant has gone against its own grain and released a metal and glass device that’s beautiful and slim. But there are some surprising trade-offs.

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I got my hands on the T-Mobile bound S6 at the launch event in Barcelona, and I’m left feeling pretty impressed. Perhaps except the Note 4, I’ve never seen or held a better designed Samsung phone. It has a metal chassis with slightly curved edges and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and the back. It feels incredibly solid, and surprisingly, not too slippery.

The screen on the front is a 5.1-inch QuadHD Super AMOLED panel with a pixel density pushing close to 600ppi. Those tightly-packed pixels are powered by an Exynos octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM, and kept running all day by the 2,550mAh battery.

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But here’s where the trade-offs begin. Unlike every other Galaxy S phone in existence before this one, the battery is non-removable. No swapping out the battery for a spare, or buying a custom back door with a bigger third party battery built-in. You get your 2,550 cell, and that’s it. Its internal storage isn’t expandable either. There’s no Micro SD card slot. Samsung has dealt with that slightly by announcing three different storage models (32/64/128 GB), but that’s no comfort to those who like having their content on an interchangeable format.

But that’s where the bad news ends with the S6. From everything we’ve seen, heard and experienced so far, the S6 seems like a fantastic flagship device. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, has wireless charging built in as standard and comes loaded with Samsung Pay which will work at card machines even if they don’t have NFC receivers.

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  • Cruise Guy

    I will completely miss the interchangeable battery. I currently have the Nexus 6; nice phone but battery rapidly depletes due to the way I use it, and end up having to tie it to the wall or portable charger. If this phone had been waterproof, it would have merited the sealed design. However, either way, it still looks like a beautiful phone. Actually the M9 and S6 both look like quality devices.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      Same here with my n6

      Perhaps the m9 will bring better battery life

    • 9to5Slavery

      It looks like an iPhone

  • 9to5Slavery

    The camera looks like the phone has a CAMEL TOE

  • Cam Fas

    Did you see all that lagg

  • Ever

    Is the fingerprint sensor swipe based like the S5?

    • Adrayven

      no, capacitive like the iPhone..

  • Mark McCoskey

    Any word on the newly announced Huawei MediaPad X2 coming to T-Mobile USA?

    • Adrayven

      lol, I think Huawei is having ‘challenges’ getting product into the US w/o getting sued into oblivion.. and not by Apple.. Ericsson has some major bones to pick with them I guess.

    • UMA_Fan

      There was an article a while back about Huawei stealing some kind of T-Mobile USA tech and both of them going to court over it. I think Huawei even admitted wrong doing by some of their employees.

    • Mark McCoskey
  • Joey

    Its it water resistant?

    • Justin Merithew

      Nope, that was one of the tradeoffs. I’m intrigued, but the fairly small battery has me a little nervous

      • skywalkr2

        why would a metal/glass phone NOT be waterproof?

  • GinaDee

    Nothing jaw dropping here. The front still has that same tired design. I’m surprised that a company like Samsung with a huge marketing and R&D budget have become so big that they’ve lost their ability to innovate.

    Glad the outer materials have been upped though.

    • TK – Indy

      I honestly expected more from them on this one, and I am surprised that it is really just the same old thing. They needed to hit this one out of the park, and instead settled for a bunt.

  • Philip

    So shocking that it has non removeable battery. I like the press fingerprint scanner instead of swipe like on my Note 4.

  • Bradley Karas

    I’ll stick with the Note series

  • Goat

    I’m sorry…I just don’t see anything THAT innovative in the M9 and S6…

    EDIT: I guess I’m waiting for the Oneplus Two

    • dtam

      hope they do away with the stupid invite system…preorders would be a lot less annoying

      • Goat

        I’m fine with it as long as I get an invite :3 I haven’t had a problem EVER with my Oneplus One, and it does great in my area coverage-wise. I’m sure the Oneplus Two will have band 12 as alot of people have asked for it on the forums :)

  • Btbcc12859

    The glass back was abandoned by Apple, Samsung you should of asked why?

    • Mike Palomba

      I wish iPhones still has a glass back. I think it’s much more attractive then what they use now.

  • iconhulk

    Only thing that killed it for me, no expandable storage. Love T999L

  • Dean Smith

    too made trade offs? too many lacking. the only improvement i see is the metal built. I am going for HTC M9. GALAXY S6 a flop design and samsung has failed here again after the S5

  • Austin

    Samsung Galaxy S iPhone

  • TK – Indy

    Ok, so their main customer base for this will come from S4 people with the two-year upgrade cycle. How are they easily going to get their SD card with all their media on it to the new phone? Transfer files via PC? The S6 should have a SD card reader to make transition painless for S4 customers. Huge oversight.

    • g2a5b0e

      Wi-fi direct or S-Beam. You can move a GB of data in under 30 seconds. Simpler & much faster than an SD card.

      • TK – Indy

        Fingers moving an SD card from one phone to another can move 128GB in under 30 seconds.

        • g2a5b0e

          That’s a cool story, but Wi-Fi direct will never corrupt your files & you’ll never have to worry about losing something smaller than the size of your fingernail.

    • MP

      Dont mean to argue you on this one just pointing out no one waits 2 years anymore for an upgrade. Thats why a new device is launched every quarter by various manufactuerers. Simply visit a local store verizon att tmobile and just watch… People are upgrading within 6 months to a year now, opening new lines and such. Its pretty sick to see.

      • TK – Indy

        I still see a lot of S4’s around, it was a great phone – and a smash hit. S5 was such a small increment that many passed on it and kept their S4, waiting for the next big thing. This was supposed to be it.

        • MP

          I agree the S5 was a let down. However I saw those same people upgrade into the note over the S5 and will see people moving from that new note into the new S6… Just saying there are a lot more phone jumpers than one would think, thats why its a multi billion dollar business and even more so in the “refurbished” world.

        • TK – Indy

          I agree it is crazy. Just walk through the malls to see how big it is. You can’t go 20 feet without something related to cell phones on sale. It is the hottest tech item by far. I think the variety is what makes it so successful. Always something cooler than what you have.

        • exactly. i passed on the S5. so it’s either the S6 or M9 for me. after looking at the M9 i’m leaning towards going S6 even though I said i wouldn’t lol

        • skywalkr2

          I know a bunch of people still on S3.

    • JB

      This is not the most elegant solution, but you could get an OTG cable and a high speed Micro SD reader. Works like a charm for me.

  • dtam

    “premium” materials are so overrated. even worse when you sacrifice useful things like microSD slots and removable batteries. if Samsung were smart, they’d put these two phones out plus an additional plasticky version that still had the microSD/removable back cover model so they don’t polarize their fan base.

  • MP

    Not sure why people are hell bent on an SD card, everything is stored somewhere else these days i.e dropbox, google drive, clouds… Get over it SD cards are a storage system on its last leg. Going the way of oh i dont know CD’s, walkman, and shucks even ipods…

    • TK – Indy

      HTC said this with the M7. Guess what? It was back in the M8 and is in the M9, too. People want them, so a high-end phone should have them.

      • MP

        And what purpose do they serve anymore? I have one in my M8 but store nothing on it. Backup storage and all other storage is drive or something else….

        • TK – Indy

          Media. Video recordings, pictures, music.

        • MP

          Again all are stored via clouds and various 3rd party apps/services. Apple has no expandable storage and yet none of them complain… Im simply saying, its a dead storage option.

        • TK – Indy

          For you, maybe. I don’t want my stuff in the cloud. Let me keep it where I want, please.

        • MP

          Fair enough. Just have to face it though at some point the option will no longer be there. I dont know what people will do then… Never upgrade?

        • SamFan2011

          What are you? Stupid? My god, a 12 year old is going to lecture us on ” How SD cards are obsolete”. There are people different than you and with different needs! There are people who wants their HD movies on their SD cards which are 1-2GB each, other people want their lossless FLAC music on their SD card witch are 0.5GB an album, 4K videos they will take, game roms, systems roms, the list go on!! And if you reply to to this, you are more stupid than I thought…

        • MP

          And theres the ignorance… Well it was only a matter of time before someone had to input a comment like that. Glad you could show up.

        • SamFan2011

          LOL! Where the ignorance? What I have said are facts!! But I am glad you reply for the world to see how of big idiot you really are! LOL!!

        • justin l

          For starters i dont trust the cloud services. sure i have a few cloud accounts but their primarily internet dependent. It really shouldnt cause an issue for a phone manufacturer to keep the sd card availability intact. As far as the Apple people go, There are many Apple fans that refuse to use anything BUT Iphones so therefore no,they have never experienced the option of having an sd card. Sure they can switch but again there are those stubborn types that refuse to switch and will die with the apple logo imprinted on their brain. Most Android users have had the luxury of having sd card ability with few exceptions (Nexus) it would be nice to be able to keep that feature.

        • JB

          Apple customers never had the choice. So there’s that…

        • MP

          Thats just a silly statement. There has always been a choice, if on board storage was an issue Android has been around the whole time. Just saying…

        • Carter Penfield

          If they went android for their phone OS, then they wouldn’t be Apple customers. So his statement is valid.

        • MP

          The point was about sd cards not os… I was referring to apple fans not complaining about ob storage. The os was no factor.

        • JB

          Well that’s a silly reply, as we’re talking about Apple customers. They never had the choice, so of course they are content with no SD option, unlike a Galaxy S customer, who is having that option taken away from them after 6 years.

        • MP

          The point was if ob storage is such a huge problem apple fans would have converted to a phone with it or apple would have adopted sd…

        • JB

          Not necessarily. Apple fans are just that. Apple fans. And being that no iOS device has ever had external storage, there’s nothing to complain about in that camp. That’s the point I’m trying to make. Apple was proactive in incrementally bumping up the storage each gen, to mitigate any complaints likely.

          The problem with the Galaxy S6 situation is like I said, that option is being taken away from them, so now they have a problem of all their data that they may have stored on the card is moot, unless they pay for storage either for the cloud or the extra 100 dollars or two for 64 or 128GB options depending on their needs. No matter what your point is, It’s disingenuous to compare this situation to iPhone customers who never had to deal with this problem in the first place, as those customers are used to whatever methods they use to transfer their data between iterations. Not to mention like I said never had the option of micro SD support that was taken away.

        • dtam

          not everyone wants to store things on the cloud. also, it’s a chepaer option to buy a 32 gb phone and add a 128 gb microsd card then to pay an extra $100+ for a 128 gb phone. yes the on board storage is faster, but do you really need faster to play music or a movie?

        • JB

          Also I’d also wager most S owners currently have a micro SD ready with stuff on it that they would have wanted to just pop in their new phone, which makes samsung’s decision suck.

        • Mike

          Simple put your micro sd card in a computer and transfer the files to the s6 . Or get Dropbox, titanium , or my backup if you wanna backup via cloud.

        • JB

          Apparently you didn’t understand my post. The solution is simple enough, my point is people may not necessarily want to do that, let alone pay for extra storage or a cloud subscription for files that they want to carry with them to the next device. Nothing is as simplistic as taking your SD out of one phone and putting it in another.

          I don’t really have a horse in the race, as I’m a SD card, Google Drive, Note 4 owner, so I’m ready no matter what device I move to, but I think it’s rather silly to not see why people who likes S devices are upset about a feature they cared about us being removed and the subsequent bombarding with “simple” solutions they have no interest in.

        • Mike

          Well keep your current phone and stfu crying . Majority of ppl complained that the Galaxy S phones were cheap feeling and they should be built all metal like iPhones and sales proved it so Samsung did whats best for business .

        • JB

          No need to be a rude jackass. You apparently didn’t understand my last post either. I said I don’t have a horse in the race, which clearly means I don’t care either way from an individual standpoint. I love the new phones and personally will be getting a 6 Edge, 128GB as an alternate device. (Keeping my Note 4 because I don’t think I can part with the usefulness of the S Pen for work)

          Also, who says I’m crying? I’m just looking at it from the perspective of those who are upset for the feature being removed. They may be a vocal minority, but as consumers, they have every right to vent their frustrations. I’m sure they know what their other options are and don’t need asshats like yourself telling them what they simply need to do.

          Me, I personally realize that there are other options and solutions. Hence why I said I’m a Google Drive user that’s ready for any situation. So perhaps, you should be the one to stfu and actually take some reading comprehension classes before engaging one of my comments, as if you understood what I was saying, and had an iota of common sense, I wouldn’t have to reply to this and spell it out.

        • Mike

          I’m sure Samsung is not gonna price the 128gb at the same high price of the iPhone 6 I expect S6 128gb version to be at least $75-$150 cheaper to compete against the iPhone 6

        • Jarobusa

          I down load movies from Google Play onto my 64GB sd card. Very nice to have this extra storage.

    • If people want them, then people want them. You’re going to have your preference, and everyone else is going to have theirs. You don’t know where people store their files, you’re just assuming because it’s evident that if you’re telling people to get over it for wanting them, they store a majority of their things on a MicroSD card, and it’s convenient for them. In addition, having a MicroSD card is a money saver, you can still get the storage you want on the smartphone yo want, without having to pay upfront an extra $100-$150 or so just to bump up your storage. It definitely has its uses.

      • MP

        Who knew sd cards was so big… If you want it I guess youll continue to move to phones that continue to carry them. Its only a matter of time before “premium” flagships abandon them though. Im not trying to cause an uproar here.

        • TK – Indy

          A big part of what is driving things away from SD cards is BYOP corporate programs. They don’t want the SD cards in phones because they are a gaping security hole that they can’t abide on their internal company networks. So the companies disallow phones that have SD cards, which is a lucrative sales channel that the phone manufacturers don’t want to let slip by. This is why the iPhones own that space now – they have been locked down tightly since day one.

        • MP

          I understand, my company has done the same thing I have my M8 and my work iPhone. Thats why I mentioned that falgships will move away from sd’s in an effort to capitolize on business. Much like apple is. Thats what you see with the M9 and the “work” “home” app packaging.

    • Hector Arteaga

      My Nexus 6 doesn’t have an SD slot and to be honest, I miss the capability. Have thought about why I didn’t get a Note instead just for that reason (besides that, I like it better than I did the LG G3 and Note 3 I had before).

  • J-Hop2o6

    Where’s the m9 hands-on Cam?

  • Hector Arteaga

    Phone looks great! I still don’t understand why people are so fixated on the materials. 80% of people end up putting a cover on the phone anyway. It’s like drooling over how nice your car is and then putting a LeBra on the front and side mirrors. What’s the point?

  • Jay Holm

    What keeps me as a Samsung customer is their bright, vivid, and sharp Super AMOLED displays, web browsing, YouTube, Netflix, are all awesome on Samsung screens!!!
    I do intend on getting an S6, gonna go as high as the 128GB version, depending on what T-Mobile ends up offering, first choice Topaz, second choice the white one. I hear the speaker on the S6 is even louder than the S5 . I’m really curious how fast this thing will be, with the Exynos 7420, the new UFS 2.0, and DDR4 RAM all combined, this thing oughta be lightning fast! Regarding the lack of memory card slot, I stream music from AmazonMp3, store pictures on Google Drive, regarding the battery being embedded, it can charge so fast, 10-15m’s, a spare battery really isn’t necessary. That’s one new technology I am really looking forward to having, the fast charging tech, heck yeah!!!

  • ” J.D. “

    This looks super. can’t wait to see what the do with the Note,as far as lack of an sd card 2 things can be done if it supports OTG use a portable 2.5 hard drive or thumb drive or Google drive & load it to the cloud …

  • johnediii

    If it still has touchwiz, it’s going to be a terrible phone. Samsung need to abandon that and just release their apps to the Play store like Motorola does. Make Touchwiz a downloadable launcher for the people who actually like it. About the only app that Samsung makes that is better than the Android stock app is the Camera app.
    I’m torn about the SD card thing. As a frequent traveler, it is convenient to be able to store things locally as cloud services are generally a premium on flights and cloud media services are often blocked by the inflight internet providers if you do pay their $15/flight. However, I must admit that my company has recently taken the plunge and started requesting that we move everything to MS OneDrive for Business. This makes all of our business critical information available on the cloud. I have used Google Music and All Access since it launched. Cloud is the way of the future, but expandable storage still has it’s uses.

    • JB45

      Is your beef about Touchwiz or just custom launchers in general? HTC has Sense and LG has their own launcher. Does that make them terrible phones as well?

      • johnediii

        Yes, it does. I’ve used them all and stock Android is a much better UI than any of the custom one offered by the OEMs.

      • Jay Holm

        I just download Go Launcher, or maybe on the S6 I will consider giving Nova a try. Can anyone who is familiar with Nova tell me what makes it great, or better than other launchers?

        • David Coleman

          I do love the look of the Nova Launcher and the vertical app drawer and window adds. I also love that you can back up your folder/app locations and download them to any phone, without having to reorganize! Also Nova has adopted Material Design to their Launcher.

        • Jay Holm

          Ok, not that I don’t like Go Launcher, but I am open to trying something new. I think I will look it up on YouTube, try to find a video of Nova on either an S4 or an S5.

        • David Coleman

          Horizontal app drawer.

        • Zach B.

          Asking what launcher is better is like asking which flavor of ice cream is the best, everyones going to give a different answer. Over the years I’ve used Nova Launcher and bought the premium version, switched to Go Launcher for a bit, tried Apex Launcher and bought its premium version, went back to Nova for awhile, and now for over a year or two I’ve been using Google’s Google Now Launcher. They each have their own little benefits and quirks, but overall are mostly the same. Personally I like that Google Now is embedded in the launcher and a swipe away, or that I can enable “OK Google” to be accessed from anywhere with it (Though this might be available on other launchers by now). It also provides a clean stock look and is fast. Though you do lose some of the customizations the other launchers offer. Like me, your best bet is to just play around with them and discover which “flavor” you prefer. ;)

  • Jay J. Blanco

    No removable battery. The world is gonna end

  • The Strong Arm

    Im hitting f5 on t-mobiles page; waiting for the pre-order LMAO

    • Pierre Kerbage

      Tmo won’t have it till April 10. You will be hitting F5 for a while.

      • Jay Holm

        When I know it is available, I will be calling T-Mobile and ordering a 128GB hopefully Topaz Blue standard S6, hell yes!!!!!!

  • Ray

    Unfortunately, Samsung has become everything that Galaxy users hated about Apple. From unveiling a new flagship phone just about every year with minimal improvements, to the design of the phone, to the fact that there is no removable battery and no microSD card slot. Quite disappointing. The G3 is looking better and better.

    • HeatFan786

      Minimal? S6 is a huge internal upgrade. Exynos, 1 gb of ram increase, and qhd screen. It’s not an incremental increase from the S4 to S5.

      • kanakamaoli

        The S6 also went backwards. You forgot to add smaller battery, no water proofing and dust proofing. And also headphone jack at the bottom? Really Sammy? I think 99%of you all would have liked to have kept the headphone jack at the top.

        • HeatFan786

          How is that backwards? You’re calling Nexus 6 backwards? Idc about headphone placement. Most phones don’t have waterproofing and dust proofing. Waterproofing on the S5 is negligible since the flap is prone to breaking easily.

        • Jay Holm

          I bought a pait of Bluetooth headphones called Bluedio on Amazon, very affordable. So yes I used to prefer the headphone jack on the top where it oughta be, but now I don’t care.

        • Mike

          The S6 smaller battery will still outlast iPhones plus the S6 will come with lollipop installed which gets good battery life and the s6 has wireless charging and fast charging

    • Mike

      A sd slot being removed isn’t a deal breaker . I have unlimited data on T-Mobile and use spotify and Slacker for my music needs and Google Drive for files plus if I plan on getting the s6 it will be the 64gb or 128gb

  • Paul Garrison

    I regret hoping for a all metal phone, but not this iPhone clone. I guess I’ll stick with my Nexus.

    • TheDarkKnight

      Yeah, thanks. Samsung catered to your wants and now you retract your desires.

      • Paul Garrison

        Yeah, but at least keep the other features too. I figured that it would be a metal frame with a soft replaceable back.

  • VicRooLoo

    Maybe the first Galaxy I’ll get since their last greatest, the S3

    • TheDarkKnight

      The S3 sucked balls.

  • NotAFanOfThis

    No SD card? WTH? No removable battery? WTH?The two things I love or loved about Samsung phones, very disappointing. I never cared for the metal casing anyways. I’ll have plastic anyday to keep those features. Many people use phone cases, so why the heck did it even matter to people about the material if the frame? Geez thanks plastic haters!

    • Pierre Kerbage

      And NOT Weather/Water Resistant and NO USB 3.0. EPIC FAIL! Essentially the 3 or 4 major reasons to go Samsung have now gone. Apple is the BIG winner here/.

      • Mike

        iPhones has no IR blaster , wireless charging , 3gb ram, and fast charging

        • Pierre Kerbage

          Well – iPhones also don’t have a FILE SYSTEM – You cannot open an Email or reply to an Email and ATTACH a file from any location – The only thing you can attach is a graphics file – unless you want to go to THAT application and it is VERY complicated at best. Apple calls that :”a better user’s experience.”. And you can’t customize even where the ICONS will be – Apple is still years behind Android – not disputing that –

  • Terry

    If i wanted an Iphone 6 I would have bought one. I am going to reconsider staying with Samsung.

    • kanakamaoli

      Terry, that’s how Korean companies are. They like to copy what’s is the in/new thing and then put a product out there that mimics it. Look at the hyundai cars now that come with little led lights wrapped around the headlights to make it look high-end, or how
      strikingly similar a hyundai elantra looks like a toyota corolla.Yet they try to make a curved screen TV or an edge screen phone? Which I don’t see any real benefit what so ever. Just gimmicks

      • JJCommonSense

        Um.. Kias and Hyundais had led wrapping their headlights long before Toyota… and those “gimmicks” are the preferred choice for a number of well paying consumers. Just cause u dont see the value in it doesnt mean some1 else wont.

        • theman

          Look at the H logo on Hyundai.
          They obviously copied Honda.

    • Mike

      Well iPhone 6 sales trumped the Galaxy S5 so deal with Samsung doing what had to be done

  • skywalkr2

    Samsung is now Apple in their hardware design.

  • Paul Garrison

    LG, Sony, Motorola and a few other Android phone makers should be thanking Sammy for this blunder.

    • David Coleman

      Agreed!!

      I don’t think the removable battery is much for better aesthetics but removing expandable storage (something most Android users use) for their elite model is plain stupid!! It can be done, just look at HTC and SONY and LG, all of whom had a model without SD, and then the next year placed SD back into the phone.

      If an Android user has stuff on their SD card and looking to upgrade, the S6 isn’t gonna be the choice!!

  • Big Dee

    Im definitely sticking with my note 4 now.

    • Zen0s

      Same here! I hope Samsung don’t do the same on Note 5…

      • TheDarkKnight

        They probably will. The Note 4 will be my last Samsung phone.

  • Adam

    You gotta love seeing Samsung taking the FFFO (fail fast, fail often) strategy to heart. Let’s
    face it, we don’t know if people will reject the lack of removable battery and microSD card unit sales totals come in. I know people who won’t think twice about paying Apple $1.50 a G, but I could never do that, when I often see a microSD on sale for $0.30 per G. Especially, since you can take the microSD with you to your next phone.

    • Mike

      People complained about the previous Galaxy S series being plastic and the only way the only way Samsung could make the S series phones more luxury was to get rid of removable back covers

    • RLB63

      You can have a metal cover that is removable. If I wanted an iPhone I would buy an iPhone. Won’t be buying the S6. Been waiting for it and telling others to wait as well. Now I am telling them to wait for the S6 to come out and hope the S5 will come down in price some. Not tempted in the last. I like Windows 8 better than this phone and I detested 8.

  • taz

    No SD card would be less annoying if Google hadn’t gotten rid of USB Mass Storage and forced MTP cr*p on us. I keep my music on the SD so I have it to alleviate the boredom on the treadmill at the gym…having to use MTP to transfer it to the actual phone would kind of suck.

  • ianken

    To be honest, I’ve never used external storage once phones passed 16gb. Same with removable battery, never used it. That’s what streaming is for. I don’t watch movies on my phone, that’s what my 65″ plasma is for.

    My GS5 was a touch wiz crap fest. This looks like more of the same in a Samesung iGalaxy Phone 6 package.

    The folks ranting about removable storage and battery are in the vast minority of users. This won’t hurt Samsung.

    Looks like my 1+ will continue to serve.

  • PoppaCooldown

    So long as the battery life is great, I don’t mind the loss of removable batteries. I also used to think SD card slots were necessary but with 32gb being standard, I have a hard time coming close to using that all up. I Think the edge looks freakin sweet. I am worried about it being priced around the note line’s pricing, and how that QHD screen plays out with that 2600 mah battery. I had the g3 that had a 3000 mah battery and was struggling to hit 4 hours screen on time. My z3 has a 3100mah at 1080p, and I get 7 hours+. Here’s hoping that the battery isn’t crazy bad. I am definately considering this for my next jump upgrade.

  • kanakamaoli

    Cam you also forgot one of the better feature out there that Sammy left out from the S5. Water resistant/dust proofing of the S6.
    I have a Xperia Z3 and I love how I don’t have to worry about getting it wet or taking it to the beach or water park.

    • Paul Garrison

      You don’t go backwards.

      • kanakamaoli

        Imo, in some aspects the s6 did go backwards compare to the s5.Even the battery is smaller. You might say well…. It’s because of a more efficient processor, etc, etc. Still I would prefer at least the same size (mAh) or bigger since it is an upgrade.Right?

    • I too have the Z3, and thought I’d utilize the waterproof feature more. All it really provides is piece of mind as far as I’m concerned. Don’t get me wrong – I’d happily have it again, but it’s usefulness is negligible at best.

  • El.

    So.. when is the S7 going to come out now.? :-P

    • Jay Holm

      Ohhh sheez!!!

    • Brian Fetz

      next march 2016

  • Hey Cam – hoping you can answer these 2 questions:
    1) Will Google Wallet still work on the 6’s?
    2) On the edge, does the curved portion pick up touches via the ball of your hand? I have smallish hands, and my fear is that while stretching my thumb to the upper corner, the ball of my hand will be touching the curved part, which can result in mis-touches and unwanted zooming.

    • atown7475

      That’s the issue I have with my note edge. Every time I put my phone up to my fear my pinky hits the speaker or the mute button

  • vinnyjr

    Will T-Mobile have the larger storage versions of this dynamite phone? I want this in the 128gb model. Beautiful hardware with the greatest up to date specs. Love it. Great Job Samsung.

  • johnnyfromtmobile

    I know to some the lack of micro sd expansion might not matter but I use it a lot. All of my music and photos are stored via micro sd. I think I’m going to keep my Galaxy Note 4 and pray thAt the Note 5 comes with an expansion slot.

    • JJCommonSense

      Im with you… and i personally dont care if it has a microSD card slot or not as long as i dont have to give up a kidney or to in order to get a phone with 64gb or more. Thats the fail in all of this. The camera takes pics in 16mp if u take alota photos that stuff adds up.. but then again thats also what dropbox, google drive and onedrive are for i guess

      • Jay Holm

        You can take pix with less megapixels and use less storage. It’s the lens that determines the quality of a camera, good lens with 2-5mpx’s is sufficient.

        • Jerry Rich

          You might want to read a book about digital cameras. You will soon learn that everything you think you know is dodo.

        • gorilla

          Lens yes, but sensor is just as important.

    • SirMakoto

      based on samsung’s design history, they will likely copy the design of the S series on the Note, so the removable battery is probably gonna be gone, but adding a micro sd slot shouldn’t be too hard if they feel the heat from their loyal customers who still want it.

      i dig the design of the s6 edge, but not sure if i can go back to a smaller screen (current note 4 owner), don’t want my 128gb card to be collecting dust either.

  • NotSoldYet

    Im thinking of getting an S5 from an S3. Is there any reason I should not do that? What about the bands. Right now I do not even have LTE on my S3. I was going to get an S6 but the battery and microSD is a deal breaker for me. What do you guys think? I don’t think it has band 12.

    • EmeryE100

      The only reason for you to upgrade to a S6 instead of a S5 is if you live in an area where T-Mobil’s LTE is on the 700mhz band. If you are, consider yourself lucky and upgrade to the S6, if not, the S5 should satisfy you.

      • NotSoldYet

        I am in Los Angeles and I *think* there is a problem with that band in LA. Correct me if I am wrong.

        • Fabian Cortez

          It’s been sorted out.

        • NotSoldYet

          So then I should get a phone with band 12?

        • schweddyballz

          Honestly it’s not that big of a deal. Band 12 isn’t active in alot of places yet. The s5 works fine everywhere tmobile is now, try it out, if it doesn’t get signal where you use it. Then return it within the time frame for returns and get a note 4 or something compatible with band 12. But again it may not even be active where you live.

      • John

        there’s way more reasons besides band 12 for samsung s5 owners to want to upgrade from the s5 to the s6.

    • Get an S5 if you are set on the S series, prices will be dropping with the s6 on the horizon. Otherwise, I recommend the Note 4 instead. I live in Southern Cali as well and have no problem getting LTE. You have to remember TMO was barely getting into LTE during the time of the S3, it doesn’t have the component to pick up the LTE bands, it should have HSPA+ though. Yeah, you just need to upgrade, don’t go S6, as you said those removed features are key for you, as they are for me

      • John

        T mobile releaed 2 version of the Samsung galaxy s3. T-mobile’s lte variant of the samsung s3 has the model number of sgh-t999L. The t-mobile samsung galaxy s3 WITHOUT LTE support is the sgh-t999.

    • Tony

      Why don’t you have LTE I have had a S3 for 3 years now and it has LTE

  • David Coleman

    I do hope non expandable storage is not the future. I know for myself a phone with non-expandable storage is a non- starter!

  • EmeryE100

    I will not be upgrading from the S5, no need to. I am not excited about the metal body and don’t see what the fuss is about as a lot of us put the phone in a plastic survival case any way. I really don’t like the idea of not having a SD slot. I would really hate to buy a 64GB version and discover I really need 128 GB. The non-removable battery doesn’t bother me as I have chargers all over the place.

  • EmeryE100

    So what’s the deal – An OCTA core processor but only 3GB of RAM, should have at least 4 GB.

  • roopull

    So, Samsung built an iPhone…

  • kiiKane

    If they do this with the note series they list me as a customer. There’s no way I’m paying $700 for a phone that’s a brick after 12-18 months due to a fixed battery, especially when the tradeoff is making an already thin phone 1 mm thinner. The rest of the phone should last 4 years at least. Samsung have just relegated themselves to obscurity, no SD card slot and a fixed battery, what’s to make them any different now? Touchjizz? Good luck with that.

  • TheDarkKnight

    The M9 is what I’ll get my wife. I’ll get the Note 5 if it’s more like the Note 4. If the Note 5 is more like this then I’ll pass on Samsung from here on out.

  • Man, I’m all for the metal & gorilla glass, but no sd card or removable battery? That means I won’t be getting it, and will be holding on to my Note 3 for longer. I’m about to root it right now. For Samsung’s sake I hope they don’t do this to the Note 5. If I ever have to go unibody, it will be for a Nexus, pure android, nothing else. The 128GB is a nice jump, but I’m sure they are gonna charge $150 extra for that model, when it only costs them like $10

  • Michael Lynady

    I’ll wait to see the LG G4

    • AS118

      Same. Have the G2 right now, didn’t see a reason to upgrade to the G3. Also looking forward to Sony’s next Xperia.

  • vinnyjr

    Great job Cam, can you find out if all three of those storage options will be available for the US market? Really want the 128gb model.
    Thank You,
    Vinny

  • 2dott0

    I’ve owned every Nexus phone except for the N6 and for the 1st time in life I can clearly say I want something other than stock android. The S6 edge is going to be the phone of choice for me. I never needed to remove a battery nor had the need for removable storage so this phone will do. Also, I loved the unibody phones since the LG made N4.

  • Zooropa

    No SD slot is probably a deal breaker for me. Any phone without an SD slot doesn’t deserve flagship status. I was all set to switch to the S6(my existing HTC is the only phone I’ve had in the last 5 years with no slot and it’s a MAJOR nuisance) until I found out about no micro SD slot. I don’t particularly like the non removable battery either, but I might be able to live with that.

  • Zooropa

    No SD slot is probably a deal breaker for me. Any phone without an SD slot doesn’t deserve flagship status. I was all set to switch to the S6(my existing HTC is the only phone I’ve had in the last 5 years with no slot and it’s a MAJOR nuisance) until I found out about no micro SD slot. I don’t particularly like the non removable battery either, but I might be able to live with that.

  • Dean Smith

    So what does built in battery mean? Does the battery have life? I mean like you can use and charge up to this number and once the battery life is finished, you can’t replace the phone and the phone becomes a nonusable garbage? If the built in battery never runs out after countless charging I am fine with it. If after 200th charges, the battery is finished, than I am not getting the phone. Please advise.

  • Dean Smith

    So what does built in battery mean? Does the battery have life? I mean like you can use and charge up to this number and once the battery life is finished, you can’t replace the phone and the phone becomes a nonusable garbage? If the built in battery never runs out after countless charging I am fine with it. If after 200th charges, the battery is finished, than I am not getting the phone. Please advise.

  • Pierre Kerbage

    The only thing I will say for the NON MicroSD card is that 128 Gig Models WILL be available AND the 128 Gig is SUPER FAST MEMORY – so if you put a 4K Video, you CAN stream it to the phone. But I will miss being able to pop the MicroSD Card and put it in my reader at any time or replace it – or have more storage

  • Shawndh

    Samsung has been the choice of many because they had removable batteries and SD card options. Now, they’ve removed those and made the phone look like an iphone. Wonderful. Looks like they’re going to have to go through what HTC went through when they did the same thing with the M7. On that note, I’ll be waiting for the M9 to drop.

  • Guest

    T-Mobile only gets 16gb no higher any more it seems. 32gb+ would be nice but I am not holding my breath. Dropbox 50GB account I don’t need it really upload all my photos no problem.

  • Randall Lind

    T-mobile will go on lowend and 32gb only I am guessing. My only issues is niot being able to remove battery cause some time when I update the Galaxy s5 I get stuck on the T-Mobile screen and need to reset the phone by removing and reinstalling the battery

    • Tamir Cassel

      Im sure they have figured out the reset with hardware keys. Not to worry.