Galaxy S6 Edge and HTC One M9 more popular than S6 among TmoNews readers

HTC One m9

Back on March 27th, we published a poll as pre-orders kicked off for three new devices. Those were – of course – the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and HTC One M9. Most who ordered their new smartphones on opening day will more than likely have received their shiny new gadgets by now. And so it seemed a good time to look back at the poll and see which devices you – our faithful TmoNews readers – decided to order. And the results surprised me, a lot.

Although it was greeted with less excitement than previous years, the HTC One M9 topped our poll with almost 35% of the votes. In second place with the hideously expensive innovative Galaxy S6 Edge, with only 10 votes less than the M9. To me, the biggest surprise was that relatively few of you indicated that you’d ordered the S6. It still gathered 23% of the votes, but it was some distance behind the two most-ordered devices.

Poll Results

All in, there were 1,539 votes, with only 117 of those stating they couldn’t get their order through on the T-Mobile online store.

If I had to predict results, I would have thought the Galaxy S6 would finish first. The Edge doesn’t offer that much more, and the S6 is a huge upgrade on the S5, and costs less than its curved counterpart. I’d have placed the M9 second and the Edge 3rd as – more of – a niche product. But, you guys have surprised me, and I guess that’s not a bad thing.

I doubt highly that this chart bares any resemblance to the order numbers placed by both regular consumers AND tech fans. Given the marketing and promotions pushed alongside the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the lack of it for the HTC One M9, the S6 almost certainly outsold its competition. In fact, if T-Mobile’s pre-order numbers announcement is anything to go by, it’s been a wildly successful launch for the glossy metal Samsung device.

What have you made of T-Mobile’s marketing efforts with these three new products? Does the company need to do more to push the HTC?

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  • lilrexy

    I got the regular s6 the edge just looks nicer but its useless it really doesn’t offer anything special besides the looks and lighting effects

    • Jose Hernandez

      I just want to ask, why is the S6 Edge useless? It is the same phone, just has rounded edges and a few extras with software. But other than that, it is the same phone. How can it be useless?

      • Frankwhitess

        Because it useless… It has 3 features and that’s all folks…from showing different colors when you have a assigned caller calling you,to just being curved… I rather go with the regular s6.

        • Jose Hernandez

          ok. So the phone is not useless, you just prefer the regular s6. I am not getting either one of these phones, but I just don’t get why someone would call a phone useless just because they prefer the regular variant.

        • Joe

          Yeah it’s not a useless phone but it’s not any more useful than the regular one. It just looks nicer.

        • dtam

          I think everyone just means the edges are “useless” or more fairly, not worth $100 more

        • Frankwhitess

          My attorney said to advise you that it still classifieds as useless under title 3 of the useless act.

      • Awt

        I chose the S6 also, because I don’t think the edge is worth the extra cost.

  • Melissa

    I’ll stick with my unlocked Nexus 6.

    • Rob

      Keeping my Nexus 6 too.

      • Melissa

        Right?? The nexus 6 is awesome! Its got dual front facing stereo speakers which are impressively loud!! I mean yeah the camera is mediocre compared to my note 3 camera. But, I don’t care really cause I don’t use the camera like that anyways. I just love the vanilla android experience and the fact its a google device. I hate waiting for the other manufacturers to catch up on updates. Like, for instance all the other android phones are on 4.4 or 5.0 or 5.0.2. Like, I mean I’d rather get my updates directly from google. At least I know I’m getting updates before other flagship phones are.

        • patt

          Nice try

        • Melissa

          Nice try?? Pfft okay.

        • patt

          Lol making it sound like nexus is some amazing phone :D

        • Melissa

          And, BTW Nexus devices do get updates before the other flagship phones. Just saying. While, the others are just catching up to lollipop and only updating to android 5.0 or 5.0.1 or 5.0.2 the nexus is on 5.1 already. And, the other Motorola devices are still pending a 5.1 update. Meaning the moto g and others. I have not seen other manufacturers throw out 5.1 yet. So, yes it is a good try because it’s true. Nexus phones get the updates first then google play edition phones.

        • patt

          Yea we know, nexus still is not a good phone, just hyped up.

        • Melissa

          That is YOUR opinion. NOT the opinion of everyone else. No one said you had to like or love the nexus 6. But, don’t troll and bash others opinions just because YOU don’t like it.

        • patt

          oh really so tell me that nexus army does not troll samsung ? :D it’s even worse the apple army :)

        • Melissa

          I’m not everyone else. I’m one person. With one opinion. And, how does two wrongs make a right? I’m not trolling. If you read my comments before and other sites about the s6 and m9 I have said they are all great devices and everyone’s entitled to their opinions about each device. If the S6 is the right phone for you then I’m glad. It’s a great device and I never said it wasn’t. I was by no means trolling. Or bashing other devices. I never specifically said that the S6 or M9 is a bad phone. I have had the chance to play with them all in store of course and I do agree that is not a true experience with those devices but it gives you an idea. And, as I said before they are nice devices. It’s just that I ME MYSELF AND I prefer the nexus 6. And, as I said before that is MY opinion. There is no right or wrong answer here. It is all dependent on each persons personal preference. And, you complain about the Nexus 6 not having an SD card slot. The S6 doesn’t either!!! So, please tell me have you ever played with the phone or are you just seriously trolling because you have nothing better to do with your sad lonely life? I mean come on. Your whole argument about the Nexus 6 not having a SD card slot is not an argument here seeing as the S6 models don’t have one either or even a removable battery. Which neither does the Nexus 6. But, I’ll say this again. All are great devices and there is no wrong choice. It’s of course Dependant on the user and their preference. This is why having choices in what android phone you get is pretty awesome :)

        • Melissa

          And, do you also realize I have a note 3 as well? So, how am I trolling Samsung when I own a note 3? And, I still love it. Please, explain yourself and stop trolling.

        • patt

          Oh how nice you might be one normal nexus soldier.

        • Melissa

          Go back to the hole you came from troll. Seriously. The only valid argument you have against the nexus 6 is display and that is ONLY because it is based off preference NOTHING ELSE! So, please save everyone else here the time and energy and go back to your hole. I’m done with this conversation. I really am. I’m not no damn loyal soldier to Nexus devices. I like phones in general. And, I’ve used and owned quite a few of them including the iPhone which I also think is great on it’s own way. And, ONCE AGAIN THAT IS ALL PERSONAL PREFERENCE AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

        • patt

          actually the reason nexus sucks is the camera and the size of the device I actually didn’t know that display is crap but now you just let me know about it :) and yep my “personal opninion is that it’s hyped up and not a great device” why you still talking to me? ;)

        • Melissa

          The size of the device and camera are not horrible I’m not saying that the device has a great camera cause even I agree the camera is mediocre. And, some people feel the display is not that great. I have no issues with the display or the camera. I never said they were horrible. I like both and I do like the size because I can actually see the display and the text on it since I have problems with my eye sight. But, I do agree the camera could be better but it’s not a big loss on my end cause I like other aspects of the device and I’m not a big camera junkie or selfie junkie. I’m a software junkie and a tech head. And, size is a personal preference as well. But, I am easily able to fit the Nexus 6 in my pocket and go with it. But, as I’ve said all of this is personal preference and personal experience. And, everyone’s experience and personal preference is going to be different. And, no where did I say the Samsung Galaxy S6 is a bad phone. Because, it’s not. I have a Galaxy note 3 and I still use it for taking notes and what not. The S Pen is what made me love the note series of phone’s. But, in my opinion I wish Samsung would just get rid of touchwiz altogether and go to a more stock vanilla android experience. Just my opinion there.

        • Melissa

          As for the display it’s a qhd display. And, in my opinion it’s pretty damn crisp. But, I know there’s others that disagree with that and would fight to the death about the display not being great. And, that is their opinion and it doesn’t make it wrong or right it just makes it their opinion and there isn’t a right or wrong answer there. This is why Android itself is awesome. Because, it’s open source and you have so many choices of devices running Android. It truly gives users a choice. And,having a choice is good. Because, it helps make a healthy and openly competitive market.

        • Melissa

          I’m really not saying that your opinion is wrong or right I hope you know that. I just put things the way they are without trying to have a biased opinion here. And, I am in agreement with you that the camera isn’t great. But, in my opinion the camera isn’t horrible either.

        • Melissa

          Also, if you read my comment from the beginning I said what I love about the nexus 6 and even mentioned that the camera was mediocre and not the best. I did mention that from the beginning. If you read my comment I said what was good and what was not so great in my opinion.

        • Melissa

          Let me quote that for you so you can read it again and see that I’m not trolling or bashing any phone here and being some ludicrous Nexus Soldier or w/e you called me… “Melissa Rob
          2 days ago
          Right?? The nexus 6 is awesome! Its got dual front facing stereo speakers which are impressively loud!! I mean yeah the camera is mediocre compared to my note 3 camera. But, I don’t care really cause I don’t use the camera like that anyways. I just love the vanilla android experience and the fact its a google device.”

          There read it and weep it.

        • patt

          why did you make me read through 5 comments lol

        • Melissa

          Because, it’s fun LOL ;)

        • Melissa

          I do love the Nexus 6. And, I do love it’s features and hardware. To me its just right. The size the performance and features and feel of the device. Not to mention the dual stereo speakers. AND that is MY opinion.

        • Melissa

          To me it is! To you its not and that’s fine. That again is of course YOUR OPINION! NOT MINE!

    • fuego

      Bought the edge, and keeping nexus 6 as back up. Awesome phone

      • Melissa

        Woop! There you go! I have to admit I do like the edge it just feels a little weird in hand but I’m sure if I had the phone and used it daily it would be something I could get used too. Its a nice phone. And, Samsung did an amazing job this time around. I’m excited to see how the note 5 will look this year ;)

  • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

    #Pass on both! Even though the M9 looks much better than the other two…

  • JMG

    You should elaborate a little more on things Cam Burton ,The Samsung lineup has three new ones not two the Galaxy S6 ,Galaxy Edge & Galaxy Note Edge . Obviously the Apple line includes its smaller cousin or as I refer to it as the Standard 6 & it’s big brother the 6 plus lol. You might wish to throw in the issues associated with the android and iOS platform , both have issues with battery . One has a lot of bugs and errors of telling the user there is a error or can’t perform that or shuts the app down. iOS has its own issues no doubt but again they are fixed way faster and may cause others in route ,but the Apple system is still more fluid in operation . The Battery issues with Apple are going to be fixed with the impending 8.4 update. Amongst other things . I think if they wile re both polled or surveyed it would provide and more accurate result . Also might wish to include that the person hating Apple is because they have had one or they are just a android guru. If you have not put your hands on a apple system you have no input . And this means more than a store trial on the wall.

  • HeatFan786

    The M9 is getting purchased because people don’t like Touchwiz and prefer continuous continuity. The Edge is the best looking version of the S6 and it’s not close. A lot of tech fans say pass on the S6 because the lack of a removable battery and SD slot. However, in the real world, the M9 hasn’t sold much from what I heard from several T-Mobile locations near me when I called about their S6 inventory. Managed to get an Edge 15 minutes before closing on Friday night. My friend’s Edge is on backorder, so he has to wait a week to get it.

    • Prod1702

      TW is the only thing holding back the S6. I work in a T-Mo Corp Store and I do not even think 1 M9 has sold in my store yet. We got 15 the day it was out.

      • HeatFan786

        Lol, that’s horrible. I played with it today even though I own a S6 Edge. It felt like the M8 w/ a better camera and processor, nothing more.

  • Philip

    I think when S6 became non removeable battery and sd card, it comes a even playing field for everyone. I have the Note 4 and I am looking forward to Note 5.

    • watkins

      I sure hope they don’t botch the note 5 the way they did here.

  • Jmg

    The removable battery is more of a preference system primarily needed due to the faults that the android system has. Apple it’s not needed . Clearly obvious when the G,1,G2 by LG had no removable battery and the G3 does . The G4 will be metal and possibly curved along with removable battery or revert back to sealed . Samsung is following what LG in hardware and features and internal makeup as well as things apple does. Apple may rely on Samsung for the A8 and the new M9 chip but they tried to sway from it. Samsung made it not necessary to have a ad card slid with 32,64 128 GB memory variants , strange how they are the same as you guessed it apple . Samsung is on a thin line with the fail of the S5 and the double as far as numbers success of the S6 we shall see. Faster updates would be suggested for android and not so buggy . Apple faults will be taken care of really soon .

  • IPhart 6 bendgate

    You guys are a joke. Do you really think all those people in your pole order an m9? Gimme a effing break! Samsung haters lives on TMO’s website, that’s just the fact. When it all said and done, the galaxy s6 and edge will outsell the m9 10-1 guaranteed.

    • Chilehead

      Pole?

      • IPhart 6 bendgate

        Typo.

    • Bradley Karas

      Agreed! Love my S6

  • fuego

    Almost sold out of inventory in my store the first 2 days of launching the S6/edge. Nobody has even asked about the M9…. hmmm, very intersting. I really wanted them to succeed, I wanted to buy one so bad, until I tested the camera…

    • dtam

      since you work in a retail store, have you heard of the htc champions program? $299 will get you an HTC one m9 no contract once your employment is verified

      • fuego

        Really? I had no idea lol. That’s awesome, is that a contest or do I sign up somewhere for it? That’s a good price for the m9

        • Guest

          just register at htcchampions .com
          if you sell 9 m9’s, you can get one for free. Not sure about all the details because I’m not qualified for the program, but great if you are

        • dtam

          just register at htcchampions dot com

          if you sell 9 m9’s, you can get one for free. Not sure about all the details because I’m not qualified for the program, but great if you are

          this is for employees at t-mobile/sprint/att/verizon stores

        • fuego

          Thanks man I appreciate it, I’m going to check it out now.

        • dtam

          did you get approved?

  • Jmg

    The HTC line is just trying to survive as a company . The original designer for the m7,M8 & m9 left the company and HTC doesn’t see the point in changing something that works .

    • Rob

      Obviously you haven’t heard of the M9+ – if HTC had put that phone out here, it would have flown off the shelves. HTC makes poor decisions but their designs have always been unique, way back to the Windows Mobile 5 days…

      • Jmg

        Yes I have .

  • Chilehead

    I must confess. I voted for the M9 but ended up getting the GS6 Edge.

  • Note4

    I’d like to know how many bought a Note 4 as a backlash to the s6 not having a removable battery and an SD shot.

    • Note4

      SD slot not shot. :-)

    • Jmg

      Why is it all forget that there is three versions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 series . S6 ,S6 edge same as normal just with curved sides and then a third version same as note 4 just with one edge called a Samsung S6 Note Edge.

      • Taka

        Well.the Note 4 edge falls in the Note series, not in the Galaxy ones.

        • Milan

          I think its called galaxy note edge. So it is a galaxy series. I think

    • gar1

      i did and i wanted to get it before the lollipop update witch wasn’t a good update foe my s5 . i love my extended battery too that i bought for note 4. I looked at the s phone 6 but i didn’t like it.

  • Marcus

    Enjoying my GS6 64GB, never had to pull my GS4 battery for any reason, had a 64GB micro sd card in it and never really stored much on it. I use cloud storage for everything (music, pictures, documents, videos). My GS6 is fast and battery life has been amazing.

  • Chris Bagatello

    S6 edge is awesome love it 64 gig

    • Deihmos

      Was it worth $850 + tax?

      • Cruise Guy

        I bet it was. I hear it can cook dinner, fix your relationship, and fly you to the moon for $850. :)

      • patt

        Is m8 wortb 650 plus tax?

        • Deihmos

          All phones are overpriced but Samsung prices are even more ridiculous than Apple.

        • patt

          True truw, i did switch from iphone 5s and in a year there will be time for maybe galaxy s7 or note5. I feel like i am in better place because i got note4 in november 2014 :)

  • Orlando G.

    The specs on all these flagships is almost identical so the deciding factor for me is the camera. My wife’s S5 takes good pics as well as my LG G3.

    The LG G4 looks promising and I’ve waiting for that to come out and see how it does in that department. If not well, then I might jump on the EDGE.

    • Joe

      Not true s6 has the bast display on any smartphone not just the pixl count but the power efficiency the very true to life colors even though its amoled. The processor is 14nm vs 20nm and its faster on the cpu side and more power efficient. Graphics performance is not quite as good but for what I use my phone it does not matter. The s6 has the fastest storage memory and RAM. Best camera as u mentioned. And also it holds on to LTE signal batter than the m9 as an article mentioned. And battery life looks to be pretty much the same even though it has a smaller one and it has 2 wireless charging compatibility. Before the s6 I said I would never buy a samsung phone unless they really changed, and well they did and am so far loving my s6.

      EDIT: Sorry about my poor grammar.

    • I went from a g3 to the s6 edge and don’t regret it yet. ..g4 is ugly imo…that leathery back ughh

  • guest

    i signed up with tmobile two weeks ago i got the note 4 im on jump didnt pay the first bill yet but i was wondering if i can use jump right away for one of these smartphones

    • calgrav24

      No, you have to pay off half of your phone before you can upgrade whether that means making one year of payments or just fork up the money to pay it.

    • Cruise Guy

      Best bet would be to forget about the jump program. Sell your phone on e-bay or craigslist, and then take all that money and pay off your phone to T-Mobile. You won’t get any kind of jump deal, but you can start it all over with the new HTC or Samsung. You may lose $100 bucks plus on the whole switcheroo.

      • Prod1702

        You are not getting $650 for a note 4 on ebay. maybe 500. which means you lose about 250 with tax. 200 for the phone 50 for tax. I would go into the store you got it at and see if you are still in the 14 days and can exchange it. You will lose the $50 restocking fee but that is way better then the other options. Or just pay half off and move to the new phone.

    • NorCalOffspring

      Are you really that stupid to be asking?

  • Rob

    I don’t think the S6 or Edge is worth the money. M9 gives you the option of adding more storage for half the cost if not more and transferring large amount of data from your computer to your phone is much faster when all you have to do is use the SD card. Not so fast over USB. I have the S4 with an extended battery on it so I’m not looking to get either but M9 has been my decision if I do decide to upgrade. I am waiting to see what the Note 5 has to offer and then I’ll make my choice. As of right now, there’s little if anything I’d need from any one of the phones that I don’t have now. Lollipop kept this S4 from becoming a backup phone.

    • Mike

      Doesn’t matter the S6 will sale better then the M8S aka M9

  • Phoneadopteer

    Its abit surprising that HTC didn’t put much marketing behind the One M9 but Samsung always throws buckets of money behind advertising

    • Andrew Singleton

      i feel like its the #1 reason HTC is behind. last year they had quite a bit of commercials but no billboards, displays outside of cellphone stores, presence in bestbuy or major retailers. nothing.

  • Prod1702

    I don’t understand why people like the M9 so much. I feel like the M9 is a crap upgrade from the M8. Cam is not as good as the S6 and omfg you don’t get a SD card slot with the S6. You get 100gb of free One-drive space. Ppl need to move on with the times and get cloud service. With band 12 on the S6 and the M9 you can’t beat it. I get LTE every where I go in MN now with Band 12 and never have internet speeds under 15 Mbps which is enough for using the cloud.

    • TYLERDERK

      When Traveling and camping in rural area,,,
      I need my SD card filled with entertainment when I have no internet access or slow speeds i have no cloud service.
      More memory is better.

      • Prod1702

        I understand your point 100% but 32gb of space is alot of space. You can always get a OTG drive for us. I have one which is 16gb and is on my key chain. It mainly only has important docs on it but you could use it for media if you needed to.

        • watkins

          Why? So having extra memory attached to a key chain is better just having a bigger SD card installed on your phone? Your logic makes no sense lol.

    • Andrew Singleton

      luckily my service in Denver is bomb, but I can see why people would want to hoard music or media if they have a spotty commute or are going camping or something where there won’t be any service. With that being said, stop being cheap and just upgrade your space instead of using a card. Cards kill performance.

    • Not everyone has unlimited data, still. But even data costs aside, there’s still the convenience factor of a microSD in that it’s both additional and, most importantly, local. Can I add 128GB of storage cheaply? Can I bring it on a plane with me? What’s the cost of storing all that on a cloud service? How can one take pictures directly to cloud storage? If I’m recording video and the file isn’t finalized and I run out of space, am I okay with letting the video stop and then having to wait for it to upload and then deleting it off my phone? How do I open it directly in an app from cloud storage? Where will that cache live while I’m editing it? For that matter, do you really want to be standing around waiting while your files download or stream, every single time you want to access them? What if the cloud storage is down? What if I cross over into an area with no service, or even just “less-than-HSPA+” service?

      Those aren’t even all the problems with cloud storage. For backup purposes, sure, cloud storage makes sense. For active use, however, it makes less sense. It’s not cost-effective or always-present like local storage. And rather than pay $200 to get the 128GB S6 over the 32GB S6, I can get an additional 128GB for just $80 and use it for just my photos and videos. I can also just pop it out and into a new phone without having to redownload all my media to the new phone.

      Beyond that one point about cloud storage, the M9 isn’t a bad phone by any means. The camera isn’t as good as the S6, but not everyone buys phones just for the camera. People aren’t buying an M9 for the camera. They’re buying it for the design, the software, the speakers, the build quality, etc. The camera is servicable and gets the job done if you’re only posting to social media, which downscales and compresses everything until it all looks like crap, anyway. It may not be much of an upgrade over the M8 if you actually like Ultrapixels and low-light photos, but that’s more a testament to how good the M8 already was rather than how bad the M9 is. Both the M9 and the S6 are good phones, but there’s a market for either phone. People want different things from their phones.

      • Prod1702

        I have had the M7, M8, and the Nexus 6 all of which has had the speakers and I love them to death. Don,t get me wrong they are great to have. The Speaker on the S6 is very loud, and I have kinda moved away from caring about the speakers since I just have a nice pair of Bluetooth headphones.
        Space is a whole another ballgame. Do you really need more them 16gb of media at one time, well that is for the user to decide if they do, but 16gb of media is a lot of media/video. Reason I say 16gb is so you still have space for apps. I know the M9 has 32gb. I just don’t see the point anymore about the SD Card. When Google doesn’t support it anymore and unless you root your phone you are unable to do much with it other then read from it because LP doesn’t support it.
        Design- the S6 has great design. I ahve always loved HTC phones for how they were made but mean the last 3 HTC ones now have looked almost 100% the same. Come on HTC they can make a new phone. Also with the way they make the phone the ugly ass HTC logo on the bottom of the phone takes up to much space. I jsut feel like HTC has bombed it this time around. Hopefully next time they do better.

        • watkins

          16gb is crap for a smart phone. Actually that’s been crap for the past 4 years. Proving you have no idea what the hell you’re talking about.

        • Prod1702

          If you looked at what I said you will see that I know the M9 has 32gb of space and you can use about 24gb of that. So I was referring to you using 16gb of it for media and the rest for apps maybe if you looked at what all I said you would of saw that. Yes 16gb is not enough for some ppl but 16gb is enough for a lot of people and you seem to not know really yourself since I am sure you just want to troll what I said.

        • At this point, 32GB should have been standard for at least a year. Maybe two.

        • Prod1702

          I do agree 100% with his. Samsung should of been putting in 32gb in their S6 since the Note started to get 32gb as base.

        • watkins

          Read the comments above man. You’re in the minority there. 16gb is crap! It’s been crap for a plenty of people for the past few years. I need at least 128gb for media alone… And what’s more convenient in a smartphone? Just popping out your memory card and reinstalling into a new device when upgrading. Or transferring all your crap manually? SD cards aren’t going anywhere and the cloud isn’t the glorious thing you so badly wish it was. Hate to break it to you.

        • t’s not just loudness. It’s clarity and separation. The quality of the M7 speakers blows away everything, and only the Sony Z3 comes anywhere close. It’s not even about having front facing speakers, though that helps a lot.

          As someone who uses an M7 I don’t want to plug in headphones always. Plus, when I play music, I can just prop my phone on the shelf in my room, no speakers needed. And when I watch video, it’s equally pleasant. Bottom-facing speakers get covered by my hands. Rear speakers unilaterally suck.

          On SD cards, Lollipop fixed the KitKat read-only issues. Personally, I keep my internal storage for apps, which take a lot of space. Media isn’t as crucial. On my 32GB M7, that’s 23GB of userspace after formatting/system partition. I have at least 4.4GB of just apps, no games. And that’s with ~100 apps only, and only ~50 of which were downloaded. I don’t even have any games because they’re over 1GB each. That leaves 16GB for media, sure, which is about equivalent to having a 16GB SD card that costs $10 these days. 7GB is music, which isn’t even my entire library. Just 16 of my favorite artists. I’m not even keeping FLAC. I don’t even have any videos. Of the 9GB remaining storage, that goes to local photos and backups. Yes, I keep my photos on Google Auto Backup, which is a lot of photos. But I’d like to be able to record some video if I need it, which means I have to keep ~5GB free at all times. Moving photos and videos to an SD card is cheap and frees up that 16GB and lets me expand into 128GB, so I could keep that 16GB free for games and more apps.

          As for the M9 vs. S6, Touchwiz is a deal breaker. And I hate glass backs. I’ll take anything but glass, and preferably metal or soft-touch plastic. Really, the only thing I like about the S6 is the camera, which isn’t enough for me to buy the phone. I like everything but the camera on the M9. (I’m currently weighing the Ultrapixel camera vs. the upgrades from M7 to M9.) The black bar doesn’t even matter to me, because I use onscreen buttons on my M7 anyway.

          In short, everyone has different needs in a phone. My M7 is near perfect. I’d buy an M9 over an S6 because I like it more, it fits my needs, and there aren’t any major deal breakers.

    • watkins

      No cloud sucks and expandable memory and removable battery is very very important for a mobile device. I’ll never purchase a smartphone without either of them.

      • Prod1702

        and this will be the end of you since I am sure the market will go 100% no SD Card at one point.

        • B-Mobile

          Cloud storage is great until you in a location with no wi-fi or 4G LTE connectivity: Road trips Immediately come to mind. As soon as you leave a major market, you can kiss remote audio playback goodbye. But having your music on a SD card saves the day. Thee examples of where cloud based storage suffers due to network coverage: Driving from Sacramento, CA to Reno, NV, Richmond Va to Virginia Beach, VA, & Atlanta to Augusta I rely on my Note 4s 64GB SD Card because cloud based storage for your playlist turns into scanning/seeking for the local radio stations.

        • watkins

          Exactly this right here.

        • watkins

          As this poll above tells you. As long as there is another option people will take it… And with 200+ GB SD cards coming soon. They are not going anywhere.

        • Prod1702

          the problem is Google doesn’t want SD Cards anymore and with the way phones are going now there isn’t space when they make them so thin. SD Cards are used for things other then phones that’s why they are still getting bigger and bigger. One day there won’t be SD Cards in the higher end phones. You also ahve to look at people as a whole. I am sure the people that care about SD Cards is under 10% which is what Samsung knows. SD Cards are nice they are jsut old Tech.

        • watkins

          Lol the reason Google does not want SD cards anymore has nothing to do with phone design. They really want people to start using the cloud for everything. Unfortunately a world where all of your data is streamed and stored on the net is a pipe dream for the average consumer. Comparing SD cards to vhs makes no sense at all… Comparing SD cards to hard drives is a better comparison. They’ll get smaller and faster like going to ssd in desktops. What do you think the average person wants to do when upgrading? Transfer all their data using a PC… Or just swap cards into a new device? The answer is pretty obvious.

  • I just realized there isn’t any carrier branding on the tmobile s6 :) didn’t notice until looking at the verizon one

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Michael Fisher from Pocketnow did a review on the M9. He said the camera isn’t up to par in low light and videos have lost of noise but it’s not as slippery as the M8. Then again, that’s just one guy’s opinion.

    • taron19119

      No its not look at Marco Hanna from phone Dog review

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    That’s great,

  • dodolom

    Does anyone know which one of the International Unlocked versions is good on T-Mobile. I know both would work fine but I am asking in terms of LTE connectivity. SM-920i or SM-920f