04-07-2015 08:49 PM
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  1. Carrtman's Avatar
    The existing customer base has been clamoring for something like this since the S4. Samsung teased it with the Alpha line and now it's here in the Galaxy S line proper.
    Alpha still had a removable back and despite the oh so premium design it didn't sell well at all.

    The best thing would have been to put real leather on the back it's premium and removable..Ooh yeah but the phone would have been a but thicker then big deal lol.

    I mean I hope everybody who buys it enjoys the experience don't get me wrong but I terms of precedent a flop would be nice going forward premium and functionality aren't exclusive they can work really well together I.e. Note 4, g3
    03-02-2015 12:52 PM
  2. dadathepanda's Avatar
    The lack of removable battery is definitely off putting. I have a spare on my S5 and that's awesome, when I get home I just swap it out and I'm good to go. On the iPhone 6, ahem.... I mean on the Galaxy s6, I would have to hug a wall to get some juice in before heading out again. I'm really disappointed in Samsung (I know a lot of people are super excited about this device), they took configuration and design cues from Apple. Just hope the note 5 will not go in the same direction.

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    03-02-2015 12:55 PM
  3. Ry's Avatar
    Alpha still had a removable back and despite the oh so premium design it didn't sell well at all.

    The best thing would have been to put real leather on the back it's premium and removable..Ooh yeah but the phone would have been a but thicker then big deal lol.

    I mean I hope everybody who buys it enjoys the experience don't get me wrong but I terms of precedent a flop would be nice going forward premium and functionality aren't exclusive they can work really well together I.e. Note 4, g3
    The Alpha was never meant to be a volume model. I saw it more as a test.
    03-02-2015 01:05 PM
  4. Haalcyon's Avatar
    The Alpha was never meant to be a volume model. I saw it more as a test.
    I don't think the Alpha's back was removable.

    Also, I'm sure there will be a Mophie-type battery case for the S6, and TBH, they could easily add an SD card to it. Remember I said that when it comes out.

    G3 📱🍭
    03-02-2015 01:40 PM
  5. DXIDevelopment's Avatar
    Can't complain too much with the daily charging routine/battery life! We could all switch back to the old Nokia's!
    03-02-2015 01:59 PM
  6. abackholm's Avatar
    You can, of course, get back to the Nokia era, by turning off all the background activity (e.g. restrict background data) in your device. Without actual use, the modern phones are amazing - consuming something in the order of 5-6mA or even less - which would mean that 2550mAh S6 battery lasts a whopping half a month. Of course, that's not fair - we didn't buy smartphones just to play Snake...
    03-02-2015 02:10 PM
  7. Inders99's Avatar
    Alpha still had a removable back and despite the oh so premium design it didn't sell well at all.
    How can you say that when it wasn't even available on the nation's biggest carrier?
    03-02-2015 02:15 PM
  8. biggunspaul's Avatar
    Waterproof for what exactly? 99 percent of phones are not waterproof and people are not asking for a waterproof phone. Why add a cost that won't add to sales.
    Not being funny but are you simple or something ? You are asking me waterproof for what,mmm how about water ! The clue is in the word.

    If it's examples you want of in what situations a phone may get wet then why don't you try and use your own imagination.

    Do you know how many phones get damaged due to water,so many that mobile firms put water indicators in their devices to get out of warranty claims.

    Anyway I was on about what I'd like and not what you and the other 99% of people want.funny enough I base my wants on what I want.

    My wants for a waterproof device can't be that odd seeing Samsung gave water protection to the S5

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    03-02-2015 02:33 PM
  9. Carrtman's Avatar
    How can you say that when it wasn't even available on the nation's biggest carrier?
    I can say that because Samsung itself decided to scratch tthat thing, meaning their will not be the Alpha 2 or whatever they would have named it. Yeah it had a premium build but it seriously lacked in other features (micro SD card, CPU and resolution only 720p for a premium phone seriously?).

    I don't know what it is with Samsung but they really should take a look back and think about what made them great and then put it all together instead of creating such a user unfriendly phone.
    03-02-2015 02:38 PM
  10. Inders99's Avatar
    I don't know what it is with Samsung but they really should take a look back and think about what made them great and then put it all together instead of creating such a user unfriendly phone.
    User unfriendly phone for YOU. This thing will be a smash hit. Plenty of phones sell without SD cards or replaceable batteries. Personally this is the first Sammy phone I'd consider since the GS3, it's that good.

    Most people don't have battery or storage issues, just the fringe heavy users.
    03-02-2015 02:42 PM
  11. KJ78's Avatar
    People hate too much on a non-removable battery. It's not that hard to prepare to have alternate power source if you think you'll need it.

    Keep it simple....
    Some of us like to buy an extended battery and never worry about if we forgot it at home or if it's still charged.

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    03-02-2015 02:53 PM
  12. Carrtman's Avatar

    User unfriendly phone for YOU. This thing will be a smash hit. Plenty of phones sell without SD cards or replaceable batteries. Personally this is the first Sammy phone I'd consider since the GS3, it's that good.

    Most people don't have battery or storage issues, just the fringe heavy users.
    Mind telling me the lottery numbers too ? You really don't get it people buy Samsung phones because they have some preferences and expectations ...but I'm glad Samsung might bring back the - like one XDA member put it - "design" over functions crowd thought they've already gone to all the "premium" toys ...must be fun paying over 700 $ and not being able to fix a bad battery or add storage yup keep it simple lol.
    03-02-2015 02:54 PM
  13. Jdroids's Avatar
    Galaxy Alpha doesn't have removable battery, micro sd slot.
    03-02-2015 02:56 PM
  14. ibcop's Avatar
    Some of us like to buy an extended battery and never worry about if we forgot it at home or if it's still charged.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    I guess the S6 isn't for you.
    03-02-2015 03:05 PM
  15. atakin77's Avatar
    This is the first Samsung phone I've considered buying since the Galaxy Nexus. Currently I have a 2014 Moto X.

    Personally, I think some make a bigger deal out of the SD card and removable battery because they've always had it. I haven't had either in over two years and I've noticed two several things:

    1. When I didn't have an SD card anymore, I found most of the things I kept on the SD card I never used all that much, if at all. Music I never listened to, movies I never watched, and old pictures I never looked at were kept on that SD card. Instead of storing everything on my phone in case I need it, I put on my phones things I will actually use and even with that I probably have too much on my phone. I have a 32GB phone now and plenty of room.

    2. The removable battery really caters to heavy users - folks looking at 5 or 6 hours or more of SOT. Most phones today can get you through the day on normal usage. Unplug in the morning and plug back in at night. My Moto X (which by many measures is average at best with the battery) can go 16 - 18 hours without issue. If I feel I might need more than that, then I put it on a charger or battery for a half hour, and I'm good to go. In 2+ years without a removable battery, I've only had a phone go dead once. I plan ahead just like I always did, but instead of bringing an extra battery I just bring my portable battery and things are fine.

    Now that the S6 has moved away from the SD card and removable battery, I think you will each of these becoming more niche features than mainstream. Maybe LG will keep one or both, as will HTC to some extent.
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    03-02-2015 03:09 PM
  16. Inders99's Avatar
    Mind telling me the lottery numbers too ? You really don't get it people buy Samsung phones because they have some preferences and expectations ...but I'm glad Samsung might bring back the - like one XDA member put it - "design" over functions crowd thought they've already gone to all the "premium" toys ...must be fun paying over 700 $ and not being able to fix a bad battery or add storage yup keep it simple lol.

    One thing is for sure, this SD and battery issue is really polarizing the Samsung buyer base. It'll be interesting to see how this shakes out in real world use. The heavy users for power won't buy this phone, maybe this is just what the G4 needs to propel the sales upward. I for one am looking forward to their offering.
    Summest and quest7 like this.
    03-02-2015 04:59 PM
  17. Cigar-Junkie's Avatar
    I am still rocking the S4 I bought at launch. I have the same battery but the phone was replaced under warranty. Look on the bright side, if you get the phone replaced under warranty you get a new battery now. I guess it could work for or against you.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
    03-02-2015 05:15 PM
  18. Ry's Avatar
    I can say that because Samsung itself decided to scratch tthat thing, meaning their will not be the Alpha 2 or whatever they would have named it. Yeah it had a premium build but it seriously lacked in other features (micro SD card, CPU and resolution only 720p for a premium phone seriously?).

    I don't know what it is with Samsung but they really should take a look back and think about what made them great and then put it all together instead of creating such a user unfriendly phone.
    So you're for sure they scrapped the "Alpha 2"?

    Is that why we're seeing the Note 4 and S6 inherit some of the design choices?

    If HTC vs. Samsung at MWC was a competition, Samsung clearly won.

    Posted via Android Central App (Moto X)
    03-02-2015 10:13 PM
  19. Chris12453's Avatar
    I would have to say that taking away the ability to remove the battery is the biggest disappointment for me. I came from some of the Motorola Droids where the built in batteries lasted a year, year and half maximum. It was one of the most irritating things and of course Motorola's stance was the battery met life expectancy. Now fast forward to Galaxy. I personally have a spare battery for my S4 at all times because it dies so quickly due to how it is used. When I am at work, there are times where I cannot carry a wall receptacle with me 24/7 to keep this phone charged. Sure I could carry a battery bank, but then what happens when the battery fails. We are back to Droids, HTC, etc with built in batteries.

    MicroSD is difficult to understand because there are people out there, like myself who have 64gb cards in the phone and they are full. A 32gb phone with no slot likely wouldn't cut it.
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    03-02-2015 10:40 PM
  20. Summest's Avatar
    Guess I am in the minority, but I won't buy a phone that does not meet my needs/wants. There are plenty of other phones to choose from. I like my S4 but I am not married to Samsung products. Maybe get a S5, but most likely I will go somewhere else to be served. It's all in what you want. Opinions are only opinions. I like replaceable batteries and SD cards.
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    03-02-2015 11:47 PM
  21. Summest's Avatar
    I guess the S6 isn't for you.
    It's also not for me as well.
    03-02-2015 11:50 PM
  22. Brenda Schnee's Avatar
    i must say : the new design is very welcome
    03-03-2015 01:51 AM
  23. Riskyman166's Avatar
    Well, whether you like a slot cover or don't really care, it's about freedom. The "just in case" factor. What if. Does it hurt to have a removable cover. Just follow the money. Samsung or Motorola doesn't want you to be able to replace your micro-sd cause they charge for the size of the memory in the phone. No more buying (or getting stuck) with a 16 gig phone only to go to amazon & buy 64 gigs & snap it in. Here comes that pesky word "freedom" again. Same holds true for buying a longer lasting battery. Those usually aren't OEM! Last but not least, it's easier (cheaper) to design a phone without worrying where the covers have to be or what type of material they use to make the phone.
    03-03-2015 03:09 AM
  24. t11rmh's Avatar

    User unfriendly phone for YOU. This thing will be a smash hit. Plenty of phones sell without SD cards or replaceable batteries. Personally this is the first Sammy phone I'd consider since the GS3, it's that good.

    Most people don't have battery or storage issues, just the fringe heavy users.
    I'm not a heavy user but I do have two batteries for my S5 - mainly due to the fact that I broke the battery cover off after 8 days of having it and like to swap the batteries around from time to time. I have learnt how to be very gentle with the cover now so don't swap the battery every time it goes flat.

    Since Lollipop came along my batteries last just about one day with moderate use. A lot less with some time spent Web browsing or looking at this forum.

    I am not a heavy user. I just like to use my phone for what it is designed for. I like to have certain apps tell me certain things at my choosing. I do not see the point in having all this technology available and not using it because it drains the battery. If I wanted a phone to be just a phone then I'd spend £15 on a Nokia 113.

    Also, I have a 128gb SD card which I have music and movies on. The cloud does not work very well on trains when I have no data connection so having expandable storage is a must for me.

    So now the S6 has no SD card and no removable battery. It's a no go for me. Just been to have a look at the Note4 and that is the phone I'll be getting in June when my contract is up.

    Samsung seem to be pandering to the Apple crowd and the Apple obsessed technology press whilst pissing off their loyal customers. If they carry on in this vain the Note4 will be my last Samsung Phone.

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    03-03-2015 06:04 AM
  25. ibcop's Avatar
    It's also not for me as well.
    To each his own. It's an awesome device.
    03-03-2015 06:37 AM
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