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  1. clevin's Avatar
    I'm in the same boat

    M9: Shoddy camera and not enough battery life. Ugly speaker

    iPhone 6: Boring, the worst battery life, smaller screen, only 16GB

    Oneplus One: It's cheap with amazing battery life and I could wait until new phones come out and get this as a temp phone. But it is too big to use with one hand, and has terrible potential hardware problems

    S6: Has Fingerprint scanner, nice big screen, good camera, same price as M9, Samsung Pay, Wireless charging, amazing looking, capacitative buttons.

    Just tell me the battery life is good and I will order it
    Turn off sync, turn off data when not in use, use dark theme apps, use Firefox with black background addon. I think it can manage up to 5 hr sot.

    If you are gaming crazy, then no phone can save you.
    03-30-2015 07:31 AM
  2. lou61166's Avatar
    how are user reviews gonna be any less biased? for the most part, anyone who purchases a product and spends a big deal of money on one is gonna defend it and easily overlook any shortcomings because by nature, we try to defend our own choices.
    I agree to an extent way to many defenders of the faith who seem to be employed by Samsung to get an honest reviews or the ones that say because they outsell others they have to be the best.

    Sent from my VS980 4G using Tapatalk
    03-30-2015 07:33 AM
  3. Inders99's Avatar
    Just ordered a new battery for my clunky GS3, I'm going to hold out and watch the carnage and wait for the platinum. If Verizon waits too long for the platinum I'll just pass on the phone and wait until the GS7 if my clunker makes it that long.
    03-30-2015 07:35 AM
  4. neo905's Avatar
    The moon landings were a hoax.
    Wrong forum...
    03-30-2015 07:48 AM
  5. neo905's Avatar
    Turn off sync, turn off data when not in use, use dark theme apps, use Firefox with black background addon. I think it can manage up to 5 hr sot.

    If you are gaming crazy, then no phone can save you.
    That seems like a pretty big hassle to me. Gamers expect battery carnage, but having to turn of sync and data and use a dark theme in web browsing just to get 5 hours screen time when phones last year could easily do that with all the GPS, WIFI, Data, bluetooth on as well as syncing on for everything. Step backwards.
    03-30-2015 07:55 AM
  6. clevin's Avatar
    That seems like a pretty big hassle to me. Gamers expect battery carnage, but having to turn of sync and data and use a dark theme in web browsing just to get 5 hours screen time when phones last year could easily do that with all the GPS, WIFI, Data, bluetooth on as well as syncing on for everything. Step backwards.
    its surprisingly easy with power widget toggles.

    And im not sure last year flagships can get to 5 that "easy" with everything on. Check battery thread in M8, s5, nexus 5,it becomes apparent many can't.
    03-30-2015 08:01 AM
  7. warpdrive's Avatar
    its surprisingly easy with power widget toggles.

    And im not sure last year flagships can get to 5 that "easy" with everything on. Check battery thread in M8, s5, nexus 5,it becomes apparent many can't.
    My m8 says differently and I'm on a one year old battery. Oh, I'm a gamer too so my battery today has to be worse than a year ago.

    While I do like dark themes and use them. I sync everything but I don't mess with social media like others. The rest is going to stay on and be used with little battery issues.

    I've always gotten 5 1/2 to 6 hours of sot at 66% brightness in light to medium use. with about 14 to 16 hours total depending on how much of that is on wifi and what I do that day.
    In ultra light use I posted a screen shot with 40 hours and almost 30% battery left. Last years phones were amazing for battery life.

    If I'm gaming then I still get upto 4 hours of sot. The m8 is no slouch in the battery department. I'm sure the S5 isn't as well.

    While your advice is best for stretching out some extra life in our phones, it shouldn't be mandatory for all day use.

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    03-30-2015 08:57 AM
  8. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    I don't care about bias, 3 hrs is 3 hrs...somebody's going to say it 5 when it's 3? Whatever, can't do anything about lying but the feedback for the most part here will be fine. The fan boy's will get smoked out pretty quick here.
    .
    Yes, it's not that difficult to differentiate the two.
    03-30-2015 08:59 AM
  9. Jdroids's Avatar
    Since this news from Andrew broke out yesterday (2.5 SoT), I went back to BB and tested battery drain under continuous usage (browsing, videos). I left it at default full brightness, high accuracy location. It seems like it loses 1% every 2 or 3 mins. At this rate, SoT from 100% to 0% would be 4.16 hours. I know this is simple test and there are more factors in real world usage. But it seems to me SoT would be easily over 3.5 hours if used more continuously rather than mixed usage like Andrew's case.

    What concerns me more is his total time of 12~14 hours. That seems to indicate stand by time is not very good. It needs to be 3 ~ 4 hours more at least. Managing location, syncs will help but not that much. If S6 turns out to be more than 10% worse from S5 overall, I will hold onto S5 till next year. I hope 5.1 will help.
    03-30-2015 09:05 AM
  10. Adranalyne's Avatar
    Since this news from Andrew broke out yesterday (2.5 SoT), I went back to BB and tested battery drain under continuous usage (browsing, videos). I left it at default full brightness, high accuracy location. It seems like it loses 1% every 2 or 3 mins. At this rate, SoT from 100% to 0% would be 4.16 hours. I know this is simple test and there are more factors in real world usage. But it seems to me SoT would be easily over 3.5 hours if used more continuously rather than mixed usage like Andrew's case.

    What concerns me more is his total time of 12~14 hours. That seems to indicate stand by time is not very good. It needs to be 3 ~ 4 hours more at least. Managing location, syncs will help but not that much. If S6 turns out to be more than 10% worse from S5 overall, I will hold onto S5 till next year. I hope 5.1 will help.
    Talked with Florence Ion from GreenBot about it yesterday. She said standby is excellent for her. She went to bed with 13% (no idea how long she slept), but woke up at 13% still.

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    03-30-2015 09:18 AM
  11. Alex_NJ's Avatar
    Talked with Florence Ion from GreenBot about it yesterday. She said standby is excellent for her. She went to bed with 13% (no idea how long she slept), but woke up at 13% still.

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    We slept for about 9 hours that night I think
    03-30-2015 09:51 AM
  12. jstwondrng's Avatar
    I'm on the fence concerning either upgrading from the S4 to the S6 or getting the iPhone 6+. I owned an iPod Touch and unfortunately lost it. Since this is the case, I'm considering the iPhone since I can simply upload all of my music flawlessly (including playlists) into it. However, I do love Samsung phones and I'm becoming swayed by the free charger Best Buy is offering if you preorder.

    Don't know what to do

    J
    03-30-2015 10:20 AM
  13. stevelam's Avatar
    I'm on the fence concerning either upgrading from the S4 to the S6 or getting the iPhone 6+. I owned an iPod Touch and unfortunately lost it. Since this is the case, I'm considering the iPhone since I can simply upload all of my music flawlessly (including playlists) into it. However, I do love Samsung phones and I'm becoming swayed by the free charger Best Buy is offering if you preorder.

    Don't know what to do

    J
    seriously? you're being swayed by a free charger? personally i was gonna get the s6 but now i think im just gonna wait for the iphone 6s. still waiting for more full reviews on the samsung s6.
    03-30-2015 10:28 AM
  14. dominick's Avatar
    qi chargers are a commodity and you can get perfectly good ones on ebay for cheap.
    03-30-2015 10:31 AM
  15. Paul627g's Avatar
    Glad to see some of the cheap stabs at each other have subsided. Great discussion and debate everyone, keep it up

    Always keep in mind, your beef is with the OEM or carrier not with each other.


    Paul

    Mod Team Leader @ AC.
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    03-30-2015 01:15 PM
  16. Adranalyne's Avatar
    Glad to see some of the cheap stabs at each other have subsided. Great discussion and debate everyone, keep it up

    Always keep in mind, your beef is with the OEM or carrier not with each other.


    Paul

    Mod Team Leader @ AC.
    I figured I've earned enough warning points already.

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    03-30-2015 01:24 PM
  17. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    I figured I've earned enough warning points already.

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    That's not fair! 😢
    I want some points.
    Can you redeem them toward an S6 battery charger?
    03-30-2015 01:34 PM
  18. Coney718's Avatar
    I'm just blown away at how many people take one reviewers word for it and ignore the several other accounts that contradict this. Reviewers who put up a review 24 hours in with one charge cycle under their belt reported better battery life than this. Everyone needs to calm down and wait until people have had this for a week or so of normal usage outside of reviewing it.

    Some of you are acting like this is your first phone or something.

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    Exactly. I've read many others reviews that said battery life is more than adequate. Some people are just unrealistic when it comes to battery life on phones. And if the battery really is a concern you can always return it and get something else or just stick with whatever you have now. If you buy the S6 and it doesn't fit your needs you're not stuck with it just bring it back within 14 days and you're good. Nobody is forcing you to use it. Sheesh
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    03-30-2015 01:43 PM
  19. warpdrive's Avatar
    Since this news from Andrew broke out yesterday (2.5 SoT), I went back to BB and tested battery drain under continuous usage (browsing, videos). I left it at default full brightness, high accuracy location. It seems like it loses 1% every 2 or 3 mins. At this rate, SoT from 100% to 0% would be 4.16 hours. I know this is simple test and there are more factors in real world usage. But it seems to me SoT would be easily over 3.5 hours if used more continuously rather than mixed usage like Andrew's case.

    What concerns me more is his total time of 12~14 hours. That seems to indicate stand by time is not very good. It needs to be 3 ~ 4 hours more at least. Managing location, syncs will help but not that much. If S6 turns out to be more than 10% worse from S5 overall, I will hold onto S5 till next year. I hope 5.1 will help.
    That's false or backwards.
    Continuous use drains the battery faster as your screen normally uses the most battery.

    Think about what you said, it drains 1% for each minute that you used the screen. Once your 4ish hours of straight use is up, how much battery life do you have left for standby? Nothing is the correct answer.

    Also, it depends on the app that you are using. The AC app is more battery efficient then SwiftKey. A high end game will drain your battery fast.

    But the less that you use the screen, the longer your standby time will be. I can get 40 to 48 hours of life with only 2 1/2 hours of sot and apps that aren't battery hogs with my m8.

    Otherwise, with light to medium use (some YouTube, Web browsing, maybe some music, a few text and phone calls) I get 5 to 6 hours of sot and a total of 14 to 16 hours before my m8 dead.

    But I'll only get 4 hours of sot if I game for 4 hours straight.... And I'll have about only 5% battery left at that point. So no standby and reduced usage if continuous use and battery draining apps.

    Screen on time is closely tied together with total time or stand by of the battery.

    Andrew also tested his unit on auto not full brightness. Generally auto mode users more battery then manual, and when outside the screen goes even brighter then manual mode.
    Also remember that Andrew was using his phone like a normal person. His model had at least his emails and some social media syncing to the phone like a normal user would. Your model was not syncing anything....and just how long did you test the phone for and what apps or things did you do with it while watching the time drop? Or was the screen just on doing nothing?

    Not arguing, just want to learn from your brief experience.

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    03-30-2015 02:33 PM
  20. Jdroids's Avatar
    That's false or backwards.
    Continuous use drains the battery faster as your screen normally uses the most battery.

    Think about what you said, it drains 1% for each minute that you used the screen. Once your 4ish hours of straight use is up, how much battery life do you have left for standby? Nothing is the correct answer.

    Also, it depends on the app that you are using. The AC app is more battery efficient then SwiftKey. A high end game will drain your battery fast.

    But the less that you use the screen, the longer your standby time will be. I can get 40 to 48 hours of life with only 2 1/2 hours of sot and apps that aren't battery hogs with my m8.

    Otherwise, with light to medium use (some YouTube, Web browsing, maybe some music, a few text and phone calls) I get 5 to 6 hours of sot and a total of 14 to 16 hours before she is dead.

    But I'll only get 4 hours of sot if I game for 4 hours straight.... And I'll have about only 5% battery left at that point. So no standby and reduced usage if continuous use and battery draining apps.

    Screen on time is closely tied together with total time or stand by of the battery.

    Andrew also tested his unit on auto not full brightness. Generally auto mode users more battery then manual, and when outside the screen goes even brighter then manual mode.
    Also remember that Andrew was using his phone like a normal person. His model had at least his emails and some social media syncing to the phone like a normal user would. Your model was not syncing anything....and just how long did you test the phone for and what apps or things did you do with it while watching the time drop? Or was the screen just on doing nothing?

    Not arguing, just want to learn from your brief experience.

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    You need to calm down. I only said more SoT can be had under continuous usage than mixed use. Where did I say long continuous SoT wouldn't affect stand by time? No need to educate me on that.

    I think you are overreacting on Andrew's case. If that bothers you that much, test it yourself within 14 days or just get something else.
    03-30-2015 02:44 PM
  21. warpdrive's Avatar
    You need to calm down. I only said more SoT can be had under continuous usage than mixed use. Where did I say long continuous SoT wouldn't affect stand by time? No need to educate me on that.

    I think you are overreacting on Andrew's case. If that bothers you that much, test it yourself within 14 days or just get something else.
    Calm down about what? I just asked you a question and clarified an issue that I or we may not be understanding.

    With that said, what is continuous use as compared to long continuous use?
    If the screen is used briefly then you'll get more stand by time. If it's used more continuously or longer then just brief moments, we get less. But what is continuously use of not longer then brief or as you say, mixed use?

    Forget about Andrew or my old or current thoughts on battery life for this phone. I'm trying to understand what you are saying.

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    03-30-2015 05:36 PM
  22. ffejjj's Avatar
    Damn, I've been burned hard by Samsung in the past and my gut is telling me to pass on the S6...

    Then there's the other part of me that used the phone and wants to go jump on the pre order bandwagon and get the sapphire.

    Sigh.

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    03-30-2015 08:51 PM
  23. jcp007's Avatar
    Exactly. I've read many others reviews that said battery life is more than adequate. Some people are just unrealistic when it comes to battery life on phones. And if the battery really is a concern you can always return it and get something else or just stick with whatever you have now. If you buy the S6 and it doesn't fit your needs you're not stuck with it just bring it back within 14 days and you're good. Nobody is forcing you to use it. Sheesh
    I agree with you. I have come to realize that you can't reason with others that lack the capacity to carry on a reasonable discussion where differing opinions are respected and valued. If you don't agree with them, then somehow you are ignorant rube or ridiculed as a cheerleader. Small minds breed immaturity and the inability to see the big picture resulting in senseless, sarcastic rants which they believe can "educate" you to the proper opinion to have.
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    03-30-2015 09:17 PM
  24. Adranalyne's Avatar
    A little off topic, although there's been plenty of references to the M9 in this thread, but is everyone reading these reviews? Good lord. I never intended on buying the M9, but these reviews are harsh. Ars Technica decided to bury the damn thing. I'm not sure if they're comparing it to the S6 and just aren't impressed, but this is the kind of stuff that puts a company in dire straights.

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    03-30-2015 09:44 PM
  25. Jdroids's Avatar
    A little off topic, although there's been plenty of references to the M9 in this thread, but is everyone reading these reviews? Good lord. I never intended on buying the M9, but these reviews are harsh. Ars Technica decided to bury the damn thing. I'm not sure if they're comparing it to the S6 and just aren't impressed, but this is the kind of stuff that puts a company in dire straights.

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    I didn't read Ars Technica. But this PC world review of M9 caught my attention as it shows some interesting comparison with S6 edge on performance and battery.

    HTC One M9 review: A disappointingly good phone | PCWorld
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    03-31-2015 01:27 AM
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