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  1. I Can Be Your Hero's Avatar


    Just watching the Android Central podcast where Andrew Martonik goes into discussing the S6. He seems pretty so-so about it. Mentions it's still very much the same experience as any other Samsung phone, not a radically changed one. Says the battery life is an issue for him, not lasting as long as he'd like and mentions that there is lag though it seems hit and miss. Sometimes it'll just lag and slow down and he can't pinpoint exactly what it's doing that. He mentions that the phone isn't as fast or as smooth as last year's HTC One M8...

    To me this is a bit worrying. I don't want to go to a phone that slower and has less battery life than the one I currently own. Kinda don't know what to do haha. I'll check out the S6 when it's released here, but I'm hesitant on pulling the trigger after hearing this. Have to read reviews on speed and battery. Might wait and see what LG and Sony come up with.
    03-27-2015 04:26 PM
  2. jcp007's Avatar
    Having had only a brief experience with the Edge after preordering my GS6, my initial impressions that despite,the novelty of the design, I just can't justify the price. If it had the full Note functionality, then maybe. The GS6 felt so much better in the hand and had a more solid premium feel to it. The Edge bezels had a definite fine feel that want knife edge sharp but noticeable enough that it lacked the solid feel that I was expecting. Both are great. Fast. Smooth as butter. I want to say greased lightning. No noticeable lag at all. The camera looks awesome. It really comes down to a personal choice from an aesthetic and functional perspective versus the practicality and value decison.
    03-27-2015 04:37 PM
  3. anon(27512)'s Avatar


    Just watching the Android Central podcast where Andrew Martonik goes into discussing the S6. He seems pretty so-so about it. Mentions it's still very much the same experience as any other Samsung phone, not a radically changed one. Says the battery life is an issue for him, not lasting as long as he'd like and mentions that there is lag though it seems hit and miss. Sometimes it'll just lag and slow down and he can't pinpoint exactly what it's doing that. He mentions that the phone isn't as fast or as smooth as last year's HTC One M8...

    To me this is a bit worrying. I don't want to go to a phone that slower and has less battery life than the one I currently own. Kinda don't know what to do haha. I'll check out the S6 when it's released here, but I'm hesitant on pulling the trigger after hearing this. Have to read reviews on speed and battery. Might wait and see what LG and Sony come up with.
    Given Android's architecture it could just be a rouge app he has running, assuming that in testing the device he hasn't left it completely stock. My guess is it's a rouge app.
    03-27-2015 04:51 PM
  4. I Can Be Your Hero's Avatar
    Given Android's architecture it could just be a rouge app he has running, assuming that in testing the device he hasn't left it completely stock. My guess is it's a rouge app.
    Possibly. He didn't mention any rogue app or unusual behaviour. But did mention it's just not as fast as last years phone. UI speed and fluidity are really important to me. Little stutters and lag really irritate me. I don't want to drop hundreds of dollars on a phone that is slower and has less battery than my current one.
    03-27-2015 04:56 PM
  5. Almeuit's Avatar
    The main complaint was about battery but .. for my needs I can manage (near a wall usually) and I bought a wireless pad for home so .. I think I will be okay.
    03-27-2015 05:00 PM
  6. Jdroids's Avatar
    Almost any phone gets so so review by at least a few reviewers no matter how good it is. The problem with subjective real word reviews is we have no idea how he/she is using the phone with what apps under what conditions. That's why I mainly look at reviews like Anandtech, GSMarena, PA. The only way to tell for sure is to try out yourself and decide within 14 days.
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    03-27-2015 05:01 PM
  7. Adranalyne's Avatar


    Just watching the Android Central podcast where Andrew Martonik goes into discussing the S6. He seems pretty so-so about it. Mentions it's still very much the same experience as any other Samsung phone, not a radically changed one. Says the battery life is an issue for him, not lasting as long as he'd like and mentions that there is lag though it seems hit and miss. Sometimes it'll just lag and slow down and he can't pinpoint exactly what it's doing that. He mentions that the phone isn't as fast or as smooth as last year's HTC One M8...

    To me this is a bit worrying. I don't want to go to a phone that slower and has less battery life than the one I currently own. Kinda don't know what to do haha. I'll check out the S6 when it's released here, but I'm hesitant on pulling the trigger after hearing this. Have to read reviews on speed and battery. Might wait and see what LG and Sony come up with.
    I'll respectfully disagree here. The S6 is every bit as fast as the M8. I can't speak on battery life (nor can anyone after 24 hours). The experience is ultimately going to be similar because while aesthetically Touchwiz has changed a little and it's infinitely faster, the whole package is similar in function to a Note 4 or S5 running Lollipop.

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    03-27-2015 05:05 PM
  8. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    Try not to let others sway your decision too much...will the battery be enough to carry you through the day. I'd go to a store and take a look yourself and see... I think this phone is good enough to fit anyone's needs
    03-27-2015 05:09 PM
  9. I Can Be Your Hero's Avatar
    The main complaint was about battery but .. for my needs I can manage (near a wall usually) and I bought a wireless pad for home so .. I think I will be okay.
    Fair enough, but there are times where I'm not near a charger and can't get to one. I'm usually in the office, but I do end up out on the field and might not be back till late at night. These instances my M8 can just last long enough, sometimes I turn my One to low power mode just in case. Might have to start doing that earlier on the S6.

    I'll respectfully disagree here. The S6 is every bit as fast as the M8. I can't speak on battery life (nor can anyone after 24 hours). The experience is ultimately going to be similar because while aesthetically Touchwiz has changed a little and it's infinitely faster, the whole package is similar in function to a Note 4 or S5 running Lollipop.

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    Well it sounds like both Andrew Martonik and Alex Dobie of AC both has issues with the speed/fluidity of the S6. Commenting that it's almost unacceptable by now. I haven't used the S6, so I'm just going off what Andrew was saying in the podcast. Hearing that it's not as fast as my current phone....is pretty worrying. Of course will have to test and see myself.

    And the whole package similar in function to the Note 4...that's another issue for me. I don't like Touchwiz, never have and didn't like the Note 4 on it (which is why I got rid of it after just over a week). Was hoping that the S6 and 'project zero' would be a complete revamp of the UI and software. Not sure if just running Google Now launcher will be enough to hide TW or if I may have to look into roms (something I haven't had to do in years...).
    03-27-2015 05:10 PM
  10. atakin77's Avatar
    Fair enough, but there are times where I'm not near a charger and can't get to one. I'm usually in the office, but I do end up out on the field and might not be back till late at night. These instances my M8 can just last long enough, sometimes I turn my One to low power mode just in case. Might have to start doing that earlier on the S6.
    Buy a power bar. They are small and fast and perfect for the situation you describe. Jackery makes one that is about the size of a lighter so it's not cumbersome to charge while in your pocket. Not as convenient as popping in a new battery, but it gets the job done.
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    03-27-2015 05:16 PM
  11. I Can Be Your Hero's Avatar
    Buy a power bar. They are small and fast and perfect for the situation you describe. Jackery makes one that is about the size of a lighter so it's not cumbersome to charge while in your pocket. Not as convenient as popping in a new battery, but it gets the job done.
    Yeah that could be an option.

    Ironically a removable battery would have been useful, but maybe a power pack is the next best option (of course aside from improved battery life).
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    03-27-2015 05:18 PM
  12. Almeuit's Avatar
    Yeah that could be an option.

    Ironically a removable battery would have been useful, but maybe a power pack is the next best option (of course aside from improved battery life).
    Agreed.
    03-27-2015 05:20 PM
  13. austriak's Avatar
    I checked the s6 and s6 curve out at best buy and everything Andrew said were concerns I walked away with. Software really isn't that different and I found it to stutter and lag some. Battery was also questionable. It was dropping quickly (not connected to power, there were wireless charges out).

    I was pretty gung-ho to pre order but after playing with it, I don't think I will get it. If you love the s5 and s4, you will love the s6. If you did not, you won't. It really is more like an s5 in a new body.
    03-27-2015 06:22 PM
  14. Adranalyne's Avatar
    Fair enough, but there are times where I'm not near a charger and can't get to one. I'm usually in the office, but I do end up out on the field and might not be back till late at night. These instances my M8 can just last long enough, sometimes I turn my One to low power mode just in case. Might have to start doing that earlier on the S6.



    Well it sounds like both Andrew Martonik and Alex Dobie of AC both has issues with the speed/fluidity of the S6. Commenting that it's almost unacceptable by now. I haven't used the S6, so I'm just going off what Andrew was saying in the podcast. Hearing that it's not as fast as my current phone....is pretty worrying. Of course will have to test and see myself.

    And the whole package similar in function to the Note 4...that's another issue for me. I don't like Touchwiz, never have and didn't like the Note 4 on it (which is why I got rid of it after just over a week). Was hoping that the S6 and 'project zero' would be a complete revamp of the UI and software. Not sure if just running Google Now launcher will be enough to hide TW or if I may have to look into roms (something I haven't had to do in years...).
    I'm used to the Nexus 6 (I've had it since day one) and my time with the S6 showed that it is definitely as fluid or even more so than the Nexus 6. Keep in mind that you're dealing with a QHD display and the older processors like the 805 were stretched on dealing with it. The Exynos is more than capable of handling the QHD display and the speed of the RAM and storage make the S6 extremely quick.

    If we're going by reviews, which I definitely urge you to take with a grain of salt, far more reviews or mini reviews so far are stating the exact opposite.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-27-2015 06:33 PM
  15. Alex_NJ's Avatar
    This is the reason I've been taking a close look at the Oneplus One as a temporary phone, ready to upgrade to a more refined model later this year
    03-27-2015 06:47 PM
  16. I Can Be Your Hero's Avatar
    I checked the s6 and s6 curve out at best buy and everything Andrew said were concerns I walked away with. Software really isn't that different and I found it to stutter and lag some. Battery was also questionable. It was dropping quickly (not connected to power, there were wireless charges out).

    I was pretty gung-ho to pre order but after playing with it, I don't think I will get it. If you love the s5 and s4, you will love the s6. If you did not, you won't. It really is more like an s5 in a new body.
    I'm seeing more comments like these pop up.

    I was set on the S6, but I think I'll have to definitely test it out and check for any deficiencies before I commit to it.

    I didn't like the S3, S4 or S5 at all. Thought both the hardware and software were way behind other OEM's. Seems like Samsung have upped their hardware, but may still be catching up with the software?

    Thanks for all the comments. I think I'll just have to check it out and decide for myself. You can read impressions as much as you like, but ultimately the most important one will be my own.

    I had passed off the M9, but after using it, I did like it quite a bit. If the S6 doesn't impress, then the M9 is an option. That or I can wait for the G4/Z4.
    03-27-2015 06:47 PM
  17. edgefever's Avatar
    I'm used to the Nexus 6 (I've had it since day one) and my time with the S6 showed that it is definitely as fluid or even more so than the Nexus 6. Keep in mind that you're dealing with a QHD display and the older processors like the 805 were stretched on dealing with it. The Exynos is more than capable of handling the QHD display and the speed of the RAM and storage make the S6 extremely quick.

    If we're going by reviews, which I definitely urge you to take with a grain of salt, far more reviews or mini reviews so far are stating the exact opposite.

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    Are you referring to n6 post 5.1 as well
    03-27-2015 06:58 PM
  18. Adranalyne's Avatar
    Are you referring to n6 post 5.1 as well
    Yes. It really didn't change the performance much. Closing an app stalls on the side of the screen all the time.

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    03-27-2015 07:06 PM
  19. edgefever's Avatar
    Yes. It really didn't change the performance much. Closing an app stalls on the side of the screen all the time.

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    Mine is way smoother and more fluid than before, think I'm gonna hold off on s6 till its in everyone's hands.
    03-27-2015 07:26 PM
  20. Hectorius's Avatar
    Very good valid points, reason I'm going to wait a month or so after launch. Everybody at this point loves the new S6, but give it a month or two and lets see what people are saying then.
    03-28-2015 10:15 AM
  21. karmamule's Avatar
    It's odd, but I've been watching various YouTube reviews from decent sources (TechnoBuffalo, PhoneArena) and they're all very happy with performance of the S6 and S6 Edge so far. I even went so far as to cancel my M9 pre-order and am going to give the S6 Edge a shot. I'm also very annoyed with HTC for knowing enough to change the camera but then NOT having OIS and seeing the meh reactions to the new camera. I'm also very happy to see several reviewers say Samsung finally nailed the fingerprint reader (despite an annoying set-up process), as I really love that feature with my iPhone 6+.

    If I do turn out to be disappointed, it's a quick trip to a local t-mo store to do a return so minimal inconvenience to reverse a bad decision. But, I remain cautiously optimistic!
    03-28-2015 10:24 AM
  22. Alex_NJ's Avatar
    In your experience, does the price ever go up after launch?

    Giving pre-orders a better price? (I doubt it but worth getting opinions)
    03-28-2015 11:01 AM
  23. jcp007's Avatar
    In your experience, does the price ever go up after launch?

    Giving pre-orders a better price? (I doubt it but worth getting opinions)
    Pre-order to guarantee device on release. I could wait but choice not to.

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    03-28-2015 11:14 AM
  24. Adranalyne's Avatar
    If you're concerned about the performance of Touchwiz, go to Best Buy and try to get the phone to stutter. Pointing out isolated incidents where you can get a phone to stutter and saying performance isn't great isn't exactly the best way to describe the experience. I can get my Nexus 6 to stutter. Would anyone say the performance of stock Lollipop isn't great?

    This happens every year. Someone says they saw lag somewhere and the whole phone is somehow laggy all the time. The S6 doesn't lag. End of story.

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    03-28-2015 12:18 PM
  25. chezm's Avatar
    After watching the comparisons of S6 and iPhone 6 I am definitely on the fence. I'm not comparing Android vs iOS by any means, but I can see the slight lag being mentioned. Mind you this is coming from a Nexus 5 user, my phone doesn't seem to run that far off from the S6 (based on watching videos, so taken with a lot of skeptisim).

    My concern isn't so much the battery (anything will be better than what I've got) but the performance and TW. And while it was promoted initially as a revamp, I agree it seems from a distance Samsung still exists.

    I always had an interest in the G3 and I'll wait for the G4, hoping it says under 5.2"...otherwise I don't know what I'll get.

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    03-28-2015 12:19 PM
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