View Poll Results: Will you be returning your S6?

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  • No, I'm definitely keeping it.

    60 69.77%
  • Yes, I'm definitely returning it.

    12 13.95%
  • I'm not sure (Still on the fence)

    14 16.28%
06-01-2015 11:29 PM
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  1. maj71303's Avatar
    Battery woes? 5-6 hours SOT is strong.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Sorry but that doesn't mean much to my wife. It needs to perform without having to tweak / cripple the phone to death. With my buyers remorse use of the S6 & S6 edge, I even had to charge it twice a day for normal use. The bad is the standby time, WiFi, and VOLTE drains that leaves much to be desired. My wife on the other hand hammers her phone severely and has to charge her 6+ most times twice a day. I can't even take myself seriously and say the S6 battery life is better than the 6+. Fact is the S6 is nowhere near the battery life of the 6+. Always go with the motto of keep wife happy and the household has way less stress and conflict.
    05-31-2015 08:41 PM
  2. chezm's Avatar
    I have no idea what you and your wife are doing on your phones, but my wife has my old iPhone 5s and I got the S6. She uses her phone all day and can get by on a full charge, same with me...mind you the S6 is a little more inconsistent battery wise on idle, charging multiple times a day is a whole other story. If you think 5-6 hours on onscreen time isn't suffice for daily use not sure how to respond, that 6 hours of looking at your phone without putting it down.

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    05-31-2015 09:00 PM
  3. limeaid's Avatar
    I have no idea what you and your wife are doing on your phones, but my wife has my old iPhone 5s and I got the S6. She uses her phone all day and can get by on a full charge, same with me...mind you the S6 is a little more inconsistent battery wise on idle, charging multiple times a day is a whole other story. If you think 5-6 hours on onscreen time isn't suffice for daily use not sure how to respond, that 6 hours of looking at your phone without putting it down.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    His point is that there is no way to get that kind of SOT without crippling the phone. Anyone who is actually using the s6 under normal conditions is not getting 5-6 hours of SOT
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    05-31-2015 09:32 PM
  4. jcp007's Avatar
    Sorry but that doesn't mean much to my wife. It needs to perform without having to tweak / cripple the phone to death. With my buyers remorse use of the S6 & S6 edge, I even had to charge it twice a day for normal use. The bad is the standby time, WiFi, and VOLTE drains that leaves much to be desired. My wife on the other hand hammers her phone severely and has to charge her 6+ most times twice a day. I can't even take myself seriously and say the S6 battery life is better than the 6+. Fact is the S6 is nowhere near the battery life of the 6+. Always go with the motto of keep wife happy and the household has way less stress and conflict.
    Why is it that it posted that the i6+ has better battery life? That should be obvious with a much larger battery that the GS6 battery. On a more equitable basis, the i6 does not have the battery life of the GS6. If you are going to compare i6+ battery life, then compare it the GN4. Comparing the batteries of the GS6 and i6+ is such a straw man argument.
    05-31-2015 09:39 PM
  5. droidguy1964's Avatar
    Why is it that it posted that the i6+ has better battery life? That should be obvious with a much larger battery that the GS6 battery. On a more equitable basis, the i6 does not have the battery life of the GS6. If you are going to compare i6+ battery life, then compare it the GN4. Comparing the batteries of the GS6 and i6+ is such a straw man argument.
    Why on earth would you compare it to the google nexus 4?

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    05-31-2015 09:44 PM
  6. maj71303's Avatar
    Why on earth would you compare it to the google nexus 4?

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    He meant the Galaxy Note 4
    05-31-2015 10:41 PM
  7. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    I think most of us have 14 days to decide and we are only a few days in but I'm curious if anyone is on the fence, keeping it for sure, or returning it for sure.

    When I purchased I was probably 50/50 but after using it for 4 days now I'd say I'm 95% keeping it.

    T-Mobile has a $50 restocking fee if I did decide to return it so that plays a small factor too.
    I am. I'm returning it on Friday and picking up the LG G4 instead. Its got a much better battery life.
    05-31-2015 10:43 PM
  8. chezm's Avatar
    His point is that there is no way to get that kind of SOT without crippling the phone. Anyone who is actually using the s6 under normal conditions is not getting 5-6 hours of SOT
    Lol crippling the phone is how? The exaggeration of some on here is hilarious. Sure S6 doesn't have the longest battery life, but I have everything on and get over a day on single charge. I guess S6 isn't meant for a heavy user...I consider myself light to medium compared to people on yhis forum and teenagers today.

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    05-31-2015 10:50 PM
  9. maj71303's Avatar
    Why is it that it posted that the i6+ has better battery life? That should be obvious with a much larger battery that the GS6 battery. On a more equitable basis, the i6 does not have the battery life of the GS6. If you are going to compare i6+ battery life, then compare it the GN4. Comparing the batteries of the GS6 and i6+ is such a straw man argument.
    Not a straw at all. Not my fault they decided to put a smaller battery than even the last generation S5 in the S6. They claimed that it was going to be such a more efficient phone and wouldn't need a bigger battery. Pretty much they fibbed on that. I compared the 2 because the 6+ is nothing but a bigger iPhone and it's just 365mAh difference in battery capacity. Still even the the regular i6 does just as well as the S6 with just an 1810mAh battery.
    05-31-2015 10:56 PM
  10. maj71303's Avatar
    Lol crippling the phone is how? The exaggeration of some on here is hilarious. Sure S6 doesn't have the longest battery life, but I have everything on and get over a day on single charge. I guess S6 isn't meant for a heavy user...I consider myself light to medium compared to people on yhis forum and teenagers today.

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    Some call them tweaks and I say its crippling features myself. When you have to disable and turn off phone features, not because your not using them but because it causes drain on the phone battery I call it crippling. In this day in age I shouldn't have to do any of that. Whoever test these phones and said a small battery like that is fine should have been fired when they said it's fine in the prototype stage. IMO the S6 is blatant planned obsolescent, that's the only explanation I can come up with. We'll know how well the phone is selling later year end though. Judging how T-mobile is starting the double your storage promotion this early I don't think it's going well for the S6. To do this plus giveaway headphones with it does smell a bit funny to me.

    Don't get me wrong i wanted it to succeed but the battery was a big blunder. IF it was at the least the same battery of the S5 this would of been the phone to beat for not only 2015 but 2016 as well. But the decision was made and I'll have to check the numbers later in the year to tell the tail of the flagship that could've been. If it doesn't sell better than the S5 then they are going to be in bad shape by year end.
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    05-31-2015 11:22 PM
  11. warpdrive's Avatar
    Not a straw at all. Not my fault they decided to put a smaller battery than even the last generation S5 in the S6. They claimed that it was going to be such a more efficient phone and wouldn't need a bigger battery. Pretty much they fibbed on that. I compared the 2 because the 6+ is nothing but a bigger iPhone and it's just 365mAh difference in battery capacity. Still even the the regular i6 does just as well as the S6 with just an 1810mAh battery.
    My AT&T S6 out of the box with a few things turned on that wasn't gets an hour more SoT than an AT&T S5 easy. I still have my m8 and my S6 destroys it battery life wise.
    I get out of the box 5 hours SoT with 3 hours of gaming...and that's some hard core usage.

    If you're having issues it could well be from your carrier. Considering you mentioned wifi and VoLTE as huge battery drains, I'm assuming you are on T-Mobile, maybe? yeah, they messed up their software big time. If not, what carrier are you on?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-31-2015 11:26 PM
  12. warpdrive's Avatar
    Some call them tweaks and I say its crippling features myself. When you have to disable and turn off phone features, not because your not using them but because it causes drain on the phone battery I call it crippling. In this day in age I shouldn't have to do any of that. Whoever test these phones and said a small battery like that is fine should have been fired when they said it's fine in the prototype stage. IMO the S6 is blatant planned obsolescent, that's the only explanation I can come up with. We'll know how well the phone is selling later year end though. Judging how T-mobile is starting the double your storage promotion this early I don't think it's going well for the S6. To do this plus giveaway headphones with it does smell a bit funny to me.

    Don't get me wrong i wanted it to succeed but the battery was a big blunder. IF it was at the least the same battery of the S5 this would of been the phone to beat for not only 2015 but 2016 as well. But the decision was made and I'll have to check the numbers later in the year to tell the tail of the flagship that could've been. If it doesn't sell better than the S5 then they are going to be in bad shape by year end.
    Ah yes, you're on T-Mobile. that explains why your S6 battery life stinks. They messed up their wifi calling software and VoLTE software. Not Sammy's fault. Blame T-Mobile.

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    05-31-2015 11:33 PM
  13. stevelam's Avatar
    I'm not on t mobile. I don't have VoLTE or whatever features I'm supposed to constantly turn off to get acceptable battery life. I'm not returning my s6 but I'll definitely be selling it when the next iphone comes out. Tired of constantly having to monitor battery life.

    Sent from my Samsung S6 using Tapatalk
    06-01-2015 12:35 AM
  14. warpdrive's Avatar
    I'm not on t mobile. I don't have VoLTE or whatever features I'm supposed to constantly turn off to get acceptable battery life. I'm not returning my s6 but I'll definitely be selling it when the next iphone comes out. Tired of constantly having to monitor battery life.

    Sent from my Samsung S6 using Tapatalk
    Hey Stevelam, so who is your carrier or provider? And could you remind me how bad your battery life is?

    But yeah, sometimes a phone just doesn't work out for us and we need to try something else.

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    06-01-2015 12:40 AM
  15. the tall guy's Avatar
    Best phone I've had to date. I can see myself keeping this device for the foreseeable future. I got myself the Samsung Wireless charger from Amazon and this piece of tech just compliments the phone in every way. Battery life has never been an issue for me on any device, once you disable all the crap you don't want running in the background. Yes, a 2015 phone shouldn't need to be tweaked in order to get great battery life, but it's a small price to pay for a brilliant all round phone.
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    06-01-2015 03:08 AM
  16. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    Wow what a surprise lol...I am betting you still post here regularly to tell everyone how crappy the S6 is...even I'd your G4 battery is on par. Haha
    At least I'm not in denial about how bad of a battery is in the S6. People should know how bad the battery really is instead of being flooded with messages from fanboyism, which fabricates the real world usage of the battery.
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    06-01-2015 07:25 AM
  17. the tall guy's Avatar
    At least I'm not in denial about how bad of a battery is in the S6. People should know how bad the battery really is instead of being flooded with messages from fanboyism, which fabricates the real world usage of the battery.
    How's the LG G4 treating you?
    06-01-2015 07:30 AM
  18. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    Some call them tweaks and I say its crippling features myself. When you have to disable and turn off phone features, not because your not using them but because it causes drain on the phone battery I call it crippling. In this day in age I shouldn't have to do any of that.
    You're exactly right. If I can't have a bright screen, get email pushed automatically to my inbox, or turning off wifi when I'm not around wifi because those features kill battery life, my phone usage is being crippled. Nobody should have to cripple their phone in order to increase battery life.
    06-01-2015 07:31 AM
  19. jimbl's Avatar
    I love this phone. With that being said, I'll be getting my 3rd one today, and a refurbished model at that. The first one had some dirt / dust floating behind the camera lens. I was able to swap it during the 1st 14 days for a new one. The second one recently started having mechanical issues with focus. Just watch the attached video to see what I mean (disclaimer: that is not my video, but someone who is having a similar problem). I sure hope the refurbished one I get today has zero issues, because I love the phone otherwise, and would rather use it than always be setting up a new one.

    06-01-2015 07:38 AM
  20. the tall guy's Avatar
    I love this phone. With that being said, I'll be getting my 3rd one today, and a refurbished model at that. The first one had some dirt / dust floating behind the camera lens. I was able to swap it during the 1st 14 days for a new one. The second one recently started having mechanical issues with focus. Just watch the attached video to see what I mean (disclaimer: that is not my video, but someone who is having a similar problem). I sure hope the refurbished one I get today has zero issues, because I love the phone otherwise, and would rather use it than always be setting up a new one.

    That's a creepy video! I couldn't tell if it was the video playing or my computer buffering to play it hopefully the replacement device has zero problems. Why is the replacement device a refurbished one? surely your carrier should give you a brand new one?
    06-01-2015 07:43 AM
  21. jimbl's Avatar
    That's a creepy video! I couldn't tell if it was the video playing or my computer buffering to play it hopefully the replacement device has zero problems. Why is the replacement device a refurbished one? surely your carrier should give you a brand new one?
    Good question, and I asked support when I was on the phone with them. I didn't get a clear answer, because I don't think she really knew. My guess is it's because I am not under any kind of agreement / contract. Verizon is willing to honor Samsungs 1 year warranty but not with a new device that isn't under contract (ie I'm not paying Verizon for my phone so they aren't going to give me new one). Sucks, but as long as it looks new and works 100% I won't complain.
    06-01-2015 08:05 AM
  22. the tall guy's Avatar
    Good question, and I asked support when I was on the phone with them. I didn't get a clear answer, because I don't think she really knew. My guess is it's because I am not under any kind of agreement / contract. Verizon is willing to honor Samsungs 1 year warranty but not with a new device that isn't under contract (ie I'm not paying Verizon for my phone so they aren't going to give me new one). Sucks, but as long as it looks new and works 100% I won't complain.
    Fingers crossed mate it looks and acts brand new
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    06-01-2015 08:17 AM
  23. linebusy's Avatar
    You're exactly right. If I can't have a bright screen, get email pushed automatically to my inbox, or turning off wifi when I'm not around wifi because those features kill battery life, my phone usage is being crippled. Nobody should have to cripple their phone in order to increase battery life.
    For the record....
    While I acknowledge that I've read numerous complaints about battery life, and I really have no motivation to get into a squabble, I just thought I'd mention that there are probably a lot of folks like myself that have bought the phone, installed every update that came along (including apps from AT&T and Samsung) and are doing just fine, including 30+ hours largely on standby, but with some weekend usage. During the week a quickcharge in the AM is all that's needed. In other words, if I didn't spend time in online G6 forums, I wouldn't even know that there were people with battery issues because the G6 that I use has demonstrated nothing that would suggest there was. So, while I certainly appreciate your frustration and acknowledge that you are not alone, you might also consider that there are masses of people that experience no problems whatsoever, even without disabling things (as have I).

    I will add, I did disable 2 apps, but that's because they were somewhat invasive and altogether useless. Peel Smart Remote updated itself, even without my giving it permission and I found the permissions completely unreasonable for what should be nothing more than a remote control. AT&T Live is the other culprit, putting news headlines in notification bar. No limitations on apps outside of those 2.

    I do not consider myself a fanboy. I am a nerd, to be sure, but if there were inherent issues with hardware in my own experience, I'd share them and move on.
    06-01-2015 08:21 AM
  24. the tall guy's Avatar
    Couldn't have said it better myself @ linebusy
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    06-01-2015 08:25 AM
  25. carnaige's Avatar
    My 64gb Black Sapphire S6 is being replaced (within my 14 day cooling off period) tomorrow as a result of the wobbly/rattly home button issue..... keeping everything crossed that the replacement will be OK...
    06-01-2015 08:59 AM
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