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. Bpschoon81's Avatar
    Sold my s6 and went back to the iPhone 6. As much as the ip6 battery isn't great, it's greater standby battery means it lasts much longer than the s6. It's a pity too, because I miss the camera, but there was just too much crap on the s6 to stay

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-01-2015 10:12 AM
  2. maj71303's Avatar
    Sold my s6 and went back to the iPhone 6. As much as the ip6 battery isn't great, it's greater standby battery means it lasts much longer than the s6. It's a pity too, because I miss the camera, but there was just too much crap on the s6 to stay

    Posted via the Android Central App
    This indeed is a big issue as well. Sony mitigated this by denying apps the freedom to ping for data, location, and run whenever they wanted. If I'm not mistaken it was a setting that set these apps to access data on set intervals and not all the time like when they wanted. That helped with battery life not only in use but greatly in standby. This was a separate setting under data and not power saver which restricted data request and app functions to set intervals instead of non stop like apps do today which don't let phones deep sleep much anymore.

    Maybe Google can put this into android to stop rogue apps and apps in general from just doing whatever they like and set intervals of when apps preform their refresh functions. The apps will still function and provide updates, but not always poling for stuff wasting resources. The theory is that if I want the latest news and information I would refresh the app manually myself or it will refresh frequently only when in use.
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    06-01-2015 12:38 PM
  3. warpdrive's Avatar
    This indeed is a big issue as well. Sony mitigated this by denying apps the freedom to ping for data, location, and run whenever they wanted. If I'm not mistaken it was a setting that set these apps to access data on set intervals and not all the time like when they wanted. That helped with battery life not only in use but greatly in standby. This was a separate setting under data and not power saver which restricted data request and app functions to set intervals instead of non stop like apps do today which don't let phones deep sleep much anymore.

    Maybe Google can put this into android to stop rogue apps and apps in general from just doing whatever they like and set intervals of when apps preform their refresh functions. The apps will still function and provide updates, but not always poling for stuff wasting resources. The theory is that if I want the latest news and information I would refresh the app manually myself or it will refresh frequently only when in use.
    Personally i agree with you and for the most part stop auto updates for such things like social media by just turning off sync. But yes, so many apps are going crazy in that it requests your location and other information on the fly that could have a huge impact on battery life.

    What separates an android from iPhone device in a big way is Google Now. If you are a frequent traveler with a need to read all your favorite sports scores and such, Google Now can be awesome for traffic reports and things like that. But such a feature requires your phone to be pinged repeatedly throughout the day and night, thus even if not used in high accuracy mode, it can drain your battery fast. And because Google is promoting such a feature, I don't think Android in general will ever agree with us and just let us turn off such location services on other apps. In fact, I think with so many new apps that require location to work properly, I think that this is just the beginning of a trend that you and I might have to find other ways to curb the abuses.

    Just look at how HTC even included a restaurant suggestion to their blinkfeed news reader, that requires heavy location services to give you the suggestions for what you should have for lunch while out on the town while shopping. While I've never used it, I wouldn't be surprised if it learns your taste in food and times that you are likely to eat, even if you are a night owl. Such apps are a new trend in battery draining services and like I said, I think that this is just the beginning of what's to come.

    Of course, you can always turn such things off. And while I personally don't mind doing so, some here may feel that they are crippling their devices.

    Maybe instead of turning such features off, people could learn about quick charging and wireless charging. I just topped off my phone before leaving the house instead of waiting for it to fully be drained, and in the time it took to put on a nice shirt, throw on my shoes, and brush my hair my phone is now ready for the rest of the day and night. If I use it too heavy and worry about battery life, I can give it another charge in the car or my local Starbucks and top it off again. Just a few mins goes a long way when I charge my phone, and there is no reason to wait till is drained to first think about charging.
    (of course this constant charging could be looked at as my battery life stinks, but I'm lucky that AT&T didn't mess up the battery life. It's just a different way of looking at things when charging. And I think it too is going to be the new trend.)

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    berdinkerdickle and Bodrul like this.
    06-01-2015 01:32 PM
  4. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    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.
    Great. You spent over $600 for a phone that works. Congrats. I paid full retail for mine and it's a piece of crap. People should know when/if a phone works before spending a ton of money on a phone. Many people have frustrations with the battery life. There are a few here who claim to have great battery life. Great. People should know.

    FYI, the authors of this website and The Verge have both stated that the G4's battery life far outlasts the S6's battery life, which again, people should know when making a decision on whether or not if they should spend $600+ on a phone.
    06-01-2015 04:27 PM
  5. DSMpowerhousegroup's Avatar
    Great. You spent over $600 for a phone that works. Congrats. I paid full retail for mine and it's a piece of crap. People should know when/if a phone works before spending a ton of money on a phone. Many people have frustrations with the battery life. There are a few here who claim to have great battery life. Great. People should know.

    FYI, the authors of this website and The Verge have both stated that the G4's battery life far outlasts the S6's battery life, which again, people should know when making a decision on whether or not if they should spend $600+ on a phone.
    The G4 outlast some people's battery life. Mine is great.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-01-2015 04:37 PM
  6. warpdrive's Avatar
    Great. You spent over $600 for a phone that works. Congrats. I paid full retail for mine and it's a piece of crap. People should know when/if a phone works before spending a ton of money on a phone. Many people have frustrations with the battery life. There are a few here who claim to have great battery life. Great. People should know.

    FYI, the authors of this website and The Verge have both stated that the G4's battery life far outlasts the S6's battery life, which again, people should know when making a decision on whether or not if they should spend $600+ on a phone.
    That's awesome. Do you also feel that people should know that it's T-Mobile fault and not Samsung's?

    Not saying that there are not exceptions, but when talking about battery life, the vast majority of phones that have bad or poor battery life is due to T-Mobile software that was added. Not the Samsung software. Are you willing to spread the word or just think that everyone should not know?

    Btw, both examples you gave were phones tested from T-Mobile. The reviews that say the battery life is fine were not.

    What do you think?
    Edit: or better yet, do you feel is best to use T-Mobile battery results as an example of all battery life for the S6 when globally 95% don't have such results? Say when compared to the G4?

    Posted via the zenfone 2
    06-01-2015 08:10 PM
  7. Bpschoon81's Avatar
    Personally i agree with you and for the most part stop auto updates for such things like social media by just turning off sync. But yes, so many apps are going crazy in that it requests your location and other information on the fly that could have a huge impact on battery life.

    What separates an android from iPhone device in a big way is Google Now. If you are a frequent traveler with a need to read all your favorite sports scores and such, Google Now can be awesome for traffic reports and things like that. But such a feature requires your phone to be pinged repeatedly throughout the day and night, thus even if not used in high accuracy mode, it can drain your battery fast. And because Google is promoting such a feature, I don't think Android in general will ever agree with us and just let us turn off such location services on other apps. In fact, I think with so many new apps that require location to work properly, I think that this is just the beginning of a trend that you and I might have to find other ways to curb the abuses.

    Just look at how HTC even included a restaurant suggestion to their blinkfeed news reader, that requires heavy location services to give you the suggestions for what you should have for lunch while out on the town while shopping. While I've never used it, I wouldn't be surprised if it learns your taste in food and times that you are likely to eat, even if you are a night owl. Such apps are a new trend in battery draining services and like I said, I think that this is just the beginning of what's to come.

    Of course, you can always turn such things off. And while I personally don't mind doing so, some here may feel that they are crippling their devices.

    Maybe instead of turning such features off, people could learn about quick charging and wireless charging. I just topped off my phone before leaving the house instead of waiting for it to fully be drained, and in the time it took to put on a nice shirt, throw on my shoes, and brush my hair my phone is now ready for the rest of the day and night. If I use it too heavy and worry about battery life, I can give it another charge in the car or my local Starbucks and top it off again. Just a few mins goes a long way when I charge my phone, and there is no reason to wait till is drained to first think about charging.
    (of course this constant charging could be looked at as my battery life stinks, but I'm lucky that AT&T didn't mess up the battery life. It's just a different way of looking at things when charging. And I think it too is going to be the new trend.)

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    Dont sell the Google Now experience on the iPhone short. I use it all the time. It will still give me Leave Now prompts and what not.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-01-2015 08:13 PM
  8. warpdrive's Avatar
    Dont sell the Google Now experience on the iPhone short. I use it all the time. It will still give me Leave Now prompts and what not.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Not selling it short at all. Just saying it's not turned on by default, even if you don't use it at all, like on an android phone. Thus you don't have the battery drain unless you turn it on and use it.

    Posted via the zenfone 2
    06-01-2015 08:19 PM
  9. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    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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    Actually, if you go to the reviews on Verizon and Amazon about the Verizon S6, many customer reviews of poor battery life.
    clintw22 likes this.
    06-01-2015 08:25 PM
  10. Techno-guy's Avatar
    This indeed is a big issue as well. Sony mitigated this by denying apps the freedom to ping for data, location, and run whenever they wanted. If I'm not mistaken it was a setting that set these apps to access data on set intervals and not all the time like when they wanted. That helped with battery life not only in use but greatly in standby. This was a separate setting under data and not power saver which restricted data request and app functions to set intervals instead of non stop like apps do today which don't let phones deep sleep much anymore.
    Aha! I was wondering what Sony did to make the Z3 such a stellar battery performer! You are right, other manufacturers like Samsung (or Google themselves) should implement this feature. The poor battery life (especially Standby) on the S6 really ruins what is otherwise a terrific phone.
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    06-01-2015 08:26 PM
  11. clintw22's Avatar
    Actually, if you go to the reviews on Verizon and Amazon about the Verizon S6, many customer reviews of poor battery life.
    Thanks man. I have verizon and thought maybe I was a lucky one without good battery life. But I'm glad it's not just me. And I did everything in this thread plus some and still sucks. Never hit over 3.5 SOT and never more than 12 hours on the battery.
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    06-01-2015 08:40 PM
  12. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    Thanks man. I have verizon and thought maybe I was a lucky one without good battery life. But I'm glad it's not just me. And I did everything in this thread plus some and still sucks. Never hit over 3.5 SOT and never more than 12 hours on the battery.
    Even if you did do everything in these S6 forums to improve battery life, and it actually improved your battery life, the biggest majority of people buying this phone - who aren't in these forums to read up on all the necessary tweaks to make their battery last - just figure the battery life sucks. They don't know any better but to blame the phone.
    06-01-2015 09:06 PM
  13. Techno-guy's Avatar
    Even if you did do everything in these S6 forums to improve battery life, and it actually improved your battery life, the biggest majority of people buying this phone - who aren't in these forums to read up on all the necessary tweaks to make their battery last - just figure the battery life sucks. They don't know any better but to blame the phone.
    You are right, it does suck...

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    06-01-2015 09:12 PM
  14. warpdrive's Avatar
    Actually, if you go to the reviews on Verizon and Amazon about the Verizon S6, many customer reviews of poor battery life.
    As I've said there will always be exceptions. The nexus 6 was the same way, the m9 is the same, and you'll see that the G4 will also have issues. In such cases, if it's not from broken phones, it's lollipop that is at fault.

    Posted via the zenfone 2
    06-01-2015 09:27 PM
  15. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    As I've said there will always be exceptions. The nexus 6 was the same way, the m9 is the same, and you'll see that the G4 will also have issues. In such cases, if it's not from broken phones, it's lollipop that is at fault.

    Posted via the zenfone 2
    In the customer reviews over there, it really isn't the exception.
    And very few are going to blame anything but the phone. As I read through the reviews, I didn't catch anyone saying who's fault it was but the phone.
    To them, It really doesn't matter who or what is to blame. The reviews just say poor battery life.
    06-01-2015 09:36 PM
  16. jcp007's Avatar
    If Samsung were totally to blame, all carriers, not just CDMA and some GSM carriers, would suffer. Isn't amazing that with a couple of exceptions in the limited sample size of this forum that AT&T users aren't having battery issue as well as some CDMA users and even some on TMO. If the device isn't performing up to expectations, then change carriers or return the device. If you keep the device expecting a different result.... At that point, the burden is on you.

    Posted via My Samsung Galaxy S6 Handheld Device
    06-01-2015 09:48 PM
  17. nestafaria's Avatar
    Yes. Returned for iPhone 6+. The iPhone is a battery champ for sure. I'm glad I had the S6 during our vacation(camera) but not what I want in a daily driver.
    06-01-2015 09:56 PM
  18. Almeuit's Avatar
    If Samsung were totally to blame, all carriers, not just CDMA and some GSM carriers, would suffer. Isn't amazing that with a couple of exceptions in the limited sample size of this forum that AT&T users aren't having battery issue as well as some CDMA users and even some on TMO. If the device isn't performing up to expectations, then change carriers or return the device. If you keep the device expecting a different result.... At that point, the burden is on you.

    Posted via My Samsung Galaxy S6 Handheld Device
    Burden or not .. the forums are here for discussion so they're allowed to discuss the pros and cons of the phone. We don't just sweep the cons under the rug and simply blame the user for the issue. I have seen many issues pop up on someone after their return period so they couldn't return even if they wanted.
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    06-01-2015 09:56 PM
  19. deeb215's Avatar
    You are right, it does suck...

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    41% Cell Stand By?! Yours definitely should've been returned. Surprised you achieve the SOT you do have though.
    06-01-2015 09:59 PM
  20. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    Again, for the majority of consumers, it really doesn't matter who needs to be blamed.
    Ultimately, to them, the overall poor battery life is the S6.
    06-01-2015 10:02 PM
  21. maj71303's Avatar
    Personally i agree with you and for the most part stop auto updates for such things like social media by just turning off sync. But yes, so many apps are going crazy in that it requests your location and other information on the fly that could have a huge impact on battery life.

    What separates an android from iPhone device in a big way is Google Now. If you are a frequent traveler with a need to read all your favorite sports scores and such, Google Now can be awesome for traffic reports and things like that. But such a feature requires your phone to be pinged repeatedly throughout the day and night, thus even if not used in high accuracy mode, it can drain your battery fast. And because Google is promoting such a feature, I don't think Android in general will ever agree with us and just let us turn off such location services on other apps. In fact, I think with so many new apps that require location to work properly, I think that this is just the beginning of a trend that you and I might have to find other ways to curb the abuses.


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    I won't quote you all the way but I do agree. But imo that is what might be the downfall of android. I don't need the constant pinging of location and data and most people will agree with me. If I want the data and location I will initiate it myself. If I want to know the restaurants around me i'll search for them myself. And android has way to many apps asking for all this data and don't really need it. Apps that don't sync to nothing and just run locally on the device that need WiFi, contact list, and location. Google needs to ping my phone to death just for location mining and wifi mining. For most people if I need WiFi I know where to get it and don't need Google to figure out whats a good one. Apple doesn't ping my phone to death, neither does windows or blackberry. If Google Now wants to know my routine it could ask me questions that pertain to what I like to do and not do. This is exactly how cortana works on windows phone, it ask questions about me and doesn't ping my phone to death with location and WiFi queries.

    Without a big battery all these things do is just drag a phone straight to the wall socket. I know Google wants to data mine everyone but I would think they would have gotten smarter about this by now and realized that the hardware for this constant pings back to the mothership just ain't there yet. And what helps kill the android experience.
    06-01-2015 10:02 PM
  22. jcp007's Avatar
    Burden or not .. the forums are here for discussion so they're allowed to discuss the pros and cons of the phone. We don't just sweep the cons under the rug and simply blame the user for the issue. I have seen many issues pop up on someone after their return period so they couldn't return even if they wanted.
    Not sweeping anything under the rug. The device is far from perfect and does have flaws. At the end of the day, they purchased it and continued to use a device that they felt is flawed. There are options, some pretty onerous and unpleasant, that will allow all users to have a device that meets their needs and preferences. I feel badly for them and the circumstances that may make other options not possible.

    Posted via My Samsung Galaxy S6 Handheld Device
    06-01-2015 10:06 PM
  23. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    Burden or not .. the forums are here for discussion so they're allowed to discuss the pros and cons of the phone. We don't just sweep the cons under the rug and simply blame the user for the issue. I have seen many issues pop up on someone after their return period so they couldn't return even if they wanted.
    What an absolutely balanced post!
    There are so many posts saying how the S6 is the best yet.
    Those reviews over at Amazon for the Verizon S6 and at Verizon's website store, praise the S6 for it and its features, but the Battery Life is the complaint.
    06-01-2015 10:10 PM
  24. Almeuit's Avatar
    Not sweeping anything under the rug. The device is far from perfect and does have flaws. At the end of the day, they purchased it and continued to use a device that they felt is flawed.
    Not necessarily. You're assuming everyone had issues in the 14 day return window which is not always the case. It is not helpful to the forum to just tell people "well it is your fault" rather than discuss / possibly help.
    berdinkerdickle likes this.
    06-01-2015 10:12 PM
  25. jcp007's Avatar
    Not necessarily. You're assuming everyone had issues in the 14 day return window which is not always the case. It is not helpful to the forum to just tell people "well it is your fault" rather than discuss / possibly help.
    With all due respect, I am not trying to demean or belittle anyone's circumstances. They voluntarily made the purchase and need to work with their carriers so they do have some measure of responsibility although the burden is not completely on them as there are other parties who have a share of responsibility. I feel badly that they may not have any alternatives especially if they are outside their window. I find it hard to believe that, if they work with their carriers to exhaust all options, the carrier won't offer another device other than the GS6. it's in their best interest to keep their customers in such a highly competitive market with so many options.
    06-01-2015 10:31 PM
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