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. nyc_rock's Avatar
    Love the phone. But just don't think I'm getting the battery life I should. And I've done all the recommended settings
    I think I'm getting the battery life I should. Its just not good enough. Heading back to my Z3. So sad though. The S6 is fantastic on almost every other say. For me though, I need slow discharging. Not fast charging.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    04-15-2015 07:17 PM
  2. jcp007's Avatar
    Battery sounds like it's BELOW average and it's turning in to the achilles heel of this phone.
    This can't be a serious comment. The Achilles heel, no hyperbole here.

    Posted via My Samsung Galaxy S6 Handheld Device
    04-15-2015 07:22 PM
  3. neo905's Avatar
    I'll have to disagree here. I don't think the M8 is the faster device or is better on battery. I've played with my S6 and a friend's M9 (huge HTC fan) and we both agreed my device is quicker. Apps opened quicker, games started faster, and general UI performance was about the same because Touchwiz is just animation heavy (though less than before). Based on my own experience with the M8 battery life and even being fair and bringing the M9 into it, the S6 again tops them both. Does it top them both if you're experiencing the Lollipop WiFi/cell standby bug? No. I don't have that problem. All things equal, this S6 Edge outperforms them both.

    Posted via Galaxy S6 edge
    I have to disagree with your M8 battery life comment. M9 you'll have an argument but M8 is much better than this S6 battery life. Don't believe me? Look through the M8 thread on Android Central and counts how many threads are about people complaining about the battery. Now look at this S6 forum. The first page alone is littered with them.
    04-15-2015 07:24 PM
  4. Adranalyne's Avatar
    I have to disagree with your M8 battery life comment. M9 you'll have an argument but M8 is much better than this S6 battery life. Don't believe me? Look through the M8 thread on Android Central and counts how many threads are about people complaining about the battery. Now look at this S6 forum. The first page alone is littered with them.
    Because of a Lollipop bug that even the Nexus 6 is susceptible to. I wouldn't be surprised if the M8, now that it's on Lollipop, doesn't have similar issues. For those of us not suffering from that issue, thus having the battery life the S6 is capable of, it's better than the M8. Which isn't a surprise given the superior/more efficient hardware and the same size battery (I'm using the Edge).

    Posted via Galaxy S6 edge
    04-15-2015 07:29 PM
  5. I Can Be Your Hero's Avatar
    I'll have to disagree here. I don't think the M8 is the faster device or is better on battery. I've played with my S6 and a friend's M9 (huge HTC fan) and we both agreed my device is quicker. Apps opened quicker, games started faster, and general UI performance was about the same because Touchwiz is just animation heavy (though less than before). Based on my own experience with the M8 battery life and even being fair and bringing the M9 into it, the S6 again tops them both. Does it top them both if you're experiencing the Lollipop WiFi/cell standby bug? No. I don't have that problem. All things equal, this S6 Edge outperforms them both.

    Posted via Galaxy S6 edge
    Well that's not my experience. Have had the One M8 for over a year now, I know what that battery life is like. I've had the S6 for about a week and know what its battery life is like. My S6 is dead by late afternoon, my M8 would last until I'd put it on charge late night (around 11pm). Same usage between the two, different battery life.

    Also last night the M8 and S6 side by side doing real word speed comparisons, the M8 came out on top for me on pretty much everything. Loading apps, UI navigation, scrolling etc. I don't play games so I don't doubt the S6 could perform better there.

    On its own, the S6 seems fluid and fast and I don't think anyone would have a problem with it, but directly comparing 1 to 1, you notice the difference. Only reason why I bothered doing it was because I was used to the speed of the M8 and immediately felt the S6 was a touch slower in doing things.

    Just my experience.
    04-15-2015 07:59 PM
  6. Adranalyne's Avatar
    Well that's not my experience. Have had the One M8 for over a year now, I know what that battery life is like. I've had the S6 for about a week and know what its battery life is like. My S6 is dead by late afternoon, my M8 would last until I'd put it on charge late night (around 11pm). Same usage between the two, different battery life.

    Also last night the M8 and S6 side by side doing real word speed comparisons, the M8 came out on top for me on pretty much everything. Loading apps, UI navigation, scrolling etc. I don't play games so I don't doubt the S6 could perform better there.

    On its own, the S6 seems fluid and fast and I don't think anyone would have a problem with it, but directly comparing 1 to 1, you notice the difference. Only reason why I bothered doing it was because I was used to the speed of the M8 and immediately felt the S6 was a touch slower in doing things.

    Just my experience.
    That's fine. Obviously you're entitled to feel how you want to feel about the device, but my experience with the S6 seems to be wildly different than your own. Since we can't really compare given the circumstances, I guess I'd rely on videos comparing the two. If we go that route, the S6 pretty much always seems to be faster in all those things.

    As far as battery life is concerned, I can only point at the specs here. Both devices, the Edge at least, have 2600 mah batteries. All things being equal, with Lollipop not affecting either device (it doesn't affect mine), the S6 has better battery life. Sucks you're not getting a better experience right now. The M8 was a great phone in it's own right, but it just isn't in the class the S6 is in right now.

    Posted via Galaxy S6 edge
    04-15-2015 08:08 PM
  7. I Can Be Your Hero's Avatar
    That's fine. Obviously you're entitled to feel how you want to feel about the device, but my experience with the S6 seems to be wildly different than your own. Since we can't really compare given the circumstances, I guess I'd rely on videos comparing the two. If we go that route, the S6 pretty much always seems to be faster in all those things.

    As far as battery life is concerned, I can only point at the specs here. Both devices, the Edge at least, have 2600 mah batteries. All things being equal, with Lollipop not affecting either device (it doesn't affect mine), the S6 has better battery life. Sucks you're not getting a better experience right now. The M8 was a great phone in it's own right, but it just isn't in the class the S6 is in right now.

    Posted via Galaxy S6 edge
    Hmm specs are one thing but real world experience is another. Battery life is an issue constantly being brought up with the S6 and for good reason. It's really not that great.

    I can tolerate the UI stutter stuff, but just wish it had better battery life.

    Sent from my SM-G920I
    04-15-2015 08:12 PM
  8. Adranalyne's Avatar
    Hmm specs are one thing but real world experience is another. Battery life is an issue constantly being brought up with the S6 and for good reason. It's really not that great.

    I can tolerate the UI stutter stuff, but just wish it had better battery life.

    Sent from my SM-G920I
    You're right; real world experience does have a lot to do with it. Not being handicapped by the WiFi/cell standby bug, my experience is indicative of what the device can actually do. If we're grading it by that, and we should be, it's definitely better in those areas than the M8. Not to mention we're talking about a phone over a year old that's gotten the required updates to fix it's issues.

    Posted via Galaxy S6 edge
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    04-15-2015 08:28 PM
  9. jcp007's Avatar
    Hmm specs are one thing but real world experience is another. Battery life is an issue constantly being brought up with the S6 and for good reason. It's really not that great.

    I can tolerate the UI stutter stuff, but just wish it had better battery life.

    Sent from my SM-G920I
    Dude, clear out your mind and step back. Millions of devices sold and you are basing your comments on a very minuscule number of incidents, not even material enough to be a rounding error. Carrier networks and device setups vary all over the planet. Not all of us are seeing any lag and BATtERY life has not been an issue. The only issue that I have had is the phantom toolbox icon. That's it so far. Device is lightning fast and smooth, no stutter. Devices whether they be laptops or smartphones will have the occasional hiccup but is not symptomatic of an overall trend and a reason to be frightened that the sky is falling and that it didn't meet all your expectations, some of which may have been a tad unrealistic. Samsung is not Apple and doesn't want to be. Why can't we be more cognizant of the huge task that Samsung accomplished in just a year on a near total redesign. Maybe they wanted to include more features and try to cram too much into the device. I would rather think that are they saving next gen feature and changes to perfect them to introduce them in the next device. But they learned from their mistakes and now we want to hang them on a BATTERY?
    04-15-2015 08:31 PM
  10. I Can Be Your Hero's Avatar
    Dude, clear out your mind and step back...
    Well I'm just comparing my new S6 to the phone I have had and used prior to it. And for me battery and performance I'd have to give to the HTC.

    Sure my experiences with performance and battery life aren't indicative of everyone's experiences, and that would be good otherwise everyone would be disappointed with the battery/performance.

    This thread was about people who are considering returning their S6 and based off my experience with the phone so far, that's something I'm considering.

    The thread is not for you or other posters to constantly shut down people who voice their issues with the phone.

    Sent from my SM-G920I
    04-15-2015 09:29 PM
  11. Adranalyne's Avatar
    Well I'm just comparing my new S6 to the phone I have had and used prior to it. And for me battery and performance I'd have to give to the HTC.

    Sure my experiences with performance and battery life aren't indicative of everyone's experiences, and that would be good otherwise everyone would be disappointed with the battery/performance.

    This thread was about people who are considering returning their S6 and based off my experience with the phone so far, that's something I'm considering.

    The thread is not for you or other posters to constantly shut down people who voice their issues with the phone.

    Sent from my SM-G920I
    For the record, I'm not shutting you down. I'm just pointing out what you'll be able to expect once your phone gets updated or you exchange it.

    Posted via Galaxy S6 edge
    04-15-2015 09:32 PM
  12. jcp007's Avatar
    Well I'm just comparing my new S6 to the phone I have had and used prior to it. And for me battery and performance I'd have to give to the HTC.

    Sure my experiences with performance and battery life aren't indicative of everyone's experiences, and that would be good otherwise everyone would be disappointed with the battery/performance.

    This thread was about people who are considering returning their S6 and based off my experience with the phone so far, that's something I'm considering.

    The thread is not for you or other posters to constantly shut down people who voice their issues with the phone.

    Sent from my SM-G920I
    No one is shutting you down. Straw man or red herring Arguments are the last refuge of the scoundrel. If you don't want to wait for the update, then return it. 70% of the poll disagrees with you. The M9 has a bigger battery and performs horribly on a comparative basis. No QHD display? What were they thinking? We can rest on our laurels and people will keep buying our stuff because it looks cool but doesn't have perform as well as it looks? We are all entitled to our observations of your comments as ours are out there for you to mention.
    04-15-2015 09:40 PM
  13. droidguy1964's Avatar
    No one is shutting you down. Straw man or red herring Arguments are the last refuge of the scoundrel. If you don't want to wait for the update, then return it. 70% of the poll disagrees with you. The M9 has a bigger battery and performs horribly on a comparative basis. No QHD display? What were they thinking? We can rest on our laurels and people will keep buying our stuff because it looks cool but doesn't have perform as well as it looks? We are all entitled to our observations of your comments as ours are out there for you to mention.
    Man your posts are getting old...

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    04-15-2015 09:46 PM
  14. OMGLadyGaga's Avatar
    Is the M8 good? I'm thinking of returning this for that.
    The S6 keeps on dropping wifi...gets laggy and camera is not that impressive. ..and the battery...oh boy

    Posted via the Android Central App
    The m8 is still a very good phone, it's also a mature and stable device. The s6 will probably get updates to fix some of the bugs, the 5.1 update did wonders for my nexus 5 battery in stand by mode which seems to be an issue with my S6. I haven't had wifi issues but there are some frame rate drops from time to time especially in recent apps screen flicking them away there is a bit of lag but nothing that would be a deal breaker. The M8 doesn't have the cool new device wow factor but it's got way better battery life, sense is more pleasing to interact with and it still has amazing build quality. Given the price diffrences between m8 and s6 I think the m8 offers an overall more satisfying experience. I like the S6 but for $700-800 I was expecting to be blown away, and I'm just not.
    04-15-2015 09:51 PM
  15. jcp007's Avatar
    The m8 is still a very good phone, it's also a mature and stable device. The s6 will probably get updates to fix some of the bugs, the 5.1 update did wonders for my nexus 5 battery in stand by mode which seems to be an issue with my S6. I haven't had wifi issues but there are some frame rate drops from time to time especially in recent apps screen flicking them away there is a bit of lag but nothing that would be a deal breaker. The M8 doesn't have the cool new device wow factor but it's got way better battery life, sense is more pleasing to interact with and it still has amazing build quality. Given the price diffrences between m8 and s6 I think the m8 offers an overall more satisfying experience. I like the S6 but for $700-800 I was expecting to be blown away, and I'm just not.
    Given all that Samsung accomplished in a year, I am sure the same could be said of the GS6 as it matures so let's see what happens.
    04-15-2015 09:54 PM
  16. OMGLadyGaga's Avatar
    Given all that Samsung accomplished in a year, I am sure the same could be said of the GS6 as it matures so let's see what happens.
    Yup, but newer isn't always better. This is an exynos chip that hasn't seen the light of day in the U.S. before and the modem and radios they are using with it isn't as tried and proven as the snapdragon lte combos we have seen. There's a possibility that all of these battery and cell standby issues are a hardware issue and there's just no fix for that. Alternatively it could just be minor bugs that a software issue fixes right up, but I don't think it's fair for someone to spend that much on a phone and hope that software updates can fix whatever they aren't happy with. M8 is great out of the box and stays great, yes it's an older platform and more mature but it took a long time to get there, the old Qualcomm chips used to be awful. These new exynos might need a few more generations to reach that level, regardless of what benchmarks say.
    04-15-2015 10:25 PM
  17. Ian B's Avatar
    Mine is going back tomorrow. Not due to phone but I paid full price to ATT, I am not a subscriber and they are declining my unlock request through website. They also pulled the one drive 100gb gift dorm Samsung.

    Ian B
    04-15-2015 10:33 PM
  18. Adranalyne's Avatar
    Yup, but newer isn't always better. This is an exynos chip that hasn't seen the light of day in the U.S. before and the modem and radios they are using with it isn't as tried and proven as the snapdragon lte combos we have seen. There's a possibility that all of these battery and cell standby issues are a hardware issue and there's just no fix for that. Alternatively it could just be minor bugs that a software issue fixes right up, but I don't think it's fair for someone to spend that much on a phone and hope that software updates can fix whatever they aren't happy with. M8 is great out of the box and stays great, yes it's an older platform and more mature but it took a long time to get there, the old Qualcomm chips used to be awful. These new exynos might need a few more generations to reach that level, regardless of what benchmarks say.
    It isn't hardware related. This bug is common in Lollipop and affects other devices, including my Nexus 6.

    Posted via Galaxy S6 edge
    04-15-2015 11:06 PM
  19. Bodzm's Avatar
    Well I'm just comparing my new S6 to the phone I have had and used prior to it. And for me battery and performance I'd have to give to the HTC.

    Sure my experiences with performance and battery life aren't indicative of everyone's experiences, and that would be good otherwise everyone would be disappointed with the battery/performance.

    This thread was about people who are considering returning their S6 and based off my experience with the phone so far, that's something I'm considering.

    The thread is not for you or other posters to constantly shut down people who voice their issues with the phone.

    Sent from my SM-G920I
    Your criticisms are totally valid and some idiots on here ARE trying to shut you down. If you have an M8 and an S6 side by side, and in your experience the former was stutter free and had better battery, then that's as hard evidence as you need. Why would a general article online sway you another way when you have specifically confirmed your experience.

    Some people are just hurt you're criticising their dear smartphone. It's silly. It's a piece of metal designed to serve a customer. That's all. Be done with these stupid loyalties. And no it's totally unreasonable to expect a Samsung update to fix these issues. It's an incredibly expensive device. Why take such a chance for an update that may or may not fix the issues? My advice, return it whilst you can and pick it up later if things improve after the supposed updates. That's sensible, not holding on to a potential hole in your pocket. You have to decide whether you can live with the device 'as is' in it's current state, not on a fairytale state in 3 months time.
    04-16-2015 03:06 AM
  20. lou61166's Avatar
    Your criticisms are totally valid and some idiots on here ARE trying to shut you down. If you have an M8 and an S6 side by side, and in your experience the former was stutter free and had better battery, then that's as hard evidence as you need. Why would a general article online sway you another way when you have specifically confirmed your experience.

    Some people are just hurt you're criticising their dear smartphone. It's silly. It's a piece of metal designed to serve a customer. That's all. Be done with these stupid loyalties. And no it's totally unreasonable to expect a Samsung update to fix these issues. It's an incredibly expensive device. Why take such a chance for an update that may or may not fix the issues? My advice, return it whilst you can and pick it up later if things improve after the supposed updates. That's sensible, not holding on to a potential hole in your pocket. You have to decide whether you can live with the device 'as is' in it's current state, not on a fairytale state in 3 months time.
    Wow could not have said it better, sometimes we frequent forums to get help or a read user experiences with the device, but there are a lot of defenders of the device who worship the ground the company is on they discredit everyone else's opinion or problems, their devices are bionic compared to everyones.it is just a phone and if your not happy with it return it regardless to how many have been sold or the loyalists who try to convince you you are crazy, Samsung has never been a great service support company as I have dealt with them in the past with electronics.




    Sent from my VS980 4G using Tapatalk
    04-16-2015 03:22 AM
  21. Haalcyon's Avatar
    Wow could not have said it better, sometimes we frequent forums to get help or a read user experiences with the device, but there are a lot of defenders of the device who worship the ground the company is on they discredit everyone else's opinion or problems, their devices are bionic compared to everyones.it is just a phone and if your not happy with it return it regardless to how many have been sold or the loyalists who try to convince you you are crazy, Samsung has never been a great service support company as I have dealt with them in the past with electronics.




    Sent from my VS980 4G using Tapatalk
    It happens. Some people are personally connected to their phones. I can only infer that's because they are used so much.

    🔊from the n.3 Monolith 🎧
    04-16-2015 04:14 AM
  22. katiheefner's Avatar
    To me, five percent battery drain from checking facevook. Time hop. Email. In less than an hour is not acceptable. I might return. Or have to get a battery case.
    04-16-2015 05:21 AM
  23. jcp007's Avatar
    Yup, but newer isn't always better. This is an exynos chip that hasn't seen the light of day in the U.S. before and the modem and radios they are using with it isn't as tried and proven as the snapdragon lte combos we have seen. There's a possibility that all of these battery and cell standby issues are a hardware issue and there's just no fix for that. Alternatively it could just be minor bugs that a software issue fixes right up, but I don't think it's fair for someone to spend that much on a phone and hope that software updates can fix whatever they aren't happy with. M8 is great out of the box and stays great, yes it's an older platform and more mature but it took a long time to get there, the old Qualcomm chips used to be awful. These new exynos might need a few more generations to reach that level, regardless of what benchmarks say.
    I am not an expert but I am betting that Korea having the highest overall per capita use and ownership of electronic devices in the world, there is some experience to be had there as well as the other international market where the hardware you talk about has been used before at least from the chipset perspective although granted not this one since it is new. I would bet that there is a better than average chance that it is a Lollipop issue and not hardware. That's not to say that we can't rule it out.
    04-16-2015 05:32 AM
  24. jcp007's Avatar
    To me, five percent battery drain from checking facevook. Time hop. Email. In less than an hour is not acceptable. I might return. Or have to get a battery case.
    Could part of it be your carrier? Five minutes is hardly a good test. How is it overall through an entire day. If it a lollipop issue, it would affect more than just the GS6.
    04-16-2015 05:36 AM
  25. katiheefner's Avatar
    Could part of it be your carrier? Five minutes is hardly a good test. How is it overall through an entire day. If it a lollipop issue, it would affect more than just the GS6.
    I can barely get 3 (usually less) of screen time. The phone will be dead by around 430...taking from charger (100%) at 5:30 am. Wifi connection but standby problem is gone. This decrease in battery has been happening since the day I got it.
    04-16-2015 06:01 AM
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