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  1. I Can Be Your Hero's Avatar
    Yeah I'll be switching to the G4 from the S6.

    Looking forward to better battery life along with a great camera, screen etc. Also the leather looks really interesting, as I do find the glass on metal very very slippery. Just looks like a more appealing device to me.

    I like the S6, but a few issues prevent me from loving it. Willing to move to something else.
    05-10-2015 12:36 AM
  2. deeb215's Avatar
    Yeah I'll be switching to the G4 from the S6.

    Looking forward to better battery life along with a great camera, screen etc. Also the leather looks really interesting, as I do find the glass on metal very very slippery. Just looks like a more appealing device to me.

    I like the S6, but a few issues prevent me from loving it. Willing to move to something else.
    Cool, do come back and share your comparisons.
    05-10-2015 03:15 AM
  3. jcp007's Avatar
    I guess I should have put a rolling eyes emoji because sarcasm seems to have missed you.

    You know, ppl that don't have a leg to stand on often pick out minor technicalities and try to use those to seem like they have a point, all the while ignoring the obvious messages.

    Most reviews have the g4 battery as performing better. The *laws of physics* also strongly suggest that the g4 battery performs better. Loads of ppl are pissed off about the gs6 battery. Just take a look at all the battery threads. You think that's a coincidence?

    My point: the g4 battery life is very very very likely to be better than the gs6. This thread was started to ask who was considering switching to the g4. I gave my answer and my main reason: battery life.

    Not sure why you seem offended by this
    Not offended. You can't make broad generalizations that almost every review supports your opinion, which you are totally entitled to, sarcasm not required, but when not supported by the facts, I was just pointing that out. As there are no retail units are available, what are you basing your conclusions about G4 battery life? Reviewer test conditions are all over the place as demonstrated with the GS6. It depends on device setups, firmware versions, carrier model. In real life many are not having battery issues and have proven the reviewers wrong. Specs and reviewer comments have to be taken with a grain of salt. Time will tel when retail units are available.
    05-10-2015 09:14 AM
  4. jcp007's Avatar
    Yeah I'll be switching to the G4 from the S6.

    Looking forward to better battery life along with a great camera, screen etc. Also the leather looks really interesting, as I do find the glass on metal very very slippery. Just looks like a more appealing device to me.

    I like the S6, but a few issues prevent me from loving it. Willing to move to something else.
    Best of luck with the G4. It's running 5.1 out of the box whereas the GS6 will be later this summer and likely those with battery life and Standby issues will be helped. If the battery were to blame for all battery life issues, it would be more prevalent. The GS6 will be getting RAW output support so triple axis OIS is really it. Even with a larger aperture, the firmware can over correct lowlight shots resulting in a little noise. You'll need to buy an accessory for the wireless charging and have no rapid charging. You won't have two mobile payment systems. Larger batteries don't always equate to longer life.
    05-10-2015 09:25 AM
  5. warpdrive's Avatar
    I guess I should have put a rolling eyes emoji because sarcasm seems to have missed you.

    You know, ppl that don't have a leg to stand on often pick out minor technicalities and try to use those to seem like they have a point, all the while ignoring the obvious messages.

    Most reviews have the g4 battery as performing better. The *laws of physics* also strongly suggest that the g4 battery performs better. Loads of ppl are pissed off about the gs6 battery. Just take a look at all the battery threads. You think that's a coincidence?

    My point: the g4 battery life is very very very likely to be better than the gs6. This thread was started to ask who was considering switching to the g4. I gave my answer and my main reason: battery life.

    Not sure why you seem offended by this
    Why should I worrie about battery life again?

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    05-10-2015 09:35 AM
  6. planoman's Avatar
    From Michael Fisher of pocketnow. I like his opinions and reviews.


    I had the G3 for about 10 days before returning it. The screen was the issue. Although it was the first QHD screen, it thought it was dull and it had thermal throttling to handle the heat which could dim it even more. The G4 looks to be improved so I need to see everything personally.

    Returned my S6 because it would not wireless charge and ATT could not get it to either. Still leaning toward the S6 for non travel days and weekends where my battery life is not that big a deal and the camera is just so good. Have my Nexus 6 and iphone 6+ for days where battery might be a concern, and already have a nice battery pack I carry just in case the S6 poops out on me. I will take a look at the G4 once it comes out.
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    05-10-2015 09:38 AM
  7. jcp007's Avatar
    From Michael Fisher of pocketnow. I like his opinions and reviews.


    I had the G3 for about 10 days before returning it. The screen was the issue. Although it was the first QHD screen, it thought it was dull and it had thermal throttling to handle the heat which could dim it even more. The G4 looks to be improved so I need to see everything personally.

    Returned my S6 because it would not wireless charge and ATT could not get it to either. Still leaning toward the S6 for non travel days and weekends where my battery life is not that big a deal and the camera is just so good. Have my Nexus 6 and iphone 6+ for days where battery might be a concern, and already have a nice battery pack I carry just in case the S6 poops out on me. I will take a look at the G4 once it comes out.
    Sorry it didn't work for you. Wireless charging on OEM through a Defender case worked fine for me. Did they offer an exchange or replacement unit?
    05-10-2015 10:32 AM
  8. planoman's Avatar
    Sorry it didn't work for you. Wireless charging on OEM through a Defender case worked fine for me. Did they offer an exchange or replacement unit?
    They did not have a 64GB Black in stock at that store. I went to best buy to get the deal you got with the wireless charger and it was for preorders only. I then remembered I have a 250 Amazon card so will order it from them later today after we take my wife out for mothers day, it should be a sweet deal with a 2 year contract. I got a coupon from Samsung after signing in to my Samsung account from my S6 and used it to buy the OEM wireless charger for 42 bucks with tax and shipping.
    05-10-2015 11:00 AM
  9. jcp007's Avatar
    From Michael Fisher of pocketnow. I like his opinions and reviews.


    I had the G3 for about 10 days before returning it. The screen was the issue. Although it was the first QHD screen, it thought it was dull and it had thermal throttling to handle the heat which could dim it even more. The G4 looks to be improved so I need to see everything personally.

    Returned my S6 because it would not wireless charge and ATT could not get it to either. Still leaning toward the S6 for non travel days and weekends where my battery life is not that big a deal and the camera is just so good. Have my Nexus 6 and iphone 6+ for days where battery might be a concern, and already have a nice battery pack I carry just in case the S6 poops out on me. I will take a look at the G4 once it comes out.
    I like his videos as well. Like with all reviews, you have to take battery comparisons with a grain of salt. The G4 runs 5.1 out of the box and what GS6 version did he have, possibly one affected by the Lollipop issue. The GS6 will be getting the update later this summer. Power banks are easier to use on the go but obviously require charge time. He didn't really make a compelling case for the G4. The sd card slot and swappable battery are two features that I don't miss. No rapid charging. No wirless charging without buying another back cover and the versatility of swapping out the plastic back covers, again something you have to buy. Comparable cameras despite the fact that the GS6 is not bumming 5.1. He wasn't exactly thrilled with the UX interface and it's performance vs the GS6. When the G4 is out and the GS6 has 5.1, we will see how they compare.
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    05-10-2015 11:45 AM
  10. mayconvert's Avatar
    S6 all the way. I guess I am a lucky one that gets awesome battery life. I never need a mid day charge and I don't own a car charger.
    Had the phone for 29 days and never once ran out of battery before bed time.
    I am not impressed with the plastic / leather G4. To each their own. have fun with the G4 if you get it.
    I will stick with the awesome S6 Edge since its the best device I have ever used.
    05-10-2015 11:54 AM
  11. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    I'm going to change the subject of the flamefest. I figured out what was killing my battery. It was the email auto sync. I disabled it and now my phone is getting excellent battery life, so far.

    Posted via the Android Central App on the Galaxy S6.
    05-10-2015 12:14 PM
  12. jcp007's Avatar
    I'm going to change the subject of the flamefest. I figured out what was killing my battery. It was the email auto sync. I disabled it and now my phone is getting excellent battery life, so far.

    Posted via the Android Central App on the Galaxy S6.
    Did you also check the Google account synch options?
    05-10-2015 12:19 PM
  13. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    Did you also check the Google account synch options?
    I did and I tweaked those as well.

    Posted via the Android Central App on the Galaxy S6.
    05-10-2015 12:29 PM
  14. Cobravision's Avatar
    I'm going to change the subject of the flamefest. I figured out what was killing my battery. It was the email auto sync. I disabled it and now my phone is getting excellent battery life, so far.
    I have Exchange Active Sync for work and set up the auto sync for peak hours only (7am to 8pm M-F) and hourly off peak. I get about 4 hours OST during the week (a mix of peak and non-peak), but more like 6 during the weekends (all non-peak). Active Sync is a total battery killer. And I don't even get a lot of emails, relatively speaking.
    05-10-2015 12:33 PM
  15. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    I have Exchange Active Sync for work and set up the auto sync for peak hours only (7am to 8pm M-F) and hourly off peak. I get about 4 hours OST during the week (a mix of peak and non-peak), but more like 6 during the weekends (all non-peak). Active Sync is a total battery killer.
    I don't get much emails anyways so I didn't need Active Sync always running. My Gmail inbox app is still getting push emails but for some reason that Inbox app is not a battery killer.

    Posted via the Android Central App on the Galaxy S6.
    05-10-2015 12:36 PM
  16. Cobravision's Avatar
    As I understand it, after RIM lost their push email patent fight, Microsoft engineered EAS to poll from the device, which is a battery hog. Gmail does true push, so it doesn't need to check all the time. Even on iPhones, EAS cuts battery life almost in half.
    05-10-2015 12:40 PM
  17. jcp007's Avatar
    I don't get much emails anyways so I didn't need Active Sync always running. My Gmail inbox app is still getting push emails but for some reason that Inbox app is not a battery killer.

    Posted via the Android Central App on the Galaxy S6.
    How about Location setting?
    05-10-2015 12:41 PM
  18. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    How about Location setting?
    No. My GPS isn't killing the battery.
    05-10-2015 01:31 PM
  19. JohnCenaFan's Avatar
    I have g3 and other then the camera i reckon the g4 will have same issues as g3 great phone but lags and os crashes.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-10-2015 01:34 PM
  20. Bodzm's Avatar
    Quote removed by Moderator
    So you're saying the size of a battery IS NOT significant to the battery life of a device? I'd love to see your S6 run on a 1800mAh battery in that case. Sure, there are other factors at play like Soc (and die size), screen technology (AMOLED vs LCD), os optimisations and so on, but you're talking about two devices of the same generation with comparable technologies in terms of power sipping. The small differences you think will somehow amount to major differences in battery won't materialise. You're not comparing an S6 to a G1. The G4's battery is nearly 20% bigger than the S6. That's significant and the feeling from most reviews is that it does have a better battery. Does that really surprise us? No, but it seems to surprise some of you Samsung fans which is odd.
    05-10-2015 01:41 PM
  21. areyes163's Avatar
    I will not be switching. I love the s6 edge. I had the G3 for a while last year. It was a great phone. The G4 however is to close to the G3 for me to switch.

    I can't blame people for switching though. Everyone had different needs and wants ama I normally switch phones several times a year.
    05-10-2015 01:56 PM
  22. blessedred's Avatar
    I will grant you that G4 battery life will improve with firmware updates so we will have to wait and see.
    There appears to be a bit of ground to make up versus the GS6. The G4 is also powering a larger display consuming more power.
    True. I find it interesting how some people can have such bad battery life on the S6 and others receive great battery life. And have you noticed that people that talk up the next update for the S6 say it will make it on par with G4 or better in some respects but don't acknowledge the same can be said about the G4. It has even released yet for Christ sake.lol Pre-release software anyone?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-10-2015 02:05 PM
  23. Cobravision's Avatar
    Android 5.0 had acknowledged battery drain issues that were fixed by 5.1. Since the S6 is getting the 5.1.1 upgrade, there are expectations of battery life improvements in the 20% range. The G4 has 5.1 out of the box and is therefore has no major battery fixes on the OS level upcoming and is closer to its battery life ceiling than the S6.
    05-10-2015 02:57 PM
  24. MDMcAtee's Avatar
    Android 5.0 had acknowledged battery drain issues that were fixed by 5.1. Since the S6 is getting the 5.1.1 upgrade, there are expectations of battery life improvements in the 20% range. The G4 has 5.1 out of the box and is therefore has no major battery fixes on the OS level upcoming and is closer to its battery life ceiling than the S6.
    True..... But there is no guarantee that 5.1.1 is going to improve the battery life either... It's all speculation on that as well..

    Until the carriers quit dicking around with the software and just release Android as it should be, battery life will always be a crap shoot amongst them... for any phone.

    Posted via the Android Central App from my HTC m8
    05-10-2015 03:58 PM
  25. limeaid's Avatar
    Android 5.0 had acknowledged battery drain issues that were fixed by 5.1. Since the S6 is getting the 5.1.1 upgrade, there are expectations of battery life improvements in the 20% range. The G4 has 5.1 out of the box and is therefore has no major battery fixes on the OS level upcoming and is closer to its battery life ceiling than the S6.
    Battery drain issues are NOT fixed in 5.1. At least in terms of the nexus devices. Lollipop in general has battery issues and it's looking pretty unlikely at this point that one of these updates is going to magically make everything better.

    This is why it's even more important that the device itself have strong battery life to offset the [Edited by Moderator] code that Google has hoisted on us
    05-10-2015 06:18 PM
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