Consumer Reports prefers the Samsung Galaxy S5 to the Samsung Galaxy S6

Consumer Reports prefers the Samsung Galaxy S5 to the Samsung Galaxy S6
Consumer Reports recommends that smartphone buyers purchase the Samsung Galaxy S5 over the Samsung Galaxy S6. In fact, the Galaxy S5 tops the magazine's most recent smartphone rankings. How could the impartial publication pick hardware that is more than a year-old over the latest and greatest from Samsung's camp? The reason begins with the letter "P." Consumer Reports, as always, is looking to be practical. So instead of drooling over that 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 under the hood, and the 1440 x 2560 QHD screen, it is looking at what the new model doesn't offer buyers.

With the Samsung Galaxy S6, the manufacturer went for form over function, and in the world of Consumer Reports, that's a big Bozo no-no. Gone is the IP 67 dust and water proofing used on the Galaxy S5. Also gone is the removable battery and the microSD slot. When it comes to battery life, the prior-generation model out performed the Galaxy S6. It wasn't all bad for the new flagship model. After all, the Samsung Galaxy S6 does offer rapid charging, and it also supports both Qi and Powermat wireless charging platforms.

Consumer Reports says that with the latest Samsung flagship not offering expandable memory and a removable battery, it could allow another Android manufacturer to jump in with a model that offers both. That sounds like the LG G4, which does offer both features.

You can hear from Consumer Reports' electronics editor Glenn Derene, and the head of electronics testing Maria Rerecich, by clicking on the video below.

source: ConsumerReports via RedmondPie

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User Score:

  • Display 5.1 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
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  • Display 5.1 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
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  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2550 mAh
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