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

Related phones

Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)



1. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Well with waterproof, removal battery and sd card and a great camera is was good no these idiot remove those features for a glass... hopefully the note 5 won't come with a glass but I do like the 128 gb option


Posts: 226; Member since: May 10, 2015

You know why they remove those features? I'll tell you and all the uncivilized Samsung losers that because they want its phone to be in iPhone class. Ranging from design-wise to service-wise, I can't really separate this toy from the iPhone.

21. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

64-bit is just a gimmick on Android anyway.

60. DBounce

Posts: 172; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

Please explain...

74. tedkord

Posts: 17507; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not Apple. It really is that simple to a simple mind.

88. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I guess he's just repeating, is it not what the Android fans said when Apple first did it? Called it a gimmick and useless.

90. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Lollipop can't run properly (memory leak) yet, and now you are talking about 64-bit optimization/get advantage of it? let alone 3rd party app that 64-bit optimized. Android is still miles away behind iOS in that regards. 64-bit on Android is a gimmick.

83. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Until you start to use it on apple, until then it's useless. Typical isheep comment. You will be saying how good it is when apple utilize and start to use 64 bit.

47. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

So you haven't deleted your self yet. Please do.

54. Pogma9

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 19, 2015

Removable battery is probably overated, but my problem is the absurd cost of the 128g models.

63. Shocky unregistered

It is expensive but if you bought for example a 32GB phone and then tried to purchase a 128GB microsd that has performance comparable to the internal flash storage on the Galaxy S6 you would struggle because it doesn't exist yet. If you bought the best performing 128GB microsd card it would cost a lot and you would still be limited as to what you could use it for anyway.

79. corvette72778

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

less than $30 on newegg for 128gb class 10.

85. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hahahah, that's crap slow over ufs2.0, also sd card do not work with it and why it was removed. Also you are unable to install any apps to the sd card so that 9gb of userable space in the s5 will run out fast

91. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Class 10 is useless in a phone, even the note 4 and s5 dont have the tech to use the speed. max they will get is 40MB/s vs the 300-500MB/s or more you will get of internal ram.

84. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Plus you are unable to install any apps onto the sd card making that crap 16gb that was on the s5 very limited and not very good, they have no idea what they are on about as the s5 is sold like 95% with 16gb and about only 9gb userable

57. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Actually u r telling Apple story and its mentally retarded and dissatisfied iphans who want bigger screens and cameras. Samsung has its own design and innovation that us now copied by Ip 6 plus that is bendable and big flop. So think again b4 posting such things. Apple lost its grounds :) This is called competition.

39. Cicero

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

But ... people don't buy it. They want something different than S5. And Samsung deliver it on form of S6. For sure Note 5 will stick with this options because is more a productivity tool.

40. engineer-1701d unregistered

the thing thats annoying is that they think they know better the average owner never owns an extra battery or carry one with them, the sd is ok but you have to move things and back it up to sd and its slower recalling, unless parted but the average person will not do that. the waterproof is easy just use liqupel and its waterproof the battery should have been bigger 3200 would have owned it

86. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sorry mate sd card readers do not work with ufs 2,0 I talk that over the sd card

71. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

note 5 will never come in glass its logic s6 which is only 5.1 inch is very slippery so how about 5.9 or 6 inch screen i would hold a soap in my hand better than that samsung is not that stupid to do this in note 5.

2. Jorgemerino97

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

But the camera and everything else is better on the S6... or not?

9. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Basically everything besides the features that made Samsung known (i.e. removable cover, battery, SD card slot). AND people thought the IP Cert was an unnecessary feature! God, people are so back and forth!


Posts: 226; Member since: May 10, 2015

Samsung has no certain plan. "Hey look, iPhone sales like hotcakes we gotta follow them in order to get a boom sales too. Erase all those useless and stupid features first, and then adopt a design cue from iPhone."

17. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

You done?

56. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Samsung is moving forward in innovation, not like Apple with outdated specs. And Apple has plans to follow samsung like big screens and more mega pix cam. Its ridiculous how Apple lost its design and identity.

87. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

iFans once have said that S Health (heart-rate sensor) is just a bunch of gimmick. Look who's talking, Apple and other Android smartphones are copying.

75. tedkord

Posts: 17507; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

By follow, you mean surpass. Heck, the CR ratings this story covers rates the S5 higher than the iPhone 6.

89. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Can you please stop, people hate the truth.

51. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Agreed. There are so many Samsung owners that're still bumped about the removable battery and SD Card. But after skipping the S5 (from S4) I bought the S6 for: - Better performance with new 14 nM and 64 bit processor - Better camera. eg.The S5 performs badly in low light condition. - Better memory: 3Gb vs 2 Gb (one of the reasons i skipped the S5) - Much better design and material. - Trimmed down TouchWiz. - Much Better Fingerprint scanner. - Wireless Charging - without adding accessories.

3. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Even w/such a nice camera... no SD Card / no removable battery and even no waterproof thats like downgrade for many users.

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