Do you agree with Samsung's new focus on design-centric devices?


A recent poll of ours revealed that out of the 7 Galaxy S flagships Samsung has released to date, the previous-gen Galaxy S5 is only ahead of the original Galaxy S in terms of appearances, and not by much. That's a distressing thought, and the South Korea-based company must have agreed, for it axed the executive responsible for the design of the S5 shortly after it received a mostly unanimous 'NO' from critics and consumers alike. 

As we now know, however, the 'retiring' of said exec wasn't just for show, nor was it indicative of the lengths Samsung turned out to be willing to go to better the situation. In fact, considering the latest devices to come out of the company — like the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, along with the Galaxy A and Galaxy E lines — it feels safe to say that Samsung has changed its priorities, and aesthetics now rank much higher on its list. That much is made clear by the S6 and S6 edge, both of which abandoned removable batteries and microSD card slots — Samsung staples — in favor if cleaner exteriors and slimmer, more premium bods made out of glass and metal. 

Ourselves, we have to admit that we like where the company is heading with this, but we're not at all blind to the growing dissent among Samsung loyalists. For them, practical concerns have so far always trumped fancier designs, and this means that sacrifices with functionality aren't welcome. Do you agree with them? Or are you happy with this new direction Samsung is taking? 

UPDATE: Poll tool should now work properly. Apologies for the mishap!

Do you agree with Samsung's new focus on design-centric devices?

I do
66.96%
I don't
20.13%
Not yet sure
12.91%

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107 Comments

1. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Do you really need to ask this PA...

33. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

What? Design-centric devices from Sammy? Where are they?

45. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

The Galaxy s6 edge. You know, the most gorgeous flagship in existence. The one that looks better than anything Apple has ever made. The one that will sell more than any other Android device this entire year. Bobby just so I can be done with you, do you have any substance in your words, or do you exclusively troll?

50. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Very gorgeous phone and feel more premium but samsung android fans wants removable battery, sd card slot, water & dust resistant.

72. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I dont. I do miss then internal sdcard slot. As the external one gets in the way

92. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

I do too +remov.bat. The question had to be "DO YOU AGREE WITH SAMSUNG'S NEW FOCUS ON DESIGN-CENTRIC DEVICES, SACRIFICING VERSATILITY?"

88. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

They removed sd card reader as they do not work with the new ufs 2.0 control,they are usingSeehttp://arasan.com/products/ufs/ Older phones used emmc 5.0 and where linked to the same Controler as sd card, so work with them, ufs 2.0 does nothttp://arasan.com/products/emmc50/sd3-emmc-5-0-host/

102. sukampret

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

yeah, removable battery and sd card slot were the only things samsung fanboy can brag to the others. Now what? They gone. And today, they deny that those were uneeded. Samsung fanboy of today trully becoming worst that apple fanboy.

103. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

lol... you are funny, you want expandable storage? pick Note 4. I bet you are Apple fans right? Android give you so many option and if larger device is't meant for you there is another branded smartphone like Z3+, G4, M9, etc...

107. sukampret

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

nope. i've been using several device from samsung, sony, apple, nokia, htc, asus, lenovo. i enjoy what i bought. so, based on you comment, i cannot get that sd card in a phone i want? and forced to buy phablet thing? thats not cool. it is so apple-ish. it is not an excuse if in the past those feature is available

106. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

But we now got ufs 2.0

76. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Actually the most gorgeos flagship currently in existence is the Huawei P8! It is thinner than the iPhone6 or the Galaxy S6 AND HAS A MICRO-SD-CARDSLOT!

91. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

You mean the phone that can't use cases because they make the nearly useless bent glass totally useless? The phone that is the most likely to shatter on impact. You confuse pricey and worthless gimmicks with design. Now bring out the Rockettes Samsuck.

95. jwc89

Posts: 9; Member since: May 31, 2011

I will agree that the edge is the best looking but the regular s6 will double the sales of the edge.

56. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

in your denial

75. Z3R091 unregistered

You mean design like Bending?

80. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

NO REMOVABLE BATTERY & MICROSD = FAIL "Design" over function = RAPE OF SHEEP Anyone who really believes the BS lies that removing them improves design or performance is a complete idiot. They were removed to increase profits and sales.

82. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sd card reader do not even work with ufs 2.0 so your statement is crap

86. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Say what? UFS 2.0 has nothing to do with adding an SD card reader to a device. Just because Samsung chose not to do this doesn't mean it's not possible. Android runs a linux kernel and that will actually support mounting all types of storage, really any storage you can think of.

89. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

You have no idea what you are on about They removed sd card reader as they do not work with the new ufs 2.0 control,they are usingSeehttp://arasan.com/products/ufs/ Older phone used emmc 5.0 and where linked to the same Controler as sd card, so work with them, ufs 2.0 does nothttp://arasan.com/products/emmc50/sd3-emmc-5-0-host/ I.e. They are just adding it to the same controler So just have to had 2 full control systems and then add them to the CPU removing any type of speed you got from adding ufs to start with the 7420 is also setup to only use ufs control bus So it's all about cost and speed, you will never find any phone company adding an sd card reade if they use ufs, it can not easy be done on cost and CPU setup, this as nothing to do with the os

2. Shocky unregistered

Yes, so long as there are no compromises when it comes to performance, which I don't see in the Galaxy S6.

5. waddup121 unregistered

They kno they kno

7. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

Well except for the glass finish on the back instead of a removable battery and expandable storage

22. Shocky unregistered

Neither of which are needed anymore.

25. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Whether you need removable storage depends on your uses for the phone. Whether you think you need a removable battery depends on whether you are incredibly ignorant.

59. Shocky unregistered

Calling people ignorant for thinking differently to you just shows one thing, you're an idiot. The only reason to have a removable battery is so you can replace it over time when it degrades, however this takes 2-3 years for any significant difference and by this time most of us will have upgraded or just moved on. In the unfortunate event your battery is defective then, replace under warranty. For everything else there are portable battery banks, you're welcome to disagree of course, not that it will make any difference to my opinion.

77. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Thank you for proving my point. The reasons you might want to have a removable battery include: 1. Your use requires a lot of power during the day and you're not typically near a charger, requiring battery replacement. 2. Your battery has been damaged (e.g. heat) or is defective. 3. Your charging system is damaged and you need to charge the phone from some other source pending replacement. 4. You phone has hung and you want to reboot as quickly as possible. 5. Your phone has gotten wet and you want to remove the power source as quickly as possible. 6. Your phone was a Samsung S4 and you want to test the battery by spinning it to see if it was one of the defective batteries while the phone is still in warranty. 7. Your battery is old and needs replacement. So that's 7 things, but being ignorant you thought there was only one.

27. middlehead

Posts: 457; Member since: May 12, 2014

You mean glass backs aren't needed anymore, right? You shouldn't speak in absolutes so readily. Nonreplaceable batteries and limited storage may be fine for you, but Samsung dropping batteries and SD cards is the reason I won't be buying an S6.

60. Shocky unregistered

Storage is always limited, do you really think because you have an sdcard card you have infinite storage? of course you don't. 32GB + 128GB sdcard, is this really a better option? not really no, the sdcard will probably die in 1-2 years (they always do if you hotswap) and you can't install any application on there so your app storage limit is much lower than a device with 128GB internal and your overall limit is not that much higher. i don't understand your logic to be honest.

105. thunderc8

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

@Shocky you trully are ignorant... Sd cards dont die in 1-2 years i have some old 5-6 year old + and they still work.And you can install apps on the sd card, many phones like mine have the option move to sd card. Stop saying extra batterys and sd cards are not needed you are just maknig fool of your self because you dont know what kind of use many people do.

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