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...
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107 Comments

39. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

Isn't mCharge just another name for Quick Charge just as Fast Charge is Samsung's name for it? And Oppo has their own name for the same technology as well.

51. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

And Sunlight display is probably the same as Nokia's and Samsung's Adaptive display.

6. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I really like the way note 4 and alpha look, I would prefer devices like those which look premium and has removable battery, SD card slot.

11. calim

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Dropped water-resistance makes the S6 uninteresting to me. And the edge screen is, to me, very stupid since it downgrades viewing experience when watching video.

12. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

I'm loving the new look, but I'm sure they could have include expandable storage, I can live with the none removable battery..

15. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

What a redundant article... It makes design sound like an extra feature. Good design should always be in, no matter what the features. And btw, sorry for raining on the S6's parade but Samsung still hasn't gotten design right. There are too many imperfections that mar the design of the S6. It looks pretty inaccurate comparing to an iPhone, a Sony Z model or even some new Chinese models like some Huaweis. Just by changing the materials doesn't mean that suddenly you have good design. Design precision is still lacking.

20. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

You haven't nothing to say about the design of Galaxy S6. The design it's splendid. What Sony, what Huawei, what damn! This phone has a solid design even with Gorilla Glass in the front and in the back but this type of glass it's very resistent proved by the countless tests made by specialized sites.

24. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

And look at you, going all butthurt and shit. Remember, we all have our own opinions and preferences. You sound like a communist from NK.

35. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I have nothing with those type of people and country. And what i know is that there is no similarity nor relation between Samsung and NK.

36. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I have nothing with those type of people and country. And what i know is that there is no similarity nor relation between Samsung and NK.

43. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

http://dolphin.com/tech/archives/2087.html If by "design precision" he is referring to what's noted in the above article, I have to agree.

68. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

It's more. It's the rounded highlights around the glass which make it look like it doesn't sit properly with the frame, the massive camera hump, the tackiness of the chrome mesh speakers, the obviousness of the square screen that doesn't blend with its surrounding bezel when switched off...

71. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'd add the logo-placement (heck, even the logo design) to that list. Front or back, not both. To be fair, a lot of other brands have this problem too.

16. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

It shouldn't be with any compromises Note Series and S Series should be different Edge variants should remain exclusive for the S Series as they are smaller in size and easier to hold Thats It!

17. dimas

Posts: 3320; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I really don't agree with micro-sd removal and giving the s6 smaller batteries, knowing that they will release s6 active, s6 dual lte with higher specs and other variants anyway. But on the bright side, there's Sony, LG, Huawei, and other Android makers in the market. Kirin and mediatek are also improving so android devices are not limited to qualcomm chipsets anymore. As long as there are other options in the market, let samsung do what they want to do and let them take the gamble of making or breaking it.

87. 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 using Seehttp://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/

18. waterninja21

Posts: 28; Member since: May 03, 2013

I think if Samsung makes the Note 5 look like the S6 and does not have a removable battery or expandable memory. They might be losing my business. I might end up going to either the Moto X 2015 with 5.7 inch screen even though it most likely won't have expandable memory or the LG G4 Pro which should have both

19. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Its might be o.k with the phone standing out from the rest,but if its way to Expensive because of its looks,it might be a waste of money if the battery life lets you down and the cost of charging the phone is added to the Price,the Note 4 is much better value than the Galaxy S6,as you can change the battery when ever you want and do not have to keep checking how much battery life you have left,plus adding a 128gb micro sd card you have loads of space to play with,Samsung just want to Copy Apple All The Time but Why?when Apple that took Samsung to Court All the Time,Just because Samsung is Supplying for Apple Again thats Why there been no Court case banning the Galaxy S6

31. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

And why should have court case banning for the Galaxy S6? It exists any similarity between the Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6? Nor exterior neither interior.

57. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

The (rectangular with round corner) cutting board was invented long before Apple patented that shape!!

21. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Not sure really. New design is definitely a welcome, but they sacrificed their well-known flexibility (SD card slot, removable battery), and now LG is the only one that offers that kind of flexibility at the moment. They definitely improved a lot in terms of their design, although a little inspiration taken from the iPhone 6, but we'll have to see what they will offer to the table in the future. But whatever you do, Samsung, bring back the freaking SD card slot and give us a better battery life instead of thinner phones!

101. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

That can not be done without adding a big time cost to the phone 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. It was removed as there was no way of easy adding it to the phone, if you think any other oem wil add sd card readers when they move to ufs you better think again

28. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

If I wanted an iPhone I'd buy an iPhone. After announcing the S6 Samsung is dead to me. I'll look elsewhere for my next Android.

65. murphslaws

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

Why? its by far one of the top flagship androids on the market. I wish they had a removable battery, but you know what. I've found that the battery life is more than sufficient and I've always had enough to make it to the end of the day. Internal memory is more of a political issue and I get why they did it. For the few of us power users, we actually get high performance cards and things work, but we are but a tiny percentage of consumers of the Galaxy line of phones. Most common people who purchased the Galaxies usually buy a large capacity POS sd card which is either incredibly slow or corrupts often, but the card is never blamed, they usually shift the blame to the phone. Samsung wanted to curb the bad reputation and instability of external memory by getting rid of it. I dont mind, the internal memory is extremely fast. Of course depending, some people like to horde tons of media on their device... I am typically a poweruser, Having owned the Droid incredible (ADR6300) Incredible 2, Galaxy Nexus (on of my favs), Galaxy S4 (rooted and hyperdrive rom), and this is the first time that I decided not to root my phone... mainly because the S6 is so damn fast and customizable already I dont need much more from it.

29. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

the biggest problem for Samsung is the endless bloatware issue. i dont care if the phone looks as elegant as a Mercedes Benz. if the phone can perform at least as good as the design, then it is a good phone. otherwise i would be buying an iPhone instead of using Android for so many years.

40. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

Root your phone and remove the apps.

62. murphslaws

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

Except that you are making biased decisions. The S6 doesnt really have a ton of bloat. not to mention it flies! it literally flies! I have the edge, and so far im getting about 17 hours a day with moderate usage. Never lags, LOVE the camera. Data and wifi always on. Storage is not an issue at all. Try using one before talking crap about one. This is coming from a guy who either had nexus devices or rooted and custom rom'ed his devices. I am actually running stock 5.0.1 touchwiz on my s6 Edge.

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep! The edge is the most beautiful phone I've ever used, bar none.

41. kbreeze415

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

The new design looks nice but I've never been a fan of glass finishes so it's not for me. They'll probably change the note line to this design to which sucks for me but oh well. Guess I'll be moving on from Samsung when it's time to upgrade.

42. Sealblaighter

Posts: 426; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The new design is good, but I think they should try to make a device using metal too.

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