Half a year later, do you think Samsung's 'Project Zero' was a good idea after all? (poll results)
posted by Chris P. / Nov 17, 2015, 6:03 AM
In the months before the official announcement of the Galaxy S6 (and Galaxy S6 edge), we were hearing all kinds of wild rumors claiming that, in order to at least partially offset the decline in sales, Samsung was planning to re-design its flagship from the ground up. Supposedly referred to as 'Project Zero' internally, we later found out that even if there was no such program, the results were exactly as foretold.
With the latest Galaxy S flagship, Samsung definitely changed things up, delivering a far more streamlined design that actually managed to excite us after years of rather bland and overly utilitarian high-ends. Made out of aluminum and glass, the Galaxy S6 was almost universally praised for the break away from the plastic-happy builds of old, and it wouldn't be a stretch to say that it's prettier than any of its predecessors, even relative to the tastes of the time.
But what critics say, and what users ultimately think, are two very different things. So yesterday we asked you to speak up your mind now that we've all had enough time with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and their derivatives in the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+, and let us know whether you feel it was a good idea after all.
According to the vast majority of participants (over 73%), 'Project Zero', if we assume one such ever existed, brought meaningful improvements and was well worth it. Detractors are a minority, in other words, with just a ~16% share of the votes. It's easy to imagine that those are the folks among us that simply can't forgive Samsung for turning its back on microSD cards and removable batteries. As for the remaining ~10%, they're accounted for by people who simply don't have an opinion on this at all. Here's proof:
Half a year later, do you think Samsung's 'Project Zero' was a good idea after all?
Yes, it's for the better
No, it was a mistake
I have no opinion on this
While we won't go as far as to claim that this is a representative sample, it is, nevertheless, indicative of the success of 'Project Zero'. Given how vocal detractors have been, we can't help but be surprised by the outcome. Were you?
Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013
Once again, good idea, and execution.
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 6:08 AM 4
Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015
Why is removing features a good idea?
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 6:40 AM 10
Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011
Of course it could have, but so could everything. Most of the design is great (I'll nitpick about the misaligned ports and holes on the side, and that big ol' Samsung logo on the front, but that's me), but I think they should change the back from glass to something that allows for a removable battery. Samsung's strength against the iPhone has always been variety of choice, and removable batteries were a major factor.
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 8:36 AM 0
Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014
Samsung and their new phones are a FAILURE. No removable battery No microSD Fragile glass construction. I bought every Galaxy ever released/ A S5 is my daily phone with NO protective case. Samsung is dead to me until they fix all of the above. Only an idiot buys a phone without removable battery and SD. Only an idiot raves about how pretty a phone is, if it needs to be protected behind a ugly case.
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 12:02 PM 2
Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 07, 2015
You are an idiot. As much or more of an idiot and a loser as any nothing-better-to-do-with-their-time troll. I don't want a memory source that is over 10X slower than the internal flash memory of the S6, I'd rather have a slim phone than removery my battery, tempered glass on the front and back is far preferable To any case, and I have no desire to press buttons on a tiny physical keyboard. GIVE IT UP. YOU LOST.
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 3:05 PM 2
Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012
If anybody here complains for no removable accessories, he/she muct use Xiaomi MI4 64GB once in his/her lifetime. If you are here, you muct be believing PhoneArena's reviews and battery tests. have a look at MI 4!
posted on Nov 20, 2015, 12:58 AM 0
Too bad even with all those positive voting Samsung wouldn't be able to sell ( S6/S6 edge) 1/3 of the iPhone 6/6 plus volume. This proves one thing popular on tech website doesn't mean anything in the real world.
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 6:13 AM 3
Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014
It means the android market is oversaturated and that competition is huge. Also it proves that making a flagship cost almost 750 eur these days is a bad idea. I remember the times when you had to pay 600euros for a flagship phone. The phones are overpriced as hell and depreciate like crazy. People just started respecting their hard earned money thus the prefer to buy cheaper alternatives. Galaxy s brand still carries a lot of weight though, so sammy can still cash in a good amount of money, but not as much as they used to.
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 6:33 AM 13
Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015
Removing feaures like MicroSD and IP68 wasn't a good idea. Except that: yes.
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 6:21 AM 6
Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014
Agree. But somehow i still like more design of Note 4 and Galaxy alpha. They should improve it a little bit. Maybe true leather back or some new material. I would take note 4 looking phone with 5-5,2" screen anyday.
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 8:41 AM 2
Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012
3/4 of your pollsters are sammy sheep. of course the results will show this.
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 6:22 AM 4
Posts: 2582; Member since: Oct 31, 2011
Just so I can keep score at home: People that like iPhones are sheep, right? It's the same thing for Samsung fans too now? They're sheep as well? Out of curiousity, which brand fans aren't sheep? Is it Sony fans? Motorola fans? Blackberry fans? Microsoft fans?
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 7:07 AM 4
Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012
Lol not a Sony hater. There's a Sony Blu-Ray player right in front on me. Also, I don't know if you've noticed this, but Samsung and Apple have haters. They're called Samsung Sheep and Apple Sheep but can the Sony worshippers also be called Sony Sheep?
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 8:34 AM 0
Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014
Everyone is allowed to have opinion but there are many people here (kids probably) that say "Samsung is perfect". I've seen post like this 2 times only today on PA when I don't see ANYONE saying that Apple is great or whatever. This is the most funny part about Sammy's sheeps, ask them who is iSheep and they move on to other comment section. I can easily say that Techie, Antutu or those kids under 6P vs Note 5, how can any phone be the best? Since when specs are what it most important in phone? I'd say Nokia 6230 was the best phone because at the time it was around I couldn't find any flaws with it. There is no f.ckin thing as "best phone" kids!
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 12:00 PM 0
Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 14, 2010
No doubt Samsung proved me wrong in making the S6-Note 5 and the edge variants truly look like the future, although having g said that I do have some thoughts.... Forget removable batteries considering the fast charge/wireless fast charging works far better than I had even hoped, but considering the HTC M9 brought back expandable memory, I don't see why that's a feature Samsung (Google has done it to the nexus line too) couldnt just get in there. 64GB is a lot of space granted but there's no 128GB version of any Galaxy like the Nexus and iPhone
posted on Nov 17, 2015, 11:21 AM 0
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