Half a year later, do you think Samsung's 'Project Zero' was a good idea after all? (poll results)

Half a year later, do you think Samsung's 'Project Zero' was a good idea after all? (poll results)
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?



32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung when they took stuff away should have given some equal or better to replace. Replacing removable battery with faster charging and wireless charging was good. But not increasing the storage capacity after taking away sdcard support was bad. They should have made the Note64/128GB period and still kept the price at 699/799. I'm not a fan of dual glass designs, but i did buy both the iPhone 4 and 4S, so it didn't bother me to get the S6 Edge/S6 Edge+/Note. I like the look, I like the feel. A more fragile device just means you need to be more careful and smarter. I usually don't buy cases, only screen protectors. Having to buy both wasn't a plus for me, but its a small price to pay for a piece of mind in the event I drop my device which I have. Overall they did a very good job. I have no regrets other than smartphone tech seems to have reached a plateau and there is nothing to really look forward too.

28. RodrigoFreijanes

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I hate it. No micro SD card slot? No removable battery? So, better go Apple so.

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So if you're willing to buy an iPhone I dont see what your complaint is. The Note 5 is still better than an iPhone and both dont offer removable battery or sdcards. At least the Note 5 doesn't take 4 hours to charge from 0 - 100 liek the iPhone does. Think about what you're saying. May as well buy an iPhone and get what exactly? No top of the line components? There are still compelling reasons the Note is better than an iPhone. Justsayin.

27. darealist

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

The majority prefers Samsung to follow Apple. Their CEO had also admit this recently.

20. nhowell

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

19. Chuck007

Posts: 1420; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

It surely made me respect Samsung more. Everything before the S6 felt overly cheap to me.

14. Awalker

Posts: 1987; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I think they did what they needed to do but unfortunately they couldn't stop the Apple juggernaut.

6. wando77

Posts: 1170; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Not bothered about removable battery up I think they could have kept the waterproofing and so card slot

5. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

3/4 of your pollsters are sammy sheep. of course the results will show this.

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2688; 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?

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sony brand definitely have sheep. Just go to a Sony article or an Apple article and you'll definitely find that one person always saying how their Z3C relates. They're the absolute worst.

13. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Partly beacause Sony has also got haters, like you. Go to Sony articles and you'll definitely find a few persons saying how bad Xperia's are.

15. PapaSmurf

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?

17. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Sorry, I meant Xperia hater. And yes, you can call them Sony sheep.

24. Wiencon

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!

4. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Removing feaures like MicroSD and IP68 wasn't a good idea. Except that: yes.

18. hellbread

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.

23. Furbal unregistered

I still zero faults in the note 4 design, unibody is overrated if you have a strong frame and proper back materials. The V10 actually feels very nice.

26. Furbal unregistered


3. Kumar123 unregistered

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.

7. Neros

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.

21. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

And still iPhone sells half the number of Samsung..and has much less revenue..Profit wise they are high which is again not good for consumers..

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I love the design but it sucks that they got rid of waterproofing, SD slot and external battery. I'd take features over looks any day

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Once again, good idea, and execution.

8. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Why is removing features a good idea?

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

So I F'ed up. Comment was supposed to say bad execution.

11. Busyboy

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

It was good, could of been better.

16. Commentator

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.

22. Furbal unregistered

Coated/painted willow glass might have allowed them to have a removable back and keep the looks going. I do still want an SD card, about the only thing I miss on the note 5

25. QWERTYphone

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.

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