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

Half a year later, do you think Samsung's 'Project Zero' was a good idea after all?
It's been almost a full half year since Samsung made the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge public. But even before that, we spent months talking about a mysterious 'Project Zero' running on the hush-hush, supposedly aiming to deliver a fresh, new flagship vision. Hence the "zero" in the name — from the ground up. 

We have to be honest, Samsung certainly changed quite a bit, though mostly in the area of design — in terms of both looks and function. So while the the Galaxy S6 is arguably the most attractive within the S line to date, it does entail a few compromises, such as letting go of the microSD card slot and access to the battery. Still, while this likely displeased the core Samsung followers greatly, it opened up the maker's devices to consumers it previously wouldn't have had access to. Or at least we'd think so. Furthermore, in the process, it could be reasoned that Samsung at least partially removed the features gap between its flagship line and that of Apple's. While we can't know for sure, that could have been the objective of Project Zero, or in any case — the result of.

Now that the smoke has cleared and we've all had more than enough time to contemplate Samsung's move, do you think it was a good move after all?

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

Yes, it's for the better
73.42%
No, it was a mistake
16.21%
I have no opinion on this
10.37%

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39 Comments

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It was a good idea executed terribly. Reducing battery life from previous generation for a meaningless thinness metric no one cares about. Touchwiz still has a ridiculous amount of bloat with Moore rather than less from the previous generation. Curved edge screen with no real benefits from it. Also, dumber memory management design likely to save battery life. They'll probably never learn at this point. Having the best tech in the industry in the hands of the dumbest design team of this industry.

9. Jason2k13

Posts: 1445; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Touchwiz has more bloat? are you sure you know what your talking about? lol ...anyway, although battery life is worst, it also goes for all other manufacturers this year but Samsung is the only one who managed to optimize battery life relative to battery size. Their flagship phones are thinner, QHD screen and smaller battery yet the battery life can stand the same or better than other manufacturers with much bigger battery or only using FHD screen. So if Samsung did bad this year in your opinion, then Sony, apple, LG, HTC etc. must have been terrible.

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Hmmmm, so them having used up 11 GB of storage right out of the box must mean they reduced the bloat from the last one which used far less space for the OS. Given higher resolutions mean higher res images and textures for the UI, but a 2.5x increase isn't justified by that alone. And yes, the rest of them mentioned did horribly as well. I have a Z5c and the UI is very minimal but the jank is terrible. Recent update helped a lot but still noticeable at times. LG was never good with UI, HTC is dead for a reason (failed in every category) and Google/Moto/Huawei are the only ones doing anything right this year.

12. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5485; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Actually that dumber memory management does anything but save battery life. Restarting an app takes more power than to leave it running in the background for a little while longer.

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It depends, for games that may be the case or any large data loading apps. But for the average case use of internet, social media, etc. it will save a small amount of battery life. It is just the desperate position they put themselves in by chasing that meaningless thinness metric.

13. Comicgeek300

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 22, 2015

"Curved edge screen with no real benefits from it." Are you serious? What would you expect from the curved screen? Holographic projections? What's this, an Avengers movie? Get real, we all know the basis of the curved screen was to purely boost aesthetics and it executed that.

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Aesthetics are a good benefit from that but lets be real, that wears off after the first few problems posed by such a sacrifice. My wife has the S6 edge and without a case, it is damn hard to hold due to those edges. Then there is the reflection of light from the edges as well. Finally, landscape for most apps becomes an issue especially when activating the notifications shade. It looks great, but is it worth the ergonomics sacrifice?

24. TyrionLannister unregistered

I think the S6 has better battery than the S5, and the difference is very minimal. Considering that S6 ran lollipop rather than kitkat at review time, I think its not bad at all.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The benefit of the curved screen was aesthetics. Samsung shouldn't and didn't even need to add any feature too it. They also shouldn't have jacked up the cost over the regular model. Fast charging more than makes up for a smaller battery. Giving it 128GB of storage was good for replacing teh SDcard which is why I dont understand why they didnt do it for the Note. The Note should have been 64/128 period with no increase in cost.

10. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

The new processors were a good idea, smooth, fast UI experience. The built quality is welcomed too. The battery is still a joke. Phone is too thin. I ordered the Note 5, selling the S6 because the battery doesn't last long enough for me.

30. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

s6 edge+ is my favorite phone so far, not so different from the note 5 i suppose, so good on ya!

11. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i have own a galaxy 3-5 and a 6, and the 6 is vastly improved and LOVE IT, it don't act glitchy or stupid at times, 32gb being the minimal storage is PLENTY for most people and i am a heavy user, My phone is my life! Overall i am really happy with my 6. The only bad thing i dislike is a battery however with quick charge 2.0 By the time i come home if i am heading right back out to do stuff for the entire day. By the time i am out of my work close and taken the dogs out my phone is back to 80-100% in 20ish minutes

16. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

what came out of it. same lame tiuch wiz. and a drove of sos phones half baked

18. chenski

Posts: 738; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

2015 was a strong year for samsung, mainly because of their soc and the fact that qualcomm screwed up. I couldnt care less about sd card but they shoulda kept removeable battery as it extends the life span of the phone

19. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

I just love my 128GB S6 Edge! I've used the complete S-line since the original S in 2010 and the S6 Edge is just the best in performance and aesthetics. No problem holding the phone with the Spiegen Slim Armor case ;-) I don't play games on the phone and with heavy i-net/ email/whatsapp use it lasts all day long (3,5 ~ 4 hours screen-on time) and still has >10% left before I put it on the wireless charger :-)

20. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

S6 edge arguably the best phone of 2015.

33. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

IT IS THE BEST PHONE OF 2015. Project zero worked well. And I personally liked the way the phone came out and very pleased with its looks, edge, battery(its far better than some flagships), no sdcard (its no longer needed), non removable battery (there is still no reasonable reason to remove the battery) and everything just worked out fine. But I fear that s7 would be so meh!

21. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

I dont mind touch wiz but what i hate is thier pre-loaded apps. if samsung wishes to provide them to the users then they should make it available in the playstore and give the choice to the user whether to install it or not :)

22. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

True enough. Samsung has the clout to make this happen too. So step up.

23. lbblock

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

I think it was a good idea product-wise, because the S6 is gorgeous and it is a combination of all of Samsung's strengths. It's not an issue whether the S6 provided microSD or removable battery; the smartphone market is such that people are conditioned to take what they can, even for such an expensive product. Time and again they have compromised on these factors and I think Samsung understands this, or at least have learned from the critics' reaction to each new iPhone.

25. tokuzumi

Posts: 1800; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

While I wish Samsung would have kept the SD card slot (especially with marshmallow's integration of sd storage), it isn't a deal breaker for me. I've had nexus devices for a while, and I'm used to a lack of expandable storage. The camera on the S6 makes the lack of expandable storage and removable battery acceptable. Also, that screen.

26. aho13

Posts: 97; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

MicroSD and removable Battery are the only drawbacks. the importance of them besides cheap storage is only when you drop your phone and it is dead , you still can have a working sd with backups or photos or important Data , as for removable battery , so you can have your phone for over a year or two with decent battery life , and change it whenever its capacity drops.

27. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

I think this was better idea than making a pink phone

28. jellmoo

Posts: 2530; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I think it was the right choice for the company overall, though I wish that they had kept some distinction between the Galaxy S and the Note lines. I think that the decision negatively impacted the Note series as it's no longer the productivity powerhouse it once was.

29. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Using S6 from 1 month and it's awesome!

31. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Samsung with Project-Zero just seem to be trying to gain iPhone users to there phones,but once a consumer as got use to the software on iphones,android seems totally different for them,as i have seen loads who have gave the S6 or S6 edge a chance but not want to go back to the iPhone 6 or 6s,Losing the micro sd card slot or removable battery made even me thinking of leaving Samsung,but because the Note 4 was my Best phone to use and one of friends got the S6 Edge,i really like the look of the phone and bought one myself,but then i realised the screen was big enough,and now got the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus which is a real Great phone made by Samsung and the Batterylife is really good,so will stay loyal to Samsung now,Will the Galaxy S7 offer the Card slot or not?

34. ausdave1

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

I think the phones look very classy however im not happy with the battery life on my s6, 50% battery in 4 hours with minimal usage. Even on standby it eats away at the battery.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Project zero laid waste to everything. Beautiful new design, much smoother better TW. Note 5 baby!

37. GeekMovement unregistered

I don't really have an opinion. I liked their phones before and now as well.

38. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

I don't know about others, but I was hugely disappointed by what Samsung brought in as Galaxy S6.

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