Our readers: Samsung should focus on battery life, improve TouchWiz (poll results)

Our readers: Samsung should focus on battery life, improve TouchWiz (poll results)
We love to talk up the rate at which technology advances, especially in the mobile industry, but there's one area that—at least seemingly—refuses to budge. Battery life.

Battery longevity is a complex thing, however, and not just in terms of the potentially explosive chemicals that are always in a delicate balance (until they aren't, in which case, boom!). That's important to keep in mind, because the reality is that battery life is getting better, but it's being kept back by decisions such as going for obscenely high-res displays and other internals that are usually pomp and inefficient. Manufacturers have also become much better at sticking increasingly larger cells into record slim bodies, and more in this case is... more!

But perhaps it's not enough. That, at least, is what the results from our yesterday poll indicate. We asked you to point in the direction of the one area Samsung should focus on with its next flagship, and many of you spoke up. Unsurprisingly at this point, battery life was the number one concern (~37%), with Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz interface following not far behind (~25%). See the full split below:

What should Samsung focus on most with its next flagship?

Design
8.59%
Display
0.7%
Interface
25.3%
Processing power
2.42%
Storage
10.42%
Camera
3.97%
Audio
11.49%
Battery life
37.11%

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21 Comments

1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Touchwiz should be simplified with advanced views or menus for advanced users only and they should give users the option remove most of the apps that comes with the phone, not just disable them.

6. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

What about 4k displays?

7. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Note 6 maybe?

11. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I can't argue with that.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

personally, I dont mind with all those TW clutterness and all useless bloatware flying around.. but since lots of people nagging about it, they should make something like "performance mode", where it disable every service, shortcut, menu, quicklaunch, NFC (or whatever) that most of normal user never use.. so it can achieve max performance and battery life just like android vanilla (all of those can be selectively enabled of course) and "normal mode" for some people like me :-/

2. redmd

Posts: 1941; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Seeing the performance of A5 (2016) A7(2016) on PA battery test, I think Samsung is right on track. TW though..

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Hoping the S7 gets over 10hours on PA's test and 100hrs on GSMArena's

4. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Samsung should remove Touch Wiz, and make it optional.

5. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Maybe you should not buy a Samsung phone in the 1st place

16. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I didn't, mostly because of Touchwiz and and the awful battery life of the S6.

20. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Funny that GS6 lasts longer than most of 2015 phones with bigger batteries.

8. AndroidBoy21

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Touchwiz Looks nice to me i just want it the best it can be.

9. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

i personally feel lot of apps should just be removed or we should have complete option to just remove them for good....n be available for download from samsung apps (if we need it later)

21. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

There is an option to switch them off. Why complaining?

10. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I have no problems with any of the categories except audio. The sound on the ear speaker for Samsung phones are usually pretty good but the speaker for media isn't always the best.

12. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Samsung have one of the greatest battery life in a phone and the UI (TW) has been toned down very much but still have all the "good to have" stuff left..I think the design should be the first pick if anyting.( s6 owner with 4.5h on-screen time and fluid UI)

13. STech

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 11, 2015

1. Battery life: Use better battery technology, bigger battery, optimize Touchwiz. 2. Interface: Make Touchwiz optional, fix all problems with Touchwiz, don't remove or disable stock Android features like multi-user mode, doze mode, app permissions or ........... 3. Audio: Use front stereo speakers. 4. Storage: Bring back expandable storage option (MicroSD card slot). 5. Design: Improve phone design by adding IP69K protection (at least water-resistant it doesn't need design sacrifices), ring/silent switch, additional programmable button like the Active key, FM radio, IR blaster and ........

15. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

Funny how my note 5 could outlast so many phones, including iphone 6, nexus 6p, and lg v10. Other than that, i agree that tw needs to be more slimmer and polished. I don't need the bloats, while some useful features need to be more useful. I would add that audio quality and call reception need more improvement. Lastly, just surprise us with good stuff samsung.

17. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I don't see what people's gripe is, all phones have some pre installed software that people aren't going to use. As for the actual design of TouchWiz, I easily prefer it over the iOS springboard or some other Android UI

18. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Mate 8 on gsmarena 103h endurance rating, Awesome.

19. SkyfallWalker

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 28, 2016

I think battery life is good.

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