Poll results: Are you unhappy that Samsung ditched replaceable battery and expandable storage for the Galaxy S6?

Poll results: Are you unhappy that Samsung ditched replaceable battery and expandable storage for the Galaxy S6?
With the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, Samsung finally took a bullet for the unibody team, and sealed off their battery compartments. Sixth time was the charm in the flagship Galaxy S line history that did away with Samsung's signature flexible design decision that gave you the chance to swap the battery at will if needed, or add extra storage via a microSD slot.

On the other hand, we've got a new durable Li-pol battery type in the S6, plus it ships with 32 GB of internal memory out of the box, instead of the basic 16 GB so far. While proper battery tests are still to be made, the S6 won't be much farther than other flagships in terms of battery life, if Samsung's history and the official talk/standby times are any indication. Moreover, for the sake of a sealed-off battery, you get the thinnest, most premium metal-and-glass chassis in various reflective colors that Samsung has ever graced us with in the Galaxy S line, plus built-in wireless charging.

This is why we asked you last week if you are unhappy that Samsung did away with its replaceable battery and expandable storage paradigm in the S6/S6 edge, or if you don't really care, as long as the battery life is decent and there is enough storage out of the box. Well, it turned out that a majority of our 3818 respondents think a flagship Samsung without removable battery and expandable storage is not a true Samsung flagship, while 38% of you replied that they don't mind as long as battery life and internal memory meet their marks.

Are you unhappy that Samsung ditched replaceable battery and expandable storage for the Galaxy S6?

Yes, a Samsung flagship isn't the same without those
I'm not unhappy, battery life and storage seem adequate


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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)



1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I can't blame them. People are used to have removable battery and sd card slot for samsung device so it's a big change and risk that Samsung is doing. As they say bigger risk the higher the success.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I can't really blame Samsung either Power users make up maybe 0.1% or less of their userbase But I do blame Samsung for reducing the battery, no one doesn't want more battery They should have made it 0.5mm thicker with the same battery or something like that

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They reduced the battery because of the tech inside. First of all their 14 nm 64 bit CPU is using 35% less energy from the previous gen CPUs. Second their new and fastest DDR4 1552 MHz ram is using 34% less energy as well. Third the new UFS 2.0 storage is not only the fastest ever used in a device its also using 50% less energy compared to previous gen storage. Last but not least the display is not only packing more pixels, but is using 20% less energy. No wonder why Samsung is claiming that the new S6 with a 2550 mha battery will last longer then the S5 which had a 2800 mha battery.

13. seven7dust unregistered

they could have just made the device slightly bigger , the s5 really wasn't a thick phone to begin with. the same size would have been ok. 2550 mah battery is low by 2015 standards of Android phones thats slightly less than even the s4 2600 mah. no matter how anyone spins it, the battery life will never match the s5.

15. WWThinker

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Strongly disagreed! Though I don't mind the non-replaceable battery, I don't like to take the mobile battery pack with me 7/24 neither. With all the Galaxy S high-end before S6, I only need to carry a small battery in my pocket as spare! This is cheaper and much lighter than a mobile battery pack! Since the built-in camera is so good, removable SD card allows the end-users to easily transfer the photos to other devices. Hence, the photo can be easily viewed on notebook PCs or tablets by transferring (unplug and plug) the SD card to a slot on any notebook PC or tablet with or without the uSD-SD bridge. This is very fool-proof because no software is needed. I can store tons of soap opera episodes or sport program into a micro-SD card. 64Gbytes of professional grade uSD card cost as low as US$27. Instead, Apple charges me an arm and a leg for a cheap but reliable function!

16. WWThinker

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not to mention, in 2 years time, I can pass the S5 to my daughter for watching movies or ... while she is on the go. I only need to spend a reasonable amount of money to buy a new battery pack. I may have to spend a fortune with Samsung in order to replace the nearly worn-down battery inside the Galaxy S6!

2. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

I don't care about replaceable battery and SD card slot (not need it). I care about battery life. According to GSMArena test it's worse than S5 and that's really bad (step backward). Let's wait for final unit tests and judge.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Even if the S6 has the same battery as the S5, I'm still annoyed Samsung could have the S6 8mm with no protruding camera and a significantly bigger battery

9. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

+1 I don't like that people likes so thin devices. 8-9mm is good enough. Even a little more with profiled back would be ok.

24. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sorry you full of crap if it was ok to be this size, then the s5 and s4 will have sold, it's not, if it does not look as thin and as good looking as the iPhone it will not sell, i take it back if the s5 sales are better, I think not

31. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Read my comment again. Did I write that people don't like thin devices? That they won't sell it? No. I just wrote that I don't like so thin devices and this is my personal opinion.

14. seven7dust unregistered

thats sounds like the best idea !!! weird I' even saying that, it's common sense but unfortuantetly every manufacturer is acting dumb , why a protruding camera in the first place ? thicker phone = bigger battery + no annoying camera bulge. hope even Apple stops this B.S.

3. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

The only real advantages of Samsung devices used to be MicroSD and removable batteries...

34. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

True. Thank the stars LG hasn't fallen off the wagon yet...KnockOn wood...

4. aReefer

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

I think that by making these changes, Samsung is alienating its traditional user base a bit. Android users in general care less about minor bugs etc. because they are on average more technically-oriented than Apple users, who basically may as well be buying a kitchen appliance like a washing machine or refridgerator from their perspective. They don't care about these things. They just want it to work. They just buy Apple 'because Apple'. Android people would rather be able to check under the hood once in a while and fiddle with more advanced settings and configurations I think. This is why I think that Samsungs move was a bad one. They are going after iPhone customers with this release. Personally, I live in a hot country and have replaced 2 batteries so far on my old Samsung S-II (my work phone) because I run Waze on it (high CPU usage = heat) as well as charging it (more heat) at the same time from the cigarette lighter, while it is sitting on the dashboard in the sun (lots more heat). The battery gets cooked from time to time - and that's with a plastic case. Metal will be even worse. Also, if you smash your phone on the floor, the chances of salvaging your data from an SD Card are still pretty good. Data stored on the internal memory on the other hand will probably not survive in many cases. I personally think that now may be a good time to upgrade - but to an S5 - and relatively cheaply...

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Samsung users traditional user base is your average consumer Power users make up maybe 0.1% or less of their user base

17. WWThinker

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You are very wrong. Many end-users will pass down a high-end smartphone of today to their other family members two or three years later. Or, an older smartphone could be idling in the rest room or wherever as a reading devices to kill time. Imagine, how much it will cost to replace the worn-out battery inside the S6. Or,what is the fool-proof way to retrieve the photos which were taken with the excellent digital camera inside of S6? None with S6, while one simply unplug-and-plug the microSD Card into ...

35. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Show me a graph that actually says that somewhere, then I will believe it...

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Agree with your assessment about S6. Let see the actual sales of S6. In the mean time I will buy other phone that have these two features. We will know the result coming Nov or Dec 15.

18. delta

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 29, 2015


30. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Not true monte of that type of customer will have went with htc last year, samsung is like Apple when it comes to why customer buy there phones, they going to easy get more sales then before and many of the old htc customer at the same time

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The removable battery, along with scrapping sd support took away major flexibility. A lot of Samsung users won't like, but will get used to it.

12. TournaFlyer

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

Don't care either way... as long as they don't do the same thing to the Note 5!!!

19. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

For all the times my wife has had to do a battery pull to reset her frozen/crashed S5 and as much onboard music as she likes to have, the S6 won't do. She's been becoming decreasing dissatisfied with it since she got it as a replacement for her S3. It's gotten so bad we went to the Microsoft Store on Saturday where she tried a few Lumias and the Band and came away - admittedly begrudgingly - very impressed, though she couldn't find a phone that felt quite "right", so we're going to reset my Lumia 925 and have her give it a try, and if she likes it as a daily driver, we'll get her one of the Windows 10 flagship phones in late summer or fall.

23. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

If you're worried about the ability to do a battery pull, or simulate it, you can still do that on phones with non removable batteries.

27. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

You just hold the power button to do the sa,e thing, no big deal, the s5 software was a mess anyways over the s6, that not going to go wrong in the same way

20. enzotarece

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

I know if this was Sony u wouldn't here the end of it but all of a sudden it's ok for Samsung to do it I want to know how many of u wit phones with replaceable battery actually replace them plus it has no memory card slot lol following apple I see

21. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

Why even do these polls! There just gonna do what they want anyway and besides that were just an experiment.

22. DareDevil01

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Non-Removable battery doesn't bother me, but NO MicroSD slot does! ARGGGG

29. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Battery yes and ad card forgivable

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