Results: do you miss the “old” Samsung?


Gone are the days when Samsung took the "function over form" approach to its phone design and the "throw everything and the kitchen sink at it" approach to software features. The Galaxy S5 took a serious hit in sales and the company realized that it's time to pay attention to premium looks and pretty menus, if they are to continue to grow in this sector.

And pay attention Sammy did. It changed its philosophies, it switched around its concepts, and voila — the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge were born. Still not perfect, but well on the way, the handsets' features were perfected by their successors — the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge — and further enhanced with this year's elongated Galaxy S8 duo. Samsung is far down the road it took back in the day and it seems that the days of removable back covers, swappable batteries, and IR blasters are gone.

When the S6 duo came out, some users were disgruntled with this new direction. But now that it's been 2 years, we thought we'd ask you — do you miss "old" Samsung? Here's how that poll went:

Do you miss old Samsung?

Nope. Things are much better now
37.65%
Yes. I need my battery removable and / or an IR blaster!
62.35%

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42 Comments

1. Kevro_86

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

No excuse for removing the useful IR Blaster, especially when other useless or frivolous features are added!

3. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

True. IR blaster will always be useful. However, the replaceable battery is something people can live with if the capacity is right. Hopefully the Note 8 will be in the range of 3750-4000mah.

5. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Note has same size of s8+. Battery is smaller because S Pen needs some space. No way Samsung maker a thick phone to place 4000 mAh

19. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

except s8 active if current leaks are to be believed

31. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Nah no way. Note 8 might be like 3500mAh max. I'm okay with a non removeable battery as long as its easy to access and repair if needed.

41. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

But after a year or two the battery loses capacity to the stage that it doesn't last the day. So user replaceable batteries remain important. Currently they're glued in and difficult and expensive to replace. I just tried to get a new replacement for my tablet - a Samsung tab s- but there are no NEW ones available from third parties; they're all out of scrapped tablets. Samsung will replace for a huge price, but then the benefit of continuing to use an older (2.5 years only) device is heavily eroded.

14. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Their "excuse" is they are focused on a Wi-Fi connected world. All new TVs support the new phones. When TVs are switching to a newer technology, it doesn't make sense to invest in old tech. When TVs go back to IR receivers, then Samsung will find a use for the IR blaster. But seeing as Samsung is one of the leading manufacturers on TVs, they have a big influence on the market and it's trends. Which features do you find useless from the newer models?

20. Kevro_86

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I personally find the Iris scanner, heartrate monitor and Bixby with its associated "mandatory" button to be practically useless. I may use the heartrate monitor a couple times a year. I will not use Bixby, and I hope & pray that someone finds a way to circumvent Samsung's attempts to keep people from overriding it. Obviously some people will feel differently, but the IR Blaster was extremely convenient when the real remote was temporarily lost, dead batteries, etc. Also, I totally get that new devices can be wifi-controlled... But what about the dozen or so other things in my home that are controlled only by tried & true infrared (IR)? Sorry, there's just no reason to remove this $2 feature!

28. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The Iris scanner is rather useful with the FPS being placed on the back of the device. The Heart rate sensor is nice for obvious health reasons, it also doubles as a Blood Oxygen reader. And its a shortcut for the selfie camera. Samsung has made it quite clear they plan for everything to be connected through Wi-Fi. Not just TVs, all of their appliances will be tied together over Wi-Fi and will feature some form of Bixby, which is where it comes in. Unlike Siri and GA, Bixby is designed for more intuitive tasks beyond just being a glorified search engine. It interacts with the apps in your phone, and eventually most appliances in the house.

37. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I use the iris scanner to protect my secure folder. I seldom use it, but it's nice to have it available.

32. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I've got an IR Blaster on 3 devices and have never used it. I have a TV that I only use for casting to, no need for remotes personally.

39. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

NO REMOVABLE BATTERY = FAIL

2. swarai

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

1.The IR BLASTER was a "nice-to-have" that I never used 2. I liked the old settings menu layout better 3. Old or new touch wiz is always a pain and needs a complete change of thought. 4. Why does such a good phone come with such cheap headphones? 5. The theming is a good touch.

7. Jesseclark

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 10, 2017

S8 comes bundled with premium $100 headphones... That's probably the most expensive in a smartphone box.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Actually they retail for about $50 and are as low as $15 on Amazon. The product probably is $10 in material and production costs. They sound "ok". but they don't sound like $100 headphones. But I give Samsung props for buying an audio company, and with the very first phone after the acquisition, include much better quality headphones in the box. Apple acquires Beats and has release 6 phones since that, and yet they have not included better headphones in the box. Samsung products provide substance for the price most times, while Apple as an example, is all about the bottom line and shortchanging their customer base.

18. -swagfox-

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 01, 2016

-Samsung fanboy whines when apple is mentioned in a Samsung article -if apple is not mentioned, he will bring up apple into a completely different conversation Yep, checks out.

22. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The same applies to Apple fanboys. They do the same thing. Two sides of a same coin.

10. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Speak for yourself..... I used IR Blaster all all the time. Manufacture take it away to reduce cost, one thing less to worry when submerge in water.

12. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I rather have water resistance than IR blaster though.... It was one of the decisions I made when I got my Xperia Acro S, then the Z3C.... Now with the XZ I didn't have to make much of a decision but I know I wouldn't use IR Blaster much at all... However the LG G6 still looks like a great purchase specially at its current price. Their software is not my cup of tea though.

42. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I tried to use IR blaster, but it doesn't work with either of my two PVRs. And it is hit and miss with my TV.

4. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

They need to keep focusing on hardware and let Google take care of software. Bixby and all the other duplicate apps aren't worth the time and money they put into them. Unless they double down on security and privacy, and start advertising how they are encrypting all communication with Samsung servers, protecting all data from 3rd parties and data requests, and being fully transparent, I don't imagine consumers will want to use the Samsung services. Google may annonymize and monetize our data for the services it provides, but Samsung can't get away with that when we pay plenty of money for their hardware. The only software they should be making is for revolutionary new hardware features that require an interface.

13. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

THIS!!! is exactly why I don't like Samsung devices, even though they are making great hardware recently. They are the kings of Android redundancy.... and when something doesn't work, you are stuck with their crappy uninstallable software in your device.... It shouldn't even exist the Samsung Store...

17. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

At the same time, when you run nexus and galaxy devices side by side, nexus feels bare and seems to be lacking. As for apps not being used, you can always disable it

34. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

That is why I like Sony's approach... Stock looks with added functionality.

25. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"They need to keep focusing on hardware and let Google take care of software. Bixby and all the other duplicate apps aren't worth the time and money they put into them." I highly disagree there. They already make the best hardware on the market according to many reviewers. Like Cyanogen did on my OnePlus One, I'm very glad that they provide their own altalternatives to google's data mining services. On top of that, they tend to be more feature packed alternatives. For example, I have yet to use any of their devices, but I hear that their music app is miles better than the joke called google play music; which I don't have a hard time believing, as I replaced that joke with Power Amp on my OnePlus One. If I don't want their alternative, nothing stops me from disabling it, just like I disabled most google apps on my OnePlus. If you want barebone stock android, go get a stock android device.

6. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I miss the old Samsung. It's too bad the Note 4 is the last good Samsung phone imo.

8. willy.4

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

I agree 100% , love my note 4 will keep it to the end of days... lol Nice to have 4 batteries and have 2 of them as new for backup... Hopefully it will last to the note 10 :}

11. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I love the note 4, the only down fall i hate about it is the speaker on the back and no Samsung Pay, since the S6 come with SamPay I left all most credit card home except one leave it in the car incase.....

35. 99999

Posts: 142; Member since: Jul 25, 2017

Damn write just look at the N7 N8 ugly fully nasty remote control looking phone

15. torr310

Posts: 1678; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Downgrading to GS6 from my GS5 was the worst decision on phone purchase I made! what GS6 > GS5: better looking, slightly camera improvement. what GS6 < GS5: laggy, not rootable, no removable battery + poor battery life, easier to get cracked material.

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