Do you miss the “old” Samsung — plastic phones, removable batteries?

Do you miss the “old” Samsung — plastic phones, removable batteries?
Ah, the flagship phone conundrum — does an expensive device need to look and feel expensive on the outside, while being powerful on the inside? For years on end, Samsung delivered top-tier hardware and features inside a plastic shell, providing users with such coveted things as a removable battery, IR blaster, and a handset that would bounce off of a tile floor without breaking. Now, Sammy handsets are like a shiny jewel — seamless, cold to the touch, clean and impressive-looking... but they are also quite fragile.

Of course, we have fans with very contrasting opinions here. Some believe that spending $700+ on a smartphone should give you that bling as well as the hardware underneath. Others cling to the old times, remembering the days of the Galaxy S5 with nostalgia and a tear in their eye.

You may remember that moment in time when Samsung flipped a switch and went from plastic phones to super-premium lifestyle gadgets in 6 months. The initiative was called Project Zero and was bourne out of Samsung seeing its numbers plummeting. The people want a premium-looking phone, the company thought. Thus, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge came to be — made out of metal, glass, and looking like something straight from the future. They stripped features like a removable back and an SD card slot (the latter made a return with the S7 generation), which angered a lot of the die-hard fans. But, ultimately, Samsung stuck to its new industrial design concept and seems to be doing good with it.

It's been a while. Do you still miss the pre-Galaxy S6 features and looks or are you now a fan of the post-Project Zero Samsung products?

Do you miss old Samsung?

Yep... I still want a Galaxy Note 4 remastered edition!
60.14%
Nope! The "post-S6 era" devices are so much cooler!
39.86%

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49 Comments

1. blingblingthing

Posts: 976; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

A removable battery is awesome. However, at the rate phone batteries are charging now, it's not such a big loss. It would have been nice if the removable battery returned. Even with fast charging, nothing beats 0%-100% in 5 minutes compared to about 40 minutes on a charger.

33. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

The charging rates have improved, no doubt. However, batteries still degrade starting give or take a year after use. Having a removable battery with today's charging tech is the ultimate combo. Btw, that phone on the right in that picture, that's what I'm typing on right now after I'm proud to say it still kicks azz

2. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

I didn't mind plastic build one bit. I blame all the keyboard warriors and so called tech "journalists" who proclaimed perceived quality as an important factor

17. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I was on the same boat as you, always thought that my phone's materials doesn't matter, and was surprised by the amount of criticism the S5 has received back when it was released. I was happy with my phone, until I had my hands on the HTC m8, and then I realized that those who criticized the plastic build on Samsung phones do have a point, it felt so much better in the hand and in a way added to the experience of using a phone. I believe even if reviewers didn't criticize Samsung's plastic phones, in this day and age, people wouldn't have been paying top dollars for Samsung phones if they didn't change the materials they were using 5 years ago. Majority of people never had two batteries to switch between when they had an option, only myself and my sister(after my recommendation) were switching batteries in our family when everyone had the choice to do so. With much bigger batteries and quick charging on board, vast majority of people outside of tech blogs and websites don't miss removable batteries one bit. We have water resistant phones now with sd card slots on tow, in a better looking and more substantial feel in the hand with the materials phone makers are using these days.

39. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

But perceived quality doesn't always equate to actual quality. Case in point iphone 6+ with the bend at its weakest point at volume cutout despite having a metal chassis. I would also put my money on plastic build on s5 over glass build any day of the week in drop tests

26. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

They did not complain before s6 when other were using better construction (Htc, Apple and Sony). Then s6 came with glass and became MUST HAVE

37. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Oh really? You must have been living under a rock back then, because everyone used to mock the design and plasticky build of the S4 and S5.

40. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

People did not complain about the cheap plastic feel of the S5? How sure are you of that?

3. Ichimoku

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

Yes! Remake the Note4!

34. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Hell yeah ichimoku!

4. libra89

Posts: 2296; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I miss the flat screens the most on Samsung phones. I would love for that to be more regular outside of the now dead(?) Active line. (I have the S10e but more regular please...) An updated Note 4 would be so nice though, especially if the flat edges can stay. A little big for me but still nice.

5. southernzombie

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Get an S10e. has a flat screen with the s10 power. just a little small for my taste.

7. libra89

Posts: 2296; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Thank you, I have one. I'm really liking it, especially for the flat screen and size together.

11. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 376; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Very torn between the 10e or the 10 plus. Love the compact size but I'm upgrading from the S8 and the 10 plus has more to offer, choices!

13. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I have the S10+ and I wish I got the regular S10 instead. I have average size hands, and with the big screen and curved edges, I keep having accidental touches when I am using the phone naked in one hand, as the curved edges are so sensitive to touches, something I didn't face not one time when I had the bigger Note 9 or even Note 8. If you're getting the SD855 version, then go for it, but if it's exynos, I would argue that you should wait and get something else, like the P30 Pro or the next Pixel, as the camera as a whole on the S10 family is underwhelming, especially in low light and indoors conditions, but with the snapdragon version you could install a fully functional Gcam with night sight on board, which fixes the camera's shortcomings.

6. morgeus09

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

back to plasticity from these gorgeous glass phones, is stupidity

8. Kohai

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 04, 2010

Well, it depends on what you want most: durability or esthetics. To me durability and the ability to replace my phones back cover or battery is more important to me than having a glossy premium looking gadget.

12. TheOracle1

Posts: 2336; Member since: May 04, 2015

I'll take plastic and durability. I hardly ever see the back of my phone especially since it's always in a case.

18. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

So, does that mean you don't use a case?

35. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

You must be a woman. No man is calling a phone gorgeous.

9. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 376; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

They could revive the neo line which competes with the pocophone f1 and include old Samsung staples like plastic build, removable batteries, or blaster, online only, competitive price etcetc

27. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Even plastic bodies today have sealed battery. That is for low ends

10. eausa

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

No, it's called a battery pack.

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6824; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Don't miss Samsung persay, but easily removable batteries most certainly.

16. civicsr2cool

Posts: 273; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

S4 Black edition and note 4 rubberized backs were the best ever!

36. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Preach

19. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

The S5 was a creaky plastic phone. If they can make a solid plastic phone like the old Nokia phones (Lumia 920), I would buy that. 90% of us put a plastic case on the phone anyway, so why not just use a plastic back?

22. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 376; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I had the yellow 920, gorgeous plastic brick of a phone, miss it

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope, Samsung was right to move away from the old design.

42. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Hey dark I got the S10.

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