Samsung Flagship Line rebooted: the Galaxy S6
The latest flagship smartphone from the Korean electronics giant is a polarizing proposition. For one thing, the latest Galaxy S6 eschews a lot of features that Samsung fans loved. These features have been touted by Android fans and girls to their iOS loving friends, for many years, as definite perks of using a Google-powered smartphone. Features are: removable and expandable storage in the form of an SD, SDHC or SDXC card and a removable battery. In fact, with previous generations of Galaxy phones, Samsung even highlighted the ability to easily change the batteries in its phones, in ads that poked fun at iPhones.
So it’s a huge loss for die-hard Samsung fans who also liked the idea of being able to swap out a dead battery for a fully charged one in less than a minute. Also gone is the ability to buy replacement Samsung Galaxy S6 cases and swap them out with the ugly cases that Galaxy phones ship with. In the past, this was the only way to cover up the hideous faux leather effect backs on Galaxy phones like the Note. On some models, Samsung really got carried away and even added fake seams that were just molded plastic.
But all that is over with the new S6. You can still buy Samsung Galaxy S6 cases if you want to add a bit of style and protection to your phone, but you no longer have to do it just to hide the ugly plastic back or tacky metallic accents on your phone. This is because every shiny metal accent on the latest S is actually metal and not just plastic with a thin layer of silver paint on top. While the Galaxy has lost a removable battery and expandable memory, what it has gained is an attractive metal chassis that makes it stronger and thinner on the inside and much better on the outside.
The metal chassis also means that with wear and tear, there is no paint to fade from the S6 like it did with previous generation Galaxy phones, so the latest version should keep looking like new for much longer. Samsung may have drawn the ire of many of its longtime fans, but most other smartphone makers are also moving in the same direction. The trend now is for manufacturers to make thinner phones that lose removable memory card slots and removable batteries in order to build thinner and stronger phones. Apple has had great success with its iPhone line even though it has never had either of these two features and now Android phone makers are realizing that they can get away with it too, as long as the phones make up for the lost. of features, with other advantages.