Some Android users probably won’t be happy with the new Galaxy S6 phone. The new offering is nice to look at, but it’s dropping two favorite features of Galaxy users. The back will no longer be removable. Samsung had previously used the lack of a removable back to attack iPhones, but it looks as if times have changed.
That means you can’t replace the battery. That also means there’s no more expandable storage.
The phones will come with a baseline of 32GB of storage and options to buy models with 64GB and 128GB of storage. Of course, you can always use cloud storage, but if you’re like me, I like to have my songs actually downloaded onto my phone and not eat up my data plan with streaming.
The S6 is made of aluminum and glass instead of plastic. The phone does feature a 16 MP camera capable of taking automatic HDR photos and 4K video, although those photos and videos can take up a lot of non-expandable memory. New to the phone is a fingerprint scanner and wireless charging.
The Galaxy S6 Edge also features a screen that wraps around the side of the phone. They are large phones, 5 and a half inches tall and nearly 3 inches wide. Both phones will run on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Samsung seems very excited about the metal uni-body construction of the phone, but as a person who values functionality in a phone over style, I prefer the option of replacing a bad battery without buying a new phone and I like being able to pop out a memory card and move it to another device.
This won’t have be rushing out to trade my GS4 for the GS6, though it does mean that good deals on the GS5 may be on the way. Since that phone still features a removable back and options for expandable storage and memory, it’s looking pretty good.