Consumer Reports: Why Samsung's Galaxy S6 Doesn't Top Our Ratings [Video]

Consumer Reports: Why Samsung's Galaxy S6 Doesn't Top Our Ratings [Video]

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Consumer Reports has reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S6 giving it a lower score than the Galaxy S5 due to changes that make it more like the iPhone.

With the new S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung has pulled an about-face on the Galaxy S line's anti-iPhone persona. The new devices are significantly more Apple-like than previous models. Both new Samsung smartphones are made of glass-and-aluminum. (The S6 Edge’s screen also bends at both edges.) A decidedly more elegant look, but other Apple-like modifications actually hurt these devices in our Ratings—ironically, putting them on-par with Apple's iPhone 6.

For instance, these are the first Galaxy S models with non-removable batteries. Also missing: memory-expansion slots. That means Galaxy S6 owners will have to bring their phone to a service center to replace the battery, or buy a more expensive version of the phone if more onboard storage is needed—just as you do with an iPhone.

While making the Galaxy more like the iPhone hurt Samsung in Consumer Reports' rankings, the company is betting that it will help them boost sales and revenue.

Take a look at the video below and let us know if you agree with Consumer Reports' criticisms of the iPhone and Galaxy S6 in the comments below...

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jimmy6p - May 14, 2015 at 9:13pm
If I wanted an iPhone I'd buy one. I like Samsung for many reasons, and a replaceable battery is one of those reasons. I can't believe that Samsung doesn't allow for memory expansion. Without that option no smartphone is worth buying. I'm disappointed to say the least.
one apple a day - May 13, 2015 at 5:08pm
From the beginning, Samsung does not know what makes consumer ticks. The new S6 is yet another clear evidence the company still does not get it. But that is not the sad part. The sad part is that the company does not want to risk it. Samsung becomes more and more conservative in their business thinking, almost appears to be afraid of what they have been trying to tell consumer what the company is about - innovation. It rather choose to follow Apple's design and business model, knowing that that way it will not be too off the course for generating revenue. For a small company I can understand it. it's a survival strategy. But for a company as big as Samsung it's degrading, not only to the consumer in general, but to it's own employees. It's a real shame and waste of talent.
JulianHernandez - May 13, 2015 at 12:34pm
People buy Sasmung because they don't want to buy iPhone, why would you make it more like the iPhone? Doesn't make much sense.
kumaran - May 13, 2015 at 9:35am
In fact they are liars.
scamster - May 13, 2015 at 6:18am
old people reviewing mobiles using standards from ten years ago. how people use mobiles have changed, streaming and cloud services are becoming ubiquitous for example. who the feck uses micro sd cards, I bet the majority of people who uses mobiles with this capability have never changed the micro sd cards, once it goes in it never comes out.
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