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5 Things You’ll Hate About the Samsung Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S6 in one of the year’s best phones but it’s not perfect. While there are plenty of things to love about the Galaxy S6, there are also a few things that you might hate. Today we want to tell you about a few things we don’t like about Samsung’s current flagship.

In late February, Samsung confirmed two successors for the Galaxy S5. A Samsung Galaxy S6 and a curved version called the Galaxy S6 Edge. The two devices arrived with tons of upgrades including 5.1-inch high-resolution displays, powerful Exynos 7 processors, excellent rear and front-facing cameras, updated TouchWiz and Android software, premium designs, tons of storage, and more.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 (and Galaxy S6 Edge) are two of the best phones on the market and phones that we’ve been using since their release in April. We love the Galaxy S6. It’s one of the best phones on the market, Android or otherwise, and it’s a device that you must consider before buying your next device.

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While we, and many others, think the Galaxy S6 is one of the best phones you can buy, it’s not a perfect smartphone. It’s pretty close to perfection but there are still some things that we think you might hate about the Samsung Galaxy S6, its features, and its support.

Today, ahead of the Galaxy Note 5 launch, we want to take a look at a few things that we, and others, dislike about the Galaxy S6. These might be deal breakers for some of you and they’re important to keep in mind as you do research ahead of your next smartphone purchase.

Slow Updates

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Slow Updates

One of the things that we hate about the Samsung Galaxy S6 and something that you'll probably hate if you're coming from an iPhone, are the slow updates.

Instead of rapid fire releases like Apple's iOS bug fixes and enhancements, Galaxy S6 users are made to wait for several months between updates. And we're not just talking about big updates. We're talking about bug fixes for critical issues. 

Take Android Lollipop for example. The Galaxy S5 was one of the first to get it back in December but not everyone got it in December. In fact, Samsung is still updating some of its Galaxy S5 models to Lollipop right now. This is happening seven months, seven, after the update's release. 

If you want another example, take a look at Android 5.1.1, a new Lollipop update that Samsung's rolling out to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S5.

The Android 5.1.1 update started rolling out in June. A month later, the update is still extremely limited in the United States and regions around the world. It could be weeks, even months, before Samsung completes these roll outs. 

Another example? Android M will be out sometime in Q3 but if you own a Galaxy S6, you'll probably get it in Q4 or in 2016, long after the release for Nexus phones. 

It's a convoluted process, one that requires Samsung to pass software off to carriers for testing. Carriers often discover bugs in the software leading to lengthy delays. Its happened time and time again and we don't expect much to change in the future. 

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18 Comments

  1. Ernie

    07/22/2015 at 1:31 pm

    Concrete wading pools come in many shapes, traditionally
    rectangle, square or circle.

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  2. Dennis Furlan

    07/22/2015 at 1:43 pm

    These criticisms are over the top. “Hating” some of these features? Come on. And the replaceable battery is becoming obsolete. If people really wanted to rip their phones apart to swap the battery, they would have bought more S5s and/or LG G4s. They aren’t

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  3. FUCmillsK@mills.com

    07/22/2015 at 1:57 pm

    Wow! just wow!

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  4. Walt 146

    07/22/2015 at 6:44 pm

    I have always had an android phone. But resently tried iphone 6, but after using it for a few days I couldn’t help but feel constricted, like i was on eady mode.
    Latest face it iphone are for the every day consumers, simple easy to us, but limited.
    Android and all its features are for the more adventurous experienced multitasking.
    Point being they are developed for very different consumers.
    Both are built well and neither are perfect.
    Maybe if apple develop and expert mode on their devises I would switch.

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    • Walt 0

      03/22/2016 at 1:53 am

      Do you know how hard it is to root a knox secured device with a locked boot loader?
      Jailbreaking compared to today’s boot loader locking is very easy
      Cydia have massive supports while on xda some devices have no support
      some android devices with even 4GB’s of rams kills apps while older 1gb iPhones never loose anything in your sight. if you feel like you’re on easy mode, try jailbreaking.

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  5. bballer

    07/22/2015 at 7:55 pm

    I have stated this numerous times this author adam mills is an idiot.

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  6. brandon

    07/22/2015 at 9:41 pm

    There is a case made for the galaxy s6 and edge that has a battery to extend the factory and it’s equipped with an SD slot up to 128gb. It runs around 90 dollars.

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    • A. Hanaway

      07/25/2015 at 5:02 pm

      Who produces this case? The Mophie Juice pack will give you a full battery charge.

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  7. Winston churchill

    07/22/2015 at 10:58 pm

    So the top 4 things you hate about the s6 is that’s it’s not an I phone

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  8. jrox16

    07/23/2015 at 5:22 am

    Samsung’s inconsistent and slow updating of software and having to keep your fingers crossed the carrier will even bother to push out a new version of Android to you even if Samsung decides to bother with it IS one major gripe about owning this device, or any Android in general. No amount of spin or author hating can change that fact.

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    • Dennis Furlan

      07/23/2015 at 10:41 am

      I think this point about OS updates is overblown. Who cares about an early update if the underlying operating system is inferior? In other words, people don’t argue that iOS is better than Android, but that it updates better. Whoopteedoo.

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  9. Asad

    08/25/2015 at 5:37 pm

    When i first tried apple it was an Iphone 4 and had been using nokia n95 before that, and i thought wow, apple has not left anything for me to sort out, no memory issue, nothing crashes, all works the way it should. I never Looked back and had been an Iphone user up to iphone 6.
    Recently i swapped to an s6 edge (not by choice as my wife found it to be difficult because she too had been using iphone user). Here are the things I HATE about samsung and android and i think people who use samsung and the android platform need to get a life.

    1. you recieve an email with a video, the phone asks me open with “images” or “video” player. Not very smart is it. And then if i choose video player and select “always” the phone will ask me the same question if i install another video player type program. I am on a mobile Platform just open the video, stop giving me stupid options. Same is the case with PDF files and the phone does not recognise xps files by default.

    2. Spell check, the phone has spell check from the age when i used nokia, nothing gets highlighted, so when i have written an email i dont know what mistakes are “still” there.

    3. Copy and paste, The stock web browser app will not identify a telephone number on a website and you cant just dial it. Some times a quick tap will bring the dialer up other times it just does nothing.

    4. Email, The stock email app wont sync my yahoo folders i have tried every thing from manual settings etc etc,
    the yahoo mail app, wont let you copy paste an info from massages in to the email you are typing and if you are writing an email and want to get some information from the phone and you press the home button the email draft is gone for good
    so after trying out various email apps i am with cloud magic which seems to be just reasonable

    5. By the time i get up in the morning and go to work, the phone has already used 10 to 15 percent of the battery all i do is use check my emails, bank account, news so the first 10 mins use actually uses 10 mins of your days battery. Fast charging results in fast discharging as well

    6. The phone search function “s finder” is hugly inferior to iphone and the search results i get are more often then not useless, you would be quicker to find the releven app or the text message your self.

    7. Edge screen has little use infact i find that the screen is over sensitive even the slightest touch will get you a response from the phone and this is more often then not unwanted. The information i get on the edge screen by moving my finger back and forth is a few words of news more like “Apple introduced siri samsung will co”

    8. The price drops like rocks

    Many people who use andriod and tell me its open source, i can debug, blah blah, have never actually used any of those android qualities.
    I would not call Samsung a smartphone or android a smart operating system and after 3 months of use i still miss apple. All of the above were seamless in apple which meant I had more time concentrate on the road while driving.

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    • David L.

      12/19/2015 at 1:20 am

      No matter what phone you have, I do hope you concentrate on driving and leave your phone alone until you are parked! (except maybe, calls via blue tooth) :)

      Really though, nobody has to “get a life.” Both are excellent phones and it comes down to individual preference. If you like iPhone better, then stick with them.. No need to be condescending towards those who might prefer a Samsung Galaxy, or any other phone for that matter. Likewise, if you prefer a Galaxy, no need to be condescending towards iPhone users!

      As far as what apps to use (on Android) to say, open a video, you can set up defaults, but yes, it does need to be set per file type. Once you set defaults, you can keep it that way, or you can change it. Frankly, if I have more than one program that can open a particular file type, then yes, I would like the option to use either one. Some would consider this “too complicated” while others would say that it’s “more flexible” but that’s why some prefer iPhone and others prefer Android. Different strokes for different folks.. Neither need to “get a life.”

      Where Apple is far superior to another brand is their computers. Yes, Windows has come a long way but Macs still don’t need antvirus. They also don’t slow down nearly as much with time like a Windows machine does. Even with those few viruses/malware that have come out for Macs, you still had to give them permission to run! So, when a friend asks me what kind of computer to get, I always still recommend a Mac. This goes back quite a few years when Macs had a “RISC architecture” yet Intel was trying to offer “flexibility” with its processors having huge instruction sets. The result: drivers needed to be written for any peripherals that wanted to talk to it along with a number of vulnerabilities. Today, a Macs underlying operating system is BSD Unix, which is far more secure than a Windows system. Personally I have a Linux system but that’s because I like to highly customize my system (yeah, I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a dork). However, although Linux has come a long way with how easy it can be to install, it is far from being a good choice for most home users, which is why I often recommend a Mac.

      Really, iPhone users, Android users, and whatever, can’t we all just get along? Happy Holidays!

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  10. Roger

    10/20/2015 at 10:52 am

    I would have thought after all these yrs that android would have made a phone th as t would not jump from app to app on it own. Can’t w as it until I can get back into an iPhone

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  11. john

    10/27/2015 at 3:18 am

    I love slow update, frequency update make your phone slower and slower, at apoint so slow you need to jump out and buy a new one, this is how steve job forve you to buy new shiny iphone every year

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  12. Kmac

    03/05/2016 at 6:27 am

    I love Samsung products and have never like Apple, but my only complaint is with the apps. Too many of them suck and are not as good as on the s4, that I owned previously. Phone is fast and easy for me to use, but some the apps really suck, and it’s not like you can just uninstall them…#love hate relationship.

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  13. Tony Powell

    03/22/2016 at 11:04 am

    Shamsung is over rated shit….LG is much better!

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  14. Dean Slater

    02/13/2017 at 7:41 am

    The thing I hate the most is the position of the screen off button and the sound level buttons. I hit them all the time by accident. The rest is not an issue. The one thing I love is that it’s not an iPhone. After having one of those I’m never going to own one again or anything sold by Apple. It’s just over priced junk IMHO.

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