Dan Seifert, reporting for The Verge from MWC in Barcelona:
Hallmarks of Samsung’s phones, such as removable batteries,
microSD card slots, and waterproofing are nowhere to be found on
the S6 or S6 Edge.
Welcome to 2007.
That will likely upset some die-hard users and
Samsung loyalists that relied on those features, but it’s clear
that Samsung prioritized the phone’s design and its look and feel
over things that appeal to a smaller segment of its customer base.
Samsung also trimmed back the software features, claiming that
there are 40 percent fewer features in the Galaxy S6 than the S5.
A sign of just how bad Samsung is at software: they’re now bragging about removing a huge number of “features”.
It’s easy to see where Samsung took its inspiration for the Galaxy
S6 and S6 Edge: the design is strikingly similar to the iPhone 6
in many places, and the features that Samsung did focus its
efforts on are all things the iPhone has had for years. Look at
the S6 from certain angles and you’d immediately think it’s an
iPhone. Put your thumb on the home key and the phone unlocks
almost instantly, just like an iPhone. Even the camera mount
protrudes out from the rear of the phone, preventing the S6 from
lying flat on a table, just like an iPhone 6. (The flat S6 looks
like the lovechild of an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 6, while the S6
Edge is a little more distinctive.) Samsung has be known to copy
Apple’s design before, which led to record sales and
record-breaking lawsuits. It’s hard to say if the Galaxy S6 will
bring about any lawsuits, but the similarities between it and the
iPhone 6 are undeniable.
★ Sunday, 1 March 2015