Anyone else considered giving up their iPhone for the new Galaxy S6?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by capathy21, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas
    Just as the title states. I'm switching carriers and will be getting a new phone. I have the ip6 and like it, but that new S6 is pretty sweet. Iphone no longer has the build quality advantage, and the S6 allows for true multitasking and much more freedom for the user to customize.

    I've had android before and went to the iPhone for build quality and battery life both of which now exist on android with the S6.

    Anyone else tempted?
  2. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    I don't like the look of it. I still like my 6+.
  3. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    LOL It sounds like you've been watching too many commercials.

    I use an iPhone because there are more apps available. Who needs to customize a phone when you are going to sell it in 2 yrs? I would be more opted to customize my Mac vs my iPhone.

    Multitasking? I don't know what else you need an iPhone to do? While my iPhone charges I can work on my iPad, then continue on my Mac because I just answered the phone call on my iPad. lol
  4. iThingsGurl macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2014
  5. IpadSC400 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2013
    A mile high
    Tempted? No. Not in the least. I may be one that people call an apple diehard but then again I am just that.
  6. adamhenry macrumors 65832


    Jan 1, 2015
    On the Beach
  7. smorrissey macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2015
    I don't know what to tell you, both phones have advantages and disadvantages over the other.

    Regarding quality i must tell you the Galaxy S6 apparently is as prone to scratches as the iphone 6.

    You might get more freedom on the galaxy s6 to customize but you also get tons of bloatware too....
  8. thewebb macrumors regular


    Jul 22, 2014
    Any of the reasons that might have tempted me were removed when samsung made the phone without a micro sd port and removable battery. The phone's build quality mirrors an iPhone and personally I prefer iOS over Android. That's just me though.
  9. Americasteam macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2014
    You're not going to get many positive remarks regarding the S6 here. I have both the iPhone 6 Plus and S6 Edge right now. Also have a Note 4. Both the 6 Plus and S6 Edge have their pros and cons. I'm not sure which one I'm going to keep yet.

    S6 camera is outstanding, it runs very smooth, screen is just plain awesome, and has pretty good battery life.

    iOS 8.3 has the 6 Plus running super smooth and battery life is never ending. I also have an iPad Air 2, so the iPhone works as one with it. Cell signal is a little better with the iPhone. There's also better quality apps on iOS. Since dropping Safari and using Mercury Browser, I don't have that many issues with multitasking.

    It's a tough call. Both great devices.
  10. smorrissey macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2015
    I personally don't like this,(and i'm a samgung guy regarding phones)

    Carriers Removing Certain Apps From Samsung Galaxy S6

    Each single carrier worldwide is messing with the apps and bloatware as far as they want. That's not cool, ios are pretty much the same world wide.

    Also paying that much for such an expensive phone but at the same time getting all this bloatware for free..definitely not cool, it feels cheap.

  11. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    My nephew's Motorola is making me think twice, but Apple's integration is hard to depart from. Plus, I can color all my Emoji into a third-world nation of characters.
  12. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    The s6 looks like a nice phone, however I'm not really tempted. My 5s does what I need and apple support, if needed, is tops.
  13. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Not at all. It's running the wrong OS and I'm not a fan of Samsung's consumer products. I'll continue using my current iPhone and purchase the one that comes out later this year as well.

    It's nice that Samsung finally joined the rest of the industry and made a device with decent build quality though.
  14. Black Magic macrumors 68020

    Black Magic

    Sep 30, 2012
    The problem you are going to run into is the quality of Apps and overall OS polish will turn you off over time. You also have to consider that Samsung likes to copy but does a half ass job in doing so. Stick with the tried and true phone and ecosystem because you will come back in the end after reality sets in.
  15. wesk702 macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    Better battery life? I guess you haven't heard, the S6 battery life is pretty poor. Especially with that >500ppi screen. If battery life is a factor for you, the S6 is not the one.
  16. Truefan31 macrumors 68040


    Aug 25, 2012
    I'm actually looking forward to the 6s series this year. Hope to see real under the hood improvements. Obviously 2 gb ram will quell a lot of concerns from us in here. I honestly love my 6 right now overall. But I upgrade every year and I'm thinking of going with the plus this time around. I'd get an apple watch (2nd gen) to compliment it.


    That's pretty ridiculous right there. Jesus.
  17. Deacon-Blues macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2012
    Yes, I bought an S6. It is a beautiful device. It's a midnight blue with glass on the front and back, and with the 5.1" screen it is the perfect size. I didn't have a problem with the lack of removable battery or SD card, as the iPhone has never had them.

    The dealbreaker for me was the software. First of all, there's no iCloud Keychain, and the third party alternatives were just terrible compared to the simplicity and security of iCloud Keychain.

    There's no iCloud, so stuff ends up being scattered across Google Drive and Dropbox.

    There's no FaceTime and no iMessage. Those proved to be far harder to live without than I anticipated. I lasted two days, sent it back this morning.

    I will say this: I preferred the Samsung device. I think it's nicer looking, and a better size. Wireless charging is slick as well. For me it came down to the iOS ecosystem. It is unmatched.
  18. kodos macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2010
    I got the S6 Edge. Hated Android devices before, and the worst phone I've ever used was the Galaxy S4 (used for dev work).

    BUT WOW! The S6 Edge is fantastic. Amazing camera, split screen multitasking (helpful for research that I do to have a browser open with my study app side by side), 3GB of RAM, and 8 core processor. The curved screen is beautiful, but not a whole lot of reason to need it for anything yet. Samsung also toned down the monster that is Touch wiz, and the build quality is outstanding.

    There is an issue with battery life and TMobile and AT&T at the moment. I had to disable voice over WiFi because it was causing a huge battery drain on the cell system for some reason.

    If you are heavy into the Apple ecosystem it would be painful to switch, and not worth it. But I had started divesting myself and/or using non Apple products (Kindle) to guard myself from an Apple meltdown as they become more and more of a fashion company and less and less of a tech company.

    When we retire my wife's iPhone 5S (getting ready to with botched OS updates), we will get her an S6 or whatever is the latest from Samsung. This phone is superb. And I never would have thought I'd like a Samsung #worldischanging #thinkdifferent
  19. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    I like Samsung consumer products, and it's not that I don't like their hardware..,not an android fan. One can try to do an exhaustive feature analysis, add up the points and some android devices may win over iOS devices on paper. But I'll get an iPhone every time. iPhones #fitmyneedsbetterthanandroid.

    Also most friends and family have iPhones and FaceTime and iMessage are used to communicate.
  20. Tsepz macrumors 68020


    Jan 24, 2013
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Note 4 has a +500ppi screen and has excellent battery life. The S6 has a small battery, that is the problem.


    If size is not a problem I'd say forget both the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6, just treat yourself to a Galaxy Note 4. :)
  21. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    I'm an iPhone guy all the way, but I think you're thinking about the way things were in 2012 :D

    Google Play and Amazon offer the vast majority of apps you'll find in the App Store, and what you can't find can usually be replaced with a decent alternative. And multitasking on large android phones is pretty slick. Being able to use two apps on the same screen is something I'm really looking forward to on the iPhone one day.

    Having said that, I stick with iPhones because of the ecosystem. There is nothing on android like iCloud, and for all its warts, iOS just works better for me.

    The S6 looks like a fantastic device (maybe because it looks really familiar ;) ) but I just don't know what's going on with Samsung. I think they consistently put the best displays on their phones...I freaking love their screens, but everything else is mostly a head scratcher (Touch Wiz, water proofing the S5 and not the S6, taking away expandable storage/battery swapping). It's like everything they do is an attempt to one-up Apple and other competitors....throwing a half-baked finger print reader in, making a metal body at the expense of being able to swap out internals, the Galaxy Pay service (we'll see how well that works I guess). It's like they just throw everything possible into the phone to see what sticks. No rhyme or reason, no cohesiveness, just a random assortment of features.

    I don't always agree with everything Apple does with the iPhone, but they have a consistent design language and are very methodical. I know the next iPhone is going to be everything my current one is and more. You can't say that about Samsung.
  22. kodos macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2010
    Just one comment - the new fingerprint scanner on the S6 is as good as the one I had on my iPhone 5S. The one on the Galaxy S5 was a joke however.

  23. skratch77 macrumors 65816

    Mar 20, 2013
    That article says verizon got rid of download booster but I have it on my verizon gs6.

    That picture of bloat is a complete lie and I don't have 95% of those apps pre installed on my phone.

    Also wtf would att install a verizon fios app on a att phone? Gee maybe the owner has verizon fios TV and installed it personally
  24. jamezr macrumors G4


    Aug 7, 2011
    Really? I have the S6 Edge and it gets great battery life. Better than the IP6 when I had it. It typically lasts all 24-26 hours between charges.
    Not the same as my N4 or 6+ plus but those are bigger phones with bigger batteries.


    Yeah....something smells fishy with all that bloat. I have a VZW S6 Edge and had no where near that kind of bloat installed.
  25. imnjs macrumors member


    Sep 27, 2014
    Dallas, TX
    I got to play around with the S6 for a couple days and I have to say I was really impressed. The trimmed down TouchWiz, much improved camera, improved fingerprint scanner, and the overall aesthetics were top notch and something to be expected from Apple's #1 competitor.

    That being said, the battery life was crap and the volume levels still leave something to be desired. That alone kept me from making the permanent switch.

    Really impressed with the direction that Samsung is going.

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