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How much does the lack of a removable battery on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge bother you?

Removable batteries are useful. There’s nothing more satisfying and convenient than having the option to just swap out the dead battery on your smartphone after a day of heavy usage and put in a fully charged spare. It’s something that comes especially handy for the times when you’re out and about and don’t have access to a charging point, and Samsung phones have been popular among the company’s userbase for having removable batteries for a long time now.

However, with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, a removable battery has been given the boot. Samsung has its reasons – the metal and glass build of the two phones wouldn’t be as good with a removable back cover, and the company has put in support for two popular wireless charging standards and fast charging to make up for the lack of a removable battery (and for the smaller battery capacities.) Samsung is even giving away a free wireless charger in a lot of countries to those that pre-order either device, and so are a lot of carriers and retailers.

Quite a few users have been pretty vocal about their displeasure with the inbuilt battery on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and we’ve seen our articles related to the two flagships overloaded with comments on the same from our readers. While we certainly agree with these readers that no removable battery isn’t exactly something to be happy about, we also believe that a removable battery – at the end of the day – isn’t exactly a feature that most people ever use on their phones (the only time most of the team at SamMobile uses one is at events like Mobile World Congress.)

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What is your opinion on the fact that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge have brought about a sea change as far as one of the trademark features of Samsung phones is concerned? Is it something that bothers you a lot, or is something that you would be willing to give up in exchange for the many other advantages that Samsung’s latest flagships bring to the table?

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bri77
bri77

I am so disappointed with the S6. The S6 might as well be an iPhone. Samsung copied every bad aspect of the iPhone and put it in the S6. Who cares what the side or back of the phone look like? It’ll get covered up in a case anyway. Not having a removable battery AND removable SD card have prevented me from buying an S6. I like my S4 better than the S6. So what choice do I have? Buy an S5, hope Samsung stops being an iPhone wannabe and fixes these flaws in the S7, or buy an LG… Read more »

Anthony Roberts
Anthony Roberts

I was looking forward to upgrading to an S6, but with my use the battery not lasting a day when I am travelling is a real worry, I do hope Samsung bring back replaceable batteries in the future unless the technology allows for at east a 24 hour battery life with reasonable use.

robertkoa
robertkoa

Non removable Battery on S6 and S6 Edge is made worse by the already too small Batteries in the Devices. At 7.6 millimeters thick they could have a 3100 Mah Battery- I am still hoping for an S6 PRO with 3100 Mah. Unfortunately- IF you use your Phone while charging, top the Battery off many times AND you feel the Battery getting very warm- these all gradually reduce your capacity- and after a few hundred charge cycles your Battery may lose up to 20% or more. IF you are a heavy user and hit charger 2 or 3 times per… Read more »

Solun
Solun

I have the Note 4 so my opinion does not count as much. But I never used one more spare battery. What is the point anyway if you can just buy an external charger that can charge any device, not just specific phone? Plus no need to turn off and start again after battery swap. I have used external charger with my S4 a lot but now with the Note 4 I don´t need it cause the battery lasts me all day unless I travel and use GPS and camera all the time, then I use my external charger that… Read more »

mgovro
mgovro

Don’t like the direction Sam is going with this, almost like holding a person hostage. Would rather buy a used NOTE 3 which will get 5.0 and cost $400-$500 less and no 2 year finance or contract…. The speed at which these companies are introducing new phones, the amount of new phones being sold at every new release and the cost closely reaching $900 is just to much for me. Keep on buying those new phones every QUARTER and I’ll continue to pick your almost perfect 2nd’s with no contract and good enough for me.. Thanks in advance!!!!

jai999
jai999

I’ve had a Galaxy S2 for more than 3 years but I have never had the need to replace the battery or expand memory beyond 16+32 GB… I wouldn’t complain about this change that Samsung has made. It’s cool. D-)

Proz
Proz

I had my S6 edge 64 Gb pre ordered until I found out the no removable battery and no sd card . I cancelled it straight away and bought the S5 due to having the above features as well as waterproof.

I think they have made a huge mistake .

pnm1376
pnm1376

-1 for the battery, -3 for the SDCard. Samsung, if anyone want’s to buy an Apple Iphone, they can go and buy it. WE WANT SAMSUNG SMARTPHONES. I liked the metal frame of Note 4 but THIS IS TAKING THINGS TOO FAR.

tierix
tierix

That’s a letdown. Not having an external sdcard is MUCH better, but not being able to have 2 batteries in case you’re going on a trip in the mountains is a letdown. One way to circumvent this, is to buy a 9000 battery bar which I can charge before leaving home… So I’m not that much worried about it though

snapperheadjoe
snapperheadjoe

The battery, in my opinion, isn’t a big deal. I have NEVER needed to replace a battery in any of my cell phones. There are multiple solutions for extending battery life: Battery Cases, external power packs (I have 2), battery management apps, etc. With good battery cycling your battery will outlast your phone since most people replace their phone every 2 years anyway. I bet you still get at least 95% of the charge of a brand new device 1 ½ years later. Am I right? Even though the battery is smaller than the S5 the S6 chassis is much… Read more »

rainerm
rainerm

Samsung successfully implemented the 3 biggest problems of an iPhone into the S6: Fixed Battery, No SD Slot, Pricing, almost impossible to root.
I would never buy or recommend any friend to buy a phone with a fixed battery and no SD Slot, so they lost already 2 users in my family.
Can’t wait to see the specs of the Galaxy Note 5. If the same mistakes are done there, they will lose 2 more. Already started to calculate how much money we’ll save when turning to nonames…

colonel.mattyman
colonel.mattyman

2 words. Zerolemon battery. Essentially these are 3 ordinary batteries connected together to provide the phone with 3 times the juice. I have used these since the S3 and currently have a 10000mAh battery on my Note 3. This is a DEFINITE deal breaker for me.

Kell1
Kell1

No removable battery is an ABSOLUTE deal breaker for me!! I bought a second battery and charger the second they where available (a month+) prior to my note 4 and the peace of mind having a charged battery in my pocket has been great. i have had to use it more times then i would like to admit but the fact that im not always worried about how much battery life i have has also been a great feeling. If you add that to the fact that it takes seconds to swap a charged battery out and lets not forget… Read more »

gekavva
gekavva

IT IS A HUGE ERROR THE LACK OF,
A REMOVABLE BATTERY AND SD CARD ON THE S6. HAVING BEEN BUYER OF THE S2 THEN S3 THEN S4 AND NOW S5, I DO NOT LIKE AT ALL THIS SAMSUNG DECISION AND I STOP BUYING.
I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE SAMSUNG DECISION FOR THE S6 NOT HAVING A REMOVABLE BATTERY AND NOT HAVING AN SD CARD SLOT. IF YOU DO NOT CARE FOR US THEN WE DO NOT CARE FOR THOSE WE DECIDED THIS. BYE BYE.

naranova7
naranova7

Being able to remove the battery makes me feel comfortable and safe and in control. What sucks about apple is how they take you for a stupid creature and never let you feel this control over your phone, but I need to feel I can whenever I want, remove the battery and kill the phone without any concern. Just to feel i can do it.

Nine54
Nine54

The number of users who won’t buy an S6 due to the non-removable battery likely will pale in comparison to the number that will buy one due to the design and premium build. I’m sure that survey data has shown that a very low % of users with removable batteries ever actually replace them. I’ve had multiple phones with removable batteries and, while I debated buying spare batteries, I never actually did. Just like how I never bought a second battery for my laptop even though it was replaceable. Sure, for some folks, a removable battery is a showstopper, but… Read more »

kush_terror
kush_terror

For Me Lack Of Removable Battery has no effect, as till date i have never had to swap out a battery on any of the Samsung devices i owned. I see removable battery as a way to quickly replace worn out batteries. But doing so did compromise the design aspect of the devices. But with the S6 And S6 Edge the fact that there is wireless charging inbuilt and also Fast charging capabilities, really mitigates the need to have a spare battery, and also the availability of power banks and relatively cheap wireless chargers. Having No SD card on the… Read more »

manmohan0339
manmohan0339

I do not plan to buy a phone without removable battery and without a SD card slot like

AquilaSol
AquilaSol

No removable battery & No MicroSD = No purchase for me. It’s that simple. “Cloud” blablabla “internal memory is faster” blablabla. A cloud is useless if your country supports 10GB per month max, only has 4G in 10% of the nation and you live on the border. Internal memory is faster, yay, I don’t give a flying f*ck. A MicroSD can handle a 4K film without issue, it’s not supposed to run apps anyway. I have 128GB + 32GB full. 128GB-10 for Android is too small for me. You try doing 7.5h of train commuting a day through 90% network… Read more »

oooooz
oooooz

Buy a portable hard drive, loads of storage. Unless you think that a portable hard drive is too big.

AhssanKhan
AhssanKhan

I have used all Galaxy S series.
S1 to S5.
But now i dont think ‘ll continue to S6.
Just because it doesnt have Water Resistance, Removable battery and external sd card storage option.

imjd2
imjd2

Well i have read a lot of comments,
and I want to add 1 more point for the need for a replacable battery.

If someone want to flash a custom rom.
Then the non replacable battery comes in handy for freezes and bootloops.
because samsung will release s7 with lot more software features than s6 which will be available for flashing.I am using a custom rom and the replacable battery has saved my life lot of times.
is there any such possibility on a fixed Battery device.

Ginge22
Ginge22

Add me to this of people who consider the lack of a removeable batter a deal breaker. I have been loyal to Samsung since the S2 and Samsung overall for many years (I’ve owned several Samsung tablets, have a Samsung laptop and two smart TVs). One of my favorite boasts over iPhone users was the ability to swap batteries. It’s a feature I use daily and have come to rely on it. I have a cheap travel charger that charges the battery and I always have one ready to go. I travel a lot, so it has become invaluable when… Read more »

bri77
bri77

I share your frustration! Do I get a S5, hope the S7 has removable battery and SD card, or go with the LG G4? I really like some of the S6 features but none of them make up for the loss of a removable battery and SD card.

mitsubish
mitsubish

It bothers me so much that I am already checking on alternatives in case the next Note doesn’t allow me to switch batteries. I might just buy the next Nexus, whichever it is.

Sammysamsam1
Sammysamsam1

I dont see how buying a nexus helps your situation.

mitsubish
mitsubish

It doesn’t, I will be in the same position, no external battery. But at least I will receive quicker updates. I am still waiting for 5.0.1 on my Note 4.

dj palmis
dj palmis

I’m just asking a simple question: What is the REAL reason to embed battery?
“the metal and glass build” is NOT an explanation.
It’s easy: Samsung wants to squeeze consumers.
So You HAVE TO change your mobile phone after 1 year because your battery life!

Sammysamsam1
Sammysamsam1

Thats a dumb analysis. The battery is replaceable.

maracucho
maracucho

I had a samsung s3 and buy a battery “Hyperion Samsung Galaxy SIII 7000mAh” fuy never so happy. then buy a note 4 and the first thing I did was buy “Zerolemon Samsung Galaxy Note 4 10000mah Extended Battery”

samsung if not replacing removable battery I do not buy samsung but never

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