Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

When Charles Dickens penned A Tale of Two Cities over a century ago, he could not have foreseen the world we live in today. One dominated by two mobile phone manufacturers based on opposite sides of the globe. Somewhat similar, yet starkly different in their essence.

On the one side there is Samsung, the diligent student who is always eager to please everybody. Sitting in the cool corner is Apple, the stuck up hottie that doesn’t seem to notice others in the classroom.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.

See, Apple has every reason to be pompous. All the cool kids flock to Apple like a student to free wifi at a restaurant, completely ignoring Samsung’s open access network covering the entire neighbourhood.

Naturally, this does not sit well with poor old Samsung. Money is poured into marketing, gimmicks, and over the top hardware, but the cool kids aren’t biting. They’d rather have “free” internet in a restaurant for a couple hours while sipping a coconut milk latte than unlimited internet at the park.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

One day Samsung decides enough is enough and moves in opposite the trendy latte place by the mall where all the cool kids hangout. The plan is to fit the new store with funky lighting and hire a DJ. Two DJs in fact, one on each end of the store.

Where the Samsung Galaxy S6 falls shorts

For all their efforts with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the Seoul based company has done away with a few key elements that define them. Chief among these is their decision to do away with their cost-efficient, albeit less premium, plastic body casing.  While some may welcome this design change, the reality is that this has forced the company to also do away with some of their most loved features.

In 2014, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5, their first water resistant phone. It was not perfect but the company seemed to be on to something. The Galaxy S6 was supposed to be the phone which moved from resisting water to being immune to it. That did not happen. Instead, they released an iPhone replica running Android.

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

The metal uni-body of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge also meant Samsung had to do away with the user replaceable battery and micro SD card slot. No longer will you be able to pop into your local electronics store and pick up a battery when the stock one starts acting up, you’ll need to upgrade. Planned obsolescence much?

I’m sure there are those who welcome these changes Some point to the growing popularity in cloud storage services for those extra storage requirements. Others argue the user replaceable battery is not a necessity any longer, especially when your could just carry your power bank wherever you go.

Perhaps there may be some merit to these varying arguments. Or maybe, just maybe, Samsung should leave Apple to make the iPhones.