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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The Samsung Galaxy S6 just killed two of my favorite Android features - CNET

Say it ain't so, Samsung.
When the Galaxy S5 came out last year, I wrote about how I was thankful that Samsung hadn't dramatically changed the design of its flagship smartphone, keeping its replaceable battery and storage expansion slot, both of which could be found underneath its removable plastic back.
Yes, Samsung took a lot of heat in some quarters for making a flagship phone that didn't seem to match the premium look and feel of the iPhone line. But Samsung didn't sacrifice functionality and flexibility for swankier looks. That flexibility -- the removable battery and expandable storage in particular -- is ultimately what differentiates Samsung's Android phones from Apple's iPhones. And I said that's why I'd never buy an Android phone that didn't offer those features.
Well, say goodbye to that differentiating factor. Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, both announced earlier today at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, have have sleek "unibody" designs expected of today's flagship smartphones. And while the entry-level models will come with 32GB of internal storage (rather than 16GB, as on the iPhone), there's no expansion slot for additional storage and the battery isn't user-replaceable. That also means you can't carry around an extra battery to swap in case you run out of juice.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 just killed two of my favorite Android features - CNET

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