Samsung S6 may not be for me

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I’ve been a fan of Samsung phones since the Instinct, a feature phone that got close to being an iPhone, but was really never in the same ballpark.
After my Instinct stopped charging with the internal plug, I even resorted to alternating batteries by using an external charger.
Eventually it was time to upgrade, so I opted for the Galaxy S1, with the slide out physical keyboard.
Again, I got more than my money’s worth out of that phone until the slide out keyboard feature became its downfall due to over use.
After replacing the S1 with the S4 I was pleased with the look, feel and features of the phone. Being a known fan of most Apple products, people would ask me why I had a Samsung phone.
Two things have prevented me from jumping on that bandwagon, the lack of a removable battery and lack of an SD card slot in the iPhone.
Essentially when you take your iPhone home you are at the mercy of Apple to replace the battery should it decide to refuse to keep a charge; if you’re a bit handy you can opt to try to take it apart yourself, but such a process is not for the faint of heart.
Additionally you are stuck with however much internal storage the iPhone came with.
Soon all those photo taking, video producing iPhone users found their phones filled quickly, leaving them to hit the cloud or try to back all that data up on their computers.
Now Samsung is releasing their newest phone, the Galaxy S6. And it appears the company has taken too many cues from Apple.
The Galaxy line has undeniably “borrowed” many features from the iPhone, and with this generation Samsung upped the ante by removing the SD card slot and locked the battery away inside.
I guess I will be holding on to my S4 for a bit longer and hope that the S7, or the new iPhone, will offer the ability to expand the memory and replace the battery.

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