The S is for Shameless

Rene Ritchie at iMore:

Samsung, with the brand new Galaxy S6 has once again shamelessly copied Apple designs, this time Apple's iPhone 6. Just as shamelessly, they ditched elements like user-replaceable batteries that they used in attack ads as recently as last July. Given their recent problems both in the market and within the company, they've obviously decided doubling down on shameless is just exactly what they need to do. The problem now becomes — can they do it successfully?

Dan Seifert at The Verge

Hallmarks of Samsung’s phones, such as removable batteries, microSD card slots, and waterproofing are nowhere to be found on the S6 or S6 Edge. That will likely upset some die-hard users and Samsung loyalists that relied on those features, but it’s clear that Samsung prioritized the phone’s design and its look and feel over things that appeal to a smaller segment of its customer base. Samsung also trimmed back the software features, claiming that there are 40 percent fewer features in the Galaxy S6 than the S5. Overall, the software feels largely the same as before, however.

John Gruber at Daring Fireball

A sign of just how bad Samsung is at software: they’re now bragging about removing a huge number of “features”.

Matt Birchler at BirchTree:

In many ways, the Galaxy S6 feels like a response to tech pundits, and I really think it screwed them over. Yes, those of us with tech blogs complained that the Galaxy phones lacked design finesse and were overloaded with features, but most people didn’t really care about that. They loved some of that stuff! [...]

With the Galaxy S6, Samsung has given up on the “everything phone” concept, and I don’t think it will pay off. By bowing to an apparent desire to be “respected”, Samsung has made a phone that will not appeal to as many people

I'll just leave these here. 

Sources: iMore, The Verge, Daring Fireball, BirchTree