Samsung Galaxy S6/Edge Slims Down, But At What Cost?
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Director II, Global Product Marketing | Susan Park is your SanDisk tour guide for anything involving consumer electronics. Ask her about memory cards, mobile devices, imaging and gaming. The knowledgeable UC Berkeley grad has been affiliated previously with Sun Microsystems, Hitachi Semiconductor and Samsung.

Beauty has its price. The recently released Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and Samsung Galaxy S6 demonstrate the challenges of developing a mobile product that demonstrates the fine line between elevating design while maintaining functionality. As Samsung continues to redefine its high-end smartphone line into luxury-class, sleek and elegant devices, there are a few tradeoffs.

In order to get those polished metal, beveled edges and a smooth and slim feel in your hand, while also cramming a solar system of technology into a smartphone that’s just 6.8mm thick, the memory slot and removable battery were sacrificed in these new models. You’ll love how it feels but you may miss some of the capabilities supported in the previous model, like running your favorite photo apps for two days straight on a backpacking trip in the wilderness.

What factors drive these design decisions? To compete in the high end smartphone space, Samsung has improved its features and feel with every version, but this time it’s a major leap forward from incremental improvements to fundamental change. The upshot of the move upstream for Samsung is that everyone is talking about it.

So, how are consumers reacting? What solutions are the very heavy users coming up with in order to run features indefinitely? How does a mobile-firster spend an entire day without plugging in or running out of storage?

Start by turning off juice-sucking and unnecessary features.

Next, if you’re in a location with spotty Wi-Fi coverage, disable Wi-Fi and find a data connection from your wireless network. Otherwise your device will constantly search for a Wi-Fi connection and kill your battery in the process.

Understand the workings of your device’s power saving modes. The standard mode optimizes power with things like limiting background data and dimming the screen. There’s also an “ultra power saving mode” that dumbs down the Galaxy S6, allowing it to last for hours with a charge of only a few percent.

If power is essential to you, portable battery chargers are very affordable, or you could carry a small additional battery with you.

For storage and streaming, the best option is to buy as much storage as you need when you get the phone, but if you want to save your funds up front and add storage later as it becomes necessary, there are several options, most of which are a fraction of the cost of a capacity upgrade at time of purchase.

SanDisk Connect wireless drives give you extra storage plus the ability to stream videos and other content from them without an Internet connection.

Mobile flash drives are also a convenient, pluggable option

Samsung has staked out new territory with the Galaxy S6 and we see the trend toward even more innovation in these sleek metal-and-glass devices at the high end of the mobile market. If these sleeker devices appeal to you, rest assured that you have storage and power options that will let you enjoy the premium design without major sacrifices.

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About the Author

Director II, Global Product Marketing | Susan Park is your SanDisk tour guide for anything involving consumer electronics. Ask her about memory cards, mobile devices, imaging and gaming. The knowledgeable UC Berkeley grad has been affiliated previously with Sun Microsystems, Hitachi Semiconductor and Samsung.



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