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kittycat, Mar 24, 9:03pm
I am looking at getting the new samsung s6/edge.

I have had iphone since they first came out but feel I may want a change (I have an iPhone 5)

I also have an iPad that is synced to my phone.

If I were to get a Samsung, would you recommend I get a Samsung tablet to synch with the phone or not

suicidemonkey, Mar 24, 9:05pm
*heats up popcorn*

brapbrap8, Mar 24, 9:25pm
What do you need to synch?
I am the other way around with an iPhone 6 and a Galaxy Tab and things like emails and calendars synch easy as.
Don't discount the new iPhones either, they feel very different to your iPhone 5 because of their size, performance and features.

king1, Mar 24, 9:41pm
go on - you know you want to.

_drdee_, Mar 24, 9:47pm
I swore I would never touch another Samsung, but that S6 is a game changer for Samsung. The S6 Edge will be a lot more expensive (they are much more difficult to make because of the curved glass), so I am not sure if it is worth the extra expense.

Also, worth looking at the HTC M9 which has just been released, they were the first to market with a full metal unibody and it is a progression of the very nice M8.

Bear in mind, the Samsung have gone away from the removable battery and expandable storage with the S6 (the M9 still has expandable storage), this will be a deal breaker for some.

But have a look on line, all the initial independent reviews have been coming out now that the Samsung embargo has finished and reviews are generally very positive. They have actually addressed all the critiques of the S4/S5.


kittycat, Mar 24, 10:22pm
Thanks for your input

I know there are the iPhone fans and the samsung fans and those that hate both.

_drdee_, Mar 24, 11:14pm
I try and approach phones on there merits of whats being offered in performance/features/cost and ignore the specific brands. I own a Samsung S4 (i9506) at the moment and previously an iPhone and HTC.

I am also not scared to point out myths and hyperbole which usually gets me into trouble here :)

jon9, Mar 25, 12:08am
Well the s6 is going to be more expensive than the iphone 6, rumours have the s6 edge at between $1500 and $1700 NZD depending on storage.

Will be interesting to see when announced

_drdee_, Mar 25, 1:05am
Well the official price is released in the UK, it is £599 for the base S6 (the S5 was £579) so I expect it will be *pretty* similar to the equivalent NZ S5 price on release (probably +$50), so your typical flagship initial price. (Base model iPhone6 is £539 and 6+ is £619 so all within that flagship range).
You have to bear in mind that with Android flagships they will be $900-ish to buy after about 3-6 months and will settle there for the rest of the sales year.

I would never buy a Samsung (or any Android) on release day for that reason, whereas Apple price stays pretty well constant which means there is no downside to queuing on release day. This is usually represented in sales curves as well, where Android flagships will have consistent sales numbers yearlong and Apple will spike on release quarter then abruptly drop off.

Different mindset required.

The S6 Edge are expensive to compensate for how hard they are to make (£760 for the 32GB), very high fail rate for manufacturing the curved glass apparently (according to tech sites), and not worth paying the extra for just that gimmick IMHO.

kittycat, Mar 25, 1:15am
Talked to Vodafone today, they anticipate the price at $1100-$1200

richardw13, Mar 25, 1:45am
I wouldn't touch samsung again, they also lose their value very quickly, and you pay a premium when buying early. Iphone anyday, and they have good resale value too.

_drdee_, Mar 25, 2:07am
Is that really the reason you choose a particular brand?

With Android flagships you just need to get out of the Apple 'line up on release day' mentality, buy 3-months down the track and get it for a decent price.

richardw13, Mar 25, 3:04am
Not the only reason. Poor build quality, filled with bloatware, gets laggy after a short period, very slow to release software upgrades, and then don't provide updates for as long as apple poor battery life, etc. The fact that they have now gone to an inbuilt battery, no external storage , which were my primary reasons for initially choosing the galaxy s phones.

_drdee_, Mar 25, 3:51am
I chose mine because: half the price of iPhone ($530) but much higher resolution and more colour correct screen, CM compatible so I could have the latest updates pretty well straight away and beats pretty well everything currently available in benchmarks (Antutu score: 46,000, pretty good from a Q3 2013 phone, Snapdragon 800 SoC and 2GB RAM), with no lag and no bloat, battery lasts 2-3 days with heavy-moderate use and is made of high density plastic so is much more superior to metal phones for scratch resistance and impact resistance meaning I don't have to have some stupid cover on it.

Galaxy S4 i9506 LTE-A, running CM12 (Android 5.0.2) and arter97 kernel.

vtecintegra, Mar 25, 4:16am
You shouldn't have to completely change the software the phone is running to get a good experience (and with the S4 you really did have to)

_drdee_, Mar 25, 4:50am
Well you could just simply install a different launcher from the Playstore (like Nova) to circumvent interface lag but CM is one click with the easy installer, if you don't want the option of trying different versions of an OS to find one that suits your style then I guess an iPhone is a better fit, it is what it is when you open the box until you buy the next model one and it is still the familiar same iPhone just like it has been since 2007.

Personally I think in this day and age people are more happy with choosing to set up a device how they want it to be.

vtecintegra, Mar 25, 5:05am
Nova doesn't really help with the UI lag though - Touchwiz goes way deeper than just the launcher

nzoomed, Mar 25, 5:42am
rubbish. although i do somewhat agree about the inbuilt battery and storage, there are some advantages however so not all is bad.
Inbuilt memory is faster than an SD card and more reliable, but having the option to expand is always good, internal battery is harder to replace but lends to making a better less bulky design, there are payoffs.
It could be a means to get more apple users to samsungs customer base also.

remmers, Mar 25, 6:03am
Right, 6 months ago Samsung had a huge campaign re wall huggers. All the iPhone users were crowded around a few power outlets in airport. Samsung user is just swapping out replacement charged batteries, everyone looks at him in awe - they will have to kick that advert into touch.

wayne416, Mar 25, 6:12am
That's it with android, made to be played with unlike Apples locked down system.

kittycat, Mar 25, 6:43am
So talk to me about the batteries.

The new Samsung doesn't have replacement batteries right? So how long (with heavyish use) could I expect the battery to last?

And the iPhone 6. Is the battery in this better than the wall hugging feeking battery in the 5?

kittycat, Mar 25, 6:48am
Also, if I go to something other than an iPhone, how do get my music from iTunes to my new phone?

vtecintegra, Mar 25, 6:50am
S6 will probably last around the same time as the S5 (the battery is a tab smaller but the screen should be a little more efficient)

The iPhone 6+ actually has quite good battery life - the 6 is okay but not hugely better than the 5

2nd2none, Mar 25, 7:38am
The iPhone 6+ has an amazing battery I'm at 50% as of now with heavy usage throughout the day. My nexus 5 would be charging right now and that would of been on charge at 6pm today. My previous Galaxys didn't have crash hot battery life either.
The typical lag you experience with Samsung phones is only really noticeable with people who are really anal about speed and performance who are generally tech savvy people, the majority wouldn't really notice it.
In saying that I could nit pick all the little things I don't like about my iPhone which seems to be ios related like really bad lag with the default keyboard and 3 party ones like SwiftKey, safari and chrome constantly crashing (chrome in general is terrabad on ios) swiping the touch screen can be somewhat unresponsive at times etc. Being predominantly an android user my experience with ios isn't bad at all.
Which ever route you decide to go down I'm sure you will be happy

kittycat, Mar 25, 8:15am
Thanks people!

I don't really understand all the tech talk, I just need a reliable phone, with a good battery life, can take photos (but I am not a photographer so they don't have to high tech), I need Internet at a reasonable speed, and I do have quite a few apps I use for work but I beleive most apps are available in both android and iOS. (I have no idea what iOS even stands for!) (but I do feel very techy saying it )

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