While just about every reviewer has been praising the Galaxy S6 (including myself) and Galaxy S6 Edge, Consumer Reports isn’t in love with either phone. They do admit that both phones rank as among the best that you can buy today, but their overall scores rank them lower than the Galaxy S5.
They feel the loss of the removable battery, microSD slot, water resistance, and overall battery life on the Galaxy S6 and Edge makes the Galaxy S5 the better buy if you’re looking for a smartphone right now. They do praise the rapid charging capabilities, the ability to wirelessly charge it via Qi and Powermat, and the gorgeous display, but they don’t feel they are enough to capture your hard earned dollars.
Interestingly enough, they didn’t mention the superb camera that both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge sport. Cameras are becoming increasingly more important, and I for one rank that as pretty high. I agree that the battery life is sub par, but I am willing to make that sacrifice for the quality of images both phones produce. As to the microSD slot and removable battery, I believe they were big marketing features for past Galaxy S phones, but the mainstream consumer never utilized them. Apple has already proved that the average Joe doesn’t care about either feature. Samsung is at least offering the phones with up to 128 GB of internal storage for those that feel they need it, but it doesn’t come cheap. Water resistance is certainly a loss, but most people end up buying the monthly insurance on the device so they will be covered. It’s not like they would be able to cancel the insurance if the S6 were to be water resistant since it covers loss of the phone and any other damage as well.
The bottom line is that you can save some money buying a Galaxy S5 right now, but if you’re buying on contract, I am not sure $100 over 2 years is worth it. Unless you are on a very tight budget, I strongly disagree with Consumer Reports here.