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3/29/2015
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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Night At The Museum

We took our review model for a whirl at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It's a great mobile phone, weighed down by unwanted apps.
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DDURBIN1
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3/31/2015 | 1:44:23 PM
Re: Crapware/bloatware/ spam... whatever you call it, it's become a dealbreaker for me.
@progman200, When the note 2 came out I said "who'd want such a huge phone".  I predicted it to fail in the market as it being to cumbersome for a phone.  Well was I wrong or what?  What changed me?  I started watching lots of stuff on my phone (a Nexus) since I had no tablet as I started using the Xfinity TV Go and other mobile video apps.  With the Note 4 you kind of don't need a tablet and its easier to carry than a tablet.  Add to this my aging eye sight where I now require reading glasses. Be prepared to be overwhelmed with size though.  The Nexus 6 is even bigger.  Both are on the border line of being that "too cumbersome" for phone usage.
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3/31/2015 | 1:17:00 PM
Re: Crapware/bloatware/ spam... whatever you call it, it's become a dealbreaker for me.
Note 4 huh?  I have been considering upgrading my Note 2 - how does the Note 4 compare size-wise?
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3/31/2015 | 12:24:02 PM
Features of slight
I've got a Note 4 which shares many functions and features with the S6.  The swipe for camera on the lock screen is exactly one inch.  Holding the phone in my right hand its a piece of cake to use my right thumb to open the camera function.

No getting away from bloat ware.  Apparently the author is okay with the bloat on Apple iPhones as he accepts them because they are from Apple?

Setting up my wife's iPhone 6, I dropped it on first touch taking it out of the box.  Luckily it was on a thick carpeted floor.  It's very slippery when dry.

I'm not happy with mini-USB connector for chargers but its not Android's or Samsung's fault.  I'd rather have a standard connector than a proprietary one every day of the week.

Low light pictures are a challenge for most smartphone except the Sony Z4 or HTC M9.

Personally I love both phones.  The iPhone 6's UI is easier to learn and use for my wife.  However once the Android UI is learned,  I prefer it.

 
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3/31/2015 | 12:05:55 PM
Re: Crapware/bloatware/ spam... whatever you call it, it's become a dealbreaker for me.
Sorry there are none unless you are interest in a WinPhone.  The best Android smartphone on the market with replaceable battery and SD card is the Note 4 except you'll need that check book.  Motorola may also have some choices in their older models with prices that won't break the bank but their specs fall short.
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3/31/2015 | 11:56:33 AM
Re: Crapware/bloatware/ spam... whatever you call it, it's become a dealbreaker for me.
I'm not impressed with either the i6 or the S6. Is there anything comparable that might still have a removable battery or sd card slot, and wouldn't cost a month's salary?
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3/31/2015 | 11:28:28 AM
Re: Swiping camera icon?
Me new to iphone and too was tryin to get rid of all these apps I dont use - now I get it create a junk folder and dump them all into it - nice thanks sir
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3/31/2015 | 10:31:14 AM
Re: Crapware/bloatware/ spam... whatever you call it, it's become a dealbreaker for me.
Bloatware is a fact of life, the Apple 6+ comes with bloatware as well.  The only smartphone sans bloatware is a Nexus but I'm not sure how long this will last.
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3/30/2015 | 6:08:32 PM
Boxing Day vs. unboxing day
I guess I thought Tom was a Francophile. Then on slide 2 he comes up with a pun on Dec. 26 in England, which of course is Boxing Day. Why do they call it that? It's the day you box up the gifts you don't want and send them back to the store.                  
Thomas Claburn
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3/30/2015 | 4:31:03 PM
Re: Where's the specs?
Eric Zeman wrote about the specs so I didn't. There's a link to on the first slide...
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3/30/2015 | 3:56:42 PM
Where's the specs?
Nice review but what about the specs -how much memory? is it expandable? To what size does it expand? Ports on the phone? Not info included in the review to be very practical. 
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