Did you know that it is possible for you to get a 7,000mAh battery for your Samsung Galaxy S3? Well, it’s harder now, but when the device was still in its prime such third-party options were easily accessible.
And it’s stuff like that that have allowed Galaxy S3 users to hold on to their devices and not budge when newer and shinier flagships arrive.
That and of course the immutable support of developers catering to the demand for unofficial routes to the newest Android versions of any given time have helped the 2012 flagship remain relevant four years on.
So why did Samsung take its removable battery feature away? Isn’t that going backwards? Well, perhaps backwards for the consumer, but for profits that’s progress on the company’s part.
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Phones that have a shorter life-cycle would result in increased demand for the latest offerings, that’s pretty much common knowledge at this point. Having said all of that, the Galaxy S6 which has been widely acknowledged as a Samsung failure isn’t all that bad for the company.
Yes, sales dipped pretty dramatically last year due to the bad press brought upon by the Galaxy S6, but it would be naive to believe that many or most users would immediately jump ship to HTC, LG, Sony, or Apple. Besides the critically acclaimed Galaxy Note 5, users would naturally flock to the Galaxy S7 (and of course the S7 Edge).
How can we be so confident of that assertion? Well, look at the Galaxy Note 7. Despite being an even bigger catastrophe than the Galaxy S6, polls have found that folks would still stick with Samsung in the future.
And bear in mind that it isn’t just one offhand poll saying this. There have been several others that have reached the same conclusion.
But wouldn’t users of the Galaxy S6 be wasting precious cash by moving on to the Note 5 or Galaxy S7 so quickly? While that’s true, ostensibly good deals from trade-in programs can do a lot to win over disgruntled users who aren’t able to get even half a day’s worth of battery life with the 2015 flagship.
The used units taken in by Samsung come as extra income potential. Through the company’s official pre-owned program, refurbished units of the Galaxy S6 sell for about $400 to $500. One could only imagine the margins Samsung laps up per unit sold.
Could the failures of the Galaxy S6 have been major contributors to the Galaxy S7 being Samsung’s best-selling phone to date? We think so.