The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are nearly perfect devices for users. On the aspects of performance and camera quality, few can rival the flagship duo; however, there were reasons why they didn’t sell as many units as the S7 and S7 Edge.

While many who steered away from getting either model did so on the bases of their missing microSD support or the unwieldy thin-edged design of the S6 Edge, those who have been using it for a year or so have expressed one common complaint when asked on Reddit about their experience with their devices thus far.

And that most frequent complaint is battery life. Prior to receiving Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, Galaxy S6/Edge users couldn’t enjoy the performance of the devices for long without carrying along power banks or hugging walls.


The fact that Marshmallow took so long to arrive drove one too many of them to the edge of their tethers, but even after updating to the smoother and more efficient Android version, battery continues to be a nagging issue albeit a less frustrating one.

Most comments on the Galaxy S6/Edge feedback thread commend the performance and sharp-shooting capabilities of the flagships, and said that if not for poor battery life, there would be no reason at all to switch to the Galaxy S7/Edge.

Some users remarked on how difficult it could sometimes get to derive more than three hours of screen-on-time (SOT) for the phones, though no one talked about how fast charging on the S6/Edge have worked for them.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 carries a battery capacity of only 2,550mAh while the S6 Edge has 2,600mAh. The Galaxy S5 before them sports a 2,800mAh unit while the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge carry 3,000mAh and 3,600mAh respectively.

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marian · June 27, 2016 at 7:12 am

Charging the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge nearly burned my house. We were lucky only the desk and small table got burned since someone saw the fire. The phone was completely burned.

    Robert Petrin · June 27, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I have an S6. I miss the card, but I have learned to live without it.
    Battey life is a concern, but fast charging is fantastic!

David Echeverria · June 27, 2016 at 8:08 am

S6 is great, but keep a charger handy.

Minda · June 27, 2016 at 8:14 am

I love my S6 which I bought on June 15, 2015. It takes great pictures and I can do videos in slow motion. I carry a pocket charger when I need it. The phone really charged fast.

Denise Hopp · June 27, 2016 at 8:59 am

Not the only complaint. If I leave my S6 set to 4g/LTE i miss calls. Do I have to leave it on 3g. I’ve had galaxy’s from the s2 and this is the first ine I’ve had an issue with.

Denise Hopp · June 27, 2016 at 9:01 am

Not the only complaint. If I leave my S6 set to 4g/LTE I miss calls. So I have to leave it on 3g. I’ve had galaxy’s from the s2 and this is the first time I’ve had an issue with it.

ED · June 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

I switched from a Nokia 1520 to a S7 active with a huge battery. It’s really a downer coming from a dying OS that in regards energy efficiency worked better than the leading droid, which despite a huge battery drains so fast when in use.

Osalt · June 27, 2016 at 11:48 am

The undersized battery and lack of expandable storage makes the S6 family of Samsung phones the “White Elephants” of the premium wannabe cell phones.IMO: Thank goodness Samsung woke up with the S7 line. Otherwise they would be out of the premium smart phone business.

Mark · June 27, 2016 at 8:08 pm

I’ve had the S5 and upgraded to the S6 Edge last year. I have found that when running to many apps in the background, the battery is noticeably short lived. Certainly, its much better than the S5, in more ways than one! I have turned facebook notifications off, and that has helped a great deal.

Denny · June 27, 2016 at 8:54 pm

I love the IR feature on the S6; the S7 seems like a downgrade without it.

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