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Consumer Reports: Galaxy S6’s iPhone features make it a worse choice than Galaxy S5

Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S5: iPhone 6

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are widely seen as some of the best Android smartphones money can buy this year, and certainly the best Samsung handsets made to date. But that doesn’t mean everyone has been impressed with Samsung’s new iPhone-inspired design philosophy.

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As was the case with previous smartphones, Consumer Reports put the Galaxy S6 through a battery of tests. Interestingly though, the organization found the device unable to beat the Galaxy phone that’s currently at the top of its smartphone rankings: the 2014 Galaxy S5.

The metal design that seems to be inspired by the iPhone 6 is apparently the main reason Consumer Reports still believes the Galaxy S5 is a better choice.

This year’s Galaxy S phones are made of glass, and have a very thin profile. As a result, Samsung decided to ditch some key features that plenty of Android fans still appreciate, including a user-replaceable battery and, most importantly, a microSD slot.

Furthermore, Consumer Reports says that the Galaxy S6 isn’t waterproof like its predecessor, and it has worse battery life.

However, the Galaxy S6 does have some features that are not available on the Galaxy S5, including quick charge battery technology and built-in support for wireless charging.

Consumer Reports’ video explaining why the Galaxy S5 is still the better choice than this year’s Galaxy S flagships follows below.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.