Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9

Ah, the silly season. We've got a couple of the year's biggest phone releases under our belts. (That's the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9, in case you've been living under a rock.) And you pretty much couldn't have two more polarizing phones. One is an iteration of a couple solid designs from the last year, keeping the same look, feel and features. The other has significantly blown up its industrial design and ditched a couple of its major selling points — a removable battery and expandable storage.

If anything, you might think that would make your decision easier. But I don't blame you if you're both hemming and hawing.

The GS6 is one hell of a phone. (Of course that means you'll have to make a decision between the GS6 proper and the edge model.) I haven't really used a Samsung phone for any real length of time since the GS3 (and I like the hell out of that one). I'll screw up the order, for sure, if I try to think back to what I was using when in those days, but I remember using the GS3 and Nexus 4, and the original HTC One X. Some (but not a lot) Nexus 5, a lot of the original Moto X and its follow-up, of course. And let's not forget the M7 and M8. Plus a big chunk of LG G3. Not a lot of time spent in the Galaxy.

You really can't go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S6 or HTC One M9. The question is which one's better for you.

So it's been fun going into this part of the year knowing full well that I was going to go Samsung for a while.

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But I think it's absolutely premature to say that the HTC One M9 is dead on arrival. That's the knee-jerk reaction of folks who, for whatever reason, thought HTC should have done more, and done more differently. (And I can't help but wonder how many of folks repeating that song over and over have actually seen and used the M9.) So I've switched back to the M9 for a bit, now that we've got a proper U.S. model. A couple initial thoughts: M9 Battery life absolutely is better than the GS6. (I'm using both on different networks, but it's noticeable sitting in a Wifi-laden room all day, too.) I'm not 100 percent certain the M9 camera is as bad as folks think. I need more time with it. (And, yes, I've used the magical new software update already. Weeks ago.) I can safely say, though, that the GS6 camera is that impressive. I am 100 percent certain that the GS6 display makes the M9's look horrible. I'm not a proponent of external storage, so that one's moot for me.

And then there's the Samsung marketing monster, in full effect once again.

But the point is there are a couple excellent choices thus far. That much is evidenced by all the ridiculousness in the forums and comments. (Pro tip: You're really not going to change anyone's mind by being a dick. Ever.) And that, as always, is a good thing.

A few other thoughts on the week that was:

And with that, it's time to enjoy Sunday. Have a good one, y'all.