My Samsung S3 finally died. It needed to be replaced. I am certain if I bought the Ford smartphone, it would have lasted 20 years and never needed an oil change.
The S3 has been limping along for the past year. USB port was nonfunctional. I had to remove the battery to recharge it in a battery charger stand. I was on the third extra capacity battery and that was dying too. I was on the second back and it was falling off every few minutes due to small fractures in the corners. The final straw was when I was hiking this past weekend and it simply died. not once. multiples times. Even though the batteries had over 70 % charge and I carried two of them. This is unacceptable because I count on my phone for emergencies and GPS mapping when I am in the back country.
So I went to the local Verizon store (NOT an authorized retailer but a genuine corporate store). I looked at the new model S6 and the Note5. They were both pretty but had a significant problem. The Cell phone engineers decided that consumers no longer needed or wanted the ability to insert micro SD cards to expand memory. And also no need or want to remove batteries. Unless of course your USB port crashes, not like THAT ever happens. or to transfer a lot of data without paying wireless data fees, not like anyone would want to do that. Or to replace the rechargeable battery when it starts to fail, not like that would ever happen.
So, I went with the older model Note 4. It still has the removable battery and SD micro card slot inside. And a really shiny high resolution screen. My map apps looks much bigger and brighter now.