Aside from a charging cable and some documentation,(like the ) arrive basically all alone in their box. Their and wall charger boxmates have disappeared. Both and a reduced impact on the environment as a reason behind their omissions. I mean, we could have a much more serious conversation on yearly phone upgrade cycles and their impact on our planet. But let’s keep things light for now.
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By removing items like headphones and power adapters, both Apple and Samsung will undoubtedly save money on material costs, manufacturing, packaging, labor and shipping. But unlike a local discount mattress outlet, it’s hard to tell if either company is passing those savings onto you.
It’s smart for both companies to scale back like this. But it does feel like they’re removing the parsley garnish off of the dinner plate and bragging about how much lighter it is. Are there ways to make fewer phones? Or for the companies to upgrade phone models less frequently? That’s where the real meat and potatoes are. Again, I don’t mean to get too serious.
But like the seasons changing, we have anotherthat replace models that came out less than a year ago. Earlier this month, the new and were announced. Samsung . But that’s not the only thing the company cut. Wired headphones (which Samsung stopped including with the Galaxy Note 20 launch) and a wall charger are no longer included in the boxes for the new phones.
We could debate the financial, environmental and societal motivations behind these omissions. But what makes this all the more rich was last year Samsung had a post on Facebook that mocked Apple for not including a charger with the iPhone 12. Curiously enough, that post was removed.
What’s in the box for the Galaxy S21?
Aside from the Galaxy S21 (or S21 Plus or S21 Ultra), here is what’s included in the box:
- A USB-C cable
- A printed setup guide and instructions
- A SIM card tool