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Samsung Galaxy S4 review

8.2/10 AVG.
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8.2/10
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 86 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Beautiful display
  • Enhanced touch inputs
  • Great camera
  • Removable battery
  • Great performance

What's bad

  • Plasticky feel
  • Slippery case
  • Questionable TouchWiz interface
  • Boring hardware design

As the flagship in Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone lineup, the S4 is a leader in its bracket. With a 5-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera and a powerful Snapdragon chipset, the phone has the features and power to handle most anything mobile device users might ask for. However, case design and the TouchWiz interface could pose an issue for some.

Engadget’s Brad Molen sums up the device well when he says “In drawing our conclusion of the Samsung Galaxy S4, we find ourselves at an interesting junction: while our geek senses keep tingling at the thought of so many market-topping specs contained within the same chassis, we also aren't overjoyed, per se, with excitement.”

One aspect of the S4 that truly shines is the display. The 5-inch AMOLED display features excellent contrast, great outdoor visibility and wide viewing angles. Gareth Beavis of TechRadar said “The screen is out of this world. Even at a lower PPI the 5-inch display dominates the competition. It's clear, bright and vivid, and there's very little it isn't great for.” The Synaptics powered enhanced touch inputs allow users to take advantage of the Air Controls features on the Note series or use the device while wearing gloves. Support for MicroSXHD cards provides massive storage upgrade potential while the 13-megapixel camera and 4G LTE support provide plenty of ways to use the storage space.

The device runs Android Jelly Bean with the TouchWiz interface. This is where things get questionable for the S4. The TouchWiz interface is something that many users either love or hate. It offers enhanced features over the stock interface. Unfortunately, they are sometimes less than intuitive. Another concern is the materials used for the phone. Samsung has always been a fan of plastic cases. The S4 is no exception.

While the phone does not feel frail or flimsy, it certainly has a cheaper feel than many of the polycarbonate or aluminum devices available from competitors. David Pierce of The Verge says “I don't like holding this phone, and I can't overstate how much that informs the experience of using it. It makes an awful first impression, slippery and slimy and simply unpleasant in your hand.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.9 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


About

Yet again, Samsung have produced a market leading smartphone. It may seem to some to be more like the Galaxy S3.1 than a full update, but for those who give it the time, learn what it can do and take advantage of the advanced features, it really is hard to beat. The 5in screen is fantastic, the came...

- Russell Ware, About
AndroidPIT

I'm not going to tell you which phone to buy. I'm sure by now you already have a hunch as to which one you'd like. But the Galaxy S4 certainly isn't a bad bet. However, for those who want an expandable storage drive and a removable battery, it would be right up your alley. The good news is that cons...

- Johannes Wallat, AndroidPIT
Expert Reviews

A gorgeous screen and a big battery in a surprisingly compact handset that's packed with extras

- Seth Barton, Expert Reviews
Good Housekeeping

The Galaxy S4 does everything well: It contended for the top spot on nearly every test we threw at it. The S4 offers great battery life; in our Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests, it streamed video for 10 hours on its beautiful 5” HD display. The S4 is no slouch in processing power as...

- Good Housekeeping team, Good Housekeeping
GottaBeMobile

If you plan to use the Galaxy S4 on a contract be sure to look at Galaxy S5 deals before settling on the Galaxy S4, and make sure you look for Galaxy S4 deals online instead of going straight to a carrier store. For more on each feature check out the original Galaxy S4 review. If you don’t ne...

- Josh Smith, GottaBeMobile


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Samsung released the Galaxy S4 on April 26, 2013.


The Galaxy S4 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Samsung Galaxy S4 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy S4 user manual here.


Samsung backs up the Galaxy S4 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Galaxy S4 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
5"

The Samsung Galaxy S4's screen size is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.9 GHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A15 Quad-core 1.9 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0.1 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2600mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2600 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1020 minutes, 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy S4 Specs

Overview
Release date April 26, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1, LTE
variations
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0.1 Lollipop)

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Processor ARM Cortex-A15 Quad-core 1.9 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32/64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.5 W/kg
Body: 0.65 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2600 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 660 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 600 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 480 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1020 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 20.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black Myst, White Frost, Aurora Red, Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, Brown Autumn, Pink Twilight, Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 7 x 0.8 cm (5.4 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 130 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Adapt display
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN, OBEX
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, Dual camera feature (Dual Shot / Dual Recording/ Dual Video Call), Drama shot, Eraser, Sound & Shot, 360 Photo, Beauty face, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MP3, MP4, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats DivX, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Yes (YouTube, Google Play Store, Google Plus, Google Latitude)
Included Software / Apps Samsung Hub, ChatON, Samsung WatchON, S Travel, S Voice Drive, Samsung Knox, S Health
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S IV, Galaxy S IV LTE, Galaxy S4 LTE, GT-I9505

- Samsung Smart Scroll
- Infrared gestures
- Humidity sensor
- S Translator
- Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly)
- Eye Tracking

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About

So many cool, useful, and sometimes scarily clever tools

from About

Yet again, Samsung have produced a market leading smartphone. It may seem to some to be more like the Galaxy S3.1 than a full update, but for those who give it the time, learn what it can do and take advantage of the advanced features, it really is hard to beat. The 5in screen is fantastic, the c...More

Yet again, Samsung have produced a market leading smartphone. It may seem to some to be more like the Galaxy S3.1 than a full update, but for those who give it the time, learn what it can do and take advantage of the advanced features, it really is hard to beat. The 5in screen is fantastic, the camera is both powerful and great fun, and the whole package feels well thought out. The slightly cheap feel does let the phone down somewhat, but the choice of materials almost certainly reflects in the price (as well as the weight) of the S4. Available from all major carriers for around $199 on a new two-year contract, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is set to be THE phone of 2013.

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AndroidPIT

Still a good buy

from AndroidPIT

I'm not going to tell you which phone to buy. I'm sure by now you already have a hunch as to which one you'd like. But the Galaxy S4 certainly isn't a bad bet. However, for those who want an expandable storage drive and a removable battery, it would be right up your alley. The good news is that c...More

I'm not going to tell you which phone to buy. I'm sure by now you already have a hunch as to which one you'd like. But the Galaxy S4 certainly isn't a bad bet. However, for those who want an expandable storage drive and a removable battery, it would be right up your alley. The good news is that consumers now have a choice between many excellent Android models, even if a year old, and of course each with their strengths and weaknesses. Despite the arrival of the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 still have massive appeal.

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Expert Reviews

Packs a lot of good extras in a handheld package

from Expert Reviews

It's hard to find chinks the S4's general excellence. The storage is measly and the mono speaker and lack of FM radio may be a downer for some, but despite these it's still a lot of phone for your money.

The S4 is a lot of smartphone for your money today. The lack of a big.LITTLE processo...More

It's hard to find chinks the S4's general excellence. The storage is measly and the mono speaker and lack of FM radio may be a downer for some, but despite these it's still a lot of phone for your money.

The S4 is a lot of smartphone for your money today. The lack of a big.LITTLE processor is a shame, as it looks to be a great idea, but even without it the S4 embodies that phrase rather nicely. The screen is bigger than that on the HTC One, the battery is bigger than the HTC One's or the one in the Sony Xperia Z, yet the phone itself is slightly smaller than either. Simply put, Samsung has squeezed more into less - and that's why it wins it our Ultimate award.

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Good Housekeeping

A solid choice for your next Android smartphone

from Good Housekeeping

The Galaxy S4 does everything well: It contended for the top spot on nearly every test we threw at it. The S4 offers great battery life; in our Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests, it streamed video for 10 hours on its beautiful 5” HD display. The S4 is no slouch in processing power as well, scoring highly on graphics performance benchmarks and giving you fast navigation and reliable video playback...

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The Galaxy S4 does everything well: It contended for the top spot on nearly every test we threw at it. The S4 offers great battery life; in our Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests, it streamed video for 10 hours on its beautiful 5” HD display. The S4 is no slouch in processing power as well, scoring highly on graphics performance benchmarks and giving you fast navigation and reliable video playback.

Our consumer testers loved the phone as well, giving it high marks on ease of use including reading, navigating, and typing. The iPhone users especially appreciated the physical home button when navigating. The S4’s slim form factor makes it easy to carry in your pocket as well. 

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GottaBeMobile

One of the best options available

from GottaBeMobile

If you plan to use the Galaxy S4 on a contract be sure to look at Galaxy S5 deals before settling on the Galaxy S4, and make sure you look for Galaxy S4 deals online instead of going straight to a carrier store. For more on each feature check out the original Galaxy S4 review.

If you don&...More

If you plan to use the Galaxy S4 on a contract be sure to look at Galaxy S5 deals before settling on the Galaxy S4, and make sure you look for Galaxy S4 deals online instead of going straight to a carrier store. For more on each feature check out the original Galaxy S4 review.

If you don’t need a slightly bigger, and much better looking, display or a water-resistant design the Galaxy S4 delivers a good smartphone experience and it will very likely see at least one more Android update from Samsung that could add some Galaxy S5 features.

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GSM Dome

Exquisite phone if you need a huge number of features

from GSM Dome

We give the Samsung Galaxy S4 a 9 out of 10 for design, 9.5 out of 10 for hardware and a 10 out of 10 for OS and UI. The final grade is 9.5 out of 10, which is very close to the 9.67 out of 10 we gave HTC One. Galaxy S4 is the kind of phone that takes care of you, being so much more than a phone.

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We give the Samsung Galaxy S4 a 9 out of 10 for design, 9.5 out of 10 for hardware and a 10 out of 10 for OS and UI. The final grade is 9.5 out of 10, which is very close to the 9.67 out of 10 we gave HTC One. Galaxy S4 is the kind of phone that takes care of you, being so much more than a phone.

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APC

Blazing fast but a little bloated

from APC

The S3 sold insanely well, but the differences between it and the S4 don’t pan out if you’re looking to upgrade. If you’re just after a new premium smartphone, the S4 is good, although there are now better-designed, slicker alternatives that perform just as well.

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The S3 sold insanely well, but the differences between it and the S4 don’t pan out if you’re looking to upgrade. If you’re just after a new premium smartphone, the S4 is good, although there are now better-designed, slicker alternatives that perform just as well.

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TechRadar

It's a very solid device that belies that exterior and shouldn't be discounted for it

from TechRadar

The Galaxy S4 is a great, great device in its own right, re-inventing what it means to own a brilliant smartphone in a number of ways. The gestures are cool, the touch-less experience amazing at times - in short, it's a wonderful phone you want to pull out of your pocket again and again and again.

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The Galaxy S4 is a great, great device in its own right, re-inventing what it means to own a brilliant smartphone in a number of ways. The gestures are cool, the touch-less experience amazing at times - in short, it's a wonderful phone you want to pull out of your pocket again and again and again.

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PhoneArena

Stock Android experience, snappier performance, improved battery life

from PhoneArena

Should you go out and buy this, especially when this unlocked model is flaunting an outright price point of $649? Well, if you’re a diehard Android user, one who takes pride in getting that untouched experience, this is arguably a device that’ll appeal to you – even more when it...More

Should you go out and buy this, especially when this unlocked model is flaunting an outright price point of $649? Well, if you’re a diehard Android user, one who takes pride in getting that untouched experience, this is arguably a device that’ll appeal to you – even more when it’ll more than likely receive updates faster than its TouchWiz sibling. Indeed, the price point will scare anyone who hasn’t dabbled in anything except carrier-subsidized phones, but we’re certain that these specific people would easily fork over the money to pick it up.

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Digital Trends

Samsung’s great hardware with Google’s clean, fast Android OS

from Digital Trends

The Google Edition Galaxy S4 is a smartphone made for a particular type of Android lover. The kind of person who likes the core operating system and doesn’t want companies messing with the look or the functionality or adding a bunch of apps. This kind of Android fan will do all of that them...More

The Google Edition Galaxy S4 is a smartphone made for a particular type of Android lover. The kind of person who likes the core operating system and doesn’t want companies messing with the look or the functionality or adding a bunch of apps. This kind of Android fan will do all of that themselves, thank you. For this crowd, this GS4 model offers a great alternative to the Nexus 4. The biggest drawback is price. Unlocked and unsubsidized, this phone costs $649 to own. That price buys you freedom from contracts as well as from TouchWiz.

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User Reviews


hal9000a

Good phone bad battery life

good phone, worst battery life of all smart phone its a smart phone, i expect to be able to play with it during the day but if i dont plug it during lunch time the battery die even if i can change the battery do we call that a solution
DougScudder

5 Things To Know

Samsung’s Galaxy line is the most successful line of Android phones of all time.


Although the original Galaxy S wasn’t much by today’s standards, the Galaxy S II proved that Samsung was a top-tier smart phone manufacturer. Then the Galaxy S III took the world by storm.


...

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Samsung’s Galaxy line is the most successful line of Android phones of all time.


Although the original Galaxy S wasn’t much by today’s standards, the Galaxy S II proved that Samsung was a top-tier smart phone manufacturer. Then the Galaxy S III took the world by storm.


The GSIII broke all kinds of sales records for smart phones and is the most popular Android phone in the world right now.


Samsung has managed to create a line of Android phones that keep most of the charm and flexibility of Android while adding value through TouchWiz to set their devices apart from the crowd.


Samsung has also consistently brought top-of-the-line hardware to the table, especially when it comes to storage and processing power.


This brings us to the Galaxy S IV.


One of the most highly anticipated consumer electronic device that will come out this year. Samsung decided the best way to launch this device would be an awkward, slightly sexist, confusing Broadway style show at Radio City Music Hall in New York. But enough has been said about Samsung’s travesty of a presentation, we are going to take a look at the actual device, and see what Samsung has done to try and top last year’s best selling smart phone.


5. The Design is Basically the Same as the Galaxy S III


We would all love to see something revolutionary and new in terms of how a smart phone looks and feels every year. But that isn’t realistic. The design of a smart phone, just like the look of a car, or a laptop levels off every once in a while. In the case of the GS4, Samsung took a “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” approach to the design. There has been a lot of talk about Samsung’s choice to use plastic instead of metal on the frame of the GS4. We need to keep in mind that while a metal frame may look cool at first, metal phones are heavier, more expensive and tend to scratch when the spend time in a pocket next to someone’s keys. The GS4 is only weighs 130 grams, and Samsung’s engineers managed to fit a bigger screen onto a smaller chassis, a very impressive feat. The Galaxy S IV is still a sleek, beautiful device, even if it looks a lot like its predecessor.


4. The Screen is Sharp and Clear


When it comes to smart phone screens there are a million different specifications that can be compared and contrasted. There are different technologies that various OEMs use to varying levels of success, and it can get confusing for anyone who isn’t familiar with the smart phone industry. Suffice it to say that Samsung has put together a fantastic screen for your viewing pleasure. Is it the best screen ever put on an Android phone? Probably not, but if the GS4 achieves the battery life that Samsung has predicted, that will be a fair trade off. The Galaxy S IV boasts a 5 inch full HD Super AMOLED display. Samsung also managed a pixel per inch (ppi) density of 441. What all of that means is that the Galaxy S IV might not have the brightest screen you’ve ever seen, but it probably has the sharpest picture and great color saturation.  Combine that with it’s power efficiency and Samsung has brought something fantastic to the market this year.

 

3. The TouchWiz Interface


The Android community has a lot to say about OEM skins that get added to most devices these days. Personally, I can’t claim to be an Android purist, because although I use a Nexus device, I run a custom ROM on it that gives me extra control over my experience. But lets face it, most people aren’t going to take the time to unlock and root their device, and that is ok. Samsung has worked hard to make TouchWiz responsive and powerful and they have succeeded in the Galaxy S 4. Features like sensing your finger when it is two centimeters away from the screen and the TouchWiz design might seem unnecessary to some, but for most users TouchWiz is a  great way to interact with Android. I have had many conversations with Galaxy S III owners and every one of them has loved TouchWiz. And hey, this is Android, if you don’t want it on there, root your phone and get rid of it. It is an open ecosystem.


2. S Drive, S Voice, Eye Tracking, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause etc.


Are all of these features just gimmicks or are they revolutionary new capabilities for a smart phone? The short answer is that time will tell. All of these new ideas sound great in theory. A video pauses when you look away from the screen, text scrolls itself as you read farther down a page, the device responds to your voice commands quickly and accurately; it all sounds amazing. But the real test will be when the GS4 is out in the real world and we have a chance to see how these things actually work. Maybe Smart Scroll will make your browser go nuts if your eyes skip around the screen, maybe S Voice will continue to just be a poor imitation of Google Now (even though S Voice technically came first). We will have to wait and see, but either way I applaud Samsung for putting in the effort and time to add value to Android like no other manufacturer does. If these new features don’t work out, it is easy to disable them and go on using a powerful phone with a beautiful screen, that isn’t a terrible worst case scenario.


1. Powerful Hardware


Although we haven’t seen all of the benchmark scores, we do know that the GS4 is packing a powerful punch when it comes to raw processing power. The GS4 will use a 1.9 GHz Snapdragon processor. If you have used a device with a Snapdragon processor before you know what kind of power and responsiveness these chips bring to the game.  Combine that with 2 GB of RAM, 16, 32, or 64 GB of on-board storage plus a slot for an SD card and you have everything you could need from a modern smart phone. There has been some complaining from US consumers that the Asian variant will get a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa eight-core processor while the US version will get the Snapdragon 600. This might sound like North America is getting gypped out of four extra cores, but that really isn’t the case. Both chips can only use 4 cores at a time to handle various tasks. the Exynos 5 Octa basically has two quad-core processors stacked on top of each other, one handles low power jobs and when a lot of muscle is needed the chip switches to the second set of four cores. There may well be a delay when switching between the two chips inside the Octa, but even if there isn’t, the Snapdragon chip is powerful, energy efficient, and perfectly capable of handling anything you can throw at it.


There we have it, the Galaxy S IV in all it’s glory. While we wait for this cutting-edge device to hit the market we can only assume that consumers will be clamoring to get their hands on Samsung’s newest flagship smart phone. This is shaping up to be a fantastic year for Android with the rumored Motorola X-Phone being highly anticipated, and the HTC One already selling out around the world. It is a great time to be an Android user, no matter what new device you pick up this year.

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AndroGeek.com

Worthy successor of the Galaxy S III? Yes!

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is finally out and about....and its has some pretty big shoes to fill!


So was Samsung able to fill the gap and build a phone worthy to be the successor of the Galaxy S III? The quick answer is yes, and here are 5 reasons why:


1. It's The True Retina Competitor...

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is finally out and about....and its has some pretty big shoes to fill!


So was Samsung able to fill the gap and build a phone worthy to be the successor of the Galaxy S III? The quick answer is yes, and here are 5 reasons why:


1. It's The True Retina Competitor


Before the Galaxy S4, no one really came close to beating the sheer quality and sharpness of the iPhone’s Retina display. While the Pentile HD display of previous generations was impressive, one can’t help but wonder why Samsung didn’t go retina a long time ago.


Now, the wait is over. The Samsung Galaxy S4 finally showcases the most powerful display in Galaxy S history. It features a 441ppi pixel density, which is much higher than the Retina display’s 321ppi.


There's still room for improvement in terms of screen brightness, but overall it manages to make images look even more stunning. Reading is as comfortable as a real live book and videos feel more alive with the new display. There is no question that Samsung has made their best display on a Galaxy device ever.


2. It has the Ultimate Stock Camera Software


More and more, people are using their mobile devices as their primary camera. While it has not completely eradicated the point-and-shoot camera market, it has definitely begun to drive it close to extinction. Every year, the camera hardware used in these smartphones improves and increase in capacity. Samsung, however, improves not only the hardware, but also the software behind it all.


Without question, the Galaxy S4’s stock camera application is the most feature-packed camera app in the mobile market. While other phones may require you to download several 3'rd party camera software apps and filters just to make the best of the camera, Samsung provides it all and more in their stock camera app.


There are so many features to play around and work with, such as Drama Shot, the improved Burst Shot, Share Shot, Eraser Shot, Sound and Shot, Dual Camera Shot and a whole lot more. You can safely say that the Galaxy S4 packs a camera that has everything including the kitchen sink.


3. It introduces new Mobile Interface Standards


Samsung is always experimenting with something new. You could argue in fact that they are one of the greatest mobile innovators. With the Samsung Galaxy S4, they introduced a couple of new interface standards which will soon be part of other apps in the Play Store.


What am I talking about? I am talking about the new Air Gesture, the Air View, Eye Tracking and Motion control schemes. With the Galaxy S4, you can easily control your apps with new methods such as hovering your finger over the display, swiping your hand across the air, looking away and tilting the device. Touch is no longer the only way to effectively interact with a mobile device thanks to Samsung’s creative interface designs.


4. It packs more Radios and Sensors in a Slim Design


How can something so thin pack so much? With a slim design mirroring the size and form factor of the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy S4 manages to add so much more to the package. It already has a bigger screen, but now it also has new sensors and radios.


There are now a total of 3 Infrared devices in the smartphone. One is used to control IR devices like a regular IR remote control. This turns your phone into a universal IR remote. The other two are used to determine proximity and to aid in recognizing gestures.


There are also new sensors that are not known to be standard issue with smartphones. These are the Temperature and Humidity sensors. This should help provide a more accurate local weather reading as well as provide better data for your current location.


Another specialized sensor is the expanded light sensor, which is now capable of detecting red, green, blue and white light intensity, which allows Samsung’s new adaptive display to adjust the colors and brightness to match your current situation perfectly.


5. It is a Processing Powerhouse


The Galaxy S4 comes in two main variants based on the processing core that runs everything from the resource intensive display to the multitude of sensors and interactive designs. One variant will carry Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600, and another will carry Samsung’s own Exynos 5 processor.


As you may expect, benchmarks have been taken to determine exactly how powerful the new processors of the Samsung Galaxy S4 are. According to verified tests using the popular Antutu Benchmark, the Exynos totting variant was able to hit a score of 28018 points while the Snapdragon powered variant got only 23607 points. As reference, the Samsung Galaxy S III, which was a powerhouse in its own time, was only able to score 8740 points on average. That is a huge difference by any standards.


There it Is!


These 5 reasons and more should be more than enough to convince you that if you ever considered getting the Samsung Galaxy S4, it is definitely a worthy buy. While I am not saying it is in any way superior to other devices of 2013, it is definitely a very worthy competitor in the 2013 market thanks to the multitude of features and hardware improvements.

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