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Samsung Galaxy S4 review
7 January 2014
Summary: Years ago, people either bought an iPhone or “a Droid." Verizon’s marketing power, those insane robot ads, and maybe that just-close-enough naming convention made the carrier's Android phones virtually synonymous with their operating system. But now I hear people every day saying "Oh, is that the new Galaxy?" or "I don't really want an iPhone. I think I'm going to get a Galaxy.
Pros: Fast and powerful performance, Excellent camera, Gorgeous display, Lots of useful extra software
Cons: Unpleasant, cheap design, Sheer number of features can be overwhelming, Performance can suffer in odd places
Summary: At Rs 41,500, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is easily the best Android in the market – and the most powerful smartphone by a mile. Samsung seems to have taken criticisms about the S3 in its stride, as the S4 easily irons out most of the chinks found in the S3’s armour with a fresh coat of polish. The phone looks a lot more refined and premium than its predecessor and the whole hullabaloo about the plastic chassis is much ado about nothing.
Excerpt: Samsung’s flagship phone is very much a Galaxy phone with a familiar and cheap-feeling plastic build. The layout is virtually identical to the S III and Samsung’s thrown a ton of software at it which when married to its quad-core 1.9GHz processor makes it a bit of a beast. That’s borne out by its exceptional Geekbench score of 3167 making it the fastest smartphone you can buy.
Pros: Insanely fast lots of installed apps.
Cons: Limited onboard storage many embedded apps are useless cheap plastic build.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Stock Android Jelly Bean, Comfortable, lightweight, attractive design, Access to battery, Beautiful full HD display, Great camera, Fast, smooth performance, Longer battery life
Cons: Can't access some hardware features without TouchWiz, Expensive
Conclusion: As with the other versions of this phone, the Galaxy S 4 for Verizon is an amazing piece of hardware. It’s a solid performer that does what one would expect it to, and does so with style. It did, however, lose a couple points for the additional bloatware that cannot be removed, and a lost a couple more for having discarded various features available in other versions of the phone.
Pros: + Beautiful display, As with the , of this phone, the Galaxy S 4 for Verizon is an amazing piece of hardware. It’s a solid performer that does what one would expect it to, and does so with style. It did, however, lose a couple points for the additional bloatware that cannot be removed, and a lost a couple more for having discarded various features available in other versions of the phone.
Cons: - Uninspiring aesthetics, As with the , of this phone, the Galaxy S 4 for Verizon is an amazing piece of hardware. It’s a solid performer that does what one would expect it to, and does so with style. It did, however, lose a couple points for the additional bloatware that cannot be removed, and a lost a couple more for having discarded various features available in other versions of the phone.
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with some of the most innovative features you'll find in any smartphone on the market, as well as the ability to tap into T-Mobile's LTE service. And although T-Mobile's LTE footprint is small, you'll pay considerably less than other carriers over two years.
Pros: Feature-rich camera, Useful preloaded apps, Gesture support, Fast quad-core performance, Removable battery and microSD Card
Summary: Some say potato, while some say potah-to. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition combines stock Android with one of the hottest phones on the market. The handset retains the hardware's strengths (performance, graphics, a colorful display and a powerful camera) without weighing the experience down with a skinned interface. Early adopters will also appreciate being among the first to enjoy Android 4.3 (or whatever version of the OS comes next).
Pros: Colorful full HD display, Great performance and graphics, Good audio, Runs faster and has more storage than TouchWiz S4
Cons: Lacks several useful Samsung features, Plasticky design, Expensive, Below-average battery life
Summary: Verizon customers shopping for a new smartphone should give their highest consideration to the Galaxy S4, which combines an incredible set of custom software with an eye-poppingly colorful 5-inch screen and the most feature-rich camera ever on an Android device. If you want a Galaxy S4 but aren't sure which carrier to go with, Verizon's upcoming AWS network and reasonable data prices make it a strong option.
Pros: Most innovative features on any Android phone, Fantastic camera, Colorful full HD display, Removable battery and microSD Card
Cons: Below-average battery life, Screen hard to view in direct sunlight
Conclusion: At the end of the day, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is exactly what you would expect from Samsung after the S III. Each and every aspect has been improved, if only marginally. And the result is a much more refined overall product.
Pros: Gorgeous 5-inch display, Slim, small chassis, Great camera performance in well-lit scenes, The rear speaker is sufficiently loud, A bevy of software features for the taking, Battery life that usually lasts most the day
Cons: The build and materials feel cheap, Low-light camera performance is poor, Call quality could be better, Intermittent lag and hesitation, Lots of Samsung and AT&T bloatware
Excerpt: The Good Large, high-res display Great camera features Compact for its size Decent battery life The Bad Plastic construction Generic design Cluttered interface Dysfunctional features Samsung's new flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S 4, faces even stiffer competition than its popular predecessor. With a five-inch, 1920x1080 display, it is also one of the largest phones on the market.
Pros: Large, high-res display, Great camera features, Compact for its size, Decent battery life
Cons: Plastic construction, Generic design, Cluttered interface, Dysfunctional features