Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Stock Android experience, Snappier performance, Improved battery life
Conclusion: Is the Samsung Galaxy S4 the best phone out there right now? In many ways, yes. It’s ‘smarter’, it’s more powerful and it’ll last longer than the rest. Smart features like Air View and Multi Window work well and the 1.9GHz processor, stunning screen and great battery make the Galaxy S4 a gamer’s dream. Looking at the competition, the HTC One, iPhone 5 and Xperia Z beat it in terms of design. Their interfaces are also simpler, though not as feature rich.
Pros: Stunning screen, Powerful and innovative, Fantastic battery life, Strong camera in good light
Cons: Glossy plastic construction, Heavy interface, Occasional UI stutter, Mediocre low-light camera
Conclusion: Gauging the strength of the Galaxy S 4's communication features is tricky because the phone is available on five different carriers, but I was only able to test Sprint's version. As I've stated in previous reviews, Sprint's network is not very good in my area, so slow download speeds are an unfortunate reality until the Now Network manages to deliver 4G LTE to the New York City metro area. Network performance and data speeds will vary by area.