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Galaxy S IV and the smartphones it will be going up against

Galaxy S IV and the smartphones it will be going up against
Ever since the first Galaxy S, the series has been a tremendous success for Samsung, which has released a new S-branded handset once every year. And each year, the manufacturer has radically improved the smartphone to include tons of new features and enhancements. To a certain extent, the Galaxy S series has been ahead of the Android pack, both in terms of technology and user experience. But as we, vigilant market watchers, can confirm, the rest of the players are now really starting to pull themselves together and come up with their own competitive top-shelf smartphones. Last year, for example, the partnership between Google and LG brought us the incredible Nexus 4 - a smartphone that many would agree is better than the Galaxy S III, thanks to a superior design and stock Android operating system.

What this means is that the pack is now starting to catch up to Samsung and its Galaxies. We can understand the appeal of Samsung's large, Super AMOLED displays, but we no longer think that this will be a sufficient differentiating factor. The performance with the new Exynos 5 Octa CPU (if that's really on board) might be marginally better than the current Android models, but it surely won't be noticeably faster. So it turns out that the Galaxy S IV is in for a bumpy ride when it hits the market in a month or so. Let's take a look at the smartphones that will try to make the GS IV's life hell!




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posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:27 8

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


ill have a nexus x please

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:55 16

17. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


the nokias new flagship also/.............

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:28 18

38. Andrewtst (Posts: 353; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Agree! No need every time throw in iPhone.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 14:30 5

65. donfem (Posts: 554; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Who's the writer of the article?

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 16:20 1

71. jcarrigan (unregistered)


Ray S is the writer, havent heard of him before. Must be new. but the dna, iphone 5, nexus 4, and optimus are already old phones so there not really competition for the 2013 phone. how about a list of nothing but 2013 phones to compete against gs4, like the iphone 5s or whatever their calling it, moto x, optimus pro, xperia z, note 4, and such.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:34 14

39. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3022; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Yup, i agree...a device with no 720p resolution shouldn't be on the list, but lumia 920 and BB z10 are exceptional... iPhone is not even 720p and should be thrown out!!!

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 10:21 6

50. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1098; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


totally man! they just included the iphone because of its legacy success...the GS3 already beat the iphone 5 and so did the Note 2....iphone 5 isnt even in the same league as the GS4

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 13:19

77. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


iPhone 5 is for kids, 'silly rabbit'!
Many of them are being used as a training tool to teach "Special Needs Children" special develop-"mental" skills they, otherwise, have the misfortune of lacking [due to their limitations, of course]. I fully support Apple in this charitable endeavor and think they really have something "special" with their basic mobile OS. Kudos, Apple.

Galaxy SIV will be going up against, mostly, the Galaxy Note II. And, while there are a barrage of self-procalimed super Smartphones on the market, I don't believe that, technically speaking (of course), the iPhone 5 qualifies.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:41 14

29. dr_fajardo12 (Posts: 107; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


Im a nokia fan but this galaxy will sell about 40-50 millions. the nokias new flagship will be to late to stop that.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:48 18

33. SamsungFan (Posts: 201; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


2013 is for samsung and htc.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 16:07

68. akki20892 (Posts: 3617; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


agree 100% we have to wait.....!!!

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 08:14 1

43. Captain_Doug (Posts: 783; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


The next nexus for me. the Nexus 4 doesn't do it for me.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:32 17

3. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Samsung doesn't have anything to worry about they own this space and are the industry leaders in every aspect of technology. Best in class software and features solution, most innovative products, as well as the Galaxy Note family of devices. Time for people to look around it's Samsung everyone is copying and trying to catch up too including the Nexus line of devices. Bottom line Samsung is android plain and simple.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:04 16

24. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4103; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Except... No.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 12:59 4

57. Taters (Posts: 3512; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Actually you can't really argue it. They have the most resources and that is one of the reasons why they are so successful, not marketing.

The haters like yourself might find it difficult to stomach due to the sides chosen and battle lines drawn but that's the cold hard truth. They can dip into their own resources to create superior products like from Samsung display, Samsung memory, and their Exynos division which has a tight relationship with ARM. Or they can they get their parts from whoever HTC, Sony, or LG gets their parts from.

Samsung can get deals everywhere and dip into most technology and software resources and they have the money to buy the small upcoming companies that innovate.

That is just the way it is and it shows in the products.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:34 15

27. apple.bb.htc.sony.nokia.rip (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


agree, none of them can match samsung!!!

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:35 17

40. pyradark (Posts: 781; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


can samsung match xperia Z interms of build quality and endurance... ohh wait NO hahahaha

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 10:06 10

48. SamsungFan (Posts: 201; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


Build quality alone is not enough. Htc one have more looks and it's built using aluminum.htc one is better than xperia z. Samsung will win in all aspects other than build quality

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 14:39 1

66. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Xperia Z? Subpar camera and display.. Lol

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:01 6

36. alouden (Posts: 210; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Yes, but tell us how you REALLY feel....

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 11:35 4

54. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


Including the Nexus line? Well half of the nexus phones have been manufactured by Samsung so they aren't really trying copy them. Samsung may be the most popular Android OEM right now but saying Samsung is Android is just ignorant.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 20:45

73. R-vjn (Posts: 165; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


omg, you are mad about samsung.
I suggest you take a look at the phones made by other manufacturers and have some experiences..! lolz...

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:33 7

5. nlbates66 (Posts: 311; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


can't say I agree that the Nexus 4 is superior in design to the S III, it may subjectively have a better exterior design, but the internals aren't as thoughtfully put together in some areas, I also dislike glass for the back panel (but that's likely because I drop my phones too frequently, my S III included).

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:36

6. kaliil10 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Do you mean Lumia 720

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:40 11

8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Realistically only the Xperia Z and the HTC One can make the SIV run for it's money, but they won't. First the Z user feedback is mixed, elegant, waterproof design but laggy UI, bad viewing angles, huge screen drainage and disappointing camera cripples the experience; where the HTC One bets everything on the Ultrapixels which I'm not convicned of being the right strategy to challenge Samsung's numbers game and all-access marketing. I'm merely stating the facts here and I still think the HTC One is the phone to get, but it's not the phone the masses will pay for.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:57 12

18. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Laggy UI ??

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:28 9

26. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Look up a couple of XDA topics.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:02 8

23. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


you'd better go for OPPO.
class of these phones are upper than what your mind can process. LOL

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:27 4

25. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


how boring...

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 13:03

59. Taters (Posts: 3512; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


HTC One has already failed in a lot of key areas. Button placement is terrible and removing a button for the sake of no reason only detracts. Plus it is way too big of a phone for the screen size.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:41 1

9. MC1123 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


well at some point in an android camp lumia 920 and Z10 (and let say also iPhone 5) is a midrange... and also on the android camp, they really think the bigger screen, the more core the better...

i hope this kind of thinking will be gone... i mean a lot of people question the power of these phones(L920, Z10 i5) because they let them (android) think the specs matters! i just hope they think how these phones will perform on everyday tasks and how the OS is optimize for its hardware.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:48 5

13. MC1123 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


the great example about these underpowered yet still can perform catch up is the greatest symbian, the 808 PV. yes it dont have full HD screen just nHD! it dont have modern hardware and also dont have boat loads cores and RAM just mere decade-old ARM11 and 512MB RAM...

BUT, it can still perform even with today's standard! it can load the apps same time as what the 2012-2013 highend/flagship can! so i just hope that people will stop thinking that bigger the better, coz it will be truely uncomfortable... and also more core and RAM the better coz a lot of non android (well WP and BB10 even meego N9) can perform great multitasking even its not quad core and 2GB of RAM(PW and MeeGo)

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 10:20

49. sbw44 (Posts: 404; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Plus it can record 1080p videos with 4 times loseless zoom!
HDMI out!
Dolby Digital Plus!
Dolby Headphone
Oversampling Technology!

All done on a single core ARM11 CPU and 512MB RAM!

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 13:08

60. Taters (Posts: 3512; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Um, that has been the whole point all along. Improving everything else while maintaining constants such as battery life and functional speed.

You think high resolution screens are free? Of course they take power to run. It is a lot easier making apps open up faster when your screen sucks and there is no technology in your phone.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 16:34

72. sbw44 (Posts: 404; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Tell me why cant a Samsung Galaxy S2 zoom when its recording 1080p videos when it has a dual core cpu? while a 808 with single core old ARM11 cpu can record 1080p plus 4 times loseless zoom?

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:44 8

11. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


ATTENTION PHONEARENA: That EVLeaks render was fake a fake as proven by Stefan of Android Authority. Expansys have written to the author and have said that EVLeaks placed his logo on top of their mockup image which he stole and claimed as his own.

source:http://www.androidauthority.com/expansys-gs4-evleaks-164934/

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:51 3

15. MC1123 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


we all know that it is a fake..you can clearly see it! but just a note, evleaks has a history of leaking phone photos and it turns out to be the real thing (lumia 920, HTC one and etc.) so thats why it is worth a news!

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:48 10

14. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Number 5 is its most important rival.
maybe SIV can defeat it in number of units that it sells, but Z will not loose the ground easily.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:02 4

21. DKMDROID (Posts: 102; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


I like the Z out of all the smartphones listed i think true competition will come from the Z and the HTC DNA(or Butterfly) the HTC ONE in my opinion isnt because its looking for a niche market because to me its more of a camera centric

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:51 4

34. apple.bb.htc.sony.nokia.rip (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


sony will tumble once again!!

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:39 3

41. pyradark (Posts: 781; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


cant wait to see that if that's going to happen hahaha
Xperia Z offer its own unique features compare to other which is a standout to the market "Water & dust Resistance"
S4 may sell great but lets see if it can dethrone the S3 success in numbers.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:58 7

19. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


well you missed nexus 4's price point, which is the most killer thing about it

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:00 7

20. Esf_Kid (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


3 and 5 are real opponents. others are not even close to SIV
i love them all but before the release of SIV i will try Z.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:02

22. Diego! (Posts: 508; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


I've read everywhere that Nexus 4 back breaks easily and also that its screen is a little bit dull compared to LG Optimus G and Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X. And its design is based on Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Anybody can see that.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:43 13

30. Adithya7184 (Posts: 316; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


iPhone 5 in the list.....oh!!!..sorry its written by Ray.S

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:45 6

31. rodkurt (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


blackberry? Iphone?....they don't stand a chance

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:52 1

35. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2791; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Good healthy competition for companies and very good for customers....Whoever wins the battle, we'll get good phones... :)

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:15 3

37. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1270; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


You guys forgot about the Note 2.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 08:07 1

42. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1161; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


you stupid fanboy., they dont compare hybrids here.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 08:30 2

44. dil2abu (Posts: 201; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Xperia Z will be the real competitor.. No doubt in that..

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:27 3

46. Fruitpoop (Posts: 34; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


Htc One and Xperia Z are both great devices, but there's no doubt that the galaxy s4 and the iPhone5 will outsell them by a lot.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:51 1

47. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Probably so, but for many people, they will outsell the One and Z for the wrong reasons. Marketing does wonders, just look at Apple.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 13:17 2

61. Taters (Posts: 3512; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


No, I would say the reasons are pretty sound.

The GS3 outsold the One X because.

-Better camera
-Better ergonomics, especially the buttons which HTC still hasn't learned.
-thinner
-more accessories
-1gb more ram for multitasking. If the GS4 includes the faster ddr3 ram this could be even more brutal in favour of Samsung
-replaceable battery
-Micro SD card slot compared to the meager 16gb in the North American One X
-Sense 4 sucks
-HTC One X crap ass bugs which include notifications not received, wifi problems, loose screens etc. The works and I wouldn't put it past HTC to repeat the same problems or new ones.
-2100 vs 1850 mah battery.

There are a lot more reasons and I guess you can include marketing, but I would place marketing well, well, well below all the other reasons.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 14:43 1

67. SleepingOz (unregistered)


You nailed it dude! Same goes for the Xperia S. Lol !

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 10:27 5

51. doubler86 (Posts: 319; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


I don't see any competition for the S4 here

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 10:28 2

52. dherteux (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


How can a phone with out LTE, and not on Americas LARGEST NETWORK be considered competition for anything? It may be a nice phone, but the Nexus phone will never be competition for the S4. If you want a big phone, then the DNA is a poor choice. The screen is nice, but no expandable memory is not.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 12:00

55. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


You aren't very bight, are you?
Nexus 4 is big competition due to its Specs and Very Low Price Point.

$200-300 with 2 Year contract
Vs
$300-350 No Contract World Phone

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 11:00

53. amats69 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


all we have to do now is to wait for the unvieling of the SIV..lets see if it is really the phone to beat..

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 12:47 2

56. Taters (Posts: 3512; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The HTC One is, the closest competitor, can be beat quite easily. It isn't even close actually. All Samsung would have to do is not put the buttons in a retarded position, like power button on the top right of a large phone and the home button to right away from where your thumb rests naturally. Which is already a given considering Samsung does a lot or ergonomics research and testing which HTC obviously ignores.

Make it more compact, which is also very easy to do considering the HTC One is the smae size as the DNA and it 9.3mm compared to the 7.9mm Xperia Z.

Put a Razr MAXX size battery in the GS4.

This will be even more one sided than the GS3 vs. the rest. It doesn't even need all of the above. Just one will do.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 13:21

62. Taters (Posts: 3512; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Top left I mean, not top right.

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