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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: 1488; 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: 642; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Agree! No need every time throw in iPhone.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 14:30 5

65. donfem (Posts: 652; 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: 4003; 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: 1236; 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: 118; 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: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


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

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 08:14 1

43. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1017; 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: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Except... No.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 12:59 4

57. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; 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: 864; 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 (unregistered)


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: 193; 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: 328; 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: 2155; 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: 488; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Laggy UI ??

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:28 9

26. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Look up a couple of XDA topics.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:02 8

23. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; 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: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


how boring...

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 13:03

59. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; 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.

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