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Galaxy S4 costs Samsung $237 to build, more than Apple iPhone 5

0. phoneArena 09 May 2013, 02:14 posted on

The 32GB U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 costs $237 to build, slightly more than the Apple iPhone 5, according to market researchers from IHS…

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posted on 09 May 2013, 02:17 29

1. AmitMajumder (Posts: 79; Member since: 21 May 2012)


And people say that Samsung has priced their device very high!!!

posted on 09 May 2013, 05:16 19

21. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


and what's even worse iPhone is a dumb phone in compare to any Android device:
1) no default app selection for any action (=fascism)
2) no file copy = you can not freely copy any file easily (=fascism)
3) no nfc
4) just icons
5) no standardized microUSB (so you always have to take your own cable and charger with you)
= dumb phone

posted on 09 May 2013, 06:26 4

23. Chaseism (Posts: 55; Member since: 08 May 2013)


That's actually a terrible comparison. People have a choice in what smartphone they choose. Apple is not the only smartphone maker in the market. People have to choose to buy an iPhone and when they do, they opt into Apple's rules. Even if they don't like the choice they made, they can either buy a new phone full price or suffer through it for two years and leave Apple. The things you named are things that don't work for you. But you are not everyone else in the world. I could make an even longer list of things I don't like about Android, but I wouldn't dare call Google fascist. Something tells me you need to take a few history and government classes when you get off of Summer Vacation...

posted on 09 May 2013, 07:24 5

27. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


At least IOS doesn't LAG....

posted on 09 May 2013, 07:32 9

29. ash29 (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Ever heard of JELLYBEANS??

posted on 09 May 2013, 09:59 2

42. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


yea it wlil be available to most Androids in 2015

posted on 09 May 2013, 12:08 2

53. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


You mean Lagy Beans ..
Yes I have seen that one..
What about it?

posted on 09 May 2013, 07:56 17

32. Aeires (unregistered)


Every mobile OS will lag under certain conditions. Even iOS.

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:00 3

43. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


but only Android lags out of the box

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:14 3

46. NaRFL (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


My iphone 5 doesn't lag it freezes from time to time by simply unlock the phone. I thought the problem happens to mine but many of my friends who using iphone 5 face the same problem. Sold it last month, love my note 2 to the max.

posted on 09 May 2013, 12:09 2

54. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


Yes but android holds the Lag record...

posted on 09 May 2013, 12:52

55. Aeires (unregistered)


Absolutely correct, more false comments about Lag in Android than any other OS.

posted on 09 May 2013, 07:57 3

33. tech2 (Posts: 1881; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Wow.....was that suppose to be funny, funnyguy ? o.O

posted on 09 May 2013, 08:23 2

34. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


I sell iPhones every single day. They do have lag, and the WiFi/Cell Data/Bluetooth toggles are the worst--it always takes 3-5 taps/slides to make them move.

Even if iPhones were 100% lag-free, I still wouldn't use one. They're garbage. They don't do what an actual smartphone is supposed to do. If I want an advanced basic phone, I'll go back to my 1st Gen LG enV (which is over 5yrs old)

posted on 09 May 2013, 15:55

57. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


My iPad mini is 2 times smoother than my galaxy s4...
My s4 is Laging like a Motherf**ker .......

posted on 09 May 2013, 08:31 4

38. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


First of all they do lag...who started or who poised you wirh the idea ios doesn't lag...they might lag less due to the fact its basic smartphone...take the s4 and iphone 5 or your 5s when it comes out there will be no comparison simply Apple is the playing catch up now...give it another year or 2 Android will take over in the U.S just as they did world wide

posted on 09 May 2013, 08:38 4

41. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


He's just brainwashed like all the others. He'll wake up......one day.

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:02

44. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


my iphone 4S doesnt know the meaning of what lags is... works like new... and the best part no carrier crap..

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:25 1

49. NaRFL (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


"you dont represent the entire iphone users.. so just because it hasnt happen to to you doesnt mean it has not happen."

posted on 09 May 2013, 12:54 1

56. Aeires (unregistered)


my Nexus 4 doesn't know the meaning of what lags is... works like new... and the best part no carrier crap..

posted on 09 May 2013, 16:11

61. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


Be careful not to lose your job with all this bulls**t you are saying...

posted on 10 May 2013, 11:02

66. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


LMMFAO it'll take a nuclear war to get me fired.

posted on 09 May 2013, 15:58

58. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


Don't be silly .....
We haven't seen quad core or Octacore iOS devices yet..
They are dual core and still the quality and user experience of iOS is far superior than LagDroid...

Android will never catch up...

posted on 09 May 2013, 16:01

59. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


Don't be silly .....
We haven't seen quad core or Octacore iOS devices yet..
They are dual core and still the quality and user experience of iOS is far superior than LagDroid...

Android will never catch up...

posted on 10 May 2013, 00:47

65. NaRFL (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


Dude I was an iphone user. And my brother galaxy s2 is superior to my last iphone 5 in many aspects, I repeat s2 not s4. My note 2 is working awesomely even I experience occasional freezes such as force close n lags. Ppl i no start to realize wat galaxy phone can do. All of them don't previously no much about phone. They followed the mainstream iphone users. 3 of my classmates even my lecturer ditch their 4s n now using note 2 n s3.

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:52

50. night_elf (Posts: 38; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


How should it lag if you can't do anything at all? If you do the things you do with Android on your iOS with Jaibreak it gets leggy as hell! So iOS doesn't leg because you cant do any customization, if you don't customize Android its much faster than iOS because of the better Processors Andorid manufacturers use (like Qualcomm or Samsung). And than we get to the point, with Android you can, with iOS you can't (PERIOD)

posted on 09 May 2013, 16:07

60. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


IOS 7 is on the way.....
It will probably have better sharing options and widgets kind of like Android...
It will still be SMOOTH LIKE BUTTER...though...
So you theory is just a theory ...

Just remember ....
The day iOS 7 will be released, you might feel a small sting....
That's pride and jealousy who are f**king you ....
f**k pride...
Pride only hurst .....it never helps...
You fight through that shit...

posted on 09 May 2013, 16:12 2

62. ash29 (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Android isnt laggy anymore,Samsung's touchwiz is.End of story.

posted on 09 May 2013, 16:16 1

63. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


My friends galaxy tab 2 Laggs like you wouldn't believe...
It lags so much that my friend developed a speaking problem, and suddenly he started to stutter....
Samsung is f**king a lot of people ...

posted on 10 May 2013, 20:19 1

69. willard12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


When you say "lag," are you simply referring to a phone's ability to scroll left and right? Really......this is critical to you, scrolling? Not multi-tasking, BT File transfers.....but scrolling. OK.

posted on 09 May 2013, 17:51

64. night_elf (Posts: 38; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


I was not talking about pride, nor did i said that anything will probably happen in the future. I'ts a fact that Androids are much Faster than iOS devices just look at benchmarks(PERIOD). There is no space to talk about performance here, benchmarks are facts not wishful thinking! What you are talking is out of jealousy, because you know that Android is much better than iOS you try to defend it by saying just wait for iOS7 i will be much better. Its also a fact that on android you can chose, you can disable the fancy animations, you can use a faster launcher and in the end its always comes to Android > iOS.

posted on 10 May 2013, 11:21 1

67. phonemonkey (Posts: 162; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


could someone ban this person for ignorance
Thank you

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:52 1

51. night_elf (Posts: 38; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


How should it lag if you can't do anything at all? If you do the things you do with Android on your iOS with Jaibreak it gets leggy as hell! So iOS doesn't leg because you cant do any customization, if you don't customize Android its much faster than iOS because of the better Processors Andorid manufacturers use (like Qualcomm or Samsung). And than we get to the point, with Android you can, with iOS you can't (PERIOD)

posted on 09 May 2013, 02:20

2. zhiae (Posts: 174; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


it is 645$ here

posted on 09 May 2013, 02:36 7

6. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 352; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Actually,Samsung Galaxy S4 should cost $600.They are charging $50 more for the brand name for every device.Same goes for other OEMs.Apple charges the most for its brand name.

posted on 09 May 2013, 08:25

35. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


It's just marketing/competitive pricing. In my store, I charge $650 retail for an S3, and $720 retail for an iPhone 5 lol

posted on 09 May 2013, 06:52

24. MrKoles (Posts: 304; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


it is 650 euros here

posted on 09 May 2013, 02:25

3. tiara6918 (Posts: 1352; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


They'd be earning less if the build quality wasn't made out of plastic

posted on 09 May 2013, 02:38 13

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2106; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


And what good is cheap scratchy aluminum, especially with battery replacing and wireless charging removed?

posted on 09 May 2013, 02:57 7

11. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 182; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I don't think making the case out of aluminum would not be greatly more expensive at all, remember drink can's are made from aluminum and they are a disposable product.

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:13 14

15. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)


So you don't know that the "plastic" is more expensive than the ugly aluminium

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:33 5

17. sapibuntinx (Posts: 50; Member since: 08 May 2013)


agree with dark, iphone is cheaphone...

posted on 10 May 2013, 11:23

68. phonemonkey (Posts: 162; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


says someone with no reputation in the phone world about the phone that has repeatedly won design of the year
year after year

posted on 09 May 2013, 02:27 6

4. mr.techdude (Posts: 542; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


What about the HTC one since that's the best crafted phone?

posted on 09 May 2013, 02:52 14

10. JaM1977 (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


best crafted? its the worst crafted phone ever... check iFixit..its completly unrepairable, internals are gued together, you cannot replace anything without destroying the case.. it looks nice, but its build quality is a mess.

posted on 09 May 2013, 04:37

19. rgxVOiD (Posts: 433; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Why would you want to replace anything?

posted on 09 May 2013, 04:53

20. a_merryman (Posts: 640; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I'm not sure you really understand build quality....

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:05

45. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


look under the hood of a 2013 BMW.. can't even do a regular oil change on those but it still an award winning car...

posted on 09 May 2013, 02:35 10

5. gaurang (Posts: 94; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


i think the extra cost is for the more sensors that samsung have put....the barometer the thermometer and other METERS

posted on 09 May 2013, 02:40 6

8. Trex95 (Posts: 543; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Cost more cause of bigger screen, Super Amoled and touchscreen digitize that comes with Super Amoled.

posted on 09 May 2013, 02:48

9. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


is that the in-house cost or the industry's cost?? if that is based on samsung's own cost, then it wud gain a higher figure if based on d general industry

posted on 09 May 2013, 02:59 5

12. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


So much for cheap build!

BTW I tried out the S4 and it indeed feels like a massive upgrade to the S3.
It's leaner, more elegant, faster, and oh my, that screen is absolutely fantastic.
Comparing it with screen on my S3, it is hugely better in every way.. brighter, super sharp, amazing white color, even better blacks and NO BLACK CLIPPING.
Best screen I ever saw.
BUT.. the internal storage!
The retail unit had only 3.5Gb free space.
Samsung messed up big way here.. no way I would buy a 16Gb version

posted on 09 May 2013, 07:21 5

25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7690; Member since: 14 May 2012)


3.5GB really? Who are you trying to fool?

posted on 09 May 2013, 07:35 4

30. ash29 (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


I think its 8.5GB

posted on 09 May 2013, 08:26

36. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Yes, 3.5GB..
There were some files occupying the memory but all I saw in the system info were Samsung apps and system.
I think some games were preinstalled, but the point remains, that retail unit had only 3.5Gb.

posted on 09 May 2013, 08:27

37. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/16GB-Samsung-Galaxy-S4-only-has-about-9GB-free-for-users_id42466

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:09 2

13. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


But samsung's plastic is not really good. It scratches easily. But I wonder what cost it too much?

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:23 7

16. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


btw i cant notice even a liitle scratch on my note2 :)
i just put a case on it whenever needed :)

posted on 09 May 2013, 07:22 7

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7690; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Never gotten a scratch on my GS3 and it's been a year. Your trolling statement is invalid.

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:15

47. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


it is valid because you dont represent the entire Samsung users.. so just because it hasnt happen to to you doesnt mean it has not happen.. and he never refer to you specifically

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