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Here's what our readers dislike about the Galaxy S4

Here's what our readers dislike about the Galaxy S4
Last week we had a post asking you to share your thoughts about the Galaxy S4 with our community. More specifically, we asked you to tell us if there's something that you dislike about Samsung's new flagship. And what do you know, the response we got was fantastic! The article easily got more than 250 comments, all of which coming from our enthusiastic readers who were eager to express and then defend their opinions about the wonderful smartphone that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is.

To tell you the truth, some comments were even a bit too enthusiastic and heated, as the discussion quickly grew into a flame war. Not that we mind it, after all, that's what the comment section is for, but what we find quite amusing is how the idea that different people can like different things seems to be downright unacceptable! We just find this very funny.

Anyways, we read through all the comments and picked some which we think represent the complaints of the majority. To summarize, it looks like most of you, guys, dislike the plastic design and uninspiring looks of the Galaxy S4. Other reasonable complaints include the poor call quality and outdoor visibility. Before we leave you with the featured comments, though, we just wanted to say that we tend to agree with most of them, especially the one that says the GS4 doesn't make caramel machiatos, which is something that we did miss to mention in the review... See? Good thing we made that article!

Are you cool with the GS IV? My list is something as follows:
1. U.S. editions not getting the Exynos octacore love.
2. Call quality could be better.
3. I like the 5.5 inch screen of my Note II.
4. I like the S-pen of my Note II.

If I didn't have a Note II, I probably would bite the bullet and get a GS IV. But I do, so I won't. I will be getting a Note III, however. - Droid_X_Doug

Its a very cool phone
But I would love to have a bit smaller phone with the same internals and a bit better design - atsamman

4. Lack of OIS: I want OIS. There must be thousands of users like me who don't have 100% steady hands. And even the slightest amount of shake ends up

slightly blurring photos which annoys me. So a OIS is a must for me. If HTC was able to do it. Why not samsung?

I am OK with plastic. As long as the phone doesn't break when it falls. - AppleHateBoy

1. Too much plastic
2. Phone/screen too big - if it could retain the slim bezel but be 4.7", perfect
3. Remove the capacitive buttons. It's 2013!
4. Calm down a bit on the cartoony colors of Touchwiz.
5. Get rid of that terrible speaker on the back and innovate some sort of REAL speaker, take note from HTC One or iPhone.
6. The microphone sucks, take note from iPhone hardware AND software (noise level detection).
7. Shaky video, take note from Lumias.
8. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, put the charging port and headphone jack on the same side, the bottom preferably. - Synack

Honestly I hate:

1.The dull design....was not a fan of S3's design either....I expected samsung to go back to S2 days...

2.Choice of material....its not the plastic I am against....why not build a plastic phone like HTC one X...that was plastic too. ....but not this glossy

and looked premium.....

3.Nature UI is played out...expected something cooler....

4.This i have not tested personally...but what I have read from reviews the microphone is not great either.... - Smart

There is few main things which I dislike like about Samsung Galaxy S 4:

1. OLED based display.
2. Cheap looking design.
3. Too much gimmick bloatware.

Everything else looks good. - PhoneArenaUser

I hate the fact that its not in my possession!!! - mrraider602

1. Cheapish look and cheap feeling plastic
2. Boring design, you get a 99$ samsung or a 750$ they look the same
3. Software gimmicks, bloated cartoonish UI
4. Poor speaker and phone call quality - jo_Ny

The lack of auto compression, and auto edit in the video camera. That's a real bummer, but won't stop me from copping one on launch day. - darkkjedii

1.It doesn't have the best camera in a mobile device
2.The build quality isn't premium
3.The screen is too dark outside
4.The screen still can break, scratch, ding, etc.
5.It doesn't make me caramel machiatos
6.It won't grant all my wishes - mclifford81

Thanks to everyone for their comments!

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posted on 15 Apr 2013, 07:26 22

1. tiara6918 (Posts: 2093; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Looks like majority of us here hate the build quality of the s4 because it uses cheap looking plastic compared to other phones

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 07:28 25

4. ITEngineer (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


well honestly, i do hate the poly carbonate thing, but hey at the end, if it brakes you can buy a new back cover, unlike unibody or glass.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 07:49 11

10. tiara6918 (Posts: 2093; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I just wish samsung would return on how they made the back cover of the s2,black galaxy note1,galaxy tab7.7,omnia7. They're plastic and still have removable covers(except for the tab)but they are far more better looking and somehow has a better feel compared to the glossy plastic of the s3,s4 and note2

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 08:00 1

14. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


ur ryt..
omnia style will do :D

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 08:33 1

22. Leo_MC (Posts: 1900; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


S3 falls on the display so this is what needs changing, not the back.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:11 5

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


So now you can see how people are limited so they are talking about one of the least important thing and don't see the advantages of not so easy breakable construction :-)

So the end will be: easily breakable construction without replaceable battery and then we have an easily breakable phones like iPhone or nexus 4

And the stupidity wins again

25% of iPhones have broken glass =proof that stupidity wins :-)

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 13:04

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


goo [dot] gl/F0OeX

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 11:55 1

44. FAW-Q (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


Too many guys by the name of Kim owns one.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 17:46 10

61. jael206 (Posts: 146; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Hey PA, after the release of the next iPhone, I'll be watching out for an article called "What Our Readers Hate about the New iPhone". There better be, coz I'll be watching..

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 07:27 9

2. ITEngineer (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


i love it. And im gonna get one since im coming from an S2

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 07:27 11

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 22490; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yippie my comment made it into the article. Thanx PA...much appreciated.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 08:02

15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4037; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Congrats!
You're famous in PA, lol!

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 08:07 5

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 22490; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lol I know huh. I was surprised to see that I'd made it, cuz my comment was so short.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 08:15 4

20. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4037; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


"I hate the fact that its not in my possession!!!" by mrraider602 is even shorter.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:03 2

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 22490; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yes lol and I agree with that comment big time

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 08:49 1

24. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Uhh....when someone's name appeared on the article doesn't mean that he/she will be famous!

To get famous, is to post nice comments, make good points, everyone agree with you.

I'm not saying you and Dark post bad comments, but PA is just giving some examples of what readers dislike about the Galaxy S4. :)

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:02 7

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 22490; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude we were just kidding...wowwwwww. That comment was totally unnecessary

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:06 1

28. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I'm just sayin'. :)

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 19:21

63. JunitoNH (Posts: 1927; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


There is always an idiot in the crowd, always. I thing the man was just trying to be facetious.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:15 4

30. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4037; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Chill dude! It was just a pun!

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:44 3

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 22490; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly Nathan. Some things are taken to serious

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:03 2

36. brokenchains (Posts: 17; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


I'm not trying to bash you but unless I missed something, I'm not sure there was a pun in anything you said.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 11:00 3

39. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4037; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I know Dark alright, i know him well enough to make the joke. It was meant for him, it's for none of you.
Jezz...it was a joke if you can't understand it, i don't know how you're here.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 11:25 1

41. darkkjedii (Posts: 22490; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


+1 Nathan. People need to learn to joke and laugh bro.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 11:58 1

45. hihiguy (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)


Wow xperiadriod is on his man period. He was kidding . And i think you need a life if you think post nice comment on pa will make you famous.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 12:23 2

47. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I'm just sayin'.

But oh well, nobody understands me! And this lesson teaches me that never reply to their comment when they're chatting...........

Hmm....need a life? I am a human of course I have a life, your comment makes no sense at all!

Geez.......this is a bad day for me at PA! Ok, end of the story, just go chat with dark and nathan and just pretend that my comment on this article is invisible.

That's all! THE END!

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 12:48 3

49. darkkjedii (Posts: 22490; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude what's wrong with u man? You're usually a really cool guy...

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 12:52 2

50. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I don't know, well, sorry about the comment just now.

Maybe I can't take a joke. :(

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 14:00

53. hihiguy (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)


Yeah you can't. I used to look up to you as a hero, after today...I lost all respect for you as a human being cause you have a life.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 15:36 1

57. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4037; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Dude, that's too much again! Cool it...
Everyone here is cool, except for some trolls and bots.

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