Samsung Galaxy S 4 hands-on
0. phoneArena 14 Mar 2013, 18:32 posted on
Taking 2012 by storm, Samsung catapulted all the way to the top last year, as the Korean based company delivered timeless devices over and over again with little pause for its rivals to combat its insatiable appetite. Claiming victory while looking down from the pinnacle of the mountain, Samsung as a whole transformed from being a competitor trying to emerge from a heap of hard rollers, to the one taking ownership of the crown in the smartphone kingdom. Today marks yet another triumphant push forward in retaining that prestigious crown, seeing that the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S IV just became official-official...
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8. andro. (Posts: 1890; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Hmmm Samsung pulled an Apple. Will look elsewhere myself,will not fall for buying the same phone 2 years in a row myself. Htc one maybe? Note 3?
21. Rydsmith (Posts: 79; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
Did you really just say: "will not fall for buying the same phone 2 years in a row myself" then go and put the Note 3 as a choice?
Something that hasn't been announced and if it takes ANYTHING from its Note 1 to Note 2 transition, it will be of similar repute.
53. andro. (Posts: 1890; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
have been using an s2 and note 1 recently,inbetween having my own s3,perks of being in the industry. If you notice i left a question mark after the note 3 as that as of now is still an uncertainty in design and feature aspects. yes it might well follow in its predessors in following the s class range design,it may also by the first with flexible amoleds
11. Taters (Posts: 1760; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
I am disappointed that HTC and Sony fans will not shut up but in reality. I am pretty pleased.
Way smaller than the HTC One with a bigger screen. Smaller than GS3 in all dimensions.
HTC One already owned.
13. Baseballer (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Not at all. They pulled an apple and most features i heard on the s4, i heard about first from the htc one.
116. elmersunyc (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
I think HTC deserves a chance this time! I really appreciate the amount of effort that HTC has putten in on the ONE!
125. Dynamac (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Dec 2012)
The biggest problem with the One is HTC's lack of strategic direction ie who do they want to sell the phone to??
1. with HOX, HTC no doubt spent a lot of time and money on the premium quality and good looks, but didn't provide the marketing resource to make the world recognise it (the people that want premium quality and great design aka those that bought the iPhone), so it didn't sell well to them.
2. It didn't have things like user replaceable battery, mSD slots, best hardware, timely upgrades or the power efficiency for tech users, hence they didn't buy it either.
As such, with all its positives, the phone sold poorly. I fear HTC hasn't learnt it's lesson just yet. Even now, no one around me seems to know what a HTC One is, but they all know about the S3 and S4 is, so I think the numbers are going to speak for themselves.
26. Rydsmith (Posts: 79; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
Let's start from the beginning please.
Having 2600 mAH means NOTHING if it's not used effeciently, which we will not know until the phone has been reviewed through an intensive battery test. (And no Phonearena, your piss poor "battery test" for the HTC One does not count, it's obivious that you rushed the article out of the door for clicks and to have it out before the SGIV event. It wasn't even a test just a "the batter lasts a whole day...pretty much" but I digress.)
Second the difference between DDR 2 and DDR3 is not large enough to be proud, especially on a phone that has an operating system that runs very well on 1GB of [insert aany general mediocre RAM here]. This is akin to having 16GB of RAM on your computer. 8 GB is truly the most needed and beyond that is just bragging rights that honestly have no bearing on your ability or inability to run applications.
Lastly, no ****ing duh. The HTC One has a dual stereo speaker on the front. This alone is a considerable amount of spacial real estate (for a lack of better words). The screen sizes are personal choices, so I will leave it at that. Bigger is not always better, as I am more affectionate to about 4.3" as that is the G-spot of screen sizes for me and my hands.
The rest of the stuff is software based and honestly, means nothing. Software on Android is what makes Android so great. You can make your phone almost anything, and by the time that phone launches the APKs will be available for S Translator and Air View (as I'm sure they are just using the proximity sensor for it, but hey, prove me wong) adn the other "revolutionary" things in the SGIV.
Sorry to rain on your parade, but the HTC One is far from owned.
They both look like great handsets and it will come down to the perosnal perference of the end user. I prefer a metal finish for quality in my hand, but my best friend loves plastic as it is just better for his needs.
79. Taters (Posts: 1760; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
If the 2600 mah means nothing then the 2300 mah the HTC One has over the 2050 mah Droid DNA doesn't mean anything either. Either way, the power saving cores and the screen will save battery as well. Of course 2600 mah means something.
Second, DDR3 vs DDR2 ram makes a HUGE difference, on my PC at least. Saying ddr3 is nothing is like saying USB 3.0 is nothing. The speed difference is crazy.
3rd, I would take a more compact phone over dual stereo speakers any day. If HTC went with that I would give the size category to HTC but unfortunately they didn't. I rather the GS4 be 4.5 inch or 4.7 and even smaller myself. But if you must have that huge size I would take the bigger screen. It is smaller than the 4.8 inch GS3, which was in turn smaller than the 4.5 inch Lumia 920. The dimensions are impressive.
I forgot to mention the superior button placement and the useful physical home button of the GS4. Plus it is thinner at 7.9mm. The S3 felt great in my hand and the One X and 8x felt alright.
As far as I am concerned. HTC got owned again like I expected.
144. TMach (Posts: 268; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
How good the battery is dpends on UI optimisation. To make a comment like HTC got owned is plainly lame, that is your opinion and like a**eholes everyone has one! You like the S4, all well and good but accept others do not and prefer other qualities. HTC One and XZ for me and I am happy as Larry! One is owned by me and the other soon will be! S4, a most definite ignore from me as it has absolutely nothing of interest to me including floating touch which was on last year's Xperia Sola!
122. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
I'm not understanding how, in this case, you're equating screen size to how a phone feels in your hand. I think the point was that the s3 has a larger screen without increasing the size and weight of the phone.
58. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5427; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
well you're the only one that seems to think so. everywhere i go there are different tones of disappointment in the Galaxy S4. all Samsung has done is bring the specs up to par and shoehorn more TouchWiz features most of which require either more accessories or somebody else with a Galaxy S4 all over the Android 4.2 experience and i don't know if you guys noticed this but Google was hardly mentioned if at all in the entire presentation. the HTC One brings the more compelling package in more areas and i'm sure the Motorola X will too.
107. lambchops (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Well, its not that the GS4 is any better than the htc one, i mean, they both have there goods and there bads, but preferably myself, id go with the GS4 only because of samsungs ui and hardware. Samsung seems more focused more on the "all around" side of devices compared to HTC focusing more on the multi-media side of devices. Personally, i feel like i can get more done.. FASTER on the samsung galaxy s4.
150. joaolx (Posts: 287; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I still say that mah on battery doesn't make much of a difference. Apple proved that in iphone 4s and 5 by putting a 1450 mah battery. Oh and the battery is lpddr3( low power ddr3) ram. Still good but wont have much difference compared to other high ends like htc one. If i had the money for one i would always choose the htc one above the sgs3s.
151. joaolx (Posts: 287; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
* and the ram is lpddr3
Sorry for the mistake
19. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3272; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Ugh. I really don't mind the plastic, it's the gloss that gets me. Otherwise, seems like a nice device with equally nice software. Going to get some hands on time with it thought before I choose it over the One.
185. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I thought you're waiting for the Motorola X?
187. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3272; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I'm going to buy a device within the next couple months (probably the GS4 or the One), then sell it later in the year for the Motorola X or the Nexus 5. I can't wait any longer for an upgrade, my GS2 is getting old.
188. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Unfortunately I could still wait for an upgrade. My HOX is working better than ever. If Motorola and Google subsidize Motorola X heavily like rumor says... My wait for an upgrade may come to a halt earlier than expected. If I do upgrade right now, HTC One will grab me if s-off could be achieved (I just realized that I'm a custom ROM addict) and if they show better video samples than what's available already. If this was 2012 and SGS4 was SGS3... I would of placed my preorder for this already.
20. adolert15 (Posts: 27; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
I'm disappointed... once my contract ends (2014) i will look forward to the GS5, GN4 or HTC One succesor ( Two?)
22. Furbal (Posts: 96; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Worthy upgrade in features and specs...the IR transmitter is going to be really nice.
Meh on design though. Looks like my note 2, could have changed the design some to get stereo speakers in it?
23. amansingal14 (Posts: 260; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
doesnt 57 make it look a little bit like WP8 with a background wallpaper?
24. henrickrw (Posts: 402; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Love this Gadget.. My Company will get it for me for free :)
27. _VipeR_ (Posts: 45; Member since: 30 May 2011)
Blah!!!!!!!! Let the Note III rumors officially begin!!!
S/N.....This should have been called the Note II Mini instead of the Galaxy S4
31. henrickrw (Posts: 402; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Common dude, the phone does innovation where no one else have reached before.
29. MartianMe (unregistered)
Sony xperia z for me than..
33. braysala (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
in my opinion I like it and its is a great phone no doubt about it . You people saying s4 is crap ima get the htc one will most likely regret that decision yeah, its a good looking phone but I dont find the ui and software that desirable
34. Reverence (Posts: 197; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)
we, loyal samsung lovers, have been betrayed by samsung!
87. rgxVOiD (Posts: 420; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
Where are you going to go now? HTC, Sony, LG or Moto?
35. anjel1708 (Posts: 26; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)
That was kind of weak. Much of this software wad gimmicks. I am not sending a picture of the family to someone with my head in a stamp in the background. Some of the other features will be in an app soon. Language software will also be in an app. Scroll with eyes is already being created to go in all phones. So what was the WOW? I was truly excited. HTC One has my business.
86. rgxVOiD (Posts: 420; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
Thank god that i'm not the only one that think the dual camera head stamp is stupid. I think the album thing is also stupid.
135. MartyK (Posts: 651; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
I agree 100% with you, 99.9% of their so-call features is already out, heck you can get them out of the playstore!.
This is sad, oh well, let's see what Moto and Nexus have up their sleeves.
37. Twisted247 (Posts: 192; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
Really, don't run through the phone at all, no settings no benchmark no .. ANYTHING just regurgitating exactly what the live show just covered. ..
Kudos on the live coverage though
38. JEverettnow (Posts: 93; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
People are so quick to judge this phone without actually using it. My GS3 has been great with no issues since the day I purchased it. I however have to fix cell phones for my job and nothing but HTC's come in all day. Have fun with your HTC (d)one and its integrated battery. What ground breaking features does the HTC 1 have? A 4 "ultrapixel" camera? Pleeeease!
This is nothing like an apple being as it's features are actually relevant, it has a removable battery, SD card expansion slot, incredible screen, and allows for data to be freely shared. Everyone hating on this should probably wait a little while until more is known about this phone and probably until they are able to use one themselves.
Ask yourself this. What hasn't this phone given you that you want? Chances are there isn't a phone on the market or one that is coming out in the next 6 months that compares to this phone.
44. JEverettnow (Posts: 93; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
Also, almost every aspect of this phone is replaceable also. So from a tech standpoint this phone is awesome. Event he charger port is replaceable! This is leaps and bounds ahead of the GSIII, HTC One, Xperia Z, Z10, Iphone 5, and I am willing to put money that it is leaps and bounds ahead of what will be the Iphone 5s and Math.
39. tiara6918 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
For galaxy s3 users, I don't see any reason for you to update, I'm sure you'll also be getting all those new features of touchwiz except the air view thing
42. mytx100 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
not impress. very disappointed was expecting more. Something new. not an upgrade. After all i preffer ... HTC One...
43. xperator (Posts: 8; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
Bye Bye Samsung. Trash design.
This is just the bigger version of f*cking galaxy s3
just like apple, you're releasing last year's product with an increased number.
Come on guys, Most of those new features are software based. That means you can already have them on any android device.
50. fanboy1974 (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
As long as you by Android you will make me happy. We really need to stop this in house fighting. It should be Android vs Apple not Samsung vs HTC.
Note 2 owner!
106. RomeoJDR (Posts: 236; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)
Even Apple, the company who has always made the most incremental changes in design but got off by marketing products as revolutionary, realized the need had come to release a phone with more emphasis on changing the design than Samsung. If they release a budget iPhone made of plastic it would be a good marketing ploy to highlight their budget model being crafted similar to Samsungs premium model. Samsung loyalist will always be there to defend and advocate the use of plastic in a premium handset, but had Samsung chose to use aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber...etc to house this phone they would have millions of new loyalist and expanded their dominance eliminating any potential threat on their market share.
118. elmersunyc (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
You do have a point! Feature-wise even the galaxy s3 is not that much of a difference compared to the note2 after they released the upgrade for the s3.
45. rgxVOiD (Posts: 420; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
Samsung really need to stop putting 'S' in everything.
48. fanboy1974 (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Samsung would have to rename themselves to "Amung".
77. rgxVOiD (Posts: 420; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
What's that? Lemme grab by Galaxy S (this S is ok) 4 and open the 'S' (this S is not ok) Translator and translate what you're saying and let it talk back using 'S' Voice from the written text..
49. braysala (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Thats like telling iphone to stop putting 'i' in everything
78. rgxVOiD (Posts: 420; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
That's their trademark. i products. Sammy doesn't have s products do they?
47. fanboy1974 (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Can't wait for a proper show down between the HTC One and S4.
51. almostdone (Posts: 61; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
There is nothing better on the market... If you find the s4 disappointing then the other flagships are must be your biggest disappointment.
52. Credo (Posts: 558; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
So dissapointing, acting like they are not like Apple this time and only give us new softwarefeatures, as 1080p is on paper the same as 720p (300+ ppi), the battery lifetime will be the same as the SGS3 with that screen.... and best of al, acting like they added an 8 core processor as it is just an dual unnessesairly quad core.... Sammy please add a new style of build quality please, bored of that plastick :)
So so so dissapointing :(
54. Yoshua84 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Are we seriously just upset about the phone design? Like 90% of people use phone cases. Better battery, processor, GPU, and features? I'm on board.
75. JEverettnow (Posts: 93; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
This article just proved that most people on the interwebs are short sighted fools with no grasp of history or reputations.
55. cR203 (Posts: 145; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)
Look at all these hater here talking about how disappointed they are and they're buying the htc one. Who cares what you think? If you have nothing good to say about the s4 then don't say nothing at all.
56. henrickrw (Posts: 402; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
That's right. If you don't want it simply don't get it. I'm gonna get it for real!
161. Jonathan41 (Posts: 525; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
I understand what your saying but, most people didn't come to hate on the SG4. They came to see "the next big thing". If people are disappointed I don't think they should have hide it just because you might not like there opinion. That what the comment section is for.
57. elmersunyc (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
If I am looking for an upgrade I probably will go for HTC ONE this year. Had the Galaxy S3, the Note 2 and the Iphone 5. I realize I do appreciate a more sophisticated design and a better built quality. I don't really care about the specs anymore, as of all flagship devices are more than capable of handling any daily tasks. HTC for me this year! Cheers to something that actually feels NEW!!!!
82. rgxVOiD (Posts: 420; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
I feel like that's what its going to be from now on. People stopped caring about the spec since iPhone (yes iPhone). As long as the phone works for them, that's what they will care about