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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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posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:38 1

59. JEverettnow (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

Can anyone explain what features the HTC one has that makes it so much better than than the s4? I guess having to repair HTC's all day makes me a little weary of them. Also the fact that they never fixed any of the issues in the Evo 4g LTE. Or the aluminum uni bodies get dinged up and look ugly as hell. Or the fact that the batteries go bad like clockwork and are irreplaceable. We will see who the real victor is in the next few months.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:42 3

62. TechnoMichael (unregistered)

i love reading all the hate comments of the s4. people said how the s3 was lame, gimmicky,and sucked but as soon as the reviews were flying out everybody instantly fell in love with it. i have an s3 and if i could i would get an s4 but the bottom line is, your opinion will prob change after the s4 is released and you seen it for yourself not threw a camera.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:01

74. JEverettnow (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


posted on 15 Mar 2013, 01:28 2

117. elmersunyc (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Like everyone is saying that the iphone 4s is exactly the same as the 4 with siri and few hardware improvements and then it turned out to be a huge hit in sales! The market is irrational and unpredictable sometimes! But I think Samsung should stop the hostile ads and unnecessary comparisons, because they might be the one ending up in the position being attacked! Be better and be humble and let us see what you have to offer! Have some respect for others. No need to let the competition get ugly. Buy what you like and only form an opinion base on your own view, NO criticism and NO haters!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:43 4

63. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)

Lame... Samsung is clearly thinking they have the market locked up. S3 owners should be happy their devices are not made into a relic with the new

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:48 3

66. _PHug_ (Posts: 444; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

"Now that the cat is out of the bag, it makes for some interesting choices for many people who are fighting an internal struggle on which device to pick up next"

LMAO, you must not read the comment section here.

Everyone on this site had their minds made up before this phone was leaked.
As for me, I like the Galaxy S4 but I'll continue my wait for the Note 3

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:55 3

69. elmersunyc (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Nothing wrong with a little competition in the market!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:33 1

83. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)

Are you friend with _Bone_?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:54 4

68. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

Well I'm most likely gonna choose the HTC One now once I decide to use my upgrade. I still wanna wait til after I see some in depth reviews to make a solid decision. The looks of the One just make this phone look not so special, and the software enhancements in TouchWiz aren't important enough to sway me. And those speakers on the HTC One seem amazing. We'll see who comes on top.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:57 1

71. elmersunyc (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

I like your unbiased opinion! Hopefully neither of them will disappoint! We want all customers to be happy with either devices! World Peace!!!!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:55

70. ten2seeme (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Loved the enhanced design & the subtle features Sammy has brought forth. You followers erk my nerves, if you want premium so darn bad go full throttle and jump ship to ios, don't let HTC be a stepping ground, we all know once you get the one, you'll utilize verizons return and come back home, over the years, you all have done it. Explain to me why you buy protective cases they made out the same material?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:00

73. JEverettnow (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

Most of you sound retarded. I mean, all those features that all of you wanted for months and that every tech site on the interwebs couldn't shut up about, are now gimmicks, they are old, there is nothing new, it is ugly, blah blah blah. You're all a bunch of whiney short sighted babies! s3 is a nice looking phone, the One is a nice looking phone, the s4 appears to be quite sexy.

None of you will be happy unless a phone whipes your ass and drives you to work. If any of you actually have jobs.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 01:02 4

113. arenaville (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

"the s4 appears to be quite sexy" ....BWAHAHAHA

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 13:50

174. Superpiff (Posts: 36; Member since: 29 Jul 2012)

I'm an HTC guy im not gonna bash the s4 its not a bad looking phone but saying its sexy is a lil much.as far as your ending statement we are in agreement.also I was curious what you have to fix the most when you receive HTC phones for repair

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:31 2

81. tolu01 (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

We samsung fans are disappointed and we admit it unlike some I fans who still insist their i crap is d best

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:34 1

84. nard0207 (Posts: 18; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

I think the Note III will look like a bigger s4 which looks like an s3.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:46 4

85. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)

I dont like the design at all. Welcome Lumia 940 and HTC One.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:53 2

88. tolu01 (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Honestly am trying my best to find the good side of this phone

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:18 1

90. 90ninjas (unregistered)

Again, as with the SGS3... people way over-hyping it for themselves and then get sorely disappointed that THEIR perfect phone wasn't the one that materialized... Lol

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:19 2

91. suneeboy (Posts: 201; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

I don't understand...Apple, Samsung, whoever....what ELSE were you expecting? What did you want? If the phone LOOKED different would you change your comments? What else can you put in a phone? That's it...we've reached a peak...there's nothing else but higher specs, and software enhancements....hardware can only go SO far. Until its transparent, flexible, stretchable, foldable, you are pretty much going to see the same things. Stop being a f*****g nerd...the phone is dope and its better than what you're rocking now.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:22 2

92. snoopy5 (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

there was nothing new about s4 except the smart scroll and smart pause,the tracking of your gesture was introduced long time ago by pantech mobile(i have 1 of it),the s health seems like nike+ipod to me,the dual camera sound familiar to me in htc one,and s4 design just like s3 with bigger screen and the speaker and flash light were being moved to other place.overall,nothing new,nothing special,yet,there are still lot of people cant wait to buy it...

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:24 6

93. R-vjn (Posts: 178; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

gosh, the design is BOOOORRRRRIIIINNNNNGGGGG....!!!!!
Why cant samsung make something different about the design..crapp..!

Samsung please understand that there are a lot of people who are not willing to take up a phone with an old design and stupid materials of use but with a lot of software circus...I got a feeling that they are concentrating on the software front and features. Also please samsung, looks do matter..but not at the cost of performance though...
From my point of view, HTC One is better than this 'DISSAPOINTMENT''..!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:00 1

97. 90ninjas (unregistered)

Actually, many people will buy a phone even if it looks similar to a predecessor. Most consumers don't buy and sell-back a phone, as I've observed many people here do, so they don't have the cash to buy a new phone the very next year. Also, many consumers will buy a case for their phone, and then it's all up to the software and how the person utilizes the phone.

Example: iPhone 4S.

PS. I have nothing against Apple. Just pointing out a trend.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:24

94. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

PWtf did y'all think they where going to do? They got the 1080 an featured no other phone has especially the camera dual shoot best camera feature period. An all the FREE health apps which cost 50-100 in other products that just do health. They targeted the market not us. Great upgrade for those expiring galaxy s2 contracts. Note 3 will be the tech savy target. S5 which will be the design overhaul an possible flexible screen. Just be happy the didn'tjust make it bigger like some companies we know

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 05:55 2

131. R-vjn (Posts: 178; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

optimus g already have the dual cam feature..! lols

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:56 1

96. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

I will catch it next Christmas for 50$ and to look in and stylish, will get what the s4 should have been, the bad Azz htc one!!! Hell yeah!!!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 12:28 1

139. JEverettnow (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

What does the One have that the s4 doesn't? Just wondering if you can answer

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:39 1

145. TMach (Posts: 454; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Gorgeous design and build quality!

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 03:55

162. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

Beats audio, two huge stereo speakers, S-LCD 3 display w/ Higher pixel density and tighter pixel matrix.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:07 1

98. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)

They should have called this the galaxy S3.5 hahaha

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:08

99. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)

Only Blackberry can do a full turn around the way it should be done...even though it took a while it was worth it. Samsung can learn a thing or 2

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:26

105. 90ninjas (unregistered)

Samsung isn't in the position to need a "full turn around."

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 23:23 1

111. tedkord (Posts: 11685; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

The difference is that a full turn around for Samsung world mean dropping to the bottom of the pack and becoming unprofitable.

No turn around necessary.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:12 1

100. Andrewtst (Posts: 633; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

One thing Samsung did pretty solid in S4 was it interface & functionality, it was much polish every part and look nicer than S III or Note II.

Just... haizz, the design of the phone was meh...

The phone design make me choice of leaving it....

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:22 4

102. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)

I'm thinking HTC is about to see their stock prices go up. How could anyone not biased by some stupid loyalty to a company pick this up over the One. You are getting the same performance and features with one packaged in the same old designed with cheap material and one completely redesigned to stand out in premium material. Plastic vs metal, glass...etc, isn't the most important factor but when it is really the only differentiating factor then might as well get the looks to go along with the performance. That said, I'll probably hold off for the Note 3 despite being plastic since it will at least offer an additional hardware feature I use.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 01:12 2

115. elmersunyc (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

From a previous user of S3 and Note2, I would say I wouldn't be wowed by the S4 if I get an upgrade. Most new features for me is disregardable. I would really appreciate a device that actually feels different in hand and attracts some good attention. I think if I do get the S4 at launch and have the phone on the subway on the day of launch people will be like is that a Note2? and the guy next to the person will be like nah.....maybe its just that his hand is too big so that his Note2 looks smaller. In my opionion most people will probably not be available to differentiate it base on first glance.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 23:21 4

110. Jyakotu (Posts: 844; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

Just as I suspected. Nothing but a souped up Galaxy S3 with some hardware modifications. So...anyone with a Galaxy S3 doesn't have any immediate reason to upgrade to the S4, unless they're a hardcore tech geek that just HAS to have the latest hardware.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 00:03 4

112. destinee (Posts: 6; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

I posted the comment below in the other article for some help on choosing the right device to put my hard earned money on. Seems like this article having more readers

I don't know how to compare s4 to others, let's pick HTC One.
HTC One display is 468ppi pixels density while s4 only 441ppi
HTC One has 2.1m WIDE ANGLE front facing camera while s4 is 2megapixels normal
HTC One has a 4ultrapixel rear camera while s4 is 13megapixels (even ordinary camera busting away from megapixels myth eventually)
HTC One has stereo speaker, (beats audio built-in) while s4 is mono loudspeaker
HTC One has both Optical and digital Image Stabalizer while s4 comes with digital image stabalizer
s4 comes with octa-core chip while HTC One is quard-core snapdragon(but s4 octa-core won't available in every region, in some reagion s4 will come with quard-core snapdragon instead)
HTC One LCD is Scratch-resistant glass and metallic uni-body and splash resistant
s4 with expendable microSD slot
s4 with user replaceable battery

intern of UI: HTC One sense UI + blinkfeed is very impressive
As a gamer and multimedia user, i'll choose HTC One if what s4 spec published here is true, but HTC is really really suck in marketing,
what do you think

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 17:27 1

149. BadAssAbe (Posts: 456; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

All True unless the cameras turn out to be a gimmick
But you fotgot a few things
SGS4 is lighter, thinner, and smaller but has a bigger battery and screen
SGS4 Has gorilla glass 3 not HTC

Blinked is flipbroad, nothin special

I do love the front facing speakers

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 01:48 2

119. mega20913 (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

I know alot of us are upset..but i felt the exact same way when I first saw the GS3...and then once i played with it in the store my thoughts totally changed. It sounds weird but I just think that it doesn't photograph well. The GS3 looks great in person and I'm sure the GS4 will too.

Now for those saying the GS4 is to the GS3 what the iPhone 5 was to the iPhone 4 I totally disagree. For one it it took them 2 years to go from the iPhone 4 to 5 with a phone looking exactly the same in between.

If you look at the Galaxy S phones from 1-4 you can see that Samsung was trying to find a form and style that they could stick with...they struck gold with the S3 so they are going to stick to that design language for a while and modify and refine it as they go along. Actually the S4 fixes the the things i dont like about the S3..more squared of corners, a flat front/back

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 01:55

120. mega20913 (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

Also remember that we will have to wait until NEXT YEAR to see any type of design change from the iPhone. Apple would never increase the size and resolution, include a bigger battery and camera, double the processing power, and modify the appearance in one year...they only do that every 2 years

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 02:13 5

121. BigBoss10 (Posts: 273; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)

A BIG S3 lol : D

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 04:02 5

124. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


posted on 15 Mar 2013, 04:27 1

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

Still the best!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 05:30 6

130. Brutus (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

S4's release has suddenly generated a lot of love for HTC One......LOL...!!!!
I was going to buy the One anyway!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 07:12 1

132. squid (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

Find me a phone the same size as my S3 but with a faster chip, more ram, better camera, bigger full HD screen, and a micro SD slot for all my sweet FLAC's and I'm sold .......

.... S4 it is then!

I'd rather be listening to ALL my albums than looking at the back of my phone!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 07:47

134. MartyK (Posts: 817; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

Motorola, this is your chance to take the top spot for this year!!!!

Wait, I forgot the Nexus will be out in a few months.....

Coming down between:
Sony vs HTC One vs Motorola X vs Nexus for the Android of the year award!!!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 08:09

136. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

And people would buy a Blackberry 10 over this phone?

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 10:00 2

138. Midi116 (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)

A lot of these comments are very biased. People will either say Htc one looks good or gs4 rocks. I like both phones and currently have a gs3. Both are great phones but there not gonna make me trade in my old phone. I can wait til 2014 when my contract ends to get another phone. Probably be something better out by then.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 12:40 1

140. JEverettnow (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

Everyone was hating on the GS3 when it was announced. Then what happened? I rarely see a happy HTC owner. Mark my words, in 6 months nobody will care about the HTC one, but the sIV will still be selling like crazy. Then all of you who were so quick to hate are going to act like you never hated on it.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:41

146. TMach (Posts: 454; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

I owned the S3 and certainly was not happy, not at all especially when it cracked (featured by PA). Changed and got the HOX.......

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 13:57

141. TheMaxColonel (Posts: 48; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

1 Ultra pixel = how much megapixels? im curious, i like phones but im more into tablets. i will wait for not 2 10.1 or note 3 10.1 or Galaxy Tab 3 :D

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:03

142. TheMaxColonel (Posts: 48; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

How the fcuk am i supposed to buy HTC One or S4 or Sony Xperia Z when they are extremely overpriced? It is £512 (744 US Dollars)

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:17 1

143. amozhi (Posts: 130; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

Actually it looks better than S3. I give up metallic for removable battery

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 15:00

148. AceStorm1249 (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


posted on 15 Mar 2013, 20:21 1

152. teerex42 (Posts: 209; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)

I love the new and improved design. Next to the S3 it's sleeker with almost edge to edge display, especially on the sides, thinner, nicer texture look to it (to me anyway) full HD screen (only the HTC One has a few more pixels but you won't be able to tell that small difference)..among many other improvements especially on the software side.
Among all other new and upcoming phones, it has IR blaster, faster ram DDr3 versus DDr2, watching a video, look away it pauses, look back at it, continues where you left off. I could go on and on and on and on and on in regards to the features the S4 has. You can have your scratchy and extra breakable glass and aluminum phones cause poly-carbonate is far more durable and less susceptible to breakage. Also has better reception capabilities compared to the others because it's less prone to static in buildings and the like when you're inside. Samsung is ruling the smart phone world once again and will continue to do so. You can have your puny icrap 4 inch screen and inferior specs, I'll take the S4 AND keep my open development, open source, do whatever I want to my phone oh, and Google Now which blows Siri out of the water and then some and some more. AAAAND unlimited data with purchasing my S4 full price (after I sell my S3 of course) hehe. Hurry up sammy and sell me the best smart phone from the best smart phone company ASAP please :)

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 21:53

153. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

As I recall, many on here last year with dissappointed with the sgs 3...that turned out alright

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 23:27 1

155. Fernandezxc (Posts: 42; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)

Good software features
Terrible hardware

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 01:34

157. Scorpion (Posts: 103; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)

Ok I'm going to be the Devil's (Samsung's) advocate here.

Design - There are cases for that.

Software - The only UI capable of running 2 full (not mini/qslide) apps on it's own is Nature UX. All the other gimmics do add a lot of value. And you can choose which one's you use. Don't like it don't touch the check box in settings. Basicly Nature is the best UI out there.

Now as for the Xperia Z being IP57, as I've written there are cases for that. The HTC One has better speakers, but there are loads of smallish bluetooth speakers out there.
And you don't need a 93db to talk to your freinds, only for music, only once in a while. But can you put a better screen on the Xperia Z? A 13 mega camera/5 inch screen on the HTC One? No.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 02:06 2

158. sanketbhosle23 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

i jst cant understand if samsung gives such a great hardware why cant they make their flagships make looks like a flagship

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