Samsung Galaxy S 4 specs review
0. phoneArena 14 Mar 2013, 19:07 posted on
Samsung trashed a football field worth of display glass to achieve the HD resolution in the S III, so we can imagine nobody has been walking barefooted around the R&D labs last year as well while achieving the Galaxy S 4's 440ppi OLED breakthrough...
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40. shotine (Posts: 16; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
Love it samsung wins again, HTC will never win as long as they try to follow apple with no upgradable memory and a no interchangable battery. I hope that Motorola follows samsungs lead.
41. Twisted247 (Posts: 197; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
The article claims snap dragon for the States... I'd this confirmed from Samsung personnel? Or just the authors assumption written as fact.?
45. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3884; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I have mixed feelings about it. The raw power of the Exynos 5 Octa and the Full HD S-AMOLED are enticing; but the full metal body, front speakers, and minimalistic Sense 5 make the One seem like a champion.
The gloss on the GS4 body kind of bothers me, but HTC has been bad with updates after 1 year.
Only personal hands on time will tell.
46. yowanvista (Posts: 288; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
As always, the U.S gets the retarded Snapdragon version. Their carriers can't apparently use the international version or even standard LTE bands.
49. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Galaxy S4 looks a little bit different from the S3 but I love the specs. it is going to be my next phone. I love the outside temperature reading when I am standing outside waiting for the school bus and more features no other phone can match Galaxy S4. Some people don't like the designed and plasticky phone but all phones are made out of plastic only back panel used different materials but you still need the case any way.
51. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
This thing is feature-rich and hard to put down if you might own it IMO. All you have to do is swallow the fact that it looks not almost but ENTIRELY like the S3. Hardware-wise, it's up there with the big boys (One, Z, and G Pro) and quite future-proof. I noticed though that it would cater more to the older folks (and by older I mean those 30's and up). Would it sell? The answer leans towards a "YES". But will it sell like the S3? That's a resounding NO. The next big question now is... WHAT WILL SAMSUNG DO WITH THE GALAXY NOTE 3?
IMO again, HTC ONE still has the upperhand.
82. Slammer (Posts: 950; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
As someone that is well above the 30 year mark, I won't take offense. However, experience in the wireless world, has its advantages. One is knowing what works in a logical standpoint.
HTC always worked exceptionally well for me. Having removable batteries, helped keep them going in times of certain device malfunctions. HTC eliminating this option, forced me to re-evaluate my relationship with HTC. I haved moved on due to lack of acknowledging consumer feed back on these issues.
In short, I do not feel they have the"upperhand". In fact, Samsung's offering of removable battery and expandable SD slot, just lured many of my constituents to purchase the S4 over HTC.
54. darkvadervip (Posts: 291; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
Really! I see the trash talking! Sammy did an ok job but if you are honest with yourself most people never use all these new features. Most people talk, text, email, Facebook, games, and use the Internet. So saying that I love my iPhone5 for its simple use but needs a need iOS overhaul and I'm buying the Htc one because it has style and grace with class and the Samsung IV is nice but I'm tired of the plastic. Cheap androids got that same plastic. But if that's what you like I ain't mad at you.
63. elmersunyc (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Maybe everyone's expectation was a bit too high. Maybe after years of revolution some innovations and technologies are just plateauing out.
55. frydaexiii (Posts: 1178; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
I really don't get what you idiots are bitching about.
Last year, when the S3 was announced, all of you were bitching about the curvy design, that it deviated so far from the S2 that it's ugly. Yet, it received praise for being feeling comfortable in the hand.
So this year, they took the criticism and somewhat merged the rectangular shape of the S2 and the comfortable curves of the S3 into the S4. And you guys are still whining about it.
Last year, you complained about cheap plastic, fine. But was praised for the removable battery and memory expansion due to the "cheap" back cover.
This year, they made the bumper metal, and you still whine. The phone is now Front=Glass, Sides=Metal and Back=Plastic, the only parts that are now plastic are possibly the inside and the back plate. Hate the plastic back so much? Come talk to me after you manage to engineer a removable metal backplate and keep functions like NFC working.
To top it all off, they upgraded the hardware to keep up or even surpass current flagships like your precious HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z...AND added more software innovations to it. Really, make a list of features, both hardware and software between the One and S4 and come tell me how many the One has over the S4.
65. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
You said it yourself, it did not deviate away from S3's design. That's what we're whining about. It's not about the materials being plastic, it's how you reinvent plastic to look premium. Samsung wasn't able to push through that ordeal. I said it before and I'd say it again, a large pool of S3 owners would not upgrade to S4.
80. Slammer (Posts: 950; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Actually, I know quite a few people that were waiting to see if this phone offered removable battery and expandable SD slots. Not once was the quality of plastics mentioned. Getting caught in the middle of nowhere with a useless brick because you can't remove the damn battery, is not generally someone's idea of a "high end" phone.
And, what's the big deal for such super high quality in outside hardware if it is going to be retired in two years or if a phone geek; one year?
Seriously here, people are getting way too overzealous on the asthetics of a mobile device. I like knowing that if the "plastic" back scratches or cracks, 5-10 dollars will get me a new back. Most people use a case anyway.
91. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
It's true that most of S3 owners won't buy this, but that is expected actually.
Most people upgrade every two years.
64. zrated (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)
specs-wise, this is easily the best of the new smartphones, but it doesn't have the octa onboard. i don't want to upgrade to a new phone that will be followed by a much better one in a few months (note 3, or other competitor's currently unknown 8 core processors), so i think i'm going to pass on this one.
68. mh1087 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
My problem is I have an iphone 5 and nothing against apple but ill most likely never buy another iphone just for the simple fact that I've had an iphone since the day it came out and I never feel like I got a new phone well except for when Siri came out. So I was waiting for the s4 which looks really nice but you think I should wait for the moto x to come out b4 I got jumping band wagons?
73. ap1989 (Posts: 144; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
cant wait to see apples stocks drop tomorrow
78. Slammer (Posts: 950; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Any high end phone that can offer these specs along with removable battery and expandable memory SD slots, gets my vote hands down.
83. rudlie (Posts: 182; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
this is a degradation from previous product. screen getting darkness, to many noise on camera result. with octa core, zooming and browsing still lagging. what a joke
85. voxmarc (Posts: 299; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
isn't that ironic all the trolls comment here were like the same comment they had when the s3 came out...htc this,sony tha, lg that....but who sells more?....i bet you guys are so scared now,you can throw any comment on S4 but at the end of the day when people start realizing what this device can do...it will be same story all over again...heard it before...but bottomline is this is 4.2.2...and when will your device be updated thats another question.
88. haseebzahid (Posts: 1810; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
hahahaha Polocarbonate Body well i guess Samsung fans made a joke on mejistic Nokia policarbonate and now the jokes on them cuz it is 3rd grade policarbonate not even sratch proof
and for specs while phone looks awsome but same time it tells us how crapy android is even quad core cant handle on moblie OS lagg free well then there is no hope 180 cores might be still not enough for android x.xxx still gonna lag at some point and crash and freeze all other OS are atlest not as s**t as this
although S4 is good phone i will admit it its not ordinary phone only i cant realize if screen is big or phone size is also increased which will be a bummer
in the end its only high priced phone not high end :P
97. Hamdan (Posts: 15; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)
Kenneth yeah u r rite but above all of them is the multiwindow, which I personally love it
105. .KRATOS. (Posts: 100; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
No for sure the design is not disapointing maybe we were waiting for a redesign but i dont see where the disapointment is, its made of plastic n blah blah so what it has a polycarbonate back cover its still stylish, or what if it was made with glass or aluminum it would be better i dont think so cuz after all it would be wraped in a cover whether its diamonds or plastic. its a compact slim device for its 5" screen, n its the better so far till now in its category.