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Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III: first look

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III: first look

Highly regarded as force in the industry to this day, even despite the fact that it’s nearing the mark of being around for a year, the Samsung Galaxy S III continues to be a fledging device in this day and age. In the face of some newer devices, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it’s still being thrown into the midst of conversations. Now that the Samsung Galaxy S IV is officially announced, many of you are wondering how the master compares to the newcomer in the space. It’s old versus new, father versus son, and predecessor versus successor. So how do they compare head on? Let’s take a quick peak shall we?


Design

From a far distance, you’d be hard pressed to adequately distinguish the two smartphones from one another, seeing that the Galaxy S IV is flaunting very similar design cues to its predecessor. On one hand, some of you are going to be underwhelmed by the updated design of the handset, just because it doesn’t greatly improve upon the styling established by the Galaxy S III, but more importantly, we’re humbled to find that its size has been maintained. We know that the Galaxy S III is packing a 4.8-inch display, but impressively enough, the Galaxy S IV goes further with a 5-incher – while still maintaining the same dimensions as its predecessor. However, the newer model is both thinner and lighter, which is an astounding feat on its own. As for the other noticeable changes, the Galaxy S IV’s design is complemented by its new brushed metallic bezel, which is a nice addition, but doesn’t do much to greatly differentiate the styling.


Display

Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III: first look
Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III: first look
Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III: first look
Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III: first look
Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III: first look
Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III: first look
In this particular category, it’s a no-brainer that we’re digging the newer display of the Galaxy S III. Ever slightly moving in size to a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, it’s remarkable that Sammy is able to chisel off more of the display’s surrounding bezel – to keep its overall size similar to the Galaxy S III. Not only does it sport a higher resolution (1920 x 1080), but its sheer luminance is more prolific thanks to its sharper details and more iridescent color reproduction. Honestly, this is the incremental upgrade we’d expect to see in a successive device.

Still, Sammy has included one new magic trick to give people plenty to talk about with this new display – Floating touch technology. Naturally, this new feature brings forth yet another new level of functionality to the Galaxy S IV’s display, as it mimics many of the stuff we’ve seen already with the Galaxy Note handset, but it simply relies on our fingers instead. Overall, it’s bigger, sharper, punchier in tone, and better looking than its predecessor – all expected improvement of course, but the inclusion of Floating Touch Technology is without question the coolest part about it.


Software

On the surface, there isn’t a significant change in how Samsung presents its updated TouchWiz Nature UX experience on the Galaxy S IV, since it looks and feels mostly untouched. Just as before, personalization is in full abundance with the two UIs, as there are plenty of wallpapers, widgets, and icons to select from its vast stable. Diving deeper to the experience, we adore how the Korean based manufacturer has been able to move the experience towards the right direction.

Last year when the Galaxy S III first came to light, we were unequivocally blown away by how the new experience separated itself from everyone else. Moving things right along on its merry path, Samsung has is again redefining the way we’re interacting with our smartphones, and quite frankly, this is the area where we see the most progress in the Samsung Galaxy S IV. For starters, we appreciate the Air View functions that are available to us, but even better, it’s the cool new Air Gestures in play with the platform that separates it greatly. In addition, Samsung has been able to center the experience around our daily lives, which is evident in the exorbitant amount of new camera modes available to the handset, as well as the Life Care hub that tracks and monitors our health lifestyle. Simply, the new experience isn’t just helping us to navigate around the platform, but rather, it has a comprehensive package that centers around our lifestyle.


Expectations

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. The design of the Galaxy S IV isn’t anything profoundly new, but we’re still most appreciative that Samsung has been able to increase the handset’s display size without compromising on size. Above all, it’s the updated TouchWiz Nature UX experience that makes the Galaxy S IV inviting on so many levels. Throw in the fact that it gets all the usual hardware upgrades, and some new additions too (like it built-in IR blaster), existing Galaxy S III owners are no doubt going to be tempted to pick up this new flagship when it launches. Ultimately, time will tell how much more the Galaxy S IV is going to be able to separate itself from its prestigious and highly popular close family member.



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posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:34 25

1. oister85 (Posts: 391; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


s4 I love you

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:48 40

14. AnTuTu (Posts: 617; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


That Chinese guy was right :( one word "Disappointed" it could have been 10000 times better than this. :(

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:29 8

37. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Still going to be the best device until the next nexus or something Motorola drops

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:34 14

39. AnTuTu (Posts: 617; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


I don't think so. People were just not buying HTC One because they were waiting for S4.
Now it is out and people now this is not what was expected. So definitely they would buy HTC One. Have you even looked at that device closely? Its an awesome piece of technology. I will never buy S4 over One not at all :(

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:15 12

43. taz89 (Posts: 2004; Member since: 03 May 2011)


So the one will outsell the s4 is what you are saying.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:28 5

45. 90ninjas (Posts: 88; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


People thought that about the One X as well and (as an SGS2 owner) the was ultimately the better phone on paper, but... we all know what happened when the GS3 came out. I don't dislike HTC, but all they really have going for them is design. Their software is... decent at best, and the software is what really grabs people because that is what they will be using actively every day. I don't count people on tech sites because we are just a small portion of people that actually root and modify the device.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:14

81. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


90ninjas you realise the HTC One X Release got pushed back like 2 months because of the Apple vs HTC trial that put a import ban on the one series. When that happened they never had a real launch to build and momentum before the s3 release. I like the one x more especially once it gets sense 5

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 14:59 2

67. saffant (Posts: 208; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Stop kidding yourself. You won't be buying either.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 16:57

72. teerex42 (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


I've seen the One and it's fugly compared to my next phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 :)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:55 2

48. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


The Exynos 5 in the international is going to own the snapdragon 600 especially in the graphics department.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 16:56 1

71. teerex42 (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


I'm getting mine I tell you that! Look how much more sleeker it is than the S3! On top of a wider, longer, full HD screen. I don't know why people are hating on this beast but I love it. The software enhancements on top, already make it the best phone made the past few years.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:36 15

2. Commentator (Posts: 2290; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Call me old-fashioned, but I actually like the design of the III better. It just seems more streamlined.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:41 2

4. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Agreed. This phone doesn't warrant an upgrade, but is definitely the one to choose for those looking at either of the two.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:42 1

47. darkskoliro (Posts: 932; Member since: 07 May 2012)


The s4 is too flat, a hint of S2. Which looked good, but not on this size...

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 16:59 2

73. teerex42 (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


Commentator, u r blind. It's not sleeker, the S4 is more sleek. You better double check ur eye sight my friend. You can cleary and I mean clearly see with both phones sitting on top of each other that the S4 is sleeker and thinner than the S3. The S3 has like a bubble look to it on top of the S4.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 21:10 2

78. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Why do u think thinner means better? How would it be any better at this point

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 13:54

85. chocolaking (Posts: 428; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Why would samsuck play this game with the consumer? why? did they really think consumer are stupid?
Thought they would realize ppl already learn not to fall for the same trap Apple did. Like the iPhone 5 with bigger screen, thinner body and faster core!!
Wow!! it's a brand new phone!!
only idiots would buy a S4 or you can really call it a S3s

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:38 8

3. torr310 (Posts: 327; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I am so glad they keep the home button. It's hard to find phones with physical buttons in the front now.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:53 6

16. Rydsmith (Posts: 100; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Maybe becuase they are a source of component failure and hoenstly a step BACK for phones at this point?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:10 7

28. torr310 (Posts: 327; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


It could be but shouldn't be. Those phones we used a few years back all had physical buttons and they last for years.

I feel having physical button is a convenience and easier to use.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:41 23

5. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Samsung has messed up this time,a different top android handset will be getting my cash this year

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:49 2

60. GTR722 (Posts: 221; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


100% agree...and this: "Still, Sammy has included one new magic trick to give people plenty to talk about with this new display – Floating touch technology."...OMG Sony include that in the Xperia Sola a year ago...but of course, now its Samsung...innovation !!!

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 14:01

86. chocolaking (Posts: 428; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Samsuck is a copy cat oriented company. (I am not even kidding)
They Made the Galaxy S2 based on the Iphone4 and got banned selling it.
(This ain't no news, But is a fact that no one can argue with.)
Copied the concept of Zoe from HTC
and the Air move form Sony.
I am not suprised at all.
There are even more things I can list out a whole page that they copied from other companies.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:42 11

6. Dunknown (Posts: 80; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Nothing seems different. It is just that it has a bigger camera. No point of switching to this phone. Perhaps I think of purchasing the HTC One now.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:42 6

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Lol the the screen is brighter that all

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:43 5

8. Neurone (Posts: 54; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


chinese version seemed to be better than this !

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:43 5

9. md227a (Posts: 121; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


I think I will just hold onto my Gs3 and note 2. The GS4 is nice but nothing I'll run out and get. Any software will make it to both rather quickly

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:44 1

10. Neurone (Posts: 54; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


But its very much alike its younger brother !

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:44 2

11. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Lol pos

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:45 5

12. rejaz (unregistered)


Note ll mini with updated software

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:45 11

13. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1546; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I dig the squarer look similar to my Note II :)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:49 7

15. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6100; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Com on. Seriously? Iphone small screen same processor, same design? Clearly galaxy s iv is overall the winner

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:53 11

17. Rydsmith (Posts: 100; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Your stupidity hurts me.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:54 6

18. munxsrt (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


Boring & too similar. Pass. Article should note which phone is which in the top photo.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:10 2

27. s.mrabet (Posts: 117; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


gotta be blind not to see..

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:41 6

33. Lauticol (Posts: 178; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


The horrible one is the.. Hmm wait, both are awful looking!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:56

19. Taters (Posts: 2578; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The GS3 looks smaller because of the crazy curves. Just like the GS3 looked smaller than the Optimus G despite the Optimus G having tiny dimensions.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 18:59 2

20. uchihakurtz (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I love the design, just as beautiful my white Ace 2, definitely befitting for my upgrade, IF I HAD THE MONEY, lol

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 07:40 4

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


My black xperia sola looks more "HANDSOME" and has the same so called "air view" (originally floating touch) found on the s4. The s4 looks s**t next to the gorgeous HTC ONE and to the stunning and premium XPERIA Z

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 18:07

61. mdroid (Posts: 22; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


i totally agree with you mr. x-prince.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 00:49

65. uchihakurtz (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I almost bought Sola, nearly the same spec and looks nicer, but since I've been hearing it ain't getting Jelly Bean, I just had to look for alternative. Also, I find the lack of quick toggles in Sony rather troubling.

True dat, but S4 is "Samsung-like", they keep using the same design on every phone they make. But still, nice to hold.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 06:28

66. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


i think zl is better due to the 75% screen (smallest bezel ever)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:03 1

21. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


im disappointed about the hardware the only thing that is really inviting to s4 are the software tricks though i commend that it almost the size as its predecessor despite of having 5inch screen

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:04 5

22. abchco123 (Posts: 12; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


It's beautiful!!! When will it come to at&t?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:04 3

23. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


After being spoiled by the Note 2, I will have to pass this by and get the Note 3.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 05:59

54. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I don't have much hope for Note 3 either...better hardware and software tweaks maybe, but i'll be pessimistic of the design (not that Note 2 is bad looking or anything.)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:04 5

24. ghostnexus (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Well I guess I'll be waiting to see the motorola X phone and decide between that and the HTC ONE

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:06 4

25. henrickrw (Posts: 403; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I will add this to my Galaxy Family

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:09 4

26. smallworld (Posts: 413; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


"Floating Touch" is trademarked by Sony, it's not a generic term.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 18:08

62. mdroid (Posts: 22; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


oh you know it too. you are right !

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:11 3

29. voxmarc (Posts: 299; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


im sold....glad they almost keep the original design...i dig that one.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:24

30. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


JOHN V. the article under DISPLAY, I think you mean "...it’s a no-brainer that we’re digging the newer display of the Galaxy S IV" not "...the Galaxy S III".

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:25

31. deathgod (Posts: 119; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


This would've been a great update from my GNexus but dammit I just can't give up onscreen buttons. If they got rid of the physical home button and replaced it with capacitive ones I'd be all over this bitch:-)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:27 1

32. dynamo.one (Posts: 62; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


hate that stupid phonearena hologram in all pictures..

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:41 4

40. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


*watermark.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:42 3

34. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Atleast the s4 looks better than the s3, I hate how they designed the home button and the sides before

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:42 3

35. Diego! (Posts: 499; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


Since I went from Samsung Galaxy S *the original* to a Nokia Lumia 900, I'll be switching back to Android with either Samsung Galaxy S IV or HTC One. Tough HTC One has a stunning design, the Full HD Super AMOLED display gets some extra points for me. For me I said! :P

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:43 4

36. evarod48 (Posts: 136; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


why did they do a review of the same phone?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:30 1

38. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Like I said earlier, the SIV's design is 98% similar to the SIII.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:44 5

41. darkkjedii (Posts: 10046; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


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