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Samsung Galaxy S4 software features: Ahead of the game or gimmicky?

0. phoneArena 08 May 2013, 11:54 posted on

Being a successive device, it wasn’t totally surprising to see Samsung build upon its preexisting functions with its TouchWiz experience on the Galaxy S4. For starters, they totally revamped the camera experience, as it boasts an insane amount of neat tricks – even to the point of...

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posted on 08 May 2013, 12:34 26

32. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


true story.
the camera and boomsound are something that can be conveniently used.

posted on 08 May 2013, 12:53 20

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


True!

posted on 08 May 2013, 12:49 13

37. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Camera on GS4 in daytime is alot better than the "ultra pixel" gimmick, and yea the sound is better, but not ALOT better, i actually tried it and wasn't as i expected it, the phone is over-hyped... only time could tell ;)
HATERS GONNA HATE !

posted on 08 May 2013, 13:05 19

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


Actually, the Ultrapixel camera on the One captures 300% more light and it captures decent photos.

http://www.technobuffalo.com/2013/04/24/samsung-galaxy-s4-vs-htc-one-comparing-megapixels-with-ultrapixels/

And the One has dual frontal stereo speakers that are teamed with powerful amplifiers, no smartphone speakers can beat the One's Boomsound yet.

posted on 08 May 2013, 13:19 6

46. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


lie

it captures the exact same amount of light

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:34 7

68. ebubekir26 (Posts: 323; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


dude just stop you know you're gonna get disliked by the haters, just laugh at their comments and enjoy using your Samsung device ;)

posted on 08 May 2013, 13:11 4

45. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Mate do you mind doing a "s**t test" on your xperia z ? Would really appreciate it
Since no one has ever done it before

Sincerely
Nicholas Oliver.

posted on 08 May 2013, 13:22 11

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


Sorry bro, I can't help you with that.

Just go to Youtube, everything you need is on Youtube, including piss test and sperm test. Eww!

Sincerely
xperiaDROID

posted on 08 May 2013, 22:37 3

120. shamrock (Posts: 74; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Yo Nicholas , you really hate xperia z that much man!!!
why don't you take a leak on whatever fu***n phone of yours and see for yourself...

posted on 08 May 2013, 13:57 3

55. Nephylim (Posts: 134; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


Htc one needs the boomsound, bcuz the mic sucks , LOL

posted on 08 May 2013, 22:15 1

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


WRONG! :P

posted on 09 May 2013, 08:33 3

132. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


So you are saying since the mic sucks they over powered the speaker so it will interfere and make the mic even worse? Nephylim your comments are just stupid. Take this into consideration. "It's better to sit there and say nothing and let people think you are an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." Yes the S4 is a nice phone. Runs very nice. But in 2013 it isn't anything special. They tried to make it something special by adding these features but it's not many have already pointed out. They are cool features but aren't something you use everyday and are thankful your phone does them. I base my opinion on phones off of hardware and real life performance. Not a list of (like the article states) gimmicky features. I can change the software myself so why pick a phone based on that? The One has a lot better design, sound, and camera (for everyday use). Most people don't need a 13 Megapixel camera. For all of you ignorant people out there a higher megapixel doesn't mean a better camera. It's all about the sensor. High megapixel is nice for good sized high res prints how ever most people aren't using their phone for that. The benefit of boomsound (in my opinion) isn't how loud it is because it isn't THAT much louder than every other phone. It's how crisp and clear it is as well as the simple idea of putting 2 speakers on the front none on the back. I could continue to go on but it is ridiculous that your ignorant comments have gotten this much of a response out of me already.

posted on 09 May 2013, 13:19 1

141. Nephylim (Posts: 134; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


1) "Most people don't need a 13 Megapixel camera"

then.... tell me, WHO needs aluminium phones, or 2 speaker on the front ???

2) "For all of you ignorant people out there a higher megapixel doesn't mean a better camera"

U right, BUT aluminium doesn't mean a better material (dent, scratch)

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:37 4

70. Litch420 (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Yes using my phone as my stereo system is something I do on a constant basis. It reminds me of the times when the "cool" guys walked around with a boombox on their shoulder so everyone could hear what the heck they were listening to. BOOM BOOM BOOM.

posted on 09 May 2013, 08:38 1

133. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


I don't know who you are around but I see people use their phones to play music everyday multiple times a day. No, one shouldn't walk around town with their music playing but as I'm sitting here typing this on my phone this morning I have some tunes playing in the background. Now a days for most people their smartphone is their main source of music as well. Why be restricted to headphones or a separate bluetooth speaker every time you want to enjoy some decent sound?

posted on 08 May 2013, 12:43 16

35. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


And you just are an incomprehensible useless fan boy...

posted on 08 May 2013, 12:44 6

36. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


And you are my poop.

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:15 4

58. Nephylim (Posts: 134; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


LMAO ... "S4 is a fail"

you made my day....kid

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:30 4

66. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Ain't no kidding, S4 is a fail.
I just made your day again.

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:38 4

71. Nephylim (Posts: 134; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


hahaha, S4 sales will made your day ....;) kiddy

just wait :P

posted on 08 May 2013, 15:49 6

84. ecmedic4 (Posts: 338; Member since: 02 May 2013)


The S4 is just as over hyped. Seen many tech sites now say those "features" are more gimmicky than useful. Also the 16gb version, those gimmicks...errr "features" take up most of the internal memory. Yes it has an SD slot, but cant run apps from the SD card out of the box. Yes i know ppl will say just root it, but not everyone wants to do that and shouldnt have to just for more internal space. Not to mention the screen blurring issues. Every phone is gonna have flaws though, but the S4 isnt as great as it was hyped up to be by samsung. Also every "galaxy" series device looks very very similar, from the phones to the tablets, they all have the same design basically.

posted on 08 May 2013, 16:13 5

86. Nephylim (Posts: 134; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


*cough* 32 gb version
Over hyped ??? U mean auto-over hyped, bcuz S2 and S3 is very very good phones, even note 2.

Yea, u right calling gimmick to these features, thats why I will buy 32 gb version. ;)

posted on 09 May 2013, 14:48

143. ecmedic4 (Posts: 338; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Is samsung actually going to release a 32 and 64 gb version? If i remember right, they were suppose to with the S3 and if i remember correctly again, they never did. Given i could be wrong and if i am then i accept that. I dont deny the S4 is a good phone, but its not all its hyped up to be by samsung and the fanboys such as yourself. Those so called "features" arent innovation IMO, and they have caused lag on the phone. To me its just as easy and as quick just to touch the screen to flip through webpages or scroll, its a TOUCH screen phone, its made to be touched by your hands/fingers to operate it. From what ive seen its no quicker or any easier to use the air gestures, as they dont always work properly, whereas your finger is gonna work 99% of the time, and i say 99% as something could go wrong with the touch screen resulting in it not registering your touch. Throwing a bunch of gimmicky sometimes working features in a phone that very closely resembles the S3 and claiming its "gonna be the greatest thing since color tv" is totally overhyped. If you and others want to spend your money buying it, fine thats your choice and i could really care less what phone you buy. Im happy with my choice and i respect others choice, but its not the greatest thing since color tv by far, or that innovative. Truth is, no company has really shown any mind blowing innovation in a good while.

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:21 9

63. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


How come so many people Thumps you up for such a close perspective comments. Yes the buzz is over, but S4 is not a fail. It is a competent product with some few gimmicks.

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:28 2

65. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Because the sky ain't blue anymore.

posted on 08 May 2013, 18:40 2

112. xsmartphonex (Posts: 41; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


if it sells well than how is it a fail?!? dumbass.

posted on 09 May 2013, 00:50 1

126. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


IF!
Wait and watch dumbf*ck

posted on 08 May 2013, 12:03 9

5. SoulEater1667 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


S4 has a lot of features and many people will say : There are to many!! Yes , there are plenty of them but so you can chose wich features you like the most and practicaly customize your phone for your needs.

For sure, most of them will be improved and it it will be awsome!

posted on 08 May 2013, 12:03 1

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


John V, you'll be getting lots of explanations from the pro-boys. They've got everything...it's ever prepared.

posted on 08 May 2013, 12:04 24

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


When you use the S4 for the first few days it will be ahead of the game, but later on it will be gimmicky.

But one good thing about these new features on the S4 is that you can show it off to your friends, same as the Boomsound on the HTC One and the Water Resistant on the Sony Xperia Z.

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