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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, 18:41

113. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

All of those features including the camera SWOLLOWS battery. They all require the camera to be on at all times. VERY BATTERY CONSUMING

posted on 08 May 2013, 19:03

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

They tried to copy the Note 2 features over there, and as any port.... Right now I would take an Xperia Z or a Note 2. At least the stylus features there are accurately executed.

posted on 08 May 2013, 22:25 5

119. nothingmuch (Posts: 194; Member since: 03 May 2013)

Has anyone ever considered that Samsung is taking a different path with their products, trying new features that involves EVERYONE's aspect of life and most importantly utilizing the most of what a SMARTPHONE should be!
HTC got good sound but still same basic htc... Nokia got a good windows phone but still same windows8 experience... Apple, well nothing changed there (ever!!)except a BIGGER phone oh and maybe going PLASTIC TOO... HELL all phone companies out there arn't doing NOTHING new with there phones except beefing the hardware! Lg is the only company who is taking on Samsung with similar features, who should be Samsungs tru rival i.e optimus g pro. To all that think Samsung is only putting gimmicks into there phones to sell more, then think about this... would u buy a smart tv or just a tv? Would you buy a car fully loaded or just a car? Would you buy a blu ray player or a dvd player? No, you wouldn't use all the features that were included but thats what made up your mind when you bought it... but yet those are gimmicks too right.

To the trash talkers, you aint gonna change nobodies mind cause im the red character and you're the blue one

Good greif it sounds like I'm in a debate class

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:46

135. voxmarc (Posts: 332; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

very well said...i've said this alot of times....Samsung is using new features for the technology to improve,for smartphone evolution,they are brave enough to gamble on un tested tech...and for the plastic issue its nfc and signal efficiency...for the Audio Quality...check this result who's the loudest.

posted on 08 May 2013, 23:20 3

123. osanilevich (Posts: 284; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)

Not gonna lie, some of these features really do sound gimmicky but, sometimes, that's just what I need in life. Sure you might never use these features from the moment you power on your phone but they're there to give your device a kind of 'personality' that other devices don't have. Its these types of gimmicks that differentiate one phone and its respective experience from another

posted on 08 May 2013, 23:57

124. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

I can see myself using these features dont care if daily, once a month or twice whenever blablabla atleast the phone has them against a phone w/o these features.. atleast i pay for more..
I just want samsung to dstrbute only d 32g version..
And for lags,, it seems that d new updates, as i read in androidcentral, will fix d issue as what d users are mentioning abt improved performance

posted on 09 May 2013, 02:18

128. Trex95 (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)

Sorry samfan but smart pause feature you can get it from Cydia on jail broken Iphone 5,4s and 4. It does come with jail break before S4 and it does work better than Samsung i just try it yesterday on my ppl jail broken Iphone 5 you can pause even the sound.

posted on 09 May 2013, 07:30 1

131. funnyguy (banned) (Posts: 244; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)

The S4 was a waste of money I will never buy android again.

posted on 13 May 2013, 08:56

149. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

Android is good, but Samsung is bad. Sony's android phones are the best. If you still don't prefer android maybe you should buy a nokia.

posted on 09 May 2013, 09:57 2

134. voxmarc (Posts: 332; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

well if your favorite phone doesn't have this features,you call them gimmicks....point is the technology is there either you use them or not or maybe in some other time you might need it... ITS THERE....for the gimmick boomsound here's a Audio Quality result from GSMArena,

Haters gonna hate....

posted on 09 May 2013, 12:01

136. johnriii (Posts: 238; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

gimmicky or not, some of those features could come in very handy. much like the tv ad, how many times do I have my fingers in nacho cheese and the phone rings? IF the air gesture feature works, it would be one I would use a lot, just because i have a knack for getting phone calls when my hands are full or messy. i WOULD NOT buy a phone for gimmicks, but if a particular feature works, then it might push me to buy it. THIS is why I never buy a phone brand new...i'll wait at least 3-4 month until the bugs have been weeded out and/or fixed.

posted on 09 May 2013, 12:07 2

137. ThePython (Posts: 887; Member since: 08 May 2013)

All I see is unnecessary show-off... (And unnecessary features).

posted on 12 May 2013, 18:13

147. adoptop70 (Posts: 20; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)

in wat d writer says,he expect d software to do more of d features,not that d phone did no execute d features,samsung haters are just looking 4 every avenue to complain,let d others do wat sammy has done and let us see how perfect it will be.

posted on 13 May 2013, 08:11

148. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

I admit that I'm a Samsung hater, and I used to love Samsung so much. Samsung has proven it to be garbage. ALL of the Samsung products I've bought rarely lasts more than half a year. On the other hand, Sony products always last the longest in my household. I still have a 13 year old Sony TV that works! Anyway, back to smartphones. You still don't realize how much of a waste those 'new features' are? They all require heavy hardware support and drains battery in no time. My friend used the features, and the one that is supposed to have him answer the call just by swiping made him hang up! Smart Stay just turns off every video every two seconds even if you are STARING STRAIGHT and NOT BLINKING at the screen. S voice is a pain, you can easily activate it just by pressing the home button a bit longer than that is needed to access the 'clean apps' feature. My friend constantly tells the S voice 'I want to delete you!' Samsung doesn't let users delete those useless features but they still occupy A LOT of storage space. Only 9GB left for a 16 GB version! And Samsung says 'JUST GET AN SD CARD' or 'BUY THE 32 GB one'! That is a total fail. One: The WORST thing about Samsung is that its devices cook up SD cards. Two of my friends, one with an S III mini, one with an S III, all had their SD cards melted because of the intense heat from the devices and there's no insulating layer between the card and the CPU. On the other hand, nearly all other top phone makers either install an 'auto shut down' or heat insulating layer around the card slot. And Samsung thinks that everyone is so rich that they could afford the 32 GB one. People who doesn't know about the storage problem is trolled. I mean, 16 GB is already enough for a lot of people. Samsung doesn't take the responsibility of telling everyone openly, but just secretly talks to Phonearena or whatever. Samsung is wasting our money!!

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