The Samsung Galaxy S4 is now available via AT&T
0. phoneArena 27 Apr 2013, 14:15 posted on
Got nothing to do on this Saturday? How about heading down to your local AT&T store to pick up the Samsung Galaxy S4? The eagerly awaited Android flagship is available from AT&T for $199.99 with a signed two-year contract; other carriers have delayed the in-store launch of the phone as far back as two weeks...
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1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
And the Sammy steamroller moves along. Meanwhile, Apple is green with NV.
2. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7043; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Think Ill wait few more weeks before deciding on getting gs iv. Want too see what lg have too offer on their optimus g pro. Plus im waiting for the xperia zl
22. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1017; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
you are wise to do that. If i were eligible to upgrade, id so the same thing. you cant go wrong with any of them
30. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7043; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Never rush out too buy a phone just because its hot on the market. They always have glitches. Plus google i/o is around the corner.
3. Tsoliades (Posts: 218; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)
I went to play with it this morning. The screen is gorgeous, but I like the One better. It looks amazing with the aluminum body and Nova Launcher.
4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Plus, the One has stereo speakers if you are into watching videos or listening to tunes without headphones on your phone.
Personally, I am conflicted. If VZW offered the One, I would have purchased it already. But no One on VZW, so I am on the sidelines. Then again, HTC is selling unlocked Ones.... See what I mean about being conflicted? ;-)
5. MikeG77 (Posts: 384; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)
Well Verizon will probably release a One variant ie DNA 2 but im just curious why would you buy an unlocked One seeing as its not compatable with Verizon?
28. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
VZW will probably release a DNA Plus/2, but I suspect the new DNA won't be a One in DNA clothing (no stereo speakers and most likely won't have the 'special' microphone, given the kerfuffle with Nokia). So, if I want a One, it is either AT&T, Sprint or T-Mo. There is no way I would sign up for a contract with AT&T. HTC is offering an unlocked One for $25 off from AT&Ts MSRP and without the hassle of begging AT&T to give me unlock codes.
Therefore, the conflict - do I get an unlocked One and keep my options open between AT&T & T-Mo? Or, I pass on the One entirely. Sprint is not really an option given the dearth of LTE coverage. If I get an unlocked One, I should have no trouble selling it down the road (I get a case for my phones, so when I sell them they are in pristine condition).
It is not exactly keeping me up at night, but it is a bit of a dilemma.
31. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7043; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
They alread have the dna its Verizon droid version of the one. They say they wont release the one version
38. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
While VZW might want us to believe the DNA is essentially the One, that s a bit of a stretch. Some differences that immediately come to mind:
1. No stereo speakers
2. No 'special' microphone (although that may not be available in the One much longer - :-( )
3. Better pixel density
4. HD audio
5. S600 chipset
7. Larger pixel size camera sensor
The audio experience (stereo speakers, microphone and HD audio) is what has got my attention. Camera capability could be interesting as well, although that appears to be a work-in-progress.
Speaking of the camera, HTC released a software update that was supposed to improve some of the weak areas of the One's camera. Do any One owners have comments about the new update?
24. Tsoliades (Posts: 218; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)
Verizon disgusts me. Just wait for the new/upgraded Nexus phone and go with T-Mo. Best option out there. :]
8. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
i don't understand why the one owners are trying to convince the galaxy owners they have something more superior.
i checked out the one last week. it was marked up, scratched, and although it looked futuristic, it really wasn't as wow as i thought it would be.
again it was knicked up and scratched. whats the point anyway to have a body you cant show off. if you eliminate that, that eliminates all reason to get one.
yes i understand it has dual speakers, but they are not powerful enough to replace my er4's nor are they good enough to replace external speakers if i choose to listen to stuff with friends....so again who cares if its dual speakers
the camera. all camera phones suck ass. the special lumia may be an exception. am i the only one finds it embarrassing people resort to using camera phones to take serious pictures?
16. aleksey4738 (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Apr 2013)
So You are saying the HTC ONE sucks? I rather have an aluminum body and stereo speakers than having nothing at all. What does the s4 have? Plastic and mono speakers. Oh and I can "hover". And camera does matter because I'm a photographer and I don't carry my dslr everywhere I go. So quality and low light performance matters for me and a lot of other people.
19. joey_sfb (Posts: 4449; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
He just saying the HTC could has done a better job on their showcase model.
I have seen unattended HTC one is really bad shape. They should hire some one to do demo and protect their show case model.
25. Daftama (Posts: 598; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Lets destroy icrap than we can fight among each other lol
26. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
no i am not saying it sucks. it's actually quality. it actually shows what htc can do with its head out of its arse.
your a photographer and you use a camera phone? umm yeah ok
in low light situations especially with camera phone you will often have more blurry pics over barely usable pics. i wouldn't bother using a camera phone unless i had no choice but then again im not a professional and may be wrong. but something tells me otherwise
29. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
"in low light situations especially with camera phone you will often have more blurry pics over barely usable pics."
It kind of depends.... If you are out without your camera, sometimes a smartphone camera can fill in. Some of the compact cameras (Sony RX100 for example) can fill the requirement of a compact carry-anywhere camera. But if you don't have an RX100 (or better yet, the RX1), maybe a good low-light capable smartphone camera can give usable pics where you would otherwise have no pics.
32. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7043; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Who cares bout light quality every screen have pro/con
40. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
I don't understand why Samsung lovers try to convince everyone the One is crap if they happen to prefer the One. This guy just made a comment about his opinion and you reply with a ffive paragraph essay about how the One isn't any good.
47. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
100% non biased facts
It is complete crap, its a turd covered in a layer of alumnium, you should see the insides of the HTC One it looks like a 5 year old made it, it also suffers from major build quality issues like the front speak grills falling off because they are glued with some cheap glue. Also the inside is full of glue/plastic holding the phone together. It is quite possibly the worse internally designed phone ever made. HTC got the design externally right but the inside is horrible, expect high defect rates. For example the battery is between the PCI baord and the screen, WTF WERE THEY THINKING!
6. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 409; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)
Costco had the S4 in stock today. also the One. i have verizon so i have no choice. if VZ had the One then i would be in quite the pickle.
i love HTC, ive had 2 HTCs, however i would be hesitant on the One as my battery life is so bad on my thunderbolt. so bad i keep my data off just to get through the day. that worries me with HTC
11. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
Its been more than a few generations since the Thunderbolt was released. The One has good battery life and is exceptionally efficient than other Androids at web browsing if thats your thing.
7. cabuya (Posts: 41; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)
waiting calm to the moster samsung galaxy note lll once you go note nothing is the same no more
9. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 419; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
The phone feels SO CHEAP! MY GOD. I vistied the store today to check it out. NO NO! It feels cheaper than the GS3+GN2. Let's just say I got used to the feel of my iPhone 5
HTC One is definitely the choice. Let's see if Sony will surprise us with the Z or ZL.
20. KFear (Posts: 139; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
i don't think you actually played with it. It feels better than the GS3. It's small, lighter, and fits a bit better in more peoples hands. I work for Sprint, and we've seen a lot of demos of the device. We all agreed, it feels better and it's more premium. It's still plastic like, but i already have an employee that are saying that the ONE dents and doesn't take falls well. The HTC one is made out of more premium materials, yes, but that doesn't mean that the S3 is cheap. You should hold one.
43. oister85 (Posts: 439; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Yep you said it right the s3 and s4 feesl good on the hand is well built.in my personal opinion it feels like a expensive device when you hold it.
36. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7043; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Seriously kid grow up stop saying this phone feels cheap. Getting tired of people like u. At least u can remove the battery unlike some phones can't
10. freebee269 (Posts: 531; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
I went to my local at&t store at 8:45am thinking there would be a line, but there wasn't. By the time I had left with my gs4, I was the only one that came in for one. I called the local best buy at 3pm and they still had gs4's in stock. The interest in my city (Kalamazoo Michigan) isn't very high. On XDA I'm reading the same thing from other peoples cities where they had no line at the at&t store also. It seems it's not as popular as the gs3.
27. WM6.5Sucks (Posts: 42; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
I think thats an AT&T problem than a GS4 one....Maybe alot of people rather prefer T-mo, or Sprint versions.
33. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7043; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
The only idiots would stay in line are people who will buy the iphone.
12. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)
All YouTube benchmarks of the under clocked quad HTC ONE 1.7GHz show it beating the SGS4 quad by a descent number. We do not have any numbers for the octa-core SGS4 yet, but you have to understand that the HTC ONE is Under clocked. The standard CPU speed for the CPU is 1.9GHz. This would beat the quad SGS4 by an even larger number. This is the same issue the HTC Sensation had. It was released with a dual 1.2GHz under clock, then the HTC XE came out with the standard speed of 1.5GHz and both phones show they can easily perform in a stable environment at 1.728GHz. I would not be surprised to see HTC release late this year or next year a revamped HTC One follow up with the quad 1.9GHz or 2.1Ghz. Keep in mind that the SGS4 has 8 cores ar 1.6Ghz. There are NO apps or games that fully take advantage of the quad core now, 8 cores is, today, USELESS. Any tech person would tell you that a higher speed core will perform better than a lower speed multi core is all cores are not utilized. Essentially, for the next year to 2 years minimum, the SGS4 will have a caged monster under a NICE plastic case that does NOTHING. By that time 8 cores will be mainstream on al flagship phones. Great innovation - horrible quality SGS4 and its very laggy i saw it in the store. :-/
the htc one is the best phone to date
13. bucky (Posts: 2077; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Who gives a s**t about benchmarks. If an android phone can't run fluidly by now, it's a lost cause
15. threeline (Posts: 266; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
100% agree with you about benchmarks as they do not represent real world use. As for a normal web surfing, pic taking, music listening user like myself, I dont think it matters that much. I had the Galaxy Epic (1st series of the Galaxy line) and I skipped the GSII and GSIII because I got the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint, big mistake!! Now I moving to TMO on 5/1 and I am hyped about the GS4 on TMO's network and they have launched LTE in my area as well.
41. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4199; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Touchwiz really weighs the GS4 down. All reviews I'm seeing of it have almost constant stutter, while the HTC One with an underclocked version of the same processor runs perfectly. It is Samsung's problem, because Michael Fisher of Pocketnow said that once you turn all of those S-features off, the stutter becomes much less apparent. What's the use of all of those extra features of Touchwiz if you need to turn them off to get a good experience with the device? Even if the Galaxy S4's hardware could run smoothly with those features on, they only work half the time. Samsung really did a half-ass job with the GS4.
By the way, the international GS4 doesn't really have 8 cores running at the same time, it's a dual-quad core system. Only 4 cores are ever on at a time, either the battery saving A7 cores or the high performance A15 cores. Read up on big.Little, it saves a lot of confusion.
The HTC One is honestly the best well rounded phone out right now.
Decent battery life
A few good features in addition to Android 4.1
High end specs
Great low light camera
Amazing build quality
Durability is questionable, but hey, you can't win everything.
Meanwhile, the GS4 is a mixed bag of good and bad.
Good battery life
A lot of half baked features that bury Android and slow the system down
Top of the line specs (that can only be shown when features are turned off)
Good overall camera
Mediocre build quality
Very high durability
14. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
So sad ro see a bunch of android fans arguing over 2 different android phones. Just go with what u like or prefer and shut it
44. oister85 (Posts: 439; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
@ xtasy is not that easy is really hard to pick one. In my personal case. I feel like if I pick the s4 I'm going to miss the metal body, beats audio, and the boom sound, and if I pick the one I'm going to miss the omeled display all the good features and side screen. I'm currently a s3 owner and I'm satisfied with samsung overall, but I'm still debating with the two.
17. TheMan (Posts: 443; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Amazing to me that there wasn't a rush at opening today. We had a limited supply but still hadn't sold even *one* at our high volume location after 5 hours. People seemed oblivious. Only the Samsung S3 and Infuse owners took notice.
There was a sense that AT&T didn't do a great job of getting the word out. I think it was because of confusion over the release date. Samsung announced it in March weeks ago. Consumers -- the average ones, not you lot -- thought it was already here and after a time the buzz subsided. Add Sammy's apparent inventory problems and that only worsened the effect.
That's one thing I do appreciate about Apple (prob the only thing) is when they announce the actual product is only days behind.
18. dicemoney (Posts: 57; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)
Went to the store to check the gs4 out today I love the screen on it more than the one but the HTC one has better sound and the s4 was kind of laggy
when browsing on the verge website the HTC one is smooth on any website anyway I kept my one
21. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)
the screen on the htc one is better the samsung s4 you can;t see anything out side and from the sides when viewing a video it lacks. the samsung s4 is very laggy they need to do something about it and touchwiz is getting old. the sound on the htc one is million times better and the call quality. and the htc one is damn fast. the s4 is not fast its so laggy my brother returned the s4 and got the htc one.
35. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7043; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
News flash for u. They all have the same os but with their own customized os on top. Quit saying this phone lags. If u dont like then dont buy android
23. takensolss (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Apr 2013)
Just another android to throw into the pile of many... It's far from revolutionary, and a disappointing lack of the 8 core processor. I lags like every other android on the market. My store def had them in stock all day. It nothing to get in line for...
37. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7043; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Then why wast your time comment on this article
39. lolatfailphones (Posts: 153; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)
I want to replace my iPhone 5 because of the horrible battery drain and that bug that lock me out of iTunes . So I'm thinking which one to buy, the sg4 or the htc 1, battery life is a big deal to me cuz I browse allot so I'm looking at the htc 1 but I heard it had this issue with the battery draining fast in sleep mode. It seems like these metal phones are prone to battery faults, worse when you can't remove the battery, and to hear that the sg4 lags?! I think I'll wait on ios7 to fix these bugs until these companies get their sht straight.
42. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
"I think I'll wait on ios7 to fix these bugs until these companies get their sht straight."
You may have a long wait. Also, it seems the first 2 editions of a major release of iOS are having issues ranging from battery life to signal reception to security holes.
Net-net, no one is totally perfect all of the time.
45. lolatfailphones (Posts: 153; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)
I just want a phone that doesn't lag with a good battery xD
46. lolatfailphones (Posts: 153; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)
Plus they will announce ios7 in July so it might not be a long wait
49. Hexus (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
Just an FYI for people looking to get either the One or S4 on AT&T. If you are starting a new plan or adding a line on a mobile share plan you get a $50 gift card at Best Buy. Also have them price match WalMart. The One is $158 and the s4 is $168.