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What do you dislike about the Galaxy S4?

0. phoneArena 12 Apr 2013, 09:37 posted on

Ah, the Galaxy S4! It's definitely one of the very best Android smartphones around, and yet, we're sure that there a a good number of people out there who hate it. By the way, there's a lot people who also hate us, but that's because of our money. Anyway, the Galaxy S4 sure has its enemies, but why? What could be wrong this seemingly perfect Android smartphone? Hm, when you think about it, there are some things that can irritate some users. How about the cheap-feeling plastic? You buy an expensive gadget and it suddenly feels like your 5 year-old son's toy-phone...

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posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:12 3

105. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

There is few main things which I dislike like about Samsung Galaxy S 4:

1. OLED based display.
2. Cheap looking design.
3. Too much gimmick bloatware.

Everything else looks good.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 09:38 86

1. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

I prefer the Xperia Z or the HTC One. Sorry!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 09:40 44

4. abish1234 (Posts: 51; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)

it's ok dude ;)

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 09:47 36

20. Kurai (unregistered)

i want xperia z's design, samsung's internals, and htc's UI . . . i would call it the Xperia Galaxy One . . . that would be awesoooome!!! . . .

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 09:55 46

28. Synack (Posts: 680; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

1. Too much plastic
2. Phone/screen too big - if it could retain the slim bezel but be 4.7", perfect
3. Remove the capacitive buttons. It's 2013!
4. Calm down a bit on the cartoony colors of Touchwiz.
5. Get rid of that terrible speaker on the back and innovate some sort of REAL speaker, take note from HTC One or iPhone.
6. The microphone sucks, take note from iPhone hardware AND software (noise level detection).
7. Shaky video, take note from Lumias.
8. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, put the charging port and headphone jack on the same side, the bottom preferably.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:06 21

41. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

1. Too much plastic? After playing with phone yesterday, that plastic did not have that "cheap" feel to it. It actually felt really well built. I don't know why so many people have issues with it being plastic as long as it feels good in the hand, because it felt real good.
2. Phone/Screen to big. Don't buy that phone then. These phones weren't meant to please everyones appetite for a baby hand sized screen.
4. Calm down a bit on the cartoony colors on Touchwiz. So you're saying the super amoled screen has to many colors for you? This is what makes the phone look great to most people. If you want a dull colorless bland OS, don't have touchwiz, root the phone to a stock android rom and make it as dull as you want. They obviously want the colors to pop out.
7. Shaky video: Sorry, played around with that one and it wasn't as bad as all of the videos I have seen on the interwebs. True, it was not as good as the lumias but it was not bad at all.
8. Put the charging port and headphone port on the same side??? You're kidding my right. Is that a big deal to people?

I understand that is your opinion, but it seems that you will never find your perfect phone from this description of what is wrong with a truly great phone.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:31 9

62. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

still love my N8, waiting for next sony high flagship with walkman and cybershot.....or htc one or Xperia z is good

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:51 5

87. poopApple (banned) (Posts: 38; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)

All i want is a nexus made by nokia.....damn dats not possible

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:56 4

91. dAnT3 (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)

go get a nokia 1100 !! or go buy nokia LAME-IA

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:58 4

93. jgcaap (Posts: 42; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)

me too :(

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:03 19

99. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Are you cool with the GS IV? My list is something as follows:
1. U.S. editions not getting the Exynos octacore love.
2. Call quality could be better.
3. I like the 5.5 inch screen of my Note II.
4. I like the S-pen of my Note II.

If I didn't have a Note II, I probably would bite the bullet and get a GS IV. But I do, so I won't. I will be getting a Note III, however.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:04 8

101. Smart (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

Honestly I hate:

1.The dull design....was not a fan of S3's design either....I expected samsung to go back to S2 days...

2.Choice of material....its not the plastic I am against....why not build a plastic phone like HTC one X...that was plastic too. ....but not this glossy and looked premium.....

3.Nature UI is played out...expected something cooler....

4.This i have not tested personally...but what I have read from reviews the microphone is not great either....

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:28 26

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

i hate nothing about it, not being biased, bur seriously, what could i hate ? i mean plastic is perfect IMO, doesn't get broken unlike glass, and if it was aluminum it will probably won't have removable battery, the design is good, it is comfortable in the hands, i tried GS3 and iPhone 5, GS3 more comfortable ! TWX, i dont like it much, so ? there is third party launchers ( Nova, TSF, GO ) the GS4 will probably, actually it WILL be the best device in 2013 hands down, it will sell like hotcakes !

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:35

122. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

i do agree.
If they had designed it like the Xperia Z, given a Sony UXP like experience, and internals and softwares by Samsung itself (like the camera adjustments, processor) and drivers by Sony (they got 22,000 out of a processor which gave LG 17,000 on FHD screen in antutu).

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:38

126. alila2 (Posts: 158; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)

i agree on all what Synack had mentioned , except for # 8 headphone jack is more practical to be on top, while i strongly agree on Synack # 2 & # 3, i would also like to see samsung going with more stock android and little TW on top or at least have the option to switch between both UI's. i also Hope that samsung stop this (play it safe strategy

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:51 1

130. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

no its not okay, no pure android no deal......I would spend 1000$ for sgs4 as Nexus! Instead of that I have to survive with galaxy nexus :-(

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:00 6

133. SleepingOz (unregistered)

CM10.1 dude!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:05

136. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

htc one maybe but sony has washed screen

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:12 3

140. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)

my only knock is lack of native wireless charging... everything else i cant say i hate because i havent held it. nor used it.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:43 5

145. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1119; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

"not being biased" yet your profile pic is of a Galaxy S4 and you say it is perfect?

I hate the plastic in the SIII and from what i have seen the SIV is very similiar, the reason why i hate it is because it is too slippery when in hand and it doesn't feel very solid on the hand. (probably because of the removable battery back cover?)

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:25 1

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


you dont like anything !!! seems to have a life of boredom and hatred.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:28 3

160. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1100; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

The GS4 is a nice phone, but not enough to make me regret upgrading to the GS3 4 months ago! I'll wait on the Note III or a price reduction on the Note II

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:32 1

163. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

Cm10.1? I've tried:
Slow updates
Problems with camera etc

And cm team hates sgs4, dude!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:36 1

167. Synack (Posts: 680; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

Hey I'm just answering what the article asked lol

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:38 5

169. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

just hope about Nokia with andoird u r thinking too ahead men. dude i don't know why elop go with WP that time it was totally wrong decision, he should go with Android that time......still they can make WP and Android phone if they want....!!! Elop change your mind dude....!!!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:42

172. Synack (Posts: 680; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

I'm not a huge fan of plastic in the first place, I had the GS1 and the GNex, while they were nice but they felt cheap.

Going from 4.99" to a more reasonable 4.7 wouldn't be hard and I'm sure most people would agree that it is more favorable.

I like the popping out of Touchwiz's colors, but it's just a tad much. I don't like bland colors either but I don't want to feel like I'm watching Cartoon Network when I pull out my $700 phone.

I'm not saying the videos are horribly shaky, I'm just saying that they could be better.

And yeah, charge port and headphone port on the same side is a huge deal. It's clean, it's logical, setting the phone down is easier, phone mounts look better and function better if they are on the same side too. I had this feature with my GNex and iPhone5 and can't stand any of my friends' phones that don't have the feature.

All in all, I will be getting the HTC One next Friday because it's coming out sooner than the GS4 and I can't wait to get rid of this tiny, software drained phone.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:44 1

173. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1119; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

No they don't hate the phone, they hate Exynos because Samsung refuses to give proper support for their SOCs to developers. Also they said they are considering supporting the Snapdragon version of the S4.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:58 2

178. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

@ poopApple. *Gasp*... How dare you wish such a thing sir! Android on a Nokia?!? Android is too saturated, laggy, buggy, customizable, I hate widgets, versatility and functionality are pointless, check out my camera, it just works, fragmentation, I have more apps, its not boring its simple, watch how smooth this video is when I tape it to a toy car and drag it around my office, etc, etc...

Lol, sorry I just couldn't help myself. That was just my imitation of some people here when you mention Nokia making an Android device. We have a lot of BS we spout on the Android side too when we compare our devices to others too. But my point is we shouldn't get so angry when fellow techies share their opinions about THEIR dream device. Let us dream for a bit, that's how innovation is created, right?

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 14:08 1

181. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

"And cm team hates sgs4, dude!"

That would be a concern. If you root, you are depending on developers who may not have the commitment/motivation to support the handset going forward.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 14:50

187. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

Here's my list of displikes:-
1. If I can switch between Pure Android and Facebook Home on HTC First. Why can't i choose to disable Touchwiz on SGS4?
2. 13 MP camera is good. But they should also include a oversampling mode that reduces noise and decreases Megapixels for online sharing.
3. A button to disable the navigation buttons so that I don't accidently press them while playing games.

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