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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, 10:19 1

54. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

when hold in hand feels like a fisher price toy ??? amoled pentile ??? touchwiz is a ugly copy ios wannabe ???

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:23 4

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

Of course the design, the S4's design still remains the same. I prefer Sony Xperia Z and HTC One, cuz they have gorgeous design and premium feeling too!

And yes, I said before plastic is not a big deal, but plastic will give you a very CHEEEEEAP feeling. So, the Samsung Galaxy S4, that's a nuh-uh (no) for me! :P

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:28 3

59. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 589; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

The plastic feels thin and low end, the design is disappointing, the TouchWiz is heavily designed for children so please I hope Samsung makes it more professional looking in the future. That's all.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:34 1

65. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i don't like the the overuse of cheap feeling plastic, i don't like the rehashed design and i don't like how much Samsung focused on adding more software gimmicks other than improving in areas they come up short in but other than that it's a solid 2013 flagship. great display, impressive camera but it's just such a tock update and i know Samsung can do better than that.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:37 1

68. jo_Ny (Posts: 27; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

1. Cheapish look and cheap feeling plastic
2. Boring design, you get a 99$ samsung or a 750$ they look the same
3. Software gimmicks, bloated cartoonish UI
4. Poor speaker and phone call quality

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:39

70. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Get rid of the button and a more metallic feel body... love the features but not exactly loving touchwiz... These are the 3 things that kept me from getting a SGS3 and most likely the same things that will keep me from getting SGS4.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:41 1

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

i Had a chance of holding the S4 this morning here in HongKong Fortress Shop,the S4 octa core version...i must say its too damn good it feels great holding it,the black color and pattern are beautiful..and the guy at the shop loaded it with quadrant it tops 29300 wow...it feels better than s3 and the htc one...thin lightweight and the ergonomics are way better than S3......i must say you hold it in your hand first before making any comment......and i say i hate nothing.....

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:46 1

79. kabukijoe (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)

I was always one to complain about the plastic as well, but I got to play with an S4 yesterday and I must say that they have improved the feel of it. It's still plastic but the phone does have a higher quality feel than the S2 and the S3. There's more gloss on it and it doesn't feel as flimsy as the previous models, plus the metal around the edges helps. Also, even with the 5" screen the phone is surprisingly comfortable in the hand, I'd have to say even more so than the S3.

Hardware does seem to have improved some but that's about it, other than that I just felt like I was playing with a more comfortable Galaxy Note 2. TouchWiz is just starting to bore me personally I guess. The S4 seems like a great phone and all but I don't think it's going to pull me away from picking up an HTC One.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:49

82. jchuamanl (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

I don't mind the plastic cover, it's Samsung choice since the beginning and it doesn't look that they are going to change it in the near future. The problem is that even with plastic you can make a cool design like the Nokia Lumia series, the 920 looks great even for being a 1 year old phone. But comparing the S4 to another Android phones only, the HTC One and Sony Xperia have better designs, they look like premium phones.

That should be the only thing that I dislike, because I like the specs, the size of the screen and the new version of Touch Wiz.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:49 1

83. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

There's nothing wrong with the GS IV. Still have a physical button unlike home screen buttons. STILL WILL BE A STRONG SELLER before that other phone comes out

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:50 1

84. egyptian86 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)

sound quality not so great and its by biggest concern and factor if will i buy galaxy s4 or not because i do a lot of calls and listen to music for hours can any body help me to decide please!!!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:29 3

162. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:01

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

The sound quality (headphone jack) is better than HTC on the international there using the best phone chip for audio, a Wolfson.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:53

89. KashAli (Posts: 105; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)

Everyone is complaining about "Cheap plastic" (to be honest I do not care) cos not using the phone with-out the phone case. Don't wasn't to smash phones screen (if i ever dropped it). The Premium Price... Bloody £600!!!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 10:59

95. tedkord (Posts: 11729; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

How can I say what I don't like about it if I can't try it yet?

It's not the Galaxy S5 - how about that?

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:01

97. truetechie (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

it looks too much like but worse than S3 i think.
I dotn mind plastic it make it light and gives me the option to change batteries and MicroSD
And i dislike the fact that they could not make the home button capacitive(it should be optional i think, I mean turn off the capacitive / physical home button )
it does make sense to have 2 capacitive and 1 physical button i want to be able to touch the button lightly to reach home pressing is too much effort. That could be one of the reasons i dont buy galaxy S4 i live my galaxy S2 better.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:01

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

Its expensive. I agree has a bad construction quality. But i think most of us agree that they are inovating well in software. to bad SS is not developer friendly. Lets see if they change a bit. :)

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:03

100. LAKAME_MAN (Posts: 46; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

It's TouchWiz, Samsuck doesn't release source codes needed for proper developer support. That is all.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:19

109. haydenb (Posts: 38; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)

The reasons why i'll keep my Note 2 instead of buying the GS4

1. I like the 5.5" screen on my note 2.
2. It lacks the stylus
3. The US versions are not going to have the Octa core processor. Now if i weren't in love with my Note 2 and like the size i would buy the GS4. But since i am, Im not going to buy one. Im holding out for the GN3 which should be right around the corner

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:19

110. desijatt (Posts: 58; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

i dont judge book by its cover...it may not look as good as htc one or xperia z but its very ergonomic and versatile, both in hardware and software...removable back and having reach to the battery is very useful...amoled is great with colour tweak options....air view, s health, smar scroll, pause... Put anodised aluminum in place of plastic...promlem solved..

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:25

113. darkkjedii (Posts: 21368; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

The lack of auto compression, and auto edit in the video camera. That's a real bummer, but won't stop me from copping one on launch day.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:29 1

116. SleepingOz (unregistered)

You can always use third party camera apps. Let's talk about the real let down, the lack of a floppy disk driver!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:53

175. darkkjedii (Posts: 21368; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Do they have then with those capabilities

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:08

154. tedkord (Posts: 11729; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I'll just hang back and see what you early adopters say about it. I'm leaning more toward the Note 3. Maybe neither of someone else hits one out of the park. But in order to do that, it would need a replacable battery (or minimum 3500mah if not) and microsd slot - so probably not HTC.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:54

177. darkkjedii (Posts: 21368; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

If the note 3 has a 6.3 inch screen, that'll be too big for me.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:38

124. teerex42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)

My only beef is that its taking so damn long for Verizon to announce the damn thing. Otherwise, it doesn't make much sense that the octa 5 version isn't coming to the states although it does play nice with 4G LTE. They initially claimed it wouldn't work with LTE and that was why we weren't getting it, but now we know it's not true. I'm really hoping that is why Verizon is taking so long cause they are getting the octa 5 version ;)

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:42 3

128. tharun80 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)

i hate the cheapo plastic and also the design same as the s3 almost everyphone looks the same .. i prefer xperia z and also htc both are very innovative...

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 11:59 3

132. lgcyelit (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

I hate the plastic, i don't really care about a removable battery....i don't want to have to wrap my phone in a brick to preserve it..we buy thinner sexier phones for a reason, not to just wrap it in a brick. Samsung has killed it with loading there phones with good specs, but the reason i can still sell my ipod or ipad 2 years later and get a good deal is because the build quality last, it feels like $600 dollars in my hand. With the success of The galaxy line you know it wouldn't have taken much effort to wrap all what they had into a premium quality shell. The S4 looks like a toy, I'm grown. -peace out-

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:03 1

135. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

1) The build, i won't ask for a metal back (even if it would be nice), just make the plastic matte, like HTC's One X. This "Hyperglaze" back is just terrible : slippery, shinny, glossy fingerprint magnet.
2) The design, i don't want a Samsung Galaxy S3S, look at what the competition is doing, HTC, SONY, NOKIA...
3) The camera bump, i HATE it!
4) Rear facing speakers, speakers should be placed either on the front or the bottom.
5) I hate the fact that the bezel isn't black, even in the black model the bezel have this ugly texture and look greyish
6) Please, can any smartphone manufacturer build a 4.3" phone? isn't your smartphones "Designed for humans"? I like that HTC stayed with a 4.7" screen, even with a bezelless 5" display, one handed usability is still almost impossible.
7) Not a big fan on Amoled displays, i know that you can change screen calibration but i find AMOLED displays dim, and F@#K PNETILE
8)The UI is terrible, Samsung is adding cool new features to Android, but wouldn't that be great if they added all that with a HOLO stock android UI, like Motorola. I find Touchwizz cartoony and ugly. And there's too much bloatware...
9) There is no real innovation when it comes to the camera, i'm maybe asking too much but i want a 3MP FFC, OIS, Better microphones, 41MP Pureview maybe? :)
10) I find HTC's camera UI and features to be better than Samsung, sure you could do all of what HTC allows you to do but you'll need sepearte modes : For example, i want to use best face on the S4 but someone walks in the picture, i can't use both best face and eraser in the same time, while on HTC, i take a Zoe and do all of the editing later. Also i like Zoe's alot.
11) I don't care how thin the phone is I WANT A BIGGER BATTERY, but 2600 mAh is still great.
12) I want Waterproofing
9) I want better call quality, and YES i do make PHONE CALLS on my smartPHONE.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:11

138. tkvdog (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

Not A D!@#$%^&*()_+Thing Period.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:12

139. plattinum706 (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the perfect phone, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 is better. Basically I'm getting better than best when i purchase 2 S4's for me and my wife. ;)

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:27 1

141. Gtrav (Posts: 13; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)

I hate the plastic and that damn blueish hue that all samsungs screen seem to have. It's not that they are bad there are just others better like the HTC One IMO.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:30

142. jlsmarts (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

Touchwiz/Nature UX.

Either load stock Android & offer your "skin" as a download via Google Play Store. Or offer dual-OS (& unlocked) boot loader. Not the most profitable set-up but it would make me and a lot of others happy.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:35 3

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

-Plastic material used
-Capacitive buttons
-Looks too similar to the S3

Otherwise it is an amazing device!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:40

144. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)

I dislike Price of Galaxy S 4 But then I see the price of iCrap 5 and console myself.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:43

146. bransablan (Posts: 23; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)

Funny how this article comes out the day after i actually got my hands on one to play with...

1. The new feel to the s4 is nothing to be ashamed about anymore it has the metal side lining just like the iphone 4 and 4s have but that goodness no real glass on the back, although the plastic on the back feels like it is more higher end feel i guess you can say

2. Touchwiz, i have nothing agianst it but if there was an option to complete get rid of it i would and make it a straight nexus like device... touchwiz seems too cartoony like someone else has said... although i do have to say atleast the user interface doesnt get as boring as an ios one... and yes i do currently own an iPhone 5 and note 2

3. Didnt get to try the speaker so cant say much on it although the features of looking away and the movie pausing was working flawlessly

4. NAtive wireless charging on the back, the fact that the device doesnt even have wireless charging back included is a let down granted it will help my reps sell accs

5. More colors, white and black seem a little to generic although brings back the point about accs

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:44

147. bransablan (Posts: 23; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)

i would also like to add, that the screen is like retina display on steroids, its not pixelated or anything... i saw smooth font and pics, it was a very impressive screen display

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:49

148. barondebxl (Posts: 131; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

The haters are gonna have erections from this article. The S4 gets all the hate cause its the best. People hate what is best always, the lakers when they were winning, the Yankees, the Miami heat, Michael Jordan, Tupac, but there's 10 times more ppl that love it rather than hate it!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:35 1

165. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)

Nah, I hate it because I hear it's the best, I want the best, and then I touch it and look at it and it's not. I'm disappointed, I feel it's unfair to me, I feel it's unfair to really best phones that simply can't advertise like Sammy. Why would I hate it cause it's the best? Why don't I just get it and be happy?

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 21:49

280. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

The world doesn't revolve around you buddy so it isn't unfair when most people declare the Galaxy S4 the best phone. Even if it hurts your feelings because you don't think it is the best phone.

Yes, you are definitely butthurt. Otherwise you wouldn't call it unfair. Haha

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 07:37

283. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

ok so you still spew your crap, loads said the iphone was the best so by your own comment they must have been right

see people like you are pathetic you cried when the iphone dominated called them followers and idiots for buying it but when samsung gets the same result this doesnt apply? it thanks to marketing samsung have positioned themselves where they are and people like you defend them so much its truly sad

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:55 2

149. dorianb (Posts: 599; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Honestly I like the phone, but I'd rather get a Note 2. If I had to hate:
1. Yep. Plastic when ALL other high-end phones aren't. IDK
2. TouchWiz does look cartoonish.
3. Wireless charging capable out the box would of been nice.
4. Drop the physical/capacitive buttons.
That's why there are other OEM's. Variety.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 12:56 3

150. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

The glossy finish and too many gimmicky features. Otherwise, great device.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:03 2

153. jibraihimi (Posts: 764; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

My only complain is build quality..... I really don't like build quality of galaxy series, all are cheap plastic, and in few months they began to look old...... For two years I'm waiting for premium build quality from samsung, but each year they are disappointing me....... Don't get me worng, two years back I was samsung fan, and used to root for their products more than anyone else, even made lots of my friends purchase sammy products, but seeing their attitude for not making their flagship phones of premium quality, but charging premium price for them is making me angry with sammy.......... Hope they will change their attitude, and will adopt premium materials for their next flagship...........

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:21 1

156. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)

Cheap look and feel

Design is getting pretty damned old

User interface is ugly and not polished

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:24 1

157. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)

-Plastic material used
-bad speakers and sound and call quality its very bad
-Capacitive buttons
-Looks too similar to the S3

Otherwise it is an amazing device!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:29 1

161. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)

I didn't felt anything fantastic watching S4, instead, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z offers much promising. Thank You Samsung for your effort. This time, its not your game.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:32

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

who could hate or dislike this beauty ?

dislike ???....perhaps the price?

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:39

170. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

hate......is pointing out what you wish samsung would address hate?

get over it kid, and its not a beauty the design is average at best. the price shouldnt be that high (greed)

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:37 2

168. legend1 (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

the fact that its made out of plastic

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:50

174. mukrenol (Posts: 90; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)

Why don't phonearea have. The same 'Hate' session for iphone?

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:53 1

176. BiN4RY (Posts: 83; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

1. Same design as S3.... really?
2. Cheap plastic as usual
3. Exynos = no dev support
4. Maybe the weird pixel layout of the screen as usual, but this isn't a bug thing for me.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 14:02 2

179. mclifford81 (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)

1.It doesn't have the best camera in a mobile device
2.The build quality isn't premium
3.The screen is too dark outside
4.The screen still can break, scratch, ding, etc.
5.It doesn't make me caramel machiatos
6.It won't grant all my wishes

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 14:04

180. paul48 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

@andrew cunningham "...but since Lenovo is selling the same Windows 8 as everyone else, their performance shows that it's possible to do well selling the new operating system." - if you look at some recent reviews of Lenovo business notebooks, the reviewer pointed out Lenovo supply with Win7 installed by default as they found their customers wanted Win 7 over W8, and didnt want the hassle of 'downgrading' as they had learnt from previous fiasco of 'downgrading from Vista to XP was less reliable than installing XP direct.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 14:11

182. leefer77 (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)

Its not at all that there are things I don't like about the S-IV. I am going to upgrade either to it or the HTC One when they are available. My first HTC was the TouchPro and have had all the EVO's. I have no doubt that the S-IV has the most features (software and sd card/battery), is probably more snappier, and will be easier to root.Therefore, I have been leaning toward the S-IV, but I am concerned with the call quality and screen brightness issues pointed out in the reviews. For me, the One's design, display, call quality, and speakers compared to the S-IV are making my choice a little complicated. I guess I will have to try them both to know for sure.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 14:16

183. imkyle (Posts: 1073; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

The design I thought would be different. I mean I know you can't completely do a 180 on a device that is already so popular like the S III, but I was hoping for something more rugged looking. Not so much the materials used, but the aesthetics.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 14:23

184. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)

-Plastic material used
-bad speakers and sound and call quality its very bad
-Capacitive buttons
-Looks too similar to the S3

Otherwise it is an amazing device!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 14:23 1

185. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

I think the most disapointing thing in SGS4 is the look. Its very much like SGS3! I know its distinguishable, but when peaple buy somthing new, they want others to know! GS4 dont have enough diffrence with the last gen of samsung.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 14:49 2

186. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

i like S4 interior and really hate its boring design and cheap feeling
look at Sammy products. from their budget phones to their flagships they look all the same.
flagship phones must have a unique design.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 15:18

189. E34V8 (Posts: 84; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)

The phone is great! But i do not like the plastic.

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