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Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

0. phoneArena 23 Mar 2013, 11:12 posted on

Another year, another Galaxy S phone! Since the very first Galaxy S, which came out in 2010, Samsung has been regularly refining and improving its formula for success in the mobile industry. It is mainly thanks to this series of handsets that the manufacturer is now enjoying lush revenue streams and having a profound influence over the whole Android ecosystem...

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posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:32 1

81. DanishDynamite (Posts: 41; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

That awkward moment when you find out that i'm a 14 year old boy from Denmark... And no, they don't work simultaneously, that's the whole point about it....

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:40 12

91. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Here you go, kid.. =]

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:56 1

109. DanishDynamite (Posts: 41; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

Oh you are so right! I know nothing about phones. But just one last question, where the f**k does it say anything about the S 4 using big.LITLLE MP? oh... nowhere, so before thinking you are better, get it right. I'm having a good time being smarter then two older gentlemens, that thinks they know more than me, FUNNY! Don't embaress yourselfs :D

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:11 18

120. SleepingOz (unregistered)

The GSIV won't be using the Heterogeneous Multi-Processing because it will drain the battery drastically but that doesn't mean it can't!
It's called the magic of XDA.
Anyway, the GSIV has a real octo-core processor. So, again, your argument about the Exynos 5 Octa being a quadcore gimmick is invalid. =]

Btw you're the one embarassing yourself here, for talking about things you know nothing about.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:13

121. DanishDynamite (Posts: 41; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

Just sayin, not everybody knows how to root their phone... :D

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:28 7

135. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

So OZ has a valid point! It's like when you buy a sports car you can modify the exhaust turbine pistons raise the Engine Management and obtain a further BHP and Tourque which makes the whole car as it should be, not restricted as if as standard!

Yes Rooting is kinda simple if you follow instructions!

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 01:06 4

275. zackdbassist (Posts: 22; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

See kiddo, talking the way you are is not helping your argument. And when someone who knows more than you is actually sharing something that would help you know more, then grasp the info with both your arms open. Htc offers one of the best products in the market but isn't that good in all aspects.
And the exynos 5 octa used in s4 is indeed based on Arm's big.Little architecture. Go, get your facts right , , provide us with some concrete evidence(Read source) that HTC updates their product faster. If this is not possible then change your name to DanishPastry instead of Dynamite, that'll suit your age and the way you talk better. Grow up kiddo or at least show some respect to the people who know more, being a fan of some brand is not bad but then you are not someone who appreciates technology.
Technology ftw!


Add a p after htt in the above link and see for yourself that exynos 5 octa is all about big.LITTLE architecture.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 02:26 1

286. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

The exynos 5 octa core is a big.little cpu..arm used this CPU at MWC to show off the big.little features...

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 08:12

388. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)

ooo the big guy from samsung and the big guy from ARM said that BIG-LITTLE is there, and you think you know everything ho ho ho, when you don't know something it doesn't mean it's not true, just don't say anything you don't know for sure and learn ENGLISH "embaress"

posted on 05 May 2013, 11:33

467. wh3resmycar (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 May 2013)

hey dumbass. big.LITTLE is an design for cortex A15. seriously. just go kill yourself.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:09 5

119. DanishDynamite (Posts: 41; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

Okay, i don't know about you, but i don't want to look like an idiot :D I totally respect what Samsung has done with the S 4, it is a marvelous piece of engineering, but i just have some other priorities, like Boomsound and the alumunium-body, so let's just stop this, we won't agree anyways :D but seriously, calling me "stupid" is not right, i use a lot of time at phonearena, android authority and other webpages, i know more then most grown men about phones. and i'm just telling you that they, yes they work simultaneously, but only when it's big.LITLLE MP, and the S 4 doesn't use MP :D no hate

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:32 1

140. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

You have a point there I agree, calling some one :stupid, should've been called unaware or uninformed or untechy!

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 05:41 2

304. esperanza (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)

Boom sound is just stereo speakers. Nothing special. The stereo speakers on two sides are a nice touch, stereo is kind of useless (like on my iPad Mini) if both speakers are shooting in the same direction, the sound mushes together anyways, loud but hella noisy as well.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 09:36

364. dragonite99 (unregistered)


posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:37 10

86. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

don't waste your energy explaining it to him/her... he/she clearly have no idea about tech. or only got 1% knowledge about high-end smartphones. probably just an ex-iConUser who finally want a taste of android.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:42 4

96. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Looks like an iPhone user or has no knowledge about Tech or about how CPU threshold and down Threshold supplement each other on work loads?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:39 1

89. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Yes I do agree OZ, but when you feel and touch Stainless Steel or Caron Fibre or a phone made all with DragonTrail glass is pure class touch to it! It's called "Prestige"

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:43 7

99. SleepingOz (unregistered)

I know the "prestige" feeling you're talking about. I had the OG Xperia and the N8, but I still prefer the polycarbonate of my GNOTE II. It's stil intact after several falls.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:47

101. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

True! They should've made phones with all in one materials....?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 14:35

178. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

Here is my source why you are wronghttp://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-03/19/exynos-5-octa

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 18:06 5

215. SleepingOz (unregistered)

"There are two different implementations of big.LITTLE that hardware makers can use: one in which the Cortex-A7 and A15 cores can be active at the same time (called "big.LITTLE MP" in ARM's documentation) and one in which a Cortex-A7 core powers down when its corresponding A15 core powers up and vice versa."

From the link you posted..

I'd really like to know how was I wrong?
Have you even read my comment in the first place?
In my comment I quoted the part where AndreiLux, who is a recognized dev on XDA, explains how all the 8cores can be used simultaneously by the system.


posted on 24 Mar 2013, 05:36

303. Trex95 (Posts: 924; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)

Okay i got it. But due to the android need more power than other OS, why didn't made the LITTLE A9?! i understand that will effect the battery life but not big of deal cause Samsung still can offer bigger battery.

posted on 30 May 2013, 02:08

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

I know that all 8 cores can be used in the system, but are you Samsung fans stupid enough not to notice a huge problem on your very own phones? HEAT! MAN! 4 Samsung cores on the GS3 already caused complains of the phone reaching 50 degrees c, and the 8 cores 'won' the overall heat champion at 60 degrees C. The record temperature on my xperia z is just 45 degrees C. Samsung is trying to give you burns. Extreme heat can also damage the cheap components within the phone. Reports say Samsung components of Samsung phone turned into charcoal from the desert heat of the CPU.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 13:29 1

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

very true except the fact that this so called Octa doesn't runs on HMP but on CPU Migration instead, in which only 4 cores of any cmobination will ever be working at the same time. So it's you who are an ignorant, I guess...??

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 12:13 1

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

HTC is the fastest company to updating their phones? please explain how you came to that!!! Us thunderbolt owners were promised ICS back in March of 2012, and we finally got it in December, 2012. yeah, they're really fast!!!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:10 9

65. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

agree with you BillyG. and i can't wait to see hwat samsung offer with Premium Suite. this is only the 1st software implementation.

one thing i can sure is "Samsung Orb Photo", they say its better than google sphere

@ DanishDynamite, i think htc use the cheap metal :) why not build their phone with titanium, gold or silver, that is premium. or can htc make their own model, not use iPhone and Blackberry or SGS 1 model?
htc fast company, One ship with 4.1.2, S4 with 4.2.2???? how htc fast update company?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:21 3

72. DanishDynamite (Posts: 41; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

Iphone? Blackberry? SGS 1? uhm, it uses aluminium like the iPhone 5 yes... but that doesn't mean that they copied anything. Blackberry, yes, it has that speaker at the bottom, but the Blackberry Z10 hasn't got that...? And the SGS 1...? WTF has that in common with the One? the screen? NAh. The Processor? Nah. Oh, now i know, the camera? No... Wait.

search for "Htc is fastest at updating their phones" and then look at that phonearena article...

Red it? okay, then i only have one thing left to say... EAT

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:38 7

88. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

If HTC uses cheap metal then what does Samsung uses? Plastic from Toys'R'Us? Use your head before bashing something that is better than what you are defending.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:40 12

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

Aluminum is dirt cheap. Recycling plastic probably costs more. Although the CNC machining might cost a lot since time is money.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:44 4

100. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Stainless Steel is much better!

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