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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, 12:43 10

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

please enhance your knowlegde before writing something stupid. that 'plastic' is polycarbonate, the same material with Lumia Series, and also HTC One X/+ only with different finish (some glossy, matte, etc.) i really do hope you can see the 'light' now...

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:50 3

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

Lmao ToysRus that was funny!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:35 9

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

The HTC One has bad battery? LMAO. GSMArena proves you wrong, isn't 13 hours and 38 minutes of talk time, 9 hours and 58 minutes of web browsing and 10 hours of movie playing enough for you with an overall rating of 48 hours? You know unlike some websites *cough* phonearena *cough* some actually test the battery of the device instead of giving their opinion.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:41 16

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

Poor HTC fanboy. Not taking the 9.3 score over the overrated HTC One very well are you?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:50 2

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

Right, i have no interest on the One neither the SIV as i will stick to my One X, and i'm a fanboy for pointing out a fact? It doesn't have poor battery like your fanboy friend claimed. Also BillyG i know it is polycarbonate, but on a comparison my One X feels way better than the S3 and they are both polycarbonate, mostly due to the unibody design.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:32 5

139. umadddd (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

HTC one does have poor battery life, my butthurt indian friend. Unlike those turds on gsmarena who make up numbers just to generate hits on their sites, here's a part of an actual review from the verge:

"For all the things the phone does well, it doesn’t do much of anything for very long. The combination of a fast processor, high-res screen, and always-updating software is an ugly one for battery life, and indeed I struggled to make the One last a full day. There’s a Power Saver mode that helps a lot, but it also cripples the phone — it turns off most of your wireless connections when you turn off the phone’s screen, for instance, which seems like a steep price a couple extra hours of power. "

LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL inc angus devastation!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:39 2

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

Then why don't you root the phone and use a different Kernel also change the voltage on you're phone and charging watts so you can get an extra 2 hours of battery! It's called being "Smart" I don't see why you complaining? You don't seem to be a power user, more of a normal user who prefers user ability over power! But you're self a Razar HD Max Motorola!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 14:10

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

Oh, so resorting to racism and offending people is okay by Phonearena now? I'm not indian but you are clearly being racist and discriminating indian people.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 14:49

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

How did they made up number?. Talking about Highbury, the first people that start name calling is in fact the one that loses

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:33 1

141. umadddd (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

"In more practical use, you’re going to want a charger nearby, since I killed the battery with about ten hours of tweeting, browsing, emailing, and not that much else. This is an unpleasant, sadly unremarkable side effect of big screens and fast phones, but’s a shame nonetheless."


posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:43 4

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

CanYouSeeTheLight its in your ass and it sez S4....

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 15:15 4

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

you are a fanboy, because you blame the 'cheap plastic' on S4 but when its on your OneX its very OK... the material is the same only diff. fisnishing process. And now you backtracking and try diff. angle with that 'unibody design' because you can't blame the plastic anymore since i state the fact of them all being polycarbonate... but at least now you saw the light, lol...

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:57 3

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

Poor child. Because 9.3 is so much more than 9.1!! I must suicide myself because i stated a fact about a phone!! OMGG!!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:14 9

122. SleepingOz (unregistered)

It's not much but is still more..
Anyway, both are great balanced devices unlike the XZ.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:24 2

132. umadddd (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

LOL you are so mad right now grrrrrrrrr

take your torn up angus back to that chithole gsmarena rofl

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 14:52

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

What are 5? Most people with a life is not made about a poor. The funny thing is the S 4 does not very well in the most important part of a phone that is call quality. Which is why most peole get a phone is to make call.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 11:14

321. CaptainXperia (Posts: 15; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

sony already fixed the issue just the next day it was reported...not like samsung whose lock screens are being bypassed every other day........and yet they just keep wondering about muti window............

posted on 29 May 2013, 08:51

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

Mistakes? I triumph my Xperia Z and very well glad that I'm not making the mistake of buying a phone that lasts for half a year and breaks. Cheap screen, cheap plastic, cheap camera, cheap everything. Drop test of iPhone 5's normal glass, GS4's supposed unbreakable glass and the Xperia Z's Dragontail glass. Only the GS4 broke and the other two just scratches. In fact, many of us feel very worried that

1. I might drop the phone and break the glass.
2. The overheating CPU might explode (Which has happened to the GS3, which made the other components into charcoal).
3. The overheating CPU can cause me burns.
4. The stupid stay might turn the screen off at any moment.

You don't think we have tested out the new phone? All the 'features' are useless and cause inconvenience. If we turn them off, all that is left is a very storage space consuming UI, a cheap screen, cheap casing and a 60 degrees C CPU that can ONLY RUN 4 CORES AT A TIME. The HTC One and the Xperia Z's CPU clock speed and functionality is far superior than the useless 4+4. It only constantly switches between the two CPUs. Another thing that PA didn't mention about the GS4's camera is the green shading found among some of its pictures that is visible even with the slightest pitch and zoom. Xperia's camera glitches can only be found when pitching to its maximum allowable range. What is the joy of texting people during shower without encasing your phone in a plastic bag? The strangely positioned power button means we have to reach our thumbs up in order to get to the power button. We don't care about the position of the power button in the HTC one, mainly because most of us can still use the first power button design by Apple. At least Apple and HTC One's power buttons look far more attractive than Samsung stuff. But talking about the Xperia Z, 'Is... Is that a DIAMOND?' My friend actually said that. True story. Not making that up. Of course, my friend doesn't own a smartphone, and doesn't know much about them. But he sure knows and admires my phone. I think Samsung's UI is poor and ugly. First, it's laggy. A the S3 can't even handle full power scrolling, yet the Xperia L, a dual core 1Ghz with 1GB of RAM can handle smooth scrolling of the Sony UI.

Samsung should be ashamed of themselves.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 16:35 1

198. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

there is not important why?
Cus s4 is great for u on your dreams when one is one for all the time..its complete in all around.
Plastic not fantastic any time..don't forget..

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 18:32 1

221. Jillxz (Posts: 149; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

Front facing speakers and Boom speakers.Just to name 2 things that I like better than the galaxy S4. It's just a preference. some like one phone and some another. It doesn't mean that one is better than the other.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 13:52 1

334. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Personally, I despise the UI design in TouchWiz. I mean sky backgrounds were the thing on Windows 95 start up and shut down screens. Those wildly inconsistent color schemes with seemingly random colors is just plain ugly to me.

Other than that, the phones are virtually equal in terms of performance. However I think the camera on the S4 is better than the HTC One.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 08:04

361. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)

Nearly identical hardware with a better build quality. It is that simple.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 08:06 1

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

HTC ONE better than the SGS4: design, matterials, premium feel, display, low light and macro camera performance, video recording, sound, call quality, stereo speakers, Sense5 is NOT a bloated skin like TW etc

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 20:21

404. greyleopard (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)

There's no reason why, the only real reason is that people love to hate on Samsung. I don't know why anyone should let that bother them though, let people have their own opinions even though you (and I) think that they're stupid reasons

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:07

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

MY reason that I hate on Samsung is due to the poor quality on its products and constantly bragging about its useless features to get people to buy their crappy products. I consider that as being dishonest on their customers. The glitches and bugs in Samsung devices are never much mentioned because there're so many of them that people expect a whole lot them and just stop talking about them. I just looked it up in the samsung forum and there's far more problems in samsung devices than in Sony devices. Including:
1. Camera picture take failure (Always)
2. Keyboard typing issues that affect third party keyboards too
3. Dead issues that can't be fixed like the Xperia Z by hard resetting (By the way, the new firmware has already fixed the problem)
4. Issues with GPS in third party apps like flight tracking or anything that requires GPS to run.
5. Vibration bugs in third party apps.
Of course there's a lot more and I'm not bothering to go through them all, but the number of bugs and problems easily overtakes Sony and HTC One by a mile. Don't forget, the GS4's screen also has falty color display and sensors!

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 07:13 1

407. dakota30312 (Posts: 15; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)

Design is an important thing and materials of the design are important too. I don't think you would drive an ugly car with cloth seats even if it happened to be really fast when there is one just about as fast that is way cooler with leather seats and the whole nine yards.

Speed is important but people like design too!

posted on 31 May 2013, 23:33

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

Actually, the GS4 is a lot more laggy than HTC one or Xperia Z. I just went to a store to try that out, and beside is a tryout Xperia Z. (I used the tryout one instead of my own one because tryouts are usually subjected to heavier useage) On first touch I already wanted to drop the GS4. It's BURNING while the Xperia Z isn't. After a few scrolls it felt as if it is just a dual core 1Ghz Sony phone. Constant lags while scrolling, and opening applications takes twice as long as the Xperia Z. Samsung calls it octa core, but it's 'octa core at dual core speeds'

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 05:40

419. alikhan1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)

who says dat d htc one n xperia z are better dan d GS4 da GS4 has an awesome benchmark...........powerfull processor...........a little old but nice design..........less weight..............best graphics n disply wt else u want.........?? !~!

posted on 08 May 2013, 06:22 1

473. giri555 (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

"S Lag" with all EIGHT CORES? Samsung you SUCK, bigtime....f**k Touchwhiz....

posted on 09 May 2013, 23:28 1

479. TieuLaLa (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 May 2013)

Because this's a SS Galaxy S-Lag, not S4 anymore :(

posted on 16 May 2013, 21:59 1

488. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)

i was waiting for that question. The HTC ONE display is way brighter and has truer colors that are also very vibrant. The screen on the one doesnt touch any corner of the phoen so dropping on any corner wont affect the screen breaking. The one has about 3 times louder speakers and quality of sound. The phones buttons are more responsive. The htc one doesnt seperate the settings into 4 tabs to waste time. the one has cool icons that are not cheesy. the one has a vertical app drawer not horizontal. the app drawer grid size is changable on the one. the one has ZOE the s4 does not. The s4 is ugly the one is not. The pixils on AMOLD screens die out way sooner than LCD The one has Amazing call quality and signal the s4 is quote 'passable' in that department. The htc one can have folders in the app drawer the s4 cant. The only thing better about the S4 is the camera and thats not enough to overturn how much the HTC One smashes the S4

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:09

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

TFT screens have been used for quite a long time and they are as safe as LCD screens! AMOLED has maybe a quarter function time than both.

posted on 01 Jun 2013, 12:37

513. drkuthan (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

htc one has built quality issues every one has one or much mm gap on the top

don't tell lie by telling that htc one's speakers are 3 times louder because it is not it has the best quality but not louder than ip5 or gs4 ... you can look at the comparison in youtube

in 2g mode htc one misses calls which means you can not turn it on for battery saving

htc one call quality is like gs4 two of the phones have crystal call quality

only the blacks seem better in htc one screen or else the two screens are not way better than another

htc one battery is very bad GS4 kills it

htc one camera is only good in low light but in night mode S4 camera imo does better than that and in bright conditions S4 destroys it

+ S4 is handy and the updates are just in time :)

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 11:30 3

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

Why don't you buy both....?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 11:38 5

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

ok gtfo then

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 11:51 16

42. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 104; Member since: 04 May 2012)

Once again Plastic got 9.3 rating.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:56 7

110. GTR722 (Posts: 261; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

Samsung arena, remember, Z and One > S4

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 20:23

405. greyleopard (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)

*every single website S4 > Z and One. Remember, Galaxy S is the most popular Android phone in history.

posted on 12 May 2013, 19:46

484. JasonJia11 (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Dec 2012)

Haha, you're just a fanboy. Most websites say the HTC One is better than the Galaxy S4, and go to PhoneDog.com, and check the top phones of the week by people and experts. The HTC One is #1 for both, by a good margin too.

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:11

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

Check on GSMarena. Xperia Z has 8.8 rating and HTC One is too, but the S4 has a ground breaking 6.5. How do you explain that?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 11:56 8

45. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Had this score been lower than the HTC One the One would have been an easy choice, but you can not fault Samsung for great features.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:34 6

142. GTR722 (Posts: 261; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

Great "features" for phonearena....just look at this: "Samsung Galaxy S4 is a true engineering achievement - it has a bigger display than its predecessor, yet its overall dimensions are smaller." Xperia ZL is smaller and the screen is the same...go and read what PA said abouth that phone..."oohh its ok"

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:00 2

52. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Too bad that both phones will not make it to Verizon. The S4 "will" be the top selling Android phone in 2013. No other way to cut it. If HTC had released the One globally right after the announcement on every major carrier it would have been a different story.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:13 3

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

That's right! Look what happened when the S3 came out, everyone complained it was ugly, but still people, fans, users, consumers went and bought it! So did I, I said I won't be buying this hideous phone, but I fell for it due to "specs and cause of that Exynos CPU"

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:43 5

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

I was disappointed by the nature design until I saw it in person.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:52 7

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

thats is true,,,samsung is not selling "Cosmetics" they are selling an all around device.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:06 5

57. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

I really think that low light photos should have been tested for this review and if they are not good they should be added to the negatives. Recent phones have stepped up the low light photography and it is something that should be taken in to account.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:25 6

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

I am pretty sure it is. Even so, I think the average consumer takes more daytime photos so they should obviously carry more weight. Nokia and HTC honestly should have held back this technology until daytime photos were on par. Or at least give us an option to switch between 4 ultra pixels and 13mp.

That is the beauty of the GS4. You don't like the Samsung risk taking, you turn it off.

You don't like blink feed or 4 ultra pixels, too bad it will either make your day time photos suffer or blink feed runs in the background unless you root, voiding your warranty.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 18:31 2

343. GTR722 (Posts: 261; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

SamsungArena was so desperate to do the review that it looked more like a Overview....and the wonderful "its extremely fluid UI"...next second...lag.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:18 1

69. chistoefurpuffer (Posts: 140; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

Lol have fun with that already surpased technology and software. x:

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:20 2

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

So it goes like this

1 Galaxy S4
2 Htc One
3 Experia Z


1 Htc One
2 S4
3 Experia Z


1 Galaxy S4
2 Experia Z
3 Htc One


1 Experia Z
2 Htc One
3 Galaxy S4

Sony Fans
Samsung Fans
Htc fans

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:28 3

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

You forgot :
1 Xperia Z
2 Galaxy S4
3 HTC One


1 HTC One
2 Xperia Z
3 Galaxy S4

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:43 1

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

O yea I forget!
Nice one!

posted on 09 May 2013, 23:31

480. TieuLaLa (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 May 2013)

6 situations .haha very lol and very fair :>

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:13

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

It's XPERIA not EXPERIA you idiot!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:30 5

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

On balance, I tend to agree that the One is superior to the GS IV. Only problem is with HTC biffing the launch of the One in the U.S., this may be HTC's last smartphone effort if they can't get the sales volumes they need to make.

I really wish that HTC had not managed to screw up their launch of the One in the U.S. :-(

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 05:44

420. alikhan1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)

d one is not superior to d s4 bcuz even thoh it has a 4UP camera it's still nothin infrnt of d s4's camera............processor is much faster n better wid a better benchmark.............!~!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 17:22 3

205. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

So you only buy a phone for it's design? Well if you're smart, you also buy a phone case, like something from otterbox. Which will completely shield and cover the entire design, thus making it almost pointless. A beautiful design only stays beautiful if it is well protected. Let's face it, we take our phones everywhere and anyone who claims to never have dropped or sat on their phone is a liar. All it takes is one drop as well.

There is no argument that in the design, HTC One is the clear winner but everything else is completely debatable and honestly the SGS4 wins in almost every other department if you ask me.

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:16

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

In that case, the gorgeous power button isn't obstructed by a phone case. How do you explain that? There's CLEAR PHONE CASES and I happen to be using that. My friend all love the look. Samsung fanboy, beware!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 17:42 1

209. dapsta (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

I have payed with the Xperia Z a number of times now and it was super disappointing. The screen looks crappy and washed out and it lags a lot.

I wouldn't spend a cent on it when the GS4, HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro are around.

Besides, I already know HTC will fail to update their phone properly and Sony.......HAHAHAHAHA

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