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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, 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 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, 13:34 6

142. GTR722 (Posts: 267; 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, 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, 13:43 1

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

O yea I forget!
Nice one!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:43 4

149. voxmarc (Posts: 335; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:52 7

156. voxmarc (Posts: 335; 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, 14:10

167. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1118; 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, 14:53 13

183. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

i own an Xperia Z , people who have seen it call it better than all the phones out der ! Display is very good & camera is great ! persnal experience!

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, 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, 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 24 Mar 2013, 10:40 3

319. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

I say it again, you must be among the minority of people who use their smartphones without a protective aftermarket case just for other people to admire the dented or scratched aluminum/glass body.

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, 15:27 7

193. therealestmc (Posts: 437; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

I am going out on a limp and say you have never seen the phone personally. You are just going off what others have said. Tell me I am wrong. Unlikely, though.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 17:22 3

205. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3115; 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 24 Mar 2013, 00:04 2

271. 007akshay (Posts: 37; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

sorry man s4 for me.......

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

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 17:58 1

212. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

I am inclined to agree. I generally prefer Samsung's stuff to HTC's, but HTC really did a great job with the One. Not to say the S4 isnt great, it sure is, but the improvement is more incremental than One's was to the previous one, plus a lot of the improvements the S4 enjoys over the S3 outside of better hardware is a bunch of software tweaks that Samsung will probably hold back on for previous owners to encourage them to upgrade... kinda like Apple did with Siri on the 4S to justify the 4S to people. The One on the other hand... has fantastic design, the camera seems to be much better, and I like the idea of dual speaker design.

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 23 Mar 2013, 18:21 1

217. slaggyb (Posts: 214; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Lagging phone and Ray says it's smooth even running 4.2.2 and he gave it a 9.3 while a by far better HTC ONE got 9.1...Samsung been favoured here just like Apple... Iphonearena has just upgraded to samsungarena.. Samsung Galaxy S4 a reharsed S3 with big screen.. Why not call it an S3s..

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 23 Mar 2013, 23:15 2

263. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

"its more a usability question"??
yet u can only mention abt the plastic? is it related to usability?
by the way when we talk abt usability, Galaxy s4 was called by some experts to hit LIFESTYLE, thats usability.. it hits Health, display adaptation for every uses, Group PLay for the benefit of several group interactions, Feature-packed camera for fun and simple photography uses, MULTITASKING, AIR GESTURES have their uses esp when your eating something and that hover hover drop down is really cool and useful, etc im tired coz i have lots to say

anyway HTCone and Galaxy s4 are my favor8s

get that Xperia Z and fix everything abt it so the users of that f**king phone will not be sad..

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 21:26 1

256. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

Objectively GS4 is way better than HTC one and Xperia Z
That's why it is given better scores not only in PA but also in others

You are saying is that "You prefer those to GS4"
This is fine.

But if you say those are much better than GS4 ignoring all the reviews every tech sites, that actually sounds like "Oranges are much better and Apples"

That doesn't mean those are better objectively.

So please just STFU and accept the things from PA or others unless you can make a better thing.
Otherwise don't come here and comment stupid thing

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 23:20 3

265. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

oh users withn talk.sonymobile.com say otherwise :D
bugs left & ryt :D speaker, call quality, battery, stmina mode, screen, signal, camera, laggy homescreen, death etc

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 23:22 1

266. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

no no no, smart stay smart scroll and smart pause are only the real gimmicks but theyr opening for some revolutionary thiings in the future regading being smarter with eye tracking tech..

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 00:30 10

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

Better camera on S4, better multitasking on S4(Read Multi-Window), screen can be tuned according to your preference and then it is far superior to z's screen even in terms of contrast, better battery backup for sure(Read bigger battery), smaller and lighter chassis,

Sony on the other hand is waterproof and looks really good.Apart from this there is nothing that the S4 can't do better. Just my 2 cents.

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, 01:36

281. 007akshay (Posts: 37; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

thank u pa for making such a fast rewiew .....................ur d best.............

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 01:37 5

282. slaggyb (Posts: 214; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

you my friend is BLIND....Those who buy phones based on biased tech site reviews or number of phones sold by that company are completely dillusional....HTC ONE with all due respect to HTC is far better than this crap samsung put up here....They didn't wanna get sued by Apple that is why the called it the S4 instead of S3s...Samsung for the past years have grown their sheeps so anything the put out their followers will be gravitating...Am not a fanboi of any OS or tied to any mobile phone manufacturer...i currently own the galaxy note ii and it doesn't live up to all the hype on tech sites..i use the lumia 800 for my navigation the bb9900 for my business and i be replacing it when Q10 launches....The only phone and os i dont own is Apple and its iphone i dont hate it either but never been into it from day one....

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