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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, 20:09 3

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

Wow this article by Ray S
The S4
Htc One
Sony X

Has 242 posts by users kinda very good.
Its very rare you see this many posts™

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 20:25 9

246. _PHug_ (Posts: 444; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


Lot of angry Samsung haters are up in arms now.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 20:30 3

249. _PHug_ (Posts: 444; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

So from the reviews I've read, the One only gets 10 hours of moderate usage with it's non-removeable battery while the S4 gets 2 days moderate usage

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 08:07

307. rizevnarastek (Posts: 347; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

LOL ....HTC One GSMarena battery test stated :

14+hours of talktime
10hours of web browsing
10 hours of video playback

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 21:42 3

258. chrisbeto10 (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

samsung just keeps idiotizing people with their useless "innovative" features such as scrolling with gestures without touching the screen and scrolling with the eyes. selling the so called "octa processor" when not even high end models with quad core processors take full advantage of their processor. htc and sony are just selling the truth, phones with execellent build quality and real world usability. they are not trying to fool people with stupid features that are not a real advantage when it comes to phone usabillity.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 23:05 1

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

bla bla bla..
smart stay scroll and pause are the real gimmicks for now but the rest are useful, if not, cool.. but these eye tracking techs are just the beginning of having a phone SMARTER, someday some revolutionary things myt happen, so lets just accept technology even if theyr just babies :)
Hate can turn everythin around, so be easy
i like htc coz theyr selling the truth but somehow the great hype abt the ultrapixels was not met perfectly.. i love htc one and that myt be my next phone if not s4, but the bashing they made was really unprofessional, calling s4 the next big flop while they still cant manufacture their flagship

the worst is Sony>that Xperia Z has a lots of bugs even uv just used it within days..

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 03:13 1

291. heyhi (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)

i like the idea of the smart stay scroll....the pause/start video i dont care cuz i almost dont watch videos, except youtube...the smart scroll i think its useful when you are reading documents or pages on the web, like here on the comments section. Just tilting fells more comfortable than scrolling everytime to read a entire page.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 21:50 5

259. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

9.3 for a phone that doesn't work great as a phone?! Deserves no more than 9, sorry. I said the same thing about various iphone generations, too, if anyone thinks I am being biased.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 10:44

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

Except it does work great as a phone, most likely the best. I am not stubborn enough to say my cordless house phone is a better "phone" than my smart phone because the latter has way better reception and call quality.

A "phone" does so much more these days and the rating system should and does reflect that. Not everyone lives in the stone age like yourself and places call quality that high.

Besides, as long as it is as good as the GS3/GS2 call quality, its not like the competition will blow it away in call quality or anything. The difference between the GS4 and HTC One in reception isn't going to be that far apart and the 9.3 score you have such a problem with obviously affects that.

Some reviewers even said that the One X and 8x had better call quality than the GS3 but my gf said I sound muffled on the HTC phones and sounded clear on the GS3. Go figure, whatever it is I am sure the differences are minor.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 23:18

264. avonsun (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)

How can they review a product that is not even the final version? The features they mentioned in page 2 weren't even covered so how are we supposed to know if it actually works or not. It's not about getting the review out first, readers would prefer the quality and the content of the review rather than anything else! Also the video review is just reciting the written review. We don't want to hear the same thing we read!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 23:48

269. tiara6918 (Posts: 2036; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Samsung would still sell a lot of s4 units than one and xperia z because of their aggressive marketing

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 00:28 2

272. ashue (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)

quite disappointed when they announced s4, especially with the plastic, had enough of it, need a change for certain, but that is just me personally, should switch to One or Z.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 00:57 1

274. Trex95 (Posts: 903; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)

Yes galaxy s4 it's a great phone but in video camera with 1080p looks soft and it does has wobbling issue

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 01:09 1

276. Trex95 (Posts: 903; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)

The 1080p it does has kinda of bluish hue!

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 01:10 1

277. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

the review should be a preview. sorry, but i think this is just to get traffic.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 01:18 3

278. untouchable (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 Sep 2010)

I don't care what other people say but in my opinion this is one good looking phone.True that it looks similar to the S III but unlike the iPhone 4/4s, they are not the same. I mean just zoom into one of those pictures and you will know how nice it looks. Plastic or not, I will definitely buy this phone. Currently use a white S III on Verizon and I am not a Samsung faboy at all. But this definitely is one nice looking phone.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 01:26 2

279. hyperdoggy (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)

how do you rate a phone 9.3 with two major cons? crap call quality + build material issues...and a review with no battery run down test. Just how much did Samsung paid you guys?

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 09:53 1

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

Those cons are hardly major. One is subjective and they said call quality wasn't anything spectacular, they didn't say it was like talking to someone with two foam cups and a string.....

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 23:29 1

349. hyperdoggy (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)

So if is better than a foam cups + string that makes it 9.3? You're right about it being subjective however, as someone that still use a phone as....a phone, that's a pretty important item on my list.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 01:31 6

280. Floorkill22 (Posts: 20; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)

Mark my words: the galaxy s4 will mop the floor with the HTC one and Xperia Z in terms of sales. Not one reasonable human being on this planet is refusing to buy the Galaxy s4 solely because of the materials used to build it, honestly people should not bash Samsung so much, there's a reason why their choosing plastic over other materials. As for the whole screen debate, I'd take a super amoled (pentile or not) screen over a crappy inferior LCD screen that's old technology. The amoled screens on Samsung flagships are nothing short of amazing. LCD screens don't stand out the way that Amoled screens do.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 02:12 4

284. diego1sme (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)

Honestly the sgs4 looks like a toy for kids like look here's a plastic phone with a color full display and gimmick software you'll never use

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 02:16 1

285. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

HTC decided to stand out with its design and overrated camera (just like sony) and samsung, as always, did what they are used to be doing best...polished software side and merge it with hardware...blowing out of the water competition.
Anyway, it's plain ugly and given that I'm not a benchmark junkie I wouldn't mind to buy One instead (even though I don't like HTC). Sony is not worth spending cash on it.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 03:47 5

293. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 805; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Samsung is the Hardware giant. (Apple buys hardwares from Samsung. Apple is samsung's biggest customer. Those who dont believe may google it). Coupled with Google's Android, it has produced a beast in S4. Samsung is the new company in "Innovation". (iFans will argue, but who listens to them...!! & if they claim iPhone is the innovation, justify why there is no difference between designs+features of iPhone 1/2/3/4/4S/5?) HTC One is another brand producing amazing features with most gorgeous looking phones. iPhone stands nowhere close to HTC One. The only comparison can be is between Samsung Galaxy S4 & HTC One. Both the mobiles the top 1st & 2nd spot in the market. Both offer features one better than the other & all features are exclusive to that brand. These features are not available anywhere on any other mobile.
Samsung is a beast in performance, android features, display, hardware, multitasking, supersmooth, innovative features in camera, multiwindow feature etc. The list is long.

HTC One offers premiuim design making it the most beautiful handset ever (iFans Juz shut up). The ultrapixel technology is amazing. New Camera features with sense chip+snese5 UI gives superb performance. HTC put speakers is front which is a welcome move(coz it was required).
Both S4 & HTC One are different & better than any other mobile available. Android fans who want features of Android+gesture+smart scroll etc go for S4. People who want a great looking premium phone to showoff among friends with camera features+music+video, go for HTC One. I rest my case...

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 05:19 2

300. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

dudew...don't elaborate on every single topic about things which are commonly known.
Nobody reads your poems. Do it shorter

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 17:09 1

341. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

If you say "there is no difference between designs+features of iphone 1/2/3/4/4s/5," then you should agree about the galaxy phones having no new features. S1 to s2 was a good update but after that they just slightly improved hardware, iPhone 4s style, and make garbage, gimmicky features and a ugly design. And what a surprise, same thing with S4 but less hardware improvement and more gimmicks. Oh and same design. The thing is Samsung talked about the new features in camera but they didn't say anything about the camera hardware except that it is a 13 mp sensor. And barely talked about anything else. The whole show was about gimmicks. Some call siri a gimmick but at least people use it, just like google now and its useful in dozens of situations that happen regularly unlike the new "innovative" features in the S4.
The thing is i like the S4, it has a good processor, probably a good camera and probably good battery life and if i had the money i would buy. The HTC one is also a good phone. Better than the S4, but the camera, according to every review i read is not that good. The problem i have is that i hate people like you who talk trash about apple and when samsung or any other does the same then it's ok.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 03:34 1

358. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 805; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

And I hate people like you who have purposely blindfolded themselves for their love to APPLE that they dont appreciate anything better out there. Instead of admitting & realising the TRUTH, you are talking trash.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 06:15

359. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

What? I love apple? What about people who love samsung? I have exactly the same right to do the same thing. The difference-i respect android, ios, windows phone and blackberry 10 because i ain't blinfolded like fandroids who think samsung can create the S4 and not be judged for the same thing apple did with the 4 to 4S. I'm not talking trash, i'm saying facts, and i admire the truth, the truth is that the S4 is a very cool smartphones but so is the iPhone.
Fandroids are the blindfolded ones by saying the iPhone is the same exact product since the first one.
And don't say i can't appreciate anything better because i do, i appreciate sony, htc, samsung, and others.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 05:25 1

302. platformwars (Posts: 86; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

Sorry.. But not Impressed..

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 06:29 3

305. Dj567 (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)

the comments section is the best entertaining place

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 07:05 2

306. rizevnarastek (Posts: 347; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

LOL PhoneArena giving this higher score then HTC One yet the ladder has more pros and less cons :) funny

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 10:15 2

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

Different reviewers and each pro and con can have different values just like more dollar bills isn't always better than less 100 dollar bills. Of course you HTC fans are too butt hurt to see that.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 08:13 1

309. Aceswild99 (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

For something that is being advertised as the first review for the Samsung Galaxy S4, this was more of a hands-on than a review. The editor should have given more detail about the device. Usually, PhoneArena is good with the reviews what happened?

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 09:27 1

313. anjel1708 (Posts: 27; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

If the S4 was built with premium materials that weren't plastic then I would understand the best phone comments and review. The truth is that it was made with plastic and after reading the reviews on the reveal night it is clear that many Sammy fans aren't thrilled. The One and S4 have great hardware. That's a fact. Why is S4 rated higher? Why are Sammy fans still okay with plastic? I don't get it.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 10:17 2

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

You don't understand because you are a fan boy. If you look at it objectively, you will see that there are a lot of reasons why someone would rate the GS4 higher. And there is nothing wrong with plastic, we use it for everything.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 21:11 1

348. anjel1708 (Posts: 27; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

I own an S3. I will be jumping ship because of the plastic. I am a fan boy of quality. The S4 should have placed quality everywhere. The only fanboy I see on here is you.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 21:00

409. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)

really? How have glass and aluminum become premium quality? They break a lot easier then plastic thats for sure. go watch a few drop tests and you will see that plastic absorbs hits a lot better then aluminum or glass.
if you were a true fan boy of quality you would see that the softwear ad hardwear in the s4 is far better then that of the htc or sony. that is why they will out sell htc and sony.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 12:15

325. Loubielou (Posts: 508; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Samsung seems to have let people down with No Radio on the S4,Why?as this is one of the best functions people like on there smartphones or mobiles

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 14:07

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

Apparently it has a radio.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 12:37 4

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

even though it's made out of plastic i still like the design a lot pretty nice

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 12:51 3

329. aahmed215 (Posts: 165; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

I don't get why so many people harp on the plastic design of Samsung phones. Is that really what you are buying a phone for? For it's look so you can show it off to your peers? The iPhone is for you then.

Of the things that really matter, the S4 is the best out there imo.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 13:28 1

331. Seany (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)

Horrible phone

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 13:47 2

333. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

Damn. This site has become completely pro Samsung.. Well in terms of the comments. Say anything bad about a samsung and expect to be bashed yourself.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 14:10 1

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

I think you are letting your bias cloud your judgement. If you want to tally the posts, all 333 of them, I think you will find the majority of them saying something stupid like plastic s**t, looks like a toy, is gimmicky.

In fact, I would this site has been anti Samsung.

Just look at all your posts and the post above you.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 15:59

372. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

Did I say anything bad about samsung? Dude you're the one who's "clouded". I get the anti samsung stuff, I see that. But look. You come calling me out on being bias when I just said something about the comments being super Pro Samsung. And then I get attacked by none other than you. You proved my point.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 16:51 2

340. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

They didn't even test the battery. They just say that since it has a 2600mAh it should be good. I don't trust this review. A person can only make a good review if they have at least 2-3 days to use it and i can see they didn't do that. They do this to all smartphones. They just put the number of hours from the specs announced.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 20:19

374. fwinst (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 May 2010)

I agree about testing the battery. I'd like to see what GS4 battery life is like. However, the GS4 has a removable battery. So, you're not tied to an outlet if you're willing to carry a spare.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 20:04 1

345. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 590; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

Samsung really needs to hire some new industrial designers.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 01:37 1

356. Trex95 (Posts: 903; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)

Just read it on news paper today morning the HTC one might be overtake S4.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:09

360. Imad1996 (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)

The s4 is a gr8 phone .... but in turmes of awesomnes , I ave to say , the launch of the s3 was more awesome than the launch of the s4 ... samsung had a huge infules on the market whit the jump from the s2 to the s4 in turmes of design and feathers ... the problem now is that the s4 is not revolutionary to his predesesor , simpy a hardware update ... so in my opinion , samsung sad done not that much to keep the influence left from the s3 ... so s4 , I call it a fail

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 09:14

363. Ulver (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

im an owner of the HTC One

i must say that the s4 have some better things
cpu( ok right, small difference)
extended memory (for me the 32gb is enought)
replacement battery (lets be hONEst)
camera (size) megapixel (for those who wants large prints! or something)

i choose One cause
4.7 inch is perfect "for me"
i like the extra apps/softwares
Screen Quality, colors and brightness
build quality
camera! yup.., i use non automatic features
Sound Quality (even for the headphones)

so for some things is just personal preference
and of course both phones are amazing....tiny computers..

and for the xperia z...cmon compare this phone with, htc butterfly, lg optimus g and not with the 2013 models(and cpus)

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 10:51

366. Necromancer (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)

now only if HTC One had an expandable memory slot, ultra pixel-LESS camera and bigger battery, it would have ripped apart Sony's XZ and Sammy's S4!
HTC always screws it up in the end.. If Sony and Samsung can do it, why can't you!?
I don't like S4. It looks like the rest of Samsung phones. XZ is also cool but it comes with an okayish display and weak speaker sound!
HTC!! You better bring the ONE+ or -(excluding the ultrapixel sensor) and do something about the camera and battery at least and you can then blow your trumpet and call "plastic not fantastic"!

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 12:13

367. Necromancer (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)

oops.. samsung fanboys will hate my previous comment. If I had written S4 rocks..my next phone.. blah blah.. I would have received a few likes! :-P

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 13:54 1

368. Masterjoc (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Why you got such a bad score on AnTuTu with your HTC One ?
I beat the Samsung Galaxy S4 with my HTC One: h t t p s : / / w w w .dropbox.com/s/ytvm8lvykvyrzwu/2013-03-10 01.00.00.jpg
I got already 20 GB of Games, Music and other Stuff installed, so i really wonder what s**t score you reached. Also all other Benchmarks sucks against my one.
When the update to 4.2.2 for my HTC One will come, i will reach even better score then.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 20:11 2

373. fwinst (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 May 2010)

Until battery tech catches up to current/future hardware, and/or premium phones no longer offer them, I will choose the phone with a removable battery. I am not always near an outlet. But I always have room in my pocket for a spare battery. Alternately, I would be interested in either the Samsung or the HTC IF they made them with a larger battery (ala the Maxx). I'd be willing to take a bit more thickness in exchange for the battery life. I also want external memory. Unfortunately, the very beautiful HTC One sports neither a removable battery, or MicroSD.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:19 2

375. FairJudgement (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

I think its a level playing field where Performance and Interface are almost similar, so the only thing that matters amongst the 3 (Samsung GS4, Sony XZ & HTC One) are:

1) Design and Looks - Here, HTC One wins without an argument. Sony XZ comes next and Samsung with the same plastiky look as in S3, Note 2, Grand etc etc is last.

2) Camera - Both Sony XZ and Samsung GS4 have 13 MP Camera, here not much to choose between the two as it is incremental to have 13MP over 8 MP. However, the 4MP Camera on HTC One performs best amonst the 3 in terms of Low Light Performance. So the Geeks can choose SGS4 or Sony XZ whereas the coll boys would prefer low light stuff of HTC One.

3) Entertainment - Here both Sony XZ and HTC One are brilliant with their unique features, XZ is excellent for being Water resistant and it would be handy for Pool Parties, Bathroom , Adventure etc whereas the HTC One with its best of the lot Speakers is great for Music Lovers. The Samsung GS4 in terms of entertainment actually lacks the wow factor as its plain looks makes it boring and the galaxy fans usually end up flipping covers thats it.

Conclusion - The Geeks and Marketing influenced Novice would go for SameSame GS4. Cool Dudes, Well Balanced People and Sophisticated Babes would go for HTC One. Hot Girls, Youtube Addicts and Celebrities would endorse a Sony XZ.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 08:35 1

376. reality101 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

The galaxy S3 was a major disappointment in my eye's. After the first month, the phone started super lagging and the battery life (even on sleeping mode) drained making it last for half a day at full charge. although the camera was pretty good, most factors of the S3 where pretty bad. This is why I don't trusts Samsung anymore even if the s4 has got a 13 mp camera and an octo core. Its all bulls**t plus the design has not changed, it still has the same s**ty plastic covers that is uncomfortable to hold and use with. Thats why I am all the way up for the HTC One

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:26

379. garz_pa (Posts: 154; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

You're using your phone the wrong way, Mr, Shi**y Plastic.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 16:01

417. donfem (Posts: 646; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Seems like you got a bootleg instead of the real S3

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:59 2

377. Galactic (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

The Samsung Galaxy S4. The greatest smart phone ever constructed to date.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 14:12 1

378. garz_pa (Posts: 154; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

When people always say "cheap Samsung plastic" they are definitely bandwagoners. Premium feel my a**.

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