Galaxy S IV and the smartphones it will be going up against

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Galaxy S IV and the smartphones it will be going up against
Ever since the first Galaxy S, the series has been a tremendous success for Samsung, which has released a new S-branded handset once every year. And each year, the manufacturer has radically improved the smartphone to include tons of new features and enhancements. To a certain extent, the Galaxy S series has been ahead of the Android pack, both in terms of technology and user experience. But as we, vigilant market watchers, can confirm, the rest of the players are now really starting to pull themselves together and come up with their own competitive top-shelf smartphones. Last year, for example, the partnership between Google and LG brought us the incredible Nexus 4 - a smartphone that many would agree is better than the Galaxy S III, thanks to a superior design and stock Android operating system.

What this means is that the pack is now starting to catch up to Samsung and its Galaxies. We can understand the appeal of Samsung's large, Super AMOLED displays, but we no longer think that this will be a sufficient differentiating factor. The performance with the new Exynos 5 Octa CPU (if that's really on board) might be marginally better than the current Android models, but it surely won't be noticeably faster. So it turns out that the Galaxy S IV is in for a bumpy ride when it hits the market in a month or so. Let's take a look at the smartphones that will try to make the GS IV's life hell!



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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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78 Comments

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

ill have a nexus x please

17. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

the nokias new flagship also/.............

38. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Agree! No need every time throw in iPhone.

65. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Who's the writer of the article?

71. jcarrigan unregistered

Ray S is the writer, havent heard of him before. Must be new. but the dna, iphone 5, nexus 4, and optimus are already old phones so there not really competition for the 2013 phone. how about a list of nothing but 2013 phones to compete against gs4, like the iphone 5s or whatever their calling it, moto x, optimus pro, xperia z, note 4, and such.

39. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yup, i agree...a device with no 720p resolution shouldn't be on the list, but lumia 920 and BB z10 are exceptional... iPhone is not even 720p and should be thrown out!!!

50. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

totally man! they just included the iphone because of its legacy success...the GS3 already beat the iphone 5 and so did the Note 2....iphone 5 isnt even in the same league as the GS4

77. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

iPhone 5 is for kids, 'silly rabbit'! Many of them are being used as a training tool to teach "Special Needs Children" special develop-"mental" skills they, otherwise, have the misfortune of lacking [due to their limitations, of course]. I fully support Apple in this charitable endeavor and think they really have something "special" with their basic mobile OS. Kudos, Apple. Galaxy SIV will be going up against, mostly, the Galaxy Note II. And, while there are a barrage of self-procalimed super Smartphones on the market, I don't believe that, technically speaking (of course), the iPhone 5 qualifies.

29. dr_fajardo12

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Im a nokia fan but this galaxy will sell about 40-50 millions. the nokias new flagship will be to late to stop that.

33. SamsungFan

Posts: 201; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

2013 is for samsung and htc.

68. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

agree 100% we have to wait.....!!!

43. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The next nexus for me. the Nexus 4 doesn't do it for me.

3. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Samsung doesn't have anything to worry about they own this space and are the industry leaders in every aspect of technology. Best in class software and features solution, most innovative products, as well as the Galaxy Note family of devices. Time for people to look around it's Samsung everyone is copying and trying to catch up too including the Nexus line of devices. Bottom line Samsung is android plain and simple.

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Except... No.

57. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Actually you can't really argue it. They have the most resources and that is one of the reasons why they are so successful, not marketing. The haters like yourself might find it difficult to stomach due to the sides chosen and battle lines drawn but that's the cold hard truth. They can dip into their own resources to create superior products like from Samsung display, Samsung memory, and their Exynos division which has a tight relationship with ARM. Or they can they get their parts from whoever HTC, Sony, or LG gets their parts from. Samsung can get deals everywhere and dip into most technology and software resources and they have the money to buy the small upcoming companies that innovate. That is just the way it is and it shows in the products.

27. apple.bb.htc.sony.nokia.rip

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

agree, none of them can match samsung!!!

40. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

can samsung match xperia Z interms of build quality and endurance... ohh wait NO hahahaha

48. SamsungFan

Posts: 201; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

Build quality alone is not enough. Htc one have more looks and it's built using aluminum.htc one is better than xperia z. Samsung will win in all aspects other than build quality

66. SleepingOz unregistered

Xperia Z? Subpar camera and display.. Lol

36. alouden unregistered

Yes, but tell us how you REALLY feel....

54. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Including the Nexus line? Well half of the nexus phones have been manufactured by Samsung so they aren't really trying copy them. Samsung may be the most popular Android OEM right now but saying Samsung is Android is just ignorant.

73. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

omg, you are mad about samsung. I suggest you take a look at the phones made by other manufacturers and have some experiences..! lolz...

5. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

can't say I agree that the Nexus 4 is superior in design to the S III, it may subjectively have a better exterior design, but the internals aren't as thoughtfully put together in some areas, I also dislike glass for the back panel (but that's likely because I drop my phones too frequently, my S III included).

6. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

Do you mean Lumia 720

8. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Realistically only the Xperia Z and the HTC One can make the SIV run for it's money, but they won't. First the Z user feedback is mixed, elegant, waterproof design but laggy UI, bad viewing angles, huge screen drainage and disappointing camera cripples the experience; where the HTC One bets everything on the Ultrapixels which I'm not convicned of being the right strategy to challenge Samsung's numbers game and all-access marketing. I'm merely stating the facts here and I still think the HTC One is the phone to get, but it's not the phone the masses will pay for.

18. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Laggy UI ??

26. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Look up a couple of XDA topics.

23. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

you'd better go for OPPO. class of these phones are upper than what your mind can process. LOL

25. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

how boring...

59. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

HTC One has already failed in a lot of key areas. Button placement is terrible and removing a button for the sake of no reason only detracts. Plus it is way too big of a phone for the screen size.

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