Most useless software features in Samsung's past smartphones

In this piece, we’re going to take a quick trip down memory lane to remember those awful, redundant, and useless features in Samsung’s smartphones that made us all ask the question why
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64 Comments

12. Elvis358

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Samsung fanboys can't stand criticism. Ahh how pathetic :D. It's just article wow the probably do for more smartphone's. Never will understand these fanboys. Smartphone's are just smartphone's!

32. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Fans can't stand criticism period. Like PA you wanna single out just the ones you hate. What about the fans you like.?!

14. gamehead unregistered

AR emoji.

15. stulla

Posts: 93; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Yeah useless till it's on an Iphone...gonna save this article

21. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Soon their will come to the iPhone in a new fresh way, and PhoneArena will go over the top regarding how innovative apple is.....

22. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1569; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Air view may have been a joke on the S4, but it was one of the main selling points for the old Note phones for me. 5 years ago there were still plenty of websites around that didn't play well with mobile, and that ability to hover and open drop down menus with the pen was priceless, it was a superior web browsing experience to anything else mobile.

24. deleon629

Posts: 463; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I was in South Korea when this phone first launched, and it was an amazing experience. Anyone who'd had the phone in Korea could attest to the fact that it's pros greatly outweighed the cons...there. 1080p screen, removable battery, NFC for buses, trains, and you could even use it as a debit card to make in-store payments: You couldn't beat that in 2013

25. matistight

Posts: 987; Member since: May 13, 2009

I hate how you act like Samsung had Face Unlock first. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the first phone, without TouchWiz, but with stock Android before the Galaxy S3 was out.

31. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

True KitKat.

38. matistight

Posts: 987; Member since: May 13, 2009

No, it was actually Ice Cream Sandwich! But it is been trash for a long time lol

26. Vyshak75

Posts: 79; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

I don't think that edge lighting is a gimmick. I use it on my note8.

39. matistight

Posts: 987; Member since: May 13, 2009

The original idea of having the phone laying screen down was how it started. It was trash. Since the S8, they started lighting up the screen when the phone is facing up, which is way better. The first edition of it was a gimmick, the newer version is way better

27. Knownhost

Posts: 107; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

S4 was my first smartphone, and the only phone I've used for more than 2 years. I had already started down the Apple path with an iPod Touch 4th gen, but these "gimmicks" made me choose Samsung. Loved that phone. Rocking an S8+ right now and don't plan to upgrade until maybe S10+.

30. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

All of those were useful. The S4 sucked anyways. Funny how those are so useless but some are on many of today's phoms including the iPhone.

33. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Since I attend a lot of meetings, edge lighting has been very useful, since I have to turn the sounds off and I hate vibration. So seeing the sides light up and know. Who is calling is a great useful feature. We get it, we know there are so many haters here.

40. chenski

Posts: 770; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Yeah phonearena does like to bash Samsung a lot, but some of those Samsung fan boys are just as obnoxious, I laugh eveytime I see someone praising note series like some kind of deity

42. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

At least they tried something to differentiate themselves from the competition. Can't really say that to the other Android manufacturers.

44. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

features found on Samsung devices that (i)phonearena wishes Apple had in their devices years ago. Jealous much

45. path45th

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Samsung sold millions of phones by advertising those half baked features. They deceived lots of people. That's why today all their flagships are flops.

46. cocoy

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I suggest PhoneArena should do the same for other phone manufacturers not just Samsung.

47. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

S4 was the mother of gimmicky phones ever........lol How stupid Samsung was back in the day. Wow. It's not very different even today.

49. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

PA rockin the mic on Apple big time.

60. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

There is a simple reason for that and that is Apple is just the best! Now stop crying and try and use these useless features on your crappy little Samsung phone. There's a good boy!

50. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Waiting for Most useless software features in Apple iphone past smartphones article. If its gonna be any?

62. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Let me save you the wait - There aren't any at all! Apple is simply the best and only put the best features that people actually use. Tissue?

63. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

I can make a list to make you cry. But Im more mature than you, so I spare you the pain.

65. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Excuses - Nice try tho kid!

51. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"Considering that the feature is no longer in existence in Samsung’s recent smartphones, it’s quite telling that it was useless from the onset" I hope that you'll say the same thing about 3D Touch when it eventually disappears, in a couple of years.

52. lovemac209

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

John.V..you’re the most useless man on the planet..so disgusting..!!

61. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

So is your mama! LMAO

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