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Samsung Galaxy S 4 hardware was expected, so did the software wow us?

0. phoneArena posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:51

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 had absolutely nothing to really surprise us with on the hardware side when it was finally announced, because everything there was to know about the hardware was leaked before the event, all the way down to a complete teardown of the device less than an hour before Samsung's live event. So, we knew exactly what to expect on the hardware end, but as usual, the software was the star of the show, and so we want to talk about all of the new additions...

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posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:36 2

24. Hemlocke (unregistered)

We agree on something? A massive asteroid must be within days of extinguishing all life on our big blue marble.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 05:04

74. jsdechavez (Posts: 758; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

haha.. i love the sarcasm..

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 07:41

77. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

There was quite a bunch of them... If I get the s4 I'll probably disable as much as I can... S-health will depends on the cost of the accessory

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:03 1

8. HTCOE (Posts: 635; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)

yep! i rather wait for the next Nexus and the Key Lime Pie launch

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:11 7

12. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

I am waiting for the XZ prices to sink ... :)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 23:14

40. lovefist (unregistered)

My friend, I'm afraid we have to wait a little longer for the price drop, coz this gimmicky s4 ain't making sony tremble to lower the price of the z.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:15 1

14. ElektronicGeek91 (Posts: 105; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

You have to show the person the features just to tell the difference. I'm still getting it the day it drop though. i have to : )

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:23 2

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

Absolutely not wowed. A lot of stuff that doesn't make life easier. It does have a lot of stuff that needs accessories from Samsung that will make them money and their life easier. Going to pass.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:28

20. dwgit (Posts: 37; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)

i though samsung was going to have flexible display bulls**t probably iphone 6 will there more avant-garde, breaking new ground, contemporary, cutting-edge, deviceful, ingenious, innovational, innovatory, inventive, just out, leading-edge, new, newfangled, original, originative, state-of-the-art

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:29

21. Hemlocke (unregistered)

Not in the least. Cartoonish TouchWiz, Samsung-only gimmicks, and some novelty features that will kill your battery. The hype machine will have to work hard to spin this failure.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:30

22. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)

I agree for the most part. It is a decent step up from the gsiii but it isn't the big splash Samsung made with the gsiii. Cant expect all of them to be.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:38 7

25. R-vjn (Posts: 263; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

the wait was '4' a dissappointment..!
I won't buy this 'galaxy 4 disappointment', lols, for these stupid software features ever and ofcourse the dull, boring and plastic design...!
Its official that the HTC One is a better phone so far...

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:39 5

26. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

Let's be honest, how many of these (14/15) features will people actually use. As far as I'm concerned, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter will be used more than these "features".

And the design is meh.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:50

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

PA's "maybe" features...do they have this on other device?...huh..maybe?.....

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:56 2

30. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

Doesn't matter if they're not on other phones. That's why they're missing, because they're useless.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 01:38

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

or they dont have the resources to....could be....or included in their shortcomings such as early software updates.....but i hope your device sells....coz this plastic device will definitely sell...

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 01:52

68. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

Sales don't tell how good a device is. There are too many factors that affect the sales than just how good the device is alone.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 02:24

71. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

Sure, until they realize all of those features are battery hogs and would ultimately deactivate them after months of use.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:54

29. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Maybe some of those new features are just a gimmick. For me, I doubt I'll use any of them

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 01:41 1

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

it's no use like you've mentioned on some previous articles you have your XZ already....so its no use coz you hate it....yeah and those dual camera from lg and dont those ultra pixel with a so so result are gimmick too....it is right?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:58

31. Musty18591 (Posts: 17; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)

I must say i luv MY S2 n yes i did not upgrade to S3 bcoz its amazing...i like roms and samsung phones are hard to brick ^_^ im enjoying the android 4.2.2 on MY SII ...n the features of the S3...everyone is saying these are " gimmicks " because samsung has already made this the standard since they introduced S3 ... but for someone did not use samsung\ android they are still wow ... even for someone using the SII ...
no company sells million units because of their phone's design .. pure camera (4.3 MP ) not all people would surf online and compare photos shot using different phones to know if its a good camera or not ... n for sony .. its a great phone with great display n great camera but how many sony xperia phone's out there ?!? Here in Middle East we buy mobiles mostly unlocked u buy sony today after a year if u wanted to sell it ( u will loose alot ) thats why iphone was popular but not anymore ....

sorry if my english is not that great .. im iraqi ^_^ and Great Article By Michael just like always

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 23:19 1

41. lovefist (unregistered)

Very true sony in middle east isnt a big name yet and most of the time if u buy one, after a few weeks the phones price will drop a lot. Not good resale value. My s2 still works very well and using custom roms just to be different is fun.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:02

32. idolbds (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

I posted this this earlier, but where are the external speakers?

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 00:17 1

53. quakan (Posts: 1396; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

On the back which I've always hated on any phone.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:07

33. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

"Unless you live in Europe, chances are you aren't traveling enough to get somewhere they don't speak the same language as you. "
If you live in India(New Delhi at that), you dont even need to step out of your city to find people speaking in 10 languages-though none will be supported by ST

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:28 2

34. joey18 (Posts: 595; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)

fail fail fail fail fail fail fail

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:53 1

35. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Since everything was as expected... Nothing in S4 really wow'ed me the way S3 did...

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 14:35

82. jeevan28111992 (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

Most Features Were Also Available In Some Or Other Phones...Sam Is Like 2nd Apple From now...

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 23:00 1

36. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

Aint that bad. But i think my next phone will be somewhere between Htc one(design), Xperia Z (everything) or the Nokia Lumia Eos.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 23:58

50. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)

I thought my next phone would be the Z but that screen is really disappointing, make sure you try it in person. Looking forward to see what nokia has in store for it's next flagship. Otherwise it will probably be between gs4/one/iphone5 for me.

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