Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III: first look

Highly regarded as force in the industry to this day, even despite the fact that it’s nearing the mark of being around for a year, the Samsung Galaxy S III continues to be a fledging device in this day and age. In the face of some newer devices, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it’s still being thrown into the midst of conversations. Now that the Samsung Galaxy S IV is officially announced, many of you are wondering how the master compares to the newcomer in the space. It’s old versus new, father versus son, and predecessor versus successor. So how do they compare head on? Let’s take a quick peak shall we?


From a far distance, you’d be hard pressed to adequately distinguish the two smartphones from one another, seeing that the Galaxy S IV is flaunting very similar design cues to its predecessor. On one hand, some of you are going to be underwhelmed by the updated design of the handset, just because it doesn’t greatly improve upon the styling established by the Galaxy S III, but more importantly, we’re humbled to find that its size has been maintained. We know that the Galaxy S III is packing a 4.8-inch display, but impressively enough, the Galaxy S IV goes further with a 5-incher – while still maintaining the same dimensions as its predecessor. However, the newer model is both thinner and lighter, which is an astounding feat on its own. As for the other noticeable changes, the Galaxy S IV’s design is complemented by its new brushed metallic bezel, which is a nice addition, but doesn’t do much to greatly differentiate the styling.


In this particular category, it’s a no-brainer that we’re digging the newer display of the Galaxy S III. Ever slightly moving in size to a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, it’s remarkable that Sammy is able to chisel off more of the display’s surrounding bezel – to keep its overall size similar to the Galaxy S III. Not only does it sport a higher resolution (1920 x 1080), but its sheer luminance is more prolific thanks to its sharper details and more iridescent color reproduction. Honestly, this is the incremental upgrade we’d expect to see in a successive device.

Still, Sammy has included one new magic trick to give people plenty to talk about with this new display – Floating touch technology. Naturally, this new feature brings forth yet another new level of functionality to the Galaxy S IV’s display, as it mimics many of the stuff we’ve seen already with the Galaxy Note handset, but it simply relies on our fingers instead. Overall, it’s bigger, sharper, punchier in tone, and better looking than its predecessor – all expected improvement of course, but the inclusion of Floating Touch Technology is without question the coolest part about it.


On the surface, there isn’t a significant change in how Samsung presents its updated TouchWiz Nature UX experience on the Galaxy S IV, since it looks and feels mostly untouched. Just as before, personalization is in full abundance with the two UIs, as there are plenty of wallpapers, widgets, and icons to select from its vast stable. Diving deeper to the experience, we adore how the Korean based manufacturer has been able to move the experience towards the right direction.

Last year when the Galaxy S III first came to light, we were unequivocally blown away by how the new experience separated itself from everyone else. Moving things right along on its merry path, Samsung has is again redefining the way we’re interacting with our smartphones, and quite frankly, this is the area where we see the most progress in the Samsung Galaxy S IV. For starters, we appreciate the Air View functions that are available to us, but even better, it’s the cool new Air Gestures in play with the platform that separates it greatly. In addition, Samsung has been able to center the experience around our daily lives, which is evident in the exorbitant amount of new camera modes available to the handset, as well as the Life Care hub that tracks and monitors our health lifestyle. Simply, the new experience isn’t just helping us to navigate around the platform, but rather, it has a comprehensive package that centers around our lifestyle.


Let’s get the obvious out of the way. The design of the Galaxy S IV isn’t anything profoundly new, but we’re still most appreciative that Samsung has been able to increase the handset’s display size without compromising on size. Above all, it’s the updated TouchWiz Nature UX experience that makes the Galaxy S IV inviting on so many levels. Throw in the fact that it gets all the usual hardware upgrades, and some new additions too (like it built-in IR blaster), existing Galaxy S III owners are no doubt going to be tempted to pick up this new flagship when it launches. Ultimately, time will tell how much more the Galaxy S IV is going to be able to separate itself from its prestigious and highly popular close family member.

Related phones

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)
Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. oister85 unregistered

s4 I love you

14. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

That Chinese guy was right :( one word "Disappointed" it could have been 10000 times better than this. :(

37. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Still going to be the best device until the next nexus or something Motorola drops

39. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I don't think so. People were just not buying HTC One because they were waiting for S4. Now it is out and people now this is not what was expected. So definitely they would buy HTC One. Have you even looked at that device closely? Its an awesome piece of technology. I will never buy S4 over One not at all :(

43. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

So the one will outsell the s4 is what you are saying.

45. 90ninjas unregistered

People thought that about the One X as well and (as an SGS2 owner) the was ultimately the better phone on paper, but... we all know what happened when the GS3 came out. I don't dislike HTC, but all they really have going for them is design. Their software is... decent at best, and the software is what really grabs people because that is what they will be using actively every day. I don't count people on tech sites because we are just a small portion of people that actually root and modify the device.


Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

90ninjas you realise the HTC One X Release got pushed back like 2 months because of the Apple vs HTC trial that put a import ban on the one series. When that happened they never had a real launch to build and momentum before the s3 release. I like the one x more especially once it gets sense 5

67. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Stop kidding yourself. You won't be buying either.

72. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

I've seen the One and it's fugly compared to my next phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 :)

48. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

The Exynos 5 in the international is going to own the snapdragon 600 especially in the graphics department.

71. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

I'm getting mine I tell you that! Look how much more sleeker it is than the S3! On top of a wider, longer, full HD screen. I don't know why people are hating on this beast but I love it. The software enhancements on top, already make it the best phone made the past few years.

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Call me old-fashioned, but I actually like the design of the III better. It just seems more streamlined.

4. LonghornTech

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Agreed. This phone doesn't warrant an upgrade, but is definitely the one to choose for those looking at either of the two.

47. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

The s4 is too flat, a hint of S2. Which looked good, but not on this size...

73. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Commentator, u r blind. It's not sleeker, the S4 is more sleek. You better double check ur eye sight my friend. You can cleary and I mean clearly see with both phones sitting on top of each other that the S4 is sleeker and thinner than the S3. The S3 has like a bubble look to it on top of the S4.

78. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Why do u think thinner means better? How would it be any better at this point

85. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Why would samsuck play this game with the consumer? why? did they really think consumer are stupid? Thought they would realize ppl already learn not to fall for the same trap Apple did. Like the iPhone 5 with bigger screen, thinner body and faster core!! Wow!! it's a brand new phone!! only idiots would buy a S4 or you can really call it a S3s

3. torr310

Posts: 1696; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I am so glad they keep the home button. It's hard to find phones with physical buttons in the front now.

16. Rydsmith unregistered

Maybe becuase they are a source of component failure and hoenstly a step BACK for phones at this point?

28. torr310

Posts: 1696; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It could be but shouldn't be. Those phones we used a few years back all had physical buttons and they last for years. I feel having physical button is a convenience and easier to use.

5. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Samsung has messed up this time,a different top android handset will be getting my cash this year

60. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

100% agree...and this: "Still, Sammy has included one new magic trick to give people plenty to talk about with this new display – Floating touch technology."...OMG Sony include that in the Xperia Sola a year ago...but of course, now its Samsung...innovation !!!

86. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Samsuck is a copy cat oriented company. (I am not even kidding) They Made the Galaxy S2 based on the Iphone4 and got banned selling it. (This ain't no news, But is a fact that no one can argue with.) Copied the concept of Zoe from HTC and the Air move form Sony. I am not suprised at all. There are even more things I can list out a whole page that they copied from other companies.

6. Dunknown

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Nothing seems different. It is just that it has a bigger camera. No point of switching to this phone. Perhaps I think of purchasing the HTC One now.

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Lol the the screen is brighter that all

8. Neurone

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

chinese version seemed to be better than this !

9. md227a

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I think I will just hold onto my Gs3 and note 2. The GS4 is nice but nothing I'll run out and get. Any software will make it to both rather quickly

10. Neurone

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

But its very much alike its younger brother !

11. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Lol pos

12. rejaz unregistered

Note ll mini with updated software

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