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Samsung Galaxy S4 S View Cover hands-on

Samsung Galaxy S4 S View Cover hands-on
“Enhance your mobile smart life” – that's what it says on the packaging of the S View Cover, which is an official accessory tailor-made for the Samsung Galaxy S4. Yeah, we are a bit confused by the vague catchphrase as well, but that's of little importance right now; the product itself is what really interests us.

So we took it out of the box only to discover that the Samsung Galaxy S4 S View Cover has a lot in common with the official Flip Cover by Samsung, which we examined not long ago. It is made of two pieces connected firmly together, one of them being a replacement for the smartphone's stock back plate, while the other is a flippy cover that protects the handset's entire front side. Putting the accessory on requires the removal of the phone's standard back cover and snapping the S View Cover in its place – a straightforward process that took us a few seconds to complete.

What instantly caught our attention was that the Samsung Galaxy S4 could detect when the S View Cover was closed or open. Flipping the cover open instantly turns the phone on and then closing it puts the phone back in stand-by mode. In other words, there's a lot more thought put into this accessory than it seems. On top of that, you get a handy transparent window where information, such as the current time and date, is being displayed. Incoming call notifications are shown there as well – you can even reject or pick up the call and carry out a conversation without opening the cover. Still, it would have been much nicer if the window's functionality was implemented further into the phone's interface. It won't let you view text messages, for example, neither access the playback controls when music is playing in the background, nor snooze the alarm without having to flip the cover open.

Even after using the S View Cover with out Samsung Galaxy S4 for a few days, we didn't notice any immediate signs of wear and tear, which is a sign that bodes well for the product's longevity. The plastic back piece feels durable, resists fingerprints, and looks good as it is visually identical to the smartphone's original back plate. But one thing that bothers us is that the flippy cover tends to attract pocket lint easily, especially in the area behind the plastic window. Another annoyance we can't overlook is that when the flip cover is folded around the phone's back, it is difficult to access the volume rocker on the phone's side.

All in all, official accessories for high-end phones are always expensive, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 S View Cover is no exception with a suggested retail price of $60. But as pricey as it is, the accessory could prove useful as it protects the front side of the Galaxy S4 without adding any excessive bulk to the device. Besides, chances are that if you do a little digging on the internet, you'll be able to find the S View cover on sale for at least a few bucks less. Don't hesitate to check it out if all you require is some basic, lightweight protection for your Samsung Galaxy S4.

The official Samsung Galaxy S4 S View Cover has been kindly provided to us by MobileFun. You can find many Galaxy S4 cases and covers at the MobileFun online store.

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posted on 10 May 2013, 02:40 1

1. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

i like it, just if it's price is lower than that :P

posted on 10 May 2013, 05:21

4. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

Please stop this Cover Reviews PA !!

posted on 10 May 2013, 03:19 6

2. mydi.maus (unregistered)

bad cover bad phone..

posted on 10 May 2013, 05:24 9

5. ebubekir26 (Posts: 334; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Why would you even click on this article to bash Samsung? you're such an idiot,
It's an awesome cover and awesome smartphone.

posted on 10 May 2013, 05:33

6. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

you have done the same, so off your high horse if you dish it out be prepared to take it kid

posted on 10 May 2013, 05:41 5

7. ebubekir26 (Posts: 334; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

What the hell are you talking about? Wait. Why did you even reply? I have done the same? You mean about the xperia S ?
I wasn't bashing , I was just asking if other people had the same problems I did, but people got me wrong, since than everyone thinks I am a troll.

posted on 10 May 2013, 06:13 1

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

I think its better for u to give your time lecturing mydi.maus.. maybe u dont want, coz u r d same

posted on 10 May 2013, 06:10 2

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

That reflects how stupid hater and fanboy u are haha
Bad cover?__NO
Bad PHone?__No no no

posted on 10 May 2013, 03:58 1

3. deadstroke (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)

show us the case-mate tough xtreme for SGS4!!!

posted on 10 May 2013, 07:18 6

10. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)

if any one hate samsung.... dont even open it..... go away

posted on 10 May 2013, 09:01 1

11. docj8404 (Posts: 73; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

Granted, I understand the importance of cases in protecting our high dollar devices, but $60.00 for a thin folio-ish cover with a small window? Geez, that's 2 oil changes or a full tank of gas :/.

posted on 10 May 2013, 09:08

13. docj8404 (Posts: 73; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

Hell, come to think of it, for the price of this S-Cover, Charles Ramsey could make one months payment of child support lol.

posted on 10 May 2013, 09:03 1

12. kleinhe (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

You can activate the view cover mode by holding a small magnet (such as a refrigerator magnet) on top of the display next to the volume softer button

posted on 10 May 2013, 13:05

14. jerrymike (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 May 2013)

I've been using the S-view cover for a week or so, and find that it's a really good way to get light protection without adding any bulk to the phone. The window display also works well.
HOWEVER ... here's something to consider, if you use S-Voice with a Bluetooth headset (which I do). When the S-View cover is closed, it seems that you cannot access S-Voice through the call button on the headset, which is really unfortunate, if your phone is in your pocket. When the cover is open, no problem. Closing the cover seems to shut off the process. Bluetooth can connect with the cover closed (so you can receive calls and hear the ring and speak through the headset), it's just the S-Voice access that is affected. If anyone else can test this, I'd be interested in the results.

posted on 15 May 2013, 05:41

19. MikeS4 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 May 2013)

I have a Parrott 3200LS which worked great before I fitted the cover. Now, it will answer calls, make calls from the phone book but not activate the S Voice! I also noticed that when I fold back the cover to the rear, it activates the "Special Display" mode and you can't do anything on the screen. Also had some problems with "Network Access" with S Voice via Parrott and some awful "Data over Audio" coming out of the speakers, even before fitting the new cover.

posted on 10 May 2013, 13:23

15. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Not quite there yet Samsung, it still blocks the camera. People dont want to have to hold both the cover and the phone side by side to take a picture or video. Maybe if they were more thoughtful with the camera and flash positioning, this woul be great. But since not, Ill just stick with my Urban Armor Gear case.

posted on 10 May 2013, 15:58

16. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Its pretty cool. i will wait for the similar more affordable types to come through on Amazon

posted on 10 May 2013, 22:32

17. vincent95 (Posts: 17; Member since: 19 May 2012)

Anyone remember the LG Versa? Yeah... that's what this case reminds me of...

posted on 11 May 2013, 13:55

18. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

How will this thing protect your phone if you drop it while you're using it? Does it flip shut while it's falling? If not, a regular old case that's $20-40 cheaper would do the job better.

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