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.


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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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19 Comments

1. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

4. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Please stop this Cover Reviews PA !!

2. mydi.maus unregistered

bad cover bad phone..

5. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

6. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

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

7. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

9. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

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

8. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

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

3. deadstroke

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

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

10. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

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

11. docj8404

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 23, 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 :/.

13. docj8404

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

12. kleinhe

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 26, 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

14. jerrymike

Posts: 1; Member since: May 10, 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.

19. MikeS4

Posts: 1; Member since: May 15, 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.

15. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

16. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

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

17. vincent95

Posts: 17; Member since: May 19, 2012

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

18. JMartin22

Posts: 2355; Member since: Apr 30, 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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