What do you dislike about the Galaxy S4?

What do you dislike about the Galaxy S4?
Ah, the Galaxy S4! It's definitely one of the very best Android smartphones around, and yet, we're sure that there is a good number of people out there who hate it. By the way, there's also a lot people who hate us, but that's only because we have money. Anyway, the Galaxy S4 sure has its enemies, but why? What could be wrong this seemingly perfect Android smartphone?

Hm, when you think about it, there are some things that can easily irritate users. How about the cheap-feeling plastic? You buy an expensive gadget and all of a sudden, it feels like your 5-year-old son's toy-phone. You press the buttons to change the volume and they hardly budge. And what about the silicon? You buy the latest Samsung flagship and expect it to have a super-duper Exynos CPU inside, but instead, you get that Snapdragon 600 that will end up being in almost any other high-end Android phone... Not to mention the lack of S Pen, Xenon flash, full-size USB port and, worst of all, a Floppy Disk Drive. Tell you what, when we buy a premium smartphone in 2013, we expect it to have ALL the features, not just a generic specs-sheet. Quad-core processor? Great, welcome to 2012, buddy!

Disengaging 'Hate mode' in 3, 2, 1... So, we all know that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is an amazing smartphone, probably the best out there, but we wondered - is there something that you don't really like about this handset, guys? It could be the lack of a feature that you wanted really bad (FDD?), or something in the phone that you think Samsung hasn't gotten quite right. Well, we shared some of our ideas with you, now it's your turn to turn on the Hate mode!

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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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282 Comments

1. lee480 unregistered

I prefer the Xperia Z or the HTC One. Sorry!

4. abish1234

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

it's ok dude ;)

99. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Are you cool with the GS IV? My list is something as follows: 1. U.S. editions not getting the Exynos octacore love. 2. Call quality could be better. 3. I like the 5.5 inch screen of my Note II. 4. I like the S-pen of my Note II. If I didn't have a Note II, I probably would bite the bullet and get a GS IV. But I do, so I won't. I will be getting a Note III, however.

115. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

i hate nothing about it, not being biased, bur seriously, what could i hate ? i mean plastic is perfect IMO, doesn't get broken unlike glass, and if it was aluminum it will probably won't have removable battery, the design is good, it is comfortable in the hands, i tried GS3 and iPhone 5, GS3 more comfortable ! TWX, i dont like it much, so ? there is third party launchers ( Nova, TSF, GO ) the GS4 will probably, actually it WILL be the best device in 2013 hands down, it will sell like hotcakes !

140. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

my only knock is lack of native wireless charging... everything else i cant say i hate because i havent held it. nor used it.

145. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

"not being biased" yet your profile pic is of a Galaxy S4 and you say it is perfect? I hate the plastic in the SIII and from what i have seen the SIV is very similiar, the reason why i hate it is because it is too slippery when in hand and it doesn't feel very solid on the hand. (probably because of the removable battery back cover?)

211. ferhv

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

I also hate the hyperglazed finish on the S3 back cover, it's so easy to get scratched and the paint do crack (mine has two spider shaped cracks from when it has fallen to the floor) i'd rather the plastic finish on the s2. why would i anyone want delicate plastic instead of other delicate but more premium materials?

160. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

The GS4 is a nice phone, but not enough to make me regret upgrading to the GS3 4 months ago! I'll wait on the Note III or a price reduction on the Note II

270. atsamman

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Its a very cool phone But I would love to have a bit smaller phone with the same internals and a bit better design

130. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

no its not okay, no pure android no deal......I would spend 1000$ for sgs4 as Nexus! Instead of that I have to survive with galaxy nexus :-(

133. SleepingOz unregistered

CM10.1 dude!

163. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Cm10.1? I've tried: Slow updates Unstable Problems with camera etc And cm team hates sgs4, dude! ;-)

173. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

No they don't hate the phone, they hate Exynos because Samsung refuses to give proper support for their SOCs to developers. Also they said they are considering supporting the Snapdragon version of the S4.

181. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"And cm team hates sgs4, dude!" That would be a concern. If you root, you are depending on developers who may not have the commitment/motivation to support the handset going forward.

190. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Atleast the s4 can be rooted. Want to root an HTC one? Well you can't, the bootloader is locked.

226. Luisit0

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

thats called not being up to date... its already unlockable and there are even roms and mods already out! ur such a hater, bro

224. MobileNico

Posts: 96; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

AOKP perhaps? everything works and it's pretty damn stable. Battery is also considerably better than CM10.1 was for me. I love the hardware on this device, but I prefer stock Android.

187. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Here's my list of displikes:- 1. If I can switch between Pure Android and Facebook Home on HTC First. Why can't i choose to disable Touchwiz on SGS4? 2. 13 MP camera is good. But they should also include a oversampling mode that reduces noise and decreases Megapixels for online sharing. 3. A button to disable the navigation buttons so that I don't accidently press them while playing games. 4.

191. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

#3 there are ways to disable them when you don't want them. #2 It can shoot in lower than 13mp, just because its 13mp doesn't mean it can't shoot lower res. #1You can get a new launcher or root your phone and run stock android.

212. AppleHateBoy unregistered

I don't think I am comfortable with rooting my phone. And other launchers aren't smooth enough for my taste.

290. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

might as well just get a different phone..

213. AppleHateBoy unregistered

4. Lack of OIS: I want OIS. There must be thousands of users like me who don't have 100% steady hands. And even the slightest amount of shake ends up slightly blurring photos which annoys me. So a OIS is a must for me. If HTC was able to do it. Why not samsung? I am OK with plastic. As long as the phone doesn't break when it falls.

287. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Nokia patented oversampling tech I guess.

248. reten

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 03, 2013

A shoulder to lean on

20. Kurai unregistered

i want xperia z's design, samsung's internals, and htc's UI . . . i would call it the Xperia Galaxy One . . . that would be awesoooome!!! . . .

195. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

I agree except samsung's screen as well.

225. thelukewarm

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

if those three brands make a smartphone together, iphone would stop existing.....

252. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

You forgot to include a Nokia Pureview camera.

288. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Thumbsdown? Geez, those people are blind or sourgraping. That superphone deserves the 41MP Pureview camera.

298. Kurai unregistered

i don't want my phone to have a huge hump . . no way

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