Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition Review
Compared to a Sprint version of the Galaxy S4, we notice improved battery life with this Google Play Edition connected via AT&T. Even with our normal usage, we’re able to pull in close to two days of normal usage from its 2600 mAh battery – whereas with the Sprint model, it barely inches out over a day. Naturally, light users will get an extended amount of time, while power users will be pleased with its one-day usage.
Should you go out and buy this, especially when this unlocked model is flaunting an outright price point of $649? Well, if you’re a diehard Android user, one who takes pride in getting that untouched experience, this is arguably a device that’ll appeal to you – even more when it’ll more than likely receive updates faster than its TouchWiz sibling. Indeed, the price point will scare anyone who hasn’t dabbled in anything except carrier-subsidized phones, but we’re certain that these specific people would easily fork over the money to pick it up. In addition to packing the same design and hardware as the original, the stock experience graces it with a snappier performance and improved battery life. On the flip side, some will be saddened to see all of the S4’s notable features gone with the new experience – the things that gave the S4 its classy identity in the first place. Obviously, there’s a totally different intent when you’re regarded as a ‘Google Play Edition’ device, so it shouldn’t be a shocker going forward.
Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.2.2
Build Number: JDQ39
Kernel Version: 3.4.0-837695
- Stock Android experience
- Snappier performance
- Improved battery life
- Expensive with no subsidy option
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- 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)