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Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

0. phoneArena posted on 23 Mar 2013, 11:12

Another year, another Galaxy S phone! Since the very first Galaxy S, which came out in 2010, Samsung has been regularly refining and improving its formula for success in the mobile industry. It is mainly thanks to this series of handsets that the manufacturer is now enjoying lush revenue streams and having a profound influence over the whole Android ecosystem...

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posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:43 10

97. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

please enhance your knowlegde before writing something stupid. that 'plastic' is polycarbonate, the same material with Lumia Series, and also HTC One X/+ only with different finish (some glossy, matte, etc.) i really do hope you can see the 'light' now...

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:50 3

102. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Lmao ToysRus that was funny!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:35 9

84. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

The HTC One has bad battery? LMAO. GSMArena proves you wrong, isn't 13 hours and 38 minutes of talk time, 9 hours and 58 minutes of web browsing and 10 hours of movie playing enough for you with an overall rating of 48 hours? You know unlike some websites *cough* phonearena *cough* some actually test the battery of the device instead of giving their opinion.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:41 16

94. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Poor HTC fanboy. Not taking the 9.3 score over the overrated HTC One very well are you?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:50 2

103. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Right, i have no interest on the One neither the SIV as i will stick to my One X, and i'm a fanboy for pointing out a fact? It doesn't have poor battery like your fanboy friend claimed. Also BillyG i know it is polycarbonate, but on a comparison my One X feels way better than the S3 and they are both polycarbonate, mostly due to the unibody design.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:32 5

139. umadddd (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

HTC one does have poor battery life, my butthurt indian friend. Unlike those turds on gsmarena who make up numbers just to generate hits on their sites, here's a part of an actual review from the verge:

"For all the things the phone does well, it doesn’t do much of anything for very long. The combination of a fast processor, high-res screen, and always-updating software is an ugly one for battery life, and indeed I struggled to make the One last a full day. There’s a Power Saver mode that helps a lot, but it also cripples the phone — it turns off most of your wireless connections when you turn off the phone’s screen, for instance, which seems like a steep price a couple extra hours of power. "

LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL inc angus devastation!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:39 2

144. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Then why don't you root the phone and use a different Kernel also change the voltage on you're phone and charging watts so you can get an extra 2 hours of battery! It's called being "Smart" I don't see why you complaining? You don't seem to be a power user, more of a normal user who prefers user ability over power! But you're self a Razar HD Max Motorola!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 14:10

167. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Oh, so resorting to racism and offending people is okay by Phonearena now? I'm not indian but you are clearly being racist and discriminating indian people.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 14:49

181. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

How did they made up number?. Talking about Highbury, the first people that start name calling is in fact the one that loses

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:33 1

141. umadddd (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

"In more practical use, you’re going to want a charger nearby, since I killed the battery with about ten hours of tweeting, browsing, emailing, and not that much else. This is an unpleasant, sadly unremarkable side effect of big screens and fast phones, but’s a shame nonetheless."


posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:43 4

149. voxmarc (Posts: 335; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

CanYouSeeTheLight its in your ass and it sez S4....

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 15:15 4

186. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

you are a fanboy, because you blame the 'cheap plastic' on S4 but when its on your OneX its very OK... the material is the same only diff. fisnishing process. And now you backtracking and try diff. angle with that 'unibody design' because you can't blame the plastic anymore since i state the fact of them all being polycarbonate... but at least now you saw the light, lol...

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:57 3

111. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Poor child. Because 9.3 is so much more than 9.1!! I must suicide myself because i stated a fact about a phone!! OMGG!!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:14 9

122. SleepingOz (unregistered)

It's not much but is still more..
Anyway, both are great balanced devices unlike the XZ.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:24 2

132. umadddd (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

LOL you are so mad right now grrrrrrrrr

take your torn up angus back to that chithole gsmarena rofl

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 14:52

182. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

What are 5? Most people with a life is not made about a poor. The funny thing is the S 4 does not very well in the most important part of a phone that is call quality. Which is why most peole get a phone is to make call.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 11:14

321. CaptainXperia (Posts: 15; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

sony already fixed the issue just the next day it was reported...not like samsung whose lock screens are being bypassed every other day........and yet they just keep wondering about muti window............

posted on 29 May 2013, 08:51

501. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

Mistakes? I triumph my Xperia Z and very well glad that I'm not making the mistake of buying a phone that lasts for half a year and breaks. Cheap screen, cheap plastic, cheap camera, cheap everything. Drop test of iPhone 5's normal glass, GS4's supposed unbreakable glass and the Xperia Z's Dragontail glass. Only the GS4 broke and the other two just scratches. In fact, many of us feel very worried that

1. I might drop the phone and break the glass.
2. The overheating CPU might explode (Which has happened to the GS3, which made the other components into charcoal).
3. The overheating CPU can cause me burns.
4. The stupid stay might turn the screen off at any moment.

You don't think we have tested out the new phone? All the 'features' are useless and cause inconvenience. If we turn them off, all that is left is a very storage space consuming UI, a cheap screen, cheap casing and a 60 degrees C CPU that can ONLY RUN 4 CORES AT A TIME. The HTC One and the Xperia Z's CPU clock speed and functionality is far superior than the useless 4+4. It only constantly switches between the two CPUs. Another thing that PA didn't mention about the GS4's camera is the green shading found among some of its pictures that is visible even with the slightest pitch and zoom. Xperia's camera glitches can only be found when pitching to its maximum allowable range. What is the joy of texting people during shower without encasing your phone in a plastic bag? The strangely positioned power button means we have to reach our thumbs up in order to get to the power button. We don't care about the position of the power button in the HTC one, mainly because most of us can still use the first power button design by Apple. At least Apple and HTC One's power buttons look far more attractive than Samsung stuff. But talking about the Xperia Z, 'Is... Is that a DIAMOND?' My friend actually said that. True story. Not making that up. Of course, my friend doesn't own a smartphone, and doesn't know much about them. But he sure knows and admires my phone. I think Samsung's UI is poor and ugly. First, it's laggy. A the S3 can't even handle full power scrolling, yet the Xperia L, a dual core 1Ghz with 1GB of RAM can handle smooth scrolling of the Sony UI.

Samsung should be ashamed of themselves.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 16:35 1

198. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

there is not important why?
Cus s4 is great for u on your dreams when one is one for all the time..its complete in all around.
Plastic not fantastic any time..don't forget..

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 18:32 1

221. Jillxz (Posts: 149; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

Front facing speakers and Boom speakers.Just to name 2 things that I like better than the galaxy S4. It's just a preference. some like one phone and some another. It doesn't mean that one is better than the other.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 13:52 1

334. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Personally, I despise the UI design in TouchWiz. I mean sky backgrounds were the thing on Windows 95 start up and shut down screens. Those wildly inconsistent color schemes with seemingly random colors is just plain ugly to me.

Other than that, the phones are virtually equal in terms of performance. However I think the camera on the S4 is better than the HTC One.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 08:04

361. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)

Nearly identical hardware with a better build quality. It is that simple.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 08:06 1

362. jo_Ny (Posts: 27; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

HTC ONE better than the SGS4: design, matterials, premium feel, display, low light and macro camera performance, video recording, sound, call quality, stereo speakers, Sense5 is NOT a bloated skin like TW etc

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 20:21

404. greyleopard (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)

There's no reason why, the only real reason is that people love to hate on Samsung. I don't know why anyone should let that bother them though, let people have their own opinions even though you (and I) think that they're stupid reasons

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:07

502. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

MY reason that I hate on Samsung is due to the poor quality on its products and constantly bragging about its useless features to get people to buy their crappy products. I consider that as being dishonest on their customers. The glitches and bugs in Samsung devices are never much mentioned because there're so many of them that people expect a whole lot them and just stop talking about them. I just looked it up in the samsung forum and there's far more problems in samsung devices than in Sony devices. Including:
1. Camera picture take failure (Always)
2. Keyboard typing issues that affect third party keyboards too
3. Dead issues that can't be fixed like the Xperia Z by hard resetting (By the way, the new firmware has already fixed the problem)
4. Issues with GPS in third party apps like flight tracking or anything that requires GPS to run.
5. Vibration bugs in third party apps.
Of course there's a lot more and I'm not bothering to go through them all, but the number of bugs and problems easily overtakes Sony and HTC One by a mile. Don't forget, the GS4's screen also has falty color display and sensors!

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 07:13 1

407. dakota30312 (Posts: 15; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)

Design is an important thing and materials of the design are important too. I don't think you would drive an ugly car with cloth seats even if it happened to be really fast when there is one just about as fast that is way cooler with leather seats and the whole nine yards.

Speed is important but people like design too!

posted on 31 May 2013, 23:33

512. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

Actually, the GS4 is a lot more laggy than HTC one or Xperia Z. I just went to a store to try that out, and beside is a tryout Xperia Z. (I used the tryout one instead of my own one because tryouts are usually subjected to heavier useage) On first touch I already wanted to drop the GS4. It's BURNING while the Xperia Z isn't. After a few scrolls it felt as if it is just a dual core 1Ghz Sony phone. Constant lags while scrolling, and opening applications takes twice as long as the Xperia Z. Samsung calls it octa core, but it's 'octa core at dual core speeds'

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 05:40

419. alikhan1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)

who says dat d htc one n xperia z are better dan d GS4 da GS4 has an awesome benchmark...........powerfull processor...........a little old but nice design..........less weight..............best graphics n disply wt else u want.........?? !~!

posted on 08 May 2013, 06:22 1

473. giri555 (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

"S Lag" with all EIGHT CORES? Samsung you SUCK, bigtime....f**k Touchwhiz....

posted on 09 May 2013, 23:28 1

479. TieuLaLa (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 May 2013)

Because this's a SS Galaxy S-Lag, not S4 anymore :(

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