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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 16 May 2013, 21:59 1

488. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)

i was waiting for that question. The HTC ONE display is way brighter and has truer colors that are also very vibrant. The screen on the one doesnt touch any corner of the phoen so dropping on any corner wont affect the screen breaking. The one has about 3 times louder speakers and quality of sound. The phones buttons are more responsive. The htc one doesnt seperate the settings into 4 tabs to waste time. the one has cool icons that are not cheesy. the one has a vertical app drawer not horizontal. the app drawer grid size is changable on the one. the one has ZOE the s4 does not. The s4 is ugly the one is not. The pixils on AMOLD screens die out way sooner than LCD The one has Amazing call quality and signal the s4 is quote 'passable' in that department. The htc one can have folders in the app drawer the s4 cant. The only thing better about the S4 is the camera and thats not enough to overturn how much the HTC One smashes the S4

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:09

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

TFT screens have been used for quite a long time and they are as safe as LCD screens! AMOLED has maybe a quarter function time than both.

posted on 01 Jun 2013, 12:37

513. drkuthan (Posts: 68; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

htc one has built quality issues every one has one or much mm gap on the top

don't tell lie by telling that htc one's speakers are 3 times louder because it is not it has the best quality but not louder than ip5 or gs4 ... you can look at the comparison in youtube

in 2g mode htc one misses calls which means you can not turn it on for battery saving

htc one call quality is like gs4 two of the phones have crystal call quality

only the blacks seem better in htc one screen or else the two screens are not way better than another

htc one battery is very bad GS4 kills it

htc one camera is only good in low light but in night mode S4 camera imo does better than that and in bright conditions S4 destroys it

+ S4 is handy and the updates are just in time :)

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 11:30 3

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

Why don't you buy both....?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 11:38 5

31. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

ok gtfo then

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 11:51 16

42. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 104; Member since: 04 May 2012)

Once again Plastic got 9.3 rating.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:56 7

110. GTR722 (Posts: 268; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

Samsung arena, remember, Z and One > S4

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 20:23

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

*every single website S4 > Z and One. Remember, Galaxy S is the most popular Android phone in history.

posted on 12 May 2013, 19:46

484. JasonJia11 (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Dec 2012)

Haha, you're just a fanboy. Most websites say the HTC One is better than the Galaxy S4, and go to PhoneDog.com, and check the top phones of the week by people and experts. The HTC One is #1 for both, by a good margin too.

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:11

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

Check on GSMarena. Xperia Z has 8.8 rating and HTC One is too, but the S4 has a ground breaking 6.5. How do you explain that?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 11:56 8

45. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Had this score been lower than the HTC One the One would have been an easy choice, but you can not fault Samsung for great features.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:34 6

142. GTR722 (Posts: 268; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

Great "features" for phonearena....just look at this: "Samsung Galaxy S4 is a true engineering achievement - it has a bigger display than its predecessor, yet its overall dimensions are smaller." Xperia ZL is smaller and the screen is the same...go and read what PA said abouth that phone..."oohh its ok"

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:00 2

52. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Too bad that both phones will not make it to Verizon. The S4 "will" be the top selling Android phone in 2013. No other way to cut it. If HTC had released the One globally right after the announcement on every major carrier it would have been a different story.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:13 3

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

That's right! Look what happened when the S3 came out, everyone complained it was ugly, but still people, fans, users, consumers went and bought it! So did I, I said I won't be buying this hideous phone, but I fell for it due to "specs and cause of that Exynos CPU"

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:43 5

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

I was disappointed by the nature design until I saw it in person.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:52 7

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

thats is true,,,samsung is not selling "Cosmetics" they are selling an all around device.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:06 5

57. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

I really think that low light photos should have been tested for this review and if they are not good they should be added to the negatives. Recent phones have stepped up the low light photography and it is something that should be taken in to account.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:25 6

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

I am pretty sure it is. Even so, I think the average consumer takes more daytime photos so they should obviously carry more weight. Nokia and HTC honestly should have held back this technology until daytime photos were on par. Or at least give us an option to switch between 4 ultra pixels and 13mp.

That is the beauty of the GS4. You don't like the Samsung risk taking, you turn it off.

You don't like blink feed or 4 ultra pixels, too bad it will either make your day time photos suffer or blink feed runs in the background unless you root, voiding your warranty.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 18:31 2

343. GTR722 (Posts: 268; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

SamsungArena was so desperate to do the review that it looked more like a Overview....and the wonderful "its extremely fluid UI"...next second...lag.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:18 1

69. chistoefurpuffer (Posts: 140; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

Lol have fun with that already surpased technology and software. x:

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:20 2

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

So it goes like this

1 Galaxy S4
2 Htc One
3 Experia Z


1 Htc One
2 S4
3 Experia Z


1 Galaxy S4
2 Experia Z
3 Htc One


1 Experia Z
2 Htc One
3 Galaxy S4

Sony Fans
Samsung Fans
Htc fans

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:28 3

136. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

You forgot :
1 Xperia Z
2 Galaxy S4
3 HTC One


1 HTC One
2 Xperia Z
3 Galaxy S4

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:43 1

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

O yea I forget!
Nice one!

posted on 09 May 2013, 23:31

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

6 situations .haha very lol and very fair :>

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:13

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

It's XPERIA not EXPERIA you idiot!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:30 5

138. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

On balance, I tend to agree that the One is superior to the GS IV. Only problem is with HTC biffing the launch of the One in the U.S., this may be HTC's last smartphone effort if they can't get the sales volumes they need to make.

I really wish that HTC had not managed to screw up their launch of the One in the U.S. :-(

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 05:44

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

d one is not superior to d s4 bcuz even thoh it has a 4UP camera it's still nothin infrnt of d s4's camera............processor is much faster n better wid a better benchmark.............!~!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 17:22 3

205. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

So you only buy a phone for it's design? Well if you're smart, you also buy a phone case, like something from otterbox. Which will completely shield and cover the entire design, thus making it almost pointless. A beautiful design only stays beautiful if it is well protected. Let's face it, we take our phones everywhere and anyone who claims to never have dropped or sat on their phone is a liar. All it takes is one drop as well.

There is no argument that in the design, HTC One is the clear winner but everything else is completely debatable and honestly the SGS4 wins in almost every other department if you ask me.

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:16

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

In that case, the gorgeous power button isn't obstructed by a phone case. How do you explain that? There's CLEAR PHONE CASES and I happen to be using that. My friend all love the look. Samsung fanboy, beware!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 17:42 1

209. dapsta (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

I have payed with the Xperia Z a number of times now and it was super disappointing. The screen looks crappy and washed out and it lags a lot.

I wouldn't spend a cent on it when the GS4, HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro are around.

Besides, I already know HTC will fail to update their phone properly and Sony.......HAHAHAHAHA

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