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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, 12:41 10

93. Andrewtst (Posts: 678; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Well review.

S4 will be extreme perfect flagship on year 2013 if Samsung more look onto design.

Sorry Samsung, I still will buying HTC ONE, this year definitely by pass S4, not only me, all my friends is confirm getting HTC ONE or Xperia Z as S4 nothing new, look pretty bored.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:52 9

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

Haha the butthurt from the Samsung haters is pretty epic. More than I expected and expected a lot.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:53 1

105. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Dear PhoneArena/ Ray S,

Are you going to review the Exynos Octa version when available? This review looks so much like a hurry job. Why can't you guys wait for the final unit to be available?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:54 10

106. supa_dupa (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

HTC One is better, sorry!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 14:20 4

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

sorry for you hahahahaaaa

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:00 5

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

nice rating 9.3 for almighty S4....9.1 H1....8.5 XZ....and its just a review device.,,wow....

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:15 8

123. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

A 9.3???? Come on pa the s4 is not all around perfect the design is far from top notch , therefore it should have gotten a 9....point blank

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:22 7

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

design?its all about all around performance man...coz if we talk about design your device will get massacred by OPPO Find 5....

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:51 1

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

Looks so sexy stylish smart sleek sharp Oppo5

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:18 9

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

well to haters goodluck on your device,,,hope the OEM supports you on all aspect....S4 comes with the latest Android version hope your devices could catch up...while we are waiting for KLP you guys are waiting for 4.2.2....goodluck....hahahahahahahahahaaaaaaa....o​n all tech review S4 wins...Done.period

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:19 5

127. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

i think its rivals will get the same android version before S4's release.
at the time of XZ, android 4.2.2 was not available.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:23 2

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


posted on 23 Mar 2013, 14:00 7

161. 90ninjas (unregistered)

Seriously? 4.2 has been out for awhile now. XZ was released with 4.1.2 with a PLANNED update to 4.2. When the hell will that happen? What is Sony's track record with upgrades?

Also, HTC One is going to be released with 4.1.2 with an upcoming future upgrade to 4.2. Again, what is HTC's track record for upgrading?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 20:29 2

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

I dunno. The Xperia S took awhile to get ICS and the Xperia T took awhile to get JB.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:18 3

125. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

as expected from PA. S4 getting a higher rate than One and XZ
i prefer not to talk about XZ rate as it was ridiculous.
i think the most trusted reviewers are the users of these devices.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:30 4

137. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

Agreed, I've been coming here less and less because of all the bias from the staff. If they're not drooling over an Apple device, it's a Samsung one instead. While other devices which are better are thrown to the wayside.

It sounds like they're getting paid by these companies to talk about those devices almost exclusively.

Perfect example is that the HTC One is a great device, but the S4 is getting more coverage. They know that people come here looking for information on new phones before they buy them, so which ones are they going to choose? The ones that get more attention from PA, which are either Apple or Samsung devices.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 14:05 3

164. 90ninjas (unregistered)

HTC One got a lot of attention when it was out. It's called moving forward and covering what has happened currently. Has HTC One been announced with any drastic change as of late?

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 23:58

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

Wait, the HTC One got a 9.1 out of 10. That's a pretty damn good score. What's the big deal?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 18:00 3

214. ludegmo (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

As a xperia tx user ( i ws a huge sony/ xperia fan boy) im not recommending any xperia device to anyone. They are so beautiful but so useless. i thought this sites were biased against sony before i bought mine but then i realized they were right.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:24 5

131. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

How can you give a device with call quality that's just passable a 9.3? Isn't the point of a phone to be a phone? It's puzzling as you even list it as a con.

After having an S3 (on Verizon) which couldn't hold a signal and had terrible call quality I swapped it out with a Motorola. I used to love Samsung phones but as of lately the call quality and signal, the most important features of a phone, have become terrible over the years.

To me, if the call quality isn't stellar, then it's a no go. I don't care how many features or how powerful the specs are, if I can't talk to people by using my phone as a phone, then the device fails for me.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:26 5

133. egyptian86 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)

first of all thank you for the nice review and I think that htc one until now is the better device and not only in term of design and materials

1-design and materials : htc one wins.
2-screen : matter of preferences so I think tie.
3-performance : galaxy s4.
4-camera(photos) : daylight galaxy s4,lowlight htc one.
5-camera(video) : htc one(better details and ois and better sound recording).
6-speakers : htc one.
7-headphones : htc one.
8-call quality : htc one.
9-software(interface) : htc one.
10-software(features) : galaxy s4.
11-battery : galaxy s4 by 10% to 15% only.

so overally htc one wins and for not I have Samsung galaxy s2 and galaxy tab so iam not a fanboy but honest.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 15:25 2

189. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

Based on gsmarena's review I don't think the one wins on speakers for the decibel output was show to be lower and less clear than the iphone 5, s3 and 808 and I don't think that Samsung would have regressed with the speaker quality in the s4.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 11:28 1

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

I'm just checking that out and it isn't lower but it also isn't much higher only about 1 db or so, but you have to remember when comparing speakers volume is not the only parameter to determine how good they are, that is like saying that 15 $ headphones are better than 50$ headphones just because they are louder, there is the sound stage, the bass, the mids and the highs and overall every phone i have owned lacks seriously on the bass/lows department and every phone i have ever heard has the same problem, but it seems the One fixes those issues with its speakers.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:39 2

145. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Well, that escalated quickly !

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:41 7

146. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

LOL all these ppl here commenting on how they are gonna get the one or xperia z are just gonna go to the shop and end up buying the GS4 and make an other best seller.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:43 9

148. LAKAME_MAN (Posts: 46; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I kinda really like the S IV's design 0_0
Tho I really hate the S III design :D

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:45 2

151. KFear (Posts: 147; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)

This review seemed rushed and more of a "hand on" then a review. He names features but doesn't explain how they work and can benefit the user experience. He doesn't go into depth on nearly anything, just copy and pastes from other articles. Guess we will have to wait on the Engadget "review". Did this guy just playing with the phone for an hour and call it good? He just guessed on battery life as if he never used it for a full day.
At least it was well written!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:53

157. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Wait for the US version to be reviewed by John V. That review will be much better.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 00:00

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

No one wants to read about all of those lame features. Thanks for keeping it brief.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 13:50 5

153. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

The GS4 may not have a great design but it comes with the latest version of Android, has a removable battery, microSD card slot, awesome software features from Samsung etc., none of which is offered by the HTC One. Sure the One has a superb design but I don't only wanna showoff with my new phone, I wanna use it for my personal needs. Thats why I'm going with the GS4 once my contract with the iPhone 4 ends.

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