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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Interface and Functionality

At first, it'll be hard to notice any difference between the two handsets as far as the user interface (UI) goes. That is because both are using Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX, but the GS4 is indeed a bit more refined. The new flagship is also based on Android 4.2.2, so it has all the latest goodies of the OS. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S III isn't far behind, as it's currently running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bea, and it'll probably get updated past that.

For the time being, though, there will be a number of features that you'll be able to use only with the Galaxy S4. Here's a list with all of them:

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

  • Dual shot – This new camera feature makes for some interesting stories, mainly because it compiles videos by recording content with the front and rear cameras. It’s neat because you can tell a story about what you’re trying to shoot in the video.
  • Sound & Shot – This is simple - it just allows us to record up to 9 seconds of audio when we snap a photo. Therefore, when we preview it in the gallery, it’ll play the recording when we look at it.
  • Drama Shot – Always wondered how professional photographers snap those cool photos of someone diving into a pool? You know, the ones where it shows in the photo the step-by-step moment? Well, the drama shot feature relies on multi burst to take various photos of something in motion, and then complies them together in a single shot.
  • Cinema Photo – Now this one is really cool, it’s like having a photo that you can honestly say you’re “feeling the moment.” Basically, it’s like making a GIF image on the smartphone. As the handset is capturing images, we can select what elements to animate and what others we want to keep stationary.
  • Story Album – The name says it all! It’s a feature that lets us stitch together a story album using pictures, time, place, weather, and more.


  • S Translator – You guessed it folks, the Galaxy S IV makes it super convenient to translate stuff on the fly. Incorporated into a variety of apps, like ChatON, messaging, S Translator app, and email, language barriers will be a thing of the past with this new S Translator feature.
  • Group Play – There are to aspects of Group Play. First, there’s the ability to allow the smartphone to pair with other Galaxy S IVs so they can conjure up a powerful sound system with its new Share Music feature. Come to think about it, the entire thing kind of reminds us of daisy chaining. Lastly, the Galaxy S IV allow for more social engagement when it comes to playing games. Specifically, optimized versions of Asphalt 7 and Gun Bros 2 allow multiple Samsung Galaxy S IV smartphone to play collaboratively.

Life Task

  • Air View – Yup, the Note’s Air View feature has somehow magically arrived on the Galaxy S IV – and boy does it impress on many levels. We’ve already talked about its usefulness and the display’s accuracy, but Sammy has an optimized version of Flipboard that allows us to hover our finger over its tiles to get a preview. Of course, the feature works in many other places – like previewing email and calendar appointments.
  • Air Gesture – Holy smokes! So what’s Air Gesture? Simply, it’s a basic version of Kinect for the Microsoft XBOX 360, but for smartphones (SGSIV in this case obviously). At its core, Air Gesture is touchless commands for the Galaxy S IV and breaks down to three commands – Air Browse, Air Jump, and Air Call Accept. In the browser and email apps, we can wave our hand in a downward/upward motion to tell the phone to scroll up/down. Likewise, we can “swipe” through photos in the gallery by waving our hand over the display in the appropriate direction. Yeah, it’s super neat, but not all apps support it. Instead, most of Sammy’s set offer it, but not others like Chrome or Gmail. Unfortunately though, there’s no air gesture for “pinch zooming.”
  • Smart Pause – It’s hard enough remembering a storyline when watching a movie on a phone, especially when we decide to do something else aside from watching it. Well, with Smart Pause, the handset knows when we’re not looking. Therefore, it’ll automatically pause the moment our eyes are no longer affixed to the display, but it’ll resume once we look back at it.
  • Smart Scroll – Using a combination of looking with our eyes and some tilting action, we can scroll through various content in the web browser and email app.
  • Samsung Optical Reader – No one likes having to manually input business card information into their phones, so that’s why we’re given the Samsung Optical Reader. Snap a business card, it’ll automatically retrieve the pertinent content and convert it digitally for us. Also, it works to decipher QR codes.
  • WatchON – Seeing that the handset is now sporting an IR blaster, WatchON is the one stop hub for all our television program needs. Not only can we control, select, and viewing programming, it also has a cool video on demand feature.

Life Care

  • S Health – Fitness junkies will surely appreciate S Health the most, since it tracks and measures various physical activities – eventually giving us detailed statistics about our fitness regimen. From counting the steps we’ve take to the amount of calories we’ve consumed for the day, S Health is the central spot where we can monitor our healthy lifestyle. Heck, it can even tell us if the temperature and weather conditions are conducive to our health. Oh yeah, did we mention it can also monitor sleeping patterns?
  • Samsung Adapt Sound – In its attempt to be self-aware, the Samsung Adapt Sound will automatically adjust some of the handset’s settings based on what we’re doing. For example, if we’re reading a book in the dark, it’ll adjust the contrast and brightness to make it easier on our eyes. Another scenario pumps up the two so that it provides for an enticing video watching experience. Rather than doing it ourselves manually, it’s nice to see the handset doing it automatically for us.

  • Options

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:31 26

1. thethird (Posts: 72; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

Two awesome devices. Built to last. :) [+]

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:07 15

9. samballik (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)

Sony and HTC and Samsung are the phones with most features, apps and games.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 20:53 7

41. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)

Except any HTC root user will tell you that we really HATE sense.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 23:29 2

44. cezarepc (Posts: 718; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)

True story.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 02:29 3

47. deacz (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

sense is great!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 07:12 4

18. KParks23 (Posts: 679; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)

I've made my mind up I'm waiting for the Verizon htc incredible one or whatever they want to call it but incredible one sounds tight.. At this point I'm so fed up with Sammy they can put a I7 processor in there phone and I still won't buy another 1 my s3 has been nothing but a paper weight!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 22:09 6

42. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)

Which one is the S4?

Both are hideous...

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 16:14

50. chocolaking (Posts: 495; Member since: 22 May 2012)

Galaxy S3 and a Galaxy S3s ! LMAO!!!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:34 40

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

which one is S3 and which is S4?!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:39 27

4. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

sony troll spotted :)

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:46 23

7. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; Member since: 07 May 2012)

doesnt matter if its sony fan, anyone would crack this joke xD

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:08 2

10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Most phones have a big screen and rounded corners, so it makes the S4 look like a lot of others too following that logic. But it's texture, screen dominance and more rectangular build makes it noticeably more elegant than it predecessor.


posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:26 14

12. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)

One is the note 2 mini and one is the s3

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 22:11

43. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)

On a real note, Samsung needs to start trying with their designs. The plastic is ok but we all know Samsung can do better.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:47 4

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

No this isn't the iphone 4, 4s which you can never tell the diffrence unless looking at the top where it doesn't have a line on the left side®

Why the Troll,,,,?
It's still using Android, like Htc Sony Lg Samsung and all other oems. Why the hate?

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 09:15 8

24. SleepingOz (unregistered)

'Coz Samsung haters(mostly Sony, HTC, Nokia fanboys) think that it's Samsung's fault why their fav oems are struggling to compete in the market.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 16:22

63. TMach (Posts: 464; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Typical fanboy speak! Did it occur to you that it is less about hate or market position but something as simple as customer satisfaction or different needs/desires about what people want to get out of their experiences with their handsets! I have no problem with the product but a mountain load with the manufacturer and its attitude to customers. That arrogance of Apple fanboys is seriously affecting Samsung fanboys. Our experiences inform our choices and I loathed my experience with Samsung and even if I bought its product, I will do so with eyes wide open and pray I do not have any problems as I would not want to deal with them! I do know this, HTC will listen, send out UPS to collect the product, examine the complaint/investigate and send you your phone back throuh UPS, no questions as will Sony. Samsung? Please take the product to an Independent Service Centre, authorised but not affiliated to Samsung. You get that way when your S3 cracks unexpectedly by the charger port and you end up paying £134 to fix it.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 16:25

64. TMach (Posts: 464; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

p.s. a work colleague has a similar crack in the same position on her White S3 but thought it was part of the design........disavowed her of the notion and she is now one unhappy customer!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 09:36 1

25. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

"Why the Troll,,,,?"
Exactly, Why the TROLL?

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 16:08

33. amats69 (Posts: 1509; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Why the Troll? Why the Hate? oh i think that question is applicable to you after trolling to HTC Sony Nokia etc.LOL

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 09:12 5

23. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Oh, you're finally back?!
I thought you went back to your cave after losing too many arguments about your beloved XZ. lol

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 00:08 2

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

im always here bro
maybe you need to check your eyes.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 02:04

51. urth_key (Posts: 14; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)

Hahahaha LOL.

which one is 4 and which is 4S?!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:38 16

3. iluvsmartphonexpdx (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

Galaxy S4 FTW!!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:41 15

5. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

damn thats very identical...

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:31 14

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

"The S4 excels in exterior design" LMAO

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:39 9

14. Diego! (Posts: 672; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

The pictures on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 look amazing! Amazing level of detail. Good job Sammy!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:49 3

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

S3 looks ugly, S3 and S2 looks much better™
S3 with those ugly curves™
Rectangular Candbar sharp edges look way much better, look stylish and contemporary©

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 07:01 4

17. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 168; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

GS3 users will realize how laggy the GS3 is when they try out the GS4. Android OS really do need the 4 cores running at full bore +2.00Ghz to feel right and run normal.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 07:17 1

19. wrm2013 (Posts: 206; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

And as soon as they push a os update to the s4 it too will be laggy

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