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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Call quality

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Both handsets fail to impress us when it comes to sound quality during calls. In fact, the Galaxy S III may be sounding just a tad better than its successor, with slightly more natural voices coming through its earpiece, but of course, that depends on a lot of factors. The microphones of both devices aren't anything to write home about, as they simply manage to deliver a strong, but high-sounding signal.

Pretty much the same goes for their loudspeakers. This is one area where Samsung hasn't bothered to upgrade much, as both the GS4 and GS III have decent loudspeakers, with good strength, but nothing close to something like the stereo front speakers of the HTC One, for example.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S III
4h 8 min (Poor)
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OK, so the Galaxy S4 may not be a tremendous upgrade over the Galaxy S III, but it sure is a better smartphone. The new flagship excels in many areas, including its exterior design, the screen, which is now 1080p, the updated UI with latest Android version, 13 MP camera and a host of new software features.

All of these feature upgrades make sure that you're having a a better experience while using the handset, not only in specific situations, but also while doing completely basic things like calling, messaging, getting notifications and so on. We gues this is why Samsung continues to get more and more influential in the smartphone market, as the company's high-end phones not only have state-of -the-art hardware, but also an increasingly better user experience, which you can never get with specs alone.

But let's get back to our comparison and try to answer the question that we asked at the start – should Galaxy S III owners think about an upgrade? Well, it sure isn't a simple question, which means there isn't one ultimate answer. If you have spare money, and having the latest gear is always a top priority for you, then just go ahead, sell that aging Galaxy S III and get the GS4! In any other case, we think that the Galaxy S III is still competent enough – from hardware to software. The screen is big, the processor is fast, the experience is wonderful... plus it will probably get an update to the next version of Android, so for the time being, it looks like you won't be missing much at all, should you stick to the Galaxy S III.

And that's certainly not the case if you happen to be rocking something older, like the Galaxy S II, for example. In that case, don't hesitate – just do yourself a favor and grab the Galaxy S4. It's tons better!

Software version of the Galaxy S4 unit: Android 4.2.2, Build: JDQ39.I9505XXUAMCB_CSB
Software version of the Galaxy S III unit: Android 4.1.2, Build: JZO54K.I9300XXEMB5

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III:


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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: 680; 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: 647; 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: 647; 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: 466; 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: 466; 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: 1523; 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: 679; 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: 209; 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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