Samsung Galaxy S4 specs and reviews
30% larger and 17% heavier than the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the heavyweight in the smartphone market. It’s 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen, fast quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB RAM, LTE, NFC and 13MP camera puts it in superphone category.
The features are impressive. “Smart Screen” pauses a video if you look away. “Air Gesture” allows you to answer a phone call, change songs in playlist, swap browser tabs or activate other functions just by waving your hand over the screen. “Air View” lets you hover over an item (social, email, calendar, etc.) to display a preview of what is inside.
There are so many features on the S4 GT-I9500 model that Samsung included an Easy Mode which limits the home screen to three panels. ReadWrite has the story: The Phone So Complicated, It Has An ‘Easy’ Mode.
Samsung WatchON technology brings the S4 into the phablet (phone + tablet) sector: an IR blaster connects the app to your TV so that you can view and control your TV from your smartphone. You even can order movies on demand from the phone interface. How cool is that?!
Early reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S4 are pure raves. Most people like it. But some experts disagree. Gizmodo’s Brent Rose finds the S4 “Better, But Not Best.” Referring to the useability, he says, “It’s definitely one of the best phones you can buy. It’s just shame it couldn’t stay out of its own way.” [It’s no surprise to this blogger that Rose states, “In fact, were it not for the HTC One, it would be the best Android phone you can buy.”]
AllThingsD’s Walt Mossberg echoes Rose: “Galaxy S 4 Is a Good, but Not a Great, Step Up.” And while he admits to “admire some of its features” he also says of the HTC One:
“While many will compare the Galaxy S 4 with the iPhone 5, I also compared it with the $200 HTC One, which came out April 19. The HTC has a handsome, sturdier, aluminum body, dual stereo speakers, an excellent camera, better screen resolution than the new Samsung and twice the base memory for the same price.”
CNET reviewers point out that the HTC One also has an IR blaster to control a TV and is “a far more impressive phone physically” but praise the S4’s camera and powerful quad-core processor. Their bottom line: “the Galaxy S4 is the top choice for anyone looking for a big-screen, do-everything smartphone.”
David Pogue of New York Times thinks the S4 is “basically, it’s an updated Galaxy S3” and TIME’s Harry McCracken concurs that while the “new apps are among the best-designed ones … If you want the most polished phone with the best selection of apps, the iPhone 5 still has no peer” but concludes: “And if what you want is the mainstream phone with the biggest screen and the most built-in stuff, the Galaxy S4 is your most logical option.”
Jordan Crook of TechCrunch says “it’d be foolish to think that the Galaxy S4 isn’t a top-notch phone.” Mashable’s Christina Warren strong feels “It’s undoubtedly the best Android phone on the market right now.”
Mixed reviews, then. But it is anticipated that brand recognition and sharing features such as GroupPlay will make the S4 the biggest selling Android phone of 2013 and increase Samsung’s commanding 33% market share in the highly competitive smartphone marketplace.
Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 specs:
|Operating system||Android 4.2.2 (TouchWiz)|
|Dimensions||136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches)|
|Weight||4.59 oz. (130g)|
|Screen size||5.0 inches|
|Screen resolution||1,920 x 1,080 (441 ppi)|
|Screen type||Full HD Super AMOLED|
|Battery||2,600mAh Li-Polymer (removable)|
|Internal storage||16 or 32GB|
|External storage||MicroSDXC (up to 64GB)|
|Rear camera||13MP, BIS|
|Front-facing cam||2.0MP, BIS|
|Video capture||1080p / 30 fps (rear); 1080p (front)|
|Radios||Varies by region and operator|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 600|
|Entertainment||MHL 2.0, IR transceiver, DLNA, WiFi Direct|