Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

Samsung Galaxy S4The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the newest smartphone in the Samsung Galaxy series. Overall, it has some significant improvements over the previous ones while keeping similar design. The hardware abilities are much better than previous models. The only thing that users of older Samsung Galaxy series phones could miss is the FM radio. In comparison to similar models, this smartphone stands out with its light weight and size and the impressive 5 inch display.

Design

The casing of HTC is made of polycarbonate that makes this smartphone a very light device. It is also a bit smaller than similar smartphones. The areas around the screen are unusually small, but the this doesn’t affect the functionality of physical buttons located there. Upon closer inspection you’ll notice a very small diamond pattern beneath the surface of the panel, but overall the design is classical, yet ergonomic.

Dimensions: 5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm)
Weight: 4.6 oz (130 g)

Display

The resolution and pixel density is great, making Samsung Galaxy S4 one of the best options in the smartphone market. The technology used on the screen is Super AMOLED which explains the rather impressive 441 pixel-per-inch density, though the downside of this technology is that there is a noticeable discoloration when you are looking at the screen from angle other than front-view. That’s not a major problem, and Samsung makes up for it by making the display usable while wearing gloves. This can come in handy in the cold months.

Physical size: 5 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density: 441 ppi
Technology: Super AMOLED
Touchscreen: Multi-touch
Features: Light sensor, proximity sensor, scratch-resistant glass

Hardware

The processor of Samsung Galaxy S4 is a bit better than most of the phones have and the rest hardware specs are on the high-end too. This smartphone has few physical user inputs such as home button and a microUSB port. Unlike previous Samsung Galaxy models, S4 doesn’t have a FM radio receiver.

System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
Processor: Quad core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300
Graphics processor: Adreno 320
System memory: 2048 Mb RAM
Built-in storage: 16 Gb, 32 Gb or 64 Gb
Storage expansion: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to additional 64Gb

Battery Life

The battery capacity is 2600mAh, which is a good measure for smartphones. If not used often, it can last up to 370 hours (a bit more than 15 days). Its talk time is 17 hours, which is better than similar models. With moderate usage the battery power could be around 50% by the end of the day. Samsung Galaxy S4 also features an excellent sleep mode that drops the CPU usage while it’s inactive.

Camera

The camera of Samsung Galaxy S4 is as good as similar models have. It isn’t necessarily better, but one can still take solid, good pictures with it. Samsung says that the snapper has zero lag, but that is a bit exaggerated. Sometimes it gives an impression that it pauses for just a small moment before capturing a photo. However, this still is one of the fastest smartphone snappers there is. In good light the picture quality is outstanding. Also, if you like to play with camera features, this smartphone can offer plenty of them such as dual shot, eraser and many, many more.

Camera: 13 megapixels
Flash: LED
Aperture size: F2.2
Features: Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), auto focus, touch to focus, digital image stabilization, face detection, smile detection, exposure compensation, white balance presets, burst mode, digital zoom, geo tagging, high dynamic range mode (HDR), panorama, scenes, effects, self-timer, voice activation
Camcorder: 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30fps), digital image stabilization
Front-facing camera: 2 megapixels

Software

Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with Android 4.2.2 (JellyBean) and Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature. This phone has plenty of pre-installed applications that take impressive 8Gb from the storage space. If you have a 16Gb Samsung Galaxy S4 model, that’s half the space. Most of the software looks useful such as Flipboard, which is a digital magazine where you can choose the subjects and content, S Planner that takes care of your schedule and opens every time you use an application that uses your calendar, S Voice that works like your voice assistant and many, many more.

Connectivity

This smartphone has virtually packed every kind of sensor there is. It has both S beam and NFC and uses Wi-Fi Direct connection, making it very fast. There is a built-in GPS system that works together with GLONASS showing your location very precisely.

Bluetooth: 4.0
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac
USB: USB 2.0 with a microUSB connector

Included Accessories

When unpacking HTC One, you’ll find the standard items: instructions, earphones, a charger, a battery, and a micro USB cable. It is worth noting that the cable is fairly long unlike some phones that come barely with 6 inch cables. Earphones come with extra earbud tips.

Pros and Cons

Pros: Small size, fairly good battery life, quite big screen, expandable storage and removable battery.
Cons: Plastic casing that can get scratched or damaged easily, speaker quality, no FM radio.

Although Samsung Galaxy S4 doesn’t stand out that much among similar models, it is still a worthy successor in the Samsung Galaxy series. It is definitely one of the best phones in the market at the moment. The plastic casing could be a drawback if you are looking for a phone that lasts long. Also the price isn’t very appealing. However, it offers a multitude of engaging features and is a bit better performance-wise than most of the current smartphones.

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