Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review: Bigger, Faster, Stronger

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In addition to using the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in a variety of everyday usage scenarios, we also conducted some formal performance testing to see how well the device compared to some of the other smartphones we have recently evaluated.

CPU testing
Android CPU testing

In the Linpack for Android benchmark, the Samsung Galaxy S 4's quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 SoC put up the best score we have seen to date. In both the single and multi-threaded version of this benchmark, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 led the pack.

Graphics testing
Android graphics testing

The Galaxy S 4 also put up the best scores we have seen in two of the three An3DBench XL tests we ran. And in the third test, it performed right up there with the fastest devices we've seen.

The Galaxy S 4 also put up some excellent graphics-related benchmark scores in GL Bench. The iPhone 5 holds onto a commanding lead in the GL Benchmark fillrate test, but the S 4 pulled ahead of the iPhone 4S and all of the other Android-based devices we tested. The Galaxy S 4 also put up the best score we have seen in the Egypt Off-Screen benchmark, besting everything else by a wide margin.

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Ugh, so ugly. Honestly, things like the HTC One is what I want to see more of. Better design than just cramming in hw.

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Well I would have to completely disagree since I think the HTC One with the mesh for the speakers and the fact it doesn't have a uniform bezel is ugly as sin but hey whatever floats your boat!

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Good, fair review. It makes sense to include the look and feel of the phone in the review but honestly I think it's pointless. I don't know anyone that owns an S III that doesn't have an Otterbox case, and I would assume things will be be similar with the S IV.

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There's an article/survey idea for you: Do you use a case? What phone do you use, and would recommend it? Would you buy it again?

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Is it just me or does the SGS 4 look like an early prototype of EVA from wall-e with that flip cover on? lol

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wow fantastic review. I appreciated how you gave some of the features a chance and praised them instead of shrugging them off as just gimmicks. yes some of them are but some of them are really neat and maybe useful.

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Good review. I've never owned a smart phone before so I'm not sure what to get. People are telling me it's either this one or the iPhone. I'm leaning towards the Samsung Galaxy S 4 because I'm not an Apple person.

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One thing i would want is that they change the look of the phone for something more amazing.

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Layhyungs:

One thing i would want is that they change the look of the phone for something more amazing.

Well I think it looks good and I would bet if they changed the design then Apple would try and sue them again.

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Can't wait for this phone to come out. My brother has the S3 and it's an awesome phone, it feels so much better than an Iphone 5. I'm planning on getting this baby as my first phone or maybe the mozzila firefox phone if verzion gets it.

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