Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review: Bigger, Faster, Stronger

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Samsung has done an exceptional job the past few years building interest and recognition for their Galaxy-branded smartphones. The fervor isn’t quite on the level of Apple's iPhone launches, but if the attendance of their “Samsung Unpacked” event at Radio City Music Hall and the buzz on-line for today’s introduction is any indicator, Samsung has tapped into something big and earned a cult following, very much like Apple has over the years. And the sales figures back this up, of course, all of which show Samsung dominating the Android-based smartphone market.

When a company is clearly on top, people tend to scrutinize every move a little (or lot) more closely, depending on where their allegiances lie. For Samsung, and perhaps Android fans as well, availability of the Galaxy S 4 is a momentous occasion...

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review: Bigger, Faster, Stronger

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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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Clixxer replied on Wed, Apr 24 2013 3:20 AM

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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KOwen replied on Wed, Apr 24 2013 2:01 PM

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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ajm531 replied on Fri, Apr 26 2013 12:14 AM

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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ajm531 replied on Fri, Apr 26 2013 12:28 AM

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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Layhyungs replied on Fri, Apr 26 2013 3:26 PM

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

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Clixxer replied on Fri, Apr 26 2013 3:29 PM

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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rychu79 replied on Fri, Apr 26 2013 3:46 PM

Wont be able to get mine until October when my upgrade is available. :(

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eunoia replied on Fri, Apr 26 2013 4:09 PM

Whereas my PC from a few years ago is still pretty solid, it may be time to change phones. This makes my current phone look like two tin cans on a string. Heck, the camera may be even better than my actual camera!

A co-worker just picked up the new HTC One and had everyone crowding around it, is this going to steal their thunder?

...pending.

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lilmedo replied on Fri, Apr 26 2013 4:09 PM

Amazing but i just got my S3

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might pick one up to replace my aging galaxy nexus on verizon, but i've heard rumors there not releasing a 32gb version on verizon. seeing how i store all my music on my phone to connect to bluetooth audio in my car that might kill that idea :(

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Deap1 replied on Sat, May 4 2013 11:42 AM

Just found your site. Very interesting and enlightening.

My wife has the S3 which is quite a device. Hard to describe these machines as phones anymore since talking on them is seemingly becoming a thing of the past as far as their usage.

The one huge and glaring shortfall of the S3 is not being able to use the the thing in full sunlight do to the nearly total blackout of the screen. Have yet to meet anyone that isn't having the same issue with the S3. We spend our winters on the gulf so when we are on the beach on a picture perfect day taking a picture with this marvelous camera is pretty much point to where you guess the best picture is or I reach down for my X2, far from the best phone in the world, so I can see what the picture is going to contain. The full sun screen of the X2 is very easy to see even in full sun.

So unless this has been solved it too will be shackled for those of us that enjoy daylight and the outdoors.

Will have to wait until I meet someone carrying one of these to find out since getting one outside of the stores for a test isn't always that easy. Actually have yet to get a display outside for a look.

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seuli replied on Fri, Jul 19 2013 2:51 PM

It is a good and fair review. I think that this phone is best and faster. It also stronger. We shall use the Mozilla Firefox of this phone.

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rajoan replied on Sat, Jul 20 2013 4:09 PM

my favorite phone is sgs4 thats getup is very nice and very simple.any want to buy it.thank u

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