Samsung Galaxy S4 Review



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The most awaited phone in early was without a doubt the Samsung Galaxy S4. It was unveiled theatrically by Samsung in New York City by actors depicting the features it could capture. Well all that was really fascinating but is the phone worth the upgrade from Samsung Galaxy SIII, hell yes. It offers an Octa Core 1.6GHz processor! But there is a catch to it which we will mention later in the performance section. There are tons of new features that Samsung Galaxy SIV has introduced including Air Play, Air View, Dual Camera photos and recording, well there is too much and we will cover it fully in this article so read on.


Design

There is no particular complaint in the design category but come Samsung, when is the built going to be premium. Even the mid ranged HTC phones come with metallic finish bodies and its main rival HTC One has incorporated a full aluminium body too. Samsung uses polycarbonate restructuring on this phone, it feels really solid but compare it to the polycarbonate on Nokia Lumia phones and you will know that Nokia has the built bang on. The back cover of GS4 (Galaxy S4) is flexible. You can remove the cover to uncover the removable battery. It is quiet light and weighs just 130g. Galaxy S4 comes in Black Mist, Artic Blue and White Frost colours. Samsung is considering metallic built for their next range of phones, well I certainly wish they go through with the idea.

Display

Samsung Galaxy S4 Display
And we finally welcome full HD 1080p to “the” smartphone game. Samsung Galaxy S4 has a beautiful 5 inch full HD display. It carries a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels with a very dense pixel density of 441ppi. When you look at full HD videos on this display get ready to be mesmerised because they just float on the display flawlessly. It is magic on the display. The SUPER AMOLED display has brilliant viewing angles and is visible even in direct sunlight. Smart Pause is a feature which knows when you are looking at the display and pause it for you automatically when you are looking away. Smart Scroll allows you to scroll through pages by simply tilting the phone forward or backward. This is really handy.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy S4 Camera
Samsung Galaxy S4 has an amazing 13MP primary camera. This lens performs so well in all the conditions that you want to buy it then and there. As it is 13MP the resolution of captured photos are also really high- 4128×3096 pixels. To my surprise the colours are not flushed away, they are good and in great balance. Macro shots look really beautiful and well detailed no doubt about that. But we still wish it could get the detailing as well as the HTC One’s camera can. Colours though good are not true to the image you are trying to capture that you see from the naked eye. Front camera is pretty good too and will fulfil your purpose of good quality video calls without a problem.
Video recording capabilities of the 13MP camera is brilliant too. It records videos in full HD 1080p and look really stable. The frames shift without any problem and it does not enquire any real problem in playback.
The camera comes with tons of features, for starters you can tweak with the settings all you want, change the ISO, play with exposure anything and everything. There are different modes available too like portrait, night mode, drama shot, dual shoot mode, animated mode. These come in really handy especially the night mode which will post process the image to reduce noise and give you great images. Drama shot takes a series of photographs capturing a whole motion, it is really fascinating but we wish we could control the postures to keep and change it as per our will- something Lumia and HTC both offer in their flagship devices. In dual shot mode their philosophy was simple- don’t leave yourself out in creating a memory. The box in which the secondary subject (e.g you who is taking the shot) will come can be placed anywhere with any size and in different shapes. Go ahead click the picture and you are along with those posing for it. GS4 also has an eraser where you can erase things or people out of the photograph (you know these photobombers these days *sigh*). HDR shots look really amazing but are often over-lit.

Software

Samsung Galaxy S4 Software

Courtesy: BGR


Well GS4 runs the Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean currently and will be getting the Android v4.3 update soon. A stock Android Jelly Bean version the Google Play Edition is also available which will not feature Samsung’s touch-wiz and perform much faster because of absence of the RAM eating features.
So with GS4 you get Touch-Wiz which has incorporated multi-window here for great multitasking. Pull up the notification panel and you get so many more toggles than the GS III. So we already talked about Smart Scroll and Smart Pause in the Display section, there is something called the Smart Stay which is also very useful. It allows the display to be lit up till you are looking at it, it is really very handy while reading through articles. Now for the features that don’t make any sense to me- Air Gesture, why am I supposed to wave my hand through to check the time or notifications or pick up a phone call. If I am eating I am not going to take the call anyway because even if I wave my hand through to pick up the call I have to pick up the phone to talk (duh) plus I am already “eating”. Air View again makes no sense- place your hand and get certain “details” about the pictures or your calendar, just touch the damn thing IT SAVES TIME!
The Infra-Red blast sensor allows you to use your phone like a remote control for your TV with the entire program list on it and all the basic functionality. Another feature the Group Play uses the Wi-Fi hotspot establishment. When other GS4s are in range you can connect and share. Apart from simple sharing you can play songs together using all the speakers of all the phones. When gaming you can go head to head there and there. Then there is the S-translator, the S-voice just too many features in this phone. By far this is the most feature-full phone in the history of phones.

Performance

Samsung Galaxy S4 has a giant Octa Core 1.6GHz Cortex A5 chip. But here is the catch, only 4 cores act at once. It has a separate Quad Core for gaming and separate Quad Core for everything else. The Octa (8) does not work together at once. It also has a 2GB RAM and together this is the sauce for the currently the world’s fastest smart phone. Even though it is so powerful you might experience the occasional lag which is nothing surprising considering it has so many features and controls and “Android”. The battery back-up is really good with 370h+ of standby and 17h of talktime. GS4 Is available in 16GB/32GB/64GB models with expansion upto 64GB allowed via micro-SD card. But if you want more memory go for bigger internal memory because more external memory is going to screw your performance.

Final Thoughts

Samsung Galaxy S4 is a thing of beauty not from the looks of it but its speaks from its performance. It is really responsive and does a lot of work for you. The smart features actually come in handy but the Air View and Air Gesture do not make any actual sense. The camera and display are really great though camera could have been a tad better. The features, ah the features – Galaxy S4 is all about them and the best phone if you want your phone to have it al. it is powerful and it will make you feel your money is worth it.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is available for Rs33,400

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G NetworkLTE (market dependent)
SIMMicro-SIM
Announced2013, March
StatusAvailable. Released 2013, April
BODYDimensions136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 in)
Weight130 g (4.59 oz)
DISPLAYTypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
MultitouchYes
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
– TouchWiz UI
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 64 GB
Internal16/32/64 GB storage, 2 GB RAM
DATAGPRSYes
EDGEYes
SpeedHSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE
NFCYes
Infrared portYes
USBYes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL 2), USB On-the-go, USB Host
CAMERAPrimary13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
FeaturesDual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR
VideoYes, 1080p@30fps, dual-video rec., check quality
SecondaryYes, 2 MP,1080p@30fps, dual video call
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
ChipsetExynos 5 Octa 5410
CPUQuad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
GPUPowerVR SGX 544MP3
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
BrowserHTML5
RadioNo
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsWhite Frost, Black Mist, Arctic Blue
– Wireless charging (market dependent)
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll
– Air gestures
– Dropbox (50 GB storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– TV-out (via MHL 2 A/V link)
– SNS integration
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input (Swype)
BATTERYLi-Ion 2600 mAh battery
Stand-by(2G) / Up to 370 h (3G)
Talk time(2G) / Up to 17 h (3G)
Music playUp to 62 h



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Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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