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Samsung Galaxy S4

Features

5 inch display
Android
13MP camera
16GB int. memory
Talk Time: Up to 17 hours
Standby: Up to 15 days
69.8mm wide
136.6mm high

Average Score

88/100

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  • $60/recharge + $250 upfront
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$79 Multi-Month Plan

3 Months - $26.33/month
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  • 3GB Data
  • $79/recharge + $250 upfront
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$129 Multi-Month Plan

6 Months - $21.50/month
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  • $129/recharge + $250 upfront
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$228 Multi-Month Plan

12 Months - $19/month
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  • 12GB Data
  • $228/recharge + $250 upfront

Samsung Galaxy S4 Specs

Display

Type Super AMOLED
Screen Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Screen Size 5 inch (12.7 cm)
Touch Screen Yes

Camera

Resolution 13 megapixels
Front Facing -
3D Resolution -
Flash Type LED
Video Camera 1080p

Music and Video

Music Player Yes
Video Player Yes
Video Calls Yes
FM Radio No
Audio Formats -
Video Formats -

Physical

Form Factor Slate
Width 69.8 mm
Height 136.6 mm
Thickness 7.9 mm
Weight 130 grams
Accelerometer Yes
Gyro Yes

General

GPS Yes
Battery (2G Talk) Up to 17 hours
Battery (Standby) Up to 15 days
App Store Google Play
Processor Type quad-core 1.9GHz
Operating System Android 4.2.2
Release Date April 2013

Connectivity

Main Connectivity 4G LTE
Maximum Data Speed 100Mbps
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
USB 2.0
Bluetooth Yes
Networks GSM
Data Networks FDD LTE, TD LTE

Memory

RAM 2.05GB
Internal 16GB
Expandable Up to 64GB

Messaging

Push Email Yes
Text Messages (SMS) Yes
Picture Messages (MMS) Yes

Samsung Galaxy S4 Reviews

V.Positive

WhistleOut Review

"You are free to believe the hype. As smartphones go, the Galaxy S4 is among the best examples this year. It’s fast, has an amazing screen and is feature-packed (though some may argue it is more gimmick-packed). The camera is top-notch — though probably not the market’s best smartphone shooter — and ..."

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93/100

"The top-notch performance and general lack of issues continue to be among the Galaxy S's strongest sides. If you're the kind of geek who's always running benchmarks on their phone, trying to squeeze every possible bit of performance out of it, then chances are you'll fall in love with the Galaxy S4,..."

PhoneArena.com
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V.Positive

"But I’m here to tell you that no matter how good the screen in any other smartphone is, it doesn’t matter. You won’t be disappointed with the Galaxy S4’s screen. I promise. It’s outstanding, and I don’t have a single complaint about it."

90/100

"The Galaxy S4 is a great, great device in its own right, re-inventing what it means to own a brilliant smartphone in a number of ways. The gestures are cool, the touch-less experience amazing at times - in short, it's a wonderful phone you want to pull out of your pocket again and again and again."

Tech Radar
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90/100

"The Galaxy S4 is a great phone. It’s a fantastic phone. Make no doubts about that. Its similarities in form and style to the Galaxy S3 give us pause in recommending it as an upgrade though. Despite the software enhancements, it seems awfully, awfully similar. "

TechnoBuffalo
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90/100

"Samsung took every aspect of a successful device and gently tweaked them to make it better. "

TechSpot
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90/100

"Off the bat, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a truly impressive powerhouse smartphone. On paper, it’s Samsung’s most impressive handset to date, not least as it jumps from the 4.8-inch S3 to a 5-inch screen without any added bulk. Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/samsung-galaxy-s4_Mobile-Phone_re..."

Trusted Reviews
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90/100

"Samsung has something for everyone in the Android-powered Galaxy S 4. It's this year's no-brainer: the phone to get if you don't want to worry about which phone to get. No matter what you want to do, the Galaxy S 4 can get it done."

PCMAG.com
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V.Positive

"Although the Galaxy S4 ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean — also known as the latest and greatest version of Android — Samsung has put their own imprint on the look and feel. The latest version of TouchWiz (Samsung's name for their special skin) is its most cohesive yet."

Mashable.com
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90/100

"Android is the most feature-advanced OS by far, and the Galaxy S4 has the most diverse software extras, making it an exciting handset for intrepid smartphone users ready to dive into it all"

CNET.com
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80/100

"The Galaxy S4 is a very good phone in most respects — it has a stellar camera and solid battery life, blistering performance and an impressively useful complement of software features. It's a technological achievement — there's no question about that."

The Verge
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80/100

"The Samsung Galaxy S4 is bursting at the seams with cool features and high-end hardware, all jumping up and down for your attention. Some are overkill, some we’re sure you will use and love. "

Digital Trends
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Average Score

(12 Reviews)

88/100
 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

Two years ago, when you bought your last phone, there's a good chance you thought about buying the Samsung Galalxy S II before spending your money on an iPhone. This may not be the case again this year. The South Korean manufacturing giant has been through an immense brand evolution in this short time, so much so that the Galaxy S4 is probably at the top of your new phone shopping list.

Design

Those familiar with last year's Galaxy S3 will spot it immediately. The S4 looks a lot like its predecessor. There are a few key differences you can easily point, but overall, the S4 breaks no new ground for Samsung design.

It is marginally slimmer and lighter, both of which are good things, but we are speaking about teensy, incremental changes in both metrics. Next to its closest competitors though, the differences in size are far more noticeable. It is a featherweight in the hand compared the Nokia Lumia 920, for example.

Since its launch, there has been a lot of criticism levelled at Samsung's decision to use plastic for the body of its flagship phone. Many spectators believe this gives the phone a cheap feel that belies the phone's premium hardware -- and price tag. There is another way to look at this, though. The plastic chassis on the S4 is the reason it is so much lighter than other phones, which many will find more comfortable to use. We agree Samsung could have considered different plastic finishes, like a rubber-feel finish perhaps, but ultimately we would prefer a comfortable-feeling phone to a good looking one.

Whatever you think about the phone with the power off you are likely to forget once the superb display turns on. This 5-inch AMOLED screen is the centrepiece of the Galaxy S4, and is worthy of all the praise it has earned thus far. With a 1080p resolution (1080x1920 pixels), the screen on the S4 is amongst the sharpest we've seen to date, and the AMOLED screen tech offers up rich blacks and truly vibrant colours.

It avoids some of the previous pitfalls of AMOLED screens too, with whites seeming more white and less blue than on previous Samsung phones; though this issue is not entirely behind them. If you open a new web browser page you can still see a slight blueish hue across the screen, though it is far better than on previous models.

The practical design of the phone follows in the footsteps of last year's Samsungs, with a 3.5mm headphone socket on the top of the phone, volume and power buttons on opposite sides of the handset, and a micro-USB port on the base.

The battery cover is removable, giving you access to the handset's 2600mAh capacity battery unit, a micro-SIM slot and a space for expanding the handset's internal memory with a micro-SD card.

User Experience

Like all other Android smartphone makers, Samsung takes Google's platform and adds its own flavour to it. HTC has the Sense UI, Samsung calls theirs TouchWiz, and as far as their custom UIs go, TouchWiz is on the more cluttered, confusing end of the spectrum. Though, it does have a few neat tricks.

On the face of it, TouchWiz looks and operates like Google's own vision of Android. There are home screens, plus a separate app drawer, which in turn is split into 'apps' and 'widgets'. You can swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal new notifications and gain access to 'quick settings' like toggles to switch Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth on and off. You can also long-press on a toggle to enter the settings menu for this item.

Painfully, you can't long-press on home screen widgets and icons to move them around. Instead you need to press the 'menu' button, select 'edit' and enter a separate screen editing mode. Perhaps if you are new to Android phones you might not mind this extra step, but for everyone else who is used to being able to quickly shift icons about, this editing system is a nuisance.

The air up there

One of Samsung's top-line innovations for the Galaxy S4 is the introduction of a number ways to control the phone without touching the screen known as 'Air Gestures'. The Galaxy S4 phone now has three sensors on the front of the phone, above the screen, used to track a number of elements. You can scroll through a webpage using only your eyes, answer a phone call by waving a hand over the screen, or preview the contents of a media folder by hovering a finger a centimetre off the glass.

You might be surprised to learn that these futuristic features all work reasonably well. The hand waving gesture is picked up by the sensors most of the time, finger-hovering takes some practice, but works more often than not. The 'eye-scrolling' tool works better than the rest, but it does require you to recalibrate your eyes with the sensors each time you use it.

Though there is merit in being first to market with new input methods, none of these are any easier than touching the screen with a finger. Sure, there is the added advantage of not smearing the screen with oily fingerprints, but we guarantee the inconsistency will have you headed for the 'Off' switch. Thankfully, Samsung makes deactivating these features simple with toggles in the Quick Settings.

Camera

Samsung has earned a place in the trophy cabinet for having developed some of the best smartphone cameras in the past few years; the camera in the Galaxy S II remains one of our favourites. It's latest efforts continue in this vein, even if the results are less consistent.

When this camera works well, the photos it takes are genuinely superb. Colours are punchy, without being garish or grotesque, and the detail in the photos is spot-on. But we've found the auto-focus to be a bit temperamental and a number of our test images have turned out just out of focus, annoyingly. It also struggles with mixed lighting temperatures more than its predecessors, so lights just outside of the range of the lens bleed noise into the frame and wash out the colours in photos.

These are fairly regular proble