The Ultimate Galaxy S4 Review
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been in the mouths of everyone for the better part of six months, with speculation running rampant as to what Samsung might add and showcase to its follow-up of the highly successful Galaxy S3. The Galaxy S4 is packed with more features I can remember in a smartphone; both software and hardware. On the hardware side the galaxy S4 features a 5-inch 1080p (1,920 x 1,080) Super AMOLED panel which offers a pixel density of 441 ppi. the display also offer the same high screen sensitivity seen on the Nokia Lumia 920, meaning you have the ability to use your gloves at the same time. In terms of processing power, that varies from geographical location, here in the USA the SG4 is powered by a 1.9 Quad-core snapdragon processor with 2GB of ram; offering a very smooth and sleek use experience with zero to no lag or slow down. The device also house a 13 megapixel camera; a first for Samsung, here Samsung really pushes the envelope not only with the megapixel size of the camera but with the sheer amount of options and camera modes it provides. You can see more in detail here
On the software side Samsung didn’t let you here either, the device is loaded with features stemming from a plethora of gesture controls, air-view, smart pause, to S-health and more. Here you have mixed results with some of these features. I won’t go into i-depth details here – but you can see more in the video review above. When it comes to gesture controls you have a mixed bag of results, I found air view to work well with previewing text and photos, while gesture for change photos and scrolling through web pages worked very well. Though I had difficult with the gesture for answer phone calls. smart pause worked excellently, but I wished it worked with YouTube videos and other web players. Other gestures like smart scroll -which uses your eyes to scroll through a webpage works well, though it has limitations in low light. Even though they were varying results, I did find them useful in my test cases and appreciative of the addition by Samsung.
In terms of more software features like S-Health and Watch on, both programs have very useful case scenarios giving users a lot of usefully functionality. Watch On is a remote control app that uses the built-in IR blaster on the SG4, and gives you control of you TV and cable box. while this won’t replace your multitude of remotes at home, or make your SG4 the super all in one remote to rule them all. What it does provide you is a quick and easy way to navigate TV viewing especially if everyone is like me, where I tend to have my remote stuck under my couch. Then there is S-Health, a fitness app that eventually in conjunction with the S-band will help provide a level of fitness tracking. But the standalone app does aid in providing you with food tracking, exercise tracking as well as a pedometer. so far I can safely say I am still using it. Why? cause it came built-in with my device.
To say Samsung didn’t throw in the kitchen sink in creating the SG4 will be an understatement but I think the have done an excellent job in advance a platform build in the Galaxy S line. There is enough stuff in the Galaxy S4 for everyone, from the camera modes to software features and additive to Samsung’s own built-in applications. I had talked in great lengthen about numerous new feature son the Galaxy S4, but at its heart it is still a cellphone. To that effect I can say call quality off the SG4 was solid and clear also I was able to cup 16 hours of battery life on heavy use. IN all the question remains, is the Galaxy S4 from Samsung worth buying? My answer is simple. It’s a definite buy!!!!