Samsung Galaxy S4: A Tough Competition For The Competitors

Samsung Galaxy S4

Price, unnecessary, new and useful features, technical characteristics, advantages and disadvantages compared to the competition … What you should know before you buy – or not – the Samsung Galaxy S4.


The new high-end Smartphone from Samsung, the successor of Galaxy S3 which has sold over 41 million copies worldwide, will be sold 679 euros in a single 16GB version, 4G-compatible in the European market.

The S4 is an improved version of S3, without much innovation brought to the model, but of good quality and performance. Not surprisingly, it will surely delight fans of trendy gadgets and those seeking a high-end Android Smartphone. But for those who already have an S3 for example, compared with the HTC One may be worth it.

On the design side, the screen S4 is almost imperceptibly larger than the S3 (5 inches instead of 4.8), without increasing the device since it is on the margins that the screen has grown in size. The resolution is improved from 720 x 1280 to 1080 × 1920, with a resolution of 441 dpi instead of 306…

The device is thinner (7.9 mm) and slightly more rectangular. The material of the shell does not change, it’s still plastic. This can make it look a little less S4 upscale than the HTC One, aluminum, or Sony Xperia Z which uses glass. That said, this allows it to be lighter than its competitors (130 g). Galaxy S4 is available in black or white.

Many “Gadgets”

Samsung has developed the set of features available without tactile interaction. The S3 already left the lights (with some hiccups) screen when the user looking at the screen, even if he/she does not touch. The S4 goes further. It is for example able to pause a video if the head is diverted. It also scrolls alone if the head or the phone is tilted.

The “Air View” function to scroll by using the gesture from the bottom up or top down, but without touching the screen, just approaching hand very closely, or even preview images in motion video playing if the finger on the timeline approach to a different location on the dipstick. This is the same functionality as the Note 2, which uses the stylus. However, to scroll, it is faster to touch the screen (because the Air View does not work every time), so the air-view is the only way to access the preview, which also applies to calendar or mails.

But these gestures order defects. First, they do not work in all applications, only in native applications from Samsung and Android. Then you do not get 100% success. Finally, the interest may be limited. For example, it is possible to answer a call by swiping the screen without touching the hand, which can be used to respond when your hands are dirty. But once we landed, must still be able to activate the speaker or enter the hands-free…

The Extras

The context menu that appears when you select text on a page to copy and paste for example, is lighter and offers a new built-in feature, automatic translation text and voice. Practice as we have an internet connection (the software is in the cloud), and all reservations that include web translators such as Google Translate.

Galaxy S4 has also enriched the “Optical Reader” feature, which allows for example to call by scanning a card on which is written a phone number. So many new, nice but cannot alone make a difference to purchase.

Photo/Video: More Fun Than Pure Performance

The camera goes from 8 to 13 megapixels. It allows you to add filters, create a variety of animated GIFs, and photo albums. Different capture modes are also more accessible than ever before. The “Dual Camera” function is fun: it simultaneously captures two images superimposed (in the picture or video), with front and rear sensors, thus displays thrombin Photographer inset in the picture.

It is also possible to record sound when taking a picture thumbnail to capture the mood of the moment. But in terms of pure picture quality tests published by specialized websites conclude that the device is not good enough in low light, especially compared to Sony Xperia Z or HTC One.

Galaxy S4 Competes

The latest Samsung is often placed in front of the HTC One, also on Android, with good reason. Launched in April, the high-end Smartphone that rivals the most with the Galaxy S4, although one could also consider the Sony Xperia Z in the selection. The comparison with the iPhone 5 is less valid because the Apple model is more than the previous generation, that of S3.

More Features

The Galaxy features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 600 quad-core 1.9 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM, which makes the high performance to run 3D games and other demanding applications terminal. This processing power is very useful to run two applications simultaneously, a feature found recently to Note 8 inch Tablet from Samsung.

S4 also borrows Air Preview the series score. Pointing his finger a few inches from the screen, you can view the contents of files, emails and messages without opening them.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Reviews

Galaxy S4

The design of the Galaxy S4 is a bit disappointing. Compared to HTC One and Apple iPhone 5, the S4 is more rustic. It does not have that aluminum body which gives a high-end look to its competitors. “The phone is far from ugly,” said one of my colleague, “but I would have preferred that Samsung used something other than plastic for the chassis.” Fortunately, he says, these design flaws are caught by the functionality and features of the mobile.

“It’s pretty neat, but I do not think too much use Air Preview, because simply opening and closing files is often faster than waiting for previewing,. Galaxy S4 also offers hands-free Air Gesture control which allows you to scroll pages, flick through photos in the Gallery, and answer the phone simply by passing your hand over the Samsung logo above the screen.

Want To Take Things Further?

“Finally, I have not misused the Air Gesture function because it allows you to control the phone without having to touch it, which is quite welcome when you have wet hands or dirty.” It’s not a bad trade so far, so just buy it from Amazon and get ready to show off…!

Galaxy Tab 8.9 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Galaxy Tablet 8.9 Rocks

At the heart of a patent battle between Apple and Samsung, the small Galaxy Tab 8.9 is struggling to find its place in the home. It is in this complex context where some countries or regions of the world will never taste the pleasure of owning one, that writing tablet touch screen offers its watchful eyes on this little gem.

Just before starting this test, remember that there are a multitude of products in the Galaxy Tabs. Starting with the first name: Galaxy Tab (P1000), followed by the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (P7510) and Galaxy Tab 8.9 (P7310) – the one we tested – finally here the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (the true successor of the Galaxy Tab first name).


The Galaxy Tablet 8.9 is the second generation of Samsung touch pad, it is a tablet comprising a beautiful 8.9 inch TFT screen (with a resolution of 1280 × 800), with at its heart a processor 2 1GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and the usual wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, a Bluetooth 3.0, but no USB port.

With the overall design of the Galaxy Tablet 8.9 (and 10.1 per well), Samsung is betting grace and harmony. It’s beautiful, pleasant to the touch even if it’s mostly plastic shell the tablet gives an impression of rigidity in hand.

At first glance, all components of the system were redesigned the interface is in white and gray, which contrasts with the black and blue of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. And nothing but the color change brings some clarity in the display. It’s stupid but very simple. Anything but ultra simple beast: Samsung touch of a button allows making screenshots; it is very convenient especially here in Galaxy Tablet 8.9!


As usual on an Android tablet, you can afford to do everything as the processor and RAM stand. Surf the internet, read a book, watch a video (Samsung tablets among the few tablets that can play almost all exist formats except 1080p high-profile video) or send an e-mail are the basic usages of a tablet and Galaxy Tablet 8.9 supports very well.

Moreover, to enhance the use of the unique Tab 8.9, Samsung has created five hubs offering many additional uses. These hubs are focused applications. Kids Hub: true hub for children (as the name suggests), they can find content from mainly Nickelodeon. Episodes of their favorite cartoons, games such as the famous “dot connecting” Dora the Explorer, puzzles to solve, etc.

Pros and Cons

galaxy tab 8.9


  • Harmony of the design
  • TouchWiz 4
  • Hubs created by Samsung
  • good battery life


  • The lack of physical connection: yes and when testing the Thrive 10 just before, this is a point that seems missing.
  • Galaxy 8.9 is synchronized with Samsung Kies, iTunes-house Korean brand.
  • The classification of applications is completely anarchic.


Nomadic or sedentary, that’s the whole point of this Samsung Galaxy Tablet 8.9. It is capable of taking both types of uses. Thin and light and with a very good screen (and a good resolution), it will accompany you in your desire for multimedia.

Finally, Galaxy Tab 8.9 is a good tablet, it’s just a shame that it is at the center of a conflict as great as that between Samsung to Apple.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Focuses All the Attention

Samsung Galaxy S3 Black

It bears the burden of replacing the undisputed star of Smartphone sales in 2011: Galaxy SII. A few months after the release of HTC X One, which got amazed by its screen and its performance, and before I know whether the iPhone 5 will be able to take a step ahead in terms of technology … it is time to give you my impressions of the, which has sold 10 million copies in just two months on the market.

The Discovery of Samsung Galaxy S3

To be honest, after attending the unveiling of Galaxy S3 made in London in May, I was a bit skeptical about finishing “plastic”. Unpacking my copy (white), I recover the shiny plastic but my doubts are raised because all that side has not “cheap” I knew the Galaxy SII. It was therefore used to this that the addition of ceramic “Hyperglass” in the manufacture of the hull.

Of course, discovering the Galaxy S3, you immediately notice the giant screen of 4.8˝ but the effect of “Wow” was somewhat reduced by the fact that I have tested the HTC One X (0.1˝ less) a few weeks ago. From that side, if you’ve never had a Smartphone XXL hands, believe me it is really another world compared to iPhone 4S with screen caps to 3.5”.

The Design

Design aside, the Galaxy S3 once in hand, you can better understand the slogan of Samsung “inspired by nature”. In fact, the Smartphone resembles a roller whose curves are never disturbed by any edge. Here and for me it is a good point, you note a real break with the rather angular design of its predecessor.


samsung galaxy s3

Yet extremely thin (8.6 mm), the grip is excellent for a large Smartphone, its better than the One X on the plan, which may tend to slide hands … Like what “mat” does not mean “slip”. With 133g on the scales, the Galaxy S3 is not a featherweight but it seems really light.

Front, you immediately notice that the center button “home” has been preserved. This shows that Samsung S3 has not let Google dictate the recommendations regarding the terminals integrating Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Choice more questionable, there is left a “menu” button on the right and the “back” button. This may simply handed the car placed near the thumb, but it’s a little confusing at first.

The S3 will benefit not built-in menus for applications not to duplicate to the detriment of quick access to multitasking (it will always do a long press “Home” to change application). Both touch buttons respond very well, perhaps too well, because the use is not uncommon to operate unintentionally despite their distance from the bottom of the touch screen. S to launch Voice, you will need to double pressing the home button.


In conclusion, the Galaxy S3 is a Smartphone damn efficient for everyday tasks and more efficient when requested. So yes, in my opinion, it does not shine by its fancy menus and design consensual lack of identity but daily use is very pleasant. I found no bugs, which is rare when testing a Smartphone like Samsung Galaxy S3.

To summarize, I would say that the main quality of this innovative smartphone is the user experience and the fact of not having a real failure.

Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0: A True Entrant Tablet Budget

samsung galaxy tab 2 7.0

Enter the Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0

With an equally attractive building and lowered some specifications in the Galaxy Tab2 7.0 gives us almost everything we liked Samsung’s 7-inch tablet last, flows into the latest version and operating system Google Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, then lower the price tag.

Design and Build

With the exception of a bezel that extends beyond the top and bottom edges of the device, the construction of the Tab2 7.0 is almost identical to the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The only other difference is that the Tab2 7.0 has no speaker located in the upper part of the front of the device, but it is not a significant loss, which can be found on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus may be used only for VoIP calls. However, these complaints are relatively small users, especially those who are fans of small form-factor tablets will be pleased with the Galaxy Tab2 7.0, lightweight and slim.

Display and Speakers

With a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, the screen 7-inch Galaxy Tab2 7.0 is not the electrifying handset. Through grainy pictures, and even more brightness settings screen is not particularly bright and may suffer from glare. And visual hand is not particularly strong the colors do not pop at all especially compared with the recent Galaxy Tab 7.7 and AMOLED Super Plus display.

On the positive side, the display is not much of a drain on the battery, since it is not particularly bright or powerful and sensitivity, fortunately, is not a problem with the screen is perfectly responsive.

Under the hood, the Galaxy Tab2 7.0 sports a dual-core 1 GHz processor. It may not be a total power, and in this day and age, where manufacturers of tablets are migrating to quad-core processors, this may seem disappointing to some. To be honest, there is not much that the casual user will feel compelled to do on their tablet that would require much more processing power than that.

galaxy tab 2 7.0


Selection app pre-loaded on the Galaxy Tab2 7.0 is a relatively flat standard, including YouTube, Peel Smart Remote, Kindle, Netflix, Samsung and various “hubs” for games, music, media, and applications – that are just aggregators. In terms of productivity, there are some decent options, including Polaris Office, a photo editing software, and a video editing application.

Some of the most intriguing offerings include AllShare, which is an application that allows DLNA sharing with other DLNA-compatible devices. I always found the Samsung DLNA sharing is always well implemented in their products (including via AllShare), and it is surprisingly easy to set up multiple connections between my PCs, tablets, and even my TV via DLNA.

Connectivity and Cameras

The Galaxy Tab2 7.0 is a Wi-Fi only, no carriers to offer a 3G or 4G data connection. But it’s probably for the better because it helps keep the point of falling prices and it is one less thing to drain the battery. Establish a Wi-Fi network with the existing (and Bluetooth) through Android is a breeze, do not worry about running into roadblocks here. And connections have always been well maintained, I have never experienced a sudden disconnection or switching between multiple networks that are within range (a problem I’ve had with other Android tablets before).

Galaxy Tab 2 – Discover the Innovation

samsung galaxy tab 2

Experience the Ultimate Entertainment with Exciting Features

Galaxy Tab N incorporates the family characteristics Tab N. Family Tab 2 does not change too much. Galaxy 2 has a processor Texas Instruments (TI) dual-core processor, 16 GB of memory, a 1280 x 800 Plane Line Switching (PLS) and a 3G modem Evolved High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA+).

10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2 has an excellent finish, as was already the case with the previous generation. It remains true that the plastic body remains below a Uni-body enclosure polycarbonate or aluminum. The tablet weighs 10.1 inches 585 grams (1.3 pounds), which is respectable with a reception module 3G.


Compared to the Galaxy 7.0 N, not much has changed for the outstanding display Galaxy 2. Samsung offers a screen house here PLS 1280 x 800. Version uses a 7-inch 1024 x 600 screen and both are in the format 4:10 p.m. The surface is perhaps not as smooth as the previous one.


At this level, little has changed. Tab 2 still has a processor 1 GHz dual-core. But it is a processor Texas Instruments (TI) OMAP 4430 graphics card with a Power SGX540 unlike the platform from Nvidia. The OMAP 4430 is often used in the Samsung tabs. With 1 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, the result is a bit limiting. But Samsung has kept the slot microSD, allowing expansion to 32 GB. There is no port USB or HDMI is still limited to a headphone port + a proprietary interface. This allows you to load and exchange data with the device via USB. It is possible to connect a HDMI adapter.


One of the strong points of the machine, Samsung Tab, is the support of Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). This iteration of the Android OS promises a perfect blend of tablet interfaces and Smartphone. Despite the promise of compatibility with Samsung Apps 4 for other Galaxy … Tab 2 is the only one to offer full support in Android 4.0.

The screenshot function native Android 4.0 is not new for users of Samsung Tabs. The Galaxy 2 allows you to capture a small utility with well-placed features and functions. Slightly better than the solution, that Google is to press the power button and volume down for a second.

Communication and GPS

Unlike the competition, Samsung avoids APPELLATIONS “Wi-Fi + 3G” and suggests that the device is made to have the Wi-Fi and 3G. It remains true that Samsung offers another Wi-Fi version of the Tab 2 without SIM card slot.

In both cases, the Samsung Tab WiFi module supports two standards 802.11b/g/n. But no antenna supports the band 2.4 GHz band and not much less crowded 5 GHz. In our tests, the module Wi-Fi running smoothly. With a DSL connection and a 16 + Fritz box 7390, was captured at 10.78 Mbit/s with a flow amount of 1 Mbit/s.

Camera And Multimedia

galaxy tab 2

The Samsung Tablet has two cameras other than the previous models. This is a step back here. The camera does not always 3.2 megapixels and the front camera is 2.0 megapixels passed a resolution of 0.3 megapixels. This is barely enough for Skype, plus LED flash has been removed.

Input Devices and Controls

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is not very different from the previous. As such, it has no more buttons than the power button and the volume. This poses no problem for daily use. The touch screen is very sensitive. Scrolling is flawless. But here we are really fussy. Users remain very pleased with the controls provided by the 10.1-inch version of the Samsung Tablet 2.