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.
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 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.
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
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.
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“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…!