Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

Word on the street is that the next big thing is here – Let’s see what all the hype is about with the Samsung Galaxy S4 – Samsung’s most recent foray into the world of smart phones.

Let’s talk about hardware; it’s got a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen, a superfast quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB RAM, LTE, NFC, and a 13MP camera. It also has a beefy 2600mAh battery, and an IR emitter.

Software; some of the coolest features ever reside in this little magic box. Make no mistake; however, these “features” are nothing more than gimmicks, because they simply aren’t practical (probably)

Features

There’s the parade of camera tricks that cram action shots into one scene, use both front and back cameras, and film a video in slow-mo. The Samsun Galaxy S4 can scan your eyeballs to know when to pause video, which is cool, but also very Orwellian. It can answer a phone call with the wave of your hand, which made me feel like a magician, until the guy next to me thought I was casting a spell or something. Unlike the HTC One and the iPhone 5, it also piles on expandable storage space and a removable battery (ok this feature is awesome)

 

Screen-

The 5-inch 1080p HD display yields a pixel density of 441ppi, which is higher than Apple’s 321ppi screen and lower than the HTC One’s 468ppi screen. In the end, I’m not sure how much these pixel density wars matter, but the eye doesn’t know numbers. It does, however, understand if an image looks rich and sharp and detailed, or like an 8 bit Mario from the 80’s.

There’s also an LED indicator at the top left corner. This will glow or blink green, red, or blue to indicate certain activities. The great thing about this is that other applications can further enhance that LED’s capabilities to provide a wide range of signals for you.

Lock Screen

In the Galaxy S4, the lock screen has become a more customizable place. You’ll still choose if you swipe to unlock or use a passcode or face scan, and you can still add and order lock screen icons that serve as shortcuts to the camera, search, and your contacts.There’s also a nice new lock screen effect: Light. With Air View enabled, a point of light follows your fingertip as you hover over the display.

Preinstalled apps AKA Bloatware

Because this is a pet peeve of mine, I will spend a little time talking about it. AT&T loaded the Galaxy S4 up with a ton of extra services and apps that most people will never use. By my count, there are nine AT&T-branded apps or apps with AT&T partnerships preinstalled on the phone, many of them located on the home screen when you turn on the phone for the first time.

There’s no way to truly delete the apps unless you root it and take special steps to do so. The average user is stuck with what they give you. AT&T and other carriers lock down the Galaxy S4 so you can’t uninstall their apps even if you want to. Now add that to all the heat Samsung took when it was discovered all the extra software features in the Galaxy S4 take up nearly half the memory in the 16 GB model, leaving users with a tiny amount of space to add their own apps, games, videos, and music. The phone is completely bloated with unnecessary software and gimmicky tricks. While this is nothing wrong with the phone, it is a problem that most users will run into.

The Samsung Galaxy S4, like most of Samsung’s products recently, seems to have hit home with their functionality vs. price vs. personality.  Overall, it’s a success.

Author Bio: Jason Phillips is an avid gamer as well as a freelance writer.  He has a great interest in games, technology and gadgets. His site for online gaming is also getting popularity in gaming field. The site is Tom and Jerry Games 365 and you can get all your favorite Tom and Jerry games at the site.

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