A review of Samsung Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 was available in the UK market since April 2013. Retailing at the price of £580 with no contract, it is the serious competitor of the iPhone. What are the advantages of owning the latest phone gadget from Samsung and what are the common issues surrounding it?

The review

  • Design

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a tad lighter than the Samsung 3. At first glance, it is difficult to tell the S4 from the S3, but the S4 is thinner than its predecessor. It weighs a reasonable 130 grams which is lighter than the Xperia or HTC. It is a big phone that will require you to do a lot of hand-stretching, but you’ll get the hang of it.

  • Screen display

The Samsung Galaxy S4 simply wows boasting of crisp and bright pictures. With an outstanding resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, this is easily achieved and with a large screen to boot, viewing mails, watching videos or reading web pages are comfortable and pleasant experiences.

  • Performance

The phone has a 5-inch full HD screen. The phone is equipped with a mighty quad-core processor making it blazing fast. It features 2GB of RAM, a 13mp camera and 4G connectivity. There’s a micro-USB port, micro-SD slot and a 3.5-mm headphone jack. It is sold with 8GB, 16GB and 32GB storage space. A list of extras is also available with the phone for some useful applications that will improve productivity. Enjoy the AirView, AirGesture, and SmartPause. AirView lets you control the phone by waving in front of it, but this only works on certain applications. It also tracks eye movements. Look away while watching a video and it will use the SmartPause feature ensuring you’ll not miss the highlights. AirView will let you look at pages without opening an app or by just hovering around the pages.

  • Criticism

- Plastic parts

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a plastic design giving the impression that it looks like a cheap phone. Hence, no one can actually tell you have the latest gadget since the plastic parts are off-putting.

- Bloatware

Owners also complain that pre-installed apps and OS take a lot of its memory. Hence, if you have an 16GB phone, you’re only going to have 8.69GB of memory.

- Ease of use

The S4 is not the most straightforward phone to use. You have to take the time to get to know it and for those who can’t be bothered with this, then the iPhone or Nokia is an easier experience.

Customisation possibilities

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S4 provides oodles of possibilities to customise your phone especially if you like tinkering and max out capabilities. On the downside, fiddling with its seemingly unending apps and tabs might just put you in a jam or at worse leave you with a phone where you can’t even find the call function.

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