Samsung Galaxy S4, is it the right phone for you?


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Back in mid-to-late 2010, Samsung was just starting to make its presence known in the Android scene. It released the original Galaxy S, and while it wasn’t a game changer at the time, it started something. Each of the “Big Four” in the US (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint) had their own variant of the device, with standout features that made each one unique to its respective network. Fast-forward a year or so, and the company did it again with the Galaxy S II — only this time the response was much greater. The GSII was, for all intents and purposes, the start of an “Android Revolution.”

Then the real game changer hit the scene: the Galaxy S III. With this device, Samsung did something unprecedented: it released essentially the same device across all four major US networks (plus US Cellular). The only other phone to do something similar was the iPhone, but even its ascent has been much slower. The GSIII literally changed everything. To this day, it is hands down the best-selling Android phone on the planet. That’s in no small part due to the fact that the device is available on multiple networks across the globe and has been largely unchanged by providers.

Enter the Galaxy S4 — Samsung’s successor to the undeniable powerhouse GSIII. With the S4, Samsung has taken everything it learned from the first three Galaxy S devices and applied it into one smartphone. It’s the most powerful device the company as ever released, and it arguably packs more features under the hood than any other smartphone on the planet.

From front to back, top to bottom, and inside and out, the Galaxy S4 is Samsung’s crown jewel. From a hardware aspect, it’s essentially unmatched in the mobile space, packing more speed, juice and usefulness than any other device before it:

  • 5″ 1080p Super AMOLED HD Display (441 PPI)

  • 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor or 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos processor (depending on market)

  • 2GB DDR3 RAM

  • 13MP rear camera, 2MP front

  • 16/32/64GB storage options with microSD card slot

  • Bluetooth 4.0

  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi

  • IR Blaster

  • MHL 2.0

  • Temperature and humidity sensors (aside from the “normal” sensors)

  • 2,600mAh battery

  • 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g

  • Android 4.2.2 with the newest version of NatureUX

What’s even more impressive than the GS4’s hardware list, however, is how it uses said hardware. Take its 5-inch 1080p display, for example — this is the first smartphone display to work with gloves on. While that may seems fairly small initially, it’s actually a major step forward in display usefulness — especially for those who live in cold-weather climates. And that’s just the beginning of what Samsung has done with this device. The camera offers some never-before-seen features, like “Drama shot,” which takes up to 100 photos in four seconds and overlays them into one; “Eraser,” to remove unwanted objects (or people) from shots; “Dual Mode,” which allows users to use both the front and rear cameras simultaneously; and “Sound & Shot,” which captures images with sound — and that’s just to name a few!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Samsung device without its share of “S” and gesture-based features. If you find yourself in a foreign country and are having an issue communicating with the locals, fire up S Translator, which translates nine different languages in real-time. Driving down the road and need to SMS someone? No worries — S Voice Drive has you covered. It can read your messages to you, as well as send your response with nothing more than your voice. S Health — which is one of my personal favorite features of the S4 — will help you get (or stay) in shape with its additional accessories, like the S Band fitness tracker, HRM (heart rate monitor) chest band, and Body Scale. The Galaxy S4 also lets you seamlessly share music, photos, documents, and games with those around you using Group Play, or play the same song on multiple phones using Share Music. Oh, and if you happen to be in the middle of something and your hands are too dirty to grab the phone when a call comes in, simply wave your hand over the display and Air Call Accept will answer and automatically enable speakerphone. Absolutely brilliant.

As good as the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is, though, it’s not the only new kid on the block that’s trying to win your hard-earned dollars. In fact, it faces some pretty stiff competition from Apple’s iPhone 5 and HTC’s One — both of which are impressive devices in their own right. To easier parse what’s different about each device, we’ve put together this handy chart, which highlights the best in each category.

 

So which one is right for you? Galaxy S3? Galaxy S4? iPhone or HTC One? No matter which one you chose we’ve got protective options for every lifestyle. Start shopping and protect your  new constant companion to survive the ride that is your life.



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