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Review: Samsung Galaxy S 4 for AT&T

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May 10, 2013, 7:22 PM

I Just Don't Get It

---"Though it clearly makes gains over the GS3 in terms of quality, it doesn't go far enough to compete with the superb build of devices such as the HTC One and Apple iPhone 5"---

I've used cellphones for over 27 years and have never once had a problem with MPM(Molded Polycarbonate Material). While I may understand the wish for better materials by some individuals, MPM doesn't seem to be effecting sales of the Galaxy. In fact, a recent poll of smartphone users on another site, gave 52% to those that prefer to have plastic if it means retaining removable batteries.

This tells me that less push should be on metal alloy phones until it can incorporate best of both worlds. Manufacturers should pay attention to this.

And while we are on...
Slammer said:

I'm disappointed that phone geeks don't look further at the landscape. You are a musician Eric. How inconvenient would it be to have your battery short for wireless transmitter with no way to swap it out. Or how wou
First of all I would say that MPM is a BETTER material than a metal phone. There is a reason and that is because metal blocks radio signals more than MDM!!!

Also once upon a time people said they would not buy a car with fiberglass bumpers. Um. ...
It's that it creaks like crazy and has backlash when gripped tightly after a couple weeks of usage. I haven't had a phone feel this flimsy since my first-generation Sprint PCS phone from 2004. This isn't acceptable anymore and hasn't been since the Mo...

May 10, 2013, 11:49 AM


Why is it that Phonescoop's notion of hardware always seems to be limited to the construction materials of the enclosure/case? And while this is one form of hardware, it is usually a menial aspect of hardware for the rest of the technological community. Usually when we talk about hardware we mean the processor, memory, screen, camera, memory card slot, and other elements that comprise the main physical architecture of the device. But the aesthetic elements, enclosure/case, buttons, paint job, etc., although technically hardware themselves, usually take a back seat to the functional ones.

For instance, if I said that Asus uses better hardware than Dell, I wouldn't mean that I think the case is really slick and that I like the keyboard and...
Although you make a good point and it does make sense when reviewing a electronic device it is kinda pointless to do so when you are reviewing cell phones such as the Galaxy S4 when they are offered across all networks. The hardware is virtually the s...
100% agree...

Too many people caught up on this... Not to mention the difference in exterior build quality is much less significant than before. Weight and feel of the One and S4 are not as far off as usual, and if you drop either phone, you are p...
Thanks for the feedback. It's always appreciated.

We've put a lot of thought into what we cover and in what detail.

Phones are devices you hold in your hand and manipulated frequently throughout the day. That's just one of the factors that makes...
Zpike - The big thing you're missing here is that Phone Scoop doesn't write reviews for the technological community. We write reviews that average Janes and Joes can understand. Most of the people I know in the real world don't give a rat's a&& about ...

May 14, 2013, 11:33 PM

Vibrate- other user feedback?

The Phone Scoop reviewer gave the vibrate a so-so review with the caveat that he missed a few texts. Does anyone who owns this have anything to add?
I am coming from a Galaxy Nexus, which had plenty of vibrate power for me. I actually bought a Nexus 4 last week but the vibrate is pathetic (otherwise a great phone though). I like to keep the phone on vibrate at work and when out and about, so having a decent vibrate is an important feature for me.
I'm thinking about returning the N4 and getting back on contract to get the S4 and get LTE speeds but was hoping some other people could comment.
I suppose I could go to the store and play with the phone, but I prefer real world feedback.

May 14, 2013, 2:54 AM

Will the AT&T Phone work Internationally?

So confused here...I was given the S4 AT&T version as a gift. I need to use this phone in the UK and would also like to tether my laptop to the S4's data plan. Should I get the AT&T version with world roaming? Or should I just sign up with a UK carrier, but if so, does the AT&T version work with UK carriers?
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