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Review: Samsung Galaxy S 4 for AT&T

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Replying to:  Hardware??? by Zpike   May 10, 2013, 11:49 AM

Re: Hardware???

by Eric M. Zeman (Moderator)    May 10, 2013, 2:54 PM

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 the processor, the memory, and other, under-the-hood hardware considerations such as that. We're talking about people with graduate degrees. They want to know if the screen looks good, if the camera works well, if the battery life is OK, and, maybe, if their favorite apps are available for that particular device.

In terms of aesthetic hardware elements taking a backseat to functional ones, I'd say you're only half right. The aesthetic element is more forward-facing to most people, so we write about it in-depth. It's the part of the phone you access and interface with 150 times a day. This was critical back when each and every phone presented a unique physical profile. It still is, but perhaps less so than when we were reviewing only feature phones. However, we call out the functional elements in every review that we write. The camera, battery, screen, the memory card -- that is all mentioned and reviewed.

Speaking personally, I simply won't buy a phone (or anything) that feels cheap to me. I like quality stuff. (Believe me, this is a costly affliction.) A big piece of quality, even if it is more perceived than real, is how things feel when you use them in your hand. There is a distinct difference here with every phone I touch. They each illicit a different tactile response. Touch provides important, visceral, even animalistic feedback that we as humans rely on day in and day out. I can't touch the processor. I can't touch the memory module. I can't touch the baseband.

I've used the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 side-by-side every day for the last month. There's no doubt the GS4 is a technological marvel. It is the best phone to come from Samsung, period. I have no hesitation in saying that. At the end of the day, however, I prefer the complete experience that the One gives me more than the experience that the GS4 gives me.

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