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IMBACK20's review of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (GSM)

original version, submitted May 2, 2013, 11:01 AM:

My first impressions

Just picked up this phone yesterday after jonesing all month for it. i have followed the galaxy progression of phones since rejoining att about a year ago. went from the S2 skyrocket to the S3 and now the S4. my primary comparison will be to the S3. Have not had an opportunity to fully dig into the phone and play with it but some things jumped out at me right away. and here they are...

The screen is very sharp. colors are vibrant and jump right out. even photos taken on my S3 (8.0 megapixel cam) seem sharper and crisper on the S4. and photos taken on the S4 itself? fuggetaboutit!. lol. captures the intended target of the photo very well but also captures background items well (digi alarm clock showed clear as day).

Touch screen is nice and responsive. hovering your finger over the screen to get info on a widget or preview an email is pretty cool. also love that the stock keyboard adds a number bar (0-9) above the keyboard, removing the need to switch to symbol mode to enter some passwords and email addys. makes the typing experience more seamless and fluid.

The Watchon app with the infrared remote is a welcome feature. amazed it took them this long to add a remote feature to smartphones.

Android 4.2.2 seems more refined then 4.1 on s3. the settings menu is redesigned into a tabbed format which can throw off some but is easy to get used to. the drop box is much more customizable, allowing you to add and remove quick toggles. it seems to really be designed with user customization in mind. also re-added is the ability to use custom text alerts for individual contacts, a feature available on the S2 skyrocket, missing on S3, Back on s4.

VERY thin. compared to the s3 this thing is at least half as thick. then again i have an otterbox on the s3 and i refuse to remove it. so i do not know for sure.

Battery life seems decent, though i have not had adequate opportunity to test it.

To be continued...

edited May 2, 2013, 11:09 AM to the current version:

My first impressions

Just picked up this phone yesterday after jonesing all month for it. i have followed the galaxy progression of phones since rejoining att about a year ago. went from the S2 skyrocket to the S3 and now the S4. my primary comparison will be to the S3. Have not had an opportunity to fully dig into the phone and play with it but some things jumped out at me right away. and here they are...

The screen is very sharp and vibrant. photos taken on my S3 (8.0 megapixel cam) seem sharper and crisper on the S4. and photos taken on the S4 itself? fuggetaboutit!.

Touch screen is nice and responsive. hovering your finger over the screen to get info on a widget or preview an email is pretty cool. also love that the stock keyboard adds a number bar (0-9) above the keyboard, removing the need to switch to symbol mode to enter passwords and email addys. makes the typing experience more seamless and fluid.

The infrared remote is a welcome feature. found my TV just fine. DVD player was found but doesn;t control it very well. needs the ability to enter specific model numbers for devices.

Android 4.2.2 seems more refined then 4.1 on s3. the settings menu is redesigned into a tabbed format which can throw off some but is easy to get used to. the drop box is much more customizable, allowing you to add and remove quick toggles. it seems to really be designed with user customization in mind. also re-added is the ability to use custom text alerts for individual contacts, a feature available on the S2 skyrocket, missing on S3, Back on s4.

VERY thin. compared to the s3 this thing is at least half as thick. then again i have an otterbox on the s3 and i refuse to remove it. so i do not know for sure.

Battery life seems decent, though i have not had adequate opportunity to stress test it.

Speaker is louder than S3.

1.9 Quadcore makes multi tasking a breeze. no lag while running at least 8 apps at a time.

a decent improvement over the S3. Highly Recomend it.

 

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