SAMSUNG Galaxy S4 Review

Samsung unleashed yet again a high end smart phone with all the Features to hit the Market with a Bang. This Model is a competitor to HTC One series of smart phones and IPHONE5, Samsung holding the larger share in the Android OS market surely is trying to capitalize and become the Prime in ANDROID.

Samsung introduced its flagship Galaxy S4 to much fan-fare in New York mid-March, and it’s finally time to assess whether it can improve on its predecessor. It’s a tough task, because the S4 is widely recognised as one of the best Android phones to date.

The Galaxy S4 is cringingly dubbed the “Life Companion”, but thankfully its performance goes a long way to backing this up. Every important component is refreshed and the S4 also retains user friendly features like the removable battery and micro SD slot.

Lets focus more on the New Applications / Technologies loaded into S4 :

Air View is the gesture we’ve found most useful to-date. This gives you the ability to preview content by hovering your finger over messages, pictures and videos. Hover your finger an inch away from the screen and – like magic – the opening lines of the email or text message will appear. It’s quite handy when you’re scrubbing a video as you can see where to skip to.


The “magnifier” is another useful feature when you are browsing web pages – as it enlarges the text you hover over. We found it useful when we wanted to tap on small links.

Air gesture is designed to navigate galleries and answer/reject phone calls. Because this uses the front-facing camera, it requires you to swipe close to the top of the device.

We see limited use cases for Air gesture – during winter when you have gloves on, for example. But as Samsung allows you to increase the sensitivity of the display to work with gloves, this feature is rendered unnecessary.

Smart stay uses the front camera to track your eyes and prevent the display from dimming when you’re looking at it. It’s more consistent than the S3 and it’s useful not having to prod the screen occasionally to make sure it doesn’t fade.


Smart rotation claims to rotate the content screen to adjust to the angle of your eyes, but it’s too niche and we haven’t found the need to use it.

Smart pause is a feature you are likely to show your friends when demonstrating what your handset can really do. When a video is playing and you look away, the screen automatically pauses and continues where it left off when you look back. This is worth having on, if you’re prone to getting distracted on the commute, for example.


Finally, Smart scroll tries to make the web browsing experience more intuitive. Once the device has locked onto your eyes, you can tilt the device backwards and forwards to scroll down a page. This feature is sensitive, which makes it frustrating. You need to tilt the device ever so gently to initiate the scrolling.

If you tilt too much the device needs to lock onto your eyes again. This results in the annoying “eye” symbols popping up onto the middle of the screen every five seconds.

Smart scroll feels like Samsung is trying to replace scrolling with your fingers, when there is no need to do this.



OS: Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean

Processor: 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor

Memory/Storage: 2GB RAM, 16GB, up to 64GB microSD

Screen: 5in Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi

Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80), GPS / GLONAS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)

Other: Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Baromete, Temperature & Humidity, Gesture

Bands: 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz; 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz; 4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets

Camera: 13MP rear with LED flash and autofocus, 2MP front-facing

Battery: 2,400mAh

Size: 137 x 70 x 7.9 mm (WxDxH)

Weight: 130g


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