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The Samsung Galaxy SIII has become one of the most well-known and liked phones on the market. In fact, if you forget about that one smartphone maker based out of California, the SIII would be the world’s best selling Smartphone in the world. But now it’s time to follow it up and expectations are sky-high for the Galaxy S4. While it largely does deliver on the promise of its predecessor, the GS4 finds itself stumbling over its own feet at the finish line, held back largely by flaws that flat out don’t need to be there. 

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The first thing you see when you look at this phone is the bigger and better screen. The GS4 features a slightly larger screen than the SIII, growing from 4.8 inches to 5.0 inches. This paired up with the fact the phone is thinner, narrower, and easier to grip is quite the achievement. The GS4 features 441 pixels per inch on its AMOLED screen, a screen that uses no battery power to project black on screen. The screen is also bright enough that text, which is super sharp due to the high ppi, is easily readable even in bright light situations. The GS4 runs on Android 4.2.2 and its 1.9 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600, aka, the same processor in the HTC One(but more on that later).

The GS4 features a very high quality 13 megapixel camera on the backside. The GS4 is in fact at or near the top of its class when capturing images in broad daylight. The phone does falter though when the sun goes down. The second camera, a front facing one, is a 2 megapixel shooter. 

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Worth mentioning as well is the battery life. The GS4 has one of the best batteries released in a phone this year. This is partly due to that AMOLED screen I told you about earlier and the large battery. The GS4 features a 2600mAh battery, which outpaces the battery on its sure to be rival, the HTC One, which clocks in at 2300mAh. All in all, this phone is great, but remember what I said about this phone tripping over its own feet? Well, we are at the finish line of this review so, brace yourselves.

The GS4 ships with a series of new features that frankly, screw up a really good thing. They range from grasping at mediocrity to downright awful. These include a lot of the fancy gesture and facial based controls where you can control your phone without touching it. While they sound fancy, they are inarticulate and bumbled and are really only useful if you have a peanut allergy and decided to coat your smartphone in Skippys. Otherwise, they are best turned off forever. Also, this phone ships with something called Multi Window. This works essentially like an app drawer. Tap it, and out pop your apps. Sounds useful. Except for when the tab for this app is constantly visible. Watching a video? there’s a tab. Taking photos? Watch out for that tab! It really is astonishing that something that could be this annoying was left in a finished product. And lastly, this phone is by no means a tortoise, but even though it features a lot of the same specs as the superior HTC One, and better specs than phones like Sony's Xperia, it routinely struggles to keep up with its biggest competitors.

So that’s that. The GS4 is a very solid phone plagued by a few missteps in practical application. Streamline a few things, patch a few apps, and you have the makings of a very strong phone. Until then, the GS4 lays prone before the finish line.


Pros

-An improved screen

-Top of the line camera

-Long lasting battery

 

Cons

-Unintelligent apps

-”Multi Window”

-Slow performance

 

Specs

Weight : 130 Grams

Size : 136.6x69.8x7.9mm

Screen : 5.0 Inches

O.S. : Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Camera : 13 Megapixel front, 2 Megapixel back



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