The Galaxy S4

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galaxyHaving dethroned Apple right off the crown by introducing the Galaxy S3, and following the domination up with another masterpiece phone, the Galaxy Note 2, the expectations for the Galaxy S4 were as hefty as they come. There were all types of rumors in the market, with different people having different ideas as to what Samsung has up its sleeve. The phone finally came out in mid-2013.  Here we take a look at how well it does and whether or not it is a worthy successor of the S series.


Putting together the S4 and its predecessor the S3 instantly illuminates the obvious design changes between the two. Samsung has really toned up its new flagship phone by cutting down on the bezel and making room for a bigger screen, while at the same time, slimmed the phone down to 7.9mm. While this makes the S4 extremely attractive, Samsung is yet to distance itself from its plastic bodies. Holding the phone makes you realize that while the body is not flimsy by any means, in competition with aluminum and steel bodies, we all expected better.


Overtime, Samsung has really taken the battle to its competitors when it comes to producing amazing quality touchscreens. With its new phone, Samsung retains the tradition, equipping its latest flagship phone with a 1080p 5 inch Super AMOLED screen, with 441ppi, made of Gorilla Class 3. To further its appeal, there is a robust graphics chip which ensures that the quality, detail and sharpness of this phone is of the highest quality. This enhancement becomes visible as soon as you turn on your phone. I was quite blown off by the quality of the screen, which is arguably the best in the industry.


While I expected Samsung to launch its octa-core processor with the S4, to my disappointment, it was not there. However, Samsung backed it up by showing how it has much more to offer before it makes the switch to the octa-core processor. It does so by fortifying its new flagship phone with a Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.9 GHz processor, and 2GB RAM. With such an engine, this phone is a powerhouse, allowing smooth functioning of games, videos, browsing and just about everything.


Equipped with a gigantic 13 MP back camera, and a 2 MP front camera, Samsung’s latest allow for HD video recording of 1080p. But is this camera just another pixel size enhancement on the previous Samsung 8 MP cameras? Modes like Dual-Shot, Drama Mode, Best Face, Eraser Mode, and others certainly do not think so, coming together and allowing you a camera experience which is not just about high quality images, but with a blend of unique creativity. Your camera is app is no longer a requirement but an app to have fun with.


While it comes with a hoard of software improvements, its sensors were what caught my eye. These include sensors like Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, Air Gestures, Smart Call Accept, and Air View. These sensors allow for a touchscreen experience like never before, allowing the phone to be operated without any touch at all. Whether you want to scroll up and down, pause a video, accept a call, or change songs, all of it could be done with a wave of your hand.


Before it was introduced, we all recognized the fact that any successor of a phone like the Galaxy S3 would have enormous shoes to fill and expectations to live up to. When Samsung finally introduced its latest masterpiece, I was more than satisfied and can confidently say that this smartphone is amongst the very best in the industry, not just standing up to the legacy of its predecessor but expanding boundaries. For those considering switching to Samsung, there is no better starting point.

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