Monday, June 10, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

I've said goodbye to my Motorola Droid Bionic late last week. While it was still in great working condition, I found that it was just too slow for my current needs. The 4.1 update on the Droid Bionic really seemed to bog the poor phone down. It was time for a new phone, so I went with the Samsung Galaxy S4.

To be honest, there aren't a lot of features on the Samsung Galaxy S4 that you won't find on comparable smart phones. What initially attracted me to the Samsung Galaxy S4 is its 5 inch display that boasts full HD resolution. It's pretty sad that my smartphone screen has better color rendition that my current computer monitors. And the screen performs really well in the sunlight, which is new to me, after having struggled pointlessly with various iterations of Motorola screens in the past.

The Samsung Galaxy S4, along with 16GB on board also has removable storage (64 GB available via micro-SD card) which you won't find on the HTC One. I've gone on about removable storage before, and whether or not that's an important feature to you is a matter of personal preference. For me, removable storage is an absolute must/

I find the Samsung Galaxy S4 to be very lightweight. Almost TOO lightweight. There's a lot of plastic on this phone which initially troubled me, especially when I discovered how cheap the back cover felt. Aren't most higher-end smart phones made of metal these days? The Samsung Galaxy S4 feels so light, I was worried I would accidentally tear it. Slapping an Otterbox on it has given the device enough heft for me to feel comfortable carrying the phone around.

The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a 13 megapixel shooter with an f/2.2 aperture. The camera on the HTC One goes in a different direction, focusing on having larger pixels on the sensor. Shutterbugs who are more dedicated to the art than I am will no doubt compare and contrast the cameras on both phones, so you'll have to find a more in-depth analysis elsewhere. All I can say is, I'm satisfied with the color depth and the definition offered by the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4. And you will be too. Especially if you're just taking normal pictures.

There are a number of other bells and whistles that are offered on the phone, such as an IR port, smart scroll, Near Field Communication and screen mirroring, but I doubt that their inclusion alone would be enough to say people into buying the phone. Bottom line here is, The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a solid phone that, while it does have a few disadvantages, it's likely a purchase you'll be satisfied with should you decide to take the plunge.  

1 comment:

  1. I'm considering an S4 as well... or a One... or one of the obnoxiously large Note 2s (would be nice to have a large screen for business purposes). Also, I'm glad I discovered your blog. I shall now dig through the depths of your brillance as I avoid work for a bit.