...is it too much phone?
The Samsung Galaxy S4 became available late last month and I don't know
about you but I would love to have one of these as my daily device.
Why? Well why the heck not!? I could get into all the great features but
that would take forever so lets go through a short list of specs, or
not so short.
Design and Size
The S4 is thin, very thin for a phone of its strength and only 0.3mm
thicker the the ever so slender iPhone 5. It is very light by design due
to its plastic, no wait, polycarbonate shell and its only 1.1mm taller
and 1.9mm wider than the once popular Samsung Galaxy Nexus, despite its
The technology is no doubt top of the line here. Sure there is a better
this, or a better that, but with the S4 Samsung has mannaged to pack
all the goodies right here in one device and then placed it in the palm
of your hand. The S4 has a full HD screen at 1920x1080 with 441 pixels
per inch made up of the new Corning Gorilla Glass3.The display is a
Super AMOLED lcd
16million colors and its large enough for any and all of your needs at a
5 full inches. To put that into perspective, there are some netbooks
out there that have a 7 inch screen and they are considered a laptop of
Along with and incredible display the S4
has all the hardware needed to be considered a super computer just a
decade ago. The quad core Snapdragon at 1.9ghz would have made a single
threaded 1.6ghz Pentium 4 cry like a little girl having her hair pulled.
Pack 2GB of dedicated ram into this picture and we know just how this
fight would turn out. There is no doubt that the S4 is like having a
computer in your pocket all the time. Benchmarks are off the charts,
with the exception of the HTC One which has some how managed to squeak ahead but, like I was saying, sure there is a better this-n-that but not all in one place.
Way too much to say here so I'll keep it short. There are more options
and do-dads and do-hickeys in this camera than anyone would know what to
do with. It is fun once you figure a few things out but that alone can
take quite a while. All the extras aside and this camera is amazing!
camera we expect and a processor is needed but what about some of the
other things that manufactures are steering away form like a removable
micro sd card? Yup, the S4 has that too and a removable battery which
are two of my favorite features. Samsung has also given us a minimum of
16GB of storage space all the way up to 64GB to ensure we never run out
of space for all those apps we must have.
Sum it up
So I know i haven't really done the Galaxy S4 justice here by providing
a short review like this but to be frank, there is just too much to
mention. The Touch Wiz UI is what we would expect from Samsung but all
the extra extras are more then we need. There are apps that wont get
used but features like eye-tracking that will. Eye-tracking is an
intuitive feature that will scroll web pages based on your eye movement
or pause a video if you look away. Features like that are outstanding
but a dashboard drop down that takes up better than half a 5inch screen
providing quick buttons to virtually every button in the settings menu
is a little much.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a
wonderful phone and it even makes phone calls! But, do we really need an
almost 2.0ghz quad core computer with 2GB of ram and a 64GB hard drive
with constant connectivity, a 13mp camera and eye-tracking software
stuffed into our little pockets? Hells yeah we do! Is the S4 too much
phone? That's easy. The Galaxy is no longer a phone but a personal
pocket computer that is designed to compliment your everyday needs and
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