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Samsung Galaxy S4 review | Introduction

Published on: Sunday, July 28th 2013                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Samsung Galaxy S4 review

H alfway through 2010, Samsung introduced the innovative Galaxy S smartphone to the market. Since then, the enormous hype surrounding the Galaxy S phones has only increased, the S2 improved considerably and became enormously popular. Samsung outdid themselves with the Galaxy S3. The expectations were high: what would Samsung come up with now? In May of 2013, Samsung introduced its new flagship smartphone: the Galaxy S4 GT-I9505. What more does this smartphone have to offer compared with its predecessor? The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a more powerful processor, a larger screen, a better camera, and numerous new sensors and innovative technologies.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 Android smartphone review

Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 Android smartphone review

Android smartphone - 1.9Ghz quad-core - 5" Full HD AMOLED - 13 MP camera

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 test

Samsung Galaxy S4 test

Samsung Galaxy S4 design

In terms of design, Samsung has made few changes. The corners of the Galaxy S4 are designed a bit sharper, and the phone is a bit lighter weight, but the buttons and their placement have remained the same. The S4 as well as the S3 have a body made of synthetic material, and their size is also very similar. That makes it even cleverer that Samsung has managed to make the screen larger. The S3’s 4.8" HD screen has been replaced with a 5" Full HD screen on the S4. The screen takes an even more prominent role on the front of the smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S4 Android phone

Just like all Galaxy smartphones, the Galaxy S4 also runs on Google’s Android operating system. The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. For the general user interface, Samsung gave its Touchwiz UI an update. A few new functions that are a result of the upgraded Touchwiz interface are the extensive dropdown menu with a mere 20 options, the Multi Window functionality, and the Air View and Air Gesture functions. These last two make it possible to click content without touching the screen, but holding your finger just above the screen.

 
 

Our Rating!

Design
85%
User friendliness
90%
Features
90%
Performance
90%
Price / Quality ratio
85%
88%
Review rating
Samsung Galaxy S4
 
 
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