Design is a matter of taste. Just happens that those who don't like this one are the noisier bunch. That which some call "cheap plastic" ugly design has been proven and preferred by millions who bought all their phones which used the same design. So who will Samsung listen to, the armchair critics or the people who took them to number ONE?
Think of octacore as a Toyota Prius. It has one 4 cylinder engine for highway driving and another smaller engine (electric motor) for slow traffic. The octa core saves battery power just like the Prius conserves fuel. It uses a powerful quad core for high performance calculations and the smaller quad cores kick in for light duty.
Galaxy S4 may not be worth it for Galaxy S3 owners but for us new buyers would enjoy it, i am gonna buy it.
KrYpToNiT3, 16 Mar 20131. Whatever they use It's a cheap plastic
2. Super Amoled HD Better screen to watch cartoon
... moreMaybe you should read up on octocore.
It is 2x quad core, one is A15 1.9gHz while the other is A9 1.2gHz. Depending on weather its heavy or light load depends on which processor.
The advantage is you have one of the fastest processors available but when not needed your phone will tick along. This should provide substantial battery improvements.
My point is this phone is equal to the other premium phones such as xperia z, one, G pro no matter how much the haters hate samsung.
Bunyip, 15 Mar 2013Personally I doubt you have owned either.
How is the SGS4 a failure? (anyone)
Looks a ... more1. Whatever they use It's a cheap plastic
2. Super Amoled HD Better screen to watch cartoon
3. neither manufacturer capable of making phone slimmer under 7.9M
4. CHEAP PLASTIC AGAIN
5. Agree Wid you, still Gorilla Glasses are too fragile when it falls
6. Camera sensors are provided by SONY, so SONY not going to provide premium Sensors which makes them loose over the samsung
7. 2GB RAM - Everybody has it, OctaCore Pure marketing gimmick Android hasn't optimized to use multi core unless the app is Multi Threaded. (You can count the apps on Google Play which are multi threaded)
8. I'm not pretty sure about it, but for a octacore battery must be a 3000mAh+
10. floating touch - Xperia Sola I've heard that those features are already marketed through various manufacturer. I couldn't find them.
Personally I like S-Translate. though It should be connected to Internet :'(
The Untouchable, 16 Mar 2013Awesome reply there buddy, but there's one mistake. Samsung didn't make the SIV bigger, they a... morepolycarbonate is not a bad material at all infact its better for signal reception and heat dissipation but makes ugly use of polycarbonate, see nokia how beautifully they used it in lumia phones....
but in words of sgs4 " my forefathers i.e sgs3 and sgs2 were great and sold well despite ordinary design they why should I change it..."
The Untouchable, 16 Mar 2013Sorry my friend, but, nope. Your HTC or your Sony smartphone won't be getting the software goo... morego to xda forum htc threads are filled with softwares from Samsung and Samsung threads from sony and htc softwares like beats driver, sense ui etc.....
cdnj, 15 Mar 2013You cannot flaunt your phone's glass body if you will just cover it with plastic or silicone. ... morenot sure about glass but metal phones are the most sturdy phones u will ever see.....
aniket, 16 Mar 2013dude most software innovations will be out in market as apk before u know it that's the beauty... moreSorry my friend, but, nope. Your HTC or your Sony smartphone won't be getting the software goodies of the SIV. SIII will get them and Note II, but that's as far as they go. Trust me.
s4 is a good phone but what's good with a design that's so last year? nothing against plastic but it looks almost exactly the same as s3...and it's not as if the s3 is a good design ...it sells because of the feature and a not so bad design...if you put the s4 in a htc one body then that is a good design...
dude most software innovations will be out in market as apk before u know it that's the beauty of android. u wanna make ur Samsung look like sense or vice versa u got it, u wanna put bravia angine and Walkman player in ur htc u got it.....so softwares are not really an advantage for sgs4.......in the end looks and premium build quality is gonna make you separate from horde of similar looking androids specially sgs4, sgs4, sgn2.
Andrew Tan, 15 Mar 2013I use a lot Samsung phone include S II & S III.
But sorry, not going to buy this S4, th... moreI have to re-post this because the moderator was probably too drunk and left my comment out. Not funny GSM Arena. You should let us talk as long as we follow your guideline.
Okay. Now Andrew, here's what I said earlier.
"Every people has their rights to pick their favourite smartphones. So, you can keep your hatred to yourself. And it's Samsung by the way. Don't ruin others' name because you won't want others to ruin yours."
Damien Lord, 15 Mar 2013So do you buy a Gold case for your metal phone? Or is that case still a plastic? Great, you pe... moreAwesome reply there buddy, but there's one mistake. Samsung didn't make the SIV bigger, they actually made it smaller than the SIII, same height but slimmer and even thinner and lighter with bigger display and also must not forget, bigger battery. It's even more compact than the HTC One that only has 4.7" of screen and smaller battery plus alot lower res camera (I bet the ultrapixel won't help when you're printing photos that require alot of details). So, design wise, the SIV is a masterpiece of it's own. The polycarbonate surely helps make it lighter and tougher too. Did you know that bullet-proof car windows and the pilot canopy of the f-22 raptor jets are made out of polycarbonate?
S1 = 30+ mil
S2 = 40+ mil
S3 = 50+ mil
S4 = 70+ mil
All phone are made with cheap plastic.
KeL79, 16 Mar 2013I don't care what the company think of themselves (like what you said that samsung thinks they... moredude its my own view..perhaps its consumers choice. but I simply dont like sammy. I think when s4 put it in the crowd it will not stand out physically.
ge, 16 Mar 2013huh. because they think (samsung) that they are supreme.perhaps their own perspective. hehe..... moreI don't care what the company think of themselves (like what you said that samsung thinks they are now superior to others). If you don't think they are supreme, then fine, it's your perspective also. At the end it will be us consumers decide on what to buy and whats good for us.