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I have automatic unlock off in s view cover settings from day one.
I don't even use s view cover...
As for battery life, it has degraded with every passing month. I used to get around 5+ hours of sot in 1st and 2nd month but now it's 4 hrs at max! No auto sync is on. No additional battery drainers.
As for lollipop i think i will hold till then, but s5 users who have got 5.0 officially are reporting poorer battery life and some performance issues. The 5.0 update of sammy is very buggy.
And in low light s4 fails miserably. That's a hard truth. I was capturing some pics in full moon light and they came out so much bad! My eyes could see 10x more details, everything so clear, while s4 failed badly to capture any details and noise was sky high. Settings used were - auto night detection on, centre weighted metering . I also tried many other setting combos but of no use.
M8 is just a no go for me! 4mpx ultrapixel is a joke and sense ui just doesn't suit my taste!
While s5 is also underwhelming! Such a cheap design, and i'm already tired of touchwiz, bloatware filled everywhere! Lags and stutters...
There is no match for z2/z3 in battery life, excellent camera in low light, beautiful design, waterproof etc...
Though i still love s4's camera in day light!

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  • 2014-12-06 18:18
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> In reply to Abhi D @ 2014-12-05 22:31 from uvHr - click to readTry a simple thing. Go to settings> accessories and turn off the automatic unlock with s view cover.

I'd suggest you to wait for 1-2 months and see lollipop. The whole kernel and UI will be changed and hence your problems will be gone.

For good battery backup, turn off features like location, nfc, WiFi etc when not in use. Also disable system apps like Samsung push service, Samsung link and other Samsung apps that you don't use. Just these changed will increase your screen on time by 1 hour.

For good low light shots, keep night mode on or enable the auto night mode detection. Also turn anti shake on. Hold the phone steady and you'll get much better low light shots.

Ask me again for any help. BTW instead of z2 or z3 try S5 or HTC m8. They have much less problems.

Have a nice day.

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  • 2014-12-06 06:34
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I own the Deep Black edition of s4... Using it from 5 months!
It has a problem that isn't sorted by sammy! It is a widespread problem with s4 from starting days.
Screen flashes S view screen randomly when 2g is on.
Took to service centre 3 times but everytime they failed to resolve the issue! So i'm using mostly 3g to avoid it.
But battery life is very poor in 3g. Only get 3-4 hours screen on time.
Also battery has degraded very much in 5 months only. Disappointed.
Pros- excellent cam in day light, sound quality, compact, screen!
Cons - poor battery life, poor camera in low light, hangs/slutters, overheating, slow in some games!
I'm not satisfied with it. So selling it and will buy new Z2 or Z3.
Enough of samsung crap.
Was thinking of buying note 3 earlier but samsung has ruined it with new updates. Battery, speed, random crashes and poor camera have become issues of n3

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  • 2014-12-05 22:31
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can someone suggest steps to ..
1- any difference between 100% charged od and new s4 battery discharge speed rates ?
2- any tests customers can do to assess when battery need changing to new
3- woud new battery hold charge longer than old and why
4- sadly -samsung service centres are state of DENIAL -presumably on ORDERS from top
5- how to make battery last longer -
thanks

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  • 2014-12-05 18:33
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Andrid l update where come

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  • 2014-12-05 16:04
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> In reply to darkgamer @ 2014-12-04 09:13 from YQrM - click to readTq for info...am still in classic days of 3x4 pad..hehe

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  • 2014-12-05 10:35
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> In reply to jutta @ 2014-12-04 08:13 from wjtk - click to read3×4 keyboard is already available in S4 till latest software update.

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  • 2014-12-04 17:33
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> In reply to jutta @ 2014-12-04 08:13 from wjtk - click to readThere is no need to download from Play Store as darkgamer said,just go your phone's Settings>My device>Langauge and input>Samsung keyboard settings>Input langauges,you will get the option of 3×4 keyboard.

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  • 2014-12-04 17:26
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i just bought tiz phone 3 weeks ago and upgrade to android 4.4.i love tiz phone and satisfied with camera audio but the battery drains fast

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  • 2014-12-04 15:54
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How GalaxyS4 can be upgraded to work as 4G mobile?

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  • 2014-12-04 15:01
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> In reply to jutta @ 2014-12-04 08:13 from wjtk - click to readYep, it's there when needed and if you want it everytime, you can download one from the playstore.

Actually, it's true for any android phone.

But why would anyone want 3X4 over qwerty?

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  • 2014-12-04 09:13
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does s4 has 3x4 keypad - plse help.

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  • 2014-12-04 08:13
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> In reply to darkgamer @ 2014-12-04 04:16 from YQrM - click to readHey thanx buddy..u r alwys been helpful..after a loooooong thought finally i bought Sony C3 dual y'day frm local market in pune :)

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  • 2014-12-04 07:16
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plse help - does this s4 has a 3x4 keypad?

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  • 2014-12-04 06:28
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> In reply to Moon...! @ 2014-12-04 02:49 from iwpE - click to readI have both:

G2 has:
1. More battery life.
2. Better gaming performance

S4 has:
1. Better screen
2. Better camera
3. MicroSD slot and removable battery
4. Physical navigation buttons

I'd choose S4 but G2 is a nice phone too.

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  • 2014-12-04 04:21
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> In reply to scorpio @ 2014-12-04 00:19 from PPSX - click to readThanks. So I was probably right. Mine took 2 hours 5 min.

I'll try charging mine with the turbo charger of note 4.

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  • 2014-12-04 04:19
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> In reply to dd @ 2014-12-03 09:29 from rKTh - click to readFirst of all, lollipop SUPPORTS 64-bit. That means lollipop runs with both 32-bit and 64-bit instructions.

Enabling 64-bit increases performance by about 15%. Also, snapdragon 410 has newer cortex-a53 cores. So battery life should be better along with performance.

Snapdragon 410 should be better than 400, but not by much. snapdragon 615 is a great chip though.

About grand prime, I'm sure it'll get lollipop. I'm not sure about future updates after 5.0. Also, samsung midrangers s*ck.

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  • 2014-12-04 04:16
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LG G2 or S4... Which one is the best one for the same price...?

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  • 2014-12-04 02:49
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> In reply to darkgamer @ 2014-12-03 04:24 from YQrM - click to readOK I deliberately drained the battery by opening everything from the drop down menu and then keeping the screen on as long as I could. Anyway charge time from 0 - 100% with phone turned off was 2 hours 36 min. Let me know if you need anything else.

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  • 2014-12-04 00:19
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