My question on this phone is just about battery life. Pls how long does it last on averagely heavy use?
shubham yadav, 24 Sep 2013Sorry freefaller i don't agree in this topic. according to gsmarena"The new earphones are... more@ shubham yadav
I agree with a lot of what you are saying, but personally I found the supplied earphones only 'adequate'. They are good, in fact they are a lot better than any other 'out of the box' earphones, but there are better (and I'm not going to start a "my earphones are better than your earphones" debate). At the end of the day it is down to personal choice.
As for your question. In the UK we get the i9505 because all the carriers are now rolling out 4G. I KNOW that the i9505 has an inferior chipset and that is why you get a better output. I concede on that point.
On another point, I have 4G on my contract and believe me it is not all it is cracked up to be. Yes, the data transfer is blindingly fast, but there are other problems. The main one seems to be that all phones (not just the S4) are losing their signal all together when the phone tries to switch from 4G to 3G automatically; and sometimes you have to restart your phone to get the signal back. 4G is still in it's infancy, and this problem is a major concern here in the UK.
mkaravel, 24 Sep 2013Hey guys
I see that a lot of people are fighting whether this phone outperforms iPhone or not... moregood article friend but I don't think anyone except trolls are comparing this to an iphone. Both are phones for different needs, have different ecosystems and hence are meant for different end users.
and just to tell you that the now so called gimmicky features may be put to some really great use later by software update. s4 has the hardware and just needs a great software to make these now useless features into real jewels. for now, these are just for show off like the aluminium body of iPhone.
have a great day.
rollsroyce, 23 Sep 2013I had planned to buy note 3 but when I realised, spending that much amount on phone would be v... moreit feels much better than s3 or note 2 due to its shape. It has a better handling than almost all the phones in its category due to small size and large screen. Also it looks good in front. its the back that looks slight bad.
Yes it doesn't stand a chance in feel compared to those htc one and iphones but really it doesn't feel cheap. Some people over exaggerate things. but those people have to keep their so called premium phones in a case but in s4 you can change back cover if it's damaged. so I consider this over an htc one with a tpu case.
I see that a lot of people are fighting whether this phone outperforms iPhone or not. There is a lot of exaggeration, and honestly, anyone that claims any of the two devices nails the other, is either ignorant or liar.
I happen to have both, and here is my honest opinion:
iPhone is a jewel. Objects on the screen behave as if they where real, the frame rate of the movement is great, if you move a photo back and forth a few times, it still behaves as if it was a real piece of paper under your fingers. Android devices are by *far* behind on this aspect, and this is really annoying. (every android user who claims the opposite, has probably not laid hands on an iPhone before) Each an every moving item on the screen seems to move frame by frame (especially if you had iPhone experience before and you can compare), except if you move it extremely slowly. That being said, galaxy S4 performs closest to iPhone, compared to other Android devices. It is not iPhone, but it’s all the best you can get from Android.
iOs is a stylistic miracle. Especially iOS 7 is the most stylish and minimalistic environment I have seen on a mobile device. In contrary to the crowded and street-market-like appearance of android desktops.
iPhone and iOS are super-automate and super-easy to use, with the least options to explore and play with. (every iPhone users who claims that iPhone has a lot to play with probably has no experience with Android) One does not really have to think when using an iPhone, every task happens almost by itself.. That’s why iDevices are best for older and less familiar with technology people. However, things in an iPhone happen ONLY the way Apple allows them to happen. Recently I found my self having to repartition my HDD on my PC in order to backup one of iPhone’s contacts: For some reason iPhone needed to do a full phone backup when I tried to synchronize (no, if you have an iPhone you cannot just save contacts on PC). My C: partition did not have 16 Gb free for a full backup. And NO, Apple wiould not let me backup on another drive letter. Hilarious. Another ridiculous example is file sharing. iPhone is the only device you have to pay for MMS in order to send a contact or a photo to a person sitting beside you, even between two BLUETOOTH ENABLED devices. Forget all these nonsense on an S4
A few other stuff I have noticed are
iOS apps are generally of a better quality, iOS is not spammed with apps that have no reason of existence.
iPhone has a better design quality (admit it)
Apple does not include a technology in its devices unless its use is seamless and fluent (unlike S4 with its useless “gestures”)
S4 has a way better AND bigger screen but colors are a bit less realistic.
S4 has a bunch of new sensors that read environmental variables, AND IR port (yeah I have a universal remote in my pocket) while iPhone is stuck to proximity some decades now.
Android devices do not hesitate to encorporate new features (there are S4 gestures that DO work and are really good)
iPhone will not let you play a lot wth the appearance, the layout and the functions of the GUI..
To conclude, my opinion is that both devices hare their reason of existence, and refer to different groups of people. iPhone is better for older people looking for simplicity and ease of use, or for people (mostly young women :p) that care more for style than performance/specifications/modification.
S4 is the best Android has to offer (until now), and should be the only choice of geeks and generally people who like to tweak, modify and play a bit more with the options of their devices.
I have both and I do not regret buying any of the two.
AnonD-78030, 24 Sep 2013There are few apps that accomplish this . It's actually called reverse tethering. So search in... morefor your kind information, reverse tethering requires ROOT ACCESS. hence I was correct that there is no way you can reverse tether in the default setup.
although thanks for the info. I knew I can do this by root but didn't know the name.
Have a nice day.
Freefaller™, 23 Sep 2013@ shawon.nsu
Yeah, the earphones that come in the box are a bit s**t, aren't they; but then... moreSorry freefaller i don't agree in this topic. according to gsmarena"The new earphones are dubbed HS330 and feature dual-speakers
(8mm tweeter and 10mm woofer) for improved performance with
both high and low frequency sounds. They offer better bass than
just about any other pair of headphones you can find in a
smartphone's retail package".
mine got a great earphones and s4(octa only) offers much better sound than htc one x and close to htc one. I have experienced it. The one x Just had a loud sound. That's not lovely. just listen on both side by side. The s4 has way clearer output with better bass. its pure sound.
You can also see the frequency response of s4 in s4 octa vs s600 comparison by gsmarena. It's almost perfect. The wolfson DAC has the best output of any phone available.but unfortunately this is available in only the octa variant of s4. look at my comment below. I told him it depends on version.
and the stock music player is great. It also has a decent equilizer. go to music player. press menu button. go to settings>soundalive> custom and boom there is a great 7 band equaliser with an extended option for bass and reverberation etc. and the best thing about stock is that it is optimised for your phone. It can come in lockscreen and all plus it has adaptsound etc.
btw freefaller which version you use???i9500 or i9505
have a nice day.
AnonD-33543, 23 Sep 2013Is there any way to use my PC internet connection to my mobile via USB data cable ???? "... moreThere are few apps that accomplish this . It's actually called reverse tethering. So search in play store using reverse tethering as keyword .
AnonD-33543, 21 Sep 2013Im not satisfied with the audio quality of this phone .... I agree with you... :)
-_-, 23 Sep 2013@Freefaller™
hi! thanks! ahmm, what about in the box?? can we also see it on the box?? cuz ... more@ -_-
You can find the Model number on the bottom of the box (left hand corner), and it is also printed on the 'Quick Start Guide' included in the box.
hi! thanks! ahmm, what about in the box?? can we also see it on the box?? cuz im planning to buy it in some store here in my place. . and the store rep there doesnt know how to check it. . hehe thanks!
-_-, 23 Sep 2013how can we tell, if the s4 is version I9500?? where do we check it??? thanks!@ -_-
Just goto: Settings/More (4th Tab)/About device
The model number is listed there.
how can we tell, if the s4 is version I9500?? where do we check it??? thanks!
FREEFALLEN. iphone 5 s &c rocketting sales .. stop ur meaningless this n that - of no significance to majority of s4 owners who rely on SAMSUNG for factual useful infos and updates .. N stop boasting about ur broadband speeds - and any abuses ==same to u x2..
If you do decide to try PlayerPro then download the PlayerPro DSP Pack (free), and also the PlayerPro Wmp skin (free).
AnonD-33543, 23 Sep 2013Thanks Freefaller. I have tested and its working. but im confused about the quality of the hea... more@ shawon.nsu
Yeah, the earphones that come in the box are a bit s**t, aren't they; but then the same applies to all manufacturers. I suppose it's all down to cost.
Coming from an HTC One X (lovely sound), you will notice the difference with the S4. Investing in a decent pair of earphones will make a big difference. I also use PlayerPro Music Player for my music; it has a decent equaliser which is a big improvement on the stock one. You can get a free 10 day trial app on Google Play Store.